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'Wire' creator defends police portrayal

BALTIMORE, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Former Baltimore Sun reporter and TV writer-producer David Simon has written a column for the newspaper defending his Baltimore-set drama "The Wire."

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EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. TV producer David Simon, creator of the TV series "The Wire," says in Scotland that pay television has helped create higher quality dramas.

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'Wire' co-creator happy with calm home

MARTINSBURG, W.Va., July 6 (UPI) -- Ed Burns, who helped create the gritty, violent TV series "The Wire," says he is very content with his new rural home in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Sun TV Critic red inks 'The Wire' newsroom

BALTIMORE, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Baltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik Sunday slammed scenes from HBO's "The Wire," set in a thinly veiled mock-up of the newspaper's newsroom.

Fifth season of 'Wire' will be its last

NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The fifth and final season of HBO's celebrated Baltimore-set cop drama, "The Wire," is slated to begin airing next month.

'The Wire' goes silent after this season

BALTIMORE, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- "The Wire," the critically praised but viewer challenged HBO drama depicting inner-city life in Baltimore, will bow out after a five-year run.

Patent litigation worries tech industry

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Technology industry representatives are urging Congress to reform the patent system to curb frivolous lawsuits, but experts caution the effort needs to take care not to disadvantage small companies and discourage innovation.

'Wire' actor stunned by character's death

BALTIMORE, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Actor Idris Elba, along with legions of fans of HBO's original series "The Wire," was shocked to discover that his character, a major role, has been killed off.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Matt Kiefer scored 23 points Saturday afternoon as 17th-ranked Purdue topped Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne, 80-69.
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David Simon (born 1960) is an American author, journalist, and a writer/producer of television series, best known as the creator of the HBO television series The Wire. He worked for the Baltimore Sun City Desk for twelve years. He wrote Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and co-wrote The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood with Ed Burns. The former book was the basis for the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street, on which Simon served as a writer and producer. Simon adapted the latter book into the HBO mini-series The Corner. He is the creator of the HBO television series The Wire, for which he served as executive producer, head writer, and show runner for all five seasons. He adapted the non-fiction book Generation Kill into an HBO mini-series and served as the show runner for the project. He was selected as one of the 2010 MacArthur Fellows.

Simon was born to a Jewish family in Washington, D.C. He attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland and wrote for the school newspaper, The Tattler. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. While at college he wrote for The Diamondback and became friends with contemporary David Mills.

Upon leaving college he worked as a police reporter at The Baltimore Sun from 1982 to 1995. He spent most of his career covering the crime beat. A colleague has said that Simon loved journalism and felt it was "God's work". Simon says that he was initially altruistic and was inspired to enter journalism by the Washington Post's coverage of Watergate but became increasingly pragmatic as he gained experience. Later in his career he aimed to tell the best possible story without "cheating it".

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