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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
Three men was were shot early Sunday standing outside of a Randallstown hookah lounge, Baltimore County police said. The victims were being treated at area hospitals for treatment, but police did not know their current conditions or release information about how serious their injuries were. A single suspect shot the men shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday at the Fire and Ice Hookah Lounge in the 3500 block of Brenbrook Drive in Randallstown, police said. Police released no other details about the triple shooting or the suspect.
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NEWS
June 15, 2014
Whether the air quality in a hookah lounge is outstandingly fresh or alarmingly toxic, the real benefit to those who use these facilities is they can continue their lifestyle without endangering us ( "Study discovers poor air quality in hookah lounges," June 12). We have to suffer toxic smoke fumes every time we go outdoors in Baltimore. What good would a study do anyway? We know unquestionably that tobacco smoke along with secondhand smoke makes the user and the bystander eventually suffer a premature, agonizing and slow death.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
Three people were stabbed in two separate incidents outside a Towson hookah lounge Saturday night, Baltimore County police said Monday. Police learned of the stabbing while responding to a fight at Burke Avenue and York Road around 2 a.m., when one of the people involved said their friend had been stabbed earlier outside the Towson Nights Hookah Lounge Cafe. Police said the victim took himself to a hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. The department said two other men — both 22 years old — were stabbed during a separate incident, just after 3:30 a.m. The victims were leaving the same hookah lounge when they were confronted by suspects, "who instigated a verbal argument that escalated to a stabbing," police said.
HEALTH
By Laura Barnhardt Cech, For The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Although hookah lounges are becoming more popular, smoking flavored tobacco through water pipes creates hazardous concentrations of indoor air pollution, according to a new study from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. In fact, airborne particulate matter and carbon monoxide levels exceeded those found in restaurants and bars that allowed cigarette smoking, the study found. "There is a mistaken notion that because the tobacco smoke is drawn through the water, it's somehow cleaner or not as bad," Patrick Breysse, a professor in the department of environmental health sciences and the study's senior author, said in an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 15, 2004
One of the latest hot-spot trends is about to hit Baltimore. We're about to get our first hookah lounge. Yep, hookah lounges are all the rage in L.A. and Las Vegas these days. So maybe the closest you've come to one of those Turkish water pipes is reading about it being used by the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. But, according to Kris Golshan, if you liked the cigar bars of the 1990s, you're going to love the hookah lounge of the 2000s. And in Baltimore, that's the Zeeba Lounge, which Kris is opening soon in Federal Hill.
NEWS
June 15, 2014
Whether the air quality in a hookah lounge is outstandingly fresh or alarmingly toxic, the real benefit to those who use these facilities is they can continue their lifestyle without endangering us ( "Study discovers poor air quality in hookah lounges," June 12). We have to suffer toxic smoke fumes every time we go outdoors in Baltimore. What good would a study do anyway? We know unquestionably that tobacco smoke along with secondhand smoke makes the user and the bystander eventually suffer a premature, agonizing and slow death.
NEWS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2010
In the latest of a string of Baltimore-area killings involving servicemen, a Marine about to be redeployed to Afghanistan was shot at a downtown bar early Friday. Chase Love, a 26-year-old from New Orleans, was shot once in the chest after an altercation in the hookah lounge between 3:15 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. He said Love was celebrating with fellow Marines before returning to Afghanistan. Guglielmi said police are interviewing bouncers and other witnesses but have identified no suspects or persons of interest in the shooting.
NEWS
By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | April 1, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz proposed legislation Tuesday that would mandate county hookah lounges close at 8 p.m. on weeknights and 9 p.m. on weekends, hours before their current early-morning closing times. "This is another common-sense effort to protect the quality of life in our communities," Kamenetz said in a statement.  "The legislation strikes a balance in that it allows these businesses to continue to operate in the same manner that local retail cigar and tobacco stores operate, but it prevents them from operating as late-night entertainment venues disrupting our neighborhoods.
NEWS
Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Hookah lounge owners in Baltimore County told the County Council on Tuesday that proposed legislation to make them close earlier would put them out of business. Council members are weighing a proposal by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz that would require the lounges to close at 8 p.m. on weeknights and 9 p.m. on weekends, restrictions Kamenetz says would prevent neighborhood disruptions and curb illegal activity. At a Tuesday work session, the council heard from business owners who said they are being unfairly targeted and from residents who say lounge patrons wreak havoc in their neighborhoods.
