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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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SPORTS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2010
At more than 2,100 miles long, the Appalachian Trail is a dream crusher for many a hiker who has envisioned a walk from Georgia to Maine in one season. Unrelenting summer weather, elevation changes and rugged terrain combine to trash all but the strongest mentally and physically prepared hikers. Only 25 percent finish what they started. Even the 41-mile piece that cuts through Maryland — the second-shortest segment of all the states and fairly flat by AT standards — can feel overwhelming.
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.
BUSINESS
By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1996
DENTON -- Would you, could you, spend $519,500 for a mid-18th-century mahogany Newport block-front kneehole desk? How about $3.3 million?Those were the bids for two of the desks, made in the 1760s by Edmund Townsend, one of Colonial America's best craftsmen, at Sotheby's in New York, one in 1994 and the other last month.But how about $1,500 for a first-class reproduction, one you can assemble and finish yourself at home and is the image of the 230-year-old originals? TC Released last year by the Bartley Collection of Denton, the kneehole desk demonstrates the small company's ever-improving ability to offer in kit form quality copies of the best 18th- and early 19th-century American and English furniture.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
TripAdvisor has named Admiral Fell Inn , a lovely historic hotel in Fells Point, one of the Top 10 Haunted Hotels in America . Admiral Fell Inn was the only Maryland hotel to make the list of "rooms with a Boo!" TripAdvisor came up with the list by seeing which hotels had the greatest number of traveler comments referencing "ghosts" or "haunted" on TripAdvisor.com. That makes sense. Admiral Fell Inn is a Historic Hotel of America and dates to the 1700s. Plus, it's in Fells Point, which certainly has more than a few ghosts - enough for a cottage industry of sorts.
NEWS
December 9, 1993
American Properties adds new associatesAmerican Properties has announced the appointment of three sales associates to the company's Ellicott City office.Ted Bosse IV and Debbie Bosse have joined American Properties as real estate agents with responsibilities in the areas of new home sales, re-sales and the location and sales of individual sites for custom building.Ann Marie Freter will be a real estate agent specializing in home sales.Mecca is director of information servicesRosemarie Mecca has been named director of health information services for Allied Signal Technical Services Corp.
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
Dan Rodricks | September 12, 2011
In an era of high unemployment - and with many of the gainfully employed working too many hours because companies are either still downsizing or avoiding new hires - it would be helpful if the Maryland Court of Appeals allowed this question to be decided by a jury: Should an employer be held responsible when an overworked, sleep-deprived employee causes a terrible accident? That's the question at the center of a lawsuit that has been grinding through the state courts for a few years.
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.
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