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By Jean Block Bessmer | June 11, 1998
LAST Saturday night in Baltimore I slept with a couple I'd never met before. Well, it's a long story that came about because of the shortage of hotel rooms in the area.I had arrived in the city early in the evening to enjoy dinner with friends. Before we knew it time had flown. It was 3 a.m. -- too late for me to drive back to Rockville alone. So I began calling local hotels, searching for a room for the night.It quickly became clear to me that I would not find a room -- even the Hunt Valley Inn, 18 miles from downtown, didn't have a room.
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By Neal Thompson and Neal Thompson,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1998
Chronically short of cash. Marriage a wreck. Ordered by a court to send most of his meager Army pay to his former wife and their two children. Mad at the world.David Sheldon Boone fit the profile. Like other accused spies before him, a shambles of a personal life apparently led Boone in 1988 to begin selling secrets -- in this case, top secret National Security Agency documents -- to a Soviet KGB spy named "Igor," according to the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria, Va.Ten years later, Boone, still broke and angry, met an FBI special agent posing as a Russian spy who asked if Boone wanted to resume spying.
HEALTH
By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2011
It's time for your Saturday-morning yoga class. You meet your fellow fitness buffs in a scenic outdoor setting, lay out your mats and begin your hourlong workout. It's a great way to start the weekend. And even better, it's entirely free. No-cost yoga classes aren't the only options for free exercise in the Baltimore region. Many gyms and exercise studios in the area offers free trial memberships. Most also give free memberships to employees, so if you're willing to teach a class or two, or even work the front desk, you probably qualify.
NEWS
By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | December 9, 2004
In an unusual move, two Howard County Circuit Court judges presided yesterday over the sentencing of an Ellicott City man who was convicted for his role in the April armed robbery of the Columbia Hilton Inn. The two-judge sentencing resulted because Judge James B. Dudley became ill with asthma after the first day of the jury trial last month and did not return to court, leaving Judge Diane O. Leasure to oversee the second and final day. "That's the...
NEWS
By JOSH MITCHELL AND JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JOSH MITCHELL AND JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTERS | February 6, 2006
At 19, Susan Carole Kennedy kept a hope chest filled with pots and pans, and salt and pepper shakers. She was looking ahead to married life with her high school sweetheart. She even had an apartment building picked out, her fiance recalled. Kennedy wasn't supposed to be working the desk that afternoon at Pikesville's Warren House Motor Hotel. She was filling in for her older sister -- a federal witness with a price on her head. A man with a machine pistol arrived to carry out the hit. "This guy really just destroyed this family," Keith Rice said last week as the convicted gunman's execution date neared.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer | February 1, 1994
A 40-year-old man charged with the attempted murder of his invalid mother on Jan. 23 was to have been charged with first-degree murder today, after the woman's death yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.Held at the city Detention Center since his arrest nine days ago is Thomas Delevett. He lived at the Madison Apartments at 817 St. Paul St., with his mother, Marie, 80.Homicide detectives said the man was to be moved from the Detention Center this afternoon and taken to police headquarters, where the charge of attempted murder would be upgraded to first-degree murder and related offenses.
BUSINESS
By Mensah Dean and Mensah Dean,Staff Writer | August 19, 1992
With an aim toward ending the frustrating waits that often meet new guests, Marriott Corp. plans to introduce a service that would cut in half the time it takes to check into one of its hotels.The service, which has been in development for three years, is called "1st 10."It is "based on the premise that the first 10 minutes of a guest's hotel experience are the most important in setting the stage for a successful stay," the company said."1st 10" is a call-ahead reservation service for Marriott's customers.
NEWS
July 14, 1995
For the second time in about a week, a man brandishing a large stick has robbed a motel along U.S. 50 in Arnold.County police said Suzanne McKee, 33, was at the front desk of the Howard Johnson Motel in the first block of Old Mill Bottom Road, when a man came in about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday night and asked for a single room.Ms. McKee gave him a desk card to sign in. As the man filled out the card, he told Ms. McKee, "Now give me your money," and pulled out a large stick and held it to her neck, police said.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser | September 6, 1992
SEATTLE -- A visitor in this city, hearing story after story about the Nordstrom department store chain's service beyond the call of duty, decided to put it to the test.On a recent Saturday, he wandered through the downtown Nordstrom store, making small purchases in several departments on different floors.After making each purchase, he asked the salesperson to hold the merchandise behind the counter until he returned to pick it up Tuesday, telling them he preferred not to carry it around.
NEWS
By MARY GAIL HARE | October 19, 2006
The Harford County Sheriff's Office is investigating the attempted abduction of a 2-year-old boy from a motel in Joppa on Tuesday morning. April S. Craig, 21, of Middletown was registering at the front desk of the Super 8 Motel about 8:30 a.m. when a man began talking to her son. Within minutes, the boy had disappeared from the lobby. Craig quickly located the child holding the man's hand walking down a hallway toward a room. She grabbed her child as the man was unlocking the door to a room.
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