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By SARAH YURGEALITIS AND SAM SESSA and SARAH YURGEALITIS AND SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTERS | November 17, 2005
Looking to get out of the house and into the holiday spirit? Then head to the Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City today through Jan. 2. There, visitors will find activities pleasing to all ages. The main attraction of this seasonal treat is the Winterfest Express, a ride that makes its way for a mile past dazzling displays of lights. The ride usually lasts about 11 minutes, said Veronica Donaldson, advertising and marketing manager for special events. Visitors can wait in a heated tent and have a cup of hot cocoa before departure.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Some clouds could partially block the view of a new meteor shower from Maryland tonight, but there is also a way you can hear the meteors' presence on a regular FM radio. To see the meteor shower, it's best to go somewhere far from city lights and with a wide open view of the sky. Partly cloudy skies are forecast overnight in the Baltimore area, which likely shouldn't be enough to obscure the heavens completely. Meteors, dubbed the Camelopardalids for the constellation they appear to emanate from, may start appearing before midnight, with a peak in the wee hours of Saturday morning before daybreak, about 2-4 a.m. Earth is expected to pass through a debris trail left behind a comet that was discovered in 2004 and named Comet 209P/LINEAR.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Restaurant Critic | January 28, 1994
Winter is a fine time to have dinner at Harborplace. No crowds. Great view. The best seats in the house. One of the underrated restaurants at Harborplace is City Lights, a place that's been in the Light Street Pavilion since it opened in 1980. Through the years its character has changed; City Lights has become more of a bar that serves food than it used to be. The surprise is that the food has gotten considerably better.True, the restaurant once affiliated with the Brass Elephant and Fiori now serves "Bawlmer" wings and chicken pot pie, and the dinner specials menu lists more beers than main courses.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
Some were first-timers, others veterans. Under Baltimore's Washington Monument Thursday night, thousands gathered for carols, food truck carryout and a bit of light-hearted - if jam-packed - holiday camaraderie. At the 41st annual lighting of the monument, another winter season in Charm City was launched - kids and teens, young adults and older couples all looking skyward as the strings of lights were turned on, lasers shot patterns across Mount Vernon's trees and a finale of fireworks burst into the air, all to the accompaniment of holiday musical classics.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | June 20, 2004
City Lights has become something rare and special: a Baltimore-owned-and-operated restaurant in Harborplace. It's an original tenant, mind you, one that's been in the Light Street Pavilion since it opened in 1980. The place reinvents itself from time to time -- in the past I've reviewed City Lights when it was strictly a seafood restaurant, then almost a pub, then in the late '90s under chef John Maxwell, a family restaurant that also served haute cuisine. Now, six years later, City Lights seems to have returned to its roots.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | June 1, 2003
SAN FRANCISCO - His bookstore has been declared a historic landmark, and he himself is at the age when official honors start to accumulate - several years ago, the city appointed him its first ever poet laureate, and there is a street named after him. But neither City Lights nor Lawrence Ferlinghetti is ready to go gently into that good night of dusty respectability. As City Lights turns 50 this month, both the store and its proprietor remain as anti-establishment as when they helped give birth to the Beat movement - the literary quake that upended convention with its druggy, jazzy, stream-of-consciousness style - by publishing its writers and providing a place for them to gather.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | December 13, 1998
Like youth being wasted on the young, City Lights is wasted on the tourists.I'm not talking about out-of-town businessmen on expense accounts, but families who come to visit the aquarium or just to stroll around the harbor and stop for a bite to eat.By necessity (that is, if it wants to pay the rent) City Lights has to be a family restaurant. Every Harborplace restaurant has come to that conclusion, even the brew pubs.So don't be surprised that there's chocolate milk on the menu as well as a couple of decent sauvignon blancs.
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By FRANK ROYLANCE and FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger | November 16, 2006
The weather looks promising, and the moon won't spoil this weekend's Leonid meteor shower, one of the best of the year. Astronomers expect the peak between 11:45 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Observers far from city lights could see 100 meteors per hour. But it will take days, beginning tonight, for Earth to traverse the dust ejected from Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle when it passed this way in 1932. Best to look before dawn, when Leo is high. The display might be faint, but there's always room for surprise.
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By Jennifer Lefkowitz | June 26, 1997
Tribute on wheelsLook forward to a night of rock and a little more roll when Red Hot and Rollin', a skating dance troupe, presents "City Lights, a Celebration of American Cities" Saturday evening. The show incorporates hip-hop, comedy, juggling, music and, of course, skating in a tribute to American cities. As a highlight of the show, recording artist Lloyd Marcus will perform his original piece, "Red Hot and Rollin'," written for the show."City Lights" will be performed at Towson State University's Stephens Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children under 12. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Towson State University Dance Team.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Some clouds could partially block the view of a new meteor shower from Maryland tonight, but there is also a way you can hear the meteors' presence on a regular FM radio. To see the meteor shower, it's best to go somewhere far from city lights and with a wide open view of the sky. Partly cloudy skies are forecast overnight in the Baltimore area, which likely shouldn't be enough to obscure the heavens completely. Meteors, dubbed the Camelopardalids for the constellation they appear to emanate from, may start appearing before midnight, with a peak in the wee hours of Saturday morning before daybreak, about 2-4 a.m. Earth is expected to pass through a debris trail left behind a comet that was discovered in 2004 and named Comet 209P/LINEAR.
