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  • Online post about refusal to pay fatal accident claim goes viral

    An online rant by a man whose sister was killed in a car crash in Baltimore went viral this week after he accused Progressive Advanced Insurance Co. of siding with the driver whose car hit his sister's vehicle in June 2010.
  • Mehlman makes 'New Power Gays' list

    Ken Mehlman has been an open member of the club for less than a year, but he's already made its "who's who" list. The Baltimore native who served as a campaign manager for President George W. Bush in 2004 and chaired the Republican National Committee...

    Time has come for "spokesperson"

    Yesterday, when  a story came across the desk with spokesperson in it and I let it go through, I checked the Associated Press Stylebook, and, sure enough, the fossil prohibition against the word is still in the 2011 edition. The editors might change their...

    Cate Blanchett Infuses 'Blue Jasmine' with Literary Complexity

    The parallels between Tennessee Williams' Blanche DuBois and Woody Allen's title character in "Blue Jasmine" have been well-documented. But the complexity of Cate Blanchett's performance puts Jasmine in a class of literary predecessors that includes Jay...

    Barneys' Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan On Fashion and Show Business

    "I never understood why anybody would want to be an artist when they could be a window dresser," says Simon Doonan, the man who's been a window dresser -- and a lot more -- for some 30 years now. "If you're an artist, you're stuck in some gallery...