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June 21, 2013
I grieve for the "new normal" of Erika Brannock and for her future ("For bombing victim, a 'new normal,'" June 19). And I grieve for the future of America if our "new normal" is a government relentlessly spying on law abiding citizens. Until this country decides to overhaul our immigration and visa system, all this surveillance and "meta data" will be useless. We have a love affair with the "huddled masses" and "wretched refuse" of the world so there will be more Erika Brannocks and others whose "new normal" will also be tragic.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2011
Here's the part where you tell me how wrong (or how right!) I was on a review. This week's bar review is about Anne Arundel County's Hellas, which has recently embraced craft beer after ten years in operation. From the review: "Before, Hella's was a restaurant that could have been (and likely was) easily taken for granted - the kind of affordable, wholesome place people go to on family outings to celebrate birthdays and winning report cards. The restaurant still needs to improve its look - which, unlike its progressive beer menu, is stale - and should give its wait staff a talking to for its apparent boredom while I was there.
NEWS
May 24, 2010
The thrust of The Sun's editorial and the approach of public officials for decades for improving Liberty Road and other secondary roads with aging retail areas has been to treat the problems as economic development issues ("Life on Liberty Road," May 23). The solutions have been to update failing areas with new buildings without dealing with the core problems. People need to be connected to their neighborhoods. Suburban Baltimore County communities were built around the love affair with the car. They became commuting communities.
NEWS
October 17, 2013
I am endlessly amazed, even stultified at times, regarding how a person's wearing of a firearm gives that person a feeling of invincibility, if you will. The most recent issue deals with Baltimore Police training instructor William Kern, and his love affair with his weapon or "attachment," as prosecutors termed it ("Training instructor had 'unhealthy attachment' to gun, state says," Oct. 15). It was also noted that Mr. Kern had accidentally pulled out his weapon twice before he shot University of Maryland police recruit Raymond Gray during training exercises.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2012
It's a story that simply won't go away. It's an upper-class soap opera, and even after the passage of 75 years it still packs a sentimental punch and draws a willing audience into the glittering world of the British aristocracy. It is the saga of England's Edward VIII (he reigned for less than a year and was never crowned), who found it simply impossible to continue with his royal responsibilities without the love of an ambitious commoner from Baltimore, Wallis Warfield Simpson, the Belle of Biddle Street, who was determined to bag a royal and crash her way into the upper strata of British society.
FEATURES
By Philip Wuntch and Philip Wuntch,Dallas Morning News | November 1, 1994
In Hollywood, married couples sell magazines. Their nuptials make the cover of People. Their divorces make the cover of National Enquirer.But do married couples sell movie tickets? Surprisingly, they often don't. The latest example is Warren Beatty's and Annette Bening's "Love Affair," which debuted the weekend of Oct. 21-23 with a surprisingly weak $5.4 million box-office take.Is it because we really didn't need another "Love Affair" -- TTC especially after its plot points were rehashed in last year's "Sleepless in Seattle"?
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By JAMES ASHER and JAMES ASHER,SUN STAFF | May 3, 1998
"Cities of The Plain: A Novel," by Cormac McCarthy. Knopf. 416 pages. $25.Cormac McCarthy's work began in a best-selling way with the first book in his trilogy on life in the rural regions of New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. "Cities of the Plain," the tale of a tragic love affair between a cowboy and a Mexican girl, is the final installment of that three-volume set.There is much to like, really like, in "Cities." Even so, the book takes a little getting used to. Written largely in dialogue, the book is interspersed with a considerable quantity of talk in Spanish.
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By ANNE WHITEHOUSE | November 4, 1990
My Son's Story.Nadine Gordimer.Farrar, Straus & Giroux.277 pages. $19.95. Nadine Gordimer's 10th novel, the story of a "coloured" political activist's family in South Africa, deals with her hallmark themes of love and politics and displays her penchant for writing through characters very different from herself. Sonny, a self-educated schoolteacher with a love of Shakespeare and Kafka, and his dutiful, lovely wife, Aila, are soberly dedicated to responsibility and self-improvement. They have two children, a vivacious daughter known by her childhood nickname of Baby (just as her father is known by his)
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SUN STAFF | June 21, 2001
The Faustian Bargain -- the compact where a mortal sells his soul to the devil in exchange for gaining his heart's desire in the here-and-now -- has long been the stuff of classic theater and grand opera. And our popular culture, in some of its more clever and philosophical moments, has found this theme irresistible as well. Recall Disney's "Little Mermaid," in which Ariel signs over her voice to Ursula, the diabolical sea witch, in exchange for human form. In the wickedly clever musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," Seymour the botanist plies the stage's most famous man-eating plant with human blood, the better to win money, fame and the affection of his beloved Audrey.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 16, 2006
In the future, let's hope we can leave the word "trick" out of love stories or sex comedies unless it refers to a prostitute's client. The Lake House, in which a mailbox serves as a time portal for two lovers (Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock) is the latest in a series of gimmick-ridden romances. The increasing absurdity of the trick dashes any genuine emotion as the movie goes on. At the screening I went to, the gentleman in front of me turned around to me and my friends and asked whether we'd noticed that the film ended in a way that made its opening action, even on its own terms, impossible.
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