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By McClatchy-Tribune | October 14, 2007
Creating the ambience of a campfire with a fire pit is one of the hottest trends in backyard recreation. Jim Jarvis of Weatherford, Texas, owner of an online fire-pit accessories company, says the trend was sparked by the clay chimeneas that started showing up in Mexican import stores a few years back. Alex Bandon, multimedia editor of This Old House magazine, helped show readers how to build a fire pit from cast-concrete stone for about $500 in the September issue. "People are turning their yards into outdoor rooms, and a fire pit is better than a barbecue because it's generally circular, which makes it very social."
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The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
When: 10 a.m-6 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 21, and until 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. Where: Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 62 and up, and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Kids 5 and under are free. Find $2-off coupons at Pizza Hut and M&T bank locations or at marylandhomeandgarden.com/fall. What's new: Purple Backyard Paradise: a 40-by-60-foot football-themed, landscaped backyard with a patio shaped like the NFL's Vince Lombardi trophy, complete with fire pit, outdoor kitchen and big-screen TV. Returning favorites: Tim Nyberg and Jim Berg return as the Duct Tape Guys, a comedy duo and authors of seven books about the sticky stuff.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2010
In the final years of his life, before he was diagnosed with cancer, metal artisan and designer John Gutierrez would light a bonfire outside his Woodberry studio and use the heat and flames to lure friends and colleagues into conversations that often lasted into the night. He died this year, and those who spent time around that fire are now raising funds to keep the tradition going. They plan to erect a 25-foot chimney atop the fire pit that Gutierrez had built, which will prevent potentially dangerous embers from flying to adjoining buildings within the Clipper Mill complex where Gutierrez had his metal fabrication works.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2011
The second animal-cruelty trial of brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson, whose first Baltimore proceeding ended in mistrial, was postponed Monday shortly before jury selection was set to begin, because witnesses were unavailable. It's the fourth time the retrial has been delayed since May. The new trial date is set for Feb. 1 — nearly a year after the first trial ended. "A key witness in the state's case has had a family emergency and is not going to be able to testify for approximately two weeks, possibly longer," prosecutor Jennifer Rallo told the judge, according to a video recording of the morning proceeding reviewed by The Baltimore Sun. The teen-aged twins, who are in custody on unrelated charges, are accused of setting fire to a pit bull, who didn't survive despite the efforts of rescue workers, who nicknamed the dog Phoenix.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
When: 10 a.m-6 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 21, and until 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. Where: Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 62 and up, and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Kids 5 and under are free. Find $2-off coupons at Pizza Hut and M&T bank locations or at marylandhomeandgarden.com/fall. What's new: Purple Backyard Paradise: a 40-by-60-foot football-themed, landscaped backyard with a patio shaped like the NFL's Vince Lombardi trophy, complete with fire pit, outdoor kitchen and big-screen TV. Returning favorites: Tim Nyberg and Jim Berg return as the Duct Tape Guys, a comedy duo and authors of seven books about the sticky stuff.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2010
Two men were seriously burned at a northeast Baltimore County party when someone sprayed a form of fuel on a bonfire, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department. Fire investigators said a group of people were standing around a fire pit in a driveway of a home in the 11500 block of Wallace Drive at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday when the flames started to die down. Witnesses later told police that Nicholas Hamel, 20, tried to reignite the fire with nitro fuel, which is used to power remote control cars.
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November 29, 2009
Two men seriously burned from flash fire at pit in Carroll Two men were seriously burned Friday in a blaze at a recreational fire pit in Keymar in Carroll County. According to the Maryland fire marshal, about 20 members of the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company responded to a call in the 7500 block of Middleburg Road shortly after 8 p.m. Friday. They found three people suffering from burns from a flash fire that is believed to have been caused by poured gasoline. Police and fire officials said that five people had been sitting around the backyard fire pit. Two men were seriously burned and flown by Maryland State Police to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
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By JAMIE STIEHM and JAMIE STIEHM,SUN REPORTER | June 18, 2006
The old Chambers family homestead in Parole -- the site of an archaeology and heritage open house today -- is a house that Faith Wright Commodore, 50, says holds her dearest memories. The unusual site, next to the Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church at 2 Hicks Ave., will be open for free to visitors curious to know more about everyday life in the stalwart African-American community in the early 20th century, University of Maryland organizers said. "Great-granny was born in this house.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | October 11, 2008
"We're the s'mores house," says Luke Harlan, referring to his home's fame in the Anneslie community for its outdoor fire pit, with its warm treats and ambience. Every Halloween, the metal fire pit serves as a glowing invitation to costumed youngsters and the rest of the folks in the Baltimore County neighborhood to stop by after trick-or-treating has ended and enjoy gooey sweets, a drink and conversation with Luke and Liz Harlan. "When they come back, they could take a stick, roast a marshmallow and make a s'more," says Luke Harlan, president of the Anneslie Community Association.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2011
