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By Wesley Case | August 9, 2011
Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne Roc Nation Rating: 3 stars out of 4 Understanding royalty is always trickier than it seems. From a distance, we watch in awe of the stately presence and lavish lifestyle. But get close enough and we see the scars, the chinks in the armor, the dried tears of what it took to become king. Watch the Throne , the hotly anticipated collaborative album from Kanye West and Jay-Z that was released on iTunes at 12:01 a.m. Monday, deals with this dichotomy as navigated by two rap stars at once shockingly self-aware and blinded by their riches.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
Freud once said the greatest works in literature involved parricide: “Oedipus,” “Hamlet” and “The Brothers Karamazov. " I'm not arguing that George R.R. Martin's “A Storm of Swords” should be placed in that canon. But I am arguing that when Tyrion kills Tywin in Sunday's “Game of Thrones” the show is invoking some major literary themes. Season 4 of HBO's “Game of Thrones” came to an end with a strong episode titled “The Children” that culminated with the murder of the Lannister family patriarch, who was killed (embarrassingly)
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September 29, 1996
RETIRED GEN. Alexander I. Lebed showed good sense and personal courage in brokering an end to hostilities in Chechnya. That's why his popularity is soaring and that's why he has started an aggressive campaign to succeed ailing President Boris N. Yeltsin.Already he is getting more publicity than Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, Mr. Lebed's rivals for the Kremlin throne.On many matters, close attention ought to be paid to Mr. Lebed's statements. He is right in calling public attention to the shameful conditions in the once-vaunted Red Army, where many officers and soldiers have not been paid for months, and warning a rebellion might ensue.
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June 6, 2014
I'm greatly disappointed in the June 4 editorial "Brown on the defensive. " It's an attempt to sound impartial when, in fact, the writer is grasping at all straws to convince Marylanders that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is competent and worthy of our trust. How many times have we heard politicians fall back on the, "I was out of the loop" claim? It stinks! What's worse is that it took since Oct. 1, 2013, to come up with this lame excuse. Perhaps it's not as lame as it appears. If he was placed out of the loop, it could definitely provide some cover for a lame heir-apparent to the governorship throne.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 8, 2004
Frustrated and sick, King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia said yesterday that he would give up the throne he has held, off and on, for more than a half-century, throwing his nation into confusion and doubt. In statements posted on his Web site, faxed to his inner circle and read on Cambodian television, the king, who is in Beijing, said, "I can no longer continue my mission and activities as king and head of state to serve the needs of the nation." The constitutional monarch, 81, has threatened to abdicate repeatedly over the years, and his son, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who is speaker of the National Assembly, said, "We still hope that tomorrow or the day after tomorrow the king will agree to be the king again."
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September 28, 2007
Sept. 28 1066 William the Conqueror invaded England to claim the English throne. 1991 Jazz great Miles Davis died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 65.
