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Murder Stats? What Murder Stats?

June 22, 2012
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Murder Stats? What Murder Stats?

Former Assistant States Attorney Page Croyder has added some insight to the question of the city’s murder clearance rate–and State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein’s role in that–in a June 20 post on her own blog. We pointed to David Simon’s epic blog post on the subject here, adding links to the actual work the Sun...
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David Simon introduces Paths of Glory Saturday, Sept. 25

September 24, 2010
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David Simon introduces Paths of Glory Saturday, Sept. 25

Local journalist, writer, and television auteur David Simon has never hid his appreciation for Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 anti-war epic Paths of Glory. He’s called it the “most important political film of the 20th century.” He told NPR it was one of the movies he’s loved. It was his example of life-changing art in Baltimore...
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David Simon: “100 Percent—of Nothing”

June 24, 2010
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David Simon: “100 Percent—of Nothing”

Treme may be over for the season, but you can still get your regular bump of David Simon’s articulate ire over on the Sun‘s web site. Sun television writer David Zurawik put up a post on his Z on TV blog earlier today about a press release from former governor Robert Ehrlich’s reelection campaign...
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RIP Homicide/The Corner Screenwriter David Mills

March 31, 2010
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As The Sun and other outlets are reporting, David Mills has died. A reporter with The Washington Post, Mills moved from journalism into television as a writer for Homicide: Life on the Streets, the series based on his college friend David Simon’s book. He went on to adapt Simon and Ed Burns’ book The...
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Teaser Trailer for David Simon’s Treme Debuts

January 12, 2010
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Wire nerds all over the internet have been abuzz the past 24 hours or so thanks to the release of the first teaser trailer for Treme, David Simon’s new series for HBO. The series focuses on musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans, and “New Orleans” and “music” is about all you get from the very...
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Kerry Says Newspapers “Endangered”

May 6, 2009
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Huffington Post has this dispatch on Sen. John Kerry (D-Ma.)’s Senate hearing on the future of newspapers, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today. Our own Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) suggests that newspapers go non-profit, like NPR. But, he says, that’s only for small, local papers, “not conglomerates.” Also set to testify: Arianna Huffington and Baltimore’s...
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Laura Lippman: That Other Baltimore Crime Writer

September 23, 2008
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Laura Lippman: That Other Baltimore Crime Writer

| Image by Sam Holden As the Sun‘s Baltimore Crime Beat blog noted Sept. 19, Baltimore crime is “huge in the UK”, thanks to the final season of The Wire recently concluding its British TV run on FX. In fact, it’s been great fun to watch the British press comment on the final season...
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David Simon, Wire veterans go to New Orleans

August 8, 2008
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David Simon, Wire veterans go to New Orleans

Wendell Pierce   According to this Aug. 7 Zap2it news brief, David Simon‘s latest HBO project, the New Orleans-based Treme about the city’s musicians post-Katrina, will co-star some familiar face from The Wire: Clarke Peters, who played the Det. Lester Freamon and New Orleans native Wendell Pierce, who played the beloved Det. “Bunk” Moreland....
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Generation Kill: Premieres 9 p.m., Sunday, July 13, on HBO

July 11, 2008
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Generation Kill: Premieres 9 p.m., Sunday, July 13, on HBO

Oorah: (left to right) James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Stark Sands, Alexander Skarsgard, Billy Lush. On the surface, you’ve seen everything here before, thanks to 50 years of war movies and, especially, the glut of Iraq war stories that have permeated both the big and small screens. A cross section of young American men awaiting...
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The Wire: Enough Already

January 28, 2008
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The Wire: Enough Already

| Image by John Ellsberry OK, OK, we get it. David Simon‘s portrayal of daily newspaper journalism is only imperfectly accurate, informed by a backstory that includes Baltimore’s economic hardships, while some people feel he’s just an asshole and a liar. And viewership continues to sink. Got it. The Wire‘s fifth season has issues...
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