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By Beth Hannan and Beth Hannan,Contributing Writer | February 4, 1994
Does Antonio scorch the screen the most? Or does Drake or Frank have hotter stuff? Is Kimberlin, Louise or Michael the meanest of the mean? Can Maxine show up two young whippersnappers half her age?The answers will be revealed at 9 tonight on the "Tenth Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards," with Lisa Rinna, from "Days of Our Lives," and Kelsey Grammer, who formerly appeared in "Another World" and now stars in prime time's "Frasier," serving as hosts.How can you tell the difference between the Soap Opera Digest Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards?
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ron George usually keeps quiet about the flashiest part of his biography. But as he fielded a question about film tax credits at a candidates forum last week, George let slip that he had a brief and unglamorous career as a daytime soap opera actor. "I got to die once and come back a couple months later," George told a crowd at the University of Maryland law school. That's not all. The Republican delegate from Anne Arundel County is still a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild, he said, a distinction that over the decades has earned him bit parts in various productions.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | July 25, 1997
Sex. Murder. Sex. Money. Sex. Alien abductions. Sex.From 1977 to 1981, that's what ABC offered American audiences hefty helpings of, thanks to "Soap," a sometimes brilliant, often stupid, rarely dull soap-opera spoof whose worst sin was the legacy it left behind: a spin-off, "Benson."But don't hold that against it. Rather, sit back and enjoy Comedy Central's "Soap" marathon (6 p.m.-4 a.m.), as the wealthy Tates and the blue-collar Campbells wage war on each other and on the rest of the world (the world usually wins)
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By David Zurawik | October 1, 2013
Baltimore native Peyton List is only 27. But she's already a veteran of almost two decades in show business with a resume that includes Disney movies, guest shots on "Law & Order" and recurring roles on "As the World Turns," and "Mad Men. " And this fall, she debuts in her first network starring role as one of the leaders of a group born with paranormal powers in CW's "The Tomorrow People," from veteran producer Greg Berlanti ("Everwood," "Arrow")....
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By Los Angeles Daily News | December 31, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- Gloria Monty, credited with building "General Hospital" into a national phenomenon a decade ago, reportedly will leave next week as executive producer of the ABC daytime soap opera.Since returning a year ago, Monty has failed to duplicate the extraordinary popularity the program achieved in the early 1980s, when it was No. 1 in the daytime ratings and landed the characters Luke and Laura -- Tony Geary and Genie Francis -- on the cover of Newsweek.Monty has a two-year contract with the network, but she is rumored to be leaving her position Monday.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 20, 2003
Susan Turnock was stuck in traffic one day when the idea came to her: You know, soap is pretty boring and it doesn't have to be. (We know this is a strange thought, but give the woman a break. Traffic can sometimes have that effect.) After teaching herself how to make soap, Turnock, who has a background in advertising, marketing and graphic design, came up with soap rolls - slim sticks of glycerin soap in a bevy of colors and fragrances that are anything but boring. We're talking gingerbread, mango and peppermint here, not to mention vanilla, lavender and tangerine.
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By Jacques Kelly | October 27, 1996
EVEN IN MY CHILDHOOD, an era when thrift was a virtue, nobody made bars of soap at home. Nobody, that is, except my grandmother Lily Rose and my great-aunt Cora, who made an enamel pan full of soap every fall -- in the very kitchen where the trusty Oriole-brand range produced flannel cakes and roast beef.I dreaded the ordeal then. But now that the ritual has passed, I miss it.I didn't know it at the time, but I absorbed some elementary lessons in household finance from these two sisters. They sewed and tailored many of the clothes they wore.
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By Andy Wickstrom and Andy Wickstrom,Knight-Ridder News Service | October 10, 1993
Among the first customers for VCRs back in the late '70s were soap-opera fans determined not to miss another episode. So it's somewhat confounding, considering the size of the audience, that very little soap-opera material has been recycled on videocassette.ABC is making a bid to change that. Working with the company's own label, ABC Video, the network is planning a series of tapes derived from its daytime dramas. The first to emerge is a collection called "Daytime's Greatest Weddings," consisting of three tapes priced at $14.98 each.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer | November 11, 1993
Will Tempest Frost and Hale Storm's dastardly deeds be uncovered? Will Betty Brown make it out of the television set? For the answers to these and other questions come tonight to the opening performance of Westminster High School's fall production, "Soft Soap."The play, written by David Rogers, spoofs daytime TV dTC melodramas. The main character, Betty Brown, played by 17-year-old senior Brigitta Kral, is such a soap opera fanatic that she transfers herself from her university student lounge into the wacky television world of "Yesterday's Tomorrows."
