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By Richard Gorelick | August 22, 2012
Grand Prix of Baltimore organizers are hoping that an early closing time and redesigned traffic patterns will help both race attendees and Baltimore residents connect with their favorite restaurants over Labor Day weekend. Little Italy is definitely hoping for a bigger turn-out than last year, when expected crowds failed to show up for dining al fresco. The restaurants of Little Italy have been laying the groundwork for this year's race since the day last year's race ended, and High Street will again be blocked off to traffic.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Elizabeth M. Solter, an accomplished equestrian and teacher who had been a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team and went on to a successful career as a rider, died Sept. 12 of breast cancer at Amberly Farms, her farm in Berlin, Worcester County. She was 47. "I saw Elizabeth come up through the ranks and hit the heights, and it was a joy to watch. She just had natural ability," said Tommy Serio, one of the top riders and trainers in the country, who was a longtime friend and competitor.
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September 19, 2012
What: Howard Community College Grand Prix When: Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Where: Marama Farm, 5610 Chamblis Drive, Clarksville Tickets: $10 for the lawn (children 10 and under free); adult bleacher seats $15, children bleachers $8; tent seats $200; box seats $250. Raffle tickets for a car are $100 each or three for $250. More information: Call 443 518-1970 or go to http://www.hccgrandprix.com..
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
The Baltimore Running Festival consistently generates about $40 million in economic impact each year, according to official estimates, and at its peak, the Grand Prix of Baltimore pumped $47 million into area hotels, restaurants and stores. Organizers of 2012's Star-Spangled Sailabration say that weeklong event poured even more money - about $166 million - into the local economy. But city officials say this week's Star-Spangled Spectacular - which marks 200 years since troops in Baltimore beat back a British invasion and the national anthem was written - could surpass all those totals.
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September 7, 2011
The Baltimore Grand Prix appeared to be a great success. We decided at the last minute on Friday to see what was happening. After taking the light rail, we found ourselves in a prime spot along the fence on Pratt Street and the fun began. It was loud and exciting seeing Indy cars zoom by. There was a great energy in the city and the race was accessible for paying and non-paying fans. It was just fun. Yay, Baltimore Lissa Abrams, Baltimore
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November 24, 2012
With the less-than-stellar second running of the Baltimore Grand Prix this year, when is Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake going to permanently park the notion of moving forward with it? The numbers don't lie. Baltimore Racing Development, the event's original promoter, projected 58,000 hotel rooms would be booked. Oops, they were 21,000 shy of reaching that figure. The promoter also projected that $12 million would be spent on food. In fact, only $3 million, a quarter of that figure, was actually spent.
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September 8, 2013
O' say can you see? The answer these past couple weeks in downtown Baltimore would be a definite, no! ("Race to remove Grand Prix barriers," Sept. 3) The weeks of hassle for Baltimore commuters while setting up for the race, not too mention the weeks after the race for removing the concrete barricades/chain link fencing/blue "block out" tarps would be bad enough, but it was Labor Day weekend! Where do I begin? Enough is enough. This race is an abysmal failure, and the businesses, residents and tourists that are in Baltimore need for it to cease and desist.
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October 24, 2011
I'm not surprised Baltimore's sports experiment did not live up to expectations ("Grand Prix not so grand, survey of patrons shows," Oct. 19). We must figure in the balance the financial hardships dropped on Federal Hill and Locust Point by the closing of Light Street which is used by most people coming to those areas. That is a much like condemnation of private property without just compensation. Since the city is unlikely to ante-up, I urge all of our diners to visit those areas, repeatedly, to help them balance out that very tough Labor Day weekend.
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September 8, 2011
I want to share some thoughts about the inaugural Grand Prix in Baltimore and express appreciation for bringing this exciting event to our town. The vitality and enthusiasm generated by the race was immeasurable and created an electrifying atmosphere not seen in Baltimore for many years. Special kudos should be given to Pete Collier and Jay Davidson for their unfailing responsiveness to the needs of the community. Our city officials navigated through every hurdle to ensure the success of this endeavor.
