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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
It won't have the glitter of the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions, but Baltimore will nevertheless get a piece of the 2012 nomination action as the national Green Party opens a three-day convention here today to pick a presidential candidate. Hundreds of delegates as well as Green Party candidates from across the country are expected to arrive today for the event, which will take place at the University of Baltimore and the Holiday Inn on West Lombard Street. The actual presidential nomination will take place Saturday.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Actress Lana Wood had been quietly sending out her autograph for years, answering letters from her fans. But then a stranger made her think that maybe there was a better way. "A gentleman called me and said he was an autograph dealer," Wood says over the phone from her home near Los Angeles. "He wanted to be upfront with me - he said that it had come to his attention that I respond to fan letters and had been sending out photos. …He said, 'Do you realize that these people turn around and sell them?
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2010
A ballot question to convene a convention to revise the state's constitution was supported by 55 percent of those who voted on the referendum, but the measure appears to have failed because too many voters abstained. For a convention to be called, the number of people voting "yes" would need to be more than 50 percent of the total number of Marylanders who voted overall. Although 55 percent, or about 845,021 voters, were in favor of calling a convention, outnumbering the 703,426 who opposed, 191,548 voters did not vote on the question, essentially voting down the measure, according to preliminary figures from the Maryland State Board of Elections on Thursday.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley worked the room at one of Maryland's biggest political events of the year Thursday, grinning for photos, slapping the backs of fellow politicians and causing bottlenecks wherever he stopped. Most years, the governor sticks around Ocean City until Saturday to deliver a speech to the annual Maryland Association of Counties convention. But in O'Malley's final year in office, he will instead spend the next two days working on his political future. "I hear you're supposed to be in New Hampshire this weekend," Wendy Frosh, sister of Democratic attorney general candidate Brian Frosh, told O'Malley.
BUSINESS
Jay Hancock | May 31, 2011
If you want to win an arms race, minor escalation is not the way to go. Only after President Ronald Reagan started developing a wildly expensive and impractical system to shoot down enemy missiles did the Soviet Union give up the Cold War. The $900 million proposal by Willard Hackerman and the Greater Baltimore Committee to combine a sports and concert arena, luxury hotel and meeting space presents a new level of aggression in the convention-center race,...
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley will serve as co-chair of the Democratic convention's rules committee this year, a high-profile position that comes amid rampant speculation in party circles about his potential as a presidential candidate in 2016. The assignment, which the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday, will put O'Malley at the head of a committee that oversees not only logistical issues for the party's convention in Charlotte but that would also decide any internal delegation disputes that arise.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 18, 2013
Amber O'Brien of The Goddard School, at 460 Granary Road in Forest Hill, joined more than 350 Goddard School franchisees at the 2013 Goddard School National Franchisee Convention in Nashville, Tenn., to discuss the latest innovations and advancements for providing the highest quality, play-based educational child care programs in a technology-driven age. A highlight of the gathering was the award ceremony, where O'Brien received the Circle of...
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September 19, 2011
The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department and auxiliary are hosting this year's 89th annual Prince George's County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association convention in Laurel this week. To start off the week-long convention, teams of firefighters and auxiliary members challenged one another in field game competitions Saturday, Sept. 17 at McCullough Field. Some of the skill challenges included a bucket brigade, tug of war and a race to dress for a fire alarm. The convention wraps up with a parade Saturday, Sept.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2011
Hotel rooms booked for future years by convention or business groups declined nearly 8 percent in the past fiscal year, Baltimore's convention and tourism agency said Thursday. Visit Baltimore said 457,051 rooms were booked for business conferences between next year and 2020, down from the 495,896 hotel room nights booked in fiscal 2010 for future years. "It's still a fantastic year," said Tom Noonan, president and chief executive of Visit Baltimore, who announced the figure at the organization's annual business meeting.
