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By Fort Worth Star-Telegram | January 14, 1994
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Bonnie Conkling was about to mail a sweater and a package of goodies to her daughter, Ceslee, yesterday morning when she heard about a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train derailment in Lakeland, Fla.When Ceslee Conkling, a clown in the traveling circus, didn't telephone home for several hours, her parents feared the worst. They are a close family, her mother said, and Ceslee would often call the family's Azle residence several times a day while on the road.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2012
105 years of shows. 90,000 pounds of elephants. And a bunch of shoes, size 28EEEEE. For the clowns, of course. When it comes to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, an entertainment extravaganza that routinely, without being challenged, bills itself as "The Greatest Show on Earth," the numbers alone tell quite a story. There is, for example, 118. That's the number of performers involved in putting on "Fully Charged," the circus show that will be playing at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena through April 1. They include 25-year-old ringmaster Brian Crawford Scott, among the youngest in the circus' century-plus history; 2 juggling Fusco Brothers, Emiliano and Maximiliano, whose act includes juggling flaming clubs in the dark while standing back-to-back; and 1 Sean Davis, a clown with a degree (really!
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2012
105 years of shows. 90,000 pounds of elephants. And a bunch of shoes, size 28EEEEE. For the clowns, of course. When it comes to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, an entertainment extravaganza that routinely, without being challenged, bills itself as "The Greatest Show on Earth," the numbers alone tell quite a story. There is, for example, 118. That's the number of performers involved in putting on "Fully Charged," the circus show that will be playing at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena through April 1. They include 25-year-old ringmaster Brian Crawford Scott, among the youngest in the circus' century-plus history; 2 juggling Fusco Brothers, Emiliano and Maximiliano, whose act includes juggling flaming clubs in the dark while standing back-to-back; and 1 Sean Davis, a clown with a degree (really!
ENTERTAINMENT
By Donna Rifkind and Donna Rifkind,Special to the Sun | November 19, 2000
It's the fiction writer's job to breathe life into old conventions, which is exactly what Richard Schmitt does in his first novel about an American traveling circus. "The Aerialist" (Sewanee / Overlook Press, 304 pages, $26.95) is the gritty story of Gary Ruden, a young drifter who joins a circus train in the early 1970s and works his way up from lowly workingman to accomplished wire-walker. Schmitt's narrative is anecdotal rather than climax-building, meandering its way through Gary's big-top career just like the circus train wanders around the country.
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By Jody Roesler and Jody Roesler,Special to The Sun | May 13, 1994
The glass storefronts at Pastore's Plaza will house elephants, tigers and zebras this weekend, but merchants have been spared the usual headaches of feeding and cleaning up after them.A Northeast High School art teacher and three of his students decorated the plaza at Mountain and Hog Neck roads in a circus train theme for the annual "spring fling" bazaar and sidewalk sale this Sunday."They're made out of vinyl made to be cut on a computer," said Steve Sweet of his animal assortment. "I have these students in class the last period of the day, and we work on cutting out the animals."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Donna Rifkind and Donna Rifkind,Special to the Sun | November 19, 2000
It's the fiction writer's job to breathe life into old conventions, which is exactly what Richard Schmitt does in his first novel about an American traveling circus. "The Aerialist" (Sewanee / Overlook Press, 304 pages, $26.95) is the gritty story of Gary Ruden, a young drifter who joins a circus train in the early 1970s and works his way up from lowly workingman to accomplished wire-walker. Schmitt's narrative is anecdotal rather than climax-building, meandering its way through Gary's big-top career just like the circus train wanders around the country.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | March 23, 1998
The Greatest Show on Earth made a quiet and little-watched exit across a chilly Lombard Street last night -- a well-rehearsed mass exodus that filled 32 rail coaches, 16 flatcars plus a quartet of animal stock cars.The departure of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is a spring ritual that traditionally happens somewhere in the damp hours of the night and early morning. The circus plays Baltimore and then heads to Washington for Easter.The orderly progression of exiting -- the "load-out," in circus speak -- began last evening before the final act, unnoticed by the arena's 9,000 closing-night customers.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Sun reporter | May 8, 2008
