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May 15, 2007
WILLIAM BECKER, 85 Founded motel chain William Becker, who co-founded the Motel 6 chain, died of a heart attack April 2 in a Kingman, Ariz., hospital, said his son, Tod Becker. In the early 1960s, Mr. Becker and fellow contractor Paul Greene came up with a plan to build motels that offered rooms at bargain rates. They settled on a $6-per-night room rate that would cover building costs, land leases, mortgages, managers' salaries and maid service. The first Motel 6, a 54-unit complex in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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May 15, 2007
WILLIAM BECKER, 85 Founded motel chain William Becker, who co-founded the Motel 6 chain, died of a heart attack April 2 in a Kingman, Ariz., hospital, said his son, Tod Becker. In the early 1960s, Mr. Becker and fellow contractor Paul Greene came up with a plan to build motels that offered rooms at bargain rates. They settled on a $6-per-night room rate that would cover building costs, land leases, mortgages, managers' salaries and maid service. The first Motel 6, a 54-unit complex in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 1999
Is your kid's bedroom a temple of cleanliness or a cave of clutter?Little Suzy's habits, good or bad, could win you a year's worth of professional maid service. Kodak's online photo service, PhotoNet, is sponsoring the ``Messiest and Cleanest Kids' Rooms Contest'' (no, we're not kidding).The mom or dad who submits the winning digital snapshot gets a year's worth of maid service - a $2,400 value on paper, but priceless to parents. Runners-up get prizes such as a Kodak digital camera.If you have a digital camera or scanner, just attach the photo to an e-mail message and send it to contest@gregcomm.
BUSINESS
By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | July 5, 2000
Maid to Perfection Corp., a Baltimore-based cleaning franchise company, wants to sweep the nation with 100 new franchises by the end of the year. In November, the company began announcing ambitious plans to acquire independent maid companies and janitorial services. Newspapers in Detroit, central Ohio, Pittsburgh and Sacramento, Calif., published articles saying Maid to Perfection would open 10 businesses in six months. It also announced plans to expand into Arizona. Now, Maid to Perfection is abandoning the Detroit area.
NEWS
By BONITA FORMWALT | February 8, 1995
"So what are you getting Greg for Valentine's Day?" she asked.I looked at her, a blank expression on my face. Valentine's Day? It hadn't even crossed my mind. On a romantic scale of one to 10, I am probably a fraction."I've planned a long weekend at the inn where we spent our honeymoon. It's a surprise. Bill won't even know until I pick him up at the office Friday afternoon," she gushed.Greg and I honeymooned at Kings Dominion, where the most romantic attraction was Yogi's Cave.This is my curse: Give me a romantic weekend in February, I see the Visa bill in March.
BUSINESS
By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | July 5, 2000
Maid to Perfection Corp., a Baltimore-based cleaning franchise company, wants to sweep the nation with 100 new franchises by the end of the year. In November, the company began announcing ambitious plans to acquire independent maid companies and janitorial services. Newspapers in Detroit, central Ohio, Pittsburgh and Sacramento, Calif., published articles saying Maid to Perfection would open 10 businesses in six months. It also announced plans to expand into Arizona. Now, Maid to Perfection is abandoning the Detroit area.
NEWS
April 5, 1992
Darrin Crawford heard about the 11th annual Baltimore City Shape Up Parks program on the radio. Early yesterday morning, he left his Carroll County home in Woodbine and headed for Herring Run Park in Northeast Baltimore, where he joined more than 100 volunteers picking up trash and other debris.He ended his day winning a drawing for a trip for four to Yosemite National Park with airfare and hotel accommodations for a week.A bachelor, the 24-year-old Mr. Crawford said he hopes he can find enough people to go with him.Robert Schautz, 36, of Glen Burnie, an equipment mechanic at Baltimore's Clifton Park, won the second prize, free maid service for a year.
FEATURES
By Bob Kappstatter dTC | October 17, 1993
For every "champagne dream" suite, there are dozens of beer-budget flats sprinkled about, all clean, comfortable and conveniently located.In England, you can pick an apartment in fashionable Mayfair or Kensington, or find a reasonable rental near Piccadilly.Heading out to the countryside? Vacation cottage rentals abound, from Cornwall to the Cotswolds and beyond.In the mood for the posh in Paris? High-fashion apartments abound in the Right Bank. And funky Francophiles can take their pick on the Left Bank.
BUSINESS
By Robert Little and Robert Little,SUN STAFF | October 18, 1998
Like most hotel owners, Dominik Eckenstein runs an unpredictable business. During the busy summer season, the Admiral Fell Inn's 80 rooms might be teeming with guests; on slow nights he has a heap of empties.Rather than let those empty rooms cost him money, Eckenstein puts them to use.He barters them.Eckenstein will swap a stay at the inn for cleaning supplies, flowers or computer hardware. He bought some scuba equipment and lessons. He even stayed in someone else's hotel.The method is neither innovative nor unusual.
NEWS
By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 2, 1997
THE NATION'S, and the county's, aging population has caught the attention of builders in the central part of the county, who are quickly putting up residences designed for people ready to shed the demands of a full-sized dwelling. Seniors can choose from large community complexes to small group homes.There is the the new Sunrise Assisted and Independent Living complex, expected to open in June at Ritchie Highway, West McKinsey Road and Cypress Creek Road.The site overlooks the library and shopping centers that have long been the historic, if not official, heart of Severna Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 1999
Is your kid's bedroom a temple of cleanliness or a cave of clutter?Little Suzy's habits, good or bad, could win you a year's worth of professional maid service. Kodak's online photo service, PhotoNet, is sponsoring the ``Messiest and Cleanest Kids' Rooms Contest'' (no, we're not kidding).The mom or dad who submits the winning digital snapshot gets a year's worth of maid service - a $2,400 value on paper, but priceless to parents. Runners-up get prizes such as a Kodak digital camera.If you have a digital camera or scanner, just attach the photo to an e-mail message and send it to contest@gregcomm.
NEWS
By BONITA FORMWALT | February 8, 1995
"So what are you getting Greg for Valentine's Day?" she asked.I looked at her, a blank expression on my face. Valentine's Day? It hadn't even crossed my mind. On a romantic scale of one to 10, I am probably a fraction."I've planned a long weekend at the inn where we spent our honeymoon. It's a surprise. Bill won't even know until I pick him up at the office Friday afternoon," she gushed.Greg and I honeymooned at Kings Dominion, where the most romantic attraction was Yogi's Cave.This is my curse: Give me a romantic weekend in February, I see the Visa bill in March.
TRAVEL
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 12, 2006
A growing number of group tour operators are rolling out options for travelers who don't like to follow the herd. Mountain Travel Sobek (mt sobek.com) is starting Explorations, 27 private adventures to 20 countries designed for families, couples or friends traveling together. The trips are shorter than its group tours, which typically run 12 days or more, and offer more flexibility. Travelers may choose departure dates, for example, and can modify itineraries to suit their needs. If you feel like sleeping in one day instead of going on a five-mile hike, no problem.
SPORTS
By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | July 22, 1992
Imagine playing a game in which the people in the stands adore you, but no one on your team understands a word you say.That notion isn't so far-fetched to 11 of the 12 players on the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team, who make their living in Europe or Japan as strangers in a strange land, cut off from American customs, trends and endorsement opportunities."
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