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May 31, 2012
Thank you for printing the full text of David Simon's Georgetown University commencement address. It was the best I have read, excepting Woody Allen's, of course. If Mr. Simon made anyone uncomfortable, good. Because it needed to be said, and it needed to be said now. I thank him for being gutsy enough to say it. Rosellen Fleishman, Baltimore
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a lawsuit brought against the Baltimore Police Department and three officers by a man who says he was wrongfully convicted of murder in a 1987 killing can proceed. James Owens was charged in the robbery, rape and murder of 24-year-old phone company employee and college student Colleen Williar in her Southeast Baltimore home. According to court records, Owens came under suspicion when a neighbor of Williar's, James Thompson, told police he found a knife outside Williar's apartment and retrieved it on behalf of Owens, a friend.
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June 15, 2011
We finally figured out why David Simon couldn't see the comments he posted to an item on my blog while everyone he contacted at The Sun could. Turns out that after reading my blog on The Sun's website and successfully posting comments there, Simon later found an archived version through a Google search. This archived version lives on after the story fades from The Sun's site, but it's not possible to add comments to that version. And that version did not include any comments.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Lorenzo Millan was among the winners Saturday night as the Emmy Awards for Creative Arts were handed out in Los Angeles. Millan, who became interested in filmmaking at St. Paul's School and has worked on major Baltimore TV productions dating back to NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," won for sound mixing on a one-hour drama or comedy series. He shares the award with Nathan Nance and Scott R. Lewis. "This Emmy win represents all the hard work of the entire 'House of Cards' crew, including the rest of the Sound Department, Randy Pease and Chris Jones.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2013
David Simon, the former Baltimore Sun crime reporter and creator of television show "The Wire," has weighed in reports of data collection efforts by the National Security Agency, asking, what's the fuss? In a post on his blog, Simon compares the NSA's counterterrorism efforts to a Baltimore Police Department investigation in the 1980s that formed the basis for the first season of his television show. Police thought that drug traffickers were using payphones and pagers to carry out their business, and rather than develop particular suspects, detectives planned to gather information on calls made using public phones in the city.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2012
David Simon whose HBO show "Treme" is shot in New Orleans, is venting to the media site Poynter.org about plans to cut back the city's newspaper, the Times-Picayune. News broke this week that the paper's owners plan to publish the Times-Picayune just three days a week starting this fall. There will also be staff cuts. "It's grievous news as it would be for any American city," Simons told Poynter in an email, adding, "But New Orleans isn't immune. No one is. And this slow suicide - as the great Molly Ivins called it - will continue unabated until the industry swallows hard and takes its product - every last newspaper - behind a paywall.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
Regarding your report that Baltimore needs an outside consultant to advise its police department, my question is: Really? ("Baltimore police seek an outside consultant," Jan. 18). Does Baltimore really need to pay yet another consultant to advise the department about how to execute its mission? Isn't that city Police Commissioner Anthony Batts' job? When interviewed for the commissioner's post, didn't the interviewers ask him what strategies he had in mind to reduce crime in Baltimore?
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2012
Fans of "The Wire" were taken aback to read that creator David Simon is sort of tired of their rah-rah, late-to-the-game enthusiasm. Simon on Thursday told the New York Times: I do have a certain amused contempt for the number of people who walk sideways into the thing and act like they were there all along. It's selling more DVDs now than when it was on the air. But I'm indifferent to who thinks Omar is really cool now, or that this is the best scene or this is the best season.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
David Simon, creator of the HBO series "Treme," will join a Sunday afternoon reception at Johnny's (4800 Roland Avenue, johnnysdownstairs.com) in Roland Park for cookbook author Lolis Eric Elie. Elie, a staff writer and story editor on the series, will sign copies of his book, "Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans" at the event, which is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event costs $50, which includes a signed copy of the cookbook, snacks and a special Treme cocktail.
