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By Lorraine Mirabella and Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Under Armour took a huge leap forward in the fast-emerging fitness technology market Thursday with plans for a $150 million acquisition of MapMyFitness, creator of the MapMyRun and MapMyRide mobile applications and websites. What would be Under Armour's first acquisition opens a new frontier for the Baltimore-based sports apparel and footwear maker in online social networks and expands its toehold in fitness devices. But what seems like a radical departure for a sports clothing company really is Under Armour rapidly closing the gap with its larger rival Nike on fitness technology.
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NEWS
By Jules Witcover | November 8, 2013
Every American president has to weather occasional political gaffes. Whether their own or those committed by associates, they cause temporary embarrassment or pain but are ultimately survivable. Loose lips may sink ships, as was often said in warning during World War II, but they're seldom fatal in the normal course of governing. Major mistakes, however, if they linger or are repeated, can be the undoing of a presidency. The excesses of the Vietnam War that drove Lyndon Johnson to the sidelines in 1968, and Watergate, which led to Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974, have had lasting political consequences.
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Dan Rodricks | October 24, 2013
Here we go again, with another call for a crackdown on panhandlers in Baltimore. The City Council, which recently provided millions of dollars in public financing for the big private development at Harbor Point - offices, hotels, residences - is considering legislation to make it tougher for the penniless to beg on our sidewalks. A council committee already gave the crackdown the thumbs-up. Nice. Maybe if panhandlers could afford a lobbyist or a public-relations company - or maybe if they took up a collection now and then and made campaign donations - they, too, could benefit from the council's generous tendencies.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
In addition to keeping up with his six kids and working for the NFL as an appeals officer on player discipline, Matt Birk has apparently become even more of a fitness nut in retirement than he was as a player. After getting up to as much as 310 pounds during his final Super Bowl-winning season with the Ravens, he's now at 235 pounds and wants to become the cover model for a magazine backed by fitness company ViSalus, according to the Ravens' website . Here's what Birk told the site about losing weight and changing his lifestyle: “I wasn't going to go to Chipotle and get two burrito bowls at 9:30 at night anymore,” Birk joked.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
There's a scene in "We Will Rock You," the musical featuring the greatest hits of Queen, now in its North American premiere at the Hippodrome, in which the cast members go to a cafe. The on-stage cafe is recognizable as a Hard Rock Cafe. And as "We Will Rock You" continues its tour, the Hard Rock Cafe in each city is offering a special dinner-and-show package.  Each will also showcase traveling Queen memorabilia and play a Queen song every 90 minutes in the cafe.  The Rockin' Dinner & Show Package starts at $60 per person (the price is determined by the seat location you choose at the Hippodrome)
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella | October 14, 2013
Under Armour executives are looking for ideas to improve the brand's Armour39 performance monitoring system and plan to award $25,000 to the winner of a competition launched Monday. The Baltimore-based sports apparel maker announced the three-phase Armour39 Challenge, in which finalists will present concepts to the executive team in April at the Under Armour Future Show:Digital. A runner-up will be awarded $10,000, the company said. Under Armour unveiled its fitness monitoring device, sold as a chest strap, mobile app or display watch, in March.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
If you came to cable news Tuesday looking for hard information and analysis that would help you sort through the virulent spin from both sides on what's known as either Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, depending on your politics, here is a snapshot of what you found: Fox News had the Washington Examiner's Byron York "poking around" websites trying to log onto an Obamacare exchange to see how easy or hard it was to sign up for health insurance....
SPORTS
September 19, 2013
It seems that when it comes to the doomed Baltimore Grand Prix, there is really no gray area. Baltimoreans either embraced it or abhorred it. I am in the latter category ( "Grand Prix of Baltimore canceled through 2015, and likely beyond," Sept. 13). But there is hope. I urge Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to not give up the ship in terms of nationally recognized sporting events. I offer these suggestions to the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Tourism and our esteemed mayor: Pasta-eating (gouging)
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 17, 2013
As expected, the chain MOM's Organic Market will open a 15,000-square foot grocery store in the Rotunda, Hekemian & Co., the redeveloper of the mall announced Tuesday. MOM's succeeds Giant Food, which closed its store last year after 41 years and opened a new store nearby in the Green Spring Tower Square shopping center on 41st Street. The Rotunda had room for a 20,000-square-foot boutique grocery store, but 15,000 square feet is the MOM's model, said Chris Bell, senior vice president for development at New Jersey-based Hekemian.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | September 13, 2013
The Columbia Association Board of Directors approved Thursday the mind-body wellness concept for its downtown fitness club, which is scheduled to open in the Rouse Company building next September.  The concept, which consultants presented to the board in May, will offer customers a place to "relax, retreat and rejuvenate," and was selected based on the results of a 687-person survey. While the concept was generally well received at the May 30 meeting, the board took no official vote, prompting Thursday's official tally.
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