Rail transport experts say heat is the chief cause of cracked wheels on rail cars. Regular inspections can often detect such cracks before they lead to a catastrophic failure, but not always. "When a wheel fails, a portion of the truck the wheel is riding on can drop down ... getting under the train and causing a derailment," said Colon R. Fulk, a railroad operations consultant with Railex Corp. "Where this happens on a curve, an overpass or trestle, you can imagine the outcome." The Maryland Transit Administration found a crack in a wheel of a light rail car after the April 23 derailment of an out-of-service car. No one was hurt, and no other cracks have been found, but riders have experienced long delays and crowded trains as the agency has pulled cars out of service for inspection.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2004
It must be spring in Baltimore; Fifi has taken to the streets. The 14-foot-tall pink poodle, made with acres of fluffy pink tulle and giant blue plastic eyes, trundled through the streets of Baltimore yesterday, making at least its fourth appearance in the annual American Visionary Art Museum's annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. But the diva dog was only one eye-catching element of the event, which entices participants to construct an artistic - and often outrageous - human-powered vehicle that can cover a 15-mile course over land and sea. Animals were a popular theme this year as Fifi was joined by a giant duck, a rat, a two-headed dragon, a part man/part cockroach (dubbed "La Kafkaracha")
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By ROB KASPER | April 26, 1992
To coax the family of Italian circus performers out of Verona and under the American big top, the mother of the clan had to be promised that she would have a full-size refrigerator in her family's circus train car."Kitchen," the mama explained, "is very important to Italians."Bulgarian performers prize their strong coffee. So much so that on Saturdays -- when they twirl hoops around their bodies three times a day and good coffee counts -- they take the espresso machine with them from their train car to the show site.
NEWS
By Jody Roesler and Jody Roesler,Special to The Sun | May 13, 1994
The glass storefronts at Pastore's Plaza will house elephants, tigers and zebras this weekend, but merchants have been spared the usual headaches of feeding and cleaning up after them.A Northeast High School art teacher and three of his students decorated the plaza at Mountain and Hog Neck roads in a circus train theme for the annual "spring fling" bazaar and sidewalk sale this Sunday."They're made out of vinyl made to be cut on a computer," said Steve Sweet of his animal assortment. "I have these students in class the last period of the day, and we work on cutting out the animals."
NEWS
By Fort Worth Star-Telegram | January 14, 1994
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Bonnie Conkling was about to mail a sweater and a package of goodies to her daughter, Ceslee, yesterday morning when she heard about a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train derailment in Lakeland, Fla.When Ceslee Conkling, a clown in the traveling circus, didn't telephone home for several hours, her parents feared the worst. They are a close family, her mother said, and Ceslee would often call the family's Azle residence several times a day while on the road.
NEWS
By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | August 29, 1996
The small white building at the side of the Baltimore and Annapolis trail has come full circle. Once a station on the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis railroad, it now is home of the Severna Park Model Railroaders Club.Inside Severna Park Station are about 600 feet of miniature railroad tracks and about 100 cars and engines to travel the seemingly endless lines."People who are really surprised are the people who are on the trail," said Sam Shepherd, president of the club. "When I open the doors, they stick their heads in and say, 'Wow!
NEWS
By JACQUES KELLY | December 30, 1992
It's all in the way you look at a surplus of elephant dung.While the state recently cited the city for dumping the Baltimore Zoo's animal manure near the Jones Falls, some gardeners might be happy for the opportunity to visit the Cold Spring Lane pile and haul away that mammalian treasure.I've seen the stuff perform miracles when applied to rose and other flower beds.One spring afternoon 35 years ago, police cars suddenly appeared along 29th Street. People rushed from their Charles Village rowhouses to see what the commotion was all about.
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