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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | April 8, 1997
James Otis Williams, longtime director of the Nyumburu Cultural Center at the University of Maryland College Park and a friend and mentor for scores of students over the years, died of a heart attack Friday. He was 57.An accomplished poet, blues musician, songwriter, author and storyteller, Mr. Williams joined UM as an educational counselor in 1971, the same year the Nyumburu center was established as a social and cultural resource on campus.Nyumburu (pronounced Nim-boo-roo) is a Swahili word that means "freedom house."
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By GREGORY KANE | July 7, 2007
Ah, what a difference one word makes! I got the word on the grapevine that the Temptations are scheduled to appear at the African-American Heritage Festival tomorrow night, and I figured Camden Yards is exactly where I'll be around 6:30 p.m. Then I read the schedule in The Sun and looked closely at the words. "The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards and Ali Woodson." Temptations Revue? Revue? You mean I won't be getting the Temps? OK, so Edwards and Woodson technically are Temps.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | October 31, 1998
It's got a nice beat, and you can dance to it.That's the way the teen guests on "American Bandstand" used to review records, and maybe that's the way we should review made-for-TV miniseries like "The Temptations," airing for four hours tomorrow and Monday nights on NBC."The Temptations" is the Hollywood version of the story of the famed and troubled Motown singing group that scored its first hit in 1964. For 10 points, baby boomers, can you name the tune?In the film, founder Otis Williams (Charles Malik Whitfield)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | October 31, 1998
It's got a nice beat, and you can dance to it.That's the way the teen guests on "American Bandstand" used to review records, and maybe that's the way we should review made-for-TV miniseries like "The Temptations," airing for four hours tomorrow and Monday nights on NBC."The Temptations" is the Hollywood version of the story of the famed and troubled Motown singing group that scored its first hit in 1964. For 10 points, baby boomers, can you name the tune?In the film, founder Otis Williams (Charles Malik Whitfield)
NEWS
February 25, 1995
Melvin Franklin, 52, an original member of the Temptations whose deep voice anchored the harmonies on such hits as "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "My Girl," died Thursday in Los Angeles after a series of seizures. Born David English, he sang with the Elgins, later called the Primes, who began recording for Detroit's Motown Records in 1960. Two years later, the group reformed as the Temptations.The group, which for much of its heyday featured Franklin, Otis Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams and David Ruffin, recorded 43 Top 10 singles.
NEWS
By GREGORY KANE | July 7, 2007
Ah, what a difference one word makes! I got the word on the grapevine that the Temptations are scheduled to appear at the African-American Heritage Festival tomorrow night, and I figured Camden Yards is exactly where I'll be around 6:30 p.m. Then I read the schedule in The Sun and looked closely at the words. "The Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards and Ali Woodson." Temptations Revue? Revue? You mean I won't be getting the Temps? OK, so Edwards and Woodson technically are Temps.
FEATURES
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 15, 1994
No matter how much Motown might have insisted through the '60s that all the record label's artists were equally important to the Motown family, the fans knew some acts were more equal than others. It was no secret that the Supremes were a bigger deal than the Marvelettes or Martha Reeves and the Vandellas -- or, for that matter, that Diana Ross was seen as a brighter star than Mary Wilson or Florence Ballard.Nowhere was Motown's private pecking order more apparent, though, than with the Temptations, who clearly were considered the company's classiest act. Even those who felt the Miracles had more sophisticated material, or that the Four Tops had a stronger front man (the incredibly soulful Levi Stubbs)
NEWS
By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Joe Nawrozki is a member of the staff of The Evening Sun | June 6, 1991
THE LONG, thin body rolled into the emergency room of a Philadelphia hospital last Saturday had bright, multicolored Bermuda shorts, lime green sport shirt and white sneakers. He carried no identification.After he was pronounced dead, the doctors released the body to the city's medical examiner's office. In the routine of such procedures, it was tagged "John Doe."Not until the afternoon, when the FBI fingerprints came back, did the body get a name: Davis Eli Ruffin, 50, place of birth, Meridian, Miss.
NEWS
By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1996
A Baltimore man was charged Wednesday with robbing an Ellicott City grocery store two weeks ago with what appeared to be dynamite strapped to his chest, Howard County police said.Otis Mitchell Williams, 38, of the 100 block of Western WindCircle in Gwynn Oak was arrested at his home. He was being held without bond last night at the Howard County Detention Center, a District Court commissioner said.About 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1, a man in plastic goggles entered the Safeway in the 10000 block of U.S. 40, approached two employees in an office area, gave them a note demanding money and opened his coat to show what looked like dynamite, police said.
NEWS
July 2, 1996
Two Westminster men were arrested on drug charges Saturday in Sykesville after state police stopped the car in which they were traveling for an alleged speeding violation.Kareem Otis Williams-Tucker, 23, and Steve Deaundre Cottom, 19, both of the same address in the first block of Liberty St., were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, conspiracy of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and giving a false statement to police.
NEWS
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | April 8, 1997
James Otis Williams, longtime director of the Nyumburu Cultural Center at the University of Maryland College Park and a friend and mentor for scores of students over the years, died of a heart attack Friday. He was 57.An accomplished poet, blues musician, songwriter, author and storyteller, Mr. Williams joined UM as an educational counselor in 1971, the same year the Nyumburu center was established as a social and cultural resource on campus.Nyumburu (pronounced Nim-boo-roo) is a Swahili word that means "freedom house."
NEWS
February 25, 1995
Melvin Franklin, 52, an original member of the Temptations whose deep voice anchored the harmonies on such hits as "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and "My Girl," died Thursday in Los Angeles after a series of seizures. Born David English, he sang with the Elgins, later called the Primes, who began recording for Detroit's Motown Records in 1960. Two years later, the group reformed as the Temptations.The group, which for much of its heyday featured Franklin, Otis Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams and David Ruffin, recorded 43 Top 10 singles.
FEATURES
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 15, 1994
No matter how much Motown might have insisted through the '60s that all the record label's artists were equally important to the Motown family, the fans knew some acts were more equal than others. It was no secret that the Supremes were a bigger deal than the Marvelettes or Martha Reeves and the Vandellas -- or, for that matter, that Diana Ross was seen as a brighter star than Mary Wilson or Florence Ballard.Nowhere was Motown's private pecking order more apparent, though, than with the Temptations, who clearly were considered the company's classiest act. Even those who felt the Miracles had more sophisticated material, or that the Four Tops had a stronger front man (the incredibly soulful Levi Stubbs)
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | October 6, 1992
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Eddie Kendricks, whose soaring falsetto was one of the signatures of the Temptations' remarkable vocal versatility, has died at age 52.Mr. Kendricks was a founding member and lead singer of the singing group that played such an integral role in the early history of Motown Records.A spokeswoman for Baptist Medical Center-Princeton said the singer died of lung cancer last night. Mr. Kendricks, a native of Birmingham, had been hospitalized since Sept. 25. Another early Motown artist, singer Stevie Wonder, had visited him Saturday.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
Baltimore native Otis "Damon" Harris, a one-time member of the legendary Motown act The Temptations, died on Monday after losing a 14-year-long battle to prostate cancer, according to family spokesman Chuck Woodson. Harris was 62. Harris, a resident of Owings Mills, died at the Joseph Richey Hospice in Seton Hill. Woodson said he was in remission until three years ago. The cancer had "gotten pretty bad" by the end of last summer, Woodson said, leaving Harris in the hospital from November until last week, when he was transferred to the hospice.
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