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By Victor Godinez and Victor Godinez,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | November 20, 2003
Parents shopping for the best deal on a video game console for Christmas have several options right now. All three of the major consoles - Nintendo's GameCube, Sony's PlayStation 2 and Microsoft's Xbox - have dropped in price over the past year. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are also offering official bundle deals, giving purchasers free games and hardware along with the console. Here's a rundown on each system so that parents can decide which best suits their household. GameCube Right now, the GameCube is the cheapest of the systems, selling for $99. It's also the system best suited for younger gamers, with such kid-friendly fare as the Mario titles, including the much-anticipated racing game Mario Kart: Double Dash.
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NEWS
By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
Black Friday shoppers awakening from their Thanksgiving turkey hangovers to brave the frigid conditions Friday morning should bundle up. The predawn door-busters were faced with lows in the upper 20s overnight in downtown Baltimore and in the mid 20s in the suburbs, according to the National Weather Service. A cold front over the midwest Thursday afternoon should have moved east through the night and was difficult to detect by Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.
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BUSINESS
By WILLIAM PATALON III and WILLIAM PATALON III,SUN REPORTER | November 3, 2005
Comcast Corp. and three other major U.S. cable TV firms said yesterday they will begin marketing cellular-telephone service through Sprint Nextel Corp. early next year, a move analysts say temporarily leapfrogs phone company rivals such as Verizon Communications Inc. in the battle to sell bundled services to consumers. "The battle lines are drawn," said Raul Martynek, chief executive officer of Eureka/InfoHighway, a New York-based provider of telecom services for businesses. Joining Comcast in the deal with Sprint are Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Advance/Newhouse Communications, which currently reach 41 million households.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | May 4, 2012
News Roundup •••• Wouldn't it be fun to buy a monthly fee for your Xbox and Kinect like you do with your cell phone? It looks like that's going to be an option for folks who want to pay $99 for hardware then shell out around $15 a month as a subscription fee. [ The Verge , h/t @ KingPajamas ] •••• Bethesda has been hard at work at “The Elder Scrolls Online” since 2007, but its existence was finally confirmed this week. The MMO will take place before the events of the console games, and from the early details released, seems like it will be your bog standard medieval fantasy MMO set in a world players already know.
BUSINESS
By James S. Granelli and James S. Granelli,Los Angeles Times | February 1, 2007
After enjoying years of falling prices, customers are starting to see monthly bills for phone service and high-speed Internet access rise again. The nation's dominant telephone and cellphone companies have competed on price for much of this decade, packing calling features into low-end offerings. With industry consolidations, faster networks and technologies that let phones, TVs and computers work together, the carriers are focusing on mid-priced packages - the $40, $50 and $60 bundles that most customers buy. The lure?
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1996
Paul Argay's company could have called its new wireless phone service nearly anything. But the marketing vice president said American Personal Communications Corp. in Bethesda never really considered calling it "APC Spectrum.""Having Candice Bergen in our TV advertising, and the diamond Sprint logo, helped people understand we're a well-respected company," said Argay, whose firm's Sprint Spectrum service signed up 100,000 customers in Baltimore and Washington in its first seven months. "If we launched this and called it American Personal Communications Spectrum, people might not be as willing to jump in as quickly."
NEWS
August 7, 1997
A Business section article Monday incorrectly reported the number of comic books that Diamond Comic Distributors will ship to its clients. The company will ship 25,000 bundles.The Sun regrets the errors.Pub Date: 8/07/97
NEWS
By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | October 7, 1995
A Baltimore City jury has acquitted a police officer of stealing money from a suspected drug dealer who was actually an undercover officer participating in a sting operation.Officer Michael S. McNamara, 23, was found not guilty of theft. The jury could not reach a verdict late Thursday on the conspiracy charge, which a prosecutor dropped afterward and said she would not pursue.His partner the night of the incident, Officer Frederick W. Lincoln, pleaded guilty to both charges during the trial and testified against his colleague.
NEWS
By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | March 5, 2008
A buried cache showing centuries-old African religious practices. A Colonial printer's mark protesting the Stamp Act. Fragments of dolls, dishes and buttons from as far back as the 1600s. Hundreds of items from downtown Annapolis' past have been brought together -- some for the first time -- in an exhibit that opened yesterday at the Banneker-Douglass Museum. Seeking Liberty, Annapolis: An Imagined Community, part of the city's commemoration of the signing of its royal charter 300 years ago, depicts the search for liberty by African-Americans, immigrants from Britain and women.
