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August 03, 2007

What they're saying

Today's Sun Columnists

Oh, boo hoo, Travolta

Cal Ripken's Hall of Fame speech had the Hairspray star blubbering. John Travolta, who became friends with the Iron Man while filming Ladder 49 in Baltimore and attended the festivities in Cooperstown, seemed beside himself in a video posting.

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Environmental enemies

Cities such as Annapolis are seeking to ban plastic bags, which often end up littering the curb or landing in the bay where they threaten marine life.

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other voices

Michael Sragow on directorsMovies Today

Peter Schmuck on Chris McAlister's rideSports

Rick Maese on Michael PhelpsSports

boat raceSee the oldest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay as the Maryland Governor's Cup Yacht Race kicks off at 6 p.m. at the entrance to Annapolis Harbor. 240-895-3039 or smcm.edu/govcup.

Kids workshopBudding artists can learn tips from a professional at two art workshops in Hagerstown. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 91 Key St., Hagerstown. 301-739-5727.

Free showThe Junkyard Saints will perform a free concert from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Belvedere Square, York Road and Belvedere Avenue. 410-534-2353.`Bourne Ultimatum'Matt Damon stars as Jason Bourne, who is determined to confront the secret CIA programmers who made him a killer, and ends up stumbling on an even more lethal program.

Doll talesDolls come to life in Barbie: A Doll Her, presented by Uncommon Voices as part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. 8 p.m., Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. $12-$14. 410-347-0832.

So many vacation preferences

Marylanders are keen on vacations, but, judging from the results of a reader survey, we all seem to go our own way. Older travelers head for Europe, while younger ones seek out major U.S. cities. Some prefer a solo, quiet trip, while others look forward to going with a group.

Sunday in Travel

Smoking the competition

Dave Welch's day job is selling huge slabs of barbecued meat at his popular roadside stand in Jessup. Thirteen weekends a year, though, he heads out on a barbecue contest trail.

Wednesday in Taste

OnLine Today

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Fab Five Fridays takes off

Sam Sessa reveals five great places to grab a beer in Fells Point in this new weekly feature on the Baltimore nightlife Scene. baltimoresun.com/midnightsun

Where is Winehouse?

Will notorious show-canceler Amy Winehouse make it to Maryland for her appearance at this weekend's Virgin Festival? We try to track her whereabouts.baltimoresun.com/today

Ravens' training camp

The Ravens hold their final practices before tomorrow's scrimmage against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium.baltimoresun.com/sports

Safety of state bridges

Continuing coverage of the condition of Maryland's bridges after the collapse in Minnesota.baltimoresun.com/maryland

Hearing in officer's slaying

The proceedings are planned for this afternoon in Howard County Circuit Court. Brandon T. Morris is charged with fatally shooting a state corrections officer.baltimoresun.com/maryland

1Worldwide recallToymaker Fisher-Price is recalling 83 types of toys - including the popular Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters - because their paint contains excessive lead.

2Metals ripped from carsCatalytic converters are increasingly lucrative targets for thieves, who chop them off for the precious metals inside, such as platinum and rhodium, which are trading at higher prices than gold and fueling an industrial boom in Asia.

3Rescue turns to recovery in Minn.Divers searched the Mississippi River for bodies trapped beneath the twisted debris of a collapsed bridge, as finger-pointing started over a report two years ago that found the bridge was "structurally deficient."

4Heap's comfort zoneThere's a strange feeling coursing through Todd Heap's body these days. His shoulders don't ache. The stabbing jolts in his right ankle are gone, too. For the first time in more than two years, the Ravens' tight end is pain-free.

5List of toysThe Consumer Product Safety Commission released model names and product numbers for the toys recalled by Fisher-Price.

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