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November 9, 2005
THE PROMOTIONAL billboards for a new movie about the life of a popular rap star struck an angry chord with parents living in a tough South Central Los Angeles community. The bare, bronze back. The outstretched arms. The hands, one holding a microphone and the other a pistol. The imagery was intolerable, and the anger spread to urban neighborhoods in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Philadelphia, and crescendoed around the country. By the time the noise died down, the little guys had won. Paramount Pictures agreed to take 21 billboards down, bowing to the sensibilities of parents offended by the blatant glorification of thug life and violence.
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By Janene Holzberg and For The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Dawn Root's life took a serendipitous turn two years ago, one that eventually brought her to talk about her mother's death as a way to fight domestic violence. The Glen Burnie resident spoke as an advocate and survivor Tuesday at the fifth annual candlelight vigil held by HopeWorks, a Howard County agency that serves victims of sexual, dating and domestic violence. The event, held in Columbia, marked October's designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the country. Root told the gathering of 40 people wearing purple ribbons that she is on a mission to speak to audiences across the Baltimore area "since living in the darkness wasn't serving me, and I realized it was time to leave negativity behind.
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By Morgan Eichensehr and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Reality TV makes strange bedfellows - especially on a tattoo competition show. Don Peddicord, 30, co-owner of Tattoo Dynasty in Joppa, met New York-based tattoo artist Erik Suida during a casting call for Season 2 of the Spike tat competition show, "Ink Master. " "We actually waited in line together for about six hours and he just kind of rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning," Peddicord said. "I just never really cared for his attitude about things. " But after several years of social media "bashing," Suida called on Peddicord to be his rival for the show's fifth season, "Ink Master Rivals," now airing at 10 p.m. Tuesdays.
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May 22, 2007
The plumes of black smoke rising this week from a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon and the sound of gunfire are eerily reminiscent of the country's decades-old civil war and the ethnic fault lines that kept it going for 15 years. The difference now is that Lebanon's military is fighting to rout a new band of extremists, clearly well armed and reportedly influenced by al-Qaida. The government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora is asserting itself - as it must to protect this fledgling democracy.
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By NEAL R. PEIRCE | July 3, 1995
Charlotte, North Carolina. -- Three dozen Charlotte neighborhoods, ranging from dirt-poor to affluent, met in May to adopt a ''Declaration of Interdependence'' -- a kind of mutual assistance pact to fight for equal attention from city and county governments on every issue from crack houses to parking, crime fighting to neighborhood policing to housing.The neighborhoods are agreeing to assist each other with information, education, training and plain old political infighting. For some of the most afflicted neighborhoods, that could mean a set of powerful new friends.
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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,Washington Bureau | September 16, 1992
SECOND AD. It aired on networks during such highly rated programs as ABC's Monday Night Football, college football, jTC NBC's "Miss America Pageant" and a number of prime-time sitcoms and drama series including "Going to Extremes," "Homefront" and "Unsolved Mysteries."COST: $2.5 million.SCRIPT: George Bush: "The world is in transition. The defining challenge of the '90s is to win the economic competition. To win the peace, we must be a military superpower, an economic superpower, an export superpower.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer | September 17, 1994
LAS VEGAS -- A month ago at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium, Julio Cesar Chavez was greeted by the strangest sound he had ever heard. The four-time world champion was roundly booed by more than 100,000 of his countrymen after being introduced at an NFL preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers.Witnesses said Chavez smiled weakly, trying to hide his dismay and damaged ego.For more than a decade, while winning his first 89 professional fights and capturing titles at 130, 135 and 140 pounds, he was Mexico's patron saint of boxing, worshiped the same way American sports fans idolize Michael Jordan.
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By Omar L. Gallaga and Omar L. Gallaga,COX NEWS SERVICE | January 16, 2003
Mortal Kombat is an old chestnut for gamers, a series that was controversial for its over-the-top violence in its day (the early 1990s), but now seems quaint next to a new generation of blood-'n'-guts game play. Now, Midway Home Entertainment updates the franchise with Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, a nimble fighting game that improves upon MK and its sequels with a deeper fighting system, improved graphics and a multitude of extras to discover and unlock using "kurrency" earned in the game.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | April 21, 1992
For nearly 1 1/2 years, trainer Nancy Heil nursed a strained tendon on 5-year-old gelding Fighting Notion.During that time, owners Arlene and Herb Kushner paid bill after bill on the injured animal.Yesterday at Pimlico Race Course, their patience and perseverance paid off.The horse won the $42,175 Duck Dance Handicap, his first stakes victory since he set a stakes record in the Mister Diz Stakes at Pimlico more than two years ago.The horse's task was made a lot easier when five of the nine horses in the field were scratched after the track came up muddy.
