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By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,Special to The Sun | November 25, 2006
I found a black widow spider complete with egg sacs outside our office. I don't want to destroy her, but where can I send her? Eventually she'll seek warmth, which maybe means trying to move inside. You are the first to contact us with the desire to save a black widow. Don't be concerned about this shy native spider's ability to tolerate cold. Transport her to a sheltered side (south) of an object, such as a stump, rock, bridge - but wear gloves. What is the best winter protection for roses permanently in containers?
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Nothing says "Surprise!" like an Australian rapper with three Top 10 songs currently on the Billboard Hot 100. Last night, Iggy Azalea - the 24-year-old pop-rap artist responsible for the inescapable hit "Fancy" - performed a surprise five-song set at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore's three-level bar, 14Forty, to celebrate the casino's opening.  She was not the only surprise. Gladys Knight took the stage for a 45-minute set as the doors opened at 9 p.m., and Pauly D, of "Jersey Shore" fame, DJ'd a 90-minute set as well.  Noah Hirsch, vice president of marketing for the Horseshoe, said it took a "good group of team members" to keep the surprises a secret.
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By Ellen Nibali and David Clement | November 3, 2007
Last year, I saw a black widow spider while cleaning up my yard. How do I avoid a bite? Bites are extremely rare. These shy, nonaggressive spiders bite only when humans threaten or grab them. Black widows weave a loose web and like undisturbed spots, such as dumps, log piles or outbuildings. The female's body is as shiny as patent leather and round as a ball. Both males and females have red markings. To protect yourself, wear gloves, especially when reaching where you can't see. Remove yard clutter and brush piles near the home.
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By Ellen Nibali, Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2011
I've really enjoyed the goldfish in my garden pond and would like to keep them over the winter. Other than a heater, what else should I do? Someone said not to feed fish in the winter. Is this correct? Stop feeding goldfish when the water temperature drops below 55 degrees F. This usually occurs in mid- to late November. It's a good idea to install a floating stock tank heater to keep a small portion of the pond free of ice; not for keeping the fish warm — rather to expose the water to air, thus oxygenating the water.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | May 1, 2006
I stood in the presence of greatness the other day. True, it was a nauseating greatness. A disgusting greatness. A greatness that made you reconsider whether we, as the human race, have truly evolved as much as advertised, or whether it's time for an asteroid to smack into the planet and end the whole thing. I watched 14 men and one woman gather for the Phillips Crab Cake Eating Contest at the Inner Harbor, watched them cram great gobs of the stuff into their mouths with hundreds in the audience cheering this stunning display of either eating prowess or sheer gluttony, take your pick.
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By Ellen Nibali, Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2011
I've really enjoyed the goldfish in my garden pond and would like to keep them over the winter. Other than a heater, what else should I do? Someone said not to feed fish in the winter. Is this correct? Stop feeding goldfish when the water temperature drops below 55 degrees F. This usually occurs in mid- to late November. It's a good idea to install a floating stock tank heater to keep a small portion of the pond free of ice; not for keeping the fish warm — rather to expose the water to air, thus oxygenating the water.
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By ROB HIAASEN and ROB HIAASEN,SUN REPORTER | April 25, 2006
Brickhouse" looks to dunk and swallow. "Mongo" looks to chew his way toward victory. "The Black Widow" looks to eat them both alive. Welcome to the competitive eating tour, which stops at the Inner Harbor on Saturday with a crab cake-eating contest held by Phillips Seafood on the main stage as part of the Baltimore Waterfront Festival. Fifteen eaters - including Ocean City bouncer Ken "Mongo" Federighi and Bethesda resident David "Brickhouse" Braunstein - have signed up to gorge on 3-ounce crab cakes for $2,500 in prize money.
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By Vera Eidelman and Vera Eidelman,SUN STAFF | July 3, 2004
The statement on the official Web site of the International Federation of Competitive Eating is dramatic, if slightly tongue-in-cheek. "There is a century-old prophecy within the competitive eating community, dismissed by most, that foretells the rise of the `One Eater,' a woman who will electrify America's gurgitators and lead them to international victory once again," it reads. Century-old or not, that prophecy seems to have come true in the form of 36-year-old, 105-pound, Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas.
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By LAURA BARNHARDT and LAURA BARNHARDT,SUN REPORTER | April 30, 2006
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet was competing in the Chesapeake Bay yesterday, but even on land Valerie Callahan could relate to the sailors. The Anne Arundel County woman took a turn in a Volvo boat simulator at the Inner Harbor during yesterday's Waterfront Festival, emerging from the van-sized moving theater slightly soggy. "It was fun, yes," said Callahan, who hails from Shady Side, as she took off a yellow poncho provided to riders by ABN AMRO, a Netherlands-based international bank sponsoring two racing teams, which brought in the simulator.
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May 20, 1992
Thanks for CalmOur mayor and police commissioner are to be commended for maintaining relative calm in Baltimore following the unjust verdict in the trial of the Los Angeles police officers responsible for the beating of Rodney King (despite the TV media's attempts to thwart their efforts by rehashing the rioting and chaos which ensued after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.).Anne T. FreemanBaltimoreThe writer is vice chairperson of the Northeastern District Police-Community Relations Council.
