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By ROB KASPER | October 4, 1997
MY BASEMENT began a new phase of its life this week. I'm still recovering from the experience. It took the first step toward becoming a family recreation room.Like most guys, I regard my basement as a sanctuary from domestic order, a place where you should be able to keep, in piles, stuff that other adults regard as junk.Stuff like the mirror from the old convertible you sold 15 years ago. You keep the mirror because it'll come in handy when you again ride around town with the top down on your sports car and no chores on your horizon.
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NEWS
January 8, 1997
The five-alarm fire that destroyed the old Gill gymnasium at Western Maryland College last week started in the northeast corner of the basement, fire authorities said.Investigators used eyewitness accounts and evidence gathered at the fire scene to pinpoint the origin of the blaze. They have not yet determined the cause, nor have they ruled out arson."There was a tremendous amount of destruction in the area of origin," said W. Faron Taylor, deputy state fire marshal. "Very little evidence remains at the point of origin, making the task of finding the cause extremely difficult.
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By Jacques Kelly | March 30, 1997
MAYBE IT was the poplin suit I got for Easter 1965 that makes me associate this time of the year with below-ground shopping. The basements of Baltimore's vanished downtown department stores housed what were politely called budget stores, featuring overloaded tables, stuffed racks, cut-rate prices and singing cash registers.Occasionally some copy writer would get carried away, as one did in an ad for the long-gone Bernheimer-Leader budget basement: "Below the street, but above the level."Nobody was fooled.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | February 26, 1994
Those of you who liked the last winter action-adventure, "Ice Storm from the Underworld," are going to love the sequel: "Thaw from Purgatory."All that frozen white stuff that's stuck around for weeks is melting, refreezing, thawing and turning into slush and water -- and just maybe ending up as a small lake in your basement.We've gotten several questions lately about wet basements. Water in basements is a perennial problem, but this winter has been especially bad, with plenty of rain, snow, sleet and so on accumulating.
NEWS
By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Sun Staff Writer | April 3, 1995
A post office in historic Ellicott City could become the site for a visitor center if two local civic groups reach an agreement with the U.S. Postal Service.The Restoration Foundation and Historic Ellicott City Inc. also want to relocate their offices to the basement of the post office at 8267 Main St.The groups already have come to a tentative agreement with postal officials to lease the basement, but still are discussing who would pay for improvements to the room. The groups' attorney, Roland Bounds, said he expects the deal to be finalized in two or three weeks.
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By ROB KASPER | April 1, 1995
Cleaning your basement is a painful process. It forces you to be brutally honest about your hopes, your dreams, your old lighting fixtures.I discovered this recently as I stood in my basement and looked at a bathroom lighting fixture, one that my wife never liked. For 10 years I had been promising myself that someday I was going to do something clever with this exiled light.But last Sunday, in the dust of the afternoon, I faced the fixture and knew the time had come to say goodbye.If the light had resided in the cellar of a talented electrician, it might, I told myself, still have a chance at leading a productive life.
SPORTS
By MIKE LITTWIN | August 4, 1992
BARCELONA, Spain -- Joe Byrd, the U.S. boxing coach, never intended to train fighters in his basement.In fact, when his wife suggested it after Byrd lost his old training site, he said, "I've got too much class to put no gym in my own house."But he did anyway, and it's important to know about the gym when you watch Joe's son, Chris, fight for a medal here. Because Chris is always leaning on the ropes, doing his Ali rope-a-dope imitation. He learned that in the family gym. He couldn't help but learn it.Seems the space in the basement is a little cramped.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | May 15, 1993
Ah, there's nothing like a spring shower . . . the way the air gets washed fresh and clean, the way the grass perks up, the way the water fills the basement . . .Sometimes a basement water problem is just a little thing -- a few trickles down the wall, or water seeping in a crack. Some exterior grading (to make sure water runs away from the house), some crack-filling, may be all it takes to fix it.But in some cases, water is getting in because rain raises the level of the water table above the level of the basement floor.
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By Rob Kasper and Rob Kasper,SUN STAFF | October 11, 2003
AS ANYBODY with a basement knows, it has been a boom year for bugs, especially crickets. Now that the days are getting cooler and shorter, crickets have been scooting inside houses, singing up a storm. For instance, the other morning I arrived at the breakfast table in our downtown Baltimore rowhouse and my wife greeted me with the news: "There's a bird trapped in the basement." I listened to the commotion for a minute and told her "Girl, you've been living in the city too long. That's not a bird, it's a cricket."
NEWS
By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,Sun Staff Writer | April 2, 1994
As the Orioles prepare to open the 1994 baseball season downtown Monday, a Harford County man is putting the finishing touches on Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Havre de Grace.Aaron Thompson has built his own "Field of Dreams" in his basement, turning it into a scaled-down replica of the Orioles' ballpark.There's a 3-foot scoreboard, an entire wall with the B&O Warehouse, a three-dimensional Baltimore Sun clock, the Jumbotron screen (actually Mr. Thompson's 25-inch TV) and 2-inch painted Orioles fans (most of whom sit under a built-in bar)
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