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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2011
Elaine and Bill Phillips already own seven cars, but they may be in the market for another. The Millersville couple came to the 2011 Motor Trend International Auto Show at the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday to get a look at the Chevrolet Volt, the plug-in electric vehicle recently introduced by General Motors. "We're car people," said Elaine Phillips, adding that she and her husband visit the show every winter and liked what they saw this time. "It's more exciting this year because of all the hybrids and the electric car," she said.
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Dan Rodricks | August 28, 2014
What a difference four decades, a bad number, the war on drugs and reality television made: In 1975, National Geographic magazine devoted 27 glossy pages to the hidden charms of Baltimore. In 2014, the National Geographic Channel devotes an hour to the city's degeneracy and proclaims Baltimore "the Heroin Capital of America. " Some Baltimoreans might have saved that old National Geographic, from February 1975, because it provided a great boost to the civic ego. Numerous photographs accompanied Fred Kline's glowing prose.
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NEWS
October 11, 2011
The Greater Baltimore Committee's idea for an expansion of the downtown convention center coupled with a new, attached arena and expanded Sheraton hotel tower is generating understandable excitement among the group's leaders. It would solve a number of downtown Baltimore's issues at once, come with a major commitment of private financing, and boost the city's lucrative tourism industry. GBC President Donald C. Fry said this week that he expects the feasibility study being conducted by the Maryland Stadium Authority will support the project and that his group will ask the General Assembly to approve $2 million to $3 million in planning money next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2014
For over a decade, John Gluth has been an avid lover of all things anime. In 2002, he found a home for his passion at Otakon. Otakon is an annual anime convention that will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center from Friday through Sunday. As vice chair of the convention, Gluth, who lives in Fells Point, gets to see this three-day event unfold firsthand. "I got involved because I wanted to help make it better," said Gluth, 28. "I love watching the cosplayers and seeing friends that I only get to see a few times a year.
SPORTS
By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
The Orioles will hold their annual FanFest on Feb. 1 at the Baltimore Convention Center, the team announced Tuesday. The team didn't immediately announce details for the 2014 event, but previous FanFests have included autograph and Q&A sessions with current and former Orioles players and coaches as well as clinics, exhibits and interactive games. Details will come in the future. For pictures from last year's event, click here .
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2011
If Baltimore manages to build the $900 million convention center expansion and arena proposed for the Inner Harbor, business and civic leaders say, the city will join a growing list of destinations competing to woo lucrative convention business with bigger, better facilities. If it cannot, they warn, the city could fall off the map as a potential convention choice. Those are the stakes officials likely will weigh in considering the proposal, which has appeared to gain momentum with the announcement last week that more than half the project cost could be privately financed.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2013
Otakon, the Japanese and East Asian anime and culture convention that has drawn tens of thousands of people to Baltimore since 1999, will be held in Washington beginning in 2017, organizers announced Sunday. In a statement, Otakon organizers attributed the move to the "state of the facilities in Baltimore and their uncertain future" and referred to imminent plans to replace the Baltimore Convention Center and the Baltimore Arena. But such plans are not yet firm. The 20-year-old Otakon convention was held this weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center, drawing a reported 32,000 attendees over three days.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
Kevin McClarren brought his son to the Baltimore Boat Show on Thursday, and 7-year-old Nathan was antsy and fidgety until they found the American Fly Fishing Schools' Simul-Cast Pond in the back of the Baltimore Convention Center. While Al Zlata, a casting instructor, taught Nathan some of the finer points on casting and fly-fishing techniques, Kevin McClarren remarked at how tranquil Nathan was. "That's the longest he's stood still since we've been here," quipped McClarren, of Cambridge.
BUSINESS
December 8, 1997
Dec. 8-9 American Society of Association Executives management and technology conference, Baltimore Convention Center. Contact: Gary LeBranche. Expected attendance: 2,500Pub Date: 12/08/97
BUSINESS
December 28, 2003
This event is scheduled at the Baltimore Convention Center, at Howard and Pratt streets. Dec. 28-31 National Inspirational Youth Convention. Estimated attendance: 6,000-plus.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Irregular work hours and constant stress can mean trouble for a firefighter's marriage. Lori Mercer is on a mission to change that. The founder of FirefighterWife.com, she wants to help reduce divorce and "strengthen, ignite and rescue firefighter marriages. " "When you see death and destruction, that's a lot to process," the 41-year-old mother of four said. "There's a whole lot of stress on a relationship on top of how tough marriage already is. " Mercer was among the exhibitors at the Firehouse Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center downtown.
BUSINESS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
The city-owned Hilton Baltimore convention center hotel lost $2.9 million last year — the best performance in the taxpayer-financed project's history. City officials pointed to the hotel's performance as a sign of progress Wednesday, noting revenues there increased by nearly $9 million from 2012. "We're making progress. We're doing better than we've done before," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake after the release of the hotel's annual audit. "To me, that's a good sign. " Last year, city officials said they had ruled out selling the money-losing project and hoped to turn a profit within a decade.
FEATURES
By Laura Barnhardt Cech, For The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
When Beechfield Elementary/Middle School fifth-graders were asked to design their dream homes 15 years ago, they almost always included a "safe room," a place where they could escape violence, according to Ayers Saint Gross president Jim Wheeler. Today, none do. Their dream houses have video game rooms and swimming pools. It's a particularly gratifying shift for the architects volunteering in the West Baltimore public school to see. "One day, we'll hire one of these students," Wheeler said.
NEWS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Baltimore officials are bracing for periods of heavy traffic around the Inner Harbor and near Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium Saturday as several high profile events draw thousands to the city. The Orioles will play the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards at 12:35 p.m. Meanwhile, the NCAA Lacrosse Champions will host two matches Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Duke faces off Denver against at 1 p.m. and Notre Dame takes on the University of Maryland at 3:30 p.m. Parking could be limited around the stadiums.
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Dan Rodricks | May 1, 2014
Dear Mr. John "Big John" Paterakis: Congratulations on a life of success in bread. Your H&S Bakery Inc. cornered the market on fast-food hamburger rolls. Your company holdings include Automatic Rolls of North Carolina, Automatic Rolls of New England, Automatic Rolls of New Jersey and Bake Rite Rolls of Pennsylvania. You told reporter Luke Broadwater of The Baltimore Sun that H&S plans to open two new bakeries, in Philadelphia and Denver. "We now cover about 70 percent of all the McDonald's in the country," you said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
Health officials are investigating a possible outbreak of food poisoning during a conference on food safety at the Baltimore Convention Center. Four people who attended the Food Safety Summit, held April 7-10, reported becoming sick, according to city and state health officials. They called Baltimore's 311 line on April 15 and 16 to report feeling sick with diarrhea and an upset stomach about 12 hours after they had eaten a meal at the convention center on April 9. There have been no hospitalizations or deaths, and no one who attended other events at the convention center has reported falling ill, health officials said.
FEATURES
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
What is just the second Nobel Peace Prize medal to be sold at auction will go under the gavel later this month at the Baltimore Convention Center. Lot #2029 at the Whitman Expo's spring auction of coins and collectibles will be the 1936 gold medal awarded to Argentina's former foreign minister, Carlos Saavedra Lamas. He received what arguably is the world's most prestigious prize for his role in negotiating the end of a war between Bolivia and Paraguay. The auction will be held March 27-30.
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