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By Luke Broadwater | July 25, 2011
A silly and rather pointless Twitter war came to an end this weekend, when hip hop artist Chris Brown showed magnanimity and took the high road in the feud.  Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham had been ripping Brown for his use of profanity in his music (and his violent encounter with Rihanna). Brown and fellow rapper 50 Cent initially took the bait, but after some back and forth Brown ceased the negativity and decided to be a bigger person.  "Much love and respect to you and all you do in your life!"
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
After dragging his golf clubs and luggage off a shuttle bus in long-term parking near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Wednesday afternoon, Leroy Donahue took several quick strides over to his shiny black Tesla Model S and peered through the window. The 77-year-old Arlington, Va., resident then circled his pricey high-tech electric car and, opening the hatchback, watched as water poured out. "Yep," he said, nodding to his travel buddy, Alain Labeau of Potomac. Just as he had suspected, his car - just 14 months old and still parked where he left it before heading off on a golf trip to Maine - had not been spared by the record-setting rainfall that dropped more than 6 inches on the airport and more than 10 inches on other parts of the region on Tuesday, leaving vehicles flooded in lots and on roadways all over.
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By Dana Kinker | December 6, 2007
See Grammy Award-nominated hip-hop and R&B singer Chris Brown and rapper Bow Wow perform at 1st Mariner Arena on Sunday as part of their holiday tour. Also known for his dancing and acting abilities, Chris Brown made a name for himself as a singer with hit singles "Shortie Like Mine," which features Bow Wow, and "Run It!" Bow Wow is known for hit singles "Bounce With Me" and "Let Me Hold You." The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $33.75-$56.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
The comeback narrative is well-trodden pop-music territory: Disappear from public consciousness once the hits stop coming, toil away in the studio quietly for an extended period and then surprise everyone with a major splash of new material. In the rare case you do it right - like say, Justin Timberlake - chart domination can follow. But for countless others, the comeback trail is less forgiving. When Brandy returned to music from a nearly four-year hiatus in 2012, the R&B singer and actress seemed poised to regain her place among the genre's elite.
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By Luke Broadwater | July 20, 2011
How can you concoct a perfect Twitter war?  1) Be a right-wing pundit with an active Twitter account. (Preferably someone sanctimonious.)  2) Find a hip hop artist who isn't Will Smith with an active Twitter account.  3) Listen to some of the hip hop artist's lyrics.  4) Begin attacking.  Such a scenario has been playing out over the past week after conservative commentator Laura Ingraham took issue with NBC featuring Chris Brown on the "Today" Show.  On Fox News Ingraham (in between plugs for her book)
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September 29, 2011
Chris Brown performed Wednesday night at 1st Mariner Arena as part of his F.A.M.E. tour. Frequent Midnight Sun contributor Jeremy Trucker has this review: Before seeing Wednesday night's F.A.M.E. tour at 1st Mariner Arena, I wasn't convinced Chris Brown's talent was special enough to warrant his continued, well, fame.  After seeing the mediocre show, I remain unconvinced.  Brown has charisma and he can dance, though I'm not prepared to say he can sing live.  But there are lots of charismatic kids out there who can dance and lipsync and auto-tune.  Kevin Federline can dance, for instance, and network programming is 93% Simon Cowell-produced singing competitions.   In fact, I'd venture a guess that Cowell and his record company fat cats could find plenty of kids in Baltimore alone with the charisma and talent to match a Chris Brown.   Though the upper level was closed at Wednesday's show, Brown still has fans, mostly young women, who show up and pay good money to swoon over his slow jams and bop around to his pop hits.  As long as that is true, there will always be songwriters (30 plus in  thirty-some "F.A.M.E.
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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com | December 10, 2009
B y all accounts, it's been a bad year for Chris Brown. On the night he was supposed to perform at the Grammy Awards ceremony, Brown was arrested after assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop/R&B starlet Rihanna. In a matter of weeks, Brown went from celebrated dancer and R&B singer to criminal, his promising career nearly derailed. "His name was mud," said Vernon Kelson, music director for the radio station 92Q. Now, months after Brown was sentenced to probation and ordered to do community labor, he is back on stage.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2013
Richmond, Va. police chief Bryan Norwood, who sources said was a finalist for Baltimore's police commissioner position last year, has stepped down amid a controversy over R&B singer Chris Brown's probation, according to reports.  Los Angeles prosecutors have been critical of the Richmond department's oversight of the community service work of Tappahannock, Va., native Chris Brown following the singer's conviction for assaulting his girlfriend, pop...
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Pop-culture references are not new to sermons, but a high-profile Baltimore pastor is making national headlines for quoting a popular Chris Brown song. Recently, the Rev. Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple was in the middle of an impassioned sermon titled “I'm My Enemies' Worst Nightmare.” To punctuate a point about men needing to recognize the good women in their lives (and not “run off with a side chick,” as Bryant also said), he surprised the congregation by quoting the chorus of Brown's current hit, “Loyal.” “God help me. Old saints, y'all forgive me, but I got to tell you: These hoes ain't loyal!
