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January 1, 2012
Of the machines visitors to the National Pinball Museum will be able to play, here are founder david Silverman's three favorites: Big Bang Bar (1996) "To me, it's one of the best-designed packages that I've ever played," he said. "Everything just works smoothly, design-wise, artistically, skill-wise, everything. It also has great humor and fantastic artwork. " Fireball (1972) "It was my first game. It's the first multi-ball and spinning-disc game that I played.
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ENTERTAINMENT
Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
How can it have been 38 years since Heart's “Magic Man” became an FM radio staple? Saturday night at Pier Six Pavilion, before a near-sold-out house, the Wilson sisters - lead singer Ann with guitarist Nancy - and their band's latest incarnation played a tight, straight-ahead 90-minute set short on spontaneity and surprises, but plenty long on the propulsive rock 'n' roll that earned Heart a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their fans clearly loved it, and for good reason: this was classic rock with an oomph, a well-oiled hit machine that shows little sign of wearing down anytime soon.
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NEWS
February 24, 2013
Maryland continues to operate one of the least reliable, least credible election systems in the nation. How so? Because we vote using a paperless election system which fails to allow either for independent recounting or independent auditing. Our touch screen system has no way of uncovering and correcting either errors or fraud. Some day a machine in a Western Maryland precinct will report 100 percent of its votes going to Democrats. Or a Baltimore City machine will give all of its votes to Republican candidates.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Joan Mainhart had wrapped up a moderately successful day playing the slots at Maryland Live - walking in with $100, stepping out with $150 - but standing outside the casino in the afternoon sun Friday she considered whether she would take a shot at a million-dollar jackpot for $500 a spin. The retired IRS paralegal from Linthicum thought a moment and came to a definite maybe: "Only if I hit the lottery, then I might splurge. " Otherwise, she said, "there's just no way. " From the regular folks like Mainhart who play the quarter and dollar machines to the high-rollers who think nothing of pumping a few grand into a slot machine, people will have their chance soon enough at the state's biggest slots jackpot as Maryland Live unveils a new $1 million machine at 11 p.m. Saturday.
NEWS
October 25, 2013
Voters can see how the city's electronic voting machine system operates at a demonstration next week. The system will be used for the upcoming City Council elections. Members of the Board of Election Supervisors will demonstrate the system on Thursday, Oct. 31 from noon to 4 p.m. in the council chambers at the Laurel Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Road. City officials described the system, known as ELECTronic 1242, as being a direct-recording system that is self-contained.
HEALTH
By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
This time of year, people have weight loss on their minds. According to a 2012 survey published in the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology, losing weight is the No. 1 New Year's resolution. For some Baltimore residents, working toward that goal by eating healthfully has gotten easier over the past year, thanks to the introduction of healthy snacks in their office or school vending machines. In December, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman signed an executive order banning the sale of high-sugar drinks in county buildings and at county-sponsored events; Baltimore City is exploring similar initiatives.
FEATURES
By Kristine Henry
The Baltimore Sun
| March 3, 2014
A new study in the journal Pediatrics found that some white-noise machines that are used for helping babies fall asleep and stay asleep are so loud they could potentially harm babies' ears. The study didn't show evidence of any baby's hearing that had been damaged by the machines, but did research the machines' decibel levels and found that some could be turned up to a degree loud enough to damage infants' ears. No studies so far on the damage to parents' ears from screaming babies, but still, play it safe and don't turn those sleep machines all the way up to 11. For more on the study, click here .  
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2013
The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously Monday to ban automated kiosks that give money on the spot for used electronics - part of an effort to curb cellphone thefts. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake praised the decision. "Tonight's vote was a step in the right direction for a safer Baltimore," she said in a statement. "These machines have been known to attract criminal activity, making it harder for communities to be safe. I support this ban and additional efforts that government and private industry can make to reduce incidents of crime surrounding these machines and to improve technologies that can permanently deactivate a stolen cell phone - making the device obsolete and reducing the incentive for criminals to steal them.
