City Paper's 2002 Top Ten issue sums up the year in,,,,,,, and. In Mobtown Beat, Terrie Snyder reports how Jamal Abeokuto, the man charged with murdering eight-year-old, managed to go free and disappear. The Nose bouncesand augurs the meaning of. Brennen Jensen's Charmed Life catches practice with.has letters from Beth Feehan, Monica Salazar, and Lynn Williams. The columns are: Brian Morton's Political Animal, on; Joe MacLeod's Mr. Wrong, on; and Mink Stole's Think Mink, on. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog,, reads the comics so you don't have to. C. Kang and S. Kang'sgoes cannibalistic. Smell of Steve, Inc.'sclimbs a mountain. In Books: Scott Carlson finds in Mark Hertsgaard'sThe Eagle's Shadowa cogent and balanced analysis of why America is hated; and Heather Joslyn learns from John D. Freyer'sAll My Life for Salethat materialism can be warm and fuzzy. Gadi Dechter's Art is exuberant about the meticulous creativity on display at Whole Gallery's. In Stage, Anna Ditkoff is puzzled by Theatre Project's production of Frannie Sheridan'sI Tried to Be Normal. Music is Jason Torres, profiling localAmerican Idoler, and Michaelangelo Matos, explaining the trajectory of. Bret McCabe's Know Your Product capsulizes 2002 releases by notable locals,,,,,,, and. In Film: Ian Grey wishesGangs of New Yorkhad been longer, and saysDrumline"fakes it"; Lee Gardner callsThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"ye olde mess," but still praises Peter Jackson; Eric Allen Hatch concludes that criticizingAdaptationwould be nitpicking, and still loves the original Hollywood version ofThe Phantom of the Opera; Amy M. Bruce fluffs upMaid in Manhattanand is forgiving ofReal Women Have Curves' flaws; Joe MacLeod confrontswith the awful truth; and Tom Siebert is gracious toThe Wild Thornberrys Movie. Richard Gorelick's Omnivore saysdoes well at filling a Federal Hill niche. In Cheap Eats, Michelle Gienow happily insists thatis Baltimore's oldest restaurant.