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By KASEY JONES and KASEY JONES,LOS ANGELES TIMES Title: "The Masters of the House" Author: Robert Barnard Publisher: Scribners -! Length, price: 214 pages, $20 "Too nice" is the last complaint one would think could be applied to a book by Robert Barnard, the irreverently witty British suspense writer. But that's precisely the problem with "The Masters of the House"; and after last year's "A Hovering of Vultures," a delightfully droll literary lampoon, the new novel seems particularly insipid. The story is told in flashback form. Matthew Heenan and his sister Annie have returned to their childhood home, where their long-time caretaker, Auntie Connie, lies on her deathbed. The two reminisce about the circumstances in which Connie entered their lives: Their mother had just died, leaving behind four children and a husband who went mad upon hearing the tragic news. Matthew and Annie decide they must manage to convince outsiders that their father is just fine. The charade actually works, until a corpse turns up in their backyard, belonging, inconveniently enough, to their father's mistress. The person who first begins to suspect that the Heenan children are, in effect, home alone happens to be the dead woman's mother-in-law. That woman, soon to be known to them as Auntie Connie, winds up moving in to take care of the children. The solution to the murder is neither surprising nor especially clever. "The Masters of the House" is subpar Barnard.SUSANNE TROWBRIDGE Title: "Hollywood Kids" Author: Jackie Collins Publisher: Simon & Schuster 0$ Length, price: 525 pages, $23.50 What is it that makes me think that Jackie Collins has a template in her word processor on which she fills in the blanks and writes books? Her latest book is "Hollywood Kids." Previous works include "Hollywood Wives" and "Hollywood Husbands." What's next -- "Hollywood Pets"? A group of (choose from template: rat pack, brat pack) friends, and several nonindustry types (detectives, journalists, lawyers, etc.) will all be linked by a common thread (murder, extortion, kidnapping, pornography, drugs) by the end of the book. Been there, done that. The story revolves around the grown children of big-time actors and directors, who are bored with shopping and partying. Each takes a stab at getting a life. Into this mix arrives a serial killer, whose quest for revenge will endanger the Hollywood Kids. What really makes this template theory likely is a recent ad in People magazine touting "Hollywood Kids." It quotes a review I wrote several years ago of one of Ms. Collins' earlier books, making it seem as if the review applies to "Hollywood Kids." Her publisher apparently feels any favorable reviews can be used interchangeably with any of her books, because, ultimately, they're all the same book | October 9, 1994
Title: "SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap"Author: Peggy OrensteinPublisher: Doubleday-! Length, price: 335 pages, $23In 1992, the American Association of University Women conducted a study involving more than 3,000 children between the ages of 9 and 15. It found that by the time they reach adolescence, an enormous number of girls experience a dramatic loss of self esteem.Peggy Orenstein, a journalist and former editor of Mother Jones magazine, decided to find out more.
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By Jean Waller Brune | May 8, 2014
"I speak not for myself but for those without voice, those who have fought for their rights, their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, and their right to be educated. " - Malala Yousafzai Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai captured our hearts and minds this past year as she fought for her life after being shot in the face by the Taliban for standing up to promote the education of girls. Hers is a very powerful story of the struggle tied to girls' education around the world, and her remarkable appearance at the United Nations on her 16th birthday made her an ambassador and role model for girls everywhere and their right to education.
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By Tim Swift | July 12, 2009
FILM 'Harry Potter: and the Half-Blood Prince': Yes, this is one where we learn all of Voldemort's dirty little secrets. But the real reason to catch the sixth entry in the Potter series may be to see how the young stars handle all the raging hormones at Hogwarts. Harry has his eye on a new girl, and his best mate Ron is caught in the middle of a messy love triangle. In theaters Wednesday. TV 'Spongebob Squarepants' : To celebrate the squishy yellow guy's 10th birthday, Nickelodeon is rolling out a 50-hour marathon of his greatest shows.
