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by ANDREA ROWLAND | July 29, 2003
andrear@herald-mail.com Reality can bite - and its teeth leave a lasting mark when your reality is captured on video, edited for dramatic effect and broadcast on national television. But starring in a reality TV show also can make you a stronger person - and land you a cool new wardrobe and other material perks. Just ask Jordan Erlich, who spent 10 weeks on camera during the taping of the MTV reality show "Sorority Life. " Erlich, 22, was one of six Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi sorority pledges that five MTV camera crews and six directors followed 24 hours a day from April through mid-June 2002 at the University of California at Davis.
OPINION
By ALLAN POWELL | April 27, 2012
Richard Dawkins must surely be one of the most prolific writers of modern times. While his forte is evolutionary biology, he comfortably ventures into other fields of science. His newest publication, “The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True,” is another gem for one's library. It is, without a doubt, one of the best illustrated science books to be written. Dawkins deals in a masterful way with a very slippery word, “reality.” Dawkins, at the same time, might surprise those who are certain they know “reality.” The pattern followed throughout this book is to tell the mythological origins of each topic and then to show what scientists have found using the tools and methods of science.
OPINION
May 27, 2013
I'm not in any way entertained by reality TV. One episode each of “Survivor,” “Big Brother” and Dancing With The Idols was evidence enough that there was nothing in the genre for me. OK, I got hooked on Orange County Choppers for a time, but that was the exception that proved the rule - the clear-cut demonstration that all these reality shows were scripted beyond belief, to the point that the phoniness itself became its own raison d'etre:...
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By BOB PARASILITI | January 13, 2013
Reality is all the rage these days. It seems that most everyone wants to “keep it real,” … maybe that's how we arrived at the concept of reality TV. Be it a creation of society's lack of creativity or a “you can't make this stuff up” attitude, just plopping a camera in a room full of people is all the entertainment most people seem to need these days. Outside of television, we have one other place where you can find drama, comedy, challenge, anxiety, trepidation, amazing real-life characters and the “man vs. whatever” situations.
NEWS
by BOB PARASILITI | July 29, 2003
I, like the rest of my colleagues, are feeling the sting of the mid-summer blahs. There isn't very much going on in the local area and the national sporting scene is less than captivating. There is more fodder for Outside the Lines than there is for This Week in Baseball and NBA Inside Stuff these days. And let's not even get into summer TV ... there are either repeats or reality. So it got me thinking. With the way the world is spinning and television is filling its time slots, why not make an offer or two for new shows networks could run in the fall season.
NEWS
July 30, 2003
Wednesday, July 30 8 p.m. on NBC "Race to the Altar" Never mind that old advice about not rushing into marriage. They didn't have reality shows in those days. 9 p.m. on ABC "The Family" Only three episodes aired before ABC interrupted this reality show last spring. Highlights from those programs are being shown tonight so everyone will be ready to watch the remaining six episodes, starting next Wednesday.
NEWS
March 15, 2005
Tuesday, March 15 9 p.m. on Bravo 'Project Greenlight' The reality series that gives fledgling filmmakers their big chance returns for a third season, moving over to Bravo from HBO. This year's winning project is a horror movie, with veteran director Wes Craven lending his expertise. 10 p.m. on Pax 'Cold Turkey II' Once again, 10 "unsuspecting" smokers are lured onto a reality show only to learn that its real purpose is to get them to quit.
NEWS
By LEV YERMOLENKO | October 14, 2008
As nature's glory sings to me And bells ring up on I find myself trying to If I could ever Through clouds and Up through the Like the ever soaring But yet I find that I still Like the ever barking beagle.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 4, 2009
HALFWAY - Washington County had a cameo in a TV personality's cross-country bicycle ride on Monday. Phil Keoghan, the host of the CBS reality show "The Amazing Race," stopped at Valley Mall Monday morning to start the next leg of his bicycle trip from Los Angeles to New York City. He was in Washington County as his trip hit its final stages. He said he expects to be in New York on Thursday. Through his ride, he's raising money and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, while also promoting bike riding and a food product called NOW One Square Meal bars.
