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By Marego Athans and Marego Athans,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 14, 2000
Tomorrow, on Ray Lewis' 25th birthday, characters will converge in an unfolding drama that mixes pro football, celebrity, money, politics, rap music, wild parties, street brawling and homicide. Performing in an Atlanta courtroom will be some of the city's sharpest legal minds, including a smooth lawyer born to Southern gentry and a pony-tailed, tattooed maverick. Jurors and TV viewers will peer into a world of rap artists, hairstylists and small-time criminals, where a famous limousine, a mink coat and a champagne bottle figure in the fatal stabbings of two young men."
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By VALLI HERMAN and VALLI HERMAN,Los Angeles Daily News | September 12, 1990
LOS ANGELES Any awards show that manages to mix the Partridge Family with 2 Live Crew and Magic Johnson with Madonna promises to deliver a parade of fashion eclecticism.The only fashion theme missing from the 1990 MTV Awards, last week at the Universal Amphitheatre, was old-fashioned elegant, glamour. In a kaleidoscopic jumble of color, flash and fashion, performers and presenters proved that this is indeed an increasingly visual medium.Clearly, broadcast rock is changing the standard sight, sound and spectacle formula of rock 'n' roll and giving spectacle the lead.
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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 Aaron Epstein and Aaron Epstein,Knight-Ridder News Service | August 27, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Entertainer Bette Midler summoned her lawyers after an advertising agency hired a sound-alike singer to evoke yuppie memories by imitating Ms. Midler's "Do You Want to Dance?" for a Mercury Sable commercial.Singer Tom Waits heard an imitator of his gravelly voice sing the praises of SalsaRio Doritos and became increasingly incensed by what he called "this corn chip sermon."One-role personality Vanna White sued the creators of an ad that put a blond robot in a TV game show.Ms.
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun | July 16, 2000
Looks like the traditional July Fourth party that Tony Hawkins and Paula Rome throw at their summer home on the Magothy River was another big success. And we do mean big. The retired Rouse Company VP and his PR whiz wife have been throwing the summer shindig for 15 years now. This year, about 100 friends and family attended, including: Baltimore tourism chief Carroll Armstrong with wife Barbara and mom Margaret; former city housing boss Dan Henson, wife Del and her mom; the Polo Grill's Gail and Lenny Kaplan; HUD bigwig Elinor Bacon; and Tony's closest friend, Warren Carroll, and four generations of his family.
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By Alice Steinbach and Alice Steinbach,Staff Writer ! | August 16, 1992
BOCA RATON, Fla.--It's Sunday -- 2 in the afternoon, to be exact -- and the blazing sun is bouncing sparks off the water shimmering in the pool. There's a Sunday-afternoon stillness outside. And the view through the soaring glass walls of this spectacular house is peaceful, almost bucolic: lush green grass, electric-blue skies and motionless, high banks of pearl-colored clouds.Inside, however, the pace is quite different.For one thing, a newspaper photographer is at the front door. For another, an ABC "PrimeTime Live" crew sent by Diane Sawyer is on its way. Then there's a reporter setting up a tape recorder in the living room and, somewhere in another room, there are sounds of a fax machine faxing and a phone ringing.
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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.
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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?
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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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