Seven months after Baltimore prosecutors dropped gun and drug charges against teenage twins accused of setting fire to a pit bull puppy, one of the young men was arrested again — this time on attempted murder charges. Travers Johnson, 18, is slated for arraignment Jan. 27 on charges of attempted murder, assault and handgun violations — roughly a week after he and his brother, Tremayne Johnson, are scheduled for trial in Baltimore City Circuit Court on animal cruelty and mutilation charges.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2011
Prosecutors will take a second try Wednesdayat convincing a Baltimore jury that twin brothers set fire to a pit bull in 2009, after a first prosecution ended in a mistrial in February. Travers and Tremayne Johnson were 17 when they were accused of burning a female pit bull, later nicknamed Phoenix, so badly on May 27, 2009, that the dog had to be euthanized. The case revived attention on animal abuse in Baltimore and provoked outrage from animal-welfare advocates. In its wake, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake established an Anti-Animal Abuse Taskforce.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2010
Two men were seriously burned at a northeast Baltimore County party when someone sprayed a form of fuel on a bonfire, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department. Fire investigators said a group of people were standing around a fire pit in a driveway of a home in the 11500 block of Wallace Drive at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday when the flames started to die down. Witnesses later told police that Nicholas Hamel, 20, tried to reignite the fire with nitro fuel, which is used to power remote control cars.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2010
In the final years of his life, before he was diagnosed with cancer, metal artisan and designer John Gutierrez would light a bonfire outside his Woodberry studio and use the heat and flames to lure friends and colleagues into conversations that often lasted into the night. He died this year, and those who spent time around that fire are now raising funds to keep the tradition going. They plan to erect a 25-foot chimney atop the fire pit that Gutierrez had built, which will prevent potentially dangerous embers from flying to adjoining buildings within the Clipper Mill complex where Gutierrez had his metal fabrication works.
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By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 22, 2010
Jury selection will begin Wednesday for the firearms possession trial of twin brothers accused of setting fire to a pit bull in May. Travers and Tremayne Johnson, both 18, and their father, Charles Johnson, 76, were charged in June with possession of firearms and marijuana. Police say the drugs and weapons were found that month in a raid of the Johnsons' South Pulaski Street home while investigating the dog burning. Prosecutors plan to handle the firearm case before the animal cruelty charges, which drew nationwide attention.
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November 29, 2009
Two men were seriously burned Friday in a blaze at a recreational fire pit in Keymar in Carroll County. According to the Maryland fire marshal, about 20 members of the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company responded to a call in the 7500 block of Middleburg Road shortly after 8 p.m. Friday. They found three people suffering from burns from a flash fire that is believed to have been caused by poured gasoline. Police and fire officials said that five people had been sitting around the backyard fire pit. Two men were seriously burned and flown by Maryland State Police to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
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November 29, 2009
Two men seriously burned from flash fire at pit in Carroll Two men were seriously burned Friday in a blaze at a recreational fire pit in Keymar in Carroll County. According to the Maryland fire marshal, about 20 members of the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company responded to a call in the 7500 block of Middleburg Road shortly after 8 p.m. Friday. They found three people suffering from burns from a flash fire that is believed to have been caused by poured gasoline. Police and fire officials said that five people had been sitting around the backyard fire pit. Two men were seriously burned and flown by Maryland State Police to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
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November 29, 2009
Two men were seriously burned Friday in a blaze at a recreational fire pit in Keymar in Carroll County. According to the Maryland fire marshal, about 20 members of the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company responded to a call in the 7500 block of Middleburg Road shortly after 8 p.m. Friday. They found three people suffering from burns from a flash fire that is believed to have been caused by poured gasoline. Police and fire officials said that five people had been sitting around the backyard fire pit. Two men were seriously burned and flown by Maryland State Police to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
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By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 22, 2010
Jury selection will begin Wednesday for the firearms possession trial of twin brothers accused of setting fire to a pit bull in May. Travers and Tremayne Johnson, both 18, and their father, Charles Johnson, 76, were charged in June with possession of firearms and marijuana. Police say the drugs and weapons were found that month in a raid of the Johnsons' South Pulaski Street home while investigating the dog burning. Prosecutors plan to handle the firearm case before the animal cruelty charges, which drew nationwide attention.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | October 11, 2008
"We're the s'mores house," says Luke Harlan, referring to his home's fame in the Anneslie community for its outdoor fire pit, with its warm treats and ambience. Every Halloween, the metal fire pit serves as a glowing invitation to costumed youngsters and the rest of the folks in the Baltimore County neighborhood to stop by after trick-or-treating has ended and enjoy gooey sweets, a drink and conversation with Luke and Liz Harlan. "When they come back, they could take a stick, roast a marshmallow and make a s'more," says Luke Harlan, president of the Anneslie Community Association.
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