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The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
Joe Flacco is going to Disney World. After helping to lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory Sunday, the team's quarterback will be going to Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park on Monday for a celebratory parade, Disney officials announced in a post on their website. "The world just saw quarterback Joe Flacco lead the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl win tonight in New Orleans, so the only question now is what Flacco is going to do next," Disney officials wrote. "Unless you have been stuck inside Space Mountain the last 20 years, the answer is pretty obvious: He's going to Disney World, of course!"
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
Kurt Bluemel, a nursery owner and plants man who was called the "Johnny Appleseed of ornamental grasses," died of cancer Wednesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Baldwin resident was 81. Mr. Bluemel, who propagated and popularized willowy, straight and flowing grasses, was also known as the Grass King. His grasses filled Oprah Winfrey's garden and he created gardens for industrialist Howard Head and other Maryland figures. He was a wholesale grower with nurseries in Baldwin, another on the Eastern Shore near Crisfield and a third in Florida near Orlando.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 5, 2013
Members of the Blackburn family of Forest Hill didn't attend Sunday's Super Bowl in New Orleans, but they probably experienced the next best thing about the Baltimore Ravens' heart-stopping 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Scott and Kim Blackburn and their children, Brooke, 9, and Ethan, 5, were visiting Disney World in Orlando on Monday where they saw Ravens quarterback and Super Bowl MPV Joe Flacco make the traditional day after the game appearance at the Magic Kingdom. "It was cool," Scott Blackburn said by phone from Orlando, adding that the family vacation to Disney World this week ended up being perfectly scripted.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
Matt and Wendy McDermott thought they had planned the perfect surprise for their five-year-old son, Ferris.  Rather than drive Ferris to preschool on Friday, the Baltimore couple drove him to the airport. Then, as Matt filmed the scene in the parking lot, Wendy told Ferris the big news: They were going to Disney World. Except Ferris' reaction wasn't exactly what his parents had expected. "Nooooooooooo," cried Ferris, hiding his head on his mother's shoulder. She tried to remind him that there's a castle in Disney World, but Ferris just wept harder.
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By Orlando Sentinel | December 29, 1991
ORLANDO, Fla. -- In the mid-1980s, astute Walt Disney World observers noted that the world's No. 1 resort was moving quickly to duplicate, within its borders, the most successful attractions outside its property.Disney is continuing that strategy, even though one of the attractions from which it has borrowed ideas -- Boardwalk and Baseball near Haines City -- closed in 1990.Across Crescent Lake from the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels, Disney has begun site work on Boardwalk, a waterfront specialty-retail and entertainment complex that it's billing as "a classic '30s boardwalk experience."
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By Christina Bittner and Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 26, 2000
"MOM, CAN we go to Disney World?" I'm sure that many parents have been asked this question at one time or another. Justin Jones of Brooklyn Park asked his mother the question in October. Mary Jones' simple response: "The only way we will get to Disney World is if we win tickets." Justin took his mom at her word. Having lunch at a Glen Burnie McDonald's, where a promotional Monopoly contest was under way, 12-year-old Justin opened his game piece, looked at it, and, well, guess what? "He called me at work and told me," Jones said, "but I didn't believe it. I told him that I would check it out when I got home."
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By Mark Hyman and Mark Hyman,Sun Staff Writer | March 18, 1994
The Orioles' six-year search for a permanent spring-training home could be ending soon in the backyard of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.Team officials are negotiating with the Walt Disney Co. to move their Grapefruit League headquarters to a planned 100-acre sports theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., according to sources familiar with the talks.The Orioles complex -- including a 10,000-seat stadium and four practice diamonds -- would be built by Disney at no cost to the Orioles, with the parties to split revenues from tickets, concessions and advertising.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | March 3, 1998
The Baltimore County Council last night voted to enlist the help of Mickey Mouse to help ensure that youngsters receive their immunizations on time.The council gave its approval for a contest in which parents who have their children fully immunized by 18 months can be eligible to win a trip to Walt Disney World and other Florida attractions.Officials hope publicity about the prize will increase immunizations for hepatitis, diphtheria and other childhood diseases from from 62 percent to more than 80 percent for children younger than age 2.State officials say the immunization rate for school-age children is nearly 100 percent.
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By Orlando Sentinel | November 11, 1992
The morning of the Bandell-Strachan wedding dawned cloudy and gray.By mid-afternoon, as the bridal party assembled at Walt Disney World's Grand Floridian Beach Resort, the talk was of rain.The air was misty as the guests were shepherded onto a triangular lawn bordered by the ornate, white tiers of the Victorian-style hotel, the soaring concrete arches of the Magic Kingdom monorail and the willow-dotted shores of Seven Seas Lagoon.A languid breeze stirred the white cloth covering a boardwalk that led between rows of gold chairs to a low platform.
