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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | September 9, 2000
The China Room was to resume its early morning hours yesterday, after Baltimore's liquor board determined the downtown restaurant-nightclub did not violate a state law requiring liquor licensees to serve food if they stay open past 2 a.m. In a ruling after a two-hour hearing, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners rescinded its Aug. 31 letter ordering a 2 a.m. closing for the China Room, which had been granted a city permit in May to operate until...
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | September 9, 2000
The China Room was to resume its early morning hours yesterday, after Baltimore's liquor board determined the downtown restaurant-nightclub did not violate a state law requiring liquor licensees to serve food if they stay open past 2 a.m. In a ruling after a two-hour hearing, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners rescinded its Aug. 31 letter ordering a 2 a.m. closing for the China Room, which had been granted a city permit in May to operate until...
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2000
The city's experiment of letting the China Room remain open until 4 a.m. is in jeopardy after liquor inspectors cited it for violating a state law barring nightclubs from operating past 2 a.m. unless patrons are seated, being served food. Inspectors cited the China Room, in Uncle Lee's Szechuan Restaurant at South and East Lombard streets, Friday after finding tables pushed against the wall and seeing patrons dancing. There was no evidence of food being prepared, according to liquor board documents.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2000
The city's experiment of letting the China Room remain open until 4 a.m. is in jeopardy after liquor inspectors cited it for violating a state law barring nightclubs from operating past 2 a.m. unless patrons are seated, being served food. Inspectors cited the China Room, in Uncle Lee's Szechuan Restaurant at South and East Lombard streets, Friday after finding tables pushed against the wall and seeing patrons dancing. There was no evidence of food being prepared, according to liquor board documents.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | May 24, 2000
The Baltimore zoning board approved the city's fourth legal after-hours club yesterday, despite last-minute opposition from police. On a 4-1 vote, the Board of Zoning and Municipal Appeals granted The China Room, at South and East Lombard streets, permission to stay open until 4 a.m. on weekends, serving food and playing recorded music. "I think this lays the groundwork for the city to open its eyes to new concepts and new ideas," said John A. Giorgilli, operator of the China Room, which is at Uncle Lee's Szechuan Restaurant.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2000
The city zoning board is expected to decide today whether to allow two downtown nightclubs -- including one run by a businessman whose Towson operation was a factor in Baltimore County's ban on after-hours clubs -- to stay open until dawn. The Board of Zoning and Municipal Appeals is scheduled to take up the applications of the China Room, at South and East Lombard streets, and the Lava Lounge, on Pier 4 at the Inner Harbor, both of which want to serve food and provide entertainment until 6 a.m. Zoning officials say the China Room's proposal, which is backed by the Downtown Partnership, has the best chance of obtaining board approval.
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April 26, 2009
Very Washington DC Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $15.95 Diana Hollingsworth Gessler has forged a fascinating career out of illustrating and writing the text about fascinating American cities or states. Thus far, she has published books on New Orleans, Charleston, S.C., and California - and now Washington, D.C. Her work consists of handsome watercolors and oil paintings of prominent sites, and quirky descriptions of places, people and things. Often she emphasizes the lesser known or underappreciated figures of history, such as Pierre-Charles L'Enfant, who laid the blueprint for what would become Washington, but she also highlights some of the finest museums in the District of Columbia, from the Smithsonian to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and mentions such uniquely Washington events as the National Cherry Blossom Festival, held in spring.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | December 17, 2001
The grainy, herky-jerky footage reveals a chaotic scene: raised voices, accusations of assault, an open hand thrust in front of the video camera. It was 2:15 Saturday morning, Dec. 8, and liquor inspectors had come to shut down Redwood Trust, a sleek new nightclub in a grand old building two blocks north of the Inner Harbor. The offense: staying open past the state's mandatory 2 a.m. closing time, despite permission from the city zoning board to operate until 4, alcohol-free. The tense episode has indirectly trained a spotlight on an obscure state law that bans dancing after 2 a.m. at city restaurants selling alcohol, even if no liquor is served.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,Sun reporter | November 12, 2007
To Michael Austin, she was the angel who appeared on his prison television each Thanksgiving, heaping mashed potatoes and turkey onto the plates of the thousands of homeless and needy people who had come to her for a hot meal. Bea Gaddy, perhaps Baltimore's best-known ambassador to the poor, died in October 2001, less than three months before Austin was freed from his Jessup prison cell and returned to his home city. He had served 27 years of a life sentence before a judge reversed his murder conviction, saying there was no evidence he had committed the crime.
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By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,Special to The Evening Sun | May 2, 1991
IT is no secret that the Walters Art Gallery has always had impressive holdings in Asian art. William T. Walters was a voracious collector of such art in the second half of the 19th century, but much of this art remained in storage, from his day to our own, for lack of exhibition space. With the opening Sunday of Hackerman House, the new museum of Asian art at the Walters, we can all finally get a look at what has been uncrated.Until recently, the Walters had a mere 125 pieces of Asian art on display in a section of the 1974 museum annex.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | May 24, 2000
The Baltimore zoning board approved the city's fourth legal after-hours club yesterday, despite last-minute opposition from police. On a 4-1 vote, the Board of Zoning and Municipal Appeals granted The China Room, at South and East Lombard streets, permission to stay open until 4 a.m. on weekends, serving food and playing recorded music. "I think this lays the groundwork for the city to open its eyes to new concepts and new ideas," said John A. Giorgilli, operator of the China Room, which is at Uncle Lee's Szechuan Restaurant.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | April 28, 2000
You can call it a bar fight. Baltimore tourism boosters -- backed by nationwide trends that show people clamoring for late-night entertainment -- are preparing to battle what they see as outdated liquor and zoning laws. While party-until-dawn nightlife is reviving the travel industry in New York, New Orleans and Miami, several influential leaders here say the city has been slow to recognize the trend, costing it "tens of millions of dollars." "A city today, in order to win, it has to be considered a happening place," said Carroll R. Armstrong, president of the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,brent.jones@baltsun.com | December 1, 2008
Baltimore police said four people were shot, two fatally, last night in the northwestern part of the city. Police responding to a report of multiple shootings at 10:20 p.m. in the 4000 block of Oakford Ave. found a man and a woman in a car suffering from gunshot wounds, according to Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Another man who had been shot was found lying in the street. All three were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where the male victims were pronounced dead. A fourth shooting victim was found in the vicinity and was taken to Sinai Hospital.
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