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By michael sragow and michael sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 7, 2008
Co-directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, over the phone from Los Angeles, react merrily to the notion that Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is the Godfather Part II of computer-animated sequels. Speaking in one voice, they laugh when they say, "Great comparison!" Hey, I protest, I mean it. After all, like Godfather Part II, it's a sequel and a prequel about fathers and sons. It goes back in time to show the African roots of Alex (voice of Ben Stiller), the lion who considered himself the King of New York when he headlined the Central Park Zoo at the start of Madagascar.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
My mugo pine has white things on the needles like paint flakes. Do I need to address this? That is pine needle scale, a native pest that also occurs on other pines and spruce. Scale insects hide under their shell-like cover and suck out cell contents. Normally, native insects such as lady beetles and parasitic wasps keep this scale under control, but if you see a lot of white flecks, a plant could suffer yellowing, stunting or dieback. Apply a summer-weight horticultural oil twice, in mid-May and late July, when the eggs hatch over two to three weeks and little red crawlers are visible (you may need a magnifying glass to see them)
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | November 16, 2008
Madagascar is a huge island off the coast of southeast Africa, set amid the Indian Ocean. The area is known for its natural wonders, beautiful scenery and interesting wildlife. Not unlike the movie currently in theaters, Madagascar has some unique animal characters in residence, such as lemurs, sloths and tomato frogs. The situation for tourists (and natives) is not ideal in this very poor nation, where infrastructure, like roads and buildings, shows signs of distress. Still, tourism is beginning to thrive.
EXPLORE
January 13, 2013
1/13 Sunday Brunch on the hill On Sun., Jan. 13, at 11 a.m., McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, will host a Sunday brunch buffet with live music. The cost is $12 and includes a mimosa or bloody Mary, or $7.75 without an alcoholic beverage. 410-857-2290. 1/14 Monday Sesame Street party Mount Airy Library, 705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy will host a Sesame Street ABC 123 party Mon., Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. Enjoy stories, games and crafts featuring Sesame Street characters.
FEATURES
June 6, 2005
LOS ANGELES - A talking lion became king of the box office as the animated tale Madagascar climbed to the No. 1 spot with $28.7 million in its second weekend. At No. 2 was Adam Sandler's football remake The Longest Yard, which took in $26.1 million in its second weekend. That left third place to Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which grossed $26 million in its third weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. Madagascar, featuring the voice of Ben Stiller as a zoo lion returned to the wild, debuted at No. 2 a week earlier and took over first-place from Revenge of the Sith, which had held the top spot for two weekends.
HEALTH
By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
When researcher Erik Patel hiked into the mountainous rain forest of northeast Madagascar in 2001, he was a doctoral student embarking on a quest for basic scientific knowledge about one of the rarest primates in the world: a snow-white lemur called the silky sifaka. More than a decade later, Patel, who was profiled by The Baltimore Sun in 2006, remains dedicated to the acrobatic animals he affectionately calls silkies. Only today much of his work is devoted to preserving the species from an array of powerful forces, such as poaching and destruction of habitat.
NEWS
By William J. Broad and William J. Broad,New York Times News Service | March 5, 2000
NEW YORK -- He lived on Wall Street, a Turkish carpet on his parlor floor, casks of Madeira in his cellar. His tall house had scrolled dormers and fluted chimneys, which ships seeking New York moorage sought out as landmarks. A family man with two daughters, he owned a pew at Trinity Church. But the privateer William Kidd wanted more. Most especially, he wanted a life free of 17th-century strictures. He fortified his ship, named Adventure, with 34 big guns and more than a hundred men, and between 1696 and 1698 became a terror of the seas, amassing a fortune in gold, silk and jewels.
NEWS
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 7, 2008
The Circle of Life becomes the Three-Ring Circus of Life in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Remember how Robin Williams in Aladdin giddily exploded the dignity of 2-D animated classics right after they reached a high point in Beauty and the Beast? Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa gleefully pulverizes the moods and methods of 2-D and 3-D cartoon classics alike with a plot that turns The Lion King on its head. Alex (voice of Ben Stiller) started the first film as the King of New York, the headline performer at the Central Park Zoo. In the prologue to Escape 2 Africa, we learn that he began life in Africa, the presumptive heir to his dad, Zuba (the late Bernie Mac)
NEWS
By SCOTT CALVERT and SCOTT CALVERT,SUN FOREIGN REPORTER | November 13, 2005
BEMANEVIKA, MADAGASCAR -- The house that vanilla almost built soars above all the others in this remote village of one-story wood huts and dirt lanes. Jamaro Bernad, a 57-year-old grower, began erecting his four-story concrete dream home two years ago, when the price of vanilla shot to record highs amid cyclone damage and price speculation. But he finished only the top two floors before the price plunged by 90 percent, a welcome change for American consumers but a dread occurrence here.
NEWS
By SCOTT CALVERT and SCOTT CALVERT,SUN FOREIGN REPORTER | January 1, 2006
MAROJEJY NATIONAL PARK, Madagascar -- Since daybreak he has been scanning the treetops for the creatures that move as if by pogo stick and look as if they wear white fur coats and big, black, round sunglasses. It is after 2 p.m., and the dense, hilly rain forest has yet to give primatologist Erik Patel a glimpse of Propithecus candidus, the rare monkeylike lemur known as the silky sifaka. It is one of the world's 25 most-endangered primates, the animal order that includes humans. Fewer than 1,000 silky sifakas are thought to exist, all of them in this rugged patch of northeast Madagascar.