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By Michael Dresser and John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Using a daughter's compelling testimonial and a rally in Annapolis, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan is fighting rival Anthony G. Brown's attempt to persuade voters that Hogan would take the state backward on such matters as abortion and birth control Hogan's counteroffensive comes after a sustained ad blitz in which Brown's campaign and its allies seek to portray Hogan as a closet right-wing extremist who would roll back the clock...
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By Alexa Fraser | September 28, 2014
One of the things that delights me in the people I love is their differences.  Each of my beloved family members behaved differently in life, so naturally each of them chose to die in their own way.  My dad, Alex Fraser, wanted control over the time and place of his death.  As his Parkinson's worsened, sometime after his 90 t h birthday, he decided to take action.  His health had been declining for some time, his tremor made it hard...
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By Cal Thomas | September 27, 2014
On  his Fox News show  Monday night, Bill O'Reilly suggested using mercenaries to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) instead of U.S. ground forces, which President Obama has repeatedly vowed not to deploy. The use of mercenaries is as old as warfare itself. Alexander the Great used them. King George III hired German mercenaries to fight for the British in the American Revolution. Today  mercenaries go by other names, like “contractor . " The president is to be commended for assembling a coalition that includes Arab states, but why are more of  our European allies not part of it?
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September 22, 2014
The Orioles have already given Baltimore much to be proud of this week by clinching the American League East division title. Not as well known is another reason for Baltimore to be proud of this amazing organization - for the role that they are playing in the fight against lung cancer ( "Reflecting on memorable scenes from the Orioles' celebration Tuesday," Sept. 17). When Orioles Public Relations Director Monica Barlow died this February of lung cancer, she was only 36 years old. She had spent much of her four-and-a-half-year fight against lung cancer sharing her story in the hope of bringing attention to the critical need for research, some of which helped extend her own life.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A 46-year-old Laurel man has been charged with killing his 68-year-old father in a fight at their home Sunday morning, Howard County police said. Nandal Gupta and his son, Deepak, got into an argument that turned physical, police said, causing Nandal to experience chest pains. Emergency responders took him from the home in the 9500 block of Washington Ave. to Laurel Regional Hospital, where he died at 9:35 a.m. Deepak Gupta has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and first- and second-degree assault, police said.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 14, 2014
If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high -- and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Obama's Wednesday-night announcement that this country is returning to war, albeit with air strikes only, in a place we just left behind in 2011 after spending almost nine years, over a trillion dollars and 4,425 lives. If. As in, if President Bush had concentrated on toppling the Taliban in Afghanistan, which harbored the authors of the terrorist strike we suffered 13 years ago last week, if he had not rushed to judgment, convincing himself Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was behind the attack, if his administration had not used suspect intelligence to claim Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, if we had not bought into the fantasy that we could impose a Jeffersonian democracy on another nation and have them thank us for it, if we had not destabilized the region, if we had never kicked this hornet's nest, would we now find ourselves obliged to confront the criminal gang that calls itself the Islamic State?
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By Kevin G. Hall and Kevin G. Hall,Journal of Commerce | September 17, 1992
In a 60-second television spot that aired during professional football games on Sunday, President Bush vowed to voters and sports fans that he would continue fighting for U.S. jobs by seizing export opportunities.To help make his point, the president's voice delivered the message while the screen showed a container being loaded on a ship bearing a good American-sounding and environmentally friendly name -- Evergreen -- sailing out of port.The only problem, as people in the transportation business know, is that Evergreen is a Taiwanese shipping company.
SPORTS
By Alan Goldstein | September 22, 1990
Simon Brown, the International Boxing Federation champion, has rejected a three-fight package leading to a $1 million match next spring against Roberto Duran while reaffirming his vow to sever boxing relations with manager Al Balboin and promoter Don Elbaum.Elbaum and Duran's promoter, Mike Acri of Erie, Pa., had set a Wednesday deadline for Brown's decision on fighting the former three-time world champion from Panama."I don't need any deadline, and I don't need Roberto Duran," Brown said yesterday from his home in Germantown.
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Sheila Durant | September 14, 2014
Like many Americans, we in Maryland have watched and listened to the graphic daily news stories chronicling Ebola's escalating devastation in Liberia and other West African nations. Our hearts break as we witness the deaths of innocent Liberians and courageous health-care providers. And we wonder: How can one of the world's poorest countries, whose people and infrastructure remain devastated from over a decade of civil war, hold up against the ferocity of the worst Ebola epidemic ever?
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
A man fired a handgun on South Charles Street in Federal Hill amid a fight that happened after the bars closed early Saturday morning, according to police. The gun, a 9MM Ekol Volga, is thought to be a "blank gun" that makes a sound like a gun but does not fire a bullet, according to an email sent by Southern Police District Commander Major Ian Dombroski, Commander of the Southern Police District, to the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association. The gun still needs to undergo ballistics testing to confirm that, he wrote.
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