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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 1, 2003
The best discoveries in the Maryland Film Festival aren't to be found only among its multitude of documentaries and contemporary features. They also come in deceptively familiar territory, when the festival showcases movie classics in prime venues like the Senator and the big theater at the Charles. At these events, you realize that watching classics on TV, you can barely appreciate what's great about them. Seeing a movie like Barry Levinson's choice for the opening-night attraction, On The Waterfront, in a theater as pristine as the Senator demonstrates how overpowering a square-shaped, black-and-white frame can be when the picture is projected theatrically - and when the content acts as a giant emotional magnet.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 7, 2002
Tupac Shakur, a product of New York and Baltimore streets who was once the world's most famous rap star, has been dead six years, and still his murder remains officially unsolved. But a yearlong investigation by the Los Angeles Times suggests Shakur was killed by members of a California gang, just hours after the rapper attacked one of their own, in a hit paid for by Shakur's rival, Notorious B.I.G. Investigators at the Times uncovered evidence that the shooting was carried out by a Compton, Calif.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | June 8, 1997
"Baltimore would be displaying a short memory if it allowed Henry Barnes to depart without a warm expression of public appreciation," said The Evening Sun in 1962, in tribute to the famed traffic expert who had spent a quarter-century unsnarling traffic in some of the nation's largest cities, when he left Baltimore to become New York City's traffic czar."Disputatious to the end, his verbal disagreements do not overshadow his many solid accomplishments, which have earned him the highest honor in his field: the chance to tackle New York's traffic mess."
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By Chris Kaltenbach | October 4, 1997
Day 2 of AMC's fifth annual Film Preservation Festival devotes itself to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, so you know plenty of good stuff is in store.The day's highlight is the TV debut of the restored version of "Vertigo" (8 p.m.-10: 15 p.m.), with James Stewart as a police investigator obsessed with a woman he's been asked to investigate. Kim Novak plays the mysterious woman he loses and then finds? The film is a masterpiece, and the $1 million restoration was worth every penny, restoring both the film's vivid colors and its wide-screen glory.
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By MIKE ROYKO | May 12, 1995
"You mongrel Slavic swine," the cramped scribbling on the postcard began. "When are you going to apologize for wrongly blaming the Muslim world for the Oklahoma bombing? If the world ever goes to war, it will be because of pigs like you. I hope that you . . ."I couldn't make out what he hoped but I assume it wasn't pleasant. And his name appeared to be something like GlshF8rgh, but I can't be sure. That's usually the way it is with the names of those who use "mongrel Slavic swine" as a salutation.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2003
I was a freshman in college when this spicy Brooklyn chick named Lil' Kim stormed onto the hip-hop horizon. At every campus party that year -- 1996 -- folks packed the dance floor when the DJ threw on "No Time," her sassy, James Brown funk-flavored hit. Her flow was decidedly masculine, the lyrical content raw and pornographic. She punctuated the lazy groove with rhymes that were clever and funny, but too nasty to reprint in a family newspaper. The promotional shots for her classic debut, Hard Core, featured the honey-toned Tabasco-tongued rapper squatting in a bikini and heels.
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By Michael Ollove | August 29, 2004
Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 by Bryan Burrough, Penguin Press, 570 pages, $27.95. What an electrifying moment it must have been when Bryan Burrough made the discovery that was the genesis for this ceaselessly exciting book. During one two-year period, some of the most notorious -- and most colorfully named -- criminals in American history were all on the loose, creating havoc and diversion in a Depression-addled nation. Baby Face Nelson (a psychopath)
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By Jules Witcover | April 26, 2002
WASHINGTON -- It's hard to be a Catholic sometimes, and I don't mean hauling myself out of bed at 6:30 on a Sunday morning to catch the early Mass so I can have the rest of the day free. What's hard is trying to understand the mindset that prevents the church hierarchy from coming up with immediate, common-sense solutions to something like the current scandal of child sexual abuse by priests that sent the American cardinals scurrying off to Rome. It's commendable that Pope John Paul II summoned the cardinals to address this most serious matter.
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By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,Sun Reporter | May 10, 2008
St. Mary's City -- Nezia Munezero and her 10-member family spent years running from one East African refugee camp to another, staying one step ahead of death in a world torn by ethnic warfare and genocide. In 2002, they were resettled in Baltimore. At age 16 and with no knowledge of English, she enrolled at the now-shuttered Southwestern High School and lived in a grim neighborhood beset by urban crime. It was a stepping-stone to a better life, but also another place to flee. "Students at Southwestern weren't friendly toward immigrants," said Munezero, 22, a slight woman with a lilting accent.
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October 15, 2007
The proliferation of gangs in American cities has led to calls for new federal laws and tougher penalties to stem gang violence. Locking up more gang members may deplete their ranks, but only until the next teenager becomes the newest recruit. It's the wrong approach to the real solution, which is keeping youngsters from joining a gang in the first place. We question the need for new laws because there are few crimes unique to gangs. Their members - no matter their colors - murder, steal, sell drugs, extort money, beat up rivals and intimidate witnesses.
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