HEALTH
By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
When researcher Erik Patel hiked into the mountainous rain forest of northeast Madagascar in 2001, he was a doctoral student embarking on a quest for basic scientific knowledge about one of the rarest primates in the world: a snow-white lemur called the silky sifaka. More than a decade later, Patel, who was profiled by The Baltimore Sun in 2006, remains dedicated to the acrobatic animals he affectionately calls silkies. Only today much of his work is devoted to preserving the species from an array of powerful forces, such as poaching and destruction of habitat.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2011
The cartoons have "it" — and the live-action shorts only some of "it" — in the slate of Oscar-nominated short subjects opening Friday at the Charles. The best live-action entries are Ivan Goldschmidt's "Na Wewe," a frightening, illuminating depiction of 1994 Burundi, and Luke Matheny's "God of Love," a sweet hipster comedy about a latter-day Cupid. But the live-action slate also includes the awful childhood melodrama "The Confession," as well as "The Crush," an opportunistic comedy that exploits audience qualms about a boy professing love for his teacher and then handling a gun. Happily, the animated shorts, no matter how erratic, boast a charismatic kind of inspiration.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2010
The Little Italy Open Air Film Festival is the granddaddy — or should we say the Godfather? — to a Maryland phenomenon that has sprouted from Johns Hopkins to Fells Point and from the Shops at Kenilworth to the Lakefront of Columbia. Think of the phenomenon as the spirit of drive-in movies leaving cars behind and nestling at urban intersections and suburban lakefronts, at mall parking lots and at neighborhood parks. They offer casual fun: Instead of drive-ins, walk-ins — just remember, in most cases, to bring your own blanket or chairs.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | November 16, 2008
Madagascar is a huge island off the coast of southeast Africa, set amid the Indian Ocean. The area is known for its natural wonders, beautiful scenery and interesting wildlife. Not unlike the movie currently in theaters, Madagascar has some unique animal characters in residence, such as lemurs, sloths and tomato frogs. The situation for tourists (and natives) is not ideal in this very poor nation, where infrastructure, like roads and buildings, shows signs of distress. Still, tourism is beginning to thrive.
NEWS
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 7, 2008
The Circle of Life becomes the Three-Ring Circus of Life in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Remember how Robin Williams in Aladdin giddily exploded the dignity of 2-D animated classics right after they reached a high point in Beauty and the Beast? Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa gleefully pulverizes the moods and methods of 2-D and 3-D cartoon classics alike with a plot that turns The Lion King on its head. Alex (voice of Ben Stiller) started the first film as the King of New York, the headline performer at the Central Park Zoo. In the prologue to Escape 2 Africa, we learn that he began life in Africa, the presumptive heir to his dad, Zuba (the late Bernie Mac)
NEWS
By michael sragow and michael sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 7, 2008
Co-directors Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, over the phone from Los Angeles, react merrily to the notion that Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is the Godfather Part II of computer-animated sequels. Speaking in one voice, they laugh when they say, "Great comparison!" Hey, I protest, I mean it. After all, like Godfather Part II, it's a sequel and a prequel about fathers and sons. It goes back in time to show the African roots of Alex (voice of Ben Stiller), the lion who considered himself the King of New York when he headlined the Central Park Zoo at the start of Madagascar.
NEWS
By Scott Straus and Scott Straus,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 27, 1996
MASOALA PENINSULA, Madagascar -- You can reach this peninsula only by a walk of several days or by boat. If not for that, Masoala might be a place of human settlement rather than the largest remaining tract of undeveloped rain forest on Madagascar, a place that has incubated flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth.That myriad of species includes types of sea snails, ferns and palm trees. An American entomologist recently identified on the Masoala Peninsula 100 species of ants, some previously unknown.
NEWS
By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | February 12, 2006
For most of the past year, Aaron and Jenny Christman have been tying up loose ends: selling their cars, moving out of their Westminster apartment, preparing their wills and income tax returns - and brushing up on their Malagasy, an official language of Madagascar. The two Carroll County teachers are scheduled to leave today to serve with the Peace Corps for two years and three months. The married couple is expected to fly to Philadelphia this morning, where they will stay for two days while they receive immunizations and an overview of their assignment in Madagascar.
NEWS
By Michael Sragow | October 31, 2008
Body of Lies : *** This film has met the sad box-office fate of other recent Middle East-themed movies, but this one didn't deserve its swift demise at the box office. Based on David Ignatius' novel, this solid thriller takes the spy-vs.-spy complications of the Cold War espionage thriller and adapts them to the volatile, risky world of contemporary insurgency and terrorism. Leonardo DiCaprio continues on a roll as an American agent determined to establish good-faith partnerships with Arab agents, and Russell Crowe is smarmily amusing as his boss.
NEWS
By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | February 12, 2006
For most of the past year, Aaron and Jenny Christman have been tying up loose ends: selling their cars, moving out of their Westminster apartment, preparing their wills and income tax returns - and brushing up on their Malagasy, an official language of Madagascar. The two Carroll County teachers are scheduled to leave today to serve with the Peace Corps for two years and three months. The married couple is expected to fly to Philadelphia this morning, where they will stay for two days while they receive immunizations and an overview of their assignment in Madagascar.
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