September 26, 1996
LONDON -- Sunday night, Tina Cuenco sold candy bars to one of her regular customers, Diarmuid O'Neill. Yesterday, at her corner convenience store, she was selling newspapers that contained pictures of the red-haired 27-year-old beneath the headline: "Face of the IRA Sleeper.""I can't believe it," Cuenco said. "Nice boy. He was quiet. He had a sweet tooth and would come in for sweets and milk. IRA? I wouldn't know. I just can't believe it."O'Neill's life as a suspected Irish Republican Army member and his violent death during a Monday morning police raid are the stuff of front-page headlines and controversy.
November 16, 1999
Sleeper actors in Hollywood are said to have three stages of fame. The first is the totally unknown stage, followed by the stage where every director can't wait to work with the actor. Then, there's the final stage, where the actor becomes unknown again.The same is becoming true for women's college basketball, and Bonnie Henrickson and Virginia Tech, who went through the first and second stages last season and hope that stage three doesn't come to Blacksburg this season.Henrickson, 36, the coach at Virginia Tech, guided the Hokies to a 28-3 record last season and the school's first berth in the Sweet 16, as well as a second straight Atlantic 10 title.
July 14, 2000
One of this year's sleeper hits - and deservedly so - is "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," Aviva Kempner's engrossing documentary about the trailblazing player who, as America's first Jewish baseball star, helped redefine sports, heroism and American culture while playing for the Detroit Tigers in the 1930s and 1940s. Kempner's film has enjoyed successful runs at the Charles and Rotunda theaters; today it opens at the Loews Valley Centre in Owings Mills. This hasn't exactly been a boffo summer, especially for grown-up filmgoers - see "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg" for a pleasant respite.
August 23, 1998
It's official. "There's Something About Mary," the gross-out comedy starring Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz, is the sleeper hit of the summer, taking on a mantle that "My Best Friend's Wedding" wore last summer and "Babe" the summer before that.Sleepers - big hits that seem to come out of nowhere, taking film studios, critics and audiences alike by surprise - now seem to be staples of the summer movie season, on a par with the biggest explosions and the most humiliating bomb. But in an age when marketing and publicity are manipulated to within a hair's breadth - when there are computer programs that predict a film's box-office performance before the cameras even start running - is such a thing as an authentic sleeper even possible?
March 2, 2008
As reported March 2, 1988, in The Howard Sun: Marian Sleeper has a special birthday party every four years. None of her friends ever forgets it. She's one of those chosen few who just happened to be born Feb. 29 - a leap year birthday baby. The 36-year-old mother of three and part owner of an outdoors supply store, Patapsco Outfitters on U.S. 40, officially celebrated her ninth birthday Monday. Actually, 25 people celebrated her birthday with a party Saturday at her Sykesville home.
October 23, 1996
Police logJessup: 7400 block of Assateague Drive: A man leaving a truck's sleeper cab Tuesday was grabbed by an assailant and cut slightly on the neck, hands and thigh. After the victim's wallet was taken, he got back into the truck and fell asleep.North Laurel: 9100 block of Blues Alley: Someone entered a unit at the Seasons Apartments, but nothing was taken.Pub Date: 10/23/96