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By ALICE STEINBACH | November 1, 1992
The Japanese are, on the whole, an inventive lot. Not only di they come up with the ideas for the Honda, tatami mats, sushi and karaoke, they are now introducing into Japanese society a custom that has the potential to appeal -- big time -- to Americans.I speak here of the newest rage sweeping Japan: The hiring of professional actors to play the role of your family.The pragmatic brilliance of this solution to one of Japan's growing problems -- the strains placed on families by prosperity, overwork and Westernization -- causes me to bow my head in awe.The idea is simplicity itself: Let's say, for instance, you are an elderly couple whose children and grandchildren rarely visit.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2004
For a room with a great view, you don't have to go down to the harbor. Just head to Hampden. At Bobbi Jo's Rooftop Cafe at 3838 Roland Ave., a complete city panorama is served up with hearty meals that make no concession to culinary fashion or cholesterol counters. Hot cakes for breakfast, a fried oyster platter for lunch and pork chops or Hungarian goulash for dinner are among the dishes featured on the menu, aimed at pleasing the senior citizens who live in the 15-story high-rise on top of which the cafe is perched.
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By JONATHAN BOR and JONATHAN BOR,SUN REPORTER | November 5, 2007
Angela Jackson strides down Pennsylvania Avenue with pamphlets under her arm, unfazed by the line of dealers hawking drugs beneath blinking police cameras. "James Brown, James Brown!" cries one young man, applying the late soul star's name to his heroin capsules. "Ray Charles, Ray Charles!" cries another. Places like this are utterly familiar to Jackson, who once supported a heroin addiction by selling sex to men eager to step into an alley or vacant building. Today, she spots someone who's trolling for customers as she once did. "Hey, miss, you have a minute?"
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By Jim Abbott and Jim Abbott,ORLANDO SENTINEL | December 8, 2004
New faces of R&B and one of the genre's legends are among the leading nominees for top honors at the 47th annual Grammy Awards. Innovative rapper Kanye West leads the field with 10 nods, followed by R&B sex symbol Usher and the soulful Alicia Keys with eight each. The legendary Ray Charles has seven nominations for his posthumously released all-star duet album Genius Loves Company. Usher was expected to lead the nominations announced yesterday, so it was surprising to some industry insiders that West managed to slip by him. Usher's Confessions has sold more than 7 million copies, roughly three times as many as West's The College Dropout.
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March 24, 2008
Eric Byrd Trio The Eric Byrd Trio will hold a CD release party at 8 tonight at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster. The group's most recent release, Brother Ray, is a tribute to late jazz musician Ray Charles. Call 410-848-7000 or go to www.mcdaniel.edu/3490.htm.
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May 9, 1995
County police charged a 40-year-old Tracys Landing man with possession of cocaine after they found 12 pieces of crack cocaine worth $250 and a smoking device in his home Friday, police said.Ray Charles Brown of the 6200 block of Franklin Gibson Road was arrested during the search. Police also seized $137 during their search.
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March 10, 2005
SINGLES 1. "Candy Shop," 50 Cent 2. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day 3. "Let Me Love You," Mario 4. "How We Do," The Game 5. "Disco Inferno," 50 Cent Billboard magazine ALBUMS 1. O, Omarion 2. Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles 3. American Idiot, Green Day 4. The Documentary, The Game 5. The Beekeeper, Tori Amos Billboard magazine CONCERT TOURS 1. Cher 2. Josh Groban 3. Yanni 4. Mannheim Steamroller 5. Trans-Siberian Orchestra ...
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By Chicago Tribune | December 11, 1991
Is that supermodel Cindy Crawford on TV, stepping out of her red Lamborghini, heading for a vending machine, then downing a Pepsi right out of the can?Uh-huh, uh-huh.Cindy has joined Ray Charles currently touting Diet Pepsi as one of the celebrity stars who appear in commercials for Pepsi-Cola products. Cindy's 30-second spot introduces the new look of Pepsi's cans and logo. The spot will go on network TV in mid-December.Uh-huh, uh-huh.
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July 16, 2001
Visitors began arriving at 8:30 a.m. yesterday and stayed well into the evening for the final day of the 20th annual Art scape music and arts festival. Lured by perfect weather and such performers as Ray Charles and salsa superstar Ruben Blades, more than 565,000 people showed up yes terday at the Mount Royal cul tural corridor, organizers said. With an estimated 350,000 peo ple on hand Friday and 750,000 on Saturday, crowds exceeded past highs of 1.5 million people. (Article, Page 1e)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | December 21, 2007
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story has 20-20 hyperbole. For 45 minutes, it zings along on perfectly pitched overstatement. It gleefully puts elements of the Ray Charles of Ray and the Johnny Cash of Walk the Line into the story of rock star Dewey Cox (cue drum roll) ... a boy who could never please his father even after he became a man ... and a man who created classic rock even without a sense of smell. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Columbia Pictures) Starring John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows.
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