HEALTH
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2010
Healthful food and vending machines don't exactly mix. Vending machines are typically seen as antithetical to good health, with the industry criticized for contributing to childhood obesity and targeted by new rules requiring calorie disclosure. But don't tell that to William H. Carpenter Jr., president of Annapolis-based Vend Natural, a vending company that specializes in healthful snacks. Instead of soda, cookies and other types of junk food, customers can buy pineapple chunks, baby carrots, multigrain power bars or relatively low-fat pita chips from Vend Natural's vending machines.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Representatives of Maryland's game machine businesses lost a round in their fight against proposed state regulations they say could cripple the industry. Sen. Paul G. Pinsky, co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative, Legislative and Executive Review, said his panel won't ask that the rules proposed by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission be put on hold to allow for committee hearings. Under the proposed regulations, operators would have to register all their machines with the lottery agency, pay fees for some of them and file reports on when they are moved.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Representatives of Maryland's game machine businesses lost a round in their fight against proposed state regulations they say could cripple the industry. Sen. Paul G. Pinsky, co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative, Legislative and Executive Review, said his panel won't ask that the rules proposed by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission be put on hold to allow for committee hearings. Under the proposed regulations, operators would have to register all their machines with the lottery agency, pay fees for some of them and file reports on when they are moved.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Four instruments fashioned from magnets and turntables and thick metal springs are conversing in a gallery of the Walters Art Museum . They pop and hum, plink like the teeth of a comb. One calls to mind an amplified heartbeat. Another sounds like someone far away brushing a drum head. Like drunken guests at a party, their tones blend, then break into discordant sounds. One bellows at unexpected intervals. "These are idiosyncratic machines," says their creator, artist and musician Neil Feather.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Every working breastfeeding mother has had it happen at least once: You're on a break, ready to pump, when you discover you forgot a crucial piece of equipment.  Maybe it's a valve, a piece of tubing or a storage bag. You find yourself wondering if you can store milk in a water bottle or use butter as a nipple cream because there's no time to run home.  What can you do? Workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital can now purchase breastfeeding equipment from a vending machine -- believed to be the first of its kind.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Jerry Greenspan has been running the Fun City arcade in Ocean City for 40 years, long enough to see children who played games there grow up and bring their children to continue the summer boardwalk tradition. Now he wonders how long it can go on. "We barely made it last year," said Greenspan, who owns Fun City and is a partner in Sportland, two of the three largest boardwalk arcades. "If the landscape continues the way it's going, I don't see how we can stay in business much longer.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | July 5, 2014
Lacrosse Walters' 8 points not enough for Bayhawks Midfielder Joe Walters (Maryland) had four goals and four assists for the second straight game, but the Chesapeake Bayhawks lost, 16-14, to the host Ohio Machine on Friday. Midfielder Ben Hunt (Severna Park) added two goals and two assists for last-place Chesapeake (3-7), which committed 21 turnovers and is in last place in Major League Lacrosse. "I thought we gave one away. We gave it away on both ends of the field," Bayhawks coach Dave Cottle said.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun and By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore won't open until August, but the woman warrior's face on Sky Rider already glows alluringly on the second floor, offering the chance at "Silver Treasures. " The slot machine stands among a sea of recent arrivals at the Russell Street casino: Lucky Larry's Lobster Mania, A Win for All Seasons, Whales of Cash, Ultimate Sevens, Super Monopoly Money. Many remain wrapped in plastic. Hard-hatted technicians tend to the electronics of others. Some like Sky Rider are fully lit up, their wheels spinning for no one for now. The 2,500 slot machines being installed at Horseshoe incorporate the latest technology and pop-culture themes, ranging from "The Walking Dead" to the retro 1960s-era "Batman" television show.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
MARC train ticket vending machines at Martin Airport, Edgewood, Aberdeen and Perryville are out of service, the Maryland Transportation Authority said Wednesday afternoon. Authorities have notified a technician. In the meantime, one-way and round-trip tickets may be purchased for cash on the train, a MARC alert said. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2013
In an attempt to provide thieves one less outlet to collect cash for stolen cellphones, the Baltimore City Council is poised to vote Monday to ban automated kiosks that give money on the spot for used electronics. Council members threw aside a compromise between the police and the leading manufacturer of the "reverse ATMs" that would have authorized the machines in Baltimore if they could meet the same reporting standards as pawn shops. A San Diego-based company that makes the machines, ecoATM, argues that banning their kiosks - which require individuals selling phones to scan their driver's license, be photographed and provide a thumb print - will just drive the industry underground to unregulated markets.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Early one morning last week, Jack Kane was pacing around a Glen Burnie warehouse, reviewing paperwork and checking equipment to make sure everything was in order to deliver scores of voting machines to regional polling stations. Kane, 26, is the Anne Arundel County project manager for the Kane Co., an Elkridge-based firm that's transporting some 16,000 voting machines to nearly 1,800 voting centers throughout Maryland. Security is a top priority, and part of Kane's job involves making sure machines don't get tampered with.
NEWS
By Elizabeth Heubeck | June 2, 2014
Parents of child athletes, take this quiz: Does your child receive lessons from a professional, paid coach in addition to a team coach? Do you routinely travel more than 30 minutes, one way, to your child's sporting events? Does your child's sport schedule conflict with other family commitments? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, chances are your family has also been ensnared in the sport-centric web that's now so much a part of childhood. I know mine has. It's tough to pinpoint how it happens or who is to blame.
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