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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 5, 1993
Oh, no, Robo, say it ain't so.But it is so, and let us weep many bitter tears for the demise of "RoboCop," the brilliantly subversive hero of Paul Verhoeven's astounding and lurid 1987 film. Now it's "RoboCop 3," and he's been turned from a ruthless avatar of violence against the lawless into a politically correct Chia dog to the point where he's no longer recognizeable. He's become cuddly. He's not RoboCop anymore; he's a social worker with a breast plate.Of course it was too much to hope for. Verhoeven, the mad Dutch screwball genius who likes to walk on the wild side ("Total Recall," "Basic Instinct")
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By Luke Broadwater | April 28, 2011
When Donald Trump was publicly proven wrong yesterday by President Barack Obama releasing his long-form birth certificate (reiterating what we already know is true: He's a U.S. citizen), most people expected Trump to react with some variation of "I'm an idiot. I was wrong. " Instead, Trump used the opportunity to praise himself.   "Today, I am very proud of myself," he said at a news conference. "... I feel I've accomplished something really, really important and I'm honored by it. "  How does one make sense of this inexplicable behavior?
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June 14, 1995
Robocop saved the day in Linthicum last week.A squat, little, wheeled contraption with video-camera eyes, a metal claw for a hand and a shotgun mounted above its left arm wheeled into a Motel 6 and accomplished in three minutes what police couldn't do in 25 hours -- ferret out a man suspected of having a bomb without somebody getting hurt.Along with automatic teller machines and the remote control gadget for television sets, this could be one of the greatest technological advances of the computer age. It's the sort of thing some of us imagined as children as we contemplated a Jetson-like future filled with mechanical sidekicks that would perform all the chores we hated.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2005
UPPER MARLBORO - Near the headquarters of its first official "keeper," the Patuxent River cuts an olive-drab swath through a tumble of branches living and dead. Fred Tutman stood there one recent afternoon on a forlorn truss bridge built during the Patuxent's better days, chatting with a fisherman who told about perch running well as the sun sets. Tutman handed over a card with his name and number. "I'm the Patuxent riverkeeper," he said, urging the fisherman to get in touch if something seemed amiss along the water.
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By Luke Broadwater | April 28, 2011
When Donald Trump was publicly proven wrong yesterday by President Barack Obama releasing his long-form birth certificate (reiterating what we already know is true: He's a U.S. citizen), most people expected Trump to react with some variation of "I'm an idiot. I was wrong. " Instead, Trump used the opportunity to praise himself.   "Today, I am very proud of myself," he said at a news conference. "... I feel I've accomplished something really, really important and I'm honored by it. "  How does one make sense of this inexplicable behavior?
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | May 10, 1999
DAMASCUS, Va. -- When the world's most famous hiking trail is your main street, certain things are expected of you.But an intimate party for 15,000? "Hikers are like family in this town," says Dave Patrick, owner of Mount Rogers Outfitters, as a simple way to explain this week's Appalachian Trail Days.Since 1987, Damascus (pop. 900) has thrown a wing-ding in loving tribute to the free spirits who suffer blisters, gorp and moldy socks to trek from Georgia to Maine.Hikers are already drifting into town and by the weekend, the banks of Laurel Creek will be a multicolored sea of nylon tents.
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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | January 13, 1995
An Anne Arundel County police officer sentenced to six months house arrest for extorting money from a man in Queenstown Park will spend 90 days in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on work-release, instead.Gregory Overstreet, a decorated nine-year veteran of the force known as "Robocop" for his zealous pursuit of drug dealers and drunken drivers, asked for the change in a Dec. 30 letter to Circuit Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. so that "I can go on with my life."Judge Goudy approved the change Tuesday, and Overstreet began serving the new sentence that night, Detention Center Superintendent Richard Baker confirmed yesterday.
NEWS
October 13, 1995
PLANS FOR the new Anne Arundel County Circuit Courthouse, set to open in December 1996, have been public for a long time, so one has to wonder why County Executive John Gary's administration seems surprised to learn the extent of security needs for this building.A spokesman for Mr. Gary said the administration assumed that state-of-the-art security equipment planned for the renovation means fewer sheriff's deputies would be needed to protect the courthouse.Somehow, the Gary administration forgot that new technology is a supplement to, not a replacement for, human beings.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | February 12, 1992
"I just remember thinking I didn't want to get shot in the head," said county police Officer Greg W. "RoboCop" Overstreet, recalling the time he was shot twice in the chest.Thanks to his bulletproof vest, Overstreet walked away from the shooting last July in Pioneer Citywith nothing more than a couple of bruises. Alive and well and stillassigned to the Pioneer City beat, the officer watched as a 20-year-old Prince George's County man pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder yesterday in county Circuit Court.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff writer | July 30, 1991
Officer Greg Overstreet's bulletproof vest lived up to its name Saturday night.A suspected drug dealer shot the county police officertwice at point-blank range during a scuffle."
