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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | December 6, 2009
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is sometimes upstaged by its neighbor, the uber glitzy Dubai, but that may be coming to an end as concerns about Dubai's debts grow. Abu Dhabi is expected to provide fiscal stability in the region, perhaps garnering more attention from tourists who prefer not worrying about the economic situation. And it can't hurt that Frommer's has named the city a top destination for 2010. Here are five things to do: Get lost in a mosque Visit Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
Over the past several years, Baltimore's pizza scene has blossomed, with the opening of new, great pizzerias all across the city. These restaurants tend to have a few things in common: reliance on fresh ingredients, excellent dough and sauces, and friendly atmospheres with a little more polish than the traditional pizza joint. Joe Benny's, which opened in a tiny Little Italy space last spring, has all those things, though it's not a typical pizzeria. It's a focacceria. Or, in layman's terms, a place that uses focaccia bread as pizza dough.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | January 26, 2011
Historically speaking, Orlando got a late start in golf. The sport didn't arrive in Central Florida until 1893, when English businessman Leslie Pell-Clarke had six holes carved out around the northwest shore of Lake Eola. It only lasted a decade or so, though by 1911 both Winter Park and Orlando had established golf clubs. By then, 16 U.S. Opens had been played. The old farming and fishing outpost certainly has caught up. These days, it seems there's hardly a segment of the golf industry that doesn't run through Orlando -- if they haven't sprouted some roots.
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By Buzz McClain | November 18, 2013
The first thing you need to know about snow tubing is that it's exhausting. The second thing is that it's a ton of snow-bound fun, no matter how old you are. The folks at regional ski resorts realized several years ago not everyone is capable of, or enjoys, skiing and snowboarding but perhaps those people still want to join in the wintry thrills. Snow tubing is the solution. It requires no skill other than the ability to sit on a large recreational tube with handles; you don't even have to steer since you'll be gliding down a divided glazed lane cleverly stacked with occasional moguls (small bumps)
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | July 28, 2011
The biggest winner in Northern Ireland's parade of major champions might turn out to be Royal Portrush. The scenic club overlooking the country's northern coast is getting a renewed look to bring back the British Open for the first time in more than 50 years. Meanwhile, there's new discussion about taking the Irish Open north as soon as 2013. Club officials said last week that Northern Ireland finance ministers have pledged the necessary financial support to lure the Irish Open, which has had eight host venues in the last 13 years.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
The Baltimore County Walmart that was the site of a bleach fight last fall, clearing the store for several hours and sending 19 to the hospital, likely won't see one of the women allegedly involved for awhile. She was ordered by a judge Wednesday to stay away for five years . The Lansdowne location has been one of the busiest Walmart stores in the county for 911 responders. According to documents released by police to colleague Luke Broadwater, officers have been called to the Lansdowne Walmart about 1,600 times in the past four years.
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By Kevin Dayhoff, kevindayhoff@gmail.com | July 5, 2011
A seagull chattered away in the parking lot of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City (Md.) as, indoors, hundreds of elected officials gathered for the Maryland Municipal League annual meeting, June 26-29. Just inside, in the front lobby, Taneytown Mayor Jim McCarron and city administrator Henry Heine; Union Bridge Mayor Perry Jones; Hampstead Mayor Chris Nevin; and Westminster Mayor Kevin Utz and Councilmember Dennis Frazier gathered to compare notes after attending a roundtable forum with state cabinet secretaries.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1998
To enhance its crime-fighting efforts in Columbia's Long Reach village, the Howard County state's attorney's office said yesterday it will add a full-time prosecutor to its "Hot Spot" program in the community.A state grant of about $44,000 will fund a portion of the salary of Joeday Newsom, a senior prosecutor who will work with police, juvenile justice and parole and probation officials to take cases in the Long Reach area to trial and develop crime-prevention efforts.County State's Attorney Marna McLendon said Newsom will also work with staff members at Long Reach High School and juvenile justice officials to develop ways to reduce truancy.
FEATURES
By Lou Cedrone | October 30, 1990
Dennis Hopper, who directed ''Hot Spot,'' was irritated with Don Johnson who, Hopper said, wouldn't lend himself to promotion of the film.You can't blame Johnson. Promoting ''Hot Spot'' is a little like promoting passage on the Titanic.The new film, a blend of ''The Long Hot Summer'' and ''Double Indemnity,'' is terminally dull, a 130-minute long movie that should run no longer than 90 minutes.Hopper, however, must have thought he was doing the great American epic here, so he takes his good time, and the audience pays.
