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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2012
This weekend's world record attempt in Ocean City will really need to bring on the bikinis. By the thousands. The centerpiece of the town's first-ever Uptown Bash set for this weekend is a bikini parade where O.C. planned to break a record set by Panama City Beach this spring. That would have required about 450 women marching in their two-piece best. Easy peasy, right? Not so fast. Just this week the town learned that China had broken Panama City's record earlier this month by parading 1,085 bikini-clad women in Huludao City in the Liaoning Province.
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BUSINESS
The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
McCormick & Co. announced Monday that it had signed an agreement to buy a popular bouillon maker in China, expanding its growing presence there. Sparks-based McCormick has agreed to acquire Wuhan Asia-Pacific Condiments Co. Ltd. for about $141 million, according to a statement released by the company. Completion of the agreement, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected in mid-2013, the spice company said. The acquisition fits into McCormick's continued push to expand in overseas markets such as China, said Alan Wilson, its chairman, president and CEO, in the statement.
NEWS
By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2012
The premise behind a Chinese yo-yo seems simple enough, especially to kids eager to be the first among their peers to master a new and unusual skill. In the hands of teacher Jimmy Chiu at the summer culture camp sponsored by the Chinese Language School of Columbia, the hourglass-shaped plastic toy balances and spins on the string he controls with two wooden sticks.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2012
W.R. Grace said Thursday that it will acquire the assets of Chinese manufacturer Noblestar Catalysts Co. Ltd. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Noblestar, based in Qingdao, makes fluid catalytic cracking catalysts and other related products, which are used in the petroleum refining industry. As part of the agreement, Grace established a new, wholly foreign-owned enterprise in China. Grace officials said the acquisition would help the Columbia company better serve its refining customers in China and northern Asia.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Matthew F. Lallo, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2012
Behind the nondescript storefront with its necessary neon window signs, Towson Best does indeed serve some of the best Cantonese food in the Towson/North Baltimore area. A group of young and unfailingly friendly owners and staff greet all who enter and set the tone for casual lunches and dinners that make you not only want to return for the food and but also to patronize a place run by such nice people. The room is divided by long planters. To your right is a tidy eight-stool sushi bar with its pristine fish and smiling chef, small booths and a few tables.
NEWS
May 3, 2012
American embassy officials in Beijing didn't exactly throw out the welcome mat when one of China's leading human rights activists showed up on their doorstep last week seeking refuge. But having allowed him inside and sheltered him for several days while they negotiated his fate with Chinese authorities, the U.S. made itself responsible for his safety, and it must honor that commitment even though he is no longer under the embassy's protection. Chen Guangcheng, a blind, self-taught lawyer and fierce critic of China's forced-abortion policy, told officials he had traveled 400 miles to Beijing after escaping de facto house arrest in a provincial town.
EXPLORE
By Mike Giuliano | April 26, 2012
Painters traditionally have placed human figures within realistic landscapes that seem like psychologically suitable backdrops, but the group exhibit "The Body and Beyond" is notable for how many of its artists have figures and abstracted landscapes melting into each other. That's one of the reasons why you may find yourself lingering before some of the paintings in this exhibit of contemporary Chinese art in Howard Community College's Rouse Company Foundation Gallery. Upon walking into the gallery, you're immediately facing such paintings.
NEWS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
Morgan State University is establishing a student exchange program with Hubei University in China. The presidents of the two institutions signed an agreement formalizing the program Thursday afternoon on Morgan State's campus in North Baltimore. Hubei University was founded in 1931 and is located in central China, about 500 miles west of Shanghai. Hubei has established international student exchange programs with almost 70 universities, according to the university's website. Morgan State currently has student exchange agreements with universities in Brazil and Finland, according to the university.
NEWS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2012
A Windsor Mill man, a former NASA employee, has pleaded guilty in Delaware federal court to buying more than a million dollars' worth of pirated software from black-market Chinese vendors who themselves were indicted Wednesday in federal court in Delaware, said the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE. Cosburn Wedderburn, 38, described as a former NASA employee by federal authorities, recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to...
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