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February 8, 2012
I read with interest the letter detailing abuses of the speed camera system in Maryland ("Speed cameras nail the innocent, too," Feb. 4). Abuses unfortunately also extend to the red light system. Some time ago I received a citation from Baltimore's Department of Finance, Bureau of Revenue Collections demanding $75 for committing an illegal turn on red at a city intersection. However, turning on red is perfectly legal at that intersection, and the photograph on the citation shows my vehicle not even yet in the intersection, with the brake light on to boot.
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By Mike Giuliano | June 13, 2011
As a European filmmaker, Woody Allen has worked in England, Spain and now France, where his new movie, "Midnight in Paris," serves as a love letter to that city. Next up on his cinematic map will be Rome. Allen is a long way from the overly familiar sidewalk cafes of New York, which helps explain why his career has experienced some much-needed rejuvenation. Although his characters and thematic obsessions haven't changed all that much, the change in photogenic backdrop has been a decided plus.
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July 1, 2010
Harborplace, once a symbol of Baltimore's rebirth, turns 30 this weekend. It is showing its age and has lost some of the its allure, but it still has appeal. On a quiet summer afternoon this week — probably a little too quiet for Harborplace merchants — patrons whiled away the time sitting in the Light Street pavilion eating crab cakes and taking in the striking view of the Inner Harbor. But it's hard to observe the scene without engaging in the favorite Baltimore pastime of naming restaurants that used to be here.
FEATURES
June 7, 2010
Among all the many gripes heard from drivers traveling through Baltimore, one of the most heartfelt is that the traffic lights don't seem to be synchronized. It's a complaint that comes from readers. It's a complaint I hear at home. And certainly there are times, when stuck behind a red light that seems to last forever, that I've wondered: Who's in charge here? It turns out the city traffic light honcho is 54-year-old Randall Scott, and he does seem to have a firm grasp of what's happening on the streets of Baltimore.
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By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 8, 2010
With most schools closed and many workers on liberal leave, it was a quiet morning on the roads, as trains and buses ran on limited schedules and city officials worked on clearing emergency routes and secondary streets. Baltimore officials are allowing drivers to park for free in downtown city-owned garages Monday in order to keep snow emergency routes along some of city's busiest streets open. Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake said the city wants to use its resources "to keep the city moving.
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By Algerina Perna and Algerina Perna,Sun Photographer | December 16, 2007
When I got a positive answer to my request to photograph the annual holiday lighting of the historic Washington Monument in Mount Vernon and the spectacular display of fireworks that accompanied it, I was both excited and a little apprehensive. The pressure was on to record this Charm City ritual for the front page on deadline, and to shoot video for The Sun's Web site. I set up a tripod for the still camera in an 11th-floor room at the Peabody Court Hotel at the west side of Mount Vernon Square, an often-used vantage point for photographing the monument.
NEWS
July 1, 2010
Harborplace, once a symbol of Baltimore's rebirth, turns 30 this weekend. It is showing its age and has lost some of the its allure, but it still has appeal. On a quiet summer afternoon this week — probably a little too quiet for Harborplace merchants — patrons whiled away the time sitting in the Light Street pavilion eating crab cakes and taking in the striking view of the Inner Harbor. But it's hard to observe the scene without engaging in the favorite Baltimore pastime of naming restaurants that used to be here.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2004
Charles Graham, who has maintained a lifelong interest in Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin, twice Maryland governor (1951-1959) and twice Baltimore mayor (1943-1947 and 1963-1967), called me the other day. He had read a story in The Sun about an $18,000 face-lift scheduled for McKeldin Plaza near Harborplace. He insisted the $3.6 million fountain and plaza at Pratt and Light streets, designed by Wallace, Roberts & Todd in 1981, was named for William Frederick "Podge" McKeldin, a Baltimore police officer and brother of the former mayor and governor.
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By Kevin Crust | September 14, 2007
Despite the seeming ubiquity of Luc Besson, it has been nearly eight years since a Besson-directed live-action film opened in the U.S. Busying himself with producing and/or writing a slew of high-octane (and highly profitable) action films such as the Taxi and Transporter series, he's never been far from the cinematic limelight after the extravagance of 1999's medieval epic The Messenger - The Story of Joan of Arc. For his 10th directorial feature (Besson also recently directed the animated Arthur and the Invisibles)
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By ROB KASPER | July 28, 2007
The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore recently came up with a unique way to cope with snarled traffic. When there is a major traffic nightmare, say a water main erupting at 4 p.m. on Pratt Street, the partnership's Web site (getarounddowntown.com) will issue "traffic alert" coupons. These coupons will be good for discounts at various downtown stores and restaurants. The idea of getting drivers off the road, lingering in restaurants instead of grinding their teeth while stuck in a gridlock, is a clever one. It might work for emergencies.
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