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ENTERTAINMENT
By Jackie Loohauis and Jackie Loohauis,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | May 28, 2001
This spring, a New York man became ill and signed on to his computer for some help. He hunted on the Net for a site that would explain his symptoms. He found none on his first search-engine try. Using other search techniques - he found a medical site with an answer, the answer being that he needed to have himself rushed to the hospital immediately. He did and had an emergency bypass operation minutes after his arrival. The coronary patient was lucky that he could find what he needed in his Internet search without a whole lot of delay.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | October 30, 2001
Home Depot, the nation's largest home improvement retailer, plans to build a store at Reisterstown Road Plaza in Baltimore, an addition that would kick off a partial overhaul of the 39-year-old mall. To move ahead, the Atlanta-based chain needs City Council approval. The council is considering amending the planned unit development ordinance governing land use at the Reisterstown Road site. The new store, to be built behind the existing mall, would be 95,000 square feet with an 18,700-square-foot garden center.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joan Mellen and By Joan Mellen,Special to the Sun | January 21, 2001
"The Death of Vishnu," by Manil Suri. W. W. Norton. 295 pages. $24.95. The fad for fiction from India by Indian writers beats on, the latest example being "The Death of Vishnu," by Manil Suri, a University of Maryland mathematics professor. For this first book, steeped in the requisite exoticism, W. W. Norton paid a whopping $350,000 advance. Rights were promptly sold to 13 countries and counting. The mathematics professor told Time magazine, modestly, that he did not see himself giving up his math.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2001
Toy submarine runs on compressed air, not heavy batteries Blow the ballast tanks! There's finally a toy submarine that doesn't sink to the bottom of the pool because of the crushing weight of batteries. Spin Master, a Canadian company that has used age-old technology as the catalyst for a line of air-powered toys, has come up with a submersible gem in its E-Chargers Submarine ($15). A toy for kids ages 5 and up, it cruises at depths of up to 10 feet in your pool - or your bathtub, if you've got one that deep.
NEWS
By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,Sun Staff | October 14, 2001
When B.J. Surhoff plays baseball, it's for thousands of fans. When Polly Surhoff swims, she's in a world of her own. Swimming gives Polly, 37, a break from raising four children and taking care of everything at home while husband B.J., also 37, a former Oriole, plays baseball in Atlanta for the Braves. And the former college swimming champion and current open-water racer is as serious in the pool as her husband is when he steps up to the plate. Being the spouse of a professional athlete might sound glamorous, but it can be challenging.
NEWS
By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | May 21, 2001
From breakfast conversation at the community center to afternoon chatter on the stoop in front of a 7-Eleven, one story galvanized residents of tiny Union Bridge in Carroll County yesterday. They were aghast over the arrest Saturday of a Francis Scott Key High School substitute teacher on charges of inappropriate sexual contact with eight male students, ages 15 to 17. Few, however, knew anything about Kimberly L. Merson, 24, who, according to Key students, coached the school's cheerleading squad and taught a variety of subjects.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | September 24, 2001
SOME BETTER day than this, Gary Pontell might have found himself shooting pool in the club basement of his house in Columbia with the three sons who helped him finish the room and decorate it -- Steve, Darin and Michael. Some better day than this, he might have seen his boys in the full dress of manhood, all grown up, leading independent lives and happy to be home. But here it is, a football Sunday in America, a perfect hour for the gathering of men, and the clubroom is dark and empty.
FEATURES
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | December 17, 2001
Over the years, Baltimore's Bolton Hill neighborhood has been home to such national figures as writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, entertainer Garry Moore and President Woodrow Wilson. But short of taking a local history course, neither occasional visitors nor longtime residents have an easy way of knowing who lived where. To foster better appreciation of the neighborhood's rich history, several residents are developing plans to erect a series of plaques that will designate houses where nationally important figures once lived.
NEWS
By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | September 6, 2001
Marta Bradley and Alan Bruce Chmurny had been work friends for nearly two years - lunching together, shopping for a dog - when he placed a mock performance evaluation in her mailbox at Oceanix Biosciences Corp. in Hanover. Among the comments that concerned her most in the February 1997 document, Chmurny had written, "Caught her friend's life with a caring heart when everything he had found was taken away in an instant. To this day she has not let it fall and break," Bradley said yesterday during the first day of testimony in Chmurny's trial on charges of assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction.
NEWS
By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2001
Rodeo-style live bull riding is set to resume next month at an Anne Arundel County bar, despite an appeal from a national animal rights organization to end the "gratuitous, cruel activity." "We're just a local business trying to run an event," Cancun Cantina owner Tony Toskov said. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, based in Norfolk, Va., threatened yesterday to demonstrate against the attraction, which has been staged in a sand pit behind the Hanover bar for the past four years.
NEWS
By Alice Lukens and Alice Lukens,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2001
A former Takoma Park resident who had lived as a fugitive for more than 13 years after being charged with fatally shooting a Howard University doctor has been arrested in Toronto, police announced yesterday. While a medical student at Howard, Jacquelyn Camille Robinson, now 41, began a secret affair with Henry Lloyd Garvey, a member of the faculty at the university's medical school, according to Detective Phillip Glavin of the Toronto Fugitive Squad. Glavin said the affair lasted 18 months - until Robinson discovered that her lover was married.
NEWS
By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF WRITER | May 11, 2001
A 19-year-old man has been charged in January's fatal shooting of a student outside Lake Clifton-Eastern High School in Northeast Baltimore just before classes began, city police said yesterday. Police arrested Gerald A. Lane of the 5100 block of Edmondson Ave. in West Baltimore late Thursday at his workplace at Johns Hopkins Hospital without incident. He was charged with first-degree murder and handgun violations, said homicide Detective Darren Sanders, who investigated the case. The fatal shooting of Juan Matthews, 17, was the first on school property that officials could recall in years.
NEWS
By James Giza and James Giza,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2001
Homicide detectives have arrested suspects in two fatal shootings this week in Baltimore. Police arrested and charged Blake Antonio Thomas, 18, of the 200 block of S. Ballou Court, with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his neighbor, Michael Tramuel, 27, who lived in the same block. Tramuel was shot several times in the head and chest about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of S. Dallas Court and died early Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said. Within minutes of the shooting, police arrested Thomas and charged him with attempted murder.
NEWS
By Rosalie Falter and Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE DAY | April 29, 2001
THE ANNUAL Ferndale Day Parade and Festival will be held May 6 at noon, with the procession featuring vintage cars, bands, clowns and a variety of other marching groups. This year's parade will follow a new route, starting at Broadview Boulevard and Hollins Ferry Road and proceeding down Broadview through the heart of Ferndale to the Third Avenue field where the festival begins at 12:30. A variety of food - those warm-weather favorites such as pit beef, crab cakes and hot dogs - as well as simpler refreshments, games, children's rides and displays of arts and crafts will be available.
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