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April 20, 2011
Friday marks the 41 s t anniversary of Earth Day and provides the customary opportunity to take stock of the environmental movement in this country. Unfortunately, for all the talk of the greening of America, it's been a pretty rotten 12 months for the planet and its defenders. Just look at the bookend events: A year ago this week, the Gulf of Mexico suffered the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Whatever the lessons learned from that trauma, it hasn't resulted in big changes to the country's oil-dependent energy strategies.
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NEWS
April 20, 2011
Friday marks the 41 s t anniversary of Earth Day and provides the customary opportunity to take stock of the environmental movement in this country. Unfortunately, for all the talk of the greening of America, it's been a pretty rotten 12 months for the planet and its defenders. Just look at the bookend events: A year ago this week, the Gulf of Mexico suffered the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Whatever the lessons learned from that trauma, it hasn't resulted in big changes to the country's oil-dependent energy strategies.
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By Holly Haber and Holly Haber,Special to The Sun | February 18, 1994
First-time director Ben Stiller, the son of comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, understands the existential qualities of directing a movie about misdirected twentysomethings in a world run by baby boomers."
NEWS
January 12, 2009
If members of Congress have any doubt about the need to quickly pass an economic stimulus package, here are some persuasive reasons: (diamond) Unemployment increased by 500,000 jobs in December, bringing total jobs lost to 2.6 million since 2007. That's the largest annual job loss since World War II, and the unemployment rate of 7.2 percent is the highest in 18 years. (diamond) Americans lost more than $8 trillion in the stock market and $6 trillion in housing wealth in 2008. Over the last year, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 34 percent of its value, and home sale prices declined nearly 20 percent through the third quarter, as measured by the S&P Case Shiller national home price index.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | February 18, 1994
Hands down, "Reality Bites" wins the award for best title of 1994. Excellent title! Superb title!In one of its meanings, it conveys exactly the method of the movie to which it is attached: bites, acerbic and zingy, of a certain reality, at the expense therefore of a bigger picture. In its other meaning, it communicates attitude: Reality "bites" in the sense that reality "stinks," a time-honored lament of every generation that fancies itself, in a long peal of glamorous and self-imposed nihilism, lost.
FEATURES
By MIKE LITTWIN | March 1, 1994
We gave them everything. And they hate us.We gave them cable. We gave them MTV. We gave them "Partridge Family" reruns. My gosh, we even gave them remote. We gave and gave and gave.And they hate us.That's one of the basic themes of "Reality Bites," which is being talked up as the defining movie for the twentysomethings, the Generation Xers. It's supposed to be their version of "The Graduate," although, of course, not as good. It wasn't made in the '60s, was it?I saw "Reality Bites" the other night.
FEATURES
By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1997
Like many people who have never done serious yardwork, I wanted a big yard. So 14 months ago, when my husband and I moved into a house that came with lawn, rock garden, wooded area and gurgling stream, I was ecstatic. I threw myself into the mowing, weeding, pruning, planting, cultivating as only a beginner can.Our rock garden is my favorite spot. Partially shaded, it overlooks the stream, and the combination of sun, shade and water seems conducive to luxurious growth. Nestled in the crevices of the large gray rocks are ferns, ivy, enormous hostas, wild geraniums and bleeding heart.
NEWS
April 9, 1994
"REALITY BITES" has won critical acclaim as a document of "Generation X," a movie that tells the young generation's truth as a quarter-century ago "The Graduate" limned the Baby Boom generation.There are some similarities. The young graduates of today -- educated, idealistic and aimless -- are having as much difficulty as their parents did finding their way in the grown-up world. Reality bites, indeed. And parents, now as then, aren't much help because they've forgotten what it is like to be young.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1998
Singer, songwriter and musician Lisa Loeb had her first hit single before she even recorded her first album."It was a mixed blessing," says Loeb, who has just released her second album, "Firecracker." The hit single in question, "Stay," first released on the soundtrack for 1994's "Reality Bites," propelled Loeb into the spotlight. "I had written it without entertainment-industry interference. It was done in a pure way."But with the single's success came tour dates and a slew of marketing responsibilities that did not allow Loeb time to get to work on her first album for nearly a year.
NEWS
June 4, 2006
CCC offers kids theater camps Students enrolled in Cecil Community College's Young People's Theatre Program Summer on Stage 2006 classes will act out Reality Bites on June 23 and perform But Do Bed Bugs Bite? on Aug. 4 in the Elkton Station Performing Arts Hall. Registration is being taken now for the one- to two-week program that offers an overall theater experience for children ages 5 to 18. A parent orientation meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave. Parents and students are invited to meet the staff, see the facility, and learn about the program.
NEWS
June 4, 2006
CCC offers kids theater camps Students enrolled in Cecil Community College's Young People's Theatre Program Summer on Stage 2006 classes will act out Reality Bites on June 23 and perform But Do Bed Bugs Bite? on Aug. 4 in the Elkton Station Performing Arts Hall. Registration is being taken now for the one- to two-week program that offers an overall theater experience for children ages 5 to 18. A parent orientation meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Elkton Station, 107 Railroad Ave. Parents and students are invited to meet the staff, see the facility, and learn about the program.
FEATURES
By Joanna Weiss and Joanna Weiss,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 13, 2005
When Jada Chabot slammed her speedboat into a family's inflatable raft on a Massachusetts pond last week -- injuring several people -- the local media pounced with more vigor than they might on the average reckless 16-year-old. But then, Chabot is a TV personality, labeled a "brat" and a "liar" on ABC's reality series Brat Camp (Wednesday nights at 8 on WMAR, Channel 2). She's famous precisely because she's troubled and underage. And for ABC, she represents a ratings gold mine and an ethical dilemma.
NEWS
By Jessica Bacharach | May 9, 2001
JAMES ROUSE had a dream that one day all people, despite their socioeconomic status, would convene at the community mailbox. His dream has been built into one of the nation's most famous planned communities, Columbia. But Rouse's rosy vision is covered in the thorns of a society where poverty equals immorality, where subsidized housing is disdained by the middle class who dominate the area. Somewhere in the midst of Rouse's dream, fear has enveloped our small town. It is this fear that drives civilians to move outward, away from what they must regard as hateful scenes of the less fortunate, which gives Columbia the characteristics of a miniature city.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 18, 1994
REALITY BITESOriginal Motion Picture Soundtrack (RCA 66364)What would a slacker comedy be without hip, alterna-rock tunes beneath the laugh lines? So it's no surprise that the soundtrack album to "Reality Bites" is chock full of music by modern rock hit-makers like U2, Lenny Kravitz and Crowded House. Granted, the offerings aren't too hip -- movie producers see no point in having the music go over the audience's head -- but that doesn't mean it's entirely predictable. After all, who'd have imagined that the Posies' "Going, Going, Gone" would so completely upstage World Party's "Young Americans"-derived "When You Come Back to Me"?
NEWS
By HAL PIPER | March 19, 1994
They can ban smoking in the Pentagon and at McDonald's and in the very building tenanted by the tobacco lobby. They can ban smoking in all the restaurants and all the bars of Maryland.They can drive the wretched, coughing addicts out onto the streets to practice their filthy vice in rainswept doorways and dank, fetid alleys. They can brandish studies about the early, certain and ghastly deaths faced by smokers.They can tax coffin nails at $2 a pack or -- why not? -- $2 apiece.They can hang Joe Camel from a sour apple tree.
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