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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Tuesday morning on CBS, Oprah Winfrey said that Lance Armstrong "brought it" to the interview she had taped with him the day before. Now that we've seen the interview Thursday night, we know that isn't exactly true. Yes, he admitted to doping and lying and lying and doping and lying and doping some more. But what else could he do? The evidence gathered and the actions taken by the United States Anti-Doping Agency have made it impossible for him to do anything else. But anyone who watched the 90-minute conversation and didn't walk away understanding they were listening to a sociopath who still thinks he's the smartest guy in the culture wasn't paying attention.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
An upcoming special for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will feature a door purchased in Hampden, hon. Ruth Turner, owner of Caravanserai on the Avenue, said that scouts from the network stopped by recently to purchase a red door originally made in India. Celebrity designer Nate Berkus will use the door in an upcoming design project, Turner said. The door was handpainted by an artisan in a small village outside Jodhpur in the central India state of Rajasthan, Turner said. The door was fashioned from modern wood and decorated with antique details, said Turner, who was getting ready to hop on a plane to head to Spain for another buying trip.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
Has it really been only a month since Oprah Winfrey signed off as host of one of the most successful shows in TV history with "The Oprah Winfrey Show"? We sure do chew 'em up and forget about 'em fast when in comes to milestones in American life, don't we? We so taht even when the milestone involves a program as landmark as "The Oprah Winfrey Show. " As I wrote in a Sun magazine interview/profile of Winfrey in May, the only TV franchise that can compare to her talk show in terms of longevity, earnings and cultural impact is "60 Minutes.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Tuesday morning on CBS, Oprah Winfrey said that Lance Armstrong "brought it" to the interview she had taped with him the day before. Now that we've seen the interview Thursday night, we know that isn't exactly true. Yes, he admitted to doping and lying and lying and doping and lying and doping some more. But what else could he do? The evidence gathered and the actions taken by the United States Anti-Doping Agency have made it impossible for him to do anything else. But anyone who watched the 90-minute conversation and didn't walk away understanding they were listening to a sociopath who still thinks he's the smartest guy in the culture wasn't paying attention.
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November 24, 2009
Oprah Winfrey has announced she will be ending her daytime talk show in 2011, after its 25th season. Will she be able to replicate her remarkable success when she moves on to launch her own cable channel? Yes 42% No 48% Not sure 10% (1,176 votes, results not scientific) Next poll: : Do you accept a federal panel's recommendations that women should get mammograms starting at 50 instead of 40, and only every other year? Vote at baltimoresun.
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January 15, 2013
Throw the book at him Philip Hersh Chicago Tribune Before assuming Lance Armstrong comes fully clean, not to Oprah Winfrey but to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency under oath — quite an assumption, given his decade of lies — it is worth noting there is a rule covering reinstatement. The World Anti-Doping Code allows reduction in the period of ineligibility for a person who provides "substantial assistance in discovering or establishing anti-doping rule violations. " In the case of a lifetime ban, as Armstrong received, the code says the new ban must be no less than eight years.
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By Rebecca Messner, For The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
"The Other Wes Moore," a book written by Baltimore native Wes Moore, is currently being developed into a feature film, with Oprah Winfrey attached as executive producer, and a script penned by John Ridley (writer of "Three Kings" and "Red Tails"), according to Moore. Although Moore won't be heavily involved in the film's production, he has one request — that the film be shot in Baltimore. "They could easily do this in another country," he said, "in a place where film production is cheap, like Toronto.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2012
Update 2 p.m. Monday: Preliminary Nielsen ratings say 3.5 million viewers watched Winfrey's interviews Sunday night. That is more than twice the previous high of 1.6 million for any program ever on her OWN channel. And she rated highest with the target demo of women 25 to 54. Read on for my overnight rave of Winfrey's interviewing performance. There is no reason to whine about missing Oprah's syndicated show when she is doing work like this on OWN. Oprah Winfrey 's OWN cable channel might still be underperforming, but the legendary talk TV host showed in an interview with members of Whitney Houston's family Sunday night that she can still bring it like few others on television.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
The question now is: who's getting more out of Lance Armstrong's doping confession, the disgraced cyclist himself or Oprah? I say that because Oprah Winfrey -- the Doyenne of Drama, the High Priestess of Pathos -- was busy Tuesday flacking her big interview with Armstrong, which will air on her OWN Network Thursday and Friday. (Yes, the interview was so lengthy, Ope said, that it will now air over two days. “Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 ½ hours. He came READY!
