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By Mark Feeney and Mark Feeney,The Boston Globe | May 22, 1994
There they are in Vanity Fair (June), cute as cute can be, Mr. and Mrs. Slobodan Milosevic, sitting together curled up on the couch in their designer sweaters. He's got a hopelessly blank look on his face. Presumably, that's one of the tricks of the trade: Think bland and -- who knows? -- a guy can get away with, you'll pardon the expression, murder.Then again, that blankness verges on grimace: One gets the sense Slobodan Milosevic might be singing to himself the refrain of that old Pet Shop Boys song, "What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?"
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By Mark Feeney and Mark Feeney,The Boston Globe | May 22, 1994
There they are in Vanity Fair (June), cute as cute can be, Mr. and Mrs. Slobodan Milosevic, sitting together curled up on the couch in their designer sweaters. He's got a hopelessly blank look on his face. Presumably, that's one of the tricks of the trade: Think bland and -- who knows? -- a guy can get away with, you'll pardon the expression, murder.Then again, that blankness verges on grimace: One gets the sense Slobodan Milosevic might be singing to himself the refrain of that old Pet Shop Boys song, "What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?"
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By Mary Schmich and Mary Schmich,Chicago Tribune | November 9, 1992
CHICAGO -- Ah, the smell of manliness. Sweet, dizzying, choking. The aroma's hard to take at first, but a gal can get used to all manner of manhood's mysteries and even start to like them. We're talking here about men and their cigars. Specifically, we're talking about the 80 or so men jammed into the Up Down Tobacco Shop for the 3-Day Cigar Party, which began Thursday. What bliss for the cigar aficionado, reviled and exiled in so much of the United States, to be allowed in these three days to share his tall cigar tales and puff till he can puff no more.
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By Mary Schmich and Mary Schmich,Chicago Tribune | November 9, 1992
CHICAGO -- Ah, the smell of manliness. Sweet, dizzying, choking. The aroma's hard to take at first, but a gal can get used to all manner of manhood's mysteries and even start to like them. We're talking here about men and their cigars. Specifically, we're talking about the 80 or so men jammed into the Up Down Tobacco Shop for the 3-Day Cigar Party, which began Thursday. What bliss for the cigar aficionado, reviled and exiled in so much of the United States, to be allowed in these three days to share his tall cigar tales and puff till he can puff no more.
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By Cigar Association of America, based on U.S. Census and other federal figures.Dallas Morning News | October 2, 1992
Some say aroma, some say stench, but there seems to be a lot more cigar smoke in the air these days.A party in Dallas, for example, was going strong the other night when one of the guests opened a cigar box and said reverently, "Cubans."Soon enough, more than a dozen other guests were puffing away at the fellow's contraband Montecristos that a friend had smuggled in from France.Dallas-area shop owners report an increase in sales of their premium cigars -- the hand-rolled, long-leaf-tobacco cigars that cost a dollar or more.
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By Ellen Goodman | July 15, 1997
BOSTON -- Funny thing about smoke. You try to get a lid down on the stuff and it drifts out the edges.Here we are at a peak moment in the anti-smoking movement. RJR has just given Joe Camel the heave and sent him to the big ad desert. The government is into the second round of negotiations for a stiffer tobacco deal. Flight attendants have begun a $5 billion class-action suit against second-hand smoke.And yet . . . sniff, sniff. What is that odor coming from yet another smoking section? Sniff, sniff.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | May 28, 1997
Rush Limbaugh will stash his cigars there. And so might Demi Moore. A few of the Baltimore Ravens also plan to store Montecristos and Don Titos in temperature-controlled humidors at Baltimore's new Havana Club.But don't be fooled by the name or the Spanish cedar cigar storage bins that rent for $300 or the antique cigar labels framed on the walls. Owner Steve F. de Castro says his 200-seat club, opening Thursday above Ruth's Chris Steak House on Water Street, is about more than puffing on stogies.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | August 11, 1996
O Romeo y Julieta! Wherefore art thou Romeo y Julieta?In an era when cigarette smokers and manufacturers have faced assault on several fronts, puffing on a cigar has become quite the trend, and many of the new cigar aficionados are in their 20s and 30s."It's a cool thing to do," said 25-year-old Jonathan Julian, who puffed on a Punch from the Dominican Republic as he played pool in Fells Point with his girlfriend, 26-year-old Gail Johnson, who had a stogie of her own."I've been smoking since college, but not good cigars," he said.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1997
J. Edward Davis, founder of a Towson law firm and general counsel to the Maryland Classified Employees Association for many years, died of a heart attack Sunday at his vacation home in Ocean City. He was 65 and lived in Towson.A dapper dresser and cigar aficionado, Mr. Davis brought equal vigor and enthusiasm to the practice of law and life and was considered a model attorney.Associates described him as "boisterous, outgoing and incredibly good with people" and said his clients often became lifelong friends.
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May 7, 1999
Smoking issue swirls in Miami airportThe June issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine is back on newsstands at Miami International Airport after authorities rescinded a ban issued last week. The magazine was taken off the shelves because its cover featured pictures of Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton with the headline, "Is It Time to End the Embargo?" "We don't want to be part of enhancing Castro's government," said airport spokesman Hernando Vergara. The ban was lifted after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue, and Miami Mayor Alex Penelas ordered the magazine placed on sale again, saying its removal "goes against some of the very principles which make this nation the free society it is."
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Staff Writer | May 29, 1995
I vow and believe that the cigar has been of the greatest creature comforts of my life -- a kind companion, a gentle stimulant, an amiable anodyne, a cementer of friendship. May I die if I abuse that kindly weed which has given me so much pleasure!( -- William Thackeray Right, right, easy for Thackeray to say. He never topped off a meal in a restaurant with a fine Macanudo, only to see the other customers coughing and choking like the room was filling with exhaust fumes.He never fired up an Arturo Fuente on a park bench, only to have a member of the Health Gestapo goose-step up and deliver a 10-minute lecture, yadda-yadda-yadda, on the evils of second-hand smoke.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | March 16, 1997
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- In America, no matter how many times you fail, no matter how many times you are thrown into the muck in disgrace, you can always try again to get rich. And Jeffrey A. Levitt is a living testimonial to that.In the '70s, as a notorious Baltimore slumlord, he was convicted of housing violations over 500 times and sparked so much wrath that a tenant once fired a 12-gauge shotgun blast through his window and sent shards of glass into his buttocks.In the '80s, as a garishly wealthy, overweight swindler, he sent his financial empire crashing to the ground in a scandal that landed him in prison for stealing $14.6 million from his own thrift, Old Court Savings and Loan.
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