NEWS
By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Staff Writer | March 4, 1993
WITH THE U.S. AIR FORCE OVER BOSNIA -- The C-130 Hercules cargo plane dropped airspeed to a lumbering 140 knots, the nose went up and the back door opened on the thick, cold, blue-gray Bosnian night.The Herc was supposed to be flying beyond anti-aircraft range, but at the moment, this plane was a big, fat, tempting target for any unhappy gunners below."Greenlight! Greenlight! Greenlight" yelled the co-pilot, Cary L. Stokes, a first lieutenant from Kansas City, Mo.He threw a toggle switch, a connection broke and the Herc's humanitarian cargo of food and medical supplies slid toward the open door with swift, elephantine grace.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | March 28, 2012
Update on my Tuesday column about "forced bundling," where an insurance company requires you buy an auto policy from it if you want a homeowner's policy. Maryland wants to ban this practice.  I mentioned that Florida-based Merastar Insurance Co. notified Maryland officials of its intention to require consumers to buy both homeowner's and auto insurance from it if they want any coverage. State officials say Merastar has withdrawn its filing.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2012
Many consumers voluntarily buy more than one type of insurance from the same company so they can get a discount on premiums. But what if an insurer wouldn't sell you a homeowner's policy unless you also purchased auto insurance from it, too? Some insurers are doing just that. The Fayetteville Observer reported early this year that Allstate was canceling the homeowner's policies of nearly 46,000 North Carolina customers because they didn't buy auto insurance from the company, while N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance was taking similar steps with about 28,000 policyholders.
NEWS
March 5, 2012
In response to Lyle Rescott's letter about President Obama's goal of raising $1 billion for his re-election campaign and her joke that he wouldn't do it by asking everyone to give $3 each ("'Democrats' fundraising practices are rotten, too. " Feb. 29): There is already a box on the federal income tax form that allows the preparer to check off a $3 donation that goes to finance publicly funded election campaigns. It happened to me and my husband and also to my son, who was not even old enough to vote at the time.
SPORTS
By Tim Williams and WJZ Meteorologist | January 12, 2012
Ravens fans attending Sunday's game will need to layer their purple. Despite partly sunny skies, downtown temperatures will climb to only about 38 degrees by late afternoon. At kickoff time, 1 p.m., expect 33 degrees and a light but chilly NW breeze. Gloves, thick socks and a few layers will be helpful. Ear muffs could serve double duty ... keeping ears warm as well as blocking the noise from the Ravens fanatics.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2011
In a town known for its birds, Oriol Servia wants everyone to know he fits right in. "My name is Oriol," the IndyCar driver was excited to point out before a recent interview even began. "I am from Spain. Ever since I moved to the United States in 1998, people say to me, 'Oh, Oreo, like the cookie.' And I say, 'No, Oriol, like the Baltimore Orioles.'" The name is actually Spanish for Oriole, and Servia — who is currently fourth in the points standings — hopes that helps him win over fans at this weekend's Baltimore Grand Prix.
NEWS
by Carson Porter | June 21, 2011
Newegg.com has a PS3 Move bundle that includes a PlayStationMove motion controller, PlayStationEye Camera and Sports Champions Blu-ray disc. $49.99 the lowest price around by about $42, plus shipping is free!
FEATURES
By Karol V. Menzie and Randy Johnson | July 2, 1994
Once you accept the fact that it's going to be hard labor, reshingling a roof isn't difficult. It's not, as a woodworking friend of ours likes to say, brain surgery -- though it's not for the brain-dead either, as you need to keep your wits about you while you're working on a slanted surface so far above the ground.If you went up to measure the roof to find out how many shingles to order (three bundles per hundred square feet), the terrain shouldn't be completely unfamiliar. Remember to order an extra 10 percent to 20 percent for waste and miscalculation.
BUSINESS
By Gregory Karp and Gregory Karp,The Morning Call | March 4, 2007
Of the three components of spending FITness - food, insurance and telecommunications - the last one takes the most diligence. Paying attention to spending in these three areas can yield relatively painless spending cuts. But phone services are different from food and insurance, where product offerings are basically the same year to year. Options for phone services - landline, wireless and Internet-based - change rapidly. That will only accelerate as cable and phone companies duke it out for greater portions of the overall telecom bill, including subscription television and Internet access.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck | February 26, 2010
There isn't quite the buzz around Koji Uehara this spring that there was last year, but he still draws a contingent of Japanese media every time he takes a new step in the spring routine. He threw live batting practice for the first time Thursday, delivering a steady diet of fastballs down in the strike zone and getting some approving comments from manager Dave Trembley . "He looks like he has on his side sessions," Trembley said. "He looks strong. He looks quick with his arm. He has late life on his pitches.
NEWS
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | January 5, 2010
Take record snow in December, add a long stretch of below-average temperatures and a weekend of howling north winds and you've got what's beginning to look like a real winter for Maryland this year. High temperatures are expected to lag a full seven degrees or more below normal throughout the week, pushing energy bills higher and making it at least uncomfortable - and possibly dangerous - to spend much time outside. Baltimore's emergency shelters are packed with homeless looking for a respite from the weather.
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