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By From staff reports | December 25, 2007
It was a Christmas Eve where, at least in some parts, procrastinating paid off in a big way. The day started with an unexpected shipment of 67 Nintendo Wii game systems -- the most sought-after, but hardest-to-find, item of the year -- arriving at Best Buy in White Marsh. General Manager Dave Wolf chose not to display the game systems to avoid a mob scene. Instead employees walked around the store telling people they were available.
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By Cynthia Glover and Cynthia Glover,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 18, 2002
This much is a given: On Christmas Eve, Italian families around the world - and here in Baltimore - will gather for feasts in which seafood takes center stage. There's no quarreling about that part of the tradition. Ask, however, how many dishes or how many fishes are to be served and the arguments begin. Three, four, seven? Nine, 12 or 13? It all depends on who's answering the question. "This is one tradition in Italy where you can't paint a single portrait," says Sergio Vitale, whose family owns Aldo's Restaurant in Little Italy.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | October 28, 2000
Emily Ridgely Johns, who spent nearly 65 Christmas Eves narrating the story of Jesus' birth in the parlor of her Roland Park home, died Wednesday in that home, where she had resided since 1925. She was 101. A woman who prided herself on having voted in every election since women won the right to vote in 1920, she set up a Christmas garden with a biblical theme on the floor of her shingled Oakdale Road home until the middle 1990s. "She was a consummate storyteller. ... Her recall of the facts and ability to develop a narrative made the story come alive," said State Archivist Edward C. Papenfuse, a neighbor who took his two sons to hear Mrs. Johns' tales for many years.
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By DAN RODRICKS | December 16, 1994
Many years later, when Bill Arrington finally talked about the Battle of the Bulge, he told two stories -- one about the screaming Belgian woman, the other about Christmas Eve in a rancid box car filled with light from the sky.So haunted was he by the woman's screams that he would tell that story only after years of prodding by his son, Jeff, and then he would speak of it only in brief. He more willingly told the second story, writing it down when someone asked him to share a "Christmas memory."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 25, 2003
BETHLEHEM, West Bank - The tortured politics of the Middle East seeped even into Christmas Eve festivities yesterday as schoolchildren banged drums and blew bagpipes while leading clerics on a parade through Manger Square. The bearded man featured on a large banner looking down on the square was Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader who was a regular Christmas Eve visitor until Israel clamped travel restrictions on him in December 2001. Amid the children prancing in Santa suits, several Palestinian families held a protest to demand the return of their relatives, militants whom Israel has deported to Europe and the Gaza Strip.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer | January 5, 1993
Santa Claus was very good to the Sykesville Police Department two weeks ago, delivering a new station right on time -- Christmas Eve.Police Chief Wallace Mitchell, Administrative Assistant Debbie Onheiser and four police officers spent last week moving into their new quarters behind the Town House."
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,peter.hermann@baltsun.com | December 24, 2009
In 1968, Louis Azrael, a columnist for the News American, got a letter from a Mrs. Scott asking him to write about her husband and three of his friends who had gone missing four years earlier on Christmas Eve. She pleaded, "Perhaps someone may have some information and let us know." Olive Scott died of colon cancer in 1982 without getting any answers. Now, 45 years after Lawrence Scott and the others disappeared after drinking in a Fells Point bar, Mrs. Scott's son, Charles, and his wife, Patsy, are making the same plea to another Baltimore newspaper.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter | December 30, 2006
During World War II, readers looked to "Lee McCardell's Christmas Letter," published on the front page of The Evening Sun on Christmas Eve, which was addressed to his three daughters, Mary Ann, Abby and Tillie, and signed "Dada." In 1942, McCardell left Baltimore for Europe, where he was assigned as a war correspondent. The tradition of the front-page letter began at Christmas 1942, when McCardell, away from his family for the first time and homesick, was at Tidworth, England, covering the 29th Infantry Division.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff | December 26, 1991
Towson District Court Judge Blanche G. Wahl had a tough day on the bench during this holiday week, but it was even tougher for the defendants. Of the 14 people who stood before her, Wahl sent nine to state prison, prompting prosecutor J.T. Smith to remark that he'd "never sent so many people to jail in one day."Of the other five defendants, one was released after spending the last month in jail for stiffing a cab driver for a $16 fare, one asked for a jury trial, one had charges dropped, one pleaded mental illness and the case of one was postponed.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | December 25, 2004
Enabled by a day off from work and clear weather and motivated by a ticking clock, shoppers circled the malls yesterday for the perfect gifts - or their acceptable last-minute alternatives. At White Marsh Mall, Macy's offered half-off Santa-themed ceramic dishes, Bath & Body Works displayed discounted ornament-shaped containers, and Gap and Victoria's Secret showed off their usual fare. A "real" St. Nick drew a line of people but not as long as the one for gift cards. Christmas Eve isn't typically among the holiday season's busiest shopping days.
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