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By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Sun Staff Writer | June 10, 1995
An administrative law judge ruled yesterday that the managers of Harbor Cruises Ltd. violated federal labor laws by firing workers and admonishing them not to complain during and after a 1994 unionizing drive by the waiters and waitresses aboard the Bay Lady and Lady Baltimore tour boats.Judge John H. West ordered the company, which runs dinner cruises out of the Inner Harbor, to rehire and pay back wages with interest to employees fired after the 1994 organizing drive by Local 37 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2012
Jimmy's Restaurant in Fells Point ran out of hot dogs, potato salad and macaroni salad and scrambled to replenish all weekend as hordes of hungry Sailabration visitors jammed the popular diner. Even on Monday, as rain moved in after days of sunshine, the crowds kept coming on the last full day of the Star-Spangled Sailabration, which kicked off the two-year commemoration of the War of 1812. "It's been the greatest thing to happen in the city as far back as we can remember," said Jimmy Filipidis, whose father owns the restaurant on South Broadway.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | August 14, 1998
The International Union of Operating Engineers gave up yesterday a four-year effort to organize food-service workers on the Lady Baltimore and Bay Lady dinner cruise ships in the Inner Harbor.The union's Local 31 withdrew its bid for recognition by canceling an election scheduled for yesterday that would have given more than 30 Harbor Cruises Ltd. workers the chance to vote for or against union membership.An initial bid by the union to organize the waiters, waitresses, bartenders and galley staff failed in March 1994 by a vote of 20-16.
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2011
Mid-November through the month or so that followed — a time when the Digital Harbor boys basketball team was more like an uneven collection of individual talent — is now a distant memory. No more struggling to identify roles. No more having one player or the next trying to do too much. No more losses. The surging Rams, who started the season with a 2-4 mark, have turned the corner and then some. Taking turns stepping up on offense, rebounding at both ends and playing solid team defense, the No. 6 Rams proved too tough to handle for Gwynn Park in the Class 2A state semifinals, coming away with a dominating 75-45 win over the Yellow Jackets from Prince George's County Friday night at Comcast Center.
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By Ellen James Martin and Ellen James Martin,Staff Writer | August 3, 1992
Leaning back in her swivel chair at the Spirit Cruises office overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, Kathleen Malloy took the surprise call last August. The brass at Spirit's headquarters delivered some disturbing news: Based on skirmishing that already had developed, Ms. Malloy was warned to expect a fierce battle with a long-established rival when she launched the company's cruise business in Baltimore."Harbor Cruises didn't want us coming into the harbor. They'd been here so long.
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By John H. Gormley Jr | January 18, 1992
Spirit Cruises Inc., a company based in Norfolk, Va., will begin offering harbor cruises this spring from the south side of the Inner Harbor.A 175-foot-long cruise ship, the Spirit of Baltimore, will take passengers on two-hour luncheon and three-hour dinner cruises. weekends, the ship will take two-hour midnight cruises."It's much more than a floating restaurant," said Douglas C. Porter, vice president of marketing for Spirit Cruises. "We are really a total entertainment experience."Spirit Cruises will be competing with Harbor Cruises Ltd., a locally owned company that has operated two vessels, the Bay Lady and the Lady Baltimore, for the past 10 years.
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By Ellen James Martin and Ellen James Martin,SUN STAFF | December 6, 1995
Harbor Cruises Ltd. violated federal labor laws by pressuring workers to reject a 1994 union move to organize service employees on the Lady Baltimore and Bay Lady, and later firing union activists, the National Labor Relations Board ruled yesterday.By ruling in favor of the union that was seeking to organize waiters, waitresses, bartenders and galley staff who work aboard the two Baltimore cruise ships, the NLRB affirmed the decision last June by federal Administrative Law Judge John H. West.
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By John H. Gormley Jr. and John H. Gormley Jr.,Staff Writer | March 11, 1992
The people at Spirit Cruises Inc. have begun to suspect Baltimore is looking for a place to hide its welcome mat.The Norfolk-based company hopes to offer harbor cruises aboard a vessel called the Spirit of Baltimore starting in April. The company, which announced in October its intention to come to Baltimore, says it has invested $4 million in its Baltimore operation and expects to hire 150 people here.But Robert S. Hillman, Spirit Cruises' lawyer, says Baltimore City Council President Mary Pat Clarke is pushing legislation whose prime purpose is to make life difficult for Spirit Cruises.
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By John H. Gormley Jr. and John H. Gormley Jr.,Staff Writer | March 11, 1992
The people at Spirit Cruises Inc. have begun to suspect Baltimore is looking for a place to hide its welcome mat.The Norfolk-based company hopes to offer harbor cruises aboard a vessel called the Spirit of Baltimore starting in April. The company, which announced in October its intention to come to Baltimore, says it has invested $4 million in its Baltimore operation and expects to hire 150 people here.But Robert S. Hillman, Spirit Cruises' lawyer, says Baltimore City Council President Mary Pat Clarke is pushing legislation whose prime purpose is to make life difficult for Spirit Cruises.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2003
For years, the Bay Lady has plied Baltimore-area waters. It is a 550-seat floating function hall that has seen eighth-grade field trips, prom parties, wedding receptions, family reunions and corporate parties. And, for one night last month, police say, an "exotic" -- and illegal -- lingerie show out in the harbor. Acting on a tip, two undercover detectives bought $45 tickets for the Aug. 1 nighttime cruise. What they saw may seem tame by the standards of The Block's strip clubs, but it was enough to trigger a report of unlawful adult entertainment and alcohol consumption.