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By Ellen Nibali and David Clement | November 3, 2007
Last year, I saw a black widow spider while cleaning up my yard. How do I avoid a bite? Bites are extremely rare. These shy, nonaggressive spiders bite only when humans threaten or grab them. Black widows weave a loose web and like undisturbed spots, such as dumps, log piles or outbuildings. The female's body is as shiny as patent leather and round as a ball. Both males and females have red markings. To protect yourself, wear gloves, especially when reaching where you can't see. Remove yard clutter and brush piles near the home.
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By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,Special to The Sun | November 25, 2006
I found a black widow spider complete with egg sacs outside our office. I don't want to destroy her, but where can I send her? Eventually she'll seek warmth, which maybe means trying to move inside. You are the first to contact us with the desire to save a black widow. Don't be concerned about this shy native spider's ability to tolerate cold. Transport her to a sheltered side (south) of an object, such as a stump, rock, bridge - but wear gloves. What is the best winter protection for roses permanently in containers?
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By KEVIN COWHERD | May 1, 2006
I stood in the presence of greatness the other day. True, it was a nauseating greatness. A disgusting greatness. A greatness that made you reconsider whether we, as the human race, have truly evolved as much as advertised, or whether it's time for an asteroid to smack into the planet and end the whole thing. I watched 14 men and one woman gather for the Phillips Crab Cake Eating Contest at the Inner Harbor, watched them cram great gobs of the stuff into their mouths with hundreds in the audience cheering this stunning display of either eating prowess or sheer gluttony, take your pick.
NEWS
By LAURA BARNHARDT and LAURA BARNHARDT,SUN REPORTER | April 30, 2006
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet was competing in the Chesapeake Bay yesterday, but even on land Valerie Callahan could relate to the sailors. The Anne Arundel County woman took a turn in a Volvo boat simulator at the Inner Harbor during yesterday's Waterfront Festival, emerging from the van-sized moving theater slightly soggy. "It was fun, yes," said Callahan, who hails from Shady Side, as she took off a yellow poncho provided to riders by ABN AMRO, a Netherlands-based international bank sponsoring two racing teams, which brought in the simulator.
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By ROB HIAASEN and ROB HIAASEN,SUN REPORTER | April 25, 2006
Brickhouse" looks to dunk and swallow. "Mongo" looks to chew his way toward victory. "The Black Widow" looks to eat them both alive. Welcome to the competitive eating tour, which stops at the Inner Harbor on Saturday with a crab cake-eating contest held by Phillips Seafood on the main stage as part of the Baltimore Waterfront Festival. Fifteen eaters - including Ocean City bouncer Ken "Mongo" Federighi and Bethesda resident David "Brickhouse" Braunstein - have signed up to gorge on 3-ounce crab cakes for $2,500 in prize money.
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By Vera Eidelman and Vera Eidelman,SUN STAFF | July 3, 2004
The statement on the official Web site of the International Federation of Competitive Eating is dramatic, if slightly tongue-in-cheek. "There is a century-old prophecy within the competitive eating community, dismissed by most, that foretells the rise of the `One Eater,' a woman who will electrify America's gurgitators and lead them to international victory once again," it reads. Century-old or not, that prophecy seems to have come true in the form of 36-year-old, 105-pound, Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Nothing says "Surprise!" like an Australian rapper with three Top 10 songs currently on the Billboard Hot 100. Last night, Iggy Azalea - the 24-year-old pop-rap artist responsible for the inescapable hit "Fancy" - performed a surprise five-song set at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore's three-level bar, 14Forty, to celebrate the casino's opening.  She was not the only surprise. Gladys Knight took the stage for a 45-minute set as the doors opened at 9 p.m., and Pauly D, of "Jersey Shore" fame, DJ'd a 90-minute set as well.  Noah Hirsch, vice president of marketing for the Horseshoe, said it took a "good group of team members" to keep the surprises a secret.
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By DON C. FORESTER | July 20, 1991
My zoology laboratory assistant is a bright young Republican by the name of Tom Kuhar. Tom's mother happens to work for Representative Helen Delich Bentley. Some months ago, an undergraduate student gave me a female Black Widow spider he had collected in Southern Maryland. Since Tom has an interest in invertebrates, I asked him to set up a cage featuring the spider.You can imagine my amusement when I saw the finished product -- a 10-gallon aquarium complete with water dish, leaf litter and a large identification card.
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By Kim Murphy and Kim Murphy,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 7, 2004
GROZNY, Russia - Medna Bayrakova remembers the day a middle-aged woman showed up at her door and asked to speak to her 26-year-old daughter, Zareta. They shut themselves in the bedroom for half an hour, and then her daughter left, saying she was walking the visitor to the bus stop. An hour later, Zareta still hadn't returned and several men in camouflage knocked at the door of the family's ravaged apartment in this ruined Chechen capital. "We have taken away your daughter. She has agreed to marry one of our men," one said.
NEWS
May 20, 1992
Thanks for CalmOur mayor and police commissioner are to be commended for maintaining relative calm in Baltimore following the unjust verdict in the trial of the Los Angeles police officers responsible for the beating of Rodney King (despite the TV media's attempts to thwart their efforts by rehashing the rioting and chaos which ensued after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.).Anne T. FreemanBaltimoreThe writer is vice chairperson of the Northeastern District Police-Community Relations Council.
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