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By ROGER SIMON | November 30, 1990
ORLANDO -- I am sitting by a fantasy lake at Walt Disney World trying to figure why so many people bother clinging to reality.The perfect aquamarine lake sits inside something called "Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort," which is supposed to be a replica of several Caribbean islands.Having been to several real Caribbean islands, however, I much prefer these fantasy ones. For one thing, everybody smiles at you here when they take your money and they often say, "Thank you."If this happens in the real Caribbean, I must have missed it. I don't wish to be an Ugly American, but if I wanted to deal with surly people who resented my presence, I wouldn't go on vacation.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2013
Shirley L. Meldrom, a former Baltimore Sun secretary who later became a Disney World sales associate, died Oct. 7 of liver failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. She was 82. The former Shirley Louise Smith was born and raised in Baltimore and was a graduate of Seton Keough High School. While working as a secretary at The Sun in the 1960s and 1970s, she met her husband, Lawrence Joseph Meldrom, who also worked at the newspaper. They married in 1962. During the early 1960s, the couple owned and operated a Sun route in Severna Park.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
This time a year ago, Joe Flacco was still viewed as a quarterback who couldn't get his team to the Super Bowl . He was still playing for a big contract after betting on himself by declining the Ravens' initial offers. He was still waiting for the Ravens to put their full faith in his right arm and open up their offense. What a difference a postseason makes. Today, Flacco enters the 2013 regular season with a Lombardi Trophy on his growing resume, a nine-figure contract and the respect of the football world after taking home the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 5, 2013
Members of the Blackburn family of Forest Hill didn't attend Sunday's Super Bowl in New Orleans, but they probably experienced the next best thing about the Baltimore Ravens' heart-stopping 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Scott and Kim Blackburn and their children, Brooke, 9, and Ethan, 5, were visiting Disney World in Orlando on Monday where they saw Ravens quarterback and Super Bowl MPV Joe Flacco make the traditional day after the game appearance at the Magic Kingdom. "It was cool," Scott Blackburn said by phone from Orlando, adding that the family vacation to Disney World this week ended up being perfectly scripted.
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The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
Joe Flacco is going to Disney World. After helping to lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory Sunday, the team's quarterback will be going to Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park on Monday for a celebratory parade, Disney officials announced in a post on their website. "The world just saw quarterback Joe Flacco lead the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl win tonight in New Orleans, so the only question now is what Flacco is going to do next," Disney officials wrote. "Unless you have been stuck inside Space Mountain the last 20 years, the answer is pretty obvious: He's going to Disney World, of course!"
ENTERTAINMENT
By Zach Sparks | November 7, 2012
Last fall, FX's "American Horror Story" burst onto the scene as one of television's best drama miniseries and was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards . This season, co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk flipped the script by changing characters, plotlines and the show's setting from the “Murder House” to the dank and chilling Briarcliff Manor mental asylum. Over the next few weeks b will post Q&As with cast members of "American Horror Story. " So far, we've talked with Chloe Sevigny and Evan Peters . This time we caught up with Sarah Paulson.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2012
For Jimmy Cornell, it was all about freedom. Early in his adult life, it came from fleeing communist Romania and finding his way to England, where he worked as a radio correspondent for the BBC. After he got married and began to help his wife, Gwenda, raise their two small children, it came in finding his way to the sea. It took until his early 30s to get there. "I was, to be honest, a hippy and I did not want a career in the BBC. I did not want to become a rich man when I was 50, I didn't care about this," Cornell recalled.
FEATURES
By Robert B. Montgomery II and Robert B. Montgomery II,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | October 27, 1996
It's no fairy tale. Your coach -- or monorail or boat or bus -- will whisk you to the ball -- or theme park -- and it won't turn into a pumpkin at midnight. The ride is convenient, clean and friendly. Talk about a magic kingdom.This transit utopia, of course, is Walt Disney World, where, for 25 years, more than 100 million people have come to find the extraordinary is routine and the fantastic is to be expected."I love this job," says John, the monorail driver. "Everywhere I look I see a picture postcard scene."
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By Janene Holzberg | March 21, 2008
Any day spent at Walt Disney World is bound to be a good day, but last Friday proved especially nice for one lucky musician in the Mount Hebron High School marching band. In Orlando, Fla., to perform in Disney's Magic Music Days festival, the 165-member band was marching along Main Street, U.S.A., when the drum major signaled them to halt. A stage had been wheeled into the middle of the road, blocking the band's path. As band members wondered what was going on, senior Tracie Ervin's name suddenly was announced as the 2-millionth student performer at Disney World since the festival began in 1985.
TRAVEL
July 12, 2011
Military discounts for Walt Disney World What's the deal: Orlando, Fla., is a great vacation spot for members of the U.S. military, thanks to a number of discount offers. These discounts allow active military members to go on vacation without breaking the bank, and many deals are also available for retired military. Active and retired service members or their spouses can purchase up to six four-day military promotional tickets to Walt Disney World starting at $138 each.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2011
The 32-year-old woman fatally shot early Wednesday in Baltimore's Reservoir Hill neighborhood was remembered as a tireless and caring case manager for adults with disabilities, according to family and her employer. Keenya Jordan was found shot multiple times by an unknown man at 1:15 a.m. in the 600 block of Lennox St. Detectives were exploring "possible domestic ties," according to a spokesman. Jordan, who lived in Gwynn Oak until moving to Reservoir Hill in November, had worked since 2000 for the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, working with youth and more recently as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities who had been released from state hospitals.
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