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2011
This week, on Midnight Sun: Kooper's Tavern was sued by a Baltimore County man who claims the bar, and two other area bars, exposed him to identity theft. Consumer rights experts were dubious about the claim. Bourbon Street moved its college nights to Baltimore Soundstage, where some of the venue's old hands are now working. Incidentally, we reviewed Soundstage itself. Chris Brown performed in Baltimore; we reviewed the show and put together a photo gallery of the concert.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Pop-culture references are not new to sermons, but a high-profile Baltimore pastor is making national headlines for quoting a popular Chris Brown song. Recently, the Rev. Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple was in the middle of an impassioned sermon titled “I'm My Enemies' Worst Nightmare.” To punctuate a point about men needing to recognize the good women in their lives (and not “run off with a side chick,” as Bryant also said), he surprised the congregation by quoting the chorus of Brown's current hit, “Loyal.” “God help me. Old saints, y'all forgive me, but I got to tell you: These hoes ain't loyal!
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
The use of Tyrod Taylor on the same field as Joe Flacco in Sunday's 19-3 win over the New York Jets has sparked debate about whether the Ravens should bust out that scheme again. It has also led to another, less-heated conversation in the Baltimore Sun newsroom. What the heck should we call this two-quarterback offense, anyway? Well, besides a “ high school offense ,” as Flacco called it on Tuesday. Some of my colleagues and other members of the Baltimore media have been calling it the wildcat, perhaps out of convenience.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
When Baltimore County police officer James D. Laboard was acquitted last month in the death of 17-year-old Christopher Brown, he was entitled to back pay he lost after his indictment. The officer also requested and received overtime for the June 2012 night he confronted Brown, who was with a group of teens who had thrown rocks at the officer's door. When Laboard caught up to Brown, the two fought and the teen died of asphyxiation. The request supports "the stipulation that he was on duty," said Laboard's attorney, Ezra S. Gollogly.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
A visibly relieved James D. Laboard hugged family members Thursday after jurors found the Baltimore County police officer not guilty in the death of the teenager he chased down and fought last June. Seventeen-year-old Christopher Brown had been with a group of boys who threw a rock at Laboard's door before the off-duty officer found him, and neither side in the case disputed that Brown had died as a result of the ensuing altercation. But a jury decided after a four-day trial that Laboard had not broken the law by placing the teen in the neck restraint that the state argued had killed him. The officer has not spoken publicly and did not testify.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2013
It took Chris Brown months to return to work after the death of her 17-year-old son. She has left her old home and is still hesitant to look at pictures of the teen. On Monday, a little more than a year after Christopher Brown died, the Baltimore County police officer accused of killing him is set to be tried for manslaughter. And Chris Brown will have to relive her loss through agonizing courtroom testimony. "Now I am faced with all those feelings again," said Brown, who plans to watch as prosecutors try to convict Officer James D. Laboard.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Last month, on the night Rihanna won her seventh Grammy award, the 25-year-old singer performed "Stay," a sparsely arranged ballad from her latest album, "Unapologetic. " Often known for bombastic performances of uptempo dance songs, Rihanna instead gambled on raw emotion and vulnerability. The lack of flash, and flesh, was uncharacteristic, but the risk paid off. It was one of the few highlights of an otherwise lackluster night. Unsurprisingly, CBS panned to Chris Brown, dressed all in white, for the first reaction.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2011
The new Baltimore Soundstage has posted a bunch of new upcoming shows. There are now shows scheduled through late December. The most noteworthy addition to the schedule is J. Cole , who last performed in Baltimore in early June as Rihanna's opener. Cole will be at Baltimore Soundstage October 20. Tickets start at $29. Other upcoming shows are listed here . Chris Brown has added a Washington date to his F.A.M.E. tour. He will perform at the Verizon Center on September 17 . Kelly Rowland, Tyga and T-Pain will join him as special guests.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2011
Saturday was a busy day. There was the book festival and Legacy Chase and Big in Japan and Height with Friends, and the list goes on and on . Where were you? Did you make it to the Deadmau5 show in Silver Spring earlier in the week? How did it compare to his set at Virgin FreeFest ? This week, the big acts are Chris Brown and a pair of iconic 90s indie musicians, Jeff Mangum and Stephen Malkmus. Elsewhere, there is: Gunky's Basement, Shellac, the Nintendo Challenge Level 3, Second City, the Baker Artist Awards and Deep Sugar.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2013
Richmond, Va. police chief Bryan Norwood, who sources said was a finalist for Baltimore's police commissioner position last year, has stepped down amid a controversy over R&B singer Chris Brown's probation, according to reports.  Los Angeles prosecutors have been critical of the Richmond department's oversight of the community service work of Tappahannock, Va., native Chris Brown following the singer's conviction for assaulting his girlfriend, pop...
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
The trial for the Baltimore County police officer charged in the killing of a Randallstown teen scheduled for this month has been postponed until June. James D. Laboard's trial is now scheduled for June 17. A criminal motions hearing is scheduled for April 12. Laboard is now being represented by Andrew Jay Graham and John A. Bourgeois. The postponement was requested for the new counsel to prepare for the trial and to accommodate out-of-state witnesses to make the trial. Laboard, 32, who had been assigned to the Woodlawn Precinct, was charged with two counts of manslaughter in 17-year-old Christopher Brown's death.
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