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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | April 1, 2014
Glancing out the windows of Sujata Massey's house on an early spring day, you could be on a quiet street anywhere, in Japan, or India, or Minneapolis, Minn. Massey shares a bond with all of those places, but her heart and home are in the Roland Park area. She lives near Roland Avenue, in Tuxedo Park. An Indian tablecloth graces Massey's dining room table, where the award-wining author and former reporter - best known for her series of mystery novels set in Japan featuring sleuth Rei Shimura - does most of her writing.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
Edgar Allan Poe was a pretty open-minded guy. "I do not believe that any thought, properly so called," he once said, "is out of the reach of language. " So this Baltimore favorite son presumably would have been cool with the "Homo Poe Show," which started as a single thought - Is there a way to see Poe through a gay lens? - and resulted in enough provocative language to launch an evening-length collection of four short theater works. It's the brainchild of Steven J. Satta, founding member and artistic director of Iron Crow Theatre Company, a Baltimore troupe that emphasizes works with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender perspectives.
NEWS
February 20, 2014
The fabricated allegations against Israel - such as letter writer Janice Kelly's claim of "Israeli apartheid" - never cease to amaze me (
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
Some show up with pie or casserole, but Baltimore writer Ericka Blount Danois was told to bring her recently purchased "Best of Soul Train" DVDs to her family's Thanksgiving dinner in 2009. When Todd Steven Burroughs, her Morgan State University teaching colleague at the time, also pressed to borrow the DVDs, Danois realized the influential variety show from the '70s still deeply resonated with her generation. Then the wheels began to turn. "There weren't that many shows that showcased black culture in the way 'Soul Train' did, so it was a very big deal for us," said Danois, 42, who lives next to Belvedere Square.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah LaCorte, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
The razor-sharp satirists behind "The Onion" and a former director of the embattled National Security Agency are among this spring's speakers in the Johns Hopkins University's Foreign Affairs Symposium, a series of free public lectures. Students selected the guests for the symposium, titled "Confronting Global Dissonance: The Balance between Realism and Idealism. " The schedule features: •Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Feb. 19. The two-term governor has given indications of a potential run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
Baltimore-made "Veep" and "House of Cards" won Writers Guild of America honors over the weekend. HBO's "Veep" won for best comedy writing over "Modern Family," "30 Rock," "Orange Is the New Black" and "Parks and Recreation. " Those named in the award for "Veep" are: Simon Blackwell, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Tony Roche and Will Smith. "House of Cards," from Netflix, won for best writing in a new series. It beat out "The Americans," "Masters of Sex," "Orange Is the New Black" and "Ray Donovan.
NEWS
By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
The brainchild of a Maryland native was a winner on Super Bowl Sunday, as the "Doritos Time Machine" commercial created by Raj Suri aired during the first half. Suri, an Ellicott City native now living in Arizona, created a finalist for the $1 million Super Bowl advertising contest hosted by Doritos. The commercial, directed by Suri's friend Ryan Anderson and starring Anderson's son, aired early in Sunday's game. It wasn't immediately clear if Suri's ad won the $1 million prize.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The author of "The Heat Seekers" is now feeling the heat herself. Kristina L. Roberts of Upper Marlboro, better known to fans as Zane , owes the state more than $340,000 in back taxes, according to Comptroller Peter Franchot . She topped the list of 25 individual tax scofflaws released by Franchot and owed more than $100,000 more than the next person on the list. Oops. Zane did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  Her work has made the New York Times' bestseller list 26 times, according to this 2012  MediaBistro profile , and her titles include both fiction --  "Missionary No More: Purple Panties 2" -- and non-fiction manuals, including  "Dear G Spot: Straight Talk about Sex and Love.
SPORTS
By Mike King, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Robert Ogilvie spent thousands of hours in front of his television screen, watching videotapes of his figure skating students alongside those of national, international and Olympic competitors. The British-born World War II veteran, former prisoner of war and internationally renowned figure skater had settled down in Baltimore in 1960, beginning a lifelong devotion to teaching his craft. He died Nov. 18 at 97, and a memorial service will be held for him at the Cathedral of the Incarnation at 4 East University Parkway on Friday at 5 p.m. "In his teaching relationships with his students, I really think that he wanted every student to kind of actualize all their potential in skating," said Robin Williams, a student of Ogilvie's from age 7 through 18, then a colleague and friend for 50 years.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
The national buzz surrounding Wednesday's 2 p.m. Hall of Fame announcement centers on whether the Baseball Writers' Association of America will elect someone - or several players - this year after swinging and missing in 2013. The best sense is yes, considering the influx of impressive first-year candidates, such as pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas, as well as solid holdovers Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Jack Morris, among others. For Orioles fans, though, the intrigue surrounds two players who almost assuredly won't be named on the required 75 percent of submitted ballots: starting pitcher Mike Mussina and first baseman Rafael Palmeiro.
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