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May 6, 2014
It's now been more than two weeks since Islamic militants attacked a girls' boarding school in remote northeast Nigeria and abducted more than 300 young women between the ages of 16 and 18, carrying them off into the bush on a convoy of buses and trucks. But apart from a few dozen students who managed to escape in the first few hours after their capture, not a trace of the girls has been found so far. And the kidnappings haven't stopped: Today U.N. officials announced that at least eight more girls were seized by extremists in the same part of the country as last month's abductions.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 15, 1997
JERUSALEM -- Overriding the objections of the Palestinians and many of his foreign allies, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is forging ahead with a controversial housing development in predominantly Arab East Jerusalem.Work will begin next week, possibly as soon as Monday."I am building Har Homa this week, and nothing is going to stop me," Netanyahu said in an interview published yesterday in the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv. "If they think they can frighten us, they are mistaken. I am determined about my view more than ever."
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,Sun Reporter | October 4, 2006
The public face of a tragedy is often not the bereaved relative or the hapless killer, but rather the official who steps before the microphones and brings the event into focus. After the killings of five Amish schoolgirls in rural Pennsylvania on Monday, that state's 43-year-old police commissioner, Col. Jeffrey B. Miller, has emerged as the tragedy's messenger. Over two days, Miller, using calm, measured tones, has described for the world the murderous siege of an Amish classroom and the demons that evidently drove Charles C. Roberts IV to open fire on defenseless children.
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By JAMIE STIEHM | June 29, 1997
LUCRETIA and I go a long way back, to the day in 1983 I decided to write my senior history thesis on the Quaker whose blue eyes sparkled under the bonnet in the portrait gracing the parlor at Swarthmore College.Worthy Lucretia Mott was elevated to her rightful place in the pantheon of U.S. history Thursday when a statue depicting her and two younger women's rights leaders, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, was dedicated in the Capitol Rotunda. They knew each other, but Mott represents the start of the suffragette story, Stanton the middle and Anthony - well, the beginning of the end.A chorus of schoolgirls sang while light streamed through the Capitol dome, which Republican Sen. Olympia J. Snowe of Maine called "the epicenter of American democracy."
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | December 9, 1994
Most murders are committed from rage, or even hate; still, rare, but not unheard of, is the true crime of the heart, the murder of love.Such a deed is at the center of the brilliant New Zealand film "Heavenly Creatures," opening today at the Rotunda. It's an elaborate representation of, as its own subtitle decrees, "a Crime That Shocked a Nation."In 1954, in Christchurch, New Zealand, two passionately entwined schoolgirls floated so far off into their own private realms that reality became first an intrusion and then a threat.
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September 9, 1994
An Eastport schoolgirl may have been the target of an abduction attempt Wednesday, police said.The 8-year-old girl told police that as she was walking home from school a man approached her at Bay Ridge Avenue and Adams Street, pinched her on the arm, and tried to draw her toward him.The girl said she screamed, and the man ran toward Bay Ridge Avenue.On Aug. 31, a 7-year-old Eastport girl told police that a man tried to abduct her as she walked near Chesapeake Avenue and Fourth Street after school.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | February 22, 1995
A 12-year-old girl rushing to school woke her stepfather just minutes before a fire raced through their Southwest Baltimore rowhouse today, unknowingly saving her family from being trapped in the blaze.Lakala McCloud, a sixth-grader at Diggs Johnson Middle School, was late for morning classes and hurried to tell her stepfather, Brian Kelly, 19, that she was leaving. She grabbed her books and dashed out the front door of 352 S. Smallwood Street.Five minutes later, Mr. Kelly walked downstairs and found the kitchen ablaze.