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 21, 2003
What happens to a soap opera when you blow the suds away and take out the melodies? Are you left with unvarnished truth or a more ascetic soap opera? That's the conundrum posed by Open Hearts, a movie that applies the chastening techniques of the Danish Dogme95 movement - handheld camera, natural sound and light - to a story that would suit General Hospital. A warm-hearted blonde (Sonja Richter) and her lover (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) get engaged just before he's run down by a child-distracted housewife (Paprika Steen)
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Mike Preston | May 3, 2013
OK, so now that the Ravens have re-signed left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie to a two-year contract, the real drama begins. We're starting the official McKinnie Watch here. When will he report to training camp? How much will he weigh? When will he be in condition to play his first game? Will his annual visit to coach John Harbaugh's doghouse last 16 games like last season, or will McKinnie not dog it this season? With McKinnie, there is always theater. Just about everybody around town wanted the Ravens to upgrade at the tackle position in the offseason, but when that didn't happen in the NFL draft , the Ravens had virtually no choice but to bring back the often-disgruntled giant left tackle.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2012
Baltimore one day, New York the next, Los Angeles the next: Such is the life of Fallston's Jonathon Ruckman, who has spent much of the past decade carving out a career as an actor. He's made commercials, appeared in soap operas, re-enacted crimes, played heavies and heroes. Sunday, he gets to sample the TV big time with a one-line guest role on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire. " "I play a recurring character," says Ruckman, though quickly adding that HBO isn't letting on about just how long his character will be around.
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By Meredith Cohn | August 30, 2012
Most people know that hand washing is the most important method of preventing the spread of germs. Yet another new study says people still aren't doing it enough. They also aren't washing for long enough. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends singing “Happy Birthday” twice while washing, the equivalent of about 20 seconds of washing. But 57 percent of respondents to a national survey said they wash for just 5 to 15 seconds. About three quarters also don't ramp up hand washing during germy flu season, which peaks in February, according to the Bradley Corp.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2012
It's a story that simply won't go away. It's an upper-class soap opera, and even after the passage of 75 years it still packs a sentimental punch and draws a willing audience into the glittering world of the British aristocracy. It is the saga of England's Edward VIII (he reigned for less than a year and was never crowned), who found it simply impossible to continue with his royal responsibilities without the love of an ambitious commoner from Baltimore, Wallis Warfield Simpson, the Belle of Biddle Street, who was determined to bag a royal and crash her way into the upper strata of British society.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
Sure, being responsible is no fun. Which is why going to the Maryland Science Center over the next few weeks should prove such a blast. Welcome to the "Summer of Irresponsible Science," an excuse for lots of grown men and women to do the kinds of things their science teachers always warned them against. Things melt, blow up, gush and flame. "This is an opportunity to do some of the kinds of things you always thought about doing, but maybe were afraid to do," said Chris Cropper, the science center's senior director of marketing.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2010
Ota-what? Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, with an emphasis on music, movies, and fashion. The three-day convention is entering its 17th year. It has been held in Baltimore since 1999. What is cosplay? Short for costume role-play, cosplay is when people dress up as a character from anime, comics, video games or other popular media, and act like the character. What is anime? Anime is an abbreviated pronunciation in Japanese of "animation.
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By Carole McShane and Carole McShane,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 18, 2004
LOOKING FOR a wedding gift? Estate jewelry to jazz up your wardrobe? Want to pamper yourself with handmade soap and creamy lotions? Natural Bath Works, a new boutique in an old chapel, offers all this plus in-store parties and, soon, chamber music. Natural Bath Works opened in August in the former Westwood Methodist Church on Triadelphia Road in Glenelg. The store is the creation of Michelle Quader, who with her husband, Glenn, 37, their son James, 18, and daughter, Kaila, 15, moved to Maryland from Boca Raton, Fla., in the summer of 2001.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 14, 1996
Hunkering down in front of the TV to watch rattlesnakes take over a town hardly seems like the way to spend Valentine's Day, but maybe USA is onto something.* "The Drew Carey Show" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Jamie Lee Curtis shows up as Drew's hairdresser, the woman he turns to when his girlfriend starts dating other people. Not bad for a runner-up. ABC.* "The Soap Opera Awards" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- See the best of the soaps, as voted by readers of Soap Opera Digest.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,stephanie.desmon@baltsun.com | September 23, 2009
When Sandy Summers picks up her children - ages 6 and 10 - at elementary school, they're greeted with squirts of hand sanitizer. "When they get in the car, I put a glob on their hands," said the nurse, who lives in Homeland. "If they're going to eat a snack in the car, I make them use some. ... If I go to the grocery store, when I get in the car, the first thing I do is use the sanitizer. If I forget to use it before I touch the steering wheel, I put a whole bunch on my hands and just wipe it all over the steering wheel.
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By Joe and Teresa Graedon | July 20, 2009
Question: : I had severe leg cramps and read about putting a bar of soap under the sheet. I tried this and found it stopped them immediately. Even more astonishing, it also banished my intermittent erectile dysfunction. I checked out the ingredients of Ivory soap and found it contains magnesium sulfate. Paramedics use this compound to treat heart attacks or asthma because it relaxes smooth muscle fibers found in blood vessels and airways. I wonder if magnesium is absorbed from the soap through the skin of the legs and feet, increasing blood flow.
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