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  • The Nose on the Senate's 'porn rock' hearings, 30 years later

    The Nose on the Senate's 'porn rock' hearings, 30 years later
    The parents of many, if not most, of the Nose’s gentle readers might not yet have had the sex that spawned them when, in 1985, the issue of raunchy rock lyrics erupted in the U.S. Senate’s “porn rock” hearing. It was a free-speech rock fan’s wet dream, this highly public spectacle that prompted the Recording Industry of America Association (RIAA) to affix “Parental Advisory” stickers on musical releases it deemed possibly offensive to the sexual sensibilities of the parents of minors. Rock stars sparred with U.S. senators as bawdy lyrics such as those from the Mentors’ scat-rock classic ‘Golden Showers,’ with its Nose-flaring reference to “anal vapors,” were recited into the Congressional Record. If a DVD of the hearing were released today, the Motion Picture Association of America would likely feel compelled to give it an “R” rating.
  • Nose-picking, cringe-worthy Skynyrd tunes, and automatic defibrillators: The Nose goes to Gov. Hogan's inaugural gala

    Nose-picking, cringe-worthy Skynyrd tunes, and automatic defibrillators: The Nose goes to Gov. Hogan's inaugural gala
    Daniella, the new Maryland governor’s 2-year-old granddaughter, just wouldn’t quit. There she was, up on the stage in her mom’s arms, right next to Larry Hogan at his inaugural gala at the Baltimore Convention Center, way past bedtime on...

    Wandering Eye: A glimpse at new Gov. Larry Hogan, Clint Eastwood's antiwar politics, and more

    Wandering Eye: A glimpse at new Gov. Larry Hogan, Clint Eastwood's antiwar politics, and more
    Back in 2011, Angello Osborne was arrested and jailed in Harford County for more than eight months on charges that he raped and sodomized his 5-year-old daughter in his Edgewood apartment, until prosecutors, despite having told the media that the daughter...

    Wandering Eye: Online threats head to the Supreme Court, Batts appointed to White House task force, and more

    Wandering Eye: Online threats head to the Supreme Court, Batts appointed to White House task force, and more
    HBO has "probably 160 lawyers" vetting an in-the-works documentary that probes the Church of Scientology, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and based on Lawrence Wright's 2013 book, "Going Clear," will tell Wright'...

    How much Baltimore donors bet on Republican Larry Hogan's win for Maryland governor

    How much Baltimore donors bet on Republican Larry Hogan's win for Maryland governor
    Nearly $275,000 in donations from the Baltimore area flowed into two political committees supporting the successful bid of Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford for Maryland State House in 2014, according to campaign-finance data, compared to a little more than...