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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Some restaurants have, apart from everything else, a likable quality. Diners pull for it and want it do well. On a recent Saturday night, the Grille at Maple Lawn was full, early-evening diners were smiling and there was the hum of general contentment in the air. All of the basic ingredients are in place. There's a warm, energetic atmosphere, a hospitable staff, and an appealing, accessible menu that easily mixes American and Mediterranean dishes - "Ameriterranean cuisine and beyond," is how the Grille puts it. You can get a filet mignon, if you like, or paella, a house specialty.
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NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
State environmental officials and the owners of the Sparrows Point peninsula are moving toward a settlement to correct alleged regulatory violations at the former steelmaking site. Regulators say an array of problems have occurred over the past year on the 2,300-acre peninsula, including illegal open dumping of industrial sludge, improper handling of hazardous materials and the running of an unlicensed scrap tire operation. "We are drafting a settlement in the form of a consent order which will provide terms and a schedule for corrective actions - and which will include a financial penalty," Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman Jay Apperson said in a statement.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
TAMPA -- Even though Orioles manager Buck Showalter said right-hander Mike Wright had been shut down with right elbow tendinitis, Wright pitched two scoreless innings Thursday in a Triple-A minor league game at Twin Lakes Park. Wright appeared to be OK and just had some minor shoulder soreness. Showalter said Wright, who is ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the Orioles' system, according to Baseball America, came into the trainer's room Wednesday at the minor league complex complaining of elbow discomfort.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 13, 2014
A few words about Nathan Entingh's hand gun. Meaning, you should understand, not a gun you hold in your hand, but rather, the hand itself, thumb cocked and index finger extended to resemble a pistol. One afternoon late last month, young Mr. Entingh, who goes to school in Columbus, Ohio, was goofing off in science class when he raised such a "hand gun," pointed it at another kid's head, and said, "Boom. " Not a good thing to do, and Mr. Entingh, who is 10, should certainly have been reprimanded.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and Scott Calvert and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Last March, Baltimore issued a speed camera ticket to a bus company after one of its yellow buses was clocked going 42 mph on Harford Road. But the city voided that $40 citation after concluding the vehicle's actual speed was just 26 mph - below the 30 mph limit. That erroneous ticket is among a number of problems that city transportation officials knew about but did not disclose publicly when they suspended the speed and red-light camera program last April, according to internal city documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The documents come to light as the City Council presses Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to turn over reams of records to a council committee investigating the troubled camera program, which operated from 2009 until last April.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
Police believe the father of an 11-year-old girl abducted her from the Dundalk home where her mother was found dead Thursday morning. On Friday police had obtained an arrest warrant for 38-year-old Timothy Howard Virts in connection with the death of Bobbie Jo Cortez. The Amber Alert issued Thursday for their daughter, Caitlyn Marie Virts, remains active on billboards throughout the region and told motorists to be on the lookout for a black SUV. Investigators believe the girl is with her father.
NEWS
By Evan Cook | March 7, 2014
The Ukrainians are always fighting - so says my mother. And she should know, having grown up in a Ukrainian immigrant family in New Jersey. The stories are endless and somewhat entertaining, if often disheartening. Like one story about how my grandmother and great aunt argued about who was the younger sibling, each claiming the title and each refusing to let the facts get in the way. But all of these family stories reflect the great unrest taking place in Ukraine today. The roots of these troubles didn't just sprout last year, or 10 years ago, or even after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center on Thursday placed the globe on El Niño watch, with a 50 percent chance of the global climate pattern developing by summer or fall. El Nino is characterized by above-average Pacific Ocean surface temperatures along the equator, just west of South America. It can cause climate patterns that contribute to extreme weather around the world, with some areas prone to drought or others to flooding, for example. In Maryland and the Northeast, El Niño is perhaps best known for bringing snowy winters -- though that's not required, as this snowy winter occurred under what are considered "neutral" conditions, with neither El Niño or La Niña present.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
By the time Devin Gray finished his junior year at Clemson, he was considered one of the best basketball players in the Atlantic Coast Conference. A 6-foot-6, 230-pound forward, Gray had a game that combined power and finesse, grit and grace. His left-handed shot was smooth and his baseline drives nearly unstoppable. “[Former Clemson star] Dale Davis and I used to say he had the best baseline game we had ever seen,” recalled James “Chubby” Wells, who played at Clemson in the late 1970s and would become Gray's agent and mentor.
SPORTS
By Aaron Oster | February 28, 2014
In the first live wrestling show on the WWE Network, a fantastic show from NXT was marred by technical issues. The Network has kicked off to mixed results so far. The initial demand (some estimates had between 250,000-350,000 people signing up on the first day) had overwhelmed MLB Advanced Media and caused issues for the first 48 hours of the launch. However, by Wednesday afternoon it seemed like most of the issues had been fixed, and people were immensely enjoying the product. However, on Thursday night, during the NXT: ArRIVAL show, the technical difficulties cropped up again.
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