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August 30, 2012
No. 26 Marco Andretti Age: 25 Country: United States Racing team: Andretti Motorsport Driver points: 237, 16th place, 185 behind leader Top finish in 2012: Andretti finished second behind teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 on June 23. Andretti started third and spent most of the race in the Top 5. It's his only Top 5 finish of the season. Last race: Finished 25th at the Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday. No. 5 Rubens Barrichello Age: 40 Country: Brazil Racing team: KV Racing Technology Driver points: 247, 14th place, 175 behind leader Top finish in 2012: Finished fourth in the Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, his first Top 5 finish as an IndyCar driver after 19 seasons running Formula One. Last race: Finished fourth in the Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday.
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Sports on TV | August 26, 2014
TUESDAY'S TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS Autos Pro 4 and Pro Buggy Round 8 (T) CBSSN10 a.m. F1 Belgian Grand Prix (T) CSN11:30 a.m. MLB Washington@Philadelphia (T) MASN9 a.m. Tampa Bay@Orioles (T) MASN12:30 Washington@Philadelphia MASN7 Tampa Bay@Orioles MASN27 Minnesota@Kansas City FS18 Miami@Angels MLB10 Tampa Bay@Orioles (T) MASN11:30 WNBA East semi: Game 3, Chicago @Atlanta NBA7:30 Basketball Slovenia vs. United States ESPN22 Slovenia vs. United States (T)
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Nearly a year after the last race car whizzed down Baltimore's streets, the Grand Prix Indycar race is still costing the city money.  On Wednesday, city officials are set to authorize a $485,000 payment to P. Flanigan & Sons Inc. for road work done in 2011 and 2012 for the Baltimore Grand Prix.  The company's road work ended up being more expensive than anticipated, but city transporation officials didn't immediately bring the increased costs...
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Dan Rodricks | June 12, 2014
Two years ago, during bicentennial commemorations for the War of 1812, I was struck by how important the waterfront is to Baltimore. That might seem like an odd thing for a Baltimorean to say, but unless you own waterfront property, work near it or regularly take visitors to see it, you take it for granted. Next thing you know, there's some huge event at the Inner Harbor, and you're awed, along with all the other tourists, by the coolness that is the Baltimore waterfront. The Star-Spangled Sailabration was such a glorious event - with thousands of visitors enjoying fine mid-June weather, tall ships and Blue Angels - that it even impressed Baltimore's numerous cynics.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
Michael Phelps is expected to continue his return to competitive swimming at the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte May 15-18, USA Swimming announced Tuesday. Phelps began his comeback last month at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., where he finished second in the 100-meter butterfly to longtime rival Ryan Lochte, who is also expected to swim in Charlotte. Fun was Phelps' favorite word in Arizona, where he talked about how happy he was to be back in the pool after a 20-month retirement.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
MESA, ARIZ. - Michael Phelps couldn't say it enough times, even joking that he would bore questioners with his repetitive explanation for returning to competitive swimming. “I'm having fun,” he answered over and over Wednesday in his first public remarks since his comeback became official last week. Phelps, 28, will swim at the Mesa Grand Prix Thursday, his first race since he won his record-setting 18th gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. He said then he'd never be back, that he'd be relieved to live away from the pool for the first time in his life.
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August 15, 2011
The Baltimore Tree Trust, a new nonprofit whose mission is to "transform Baltimore with trees," would like to join the citizens of Baltimore in expressing our dismay at the removal of mature healthy trees on downtown streets for the convenience of the Grand Prix . At a time when our urban forest is visibly in decline and only trees can help cool hot city streets, Baltimore should work with the race organizers to create grandstands where the...
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April 18, 2012
Forgive me for probably being in the minority on this issue, but I just wish the Baltimore Grand Prix would spin its wheels elsewhere ("New Grand Prix woes," April 17). It seems that the ability to corral capable, supposedly responsible people to run this race is somewhat elusive. In a perverse way, it makes me happy every time the race hits another roadblock. It's truly beginning to feel like this event is not a good fit for our fine city. I have personally been an opponent from the first time I heard about the city making a serious attempt to bring an IndyCar Series race here.
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