October 9, 2005
Fourteen more teams qualified for next year's World Cup, with England, Italy and the Netherlands leading the way in Europe. Three other European teams also made it yesterday - Portugal, Croatia and Poland - while Ukraine and host Germany had already advanced. All five African spots were also filled, with Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Angola qualifying for the first time. Tunisia claimed the final spot from the region. Also, Paraguay and Ecuador joined already-qualified Brazil and Argentina from South America, while host Costa Rica beat the United States, 3-0, to earn the third berth out of CONCACAF.
October 13, 1996
It had been 10 years since I last saw the seedy port of Puntarenas on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. In Spanish its name means point of sand, and that is precisely what it is, a long, narrow peninsula of sand, not even four city blocks wide, ocean to bay.The single highway and an abandoned railroad track run directly up the spine of the point, each side lined with beach-front houses behind iron walls, small shops, bars and auto-repair yards all painted vivid...
September 8, 1997
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Midfielder Tab Ramos kissed away 10 months of frustration yesterday when his 22-yard scoring smash lifted the U.S. soccer team over a major hurdle in World Cup qualifying.The goal gave the United States a 1-0 victory over closest rival Costa Rica and virtually guaranteed the Americans a third straight Cup appearance.Ramos was playing his first game for the United States since tearing a knee ligament last November and had helped set up several failed opportunities for his clearly dominant mates.
August 31, 2008
As we drove up, down and around Costa Rica's twisty mountain roads, edging bicyclists and pedestrians on the path to the small town of La Fortuna, I realized the sun was going to set much sooner than I had thought. After a full day of travel, we were still miles from our destination. Driving unfamiliar terrain in a foreign country that seems to eschew street signs had put us behind in our goal of reaching our lodging near the base of an active volcano before nightfall.
March 2, 1999
Federal officials are investigating whether hundreds of thousands of unreported dollars have been siphoned from two prominent Annapolis restaurants and the Maryland Wine Festival and funneled into real estate investments in Costa Rica, say sources familiar with the investigation.Internal Revenue Service agents are looking at records of daily food and beverage sales at Middleton Tavern and O'Brien's Oyster Bar and Restaurant -- both owned by Annapolis businessman Jerome Hardesty -- say the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
January 4, 2004
A growling outboard motor pushed our boat slowly along the winding channels of the Tamarindo estuary. Crocodiles peered at us from the coffee-colored water, then slipped beneath the surface among the mangrove roots. Somewhere deep in the forest, howler monkeys hooted at our passing. Then the cell phone rang, wrecking our fantasy of motoring through the jungle aboard the African Queen. But the phone was a reminder that we had come to Costa Rica's northwest Guanacaste province because of its easy accessibility to some of the country's rich natural heritage, and also its creature comforts.
December 28, 1994
Costa Rica has no army. Maryland needs no governor.Parris already adopted half of Ellen's policies in hopes of dissuading her from suing.Algeria's civil war dropped out of the sky into France, but it was there all along.
March 24, 1991
Services will take place for former Baltimore resident Irvin John Wolfe at 1:30 p.m. today at Barranco Funeral Home.Mr. Wolfe, 47, died March 19 in New Orleans.Born in Baltimore and raised in Back River, he traveled extensively through Central America. He was previously employed as a chef in the Annapolis area at Pancake House, Rose Inn and Crown, and Howard Johnson. He moved to New Orleans and became owner and operator of the Corner Bar, where he died.Mr. Wolfe also served in the U.S. Marines from 1961 through 1963.
June 6, 2012
Tara Beth Downing of West Chester, Pa., and Stephen Sams of Bel Air, were united in marriage on March 3 at the Mendenhall Inn with the Rev. John V. Carlson officiating. The bride is the daughter of John and Linda Downing of West Chester. The bridegroom is the son of Doss and Marilyn Sams of Street. A reception hosted by the bride's parents was held at the Mendenhall Inn in Chadd's Ford, Pa. After a honeymoon trip to Costa Rica, the couple resides in Bel Air.
February 10, 2003
Vacation Express adding flights, starting Friday Starting Friday, Vacation Express will expand its flight schedule at Baltimore-Washington International Airport by adding nonstop service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on Mondays and Fridays. On Saturdays, it will operate a flight to Atlanta with a connection to Aruba, Costa Rica and St. Maarten. The company has two flights a week (Thursday and Sunday) to Cancun. The new service will increase the number of flights to five a week. All Vacation Express flights leave BWI in the morning and arrive at their destination by early afternoon.