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December 22, 2012
January 1. A dropped pass and a missed field goal keep Joe Flacco and the Ravens out of the Super Bowl. February 2. Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson becomes Mr. Super PAC by pumping millions into Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign. 3. Riots in Athens kick off a year of public unrest over the European debt crisis . March 4. Federal regulators approve Chicago-based Exelon's takeover of Constellation Energy , leaving Baltimore without a Fortune 500 headquarters.
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NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2012
After mounting menorahs atop minivans and gathering in Park Heights, members of Baltimore's Jewish community paraded in a caravan south to the Inner Harbor, where they ate latkes and jelly doughnuts, danced and listened to traditional music before lighting the city's 30-foot-tall menorah in McKeldin Park. Under a misty rain Sunday evening, another Hanukkah season was marked downtown, with celebrants of the festival of lights proudly announcing their faith on Light Street. "Hanukkah has a special message, not only for people of the Jewish community but also for the larger community," said Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, director of Chabad Lubavitch in Maryland, which helped organize the event.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
A Virginia firm is planning to convert 10 Light Street, Baltimore's iconic red-brick office tower topped with green and gold, into apartments. “The 520,000 square foot, 34 story structure will be converted to 445 for-lease residences,” according to a statement on the website of Metropolitan Partnership Ltd., the Reston, Va., development firm that purchased the building in November for $6 million. Ten Light was completed in 1929 and last sold in 2002, for $5.3 million to the Nellis Corp.
NEWS
The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
Streets throughout Baltimore will be closed temporarily Saturday for the 2012 Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival, which includes a 26-mile marathon, a half-marathon and a 5K race. According to the organizers, here is a list of street closures and approximate times. Organizers say that final decisions about when to open and close streets will be made by police officers at various intersections. They say there also may be "rolling stops," which means an officer may allow vehicles to proceed when there is a gap between runners.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2012
Orioles fans were still bubbling Saturday morning, many clad in orange while going for their morning jog or cup of joe, basking in the baseball glow that took more than a decade to shine on the city. "It's been rejuvenating the city," said James Parsons , 33, of Locust Point as he and his family took a walk to the Fort Avenue Starbucks. "It's been rough because it's been 15 years since they've been relevant. " Parson and his wife, Sarah, chuckled as her 1-year-old son Brandon, bedecked in Orioles gear played with his hat. The couple was just discussing baby-sitting plans as they look forward to using the Yankees game tickets they secured.
NEWS
By Stephen J.K. Walters | September 23, 2012
If you haven't been to Harborplace lately, stop by. It's had some work done. And like many facelifts, the beauty of this one surely depends on the eye of the beholder. Suburban mall rats will feel right at home. The Light Street pavilion features chain retailers like Urban Outfitter, chain restaurants like Hooters, and even a chain tourist attraction in Ripley's Believe It or Not "Odditorium" (one of 32 nationwide). Pratt Street's offerings also skew generic (featuring, e.g., one of 170 extant Cheesecake Factories)
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2012
So it's an established fact that Apple's new Maps App is a epic fail. With missing cities, "melted" bridges and dams and even a duplicated island in Asia, Apple's maps roll out has been anything but smooth. But what about maps for the Baltimore area? I took a swing through the Inner Harbor to see what mayhem I could find and the results were worth of a giggle or two. Among the findings: The Spirit of Baltimore (a small cruise ship) has run aground near Light Street Light Street also now has a drive-thru cupcake joint.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
Call it Langermann's Junior. The same team behind Langermann's in Canton - chef Neal Langermann and partners David McGill and Mark Lasker - have opened a new restaurant, just south of Federal Hill, in South Baltimore. The location, 1542 Light St., was recently the home to 1542 Gastropub and before that, the Reserve. Langermann's on Light, as it's known, opened on Sept. 10. "Basically we've always liked Federal Hill," McGill said. "We spent a lot of time looking there before opening the Canton location.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper and Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
Drivers are urged to plan alternate routes to travel through downtown Baltimore, as significant road closures are slated to begin Thursday evening to prepare for the second annual Grand Prix of Baltimore. At 8 a.m. Thursday, Baltimore Police warned drivers to expect delays on 395 due to the Grand Prix. Traffic is diverted to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Pratt Street from MLK to Paca Street is currently closed and Conway Street is currently closed. Light Street between Key Highway and Pratt Street, and Howard Street between Lombard and Pratt streets will be closed beginning at 7:30 p.m. The northbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard exit to Russell Street will close at 1:30 p.m., shortly after the start of the Orioles game.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2012
The nearly five-week closure of Light Street in downtown Baltimore after a major water main break beneath its surface last month has ended, according to the city's Department of Public Works. The street reopened to traffic about 4 p.m. Sunday, said Kurt Kocher, a department spokesman. It first closed July 16, when a 20-inch-wide water main dating to 1889 ruptured, buckling the street's surface between East Lombard Street and East Baltimore Street. The main had previously been labeled as a "high risk.
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