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By Geoffrey Canada | December 28, 1992
YOU are probably going to be a little concerned when I tel you how happy I am to be honored as a children's hero.Some people might be a little more modest and say: "Don't call me a hero. I'm not worthy of such flattery."But not me. I desperately want to be a children's hero.You see, children here in the city need heroes because a hero summons up images of supernatural powers. Heroes were meant to slay dragons and monsters, and far too many of our children face monsters every day.Now I'm not speaking metaphorically.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
In the opening episode of Season 4 of “Homeland,” Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), CIA station chief in Kabul, is sitting in a rec center within the U.S. compound drinking a beer and watching baseball on TV, when a young Air Force pilot approaches. After an exchange that establishes Carrie as the person who called in the airstrike he flew on the home of a suspected terrorist, the lieutenant says, “Monsters.” “What did you say?” Mathison angrily demands of the young man she had previously been sizing up sexually.
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By MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE | April 14, 2009
For PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2 and Windows PC. Alternate version for Nintendo DS. Rated 10-plus *** 1/2 (3 1/2 STARS) Every spring, a wave of kids' movie tie-in games, ranging from bland to terrible, invades stores and preys on unsuspecting parents. This year almost certainly will be no different. But before that wave crashes down, we have Monsters vs. Aliens, a game that not only is terrifically fun for kids, but legitimately good enough for their older siblings and parents to enjoy.
NEWS
By Mike Giuliano | June 13, 2014
If you're in the mood for some science fiction silliness, "The Intergalactic Nemesis: A Live-Action Graphic Novel" promises to keep you laughing on Friday, June 20, at 8 p.m. in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake. This Columbia Festival of the Arts presentation combines aspects of 1930s-style radio dramas with comic book art. Like such movies as "Star Wars" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," this theatrical show looks to the campy science fantasy and adventure stories of that earlier era for its inspiration.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2013
In 1993, a trio of University of Colorado students released a debut album, "Sister Sweetly," as Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Four Top 10 singles, including "Broken Hearted Savior," pushed album sales passed one million. An unknown at the time named Sheryl Crow opened some of the band's tour dates. That same year, the group made its network television debut on "Late Show with David Letterman. " Frontman Todd Park Mohr remains proud of the band's biggest - and earliest - accomplishments, but he doesn't sugarcoat their affect on him, even 20 years later.
FEATURES
By Beverly Mills and Beverly Mills,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 30, 1996
Six months ago my 7-year-old son watched a movie about werewolves and had a dream that the wolf was in his room. He still thinks the wolf is in his room, and during the night he comes and gets in bed with us. How can we help him get over this?Robert Johnson Jr.Tallmadge, Ohio.In this case, the cause of the problem can also be part of the solution.The real culprit is a normal, active imagination coupled with the sheer fact of how a 7-year-old views the world. Just as the child believes the werewolf is real, he will also believe in an imaginary solution.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Victor Godinez and Victor Godinez,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | March 6, 2003
Foul-mouthed, gritty realism fell flat with Sony's recent gangster title The Getaway, but campy, whimsical destruction works wonders with War of the Monsters for the PlayStation 2. War of the Monsters ($39; suitable for ages 13 and up) plays like an interactive version of a 1950s movies where giant lizards, apes, atomic robots and lava men duke it out for control of the Earth. That's the entire plot - but it's not a bad thing. In the one-player mode, you pick your leviathan and travel from one location to another, tussling with another mutant and moving on. The premise isn't new, but the game play has all sorts of great quirks.
FEATURES
By Dr. Modena Wilsonand Dr. Alain Joffe | January 29, 1991
Q: My 6-year-old wakes up at night saying he hears monster and ghosts in his room and ends up sleeping in our bed. I've tried to help him get rid of the monsters without success. I want to get him out of our bedroom. Any ideas?A: Nighttime fears are a common childhood problem. We agree sleeping in the parents' room is not a good, long-term solution. Your son's fears of monsters and ghosts are normal at this age, but they are not rational. Therefore, reasoning will not expel them.There are a number of things you can do to help.