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By Tim Swift | July 12, 2009
FILM 'Harry Potter: and the Half-Blood Prince': Yes, this is one where we learn all of Voldemort's dirty little secrets. But the real reason to catch the sixth entry in the Potter series may be to see how the young stars handle all the raging hormones at Hogwarts. Harry has his eye on a new girl, and his best mate Ron is caught in the middle of a messy love triangle. In theaters Wednesday. TV 'Spongebob Squarepants' : To celebrate the squishy yellow guy's 10th birthday, Nickelodeon is rolling out a 50-hour marathon of his greatest shows.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,Sun Reporter | October 4, 2006
The public face of a tragedy is often not the bereaved relative or the hapless killer, but rather the official who steps before the microphones and brings the event into focus. After the killings of five Amish schoolgirls in rural Pennsylvania on Monday, that state's 43-year-old police commissioner, Col. Jeffrey B. Miller, has emerged as the tragedy's messenger. Over two days, Miller, using calm, measured tones, has described for the world the murderous siege of an Amish classroom and the demons that evidently drove Charles C. Roberts IV to open fire on defenseless children.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2002
Baltimore police are questioning several people, including family members, in connection with the disappearance of an 8-year-old Northwood girl. Since Marciana Monia Ringo disappeared early Tuesday after her mother's boyfriend dropped her off at school, investigators from the homicide and the missing persons squads have been talking to everyone they can think of, said homicide Sgt. Jack Barrick. "It's a missing persons case, but it's obviously suspicious," Barrick said last night. "How can you not say that?"
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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | January 13, 2002
A 12-year-old Northwest Baltimore girl has died of a form of bacterial meningitis that is not a contagious threat, the city's health commissioner said yesterday. Dr. Peter L. Beilenson said the girl, a sixth-grader at Fallstaff Middle School, became ill Tuesday and died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The girl, whom authorities have not identified, had pneumococcal meningitis. "It is caused by the strep pneumonia bacteria," Beilenson said. It rarely causes meningitis in kids older than 2 or adults younger than 65, he said.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | October 4, 2001
In Nancy Theobold Wehr's younger days, single-sex education for girls was just coming into vogue. Women's colleges had cropped up all over the East, and private institutions such as Roland Park Country School were founded as proper places for the city's wealthier set in a new "country" suburb to prepare their daughters for the rigors of college. Wehr was in the school's vanguard, enrolling at age 6. When Roland Park Country School celebrates its centennial with a parade Saturday, Wehr, 97, will be in the lead as the school's oldest living alumna.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | June 20, 2000
MOSCOW - A high school student in a tiny village deep in the Russian countryside made the mistake of sending a letter to President Vladimir V. Putin, and now she finds herself stripped of the graduation honors she had been expecting and enrolled in a dairy academy instead of heading for medical school. The letter had nothing to do with politics, and its author, Anya Provorova certainly meant no disrespect. It was just that when the six graduating students of the little school in the quiet hamlet of Vorobyovo felt something was lacking, they fell back upon centuries of Russian tradition and decided to send a request for help all the way to the Kremlin.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2002
Baltimore police are questioning several people, including family members, in connection with the disappearance of an 8-year-old Northwood girl. Since Marciana Monia Ringo disappeared early Tuesday after her mother's boyfriend dropped her off at school, investigators from the homicide and the missing persons squads have been talking to everyone they can think of, said homicide Sgt. Jack Barrick. "It's a missing persons case, but it's obviously suspicious," Barrick said last night. "How can you not say that?"
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Staff Writer | November 25, 1992
Twenty Canton Middle School students appeared in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday -- not because they had committed any crimes, but to learn a lesson in tolerance.They wound up learning about history and the American legal system as well.The vehicle for their education was a mock trial before Judge Joseph H. H. Kaplan of Christopher Columbus on charges of genocide for the alleged systematic destruction of Indian tribes after he arrived in the Western Hemisphere half a millennium ago, seeking riches and converts to Christianity.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1999
A school bus collided with a car yesterday afternoon at an East Baltimore intersection, careened onto a sidewalk and hit a woman and a child sitting on the steps of a Patterson Park Avenue rowhouse.The child, Maia Alexandria Washington, 2, was taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center with cuts on her face and leg and was in stable condition, city police said.Falayon Knight, 27, suffered leg injuries, and the child's grandmother, Hattie Washington, was hurt when she tried to avoid the bus. Both were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1998
There would be no frustration this year for Chesapeake I, as the girls from Anne Arundel and Howard counties won their first U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association National Schoolgirl Championship.Chesapeake rolled over Long Island I, 9-2, yesterday in the 17th annual schoolgirl title game at McDonogh.The victory made up for last year, when Chesapeake had to share the crown with South I after rain washed out the final day."It feels really good," said Chesapeake's Kellie Thompson, who won the Heather Leigh Albert Award as the top player in the tournament.
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