NEWS
by BOB PARASILITI | September 5, 2006
Writers love to write about irony. It's a great subject until it puts you on center stage. Irony hit me on Wednesday ... and to be honest, it flattened me. Wednesday was when my world of fantasy became reality. No matter how I tried to separate it this time, the wrinkles remained. For the last 10 years, fantasy sports have been a safe haven for me. After covering sports for all these years, playing fantasy football and baseball was the way to get away from it all. I could get into my little shell of being a fan again while paying close attention to games for business purposes.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2013
A Hagerstown restaurant will soon see the impossible become the possible. Since 2011, Chef Robert Irvine has transformed restaurants, and some may argue, owners' lives, with his Food Network reality show, “Restaurant: Impossible.” The mission is simple: Make over a restaurant in need of some serious tender loving care within two days and on a budget of $10,000. “Restaurant: Impossible” Associate Producer John Williams has confirmed that Irvine and his crew, which includes a designer and contractor, will be in Hagerstown Saturday and Sunday to transform the Georgia Boy Cafe at Park Circle near Hagerstown City Park.
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SPORTS
July 25, 2013
For a kid who's still only 20 and had yet to hit a game-ending homer in his nascent career, Bryce Harper sure inspired a lot of confidence in his teammates as he walked to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. “You could feel it. You could just feel it in the dugout,” reliever Ian Krol said. “You know something special's going to happen when you put him in that kind of situation.” The score was tied, a man was on base, and Harper was hoping to do something to avert what could have become a devastating defeat for the Washington Nationals.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 30, 2013
Gettysburg resident Daniel Lady left his farm July 1, 1863, and found a gruesome scene when he returned a few days later. The property on modern-day Hanover Road had become the only Confederate field hospital north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Surgeons threw body parts out Lady's parlor windows, and wounded men continued to seek shelter in his barn after the troops left. “They found dead soldiers that he and his 11-year-old son had to bury,” said Barb Mowery, president of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, which took ownership of the farm in 1999.
OPINION
By ART CALLAHAM | June 16, 2013
Well, (that's how Ronald Reagan opened a lot of his remarks) I'm no Ronald Reagan but I'm interested in what's going on in our nation and in particular our state.  First, let me clearly say I'm no fan of Del. Neil Parrott. Anyone who runs on a platform of “more jobs” and doesn't sponsor a single “jobs bill” during three legislation sessions certainly doesn't seem very genuine to me.  However, Neil got it right in his effort to bring some sanity to the legislation repealing the death penalty in Maryland.
OPINION
May 27, 2013
I'm not in any way entertained by reality TV. One episode each of “Survivor,” “Big Brother” and Dancing With The Idols was evidence enough that there was nothing in the genre for me. OK, I got hooked on Orange County Choppers for a time, but that was the exception that proved the rule - the clear-cut demonstration that all these reality shows were scripted beyond belief, to the point that the phoniness itself became its own raison d'etre:...
NEWS
By RICHARD F.BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | January 28, 2013
A brochure describing a section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail says the pathway is a braided network of trails, open space and natural areas winding through a corridor “linked by land, water and history.” The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is the only one of 11 in the federal system that includes “Heritage” in its name, said Donald E. Briggs, the trail's superintendent and its only full-time employee. Briggs, 60, has been a National Park Service employee for 26 years, including 12 as trail superintendent.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | January 13, 2013
Reality is all the rage these days. It seems that most everyone wants to “keep it real,” … maybe that's how we arrived at the concept of reality TV. Be it a creation of society's lack of creativity or a “you can't make this stuff up” attitude, just plopping a camera in a room full of people is all the entertainment most people seem to need these days. Outside of television, we have one other place where you can find drama, comedy, challenge, anxiety, trepidation, amazing real-life characters and the “man vs. whatever” situations.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2012
Name of business: The Tipson Firm Owner: Sylvanus Tipson Address: 38 S. Potomac St., Suite 301, Hagerstown Opening date: July 31, 2012 Products and services: Taxes, accounting and audits Target market: Start-ups and small businesses How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? I have always envisioned myself owning a professional firm. I chose accountancy because of my love for entrepreneurship and the pivotal role accountants play as business advisers.
SPORTS
By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com | December 15, 2012
There were no non-contact practices for the North Hagerstown football team in 2012. From the time the Hubs were able to put on their pads and hit in the preseason, they hit. And they kept hitting until their season ended. And they wouldn't have had it any other way. North coach Dan Cunningham wanted to make practices as realistic as possible. And why not? The Hubs dealt with large helpings of reality off the field before the season began. But North overcame an early nonconference loss and that off-field adversity to rattle off eight straight wins and qualify for the Maryland Class 3A playoffs.
OPINION
December 12, 2012
Teenagers are stupid. This amazing bit of news comes to us courtesy of the reality TV geniuses who are now filming a new show to be set in West Virginia, which will be very similar to “Jersey Shore,” but with more groundhog. Seeing as how MTV is now talking about my homies, I figure I better represent them in a way that will convince the public at large that this show is, in actuality, about as far from reality as you can get. Speaking for myself and my friends, we were never, ever, that genteel.
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