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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Jerry Greenspan has been running the Fun City arcade in Ocean City for 40 years, long enough to see children who played games there grow up and bring their children to continue the summer boardwalk tradition. Now he wonders how long it can go on. "We barely made it last year," said Greenspan, who owns Fun City and is a partner in Sportland, two of the three largest boardwalk arcades. "If the landscape continues the way it's going, I don't see how we can stay in business much longer.
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By Jules Witcover | July 7, 2014
At a time when the Republican Party needs a heavy dose of compromise to bring functionality back to government, one of its most admirable models of goodwill and working across the aisle has departed with the death at 88 last week of Howard Henry Baker Jr. of Tennessee. The state's first elected GOP senator, former Senate majority leader, Reagan White House chief of staff and presidential aspirant was a gentle throwback to the brand of moderate conservatism that got things done without breaking the china.
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By Colin Campbell and Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
- Three University of Maryland students crossed U.S. 1 this weekend, hours after a fatal hit-and-run on the same stretch of road. The students said they know jaywalking on the major thoroughfare is dangerous - three people have been struck and killed by drivers there in the past six months - but they said they've become accustomed to drivers yielding to them on campus. "Because on campus the cars have to stop for you, we all are so used to it," said Elizabeth Steidl. "So we just walk wherever we want.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
Business author Richie Frieman has studied fine arts at the University of Maryland, launched a music-focused Internet magazine, written children's books, invented a device that keeps shirt collars crisp and created a pop culture-inspired children's clothing line - Charm City Babies. He even toured the Mid-Atlantic as a professional wrestler, retiring in 2008. So what does all of that have to do with good manners? Frieman, author of workplace etiquette book "Reply All … And Other Ways to Tank Your Career," considers himself an artist first and foremost.
BUSINESS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
First came the switch off of the gold standard. Then checkbooks and credit cards started the shift away from cash - but to bitcoin advocates, not far enough. As the anonymous digital currency gains favor with retailers such as Overstock.com and is welcomed by California and other states, some in Baltimore are trying to boost adoption locally. They argue that bitcoin is the next logical step beyond credit cards, offering greater security without transaction costs. But they also acknowledge a sort of chicken-and-egg problem when it comes to getting consumers to adopt bitcoin and retailers to accept it. In Baltimore, some tech advocates, a few business owners and the entrepreneurs behind the local startup Bitsie aim to encourage acceptance among local shops and to promote broader education about how bitcoin works, and why more people should use it. That means overcoming challenges, including volatile exchange rates and a lack of any central regulation of bitcoin, factors that make some question whether the currency will ever gain mainstream traction.
NEWS
By James Abraham | July 2, 2014
I returned to my old community of West Baltimore, under the shadow of Bon Secours Hospital near the intersection of West Fayette and North Payson streets, to visit a native I had not seen for three decades. David Brown, who lived across the alley from me in the old neighborhood, had years ago opened a small store directly across from the sprawling hospital. The New Fayette Street Market & Deli is like a small fortress, with a Plexiglas bastion from which he can sell sundries and essentials in blackest night or brightest day. In one corner of his store is a small desk with two computers, which provide neighborhood kids with a window to a world far removed from the blasted buildings and broken streets of the community.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Two businesses and a park were evacuated when an underground natural gas line caught fire Tuesday afternoon, Baltimore County officials said. BGE crews were working to shut off gas after firefighters were called at 1:07 p.m. to the line in the 6900 block of Golden Ring Road. No structures were involved but the businesses in a nearby industrial park and Rosedale Park were evacuated as a precaution, officials said. No injuries were reported. jkanderson@baltsun.com twitter.com/janders5
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
The main drag outside this former general store in the homey waterfront community of Havre de Grace - a short hop off U.S. 40 north of Baltimore - is drenched in Americana. Antiques shops and local art galleries dominate the street, clustered behind kitschy window displays of knickknacks. A sign advertising a summer seafood festival is posted outside an independent bookstore. But at the back of Mary Martin's downtown shop, you'll discover a far wider world, collated in an assortment of postcards, some featuring nearby small towns but many others far-flung foreign cities.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessica D. Evans, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
In honor of starting its business one century ago, Phillips Seafood has announced the launch of a 100 Days of Summer promotion. “It's special,” said CEO Steve Phillips. “It's been in my family for a long, long time and it's great. We're here today because of all the thousands of employees who have worked really hard for Phillips over the years.” To celebrate the anniversary, Baltimore-based Phillips has created a commemorative 100th Anniversary cookbook that features the family's and chefs' favorite recipes as well as those from Phillips' contests from past years.
BUSINESS
By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Dozens of low-income middle schoolers at Baltimore's St. Ignatius Loyola Academy are getting a head start on money management, thanks to Legg Mason employees. Volunteers from the Baltimore-based money management firm regularly visit the Jesuit boys' school throughout the year to teach students how to open savings accounts, balance checkbooks and understand the taxes they'll soon have to pay. "We just don't want this to be just a financial component," said Auburn Bell, Legg Mason's director of corporate philanthropy.
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