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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2001
Lonely people do strange things to find love -- or at least the facade of a happy coupling. Some men place advertisements for wives they've never met. These picture brides -- so called because they rely on photographs and letters instead of face-to-face courtship -- often find that their betrothed had circumvented the truth on his age, his looks or his wealth. Finagled by letters swelling with self-delusion and false promises, they have no choice but to accept the reality in front of them and go with it. Try to go with Original Sin though, and you're likely to catch the first boat back.
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By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com and Sun Movie Critic | March 12, 2010
G reen Zone," a political adventure movie from the "Bourne" franchise dream team of star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, says that nation-building in Iraq has been a struggle partly because the United States based "regime change" on the spurious notion that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. With Damon as an idealistic Army officer who wonders why he can't find any WMD and Greg Kinnear as a ruthless political operative in the Coalition Provisional Authority, the movie depicts the authority's futile attempts to speed the formation of a democratic Iraq as "fruit from the poisonous tree.
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By ROBERT BURRUSS | June 25, 1992
Kensington -- The closest thing I've seen to a bat outta hell came at me in all its evil beauty one morning from the east. It was at first sight only a silent black dot against a white overcast that blocked what otherwise would have been a blinding eastern sky.Insight travels on strange wings, and arrives always and only at unexpected moments. In this instance it came at 500 miles an hour on a delta-winged B-58 Hustler only 300 feet above the ground.The plane passed, and the noise hit like an explosion.
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May 21, 2006
In the plan to delay the onset of 72 percent higher electric bills this July for Baltimore Gas and Electric customers, there is only one direct link between the utility's rate relief and its parent company's plan to merge with a Florida power company. That's the $214 million in merger-related savings that Constellation Energy Group will kick back to BGE consumers over 10 years to lower their bills. Let's be clear about this $21.4 million a year. It's Constellation's estimate of what can be directly saved as a result of its proposed merger with Florida's FPL Group.
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By Tim Warren and Tim Warren,Sun Staff Writer | February 6, 1995
Since a significant number of people consider P. D. James the best mystery writer around, it's an occasion whenever she publishes a new Adam Dalgliesh novel. In addition to the comfort of knowing there's another mystery starring the suave, poetry-writing Scotland Yard detective, there's a sense of expectation: Did Ms. James, considered one of the most painstaking and original writers of mysteries, top herself? Is this one better than, say, "A Taste for Death" or "Innocent Blood"?For Ms. James is, if nothing else, one who takes mystery-writing seriously.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,SUN ART CRITIC | November 22, 1997
Joe Coleman has the rare ability to create truly horrifying art.His paintings, on view at the American Visionary Art Museum and in a new book he will sign there today, are populated with hideously deformed humans, monstrous acts and statements of nihilistic perversity. Cities disintegrate, people maim and kill one another, bodies have gaping, gory holes and swelling, pustular growths. Coleman is an artist who sees life as, literally, hell on Earth.In "The Victory of Hell," a six-armed Lucifer in the form of a hermaphrodite presides over a scene of utter depravity.
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By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com and Sun Movie Critic | March 12, 2010
G reen Zone," a political adventure movie from the "Bourne" franchise dream team of star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, says that nation-building in Iraq has been a struggle partly because the United States based "regime change" on the spurious notion that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. With Damon as an idealistic Army officer who wonders why he can't find any WMD and Greg Kinnear as a ruthless political operative in the Coalition Provisional Authority, the movie depicts the authority's futile attempts to speed the formation of a democratic Iraq as "fruit from the poisonous tree.
NEWS
August 31, 1995
Lost LessonRecent revelations on how close Saddam Hussein came to using nuclear and biological weapons are horrifying.If President Bush had listened to the ''peace at any price'' activists and continued the sanctions against Iraq for another six months without the use of force, imagine what condition the world would be in today.History has taught us that the consequences of appeasement make us accomplices to the massive killing that inevitably follow.Hitler was appeased by handing over Czechoslovakia to him. Bosnia is the most recent example of appeasement resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of persons, mostly innocent civilians.