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By DAN BERGER | May 8, 1991
When Queen Elizabeth is in Baltimore to catch a baseball game, she should dine on crab cakes and sit on a throne of marble steps.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Troy Oxford and Troy Oxford,COX NEWS SERVICE | July 16, 2001
Looking for summer gaming fun? Here are two titles to look for: NBA Street: EA Sports' three-on-three basketball game for PlayStation 2 features over-the-top game play and a lot of personality. The good: The player moves and animations are top-notch. Multiplayer games can fill a weekend with entertainment. The players, play and attitude give the game a lot of color. The bad: Load times can be slow. The verdict: I'm not even a fan of basketball, and this game won me over. If you want some good multiplayer fun, look no further than NBA Street.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,London Bureau of The Sun | January 11, 1995
London -- Divorce British-style can be such a mess, especially when you are linked with the heir to the throne.Yesterday, the acknowledged love of Prince Charles' life, Camilla Parker-Bowles, 47, and her husband, Brigadier Andrew Parker-Bowles, 55, announced they are getting a divorce.The tabloids have brought out the screaming headlines. The television networks provided wall-to-wall coverage. The royal mess spews on.The announcement came less than a week after the former secretary to the queen, Lord Charteris, predicted Prince Charles and Princess Diana would divorce "sooner rather than later."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 20, 1996
There are few things as grand or as rarely seen as a ceremonial royal Thai barge, a long golden ribbon with its dragon figurehead, its ornate, canopied throne and its rows of red-clad oarsmen.On Nov. 7, King Bhumibol Adulyadej will mark his 50th year on the throne with a procession of 52 barges manned by more than 2,000 oarsmen.The barges will glide slowly down the Chao Praya River in Bangkok, past the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace to the glittering Temple of Dawn, where the king will present ceremonial robes to the monks.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Welcome to the Big Ten, Maryland. It's going to be a long road to acceptance. The Chicago-based blog Sherman Ave assigned each Big Ten school a corresponding Game of Thrones character last week. Many of their assignments were spot on - Northwestern as the smart, if not physically unimposing Tyrion Lannister; Michigan as the talented, slightly arrogant superpower Jamie Lannister; and Ohio State as the loathsome top dog Joffrey. But scroll to the bottom and you'll see new members Maryland and Rutgers, who join the league on July 1. They weren't exactly deemed worthy of Game of Thrones characters.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
Who's winning the “Game of Thrones”? At this point, there's really only one correct answer: Lord Petyr Baelish, that oft-overlooked advisor to kings, better known as “Littlefinger.” He's sparked a great war that's thrown three prominent families of Westeros - the Lannisters, Starks and Baratheons - into a death struggle. He's murdered the king. And, now, he's claimed control of The Eyrie stronghold, by killing the very woman he manipulated into starting the war in the first place.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2014
With a thrust of Longclaw, Jon Snow ran his giant sword through the head of a mutineer at Craster's Keep Sunday - giving a gory victory to the Night's Watch and unwittingly saving his little brother Bran Stark and the Reeds. But Jon (Kit Harrington) did more than just save his kid brother and burn down a house of horrors. His closing scene saved what was otherwise the weakest episode of the fourth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones. " Most of “First of His Name” meandered through various plotlines with little action or storyline advancement.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
Let the double-crossing families of Westeros waste their waking hours plotting to kill each other's wannabe kings. The true heir to the Targaryen Empire is busy building an army. The episode "Breaker of Chains" reminded us that, despite the compelling stories of Starks and Lannisters, Daenerys Targaryen is the real star of this series. (More so than in the books, Dany's character stands out on TV - in sunny landscapes as opposed to the dark surroundings of the west.) Watching Sunday's episode, I was also struck once again by how much fine, understated, nuanced acting is going on in this show about dragons, zombies and watches -- particularly by Lena Headey (Cersei)
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
It's just not safe to get married in Westeros these days. Ever since he ordered the beheading of the heroic Ned Stark in the first season of “Game of Thrones,” viewers have been patiently waiting for the insufferable boy-king Joffrey to die. (Preferably in as painful a manner as possible.)  Sunday night, they got their wish. Episode two of Season 4,“The Lion and the Rose,” written by George R.R. Martin himself (hallowed be his name), ends with the despicable teenage tyrant's poisoned face turning blue as blood drips from his mouth.
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By John E. Woodruff and John E. Woodruff,Tokyo Bureau of The Sun | November 13, 1990
TOKYO -- Japanese turned out by the tens of thousands yesterday afternoon, lining sidewalks to wave flags and scream as their emperor and empress rode home in an open Rolls-Royce after formally ascending to the 1,600-year-old Chrysanthemum Throne.In a day filled with precise and imprecise, official and unofficial numbers, the precise, official number of people reported along the 4-kilometer motorcade route was 116,879. Some had come from distant provinces to see the procession.At least several times that many used the accession day holiday to flee the capital for a long weekend in the country or to take a last look at autumn's fading colors.
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