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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com | December 27, 2009
In the video, electro-pop singer Libby Picken spots a fancy purse on a bench, calmly scoops it up and struts down Howard Street for a few paces before dropping it into an unsuspecting stranger's hands. Then she snatches a businessman's wallet, carelessly flings the cash on the sidewalk and flashes a devious grin, all while her song "Coquette" plays in the background. Her hot pink shirt and giant heart-shape earrings seem to jump right off the screen. The rest of the five-minute video is a montage of Picken stealing various objects but never keeping them.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
A reality TV star and professional skateboarder with ties to Baltimore was arrested last week in Ocean City after police were called to disturbances at a restaurant and a hotel. Brandon Novak, known for his reality TV and movie appearances with MTV star Bam Margera , was at the Ocean View Grill & BBQ on 16th Street with a friend on July 30 when the duo became disorderly, according to police. The restaurant asked the two men, who reportedly appeared intoxicated and were disturbing other diners, to leave but they refused.
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By Andrea K. Walker and By Andrea K. Walker | January 13, 2014
Three MTV series that chronicle the tough and sometimes troubled lives of teen moms contributed to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births, or one-third the total decline, according to a new study. The study by researchers from the University of Maryland and Wellesley College also found that Internet searches and tweets about birth control and abortion spike when "16 and Pregnant," "Teen Mom" and "Teen Mom 2" air. The reductions occcured between June 2009, when the first show aired, and the end of 2010.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Nearly 17,000 Broadstripe cable TV subscribers could lose channels such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1 and BET if the Anne Arundel County cable provider and Viacom fail to reach an agreement by Tuesday. The dispute centers on monthly per-subscriber fees the cable company pays to carry Viacom's 23 networks. Such cutoffs typically are short-lived, lasting until the companies reach agreement. Millersville-based Broadstripe, which serves 16,684 customers in northern Anne Arundel County and part of Baltimore, said Viacom wants to substantially boost fees to renew its contract.
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The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2012
Ocean City was packed over the post-Fourth of July holiday weekend. Among the visitors was teen mom and '16 and Pregnant' reality TV star Kailyn "Kail" Lowry. Lowry posted on Twitter a couple of photos of her hanging with friends on the beach. She later tweeted a picture of her car being towed. (Look for an upcoming blog post on car troubles in Ocean City.) Some gossip sites report that the teen mom has been trying to lose weight and was showing off her new bikini bod in O.C. Lowry also tweeted photos of her and boyfriend, Javi, on a scooter.
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By Marc Pollack and Marc Pollack,The Hollywood Reporter | June 7, 1994
The urban drama "Menace II Society" and big-screen newcomers Janet Jackson and Alicia Silverstone took home top honors Saturday at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards."
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By Roger Catlin and Roger Catlin,The Hartford Courant | September 5, 1991
IN ITS brief eight-year career, the "MTV Music Video Awards" has easily become the hippest of the many rock awards TV shows around.The Grammys never quite figured out rock 'n' roll, let alone metal and rap; the American Music Awards are too locked into Top 40 success; the Billboard Music Awards are too tied into chart success; the International Rock Awards are too obscure to be as hip as they truly want to be.Which leaves MTV.Every artist wants his videos...
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By Cory Jo Lancaster and Cory Jo Lancaster,Orlando Sentinel | December 20, 1993
MTV and college spring break used to go together like bikinis and beer on Daytona Beach in Florida, but next year the station will go elsewhere for its live broadcasts.After eight years, MTV decided last week to pull out of Daytona Beach and cover spring break elsewhere, MTV spokeswoman Tina Exarhos said."We have not decided on a location," she said. "We're looking at a handful of sites on the East and West coasts. We expect to make a decision by the end of the year."The decision comes after months of conflict over coverage of this year's spring break.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | April 12, 1994
Last week, MTV News was in Baltimore, shooting an interview with John Waters and using the city -- specifically Fells Point, Obrycki's and the waterfront -- as a backdrop for connecting sequences featuring MTV News anchor Kurt Loder.Last weekend, Baltimoreans tuned in "The Week in Rock," and saw only a half-hour feature focusing on the suicide of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain.What happened?"An extremely important artist to MTV's audience took his life," explained Dave Sirulnick, vice president and executive producer for MTV News.
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By Stephen Holden and Stephen Holden,New York Times News Service | November 28, 1990
Madonna, who has made several controversial music-videos since becoming a star six years ago, has finally made one that MTV refuses to broadcast.The star's video for "Justify My Love," one of two new songs on her recently released greatest hits anthology, "The Immaculate Collection," was to have had its world premiere on MTV on Saturday this week.But when MTV executives saw the video on Monday, those plans were canceled.MTV executives said in a statement: "We respect her work as an artist and think she makes great videos.
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By Andrea K. Walker and By Andrea K. Walker | January 13, 2014
Three MTV series that chronicle the tough and sometimes troubled lives of teen moms contributed to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births, or one-third the total decline, according to a new study. The study by researchers from the University of Maryland and Wellesley College also found that Internet searches and tweets about birth control and abortion spike when "16 and Pregnant," "Teen Mom" and "Teen Mom 2" air. The reductions occcured between June 2009, when the first show aired, and the end of 2010.
