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Olesker takes a heartfelt, but hard look at Baltimore in the ‘fabulous fifties’

Front Stoops in the Fifties: Baltimore Legends Come of Age. (The Johns Hopkins University Press) Mention the 1950s and most people think about souped-up Chevys, Doo Wop music or the sage advice Robert Young served at dinner time. Absent are […]

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Olesker takes a heartfelt, but hard look at Baltimore in the ‘fabulous fifties’

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Front Stoops in the Fifties: Baltimore Legends Come of Age. (The Johns Hopkins University Press) Mention the 1950s and most people think about souped-up Chevys, Doo Wop music or the sage advice Robert Young served at dinner time. Absent are […]

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Police Training and the Mercenarization of US Warfare in the war on terror

University of Tulsa History professor Jeremy Kuzmarov earlier this year gave a presentation titled, "Police Training and the Mercenarization of US Warfare in the War on Terror," which was based on his

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Edgar Allan Poe Book Review: A Life Cut Short

Edgar Allan Poe is back in the news. One of his homes, now a museum at 203 Amity Street in West Baltimore, will reopen temporarily today. The non-profits operating

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Sports Books: The Austerity Olympics

(British runner Stan Cox competing in the 1948 Olympics.) As the Washington-Baltimore region makes another run at staging an Olympiad after a failed 2012 bid, costs in the $4 - $6

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Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography From Grantham to the Falklands

Love of the Jews can be as unexpected and profound a moral mystery as unreasoning hatred of them: Until Margaret Thatcher ran for parliament in Finchley in London in

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Gripping Saga of Isaac Rice, a Runaway Slave, is a Hero’s Journey

[“First Dark: A Buffalo Soldier’s Story,” by Bob Rogers, 586 pp, Booklocker.com, Incorporated, $24.99] The year is 1863. The month is May. The Civil War, America’s Holocaust, is raging like

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Flickering Treasures: Book talk with author and photojournalist Amy Davis

Journalist Amy Davis discussed Tuesday her book-in-progress, “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters.” She presented a slide show of some of vintage photos of the once-grand movie theaters

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Elizabeth Hazen’s poem selected for ‘Best American Poetry 2013’

Elizabeth Hazen has received the honor of having one of her poems  selected for a prestigious national publication, “Best American Poetry 2013.” Hazen is an educator who lives in Towson. She

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Low Budget Hell: Making Underground Movies with John Waters (Book Review)

"John Waters learned to make movies by watching movies!" - Robert Maier Back in the early 80s, I was penning a political column for Baltimore's weekly City Paper. Its office

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Wyclef Jean talks life and music

Haitian-born musician, actor and producer, Wyclef Jean, was in Baltimore on Sept. 19, 2012, promoting his biography, "Purpose: An Immigrant's Story." He gave a talk, performed some hip-hop/rap, conducted

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