With Halloween just around the corner, it's time to start getting spooked. For thrills and chills, visit one of Maryland's creepiest haunted houses this weekend. With locations all over the state, there is sure to be a haunted spot near you. Nightmares from Elmridge: Visit the sixth annual haunted attraction tomorrow, Oct. 27 and Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. or tonight, Oct. 28, 29 and 31 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 5400 East Drive in Arbutus; use side entrance on Maple Drive. Admission is $7 for ages 11 and up, $4 for ages 10 and under and free for those under age 4. For more information call 410-247-0046 or visit night maresfromelmridge.
By MICHAEL OLESKER | August 8, 2005
IN THE 5300 block of Gwynn Oak Ave., which is right here in America, life goes on. The roofers are back on the roof, the neighbors are mingling on the sidewalk, and a mailman is approaching the home rented by Mahmud Faruq Brent, who has just been accused of connections to international terrorism. The mailman, Herbert Turner, is perspiring pretty heavily. Maybe it's the heat, or maybe it's the moment. On the morning after about 30 FBI agents with shotguns and bomb squad guys with a battering ram swarmed all over this property, Turner's delivering mail to this Brent, who's being held without bail on charges that strike at the heart of modern American anxiety.
By Victoria A. Brownworth and Victoria A. Brownworth,Special to the Sun | July 31, 2005
As the haze of August descends with its simmering days and oppressive, insect-layered nights, few of us won't be aching for some deflection from the misery of high summer. Something engaging enough to take our minds off the rising mercury. Something, perhaps, to give a little chill. Something like a really good horror story. Nothing rivets like horror, yet it is the most undervalued and even outright dismissed of literary genres. Books like Frankenstein, Dracula and most anything by Edgar Allan Poe have been excised from the genre altogether and placed into a separate category -- classics -- as if to preserve them from low-brow taint.
By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,SUN STAFF | December 2, 2004
Thirty years ago, when the city last considered its industrial zoning plan, manufacturing was king. Few anticipated that someday people would spend millions to live next to those grimy factories. Or that so many of Baltimore's blue-collar behemoths wouldn't make it to 2004. Now, as city planners revisit those dusty zoning rules, they struggle to balance the needs of the city's remaining factories and manufacturers, which often awkwardly co-exist next to upscale homes and condos, with the needs of more modern businesses that the city must also attract to stay viable and competitive.
By Victoria A. Brownworth and Victoria A. Brownworth,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 19, 2004
Harbor, by Lorraine Adams. Knopf. 308 pages. $23.95. This elegiac debut novel about immigration - legal and illegal - by Pulitzer prize-winning Washington Post reporter Adams poses questions central to the way we live now: What defines terrorism and who decides on the definition? Aziz Arkoun, a 24-year-old deserter, flees Algeria huddled in the poisonous hold of a tanker bound for Boston. He swims ashore and, crazed with cold and gravely injured, is befriended by an Egyptian immigrant and his wife.
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2004
Arnie Greenspun was trying to bring some attention to his Towson bagel shop, so he posted a sign that offered, "Carbs galore. Extra carbs at no additional cost." Boy, did it catch people's eye. "Some people were just sticking their head in and saying 'I love your sign,' " said the owner of Arnie's Bagel Cafe on York Road. "It was a real conversation piece." While the popularity of diets such as Atkins and South Beach created practically overnight a multibillion-dollar industry in low-carb products and marketing, a backlash to all the weight-loss obsession has begun to creep into some advertising messages.
By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | January 2, 2004
On the surface, things could not be going much better for the sixth-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons. They are 8-0, with a triple-overtime, road win over No. 9 North Carolina under their belts and a winning margin averaging 20.6 points. Their three-guard rotation of freshman point guard Chris Paul, sophomore Justin Gray and junior Taron Downey could be the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sophomore center Eric Williams looks like the league's most improved player. But injury concerns are creeping up on the Demon Deacons, starting with their top post player from last year's 25-6 team that won the regular-season ACC crown outright for the first time in 41 years.
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | September 12, 2003
Funnymen who don't know the strength of their humor often prove to be the best. That's the case with comical directors, too, such as Eli Roth, whose unassuming horror movie Cabin Fever wins laughs not only with its overt jokes, but also with its general, warped affability. Roth aims to do nothing more than scare you craftily with this tale of five feckless youths who fall prey to a flesh-eating virus while vacationing in North Carolina woods. Today's audiences have become inured to schlock weighed down with platitudes.
By Amanda Smear and Amanda Smear,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2003
Every 23rd spring, for 23 days, it gets to eat ..." And look out, moviegoers, because in Jeepers Creepers 2 - the newest teen horror flick, opening tomorrow - it's Day 22, and it's hungry. "It" refers to the Creeper, a giant winged creature who is on a cannibalistic spree in this follow-up to 2001's frightening sleeper hit Jeepers Creepers. The ensemble cast of young up-and-coming actors portrays a championship basketball team and a handful of cheerleaders who fall prey to the Creeper while on their way back from a tournament.
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