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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | February 18, 1997
Say that you own a company that has, over the years, done quite a lot of business in and with the state of Maryland. In fact, the State Retirement and Pension System recently invested in a large piece of your company's stock. So, to show your appreciation to Maryland and its people, you had a CD made of "Maryland, My Maryland," which your sales staff distributed to customers and public schools across the state.Congratulations. By the terms of House Bill 718 -- the "gangsta rap" divestiture bill -- the State Retirement and Pension System may no longer invest in your company.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 25, 2012
Lawrence E. Paradis, a retired cameraman whose career with WMAR-TV spanned nearly four decades, died Saturday of lung cancer at his Kingsville home. He was 87. Lawrence Ernest Paradis was born and raised in Groton, Conn., where he graduated in 1943 from Fitch High School. After high school, Mr. Paradis enlisted in the Marine Corps and he served in the Pacific theater as a radio operator. He fought at Peleliu and the Philippines and, near the end of the war, was attached to the fabled 6th Marine Division, helping to secure Tokyo Bay. Discharged with the rank of corporal in 1946, Mr. Paradis moved to Chicago, where he enrolled in the Lee De Forest Radio and Television School, earning his FCC radio and television licenses.
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By Holly Selby | November 11, 1990
Something about Rosetta Stith suggests determination, ego, passion and theatrics rolled into one -- as though she were a grand dame of the opera or a Shakespearean actress.And perhaps in another life she would be. "My whole upbringinwas to go into the theater. My parents always thought I would be on stage," she says with a sweeping gesture.Almost all her gestures are.Nonetheless, the West Baltimore native is neither diva noactress: She is in her 10th year as the principal of Baltimore's Laurence G. Paquin Junior-Senior High School for pregnant teen-agers and new mothers.
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By Marc LeGoff | June 26, 1991
In the covenant-happy city of Columbia, where a Thunder Hill resident was forced by his community association to repaint his front door aless-offensive color than purple, I found the display in front of the Covenant Baptist Church near Cedar Acres numbing."
NEWS
January 1, 1994
In the 5th century B.C., the Greek philosopher Socrates warned his fellow citizens of Athens that unsupervised access to the popular music of the day would surely corrupt the morals of the city's youth. The authorities duly noted Socrates' complaint, then decided that it was he, with his iconoclastic wit, who posed the greater risk and forced him to drink hemlock.Mindful of the philosopher's fate, we are reluctant to broach the subject again. But there's been no shortage recently of critics who blame today's popular music -- particularly the in-your-face, rhyming genre known as "gangsta rap" -- for much of today's violence, bigotry and misogyny.
FEATURES
September 25, 1990
Report on Mrs. BushBarbara Bush dipped into Sidney Sheldon and Scott Turow over the summer, took a fancy to television's "America's Funniest Home Videos" but was baffled by Bart Simpson and his acid-tongued cartoon family. "It was the dumbest thing I have ever seen, but it's a family thing, and I guess it's clean," she said in a recent interview in People magazine. During her summer vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine, the first lady said she found time to work out daily and catch up on her reading,Star wars?
NEWS
November 13, 1990
Cable News Network did the prudent thing in agreeing not to broadcast again tapes of Gen. Manuel Noriega talking to his lawyers' office until the issue of CNN's right to do so has been settled by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court must act soon. Even press critics who believe CNN was wrong to broadcast the tape know in their hearts that a greater wrong was the issuance by Judge William Hoeveler in Miami of an order forbidding it to broadcast. That order must be vacated.We have no doubt it will be. It is widely understood by legal scholars specializing in free speech issues and by jurists that only in extreme cases -- reporting troop or ship movements in wartime, for example -- is prior restraint permissible.
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By Eric Siegel | October 4, 1990
Maryland record store owners and lawyers involved in First Amendment issues reacted with dismay yesterday to the conviction of a Florida record store owner on obscenity charges.And those familiar with state law say that similar prosecutions could happen here, though none could recall successful prosecutions in the last several years under local obscenity statutes."I am so offended," said Mike Richman, owner/manager of the four-store Recordmasters chain, reacting to the conviction of Charles Freeman, who sold a copy of 2 Live Crew's "Nasty As They Wanna Be" album to an undercover policeman in June, prompting the charges.
NEWS
April 29, 1994
Anyone who follows pop music can only wonder where the genre will go -- that is, how far it will go -- in the wake of the latest barrier-bashing crudities by performers with seemingly more ability to shock than to make good music. Pop in the rock era has always boasted a strong vein of defiance. But not even long-time fans can savor imagining what might be left for Madonna to reveal or for 2 Live Crew to remark.Now it looks like Generation X has chosen its next collection of pop stars. Get ready for . . . Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash.
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By Arthur Hirsch | October 9, 1990
Just a little misunderstanding. My fault. For a minute there it appeared I was guilty of unauthorized mall walking.It happened two Sunday mornings ago when I stopped in at the Marley Station mall for coffee. Right in front of the Vie de France coffee shop was this sign. No kidding: "ATTENTION WALKERS -- ALL MALL WALKERS MUST BE REGISTERED AND WEAR I.D.TAGS, VISIBLY, AT ALL TIMES. MALL WALKING IS PERMITTED BETWEEN 7:30 AM & 10 AM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY ONLY -- Thank you."This stopped me in my tracks.
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