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By RICHARD REEVES | March 18, 1993
Los Angeles.--The city of the future is having a nervous breakdown.The symptom of the end of California dreamin' is, appropriately, a bad movie.''Falling Down'' stars Michael Douglas as a recently fired defense worker who cracks up on the freeway in South Pasadena and decides to walk 20 miles across Los Angeles to the home of his ex-wife in Venice. Then, in an unfortunate phrase in a Los Angeles Times commentary, ''He does everything you've always wanted to do.''What he does is break up a Korean grocery store because the owner can't pronounce ''five,'' win a street war with a couple of guys from a Hispanic gang, terrorize a hamburger stand with automatic weapons because they don't serve breakfast after 11:30 a.m., kill the nasty owner of an Army-surplus store and a rich old golfer who gives him a hard time, go after a construction crew with a heat-seeking missile.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Reading one of Jennifer Weiner's contemporary novels of manners is a bit like biting into an apple. The experience is full of flavor, more crisp than juicy, and refreshingly tart. Partly, that's because the novels typically are narrated by a heroine who, like Weiner herself, is an acute and witty observer of social norms into which she doesn't quite fit. Weiner's 10th novel, "All Fall Down," features Allison Weiss, who has everything she once wanted - a husband and daughter she loves, an interesting job, a stately house in the suburbs - but finds herself sliding into an addiction to prescription pain medication.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | February 22, 1993
"I knew," says director Joel Schumacher, whose powerful and disturbing "Falling Down" opens Friday, "that we had to have someone with . . . edge."Yet when you look at Hollywood's champion of edge in the flesh, edge is the furthest thing from your mind and flesh is the nearest.Up close, without a script to give him cynical lines and a camera to emphasize the planes of his face, Michael Douglas seems almost fragile, in the way that many handsome men seem. He's . . . just flesh, thin to the point of scrawniness, dressed like a Gilman sophomore with a haircut at least as expensive as his sweater, which is also very expensive, worn with jeans and a clunky pair of hiking boots -- you know, the prep-punk look, very with-it in 15- and 48-year-old circles.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
William Bowling watched from two seats away as Dan Clark got out of his seat and walked into the aisle of M&T Bank Stadium's Section 521 during the Ravens game Sunday. Bowling said he was close enough to reach out and grab him - and he would have, if he had known what was going to happen next. Clark, 48, took a step, dropped the phone in his hand and fell down the flight of steps in the stadium's upper deck during the Ravens game against the New York Jets, turning and hitting the back of his head on the platform at the bottom of the section, Bowling said.
NEWS
October 27, 1994
Alcohol may have contributed to the death of an Annapolis man who broke his neck Tuesday night after falling down a flight of stairs at his home, county police said.James Fred Hopkins Sr., 65, of the 900 block of Annapolis Neck Road was pronounced dead at his home. A relative called police shortly after Mr. Hopkins fell at 10 p.m., police said.Police found Mr. Hopkins lying face down at the bottom of the stairs, his head against the wall. He may have broken his neck when his head hit the wall, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | February 26, 1993
"Falling Down" goes boom. And it goes bang.This angry, self-congratulatory, self-important movie fancies itself a "Taxi Driver" for the '90s but it has such a clammy stench of hypocrisy that the taxi you'll cherish is the one that takes you home afterward. It's one of those jobs that disapproves of middle-class rage but can't help its grubby little self from exploiting the same. It doesn't mind if you purse your lips in disapproval or scream "Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out," just as long as you pay for your ticket.
NEWS
By Dan Berger | August 15, 1997
Conservationwise, Merlin is up the Pocomoke without a paddle.Producer prices falling down, falling down, falling down/Producer prices falling down, no in-flay-shun.Many Americans were pleasantly shocked to learn, in this parcel drought, that they still have a Post Office.Although India and Pakistan are both 50, together they are not 100.Pub Date: 8/15/97
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By Dan Berger | April 17, 1998
We have lost Pol Pot, but every generation produces its very own monsters.BankAmerica will merge with NationsBank as the only way to get out of San Francisco and relocate in Charlotte.Yankee Stadium's falling down, falling down, falling down;/Yankee Stadium's falling down, buy a new one.C5And next year, get the taxes done on time, hear?Pub Date: 4/17/98
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By GEORGE F. WILL | April 1, 1993
Los Angeles.--It is axiomatic that no one thinks clearly with his fists clenched. Judging from the impact here of Michael Douglas' movie ''Falling Down'' -- anger, applause, recrimination, community introspection -- California has its fists clenched.In this story of one man's meltdown in the melting pot of Southern California's ethnic stew, Mr. Douglas plays a laid-off missile builder who is divorced and under a court order to keep away from his wife and daughter. Worse, his car's air conditioner is broken.
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By New York Daily News | September 1, 1992
NEW YORK -- Jose Naranjo was retelling the chilling moment when he saw Rebecca Rosado get into the elevator Saturday night and fall into the darkness."
