June 9, 2011
Howard County police emailed a news release just now that inspired Sun grammar guru John McIntyre to tweet: “I worry about opening this message.” The subject line reads: "Attached is a copy of a Fatal Press Release in Howard County. " While we’re on the topic of news releases, I’ll pass along one that a colleague called the “most hilarious pitch ever.” It arrived the other day from Arizona-based Pitch Public Relations. “Along with any coverage you might be planning around the Anthony Weiner photos, I thought you might have interest in featuring this item,” it begins.
June 7, 2012
I went to college to become an actress. Faithful readers will not be surprised to learn of my dramatic inclinations, but I had leading roles in all my high school plays, and I was Pennsylvania state champion in forensics before it was something used to solve murders on television. A career in the theater was going to be a tough sell to parents who had never gone to college themselves and weren't sure what I was doing to begin with. So I told my parents I was going to college to become a speech and theater teacher so that I could, in turn, direct high school plays and teach students the confidence-building value of competing in forensics, before it became something real-life juries wanted to see more of. But when I got to college, I found that everybody in the theater department was having sex with everybody else and, being that I was the last virgin on the floor section of my dorm, it freaked me out. So I joined the student newspaper to write about theater — those who can, do; those who can't, report on it — and began my life as a journalist.
December 30, 2007
Writing about the past four seasons of HBO's The Wire has been one of the great pleasures of this job. But reviewing the fifth and final season, which begins next Sunday on the premium cable channel, is more of a mixed blessing. It's not that the series has suddenly taken a drastic turn away from its epic and compelling exploration of life in a downsized Millennial America. Steeped in a dense and seething urban sociology, the Baltimore-based series is still one of the most daring dramas in the history of the medium.
November 14, 1990
LEVEL -- Is Chuck DeCaro crazy or is he a man of vision?This was the question on the minds of many of those who gathered at a small airport in Harford County yesterday morning for a demonstration of something that looks like an overgrown model airplane.Mr. DeCaro is counting on the pilotless drone to provide live aerial television news coverage of battles in the Middle East if the current crisis escalates into a shooting war.The drone is just part of the aerial information-gathering operation created by the 40-year-old former Cable News Network journalist with a longtime fancy for flying, who has mixed his two loves to form his own company, Aerobureau Corp.
January 13, 2001
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - In the past three weeks, Tereza Engelova has left the newsroom of state-run Czech Television only twice. She has eaten in the conference room, slept on the editing suite floor and used a portable toilet in the audio suite. It is something more than dedication to a story. Engelova is one of about 40 journalists who went on strike Dec. 23 and seized the TV newsroom to protest the appointment of a new general manager, Jiri Hodac. They accused Hodac of representing the political interests of a former prime minister, Vaclav Klaus, and of compromising the station's independence.
November 12, 2005
The Sun said yesterday that it will offer voluntary buyouts to employees across the company with the goal of eliminating 75 positions, marking the newspaper's latest response to sluggish ad sales and an increasingly fragmented industry. Sun Publisher Denise E. Palmer announced the cost-cutting plans in a memo to the staff, saying it is part of an industrywide struggle to cope with rising costs and declining revenue as the Internet, cable television and other news sources continue to chip away at readership and revenue sources.