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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | November 16, 1993
By sheer coincidence, Mart Crowley's "For Reasons That Remain Unclear" -- a play about a Catholic priest and a younger man who share a disturbing past -- opened at Olney Theatre on the same day Chicago's Cardinal Joseph Bernardin was accused of sexual abuse. The opening also came a day after a New Mexico treatment center for wayward priests made a multimillion-dollar settlement with 25 people who claim they were abused by a former priest who was treated there.So, though it may seem unfair to reveal part of the mystery of a play intended, at least in part, as a psychological thriller, recent headlines make it inevitable.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
UPDATE: Singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson, who grew up in Takoma Park and released his latest album ("Pure Fiction") in April, has been named the final addition to the Silopanna Music Festival lineup. ------ Get ready, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, because Wayne Coyne is coming this summer. The Flaming Lips, led by Coyne, Dashboard Confessional and Matt & Kim are a few of the 19 acts scheduled to perform at the fairgrounds for Aug. 16's Silopanna Music Festival. Other artists set to take the stage include Sleeper Agent, Hellogoodbye, Chappo, Twin Forks, Damn Right!
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August 15, 1996
PROSECUTORS IN Oregon are understandably eager to find and convict the people who perpetrated the brutal murders of three teen-agers. Likewise, the defense attorneys for one of the suspects understandably want to do their best in representing their client's interests.But in pursuing their own ends, both the prosecutors and the defense have trampled rights that go beyond any particular criminal case, no matter how horrendous. They have violated centuries of respect for the confidentiality of the clergy-penitent relationship, known in the Catholic Church as the sacrament of reconciliation.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
Rams Head Live will greet the new year with a blast from the long, long ago past: a performance by Dru Hill, the Baltimore R&B group that's better known these days for their clips on "I Love the 90s. " The group will be on the road promoting their back catalog. Sisqo, Jazz, and Nokio haven't released a new album since last summer, when "InDRUpendence Day" came out. It seems they haven't worked on anything else since;  their official Twitter page is still plugging the 2010 album.
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By Pete Bielski and Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 6, 2000
Modern technology would have permitted Josephine Abercrombie to stay home in Kentucky and have a perfect seat to watch prized filly Confessional at work. Abercrombie, however, prefers to activate her senses, so she flew to Laurel Park for a brief visit yesterday. She was there long enough to witness Confessional make easy work of eight others in the $40,000 Park Heights Stakes. "It's a completely different sensation to be at the track, especially when you win," said Abercrombie, the longtime owner of Pin Oak Stable.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | February 28, 2002
Athol Fugard play at Vagabond Players Athol Fugard's rawly confessional 1982 play, Master Harold ... and the Boys, opens tomorrow at the Vagabond Players. Set in 1950, in a tearoom in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the charged drama focuses on the relationship between two black waiters and the white teen-age son of the tearoom's owners. Under Steve Yeager's direction, the Vagabonds' production stars Michael A. Kane, G. Scott Spence and Alex Borinsky. Show times at the Vagabonds, 806 S. Broadway, are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. March 29. The play runs through March 30. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 410-563-9135.
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By George F. Will | December 17, 1998
WASHINGTON -- When Queen Caroline, consort of King George IV, was accused of adultery, one of her critics made a sardonic salute to some of her defenders: "God save the queen, and may all your wives be like her." A similar toast to Democrats opposed even to a Senate trial for President Clinton: And may all your presidents be like him.Partisan debate about the propriety of a Senate trial proceeds amid bipartisan consensus that there must never be another such president. His fate largely rests with people Democrats praise for their tepid partisanship, people known as "moderate Republicans" and known for inconsistency.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2003
A bill that would require Catholic priests to report when they hear of child abuse in the confessional - a law that one cardinal said he would rather go to jail than obey- came before a Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing yesterday. Teachers, day care workers and psychotherapists, among others, are required to notify authorities if they believe a child is being abused. Priests who learn of abuse while inside a confessional have long been exempted from that provision in Maryland law. Senate Bill 412, sponsored by Baltimore County Sen. Delores G. Kelley, would erase that protection of confidentiality - except in cases where the abuser made the confession.
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By Anna Quindlen | March 8, 1993
BEING a reporter is as much a diagnosis as a job description. It is a strange business, making a living off other people's misfortunes, standing in the rubble with a press card as a nominal shield, writing in a crabbed hand notes no one else can read, riding an adrenalin surge that ends in a product at once flimsy and influential."