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By Laura Vozzella | June 14, 2011
David Simon thinks I zapped comments he posted to an item on my blog, about his offer to do another season of "The Wire" if Attorney General Eric Holder stops the war on drugs. I'm sure a MacArthur "genius" like David Simon can figure out how to post a comment. But I can assure you that I did not delete his comments. I'm not even sure how to do that since I am new to p2p blog software and not a genius, MacArthur or otherwise. Simon complains in an email that I didn't make it clear in my original blog post that his offer to the attorney general was tongue-in-cheek.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
The long relationship between HBO and David Simon will continue with the Baltimore filmmaker co-writing and producing "Show Me a Hero," a six-hour miniseries, for the premium cable channel. Based on the non-fiction book of the same title by Lisa Belkin, the series that explores race relations in the 1980s and '90s in Yonkers, N.Y.,  will star Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener. Simon said in an email to The Sun that the miniseries will be filmed in Yonkers, because that's where the real-life events it covers took place.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | April 10, 2014
Capt. Jay Landsman Jr., the Towson precinct's fourth commander in 22 months, hopes to bring the communication skills gleaned in two decades on the job and the policing background of a third-generation officer to his new role as Towson's top cop. "This is a great spot to be," Landsman, who began on April 1, said during his whirlwind first week on the job. "I'm happy to be here, and I hope that comes across when I go to these community meetings....
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
HBO's Martin Luther King miniseries is going to have a strong Baltimore flavor with David Simon confirming Wednesday that he will be involved in the project based on the books of Baltimore author Taylor Branch. Deadline.com first reported Simon's involvement in the project as speculation today, with Mike Fleming Jr. writing , "I'm hearing that David Simon , the architect of the HBO series The Wire, Homicide and most recently Treme , will spearhead the HBO six-hour miniseries adaptation of America: In The King Years , based on the celebrated book trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
Baltimore novelist Laura Lippman's husband, David Simon, once suggested that she write a novel based on the real-life disappearance of local gambling kingpin Julius "The Lord" Salsbury. Naturally, she ignored him. "David saw the story with a reporter's heart and intellect," said Lippman, who, like Simon, is a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun. "He still has this passion for fact and investigation and getting the real story. When he brought me Julius Salsbury, he said, 'Maybe you'll figure out where he went.' " Salsbury fled the state in 1970 while awaiting the outcome of his appeal on a federal gambling conviction.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
A couple of hard-edged veteran cops are driving down a desolate Louisiana road after investigating a grisly crime scene in HBO's new Sunday-night drama, “True Detective.” They have been partners for three months but have spoken little about their personal lives. “Ask you something?” the older detective (Woody Harrelson) says. “You a Christian, yeah?” “No,” his partner (Matthew McConaughey) replies, looking out the passenger-side window at the barren landscape.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
David Simon, creator of the HBO series "Treme," will join a Sunday afternoon reception at Johnny's (4800 Roland Avenue, johnnysdownstairs.com) in Roland Park for cookbook author Lolis Eric Elie. Elie, a staff writer and story editor on the series, will sign copies of his book, "Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans" at the event, which is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event costs $50, which includes a signed copy of the cookbook, snacks and a special Treme cocktail.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2011
"Diner" has resonated with Baltimore-connected writers and moviemakers across the popular and literary spectrum. Here are some of their reactions to the movie's 30th anniversary. The film "shined a light on a time in Baltimore that I was not that familiar with, much the same as my earlier movies may have done to Barry. We later discussed the fact that even though Barry and I grew up five Beltway exits away from each other, I never met a Jewish person until high school and he told me he didn't realize everybody wasn't a Jew until about the same time in his youth.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
Listeners to the Kojo Nnamdi Show got a bit more than they bargained for when "The Wire" creator David Simon called in this afternoon to offer his two cents on the Kwame Brown story. Kojo was in the middle of a conversation about the disgraced D.C. City Council Chairman, who recently resigned after criminal charges. The talk show host was chatting with staff from WAMU, local journalists and a former prosecutor when Simon picked up the phone. Simon had apparently been listening to the discussion -- with growing irritation -- while driving around in the car, and got on the phone.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2013
In two decades of covering David Simon's television career, one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that he was never boring or predictable. And he came through again last week in an interview that I had imagined as a simple Q&A advancing the five-episode series finale of “Treme,” which starts at 9 Sunday night on HBO. In my last question, I asked what was next for him. And I was surprised to hear the creator of “The Wire,” which many analysts rightfully consider the greatest series in the history of prime-time television, say he might be leaving the medium.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
A few years back, Nathan “Bodie” Barksdale had a public spat with “The Wire” creator David Simon over the extent to which he was an inspiration for drug boss Avon Barksdale in the series. All the while, he vowed that he was long out of the game. But now the Drug Enforcement Administration says Barksdale is a high-ranking member of the Black Guerrilla Family. U.S. marshals arrested him this week on federal heroin and gun charges after he spent a short spell on the run. Barksdale, 52, is accused of taking part in a heroin conspiracy with alleged drug supplier Suraj Tairu, who is also charged in the case.
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