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By Zach Sparks, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2013
Last year was a big one for Baltimore alternative/new wave band the Perfects. Three music videos - two from their first album "Many Nights" and one from their new album "A Sudden Victory" - reached No. 1 on MTV's website. For lead singer and songwriter Ric Peters, it was reaffirming. Before the videos became popular, he wasn't sure if the Perfects would even record a second album. "It came about quickly," said Peters. "After the success we had with [the song] "Girls That Dance" and "Many Nights" on MTV, it made sense to repackage songs from that record, put some new material together and introduce the band to a new group of people.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2012
I have been writing for the last two weeks about President Barack Obama's TV-Lite strategy of only doing interviews with the likes Jay Leno, MTV's Sway, US Weekly and Jon Stewart. In other words, only safe and friendly interviewers. And, indeed, as I have reported with Leno's "Tonight Show" interview , all the comedian did was lob one softball after another. Stewart and Sway asked actual questions about such matters as the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, but they didn't follow up when the president failed to answer the question they asked -- and instead hit his campaign talking points.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2012
President Obama continues his real campaign march tonight with a visit to Jay Leno's couch at the "Tonight Show. " And then Friday afternoon, it's on to what last time was essentially a campaign rally masking as an interview on MTV. What hath Bill Clinton wrought with his saxophone and Arsenio Hall? I admit I was one of the analysts who celebrated Clinton taking the presidential campaign to new entertainment TV venues and presumably audiences. But after seeing Obama on Comedy Central last week talking about the deaths of four Americans as not being "optimal," I have come to believe Obama has taken this TV game to an extreme that demeans the process, the office and possibly even the sacrifice of Americans who are serious and selfless enough to risk their lives for this nation.
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By Joe Flint | July 18, 2012
DirecTV subscribers have lost"SpongeBob SquarePants," "The Daily Show" and "Mob Wives. " Unable to reach a deal with Viacom, parent of several popular cable channels, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and VH1, DirecTV is no longer carrying the media giant's networks. DirecTV has almost 20 million subscribers around the nation. Both sides blamed each other for the channels coming off of the satellite broadcaster on Tuesday evening. Viacom said DirecTV dropped the channels without warning.
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The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2012
Ocean City was packed over the post-Fourth of July holiday weekend. Among the visitors was teen mom and '16 and Pregnant' reality TV star Kailyn "Kail" Lowry. Lowry posted on Twitter a couple of photos of her hanging with friends on the beach. She later tweeted a picture of her car being towed. (Look for an upcoming blog post on car troubles in Ocean City.) Some gossip sites report that the teen mom has been trying to lose weight and was showing off her new bikini bod in O.C. Lowry also tweeted photos of her and boyfriend, Javi, on a scooter.
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By Marc Gunther and Marc Gunther,Knight-Ridder News Service | July 14, 1995
Boxers or briefs? Newt Gingrich won't tell.And, no, he has nothing to say about Hugh Grant.The 52-year-old speaker of the House went on MTV, home to Madonna videos and "Beavis and Butt-head," yesterday to talk to the twenty-something generation.But the questions about underwear and Hollywood came not from the MTV crowd. They came from Washington reporters who mobbed Mr. Gingrich after the taping of an MTV special, "Newt: Raw," which dealt soberly with such topics as education and welfare reform.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | August 26, 1994
Local eyes will be focused more closely than ever on MTV in the coming week as the rock group Bovox Clown debuts on America's most popular music video network.Singer-guitarist David Walker, guitarists Stephen Wright and Jeff Chamberlain, drummer Shawn McKelvie and percussionist Jason Rucks constitute the combo that recently won MTV's Beach House Video Contest.Mr. Walker, Mr. Wright, Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. McKelvie are all recent graduates of Annapolis High School and Mr. Rucks is a Broadneck grad.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
In reviewing "Savage U,"  MTV's  sex advice show featuring Dan Savage, I predicted that it was going to be a culture-wars lightning rod at some point. The show debuted with an episode set at the University of Maryland April 3. Well, it didn't take long. On April 7, Brent Bozell, publisher of the right-wing media watchdog website NewsBusters went absolutely off the rails with a column attacking MTV and Savage as merchants of "smut. " Here's how Bozell started his column, and he was only warming up: MTV is now trying to lure young viewers with a saucy sex show in the “advice” category.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2012
At the start of his new MTV series, "Savage U," Dan Savage introduces himself to a group of University of Maryland students as a "big jerk" and a sex advice columnist. While there's not much "big jerk" behavior, there is lots of sound advice from the star of this winning production that launches with an episode filmed in College Park. "Savage U," which brings the columnist and his producer, Lauren Hutchinson, to a different college campus each week for frank discussions with students about sex, will also likely stir some culture-war controversy when it debuts at 11 p.m. Tuesday.
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