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By Jill Neimark | October 1, 1993
I NEVER wander into my neighborhood porn shop, but lately I've been curious. That's because I've just written a novel that, according to some, you might as well stack on the shelves next to "Dixie Dynamite" and "Dark Interludes." When it was published last week, the Los Angeles Times praised its "dark but ecstatic eroticism" and Mirabella damned its "halfhearted smut."So I went over to Crazy Fantasy in the Village to see if, indeed, I belong among the smutmakers. I figured it would be a place with a primal undertow, a place that might spark some unacknowledged taste of mine for sordid pleasures.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa , sam.sessa@baltsun.com | December 10, 2009
In late October, alt-rockers Dashboard Confessional were gearing up for a new album release and a nationwide tour when one of the band members suffered an undisclosed emergency. The full-on Dashboard Confessional tour was postponed until next year. In the meantime, frontman Chris Carrabba and guitarist John Lefler set out on an acoustic tour, playing small clubs. On Sunday, they'll come to the Ottobar for a sold-out show. Carrabba said this tour is reminiscent of the band's early days, when Dashboard Confessional consisted of Carrabba, his acoustic guitar and a few songs.
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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com | December 10, 2009
In late October, alt-rockers Dashboard Confessional were gearing up for a new album release and a nationwide tour when one of the band members suffered an undisclosed emergency. The full-on Dashboard Confessional tour was postponed until next year. In the meantime, frontman Chris Carrabba and guitarist John Lefler set out on an acoustic tour, playing small clubs. On Sunday, they'll come to the Ottobar for a sold-out show. Carrabba said this tour is reminiscent of the band's early days, when Dashboard Confessional consisted of Carrabba, his acoustic guitar and a few songs.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,matthew.brown@baltsun.com | February 26, 2009
Mass didn't start until 12:10 p.m. yesterday, but Susan Topper made sure to get to the Baltimore Basilica before noon. The Pasadena woman, a retired state police officer, joined the line outside the confessional and waited for the light above the curtain to turn green. "It makes me feel closer to God," Topper said after Mass at the historic church. "When you do penance, if you really pray intently, you really do feel a sense of relief, that God forgives your sins and you can start anew."
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By Aaron Chester | September 27, 2007
Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba returns to his origins with a solo tour coming to Rams Head Live tomorrow night. Also featuring John Ralston and Max Bemis, the show will preview Carrabba's next album. Doors open at 6:30, and the show starts at 7:30. Rams Head is at 20 Market Place. Tickets are $27.50. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.
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By Stephanie Simon and Stephanie Simon,Los Angeles Times | September 2, 2007
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- In the hush of a warm afternoon, the Rev. Larry Solan waits for sinners. The veteran priest sets aside a half-hour every Saturday to hear the failings of his flock at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church. On a typical week, he sees two penitents, perhaps three. Some weeks, no one comes. Today, Solan waits 10 minutes, 20. Two little boys take a bench in the lobby, bowing their heads over a bag of crackers as they wait for afternoon Mass. Their parents chat with friends.
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By New York Times News Service | February 18, 2007
When a woman who calls herself Tricia discovered last week that she owed $22,302 on her credit cards, she could not wait to spread the news. Tricia, 29, who does not talk to her family or friends about her finances, says she is ashamed of her personal debt. Yet from the laundry room of her home in northern Michigan, Tricia goes online and posts intimate details of her financial life, including her net worth (now negative $38,691), the balance and finance charges on her credit cards, and the amount of debt she has paid down since starting a blog about her debt last year ($15,312)
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | November 6, 2003
Don't believe her. Shelby Lynne calls her new CD Identity Crisis, but the Grammy-winning artist knows who she is. And she knew precisely what she was doing in the studio as she produced what is surely the best album of her career. "I always knew I could make a record like this, really simple," says Lynne, who's calling from her home in Palm Springs, Calif. "Instead of doing a bunch of fancy production, I did it myself." Which is a good thing. Lynne, who plays Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis Saturday night, is a fiercely independent artist, a singer-songwriter of great depth and vision.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | October 14, 1994
I was planning to write about the Roseanne movie they had on the Fox network the other night.Except I couldn't quite bring myself to watch it.According to my informal poll, nobody watched it.In fact, nine people out of 10 said they'd rather watch Oliver North massage Chuck Robb than watch a movie about Roseanne.This doesn't surprise me.Even in this day of confessional -- when we admit to virtually everything, whether or not it actually happened -- no self-respecting person would freely admit to having watched a movie about the un-self-respecting Roseanne.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | November 6, 2003
Don't believe her. Shelby Lynne calls her new CD Identity Crisis, but the Grammy-winning artist knows who she is. And she knew precisely what she was doing in the studio as she produced what is surely the best album of her career. "I always knew I could make a record like this, really simple," says Lynne, who's calling from her home in Palm Springs, Calif. "Instead of doing a bunch of fancy production, I did it myself." Which is a good thing. Lynne, who plays Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis Saturday night, is a fiercely independent artist, a singer-songwriter of great depth and vision.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2003
A bill that would require Catholic priests to report when they hear of child abuse in the confessional - a law that one cardinal said he would rather go to jail than obey- came before a Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing yesterday. Teachers, day care workers and psychotherapists, among others, are required to notify authorities if they believe a child is being abused. Priests who learn of abuse while inside a confessional have long been exempted from that provision in Maryland law. Senate Bill 412, sponsored by Baltimore County Sen. Delores G. Kelley, would erase that protection of confidentiality - except in cases where the abuser made the confession.
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