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1998
The third of Baltimore County's three "Hot Spot" community anti-crime centers was formally dedicated in Essex yesterday with help from a flock of state and local politicians, a neighborhood school choir and homemade hors d'oeuvres.A crowd of 200 people clustered around the converted townhouse at 1043 Punjab Drive to hear speeches by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger and several state workers assigned to the center.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | August 5, 2013
Major Kimberly Burrus, the Northern District's new commander, wants what you want: to feel safe from crime in Baltimore. "I am a city resident," said Burrus, 40, a 13-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police Department and a first-time commander. "I was born and raised in the city. I should be able to walk out my door without getting a gun stuck in my face. " Burrus succeeds Major Sabrina Tapp-Harper, who was Northern District commander for two years and now heads the police department's Special Investigations Section.
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By Katie Mercado, For The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2013
While I'm too controlling and Type-A for a destination wedding I do sometimes think about what it would be like to just hop on a plane and get married on a beach or island somewhere. That daydream got me thinking about where I would actually go. I've been on vacation in Mexico and Jamaica where I saw couples getting married on the beach at our all-inclusive resort and then celebrate the rest of the week with their close family and friends. But then I wonder, does that mean you are spending your honeymoon with others, or do you have another vacation on top of your vacation?
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By Jennifer K. Dansicker | October 4, 2012
As fall approaches, the cuisines in area restaurants begin to change to suit the warm colors, temperatures and flavors of the season. Perhaps it's the cooling breezes or the leaves falling, but there is something about the weather that entices diners to seek out comfort food. Chef/owner Jon Kohler of Pairings Bistro in Bel Air has created a classic favorite, Beef Bourguignon. “Nothing is more comfort food when the weather starts to turn cooler than Beef Bourguignon. It's rich and tasty and pairs well with a wide variety of red wines from Bordeaux to Rhone to Rioja Spain to California Pinot Noir,” says Kohler, 40. Pairings Bistro is Kohler's first restaurant, which he opened in March 2009.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
Marie Branch's home-cooked Southern-style breakfast place in Canton has been pulling in a solid late-night crowd since she opened about two years ago near O'Donnell Square. She counts Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones among her regulars.  But Branch is scaling back the hours at Simply Marie's after being shaken by a recent burglary attempt.  "Me and my family are scared," Branch said. "It's not worth being open all night and putting my life in jeopardy for some dollars and some biscuits.
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By Steve Jones | April 19, 2012
In 15 years, Baldwin's Station has gone from the start-up stage to the forefront of fine dining. On Monday, April 16, the Sykesville restaurant was named Maryland's Favorite Restaurant for 2012 at the 58th McCormick and Company Stars of the Industry Awards Gala. The annual event, held at Martin's West in Baltimore, honored the state's top restaurants in 14 different categories. The Restaurant Association of Maryland tallied thousands of votes cast by the dining public. When the votes were counted, Baldwin's Station ranked ahead of five other finalists from around the state.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
The Baltimore County Walmart that was the site of a bleach fight last fall, clearing the store for several hours and sending 19 to the hospital, likely won't see one of the women allegedly involved for awhile. She was ordered by a judge Wednesday to stay away for five years . The Lansdowne location has been one of the busiest Walmart stores in the county for 911 responders. According to documents released by police to colleague Luke Broadwater, officers have been called to the Lansdowne Walmart about 1,600 times in the past four years.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | June 3, 1998
A teen-ager was killed and two young men were wounded early yesterday outside a bar in Southwest Baltimore -- the latest outbreak of violence in a neighborhood targeted by police as a "hot spot" for crime.The incident in Carrollton Ridge marked the fifth slaying this year in a 35-square block area where state and federal funds are paying for extra police patrols to minimize homicides and shootings."We managed to curtail a lot of problems over there in the past six or seven weeks," said Maj. John L. Bergbower, the Southwestern District police commander.
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By L'Oreal Thompson | November 28, 2011
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. And if that's true, then stop in for a coffee or sandwich at Vancherie's Union Avenue Café in downtown Havre de Grace. “If Cheers was a breakfast and lunch place, it would be Vancherie's,” says owner Becky Fitzgerald. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekends, Vancherie's serves breakfast all day. “Our omelettes are really, really good,” says Becky. “Everyone has a favorite, especially the crab omelette, which is made with lump crabmeat, tomato and cheddar.” Other popular dishes include the crab melt - crab and melted Swiss cheese on a grilled English muffin - and the BLT. Vancherie's serves up large portions made to order with fresh ingredients, many of which come from local farms or the café's backyard vegetable garden.
SPORTS
By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | July 28, 2011
The biggest winner in Northern Ireland's parade of major champions might turn out to be Royal Portrush. The scenic club overlooking the country's northern coast is getting a renewed look to bring back the British Open for the first time in more than 50 years. Meanwhile, there's new discussion about taking the Irish Open north as soon as 2013. Club officials said last week that Northern Ireland finance ministers have pledged the necessary financial support to lure the Irish Open, which has had eight host venues in the last 13 years.
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