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
I like Oprah Winfrey, and I was happy to see her Tuesday morning on CBS with her old pal, Gayle King, hitting on all cylinders as they hyped the gate for her interview with Lance Armstrong. She promised King, Charlie Rose and everyone else on the last-place morning show set, "You will be satisfied," by the interview that airs Thursday night on the OWN cable channel. "You will come away understanding that he brought it," she said, though she did hedge on the  specific extent of his confession versus her expectations.
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Susan Reimer | January 16, 2013
When Lance Armstrong met last month with his own personal Javert , Travis Tygart of the anti-doping agency, he said after the frustrating meeting, "You don't hold the keys to my redemption. "Only one person holds the keys to my redemption, and that's me," he said, according to reporting in The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Armstrong was vacationing in Hawaii over Christmas, where Oprah Winfrey has a home, and it was then that she reached out to him. They met for lunch, and he agreed to a come-clean interview with her. Upon reflection, it appears, Mr. Armstrong decided that Oprah holds the key to his redemption.
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January 15, 2013
Throw the book at him Philip Hersh Chicago Tribune Before assuming Lance Armstrong comes fully clean, not to Oprah Winfrey but to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency under oath — quite an assumption, given his decade of lies — it is worth noting there is a rule covering reinstatement. The World Anti-Doping Code allows reduction in the period of ineligibility for a person who provides "substantial assistance in discovering or establishing anti-doping rule violations. " In the case of a lifetime ban, as Armstrong received, the code says the new ban must be no less than eight years.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
I like Oprah Winfrey, and I was happy to see her Tuesday morning on CBS with her old pal, Gayle King, hitting on all cylinders as they hyped the gate for her interview with Lance Armstrong. She promised King, Charlie Rose and everyone else on the last-place morning show set, "You will be satisfied," by the interview that airs Thursday night on the OWN cable channel. "You will come away understanding that he brought it," she said, though she did hedge on the  specific extent of his confession versus her expectations.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
The question now is: who's getting more out of Lance Armstrong's doping confession, the disgraced cyclist himself or Oprah? I say that because Oprah Winfrey -- the Doyenne of Drama, the High Priestess of Pathos -- was busy Tuesday flacking her big interview with Armstrong, which will air on her OWN Network Thursday and Friday. (Yes, the interview was so lengthy, Ope said, that it will now air over two days. “Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 ½ hours. He came READY!
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By Rebecca Messner, For The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
"The Other Wes Moore," a book written by Baltimore native Wes Moore, is currently being developed into a feature film, with Oprah Winfrey attached as executive producer, and a script penned by John Ridley (writer of "Three Kings" and "Red Tails"), according to Moore. Although Moore won't be heavily involved in the film's production, he has one request — that the film be shot in Baltimore. "They could easily do this in another country," he said, "in a place where film production is cheap, like Toronto.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
Danielle DiFerdinando's resume was already packed. The Ellicott City native's handbags had been stocked by the likes of Bergdorf Goodman, sold from Fifth Avenue to Tokyo, and carried by tastemakers like Rachel Zoe and Anna Dello Russo. But last October, DiFerdinando's handbag line, Danielle Nicole, received its biggest endorsement yet: Oprah Winfrey's seal of approval. She chose DiFerdinando's Sydney Shopper, a cognac-and-gold reversible tote that comes with a removable wristlet, for her O!
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2010
When Maryland-based Discovery Communications and Oprah Winfrey announced a partnership in 2009 to launch Winfrey's OWN cable channel, it immediately vaulted the Silver Spring media operation into a new league. Oprah's move to Discovery was the talk of the entertainment industry, and within hours of the announcement, J.P. Morgan was circulating a financial analysis titled "Much Ado About Oprah. " "Discovery appears to be the winner in this announcement," the Morgan analysis said.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
Katie Couric's visit last week to Baltimore's WMAR proved at least one thing: She is serious about making her new daytime talk show, “Katie,” a winner. She did not do such intense promotion in the summer of 2006 even when she was about to debut as anchor of the “CBS Evening News," one of the most prestigious -- or at least historic -- jobs in television. And that kind of commitment from her means the competition in one of the most hotly contested time periods in local TV is going to be even fiercer this fall when her syndicated show debuts.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
Erna Segal, a writer and former Maryland Shock Trauma Center public affairs specialist who chronicled the lives and work of the center's medical staff, died Tuesday of complications from dementia at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Fla. The longtime Pikesville and Randallstown resident was 83. The daughter of furniture store owners, Erna Selznick was born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y., where she graduated in 1947 from Curtis High School....
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