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By Dean E. Murphy and Dean E. Murphy,Los Angeles Times | August 18, 1992
Dwayne Wright was 17 when he spotted Saba Tekle on a highway in Northern Virginia, decided he wanted to have sex with her and pumped a bullet into her back when she tried to run away. Wright, now 19, awaits execution on Virginia's Death Row.Five New Jersey teen-agers, two of them 14, allegedly strangled a pesky classmate with an electrical cord as he recited the Hail Mary in his car. Three of the boys admitted to the murder in April and will testify against the others.A 14-year-old Los Angeles girl and two teen-age friends, including her 17-year-old boyfriend, allegedly poisoned, shot and burned the girl's well-meaning but strict father.
FEATURES
August 15, 2001
The top films at the box office over the weekend, with distributor, weekend gross, total gross, number of weeks in release: 1 American Pie 2 Universal $45.1 million $45.1 million 1 2 Rush Hour 2 New Line $33.1 million $133.5 million 2 3 The Princess Diaries Disney $14.2 million $52.1 million 2 4 The Others Dimension $14.1 million $14.1 million 1 5 Planet of the Apes Fox $13.3 million $148.7 million 3 6 Jurassic Park III Universal $7.5 million $160.3 million 4 7 Osmosis Jones Warner Bros.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2001
Lonely people do strange things to find love -- or at least the facade of a happy coupling. Some men place advertisements for wives they've never met. These picture brides -- so called because they rely on photographs and letters instead of face-to-face courtship -- often find that their betrothed had circumvented the truth on his age, his looks or his wealth. Finagled by letters swelling with self-delusion and false promises, they have no choice but to accept the reality in front of them and go with it. Try to go with Original Sin though, and you're likely to catch the first boat back.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,SUN ART CRITIC | November 22, 1997
Joe Coleman has the rare ability to create truly horrifying art.His paintings, on view at the American Visionary Art Museum and in a new book he will sign there today, are populated with hideously deformed humans, monstrous acts and statements of nihilistic perversity. Cities disintegrate, people maim and kill one another, bodies have gaping, gory holes and swelling, pustular growths. Coleman is an artist who sees life as, literally, hell on Earth.In "The Victory of Hell," a six-armed Lucifer in the form of a hermaphrodite presides over a scene of utter depravity.
NEWS
August 31, 1995
Lost LessonRecent revelations on how close Saddam Hussein came to using nuclear and biological weapons are horrifying.If President Bush had listened to the ''peace at any price'' activists and continued the sanctions against Iraq for another six months without the use of force, imagine what condition the world would be in today.History has taught us that the consequences of appeasement make us accomplices to the massive killing that inevitably follow.Hitler was appeased by handing over Czechoslovakia to him. Bosnia is the most recent example of appeasement resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of persons, mostly innocent civilians.
FEATURES
By Tim Warren and Tim Warren,Sun Staff Writer | February 6, 1995
Since a significant number of people consider P. D. James the best mystery writer around, it's an occasion whenever she publishes a new Adam Dalgliesh novel. In addition to the comfort of knowing there's another mystery starring the suave, poetry-writing Scotland Yard detective, there's a sense of expectation: Did Ms. James, considered one of the most painstaking and original writers of mysteries, top herself? Is this one better than, say, "A Taste for Death" or "Innocent Blood"?For Ms. James is, if nothing else, one who takes mystery-writing seriously.
NEWS
By RAY JENKINS | August 2, 1994
In a world in which evasion, dissembling and question-begging are the coin of the realm, it's refreshing to hear politicians like Joe Curran, who this week denounced as ''hypocritical'' the investment of state-employee pension funds in tobacco companies while the state energetically seeks to curtail the use of tobacco products.The attorney general could have gone much further. After all, Congress enacts generous subsidies for growing the tobacco which the surgeon general deems so hazardous.
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