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By Jan Stuart and Jan Stuart,NEWSDAY | December 14, 2007
One would imagine it is something of a bittersweet triumph for an actor to endure long enough to revisit a glory moment from his youth, albeit from the vantage point of an older character. Unlike many of his classically schooled contemporaries in England, it was never in the cards for Michael Caine to ascend from playing King Lear's Edgar, say, to Lear himself. But then how many veterans of the Royal Shakespeare Company can lay claim to having done two film versions of the super-hit stage thriller Sleuth?
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By Meagan O'Neill | October 22, 2012
This week's episode promised to change everything, and it delivered. Many of us hoped Amanda would just disappear shortly after she arrived in the Hamptons last season ... and our wish might just have come true. Unfortunately I was actually starting to like her this episode -- clearly whoever writes Nolan's one-liners took a shot at her lines and pumped in a few good ones ("looks like you've hooked your fish" being my personal favorite). Even though last week introduced a few new story lines, the writers had to throw a couple more in this week to keep us on our toes.
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By David Zurawik | October 9, 1997
She's not ready to play in Miss Marple's league, but I'll take her over Jessica Fletcher any day.I'm talking about the amateur sleuth Hetty Wainthropp (Patricia Routledge), who makes her debut tonight in "Hetty Wainthropp Investigates" (9 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) on PBS' venerable "Mystery" series.Wainthropp is a sixtysomething English housewife who decides she's had it with retirement and winds up with her very own detective agency. Not much of an agency actually -- a bicycle, a phone, a teen-age assistant (Dominick Monaghan)
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch , arthur.hirsch@baltsun.com | December 6, 2009
Any radio can play the Grateful Dead, but it's another matter to transmit the voices of the merely deceased. That takes a bit of work on the radio with a wire cutter, maybe a pair of pliers, and - the skeptic might argue - a leap of faith. Jenny Stewart of Mount Airy, founder and head of the Paranormal Research and Resource Society, said she's done it many times, hearing and recording the dead speak through a $25 Radio Shack AM-FM digital radio modified to turn it into a device known in her field as a "ghost box."
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By Sarah Weinman and Sarah Weinman,Special to the Sun | March 27, 2005
Drama City By George Pelecanos. Little, Brown. 290 pages. $24.95. There are two ways to follow up a book as marvelously complex as Pelecanos' previous novel, Hard Revolution: go bigger, or narrow the scope. Wisely, he chooses the latter for Drama City, telling smaller stories with fewer characters and exploring themes of loyalty, redemption and second chances. Lorenzo Brown is out of jail after an eight-year stint on a drug charge, finding sanctuary and hard work as an animal control officer.
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By Nelson Pressley and Nelson Pressley,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 30, 2000
Patrons of Rep Stage's production of "Sleuth" will find two Feiningers listed in the program, Kathy (the director) and Conrad (one of the play's two actors). And, yes, they're married. They met 17 years ago in Minneapolis while working on George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's "The Royal Family" -- a play, as luck would have it, about life in the theater. "She was stage-managing it," Conrad Feininger recalls, "and I came in to audition. I always said if I ever found a good stage manager, I'd marry her."
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By Lou Cedrone | June 27, 1991
* ''The Naked Gun 2 1/2 : The Smell of Fear" Lt. Frank Drebin, the detective who is more clod than sleuth, finds himself in Washington where villains would undermine the president's energy conference. Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley star.
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October 17, 1995
Edith Pargeter, 82, an author who created the medieval sleuth Brother Cadfael, died Saturday after a stroke in London. She wrote under the pen name Ellis Peters and used her home in western England as the setting for the "Brother Cadfael Chronicles," a series of 12th-century murder mysteries that became international best-selling books.
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By Michael Pakenham | January 23, 2000
"The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing" edited by Rosemary Herbert (Oxford University Press, 535 pages, $49.95) From the excellent utilitarian introduction by Rosemary Herbert to the last entry, a succinct biography of Israel Zangwill (1864-1926), this is a splendid reader's crutch for the mystery-afflicted. Its largest staple is concise biographical entries on mystery writers and classic figures in the genre's canon. But there are often charming, sometimes challenging entries on abstractions ("heroism," "suspicion")
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January 25, 1999
Thomas Clifton Mann , 87, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico and El Salvador, died Saturday in Austin, Texas.Irene Seiberling Harrison, 108, whose father founded Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., died Thursday. In 1898, she pulled the switch that signaled the start of her father's company in Akron, Ohio.Victor Stello Jr., 64, a nuclear power regulator who played a key role in the response to the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pa., died of cancer Friday at his home in Potomac.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | March 8, 2009
ST. MARY'S CITY -Henry Miller's assignment might have been hopeless. As research director for Historic St. Mary's City, he was expected to guide the reconstruction of the first Roman Catholic house of worship in English America, for which no drawings or even written descriptions have ever been found. All that was left of the 1667 Brick Chapel in Maryland's first Colonial capital were its huge, 3-foot-thick brick foundation and thousands of fragments of glass, lead, brick and plaster sifted from the soil during 20 years of painstaking archaeology.