HEALTH
By Laura Barnhardt Cech, For The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Although hookah lounges are becoming more popular, smoking flavored tobacco through water pipes creates hazardous concentrations of indoor air pollution, according to a new study from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. In fact, airborne particulate matter and carbon monoxide levels exceeded those found in restaurants and bars that allowed cigarette smoking, the study found. "There is a mistaken notion that because the tobacco smoke is drawn through the water, it's somehow cleaner or not as bad," Patrick Breysse, a professor in the department of environmental health sciences and the study's senior author, said in an interview.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
Three people were stabbed in two separate incidents outside a Towson hookah lounge Saturday night, Baltimore County police said Monday. Police learned of the stabbing while responding to a fight at Burke Avenue and York Road around 2 a.m., when one of the people involved said their friend had been stabbed earlier outside the Towson Nights Hookah Lounge Cafe. Police said the victim took himself to a hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. The department said two other men — both 22 years old — were stabbed during a separate incident, just after 3:30 a.m. The victims were leaving the same hookah lounge when they were confronted by suspects, "who instigated a verbal argument that escalated to a stabbing," police said.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
The Baltimore County Council approved legislation Monday requiring coaches and other recreation volunteers who work with children to undergo background checks, a move officials said is meant to protect children from sexual predators. The county is the only jurisdiction in the Baltimore region that does not run background checks on volunteers for government-sponsored recreational activities. Council members passed the measure unanimously, giving county officials until July 2015 to work out details of a policy on the checks.
NEWS
Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Hookah lounge owners in Baltimore County told the County Council on Tuesday that proposed legislation to make them close earlier would put them out of business. Council members are weighing a proposal by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz that would require the lounges to close at 8 p.m. on weeknights and 9 p.m. on weekends, restrictions Kamenetz says would prevent neighborhood disruptions and curb illegal activity. At a Tuesday work session, the council heard from business owners who said they are being unfairly targeted and from residents who say lounge patrons wreak havoc in their neighborhoods.
NEWS
By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | April 1, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz proposed legislation Tuesday that would mandate county hookah lounges close at 8 p.m. on weeknights and 9 p.m. on weekends, hours before their current early-morning closing times. "This is another common-sense effort to protect the quality of life in our communities," Kamenetz said in a statement.  "The legislation strikes a balance in that it allows these businesses to continue to operate in the same manner that local retail cigar and tobacco stores operate, but it prevents them from operating as late-night entertainment venues disrupting our neighborhoods.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
Three men was were shot early Sunday standing outside of a Randallstown hookah lounge, Baltimore County police said. The victims were being treated at area hospitals for treatment, but police did not know their current conditions or release information about how serious their injuries were. A single suspect shot the men shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday at the Fire and Ice Hookah Lounge in the 3500 block of Brenbrook Drive in Randallstown, police said. Police released no other details about the triple shooting or the suspect.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Baltimore County businesses that let customers bring their own alcohol would need a "BYOB" license under legislation spurred by complaints about hookah lounges that are raucous late into the night. The bill, introduced Monday by Lutherville Republican Todd Huff, would make all BYOB establishments close by 2 a.m. The businesses would have to apply for licenses from the county and could face fines of up to $500 for not doing so. Huff said he introduced the bill because of "multiple complaints" about hookah lounges that allegedly become loud very late and don't enforce laws on underage drinking.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
The Baltimore County Council approved legislation Monday requiring coaches and other recreation volunteers who work with children to undergo background checks, a move officials said is meant to protect children from sexual predators. The county is the only jurisdiction in the Baltimore region that does not run background checks on volunteers for government-sponsored recreational activities. Council members passed the measure unanimously, giving county officials until July 2015 to work out details of a policy on the checks.
NEWS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2010
In the latest of a string of Baltimore-area killings involving servicemen, a Marine about to be redeployed to Afghanistan was shot at a downtown bar early Friday. Chase Love, a 26-year-old from New Orleans, was shot once in the chest after an altercation in the hookah lounge between 3:15 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. He said Love was celebrating with fellow Marines before returning to Afghanistan. Guglielmi said police are interviewing bouncers and other witnesses but have identified no suspects or persons of interest in the shooting.
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