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By Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 16, 2013
Authors and fans of novels of the spooky variety will gather in Historic Ellicott City this month for a new “mini-convention” dubbed HallowRead. Organized by author Rachel Rawlings, of Aberdeen, the event is designed to appeal to authors and readers of paranormal, urban fantasy, steampunk and horror genres. Events begin Friday, Oct. 25, with an Ellicott City ghost tour and a steampunk author tea with readings and a Q&A session at Tea on the Tiber. On Saturday, Oct. 26, authors will hold book signings and panels on topics such as “Love, Light and Angels,” “Name That Vampire” and “The Good, The Bad & The Irresistible.” Saturday evening will include an outdoor performance of “Dracula” by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company at the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Otakon is many things, all of them having to do with Japanese and East Asian popular culture. But most of all -- at least to outsiders -- it's all about the costumes. Check out the area around the convention center Friday morning, before the fan convention's 8:30 a.m. opening, and you'll see hundreds of people lined up outside, few of them wearing anything normal. The whole scene resembles an anime artist's sketchbook come to vivid life. Visit the Inner Harbor over the weekend, or hang around outside nearby Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the selection of magical girls, evil spirits, ninja warriors, faeries and Pokemen on display feels almost otherworldly.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
The local branch of the NAACP spoke prematurely last week when it announced that the organization's 2016 national convention would be held in Baltimore, a spokeswoman from the national headquarters said Thursday. A panel is still in the process of evaluating four cities, including Baltimore, as potential sites for the event, said Michelle Nealy of the association's national office, and will not make its recommendation to a committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's national board of directors until October.
HEALTH
By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
Three months ago, Cindy Colvin could barely walk. Shopping sprees to feed her "first addiction, retail" were out of the question, as were the essentials - getting groceries, tending to household chores and making it into work. "I didn't know how to walk anymore," said Colvin, 55. "I wasn't walking like a normal person. Just to take a step, every single step, was agony. " With knees so swollen she "couldn't remember normal" and a constant throbbing throughout both legs, the Avondale, Pa., resident drove an hour and a half to Baltimore to see OrthoMaryland's Dr. Barry Waldman, who promised a new life made possible by 3D printing.
BUSINESS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
The city-owned Hilton Baltimore convention center hotel lost $2.9 million last year — the best performance in the taxpayer-financed project's history. City officials pointed to the hotel's performance as a sign of progress Wednesday, noting revenues there increased by nearly $9 million from 2012. "We're making progress. We're doing better than we've done before," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake after the release of the hotel's annual audit. "To me, that's a good sign. " Last year, city officials said they had ruled out selling the money-losing project and hoped to turn a profit within a decade.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Once again this year, Maryland politicians and business people will travel to Las Vegas for the Global Retail Real Estate Convention - a three-day deal-making event beginning May 18. It's considered a "who's who" event, where the worlds of government and business mix among the glitz and glamour of casinos and parties. In all, 669 Marylanders will be in attendance, including 10 from Baltimore's government. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Council Vice President Edward Reisinger and Councilman Carl Stokes are all slated to make the trip.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown won a straw poll of Western Maryland Democrats who gathered Saturday in one of the most Republican-dominated regions of the state. Brown outpolled fellow gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler 76-64 at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit. Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County, who received a boost last year when she came in second to Brown in a straw poll before she had even announced her candidacy, came in third this year with 50 votes.
NEWS
By Marta H. Mossburg | January 3, 2011
Baltimore needs a new publicly funded convention center and arena like my dogs need a therapist. How wonderful that the design on the estimated $930 million redevelopment "is very solid and fits into the urban fabric of the city, and would provide some vitality and vibrancy to a building that right now is kind of drab and quiet," according to one backer. Have we not learned? The same reasoning stoked legislators to make it easier for people who could not qualify for a mortgage to get ridiculously large ones.
NEWS
By Stan M. Haynes | June 25, 2012
This summer, the Republican and Democratic parties will hold their presidential nominating conventions in Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C. In so doing, they will continue a political ritual that began 180 years ago in Baltimore. From their inception in the campaign of 1832 and continuing through the Civil War, Baltimore was the city of choice for conventions, hosting a dozen, compared to only two each for its closest competitors. The last 19th-century convention to be held in Baltimore was in 1872.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
Health officials are investigating a possible outbreak of food poisoning during a conference on food safety at the Baltimore Convention Center. Four people who attended the Food Safety Summit, held April 7-10, reported becoming sick, according to city and state health officials. They called Baltimore's 311 line on April 15 and 16 to report feeling sick with diarrhea and an upset stomach about 12 hours after they had eaten a meal at the convention center on April 9. There have been no hospitalizations or deaths, and no one who attended other events at the convention center has reported falling ill, health officials said.
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