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January 4, 2008
Presenting this week's sports media notes while wondering whether anyone else is getting a little tired of seeing highlights of practically every one of Tyler Hansbrough's two-handed dunks: I had to call a repair guy this week because when I watched the NHL game Tuesday, there was a bunch of snow on my screen. (Pause for rim shot.) Though the Pittsburgh Penguins-Buffalo Sabres game from Ralph Wilson Stadium was compelling enough to keep me from flipping over to one of the bowl games on other channels, it suffered from the stoppages to fix the ice surface.
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NEWS
By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,sun reporter | December 31, 2007
By the time the ball drops in Times Square tonight, 500 Baltimore senior citizens will already be reminiscing about their New Year's celebration Friday afternoon at Martin's West. Mary and John Scott, husband and wife for 54 years, partied with peers from across the city at the recreation and parks event. She and her husband had "a magnificent time," said Mary Scott, 71, taking to the dance floor to "shake it up." Tonight, though, she plans to be in church. Conspicuous New Year's Eve carousing might have its fans, but many revelers prefer to shun midnight madness for more intimate and low-key ways of welcoming 2008.
FEATURES
By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Reporter | December 3, 2007
Too many candidates. Too few calendars. If you were hoping to chart the coming year with a wall calendar spotlighting your favorite presidential candidate, and that candidate isn't Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain or Rudy Giuliani, you're out of luck. Only those four aspirants (out of 16 Democrats and Republicans in the field) are featured in "Countdown to Victory" calendars, offered for the first time at Borders, Waldenbooks and Day by Day Calendar kiosks in malls. So much for democracy.
NEWS
By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,Sun reporter | January 2, 2007
The countdown took a little longer than expected. After a delay of one day, the Maryland Lottery held its drawing last night for Countdown to Millions new game featuring the Maryland Lottery's best odds ever at winning $1 million - and at $20 apiece, its most expensive tickets ever. The game, which the lottery marketed as a 1-in-105,000 chance to win $1 million and a 1-in-517 chance to win at least $500, was originally scheduled for a New Year's Eve drawing. But with sales short of the lottery's 420,000- ticket goal, the drawing was pushed back 24 hours.
NEWS
By JAMIE STIEHM and JAMIE STIEHM,SUN REPORTER | March 12, 2006
The long wait is nearly over. The historic Market House, mostly renovated but still closed since early 2005, is about to reopen. As crews put the finishing touches on the 19th-century waterfront building, Annapolis officials are preparing to announce a list of about a dozen vendors for the 5,000-square-foot structure. BankAnnapolis has already revealed plans to open a small branch in the building. Other anticipated tenants include well-known local names in the dairy, fudge, ribs and seafood retail businesses.
BUSINESS
By ANDREA K. WALKER and ANDREA K. WALKER,SUN REPORTER | February 2, 2006
After nearly 150 years as a fixture in the local retail market, the Hecht Co. has begun the process of shutting its doors forever. The department store chain, which grew from a Baltimore furniture store started by Samuel Hecht in 1857, began major clearance sales at its stores this week. The sales are designed to clear out the stores so they can be converted to the Macy's nameplate by mid-April. The conversions are part of a plan by Federated Department Stores Inc., which acquired May Department Stores Inc. last year, to create a nationally recognized department store chain.
SPORTS
By CANDUS THOMSON and CANDUS THOMSON,SUN REPORTER | January 23, 2006
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Emily Cook's aerial skiing career came full circle Saturday as she stood atop a hill and looked down to the place where her Olympic aspirations crashed in a heap four years ago. The wind gusted and the snow swirled, just as they did four years ago before Cook's horrific accident that left doubts about whether she'd ever walk normally again. But the aerial skier with the pigtails and winning smile pushed off, rocketed into the air and completed a series of twists and somersaults before landing on her own two feet.
SPORTS
January 23, 2006
What -- 2006 Winter Olympics When -- Feb. 10-26 Where -- Turin, Italy Sports -- Alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsled, cross country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, nordic combined, short track, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboard, speed skating. Television -- Chs. 11, 4, CNBC, MSNBC, USA Web site -- torino2006.org Instant news -- NBCOlympics.com will provide live results, TV listings, breaking news and feature stories. Turin vs. Torino -- The city in northern Italy that's hosting the Winter Olympics is "Torino" to the locals and NBC and USA Today.
NEWS
By CYNTHIA TUCKER | January 17, 2006
ATLANTA -- A black-oriented cable channel, BET, plans to air a new unscripted show celebrating Kimberly Jones - aka Lil' Kim - for her crimes. Promotional ads for the show, Countdown to Lockdown, declare that Ms. Jones entered prison with her "mouth shut, head held high, as she refuses to snitch." Ms. Jones, a rap star, recently began serving a year and a day for lying to a grand jury investigating a 2001 shootout between her entourage and a rival rap crew. BET is playing her lawlessness for all the money it can make.
SPORTS
By CANDUS THOMSON and CANDUS THOMSON,SUN REPORTER | January 16, 2006
ST. LOUIS -- Two weeks from now, Michelle Kwan and Emily Hughes will be skating in parallel universes. Hughes, the third-place finisher at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that ended Saturday night, is scheduled to compete before a crowd at the Four Continents competition in Colorado Springs, Colo., the last major event before the Olympics. Kwan, a nine-time national title holder, will be skating before a committee of five on her home ice in Southern California, trying to prove she is physically able to take her place on the Olympic team, a spot that might have been Hughes'.
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