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Ten Years Ago in City Paper: April 17, 2002

April 17, 2012

Van Smith’s feature profiles Henrietta Lacks, whose immortal cancer cells fueled the advancement of modern medical research.

In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith sizes up the Citizens Planning and Housing Association.

The Nose sniffs out homophobia in Baltimore’s public schools.

Tom Chalkley’s Charmed Life plumbs a local rock’s origins.

The Mail has letters from Scott Gramling, Brian Tsai, Michael Marr, Robert Zura, and Stephen Heath.

The columns are: Sandy Asirvatham’s Underwhelmed, on women as “chicks”; Wiley Hall III’s Urban Rhythms, on how to spend slavery reparations; and Tom Scocca’s 8 Upper, on celebrating the Terps’ championship basketball win.

Scocca & MacLeod’s proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you don’t have to.

Joab Jackson’s Books essay launches from three books – Rodney Allen Brooks’ Flesh and Machines, David Cook’s Robot Robot Building for Beginners, and Build Your Own Combat Rocket, by Pete Miles and Tom Carroll–to explore the future of robotics.

In Imprints: Rupert Wondolowski wishes for what’s missing in A Century of Noir, edited by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane; Frank Diller says Jennifer Toth provides solid reportage in answering the question, What Happened to Johnnie Jordan?; Heather Joslyn is riveted by Barry Werth’s The Scarlet Professor; and Susan Muaddi Darraj appreciates Anchee Min’s re-creation of Cultural Revolution paranoia in Wild Ginger.

Art is Mike Giuliano, glad to see Cuban photographer Raul Corrales’ work hanging at C. Grimaldis Gallery.

Anna Ditkoff’s Stage finds David Ives a bit too cute.

In Music, Michaelangelos Matos limns the lo-fi scene.

Bret McCabe’s No Cover explores the hip-hop prospects of Baltimore’s own B Rich.

In Film: Ian Grey bugs out over Phase IV but his taste-buds recoil at The Sweetest Thing; Adele Marley rubbernecks at Changing Lanes and yawns at The Son’s Room; and Eric Allen Hatch says Murder By Numbers doesn’t add up.

Michelle Gienow’s Dish enjoys Korean food at Purim Oak.

In Cheap Eats, Tom Scocca soaks up some rib-sticking brown stew chicken at Caribbean Kitchen.