SPORTS
By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2010
As the Ravens rookies reported to training camp Monday, all the attention was directed at the one who wasn't at McDaniel College. Sergio Kindle was ruled out of training camp with a fractured skull, Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced. The Ravens' top pick in the 2010 draft, Kindle has some swelling but remains in stable condition at an Austin, Texas, hospital after falling down two flights of stairs Thursday night. "I know one thing: we're going to be very careful with that," Harbaugh said.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | October 19, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS -- Give Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington credit for his honesty, if nothing else. You think he played poorly against the Vikings on Sunday? So poorly that he absolutely deserved to be yanked in the third quarter and replaced by Frank Walker? Washington agrees with you. In fact, he thought the Ravens' coaching staff made the right move putting him on the bench. "I was having a rough day, and I agree with them," Washington said. "The coaching staff has to do what's best for the team.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 4, 2008
The new comedy The Promotion suggests that if American life is an extension of high school, laboring at a corporate supermarket is the equivalent of high-school detention. It's a funny insight undone by a scenario akin to a foul-mouthed after-school special. Life lessons get learned, and the pretty good are pretty well rewarded. The movie has a touch of truth to it, but afterward you feel as if you've been tickled by a worn-out feather duster. On the plus side, anyone who's taken a long hard look at himself and wondered, "How did this happen?"
NEWS
By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,Sun reporter | February 10, 2008
There are no figures in women's figure skating. Kimmie Meissner is finding that out the hard way. A growth spurt, or just a couple of pounds on hips and thighs, can upset a world-class skater's finely calibrated internal gyroscope or put stress on a teenager's developing bones. It happened to five-time world champion Michelle Kwan. It happened to former U.S. champion Sasha Cohen. And now, say skating experts who have watched Meissner's recent struggles, it's happening to her. Just two years ago, Meissner won the world championship and followed it last year with the U.S. Championship.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,Sun reporter | August 5, 2007
To get the bridge near her Locust Point home fixed, Karen Johns says she'll stand naked with a sign. No one wants it to come to that, but after nearly a decade of ignored letters, phone calls and so many appeals to politicians that she's lost count, it just might. "I'm just afraid the bridge is going to collapse one day," she says. "I've been trying to get someone to take care of this for 10 years. "I don't care how safe they tell me it is. I'm not in another world that I can't see what's right and what's wrong.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,sun reporter | February 14, 2007
A hazardous mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow fell across the Baltimore region yesterday and into this morning, threatening to create dangerously icy roadways for the early commute. Two inches of snow and about a half-inch of ice were expected to accumulate, with temperatures plummeting into the teens and wind gusts topping 40 mph by the storm's end this evening, according to forecasts. Most public school systems around the region dismissed children hours early yesterday in anticipation of the storm, and Carroll County simply closed schools for the day - with the status of school openings across much of the state uncertain today.
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By ALICE STEINBACH | January 14, 1991
IT WAS A FEW MINUTES BEFORE air time and the talk show host was about to begin his daily radio program. He poured himself a cup of coffee and then, turning to me, said something surprising:"You know, this job never gets any easier," confessed this erudite man who for years has presided over an extremely popular call-in show. "Every time I go on the air, I have to overcome a fear that I'll fail; that the show won't be any good."He paused. "But I've found out something interesting about failing.
NEWS
By David Kohn and David Kohn,SUN STAFF | July 28, 2003
Here's Thurmon Lockhart's idea of a day's work: Pour soapy water on the floor. Watch a senior citizen take a tumble. Pour soapy water on the floor. Watch a senior citizen take a tumble. "It's kind of fun," he says with a chuckle. "We're very sneaky." No, Lockhart is not a sadistic sicko. In fact, he's a serious scientist at the Virginia Tech Locomotion Research Laboratory, trying to understand the mechanisms underlying a common and dangerous problem for the elderly - falling down. More than a third of older Americans fall every year, and more than 10,000 die from fall-related injuries.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | March 21, 2004
ROCK HALL - As town manager, Ronnie Fithian had plenty to keep him busy on the morning after Isabel. First on the list was rescuing his 83-year- old sister, Katherine Bringer, from the second floor of the flooded bungalow where he grew up. In a johnboat with an outboard motor, Fithian putted down Route 20, the main drag in this old watermen's town of 1,600, headed through the back door and steered straight into his sister's kitchen. She waited at the foot of the stairs. It all sounds surreal now, Fithian said, especially considering that this rescue took place in 4 feet of water in a house that sits a good half-mile from the Chesapeake Bay. "If somebody had told us there'd ever be a hurricane with 8- to 9-foot tidal surge, we'd have thought we'd be gone," said Fithian, who has supervised a half-dozen municipal employees in his hometown for seven years.
NEWS
By David Kohn and David Kohn,SUN STAFF | July 28, 2003
Here's Thurmon Lockhart's idea of a day's work: Pour soapy water on the floor. Watch a senior citizen take a tumble. Pour soapy water on the floor. Watch a senior citizen take a tumble. "It's kind of fun," he says with a chuckle. "We're very sneaky." No, Lockhart is not a sadistic sicko. In fact, he's a serious scientist at the Virginia Tech Locomotion Research Laboratory, trying to understand the mechanisms underlying a common and dangerous problem for the elderly - falling down. More than a third of older Americans fall every year, and more than 10,000 die from fall-related injuries.
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