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | May 10, 1999
DAMASCUS, Va. -- When the world's most famous hiking trail is your main street, certain things are expected of you.But an intimate party for 15,000? "Hikers are like family in this town," says Dave Patrick, owner of Mount Rogers Outfitters, as a simple way to explain this week's Appalachian Trail Days.Since 1987, Damascus (pop. 900) has thrown a wing-ding in loving tribute to the free spirits who suffer blisters, gorp and moldy socks to trek from Georgia to Maine.Hikers are already drifting into town and by the weekend, the banks of Laurel Creek will be a multicolored sea of nylon tents.
NEWS
October 13, 1995
PLANS FOR the new Anne Arundel County Circuit Courthouse, set to open in December 1996, have been public for a long time, so one has to wonder why County Executive John Gary's administration seems surprised to learn the extent of security needs for this building.A spokesman for Mr. Gary said the administration assumed that state-of-the-art security equipment planned for the renovation means fewer sheriff's deputies would be needed to protect the courthouse.Somehow, the Gary administration forgot that new technology is a supplement to, not a replacement for, human beings.
NEWS
June 14, 1995
Robocop saved the day in Linthicum last week.A squat, little, wheeled contraption with video-camera eyes, a metal claw for a hand and a shotgun mounted above its left arm wheeled into a Motel 6 and accomplished in three minutes what police couldn't do in 25 hours -- ferret out a man suspected of having a bomb without somebody getting hurt.Along with automatic teller machines and the remote control gadget for television sets, this could be one of the greatest technological advances of the computer age. It's the sort of thing some of us imagined as children as we contemplated a Jetson-like future filled with mechanical sidekicks that would perform all the chores we hated.
NEWS
By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | January 13, 1995
An Anne Arundel County police officer sentenced to six months house arrest for extorting money from a man in Queenstown Park will spend 90 days in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on work-release, instead.Gregory Overstreet, a decorated nine-year veteran of the force known as "Robocop" for his zealous pursuit of drug dealers and drunken drivers, asked for the change in a Dec. 30 letter to Circuit Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. so that "I can go on with my life."Judge Goudy approved the change Tuesday, and Overstreet began serving the new sentence that night, Detention Center Superintendent Richard Baker confirmed yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 5, 1993
Oh, no, Robo, say it ain't so.But it is so, and let us weep many bitter tears for the demise of "RoboCop," the brilliantly subversive hero of Paul Verhoeven's astounding and lurid 1987 film. Now it's "RoboCop 3," and he's been turned from a ruthless avatar of violence against the lawless into a politically correct Chia dog to the point where he's no longer recognizeable. He's become cuddly. He's not RoboCop anymore; he's a social worker with a breast plate.Of course it was too much to hope for. Verhoeven, the mad Dutch screwball genius who likes to walk on the wild side ("Total Recall," "Basic Instinct")
NEWS
By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | February 12, 1992
"I just remember thinking I didn't want to get shot in the head," said county police Officer Greg W. "RoboCop" Overstreet, recalling the time he was shot twice in the chest.Thanks to his bulletproof vest, Overstreet walked away from the shooting last July in Pioneer Citywith nothing more than a couple of bruises. Alive and well and stillassigned to the Pioneer City beat, the officer watched as a 20-year-old Prince George's County man pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder yesterday in county Circuit Court.
NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2005
UPPER MARLBORO - Near the headquarters of its first official "keeper," the Patuxent River cuts an olive-drab swath through a tumble of branches living and dead. Fred Tutman stood there one recent afternoon on a forlorn truss bridge built during the Patuxent's better days, chatting with a fisherman who told about perch running well as the sun sets. Tutman handed over a card with his name and number. "I'm the Patuxent riverkeeper," he said, urging the fisherman to get in touch if something seemed amiss along the water.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 11, 2007
For much of his career, Paul Verhoeven has specialized in films about people who will do anything to get ahead (Showgirls), the upper hand (Basic Instinct) or the bad guy (RoboCop). His movies have been relentlessly over-the-top, cinematic train wrecks from which audiences couldn't avert their eyes, even if they felt guilty afterward for reveling in such unapologetic exploitation. Black Book (Sony Pictures Classics) Starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch. Directed and co-written by Paul Verhoeven.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff writer | July 30, 1991
Officer Greg Overstreet's bulletproof vest lived up to its name Saturday night.A suspected drug dealer shot the county police officertwice at point-blank range during a scuffle."
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