NEWS
By Ellen McCarthy and Ellen McCarthy,The Washington Post | March 27, 2009
Reese Witherspoon's kids are at that age - the one where they discover a movie they like and proceed to watch it over and over and over again. Her daughter, Ava, 9, and son, Deacon, 5, don't get bored of their favorites and don't find themselves satisfied with a third viewing. They just get excited to watch it again. So it's no surprise that the Oscar winner, 33, is particularly concerned with the quality of children's entertainment, choosing to work back to back on animated feature films.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | November 10, 1992
Name your critter, and Rachael L. Riffee will make it for you.She can produce the real thing or a fantasy.Ms. Riffee, 22, a collector of skulls, bones and skins, specializes in bird and mammal taxidermy.The walls of her studio, in the basement of her Berrett home, are lined with the mounted heads of foxes, deer and an occasional composite monster created from leftover parts.With an artist's eye -- she will graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art next month -- she uses her training tore-create a realistic animal or to conjure up hair-raising creatures.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
Nelson Cruz, who has wasted little time hitting his way into Orioles fans' hearts with every belt-high fastball he deposits into the stands, has officially arrived in the minds of the team's promotional staff. The game against the Detroit Tigers on May 13 will be Nelson Cruz T-shirt night. Cruz, who has hit six home runs and driven in 21 runs en route to a .301/.386/.683 line in 19 games this season, has found a home hitting in front of Orioles slugger Chris Davis. He's getting pitches to hit and making opposing pitchers pay. The Cruz T-shirt features 26 'U's on the front.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Monster trucks, wild animals and figure skaters draw millions to Feld Entertainment's live traveling shows each year. But some of that magic comes from an unlikely arena — an industrial complex in Jessup. Thousands of stuffed toys, flashing light sticks and elephant-shaped snowcone cups move annually through Howard County, restocking concession stands at Feld's numerous events. The company produces such popular shows as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, Disney On Ice and Monster Jam. "If you went to the circus and you didn't have the snowcones, cotton candy and popcorn, it wouldn't be the circus," said Feld spokesman Stephen Payne.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
When the father-and-son team of Michael Vaters Jr. and Sr. go out for a ride together, people notice. That's what happens when what you're riding is a six-ton Monster Jam truck, complete with 60-inch tires and a steel cage where the driver's seat should be - a truck that seems to divide its time equally between being airborne and smashing other cars and trucks beneath its tonnage. This weekend at the Baltimore Arena, the Vaterses will be joining about a half-dozen of their Monster Jam brethren for the sort of rip-snorting good time that can be realized only when massive machines go flying through the air, groaning and snorting in a sort of Transformers-like scenario.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
During last year's run to the Division III national championship, Stevenson split faceoff duties between then-junior Brent Hiken (202-of-285 for 70.9 percent and 133 ground balls) and then-sophomore Sam Wyatt (177-of-266 for 66.5 percent and 111 GB). The team is doing that again this season, but the rotation is different. Sophomore Justin Buonomo has replaced Wyatt, and he proved himself with an 11-of-15 performance (73.3 percent) and a game-high nine ground balls in the Mustangs' 15-14 overtime loss to the Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday.
NEWS
January 27, 2014
Artspower will perform "The Monster Who Ate My Peas" at the Amoss Center in Bel Air on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Based on the book by Danny Schnitzlein and Matt Faulkner, this new musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn't want to eat his peas. What would you give a monster to eat your peas? Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of willpower. Tickets are $7 to $15 and are available at tickets.harford.edu, the HCC Ticket Office in the Chesapeake Center, or by calling 443-412-2211.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
While most of his teammates are preparing for Sundays, Tyrod Taylor's time to shine is during the week. On the practice fields hidden behind team headquarters, the Ravens' coaching staff unleashes him on the defense as the scout-team quarterback, letting him fling footballs downfield, escape from the pocket and run top-secret trick plays that were scribbled on a chalkboard specifically for him. Once defenders were done grasping at air as...
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 26, 2004
SUN SCORE **1/2 The Scooby-Doo films present their own built-in conundrum: As the big-screen incarnations of a cartoon TV series whose pleasures were, at best, slight, how do you judge them? If they faithfully replicate their inspirational source, they're largely dull, unimaginative and tame to a fault, the kids-TV equivalent of unflavored gelatin. Yet, is it fair to expect them to be anything more? Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is better than would be expected, thanks largely to an enthusiastic cast, a director (Raja Gosnell, returning from the first film)
SPORTS
By Ken Rosenthal | April 29, 1992
Glenn Davis knows he's disappointing everyone from casual baseball fans to top Orioles executives, and he's so haunted by his own demons, he calls them "mind monsters." Harsh as it sounds, there's only one solution, and that's for him to get back on the field.Obviously, it's easier said than done, but the slugging first baseman understands the frustration over his latest injury -- heck, he's frustrated himself. He says a "black cloud" hangs over him. He says, "I wish I was out there." He says, "It's far easier to play."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2013
Hanover native Jonathan Pettus, 25, has been scaring people at Bennett's Curse in Jessup for 10 years. This year, Pettus performs as Gorgoth, the Lord of the Vampyres, one of 13 new characters that Bennett's has introduced in honor of its 13th anniversary. Gorgoth, a fallen angel who previously served as a general in the Inferno under The Dark One, now leads the "The Vampyres", a demonic army, in their dominion over Earth. Unlike Gorgoth, Pettus has no intention of overthrowing the human race.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cassandra Berube | September 23, 2013
With Dexter, Harrison and Hannah in the airport at last, it could have been the perfect start to the perfect permanent vacation - if not for the fact that Deb has been shot, Saxon is on the loose, a hurricane is approaching, and Hannah can't leave the bathroom, never mind the United States, thanks to Elway who has stationed himself outside in the boarding area. But, oddly, we expected nothing less from the series finale of a show as great as this. Dexter comes to Hannah's rescue, putting together a quick backpack and pointing airport security in Elway's direction.
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