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By Victoria Brownworth and Victoria Brownworth,Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2008
Legally Dead by Edna Buchanan Simon & Schuster / 359 pages / $26 Edna Buchanan knows crime. During her 18 years heading the police beat for the Miami Herald, she won a Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for lifetime achievement in journalism. When she retired from reporting and took up mystery writing, critical acclaim followed. Among her 17 books, Buchanan has published eight novels in the Britt Montero series. Montero, a Cuban-American reporter for a Miami newspaper, is 32 and single.
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By Jan Stuart and Jan Stuart,NEWSDAY | December 14, 2007
One would imagine it is something of a bittersweet triumph for an actor to endure long enough to revisit a glory moment from his youth, albeit from the vantage point of an older character. Unlike many of his classically schooled contemporaries in England, it was never in the cards for Michael Caine to ascend from playing King Lear's Edgar, say, to Lear himself. But then how many veterans of the Royal Shakespeare Company can lay claim to having done two film versions of the super-hit stage thriller Sleuth?
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December 7, 2007
Wednesday THE PERFECT HOLIDAY -- (Yari Film Group) An extended family prepares to gather for the holidays in this ensemble Christmas comedy. With Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard. Next Friday ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS -- (20th Century Fox) Jason Lee (TV's My Name Is Earl star) is the live-action songwriter who transforms the trio of computer-generated chipmunks into out-of-control pop music sensations. ATONEMENT -- (Focus Features) Adaptation of Ian McEwan's respected 2002 novel about a young woman's decades-long struggle to make up for an impulsive childhood act that had serious repercussions.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,Sun reporter | October 21, 2007
When the recording industry's legal team sued Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two in Minnesota for allegedly pirating music over the Internet from her home computer, it relied on intelligence gathered by a small Baltimore-area company that has built itself into the digital sleuth of the entertainment world: SafeNet Inc. With the ability to track down computers around the world that have illegally downloaded the latest George Clooney movie or Britney Spears...
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,Sun reporter | July 23, 2007
EDGEWATER -- Greg Ruiz uses a pair of tweezers, tugging flesh out of the leg of a curiously hairy crab and thrusting it into a plastic vial. Ruiz, director of the Marine Invasions Research Lab, packs the vial into a blue plastic box, which he will ship off for DNA analysis to determine where the crab came from. Then he aims his pincers at his next subject - one of six Chinese mitten crabs spread out on his lab table. Ruiz is like a detective. He's trying to solve the mystery of how this spider-like Asian creature started breeding in the Chesapeake Bay and whether it's likely to threaten blue crabs or other native species.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | October 7, 1990
Q: I collect antique and unusual teapots of porcelain or ceramic. Where can I find information on teapots, and is there a book on the subject or any related literature? Also, where can I find unique teapots to add to my collection?A: An organization for collectors of all kinds of teapots and teapot-related items is the Handle on the Teapot Enthusiast Association, which offers an annual membership and bimonthly newsletter for $8 from 882 Mollison, El Cajon, Calif. 92020. "The Eccentric Teapot," by Garth Clark, is an outstanding book with information and photos and descriptions of antique and contemporary "outlandish" ceramic teapots.
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December 7, 2007
Wednesday THE PERFECT HOLIDAY -- (Yari Film Group) An extended family prepares to gather for the holidays in this ensemble Christmas comedy. With Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard. Next Friday ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS -- (20th Century Fox) Jason Lee (TV's My Name Is Earl star) is the live-action songwriter who transforms the trio of computer-generated chipmunks into out-of-control pop music sensations. ATONEMENT -- (Focus Features) Adaptation of Ian McEwan's respected 2002 novel about a young woman's decades-long struggle to make up for an impulsive childhood act that had serious repercussions.
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By Sarah Weinman and Sarah Weinman,Special to The Sun | March 4, 2007
Magic City James W. Hall Con Ed Matthew Klein Warner / 320 pages / $23.99 The dirty secret of con artist novels is that to work well, they should be less about the con and more about the artist. Finding a way to make the reader care about a criminal whose primary goal is to rip off others can be exceedingly difficult, but Matthew Klein, in his American debut, has the best possible asset at his disposal: a commanding, wry voice equally comfortable with one-liners as it is with introspection and character development.
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