February 21, 2001
A bar in Perry, Fla., admitted yesterday that one of its waitresses ordered a black Maryland legislator to a back room before he could be served. The admission by the owner of the Perry Package Store & Lounge was made in an agreement with Florida prosecutors in response to a complaint filed by Maryland Del. Talmadge Branch, who was traveling in Florida this month. Under the agreement, the bar owner will avoid prosecution on state criminal charges, but he and the waitress must pay fines of $500 each and write letters of apology to Branch.
January 24, 2001
TAMPA, Fla. - The hot topic around Super Bowl XXXV is Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis, but the hot property is defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis. With Coach Lewis about to participate in the best chess matchup of his life against New York Giants coach Jim Fassel on Sunday in Super Bowl XXXV, three teams - Cleveland, Buffalo and Detroit - want to interview him about their head coaching positions. Teams are supposed to wait until after the Ravens' season ends Sunday to begin courting Lewis, but two highly ranked Ravens officials said yesterday that Lewis and the Bills are each their No. 1 choices and want to make the deal happen.
August 14, 1997
"Real life isn't always so neat and tidy," a character says near the beginning of "The Back Room" at Fell's Point Corner Theatre.It's a lesson that goes unlearned in this Baltimore Playwrights Festival entry by first-time playwright Michael Leicht, a 24-year-old Johns Hopkins University student.All of the conflicts in the play are resolved so tidily, their resolution seems like a fantasy. And while some of the more admirable scenes in "The Back Room" are fantasy sequences -- in one, a doctor becomes a circus ringmaster; in another, a dead man rises from his coffin to crack a few jokes -- fantasy does not seem to be the playwright's intention for the final scenes.
May 8, 1997
Calvin, Joan, Oscar, Anne, Ralph, Donna, Marc, Oleg, Paloma and Liz were there, and so was Alli Russel.A stylish woman of a certain age, Russel came to the opening of the new Loehmann's in Timonium yesterday in search of a periwinkle gown for her granddaughter's wedding. "I've been a customer at Loehmann's for more than 30 years, more than 30 years. My husband was still living," she said.Russel never patronized the original Loehmann's, founded by Frieda Loehmann 76 years ago in Brooklyn, but she doesn't think this slicker, brighter, more accessible store is what Frieda had in mind.
February 6, 1997
A masked man who implied that he had a weapon robbed a beauty supply store and its employees Tuesday after herding them into a back room, county police said.A man walked into the Sally Beauty Supply store in the 7900 block of Crain Highway about 7: 45 p.m. and demanded money, keeping one hand in the waistband of his trousers, implying that he had a weapon, police said.An employee gave the man an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register and the man ordered the employee and three others into a back room where he demanded more money, police said.
June 28, 1996
A Payless ShoeSource in Annapolis was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash Wednesday by two men, police said.Just after 8 p.m., the men entered the store in the 2300 block of Forest Drive. The first man told the manager he had a gun and ordered her to put the money from the cash register in a shopping bag.The second man ordered another employee to the back room, where he forced her to lie face down while he searched the room, according to police.The first man took the manager to the back room and made her lie next to the other employee.