NEWS
March 27, 2010
In reference to the article "High-speed harbor tours" (March 26): Has anyone asked the recreational boaters? I really enjoy sailing and motoring the stretch of the Patapsco River from the Key Bridge toward the Inner Harbor and back, at about 6 knots. I've done many day (and night) sails through this fascinating and active harbor area from my marina on Bodkin Creek, as well as overnight trips to many of the excellent marinas ringing the Patapsco, and I can with great trepidation picture how truly awful this new offering will be, as seen from the water.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel , Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2009
Nick Faust and Eric Greer scored 13 points apiece for No. 8 City, which slowed Bowie's offense with its swarming defense and pulled out a 56-51 victory Friday night in the Poly Invitational. Bowie (0-1), ranked No. 9 by The Washington Post, struggled to find good shots against City's tough zone defenses. The Knights used different zones that often forced the Bulldogs to take shots from outside - or when Bowie players did get inside, they wound up with two or three City players around them.
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By Jeff Seidel and Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2009
Nick Faust and Eric Greer scored 13 points apiece for No. 8 City, which slowed Bowie's offense with its swarming defense and pulled out a 56-51 victory Friday night in the Poly Invitational. Bowie (0-1), ranked No. 9 by The Washington Post, struggled to find good shots against City's tough zone defenses. The Knights used different zones that often forced the Bulldogs to take shots from outside - or when Bowie players did get inside, they wound up with two or three City players around them.
TRAVEL
September 3, 2006
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By LIA GORMSEN and LIA GORMSEN,SUN REPORTER | June 24, 2006
What better way to enjoy the salty delights of the Baltimore Inner Harbor or the Chesapeake Bay than by relaxing in an air-conditioned luxury yacht. Fresh out of wealthy friends with big boats? Companies operating out of Annapolis, Baltimore and Havre de Grace offer cruises aboard their stylish ships for the public to enjoy. You want to take one, but wait, aren't those cruises for picture-snapping tourists? Baltimoreans don't really shell out money to eat buffet food and hear the history of Domino Sugar, do they?
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Doug Donovan and Gus G. Sentementes and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | July 30, 2005
The Lady Baltimore, a popular party boat that has plied Inner Harbor waters for 20 years, was dealt a financial blow yesterday when it was damaged in an early morning fire while docked at the Light Street Pavilion. The fire broke out about 6 a.m. near the stern of the 111-foot boat, damaging its decking. Baltimore firefighters brought the blaze under control a half-hour later. A deckhand on night watch was treated for minor smoke inhalation, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman.
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By LIA GORMSEN and LIA GORMSEN,SUN REPORTER | June 24, 2006
What better way to enjoy the salty delights of the Baltimore Inner Harbor or the Chesapeake Bay than by relaxing in an air-conditioned luxury yacht. Fresh out of wealthy friends with big boats? Companies operating out of Annapolis, Baltimore and Havre de Grace offer cruises aboard their stylish ships for the public to enjoy. You want to take one, but wait, aren't those cruises for picture-snapping tourists? Baltimoreans don't really shell out money to eat buffet food and hear the history of Domino Sugar, do they?
NEWS
May 26, 1994
When a replica of an 1890s Mississippi River side-wheeler started taking visitors out of Baltimore this spring, it underscored a major trend. As tourism has increased in recent years, the Inner Harbor has become an increasingly popular base for tour boat operators.The result has been a pleasant one for Baltimoreans and visitors alike. Keen competition has improved service and brought prices down. For a modest one-time charge, a visitor now can ride the boats all day long, stopping at more than a dozen locations.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2003
For years, the Bay Lady has plied Baltimore-area waters. It is a 550-seat floating function hall that has seen eighth-grade field trips, prom parties, wedding receptions, family reunions and corporate parties. And, for one night last month, police say, an "exotic" -- and illegal -- lingerie show out in the harbor. Acting on a tip, two undercover detectives bought $45 tickets for the Aug. 1 nighttime cruise. What they saw may seem tame by the standards of The Block's strip clubs, but it was enough to trigger a report of unlawful adult entertainment and alcohol consumption.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | October 31, 2001
About 250 people came to a $100-a-head fund-raiser for City Council President Sheila Dixon last night aboard an Inner Harbor cruise ship. Dixon campaign officials did not know exactly how much the event on the Bay Lady raised, but said that more than 500 tickets were sold before the party, and several people paid at the door. The crowd, which nibbled on quiche and roast beef, included contractors, developers and business leaders as well as council members and state legislators. Dixon said yesterday that her fund-raiser - which occurred nearly two years into her five-year term - is not an indication that she is seeking higher office.
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