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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2013
In two decades of covering David Simon's television career, one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that he was never boring or predictable. And he came through again last week in an interview that I had imagined as a simple Q&A advancing the five-episode series finale of “Treme,” which starts at 9 Sunday night on HBO. In my last question, I asked what was next for him. And I was surprised to hear the creator of “The Wire,” which many analysts rightfully consider the greatest series in the history of prime-time television, say he might be leaving the medium.
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Jacques Kelly | November 29, 2013
Whether it's called the David Bachrach House or the Gertrude Stein House makes no difference to me. This Reservoir Hill landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has finally achieved a striking, permanent restoration. It languished in ruins for decades and faced a dubious future, despite its remarkable pedigree. Just this month, its final group of new residents moved into what has re-emerged as a Linden Avenue Victorian showcase, a charming reminder of what would have been a breeze-filled suburban cottage surrounded by fields near Druid Hill Park.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
Ellen Irene Rhudy, a writer and activist for Patapsco Valley environmental causes who also performed in community theater productions, died of complications from leukemia Nov. 24 at Howard County General Hospital. The Marriottsville resident was 69. Born Ellen Strauss in Baltimore and raised on Greystone Road in Arbutus, she was the daughter of Charles F. Strauss, a Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory model builder, and his wife, the former Irene Stephan, a homemaker. She was a 1962 graduate of Catonsville High School.
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November 18, 2013
In his recent commentary ("An unnatural selection," Nov. 15), Tony Solesky states that shelter volunteers "could not possibly be expected to make an objective, rational or reasonable assessment of a dog's suitability as a pet…" Given the history and biases of someone who advocates for dog mauling victims, it is hard to believe that Mr. Solesky thinks he can. Thomas F. McDonough, Towson - To respond to this letter, send an email to...
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Tim Wheeler | November 13, 2013
Ahoy! There's a new admiral on the Chesapeake Bay. John Page Williams, senior naturalist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation , earned the honorific rank Tuesday night in Annapolis in recognition of his 40-year career teaching and writing about the bay. John R. Griffin, chief of staff for Gov. Martin O'Malley and former natural resources secretary, presented Williams with a framed certificate proclaiming him the newest "Admiral of the Bay....
NEWS
November 7, 2013
What a delight to read Mr. Putz letter concerning Common Core. A thoughtful, research based letter on a little-understood issue. He is to be commended for taking the time to respond to current, uninformed views. Susan R. Buswell Ellicott City
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
William Stump, a veteran Baltimore editor and journalist, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The former Cockeysville resident was 90. Recalled for his open mind and the help he gave aspiring writers, Mr. Stump was a past editor of Baltimore Magazine, which he led from a Chamber of Commerce publication to an urban monthly. He was also the old News American's last editorial page editor. Born in Orange, N.J., and raised in Emmorton in Harford County, he was the son of Dr. William Stump, a ship's physician, and Constance Poor, whose father was a founder of the Standard & Poor's financial ratings.
SPORTS
October 18, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. How significant is it that former Terps coaches Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell are both expected to be at Cole Field House for Maryland Madness tonight? It's very significant. For a long period, there wasn't much unity between Driesell-era players and Maryland during William's tenure as coach. Driesell was forced out after the 1986 death of star player Len Bias, and many of his players and supporters believe he never got his due. Some kept their distance from the school.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
"If you hold the door for someone and they don't say, 'Thank you,' that person deserves to be in hell," Chuck Palahniuk rails - in the most mild-mannered way possible. "It also ticks me off when someone pushes the button on the elevator more than once," complains the author of two nonfiction books and 13 works of fiction, including "Fight Club. " "Pretty much everyone in New York is going to hell, because they never push that button fewer than 20 times. " Perhaps it's not surprising that Palahniuk's latest novel is "Doomed," in which the characters are routinely condemned to eternal damnation for such minor social sins as passing gas in public.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2013
"Baggage Claim" may be director David E. Talbert's movie, but the characters and situations, he freely admits - they come from his wife. "Most of my best ideas come from my eavesdropping on my wife's conversations with her girlfriends," the Prince George's County native and Morgan State University grad says with a laugh, talking over the phone from a hotel room in New York. "My wife's girlfriends get mad at me most of the time, because they know they can't say anything around me, they know some version of it is going to show up in my plays or movies.
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