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By Sam Sessa and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 18, 2010
Corralled by a ring of inflatable cushions near the back of Cadillac Ranch in the National Harbor sits Diablo, one of the state's few regularly operating mechanical bulls. On a typical Friday or Saturday night, hundreds of would-be cowboys sign a waiver and fork over $3 for a chance to test their bull-riding ability. Though a few experienced riders can stay on for as long as a minute, most last only 10 or 20 seconds, said Dathon Compton, the restaurant's general manager. But that doesn't stop them from trying.
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By Denise Weiss and For The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Hola rose lovers, and welcome to Hometown Dates. This is the week we get a glimpse into the people who spawned and reared the type of women who go on a reality dating show to find a husband. We are down to the final four ladies: Neekee, Andi, Clare and Renee. I won't lie to you; this episode was really boring and if you haven't watch it yet, you will thank me for saving you two hours. Neekee   We start in Neekee's hometown of Kansas City, with a shot of some random cows mooing and Neekee running across a park and into Juan Pablo's arms.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2012
It didn't take Canadian seaman Richard Thompson long to get quite a bit of Baltimore under his shiny gold belt. Tapas at Harborplace. Shopping for sunglasses. And a beery romp with some American sailors at Power Plant Live that left him with a different sort of souvenir. "It was a mechanical bull," said the crewman from the frigate Ville de Quebec, pointing to a fresh bruise on his lip. "In case you're wondering. " Thanks to this week's Sailabration commemorating the War of 1812, Baltimore is getting a taste of Fleet Week - and some of its legendary exuberance.
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Lionel Foster | January 3, 2013
A few months ago, during my first trip to Houston, I did what anyone whose knowledge of Texas is defined almost entirely by movies and television might do. I bought cowboy boots from a man with a handlebar mustache, went to a honky tonk, got thrown off a mechanical bull and mastered the "Boot Scootin' Boogie. " If I hadn't gone back to Texas last week, this story might have ended right about there, but during my second trip, with my cowboy itch already thoroughly scratched, I paid closer attention.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2005
Eastern Shore Sen. E.J. Pipkin wants freedom for two of Maryland's rather extreme party animals: a pair of mechanical bulls named Zeus and Hercules, who are bound by what he sees as bothersome state rules. Regulations require such rides to have a seat belt to protect riders -- a little-known fact until the bulls were shut down at a county fair two years ago. But to Pipkin and Western Extreme Entertainment LLC, which owns the devices, requiring a seat belt takes the fun out of riding a bucking mechanical bull.
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September 21, 2006
What's the point? -- You know there is fantastically random stuff to be had on eBay, or at least bizarrely fun auctions to read. But how to sort out the run-of-the-mill used shoes from the crossbow Jennifer Lopez used in the film The Cell? That's where this site comes in. What to look for --Just peruse the blog, which updates a couple of times a day, for the most recent listings in the celebrity or just-plain-weird -- or some combination -- realm. Recent entries spotlighted a Will Smith tour jacket, a mechanical bull and Glenn Close's Oscars dress from 1990.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2011
The country-western bar is such an overused concept, it's a wonder it took Power Plant Live this long to get one of its own. The downtown entertainment zone already has a rock bar, a mega club, a piano bar. Now it has PBR Baltimore , the place where, its publicist boasts, "cowboy cool meets urban chic. " But upon inspection, PBR has about as much cowboy cool as a bucket of KFC has real chicken. It's not so much a country-western bar as it is a mall-ified version of it. What Hot Topic is to punk, PBR is to country.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
If you're searching for gameday atmosphere in Federal Hill but looking to avoid the foot traffic of the Mother's Purple Patio, check out its relatively new neighbor, Cowboys & Rednecks Pub. Unattractive name aside, the C&R Pub wears its country-western theme lightly, at least compared to the over-the-top yee-hawing of other "down-home" establishments. (There is no mechanical bull.) And it's a hit: Walk by C&R on a Friday or Saturday night and prepare to wait in line. Most important for Sundays, C&R Pub has more than enough flat-screen TVs to satisfy any die-hard Ravens fan. Whether you're in a booth or standing in front of the long bar, you likely won't miss an interception by Ed Reed or a flex-a-thon by Ray Rice.
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Lionel Foster | January 3, 2013
A few months ago, during my first trip to Houston, I did what anyone whose knowledge of Texas is defined almost entirely by movies and television might do. I bought cowboy boots from a man with a handlebar mustache, went to a honky tonk, got thrown off a mechanical bull and mastered the "Boot Scootin' Boogie. " If I hadn't gone back to Texas last week, this story might have ended right about there, but during my second trip, with my cowboy itch already thoroughly scratched, I paid closer attention.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
The most interesting aspect of Bristol Palin's new reality show on Lifetime is how much padding the producers had to do to fill the time between an hour's worth of commercials Tuesday night. The padding was so bad that they showed the one scene with any energy and conflict four times during the hour. And that's a scene that anyone who still has any interest in this sorry Alaskan clan has already seen for months on YouTube. You know, it's the one in which Bristol Palin and two of her friends (and a posse of reality TV producers and technicians)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
If you're searching for gameday atmosphere in Federal Hill but looking to avoid the foot traffic of the Mother's Purple Patio, check out its relatively new neighbor, Cowboys & Rednecks Pub. Unattractive name aside, the C&R Pub wears its country-western theme lightly, at least compared to the over-the-top yee-hawing of other "down-home" establishments. (There is no mechanical bull.) And it's a hit: Walk by C&R on a Friday or Saturday night and prepare to wait in line. Most important for Sundays, C&R Pub has more than enough flat-screen TVs to satisfy any die-hard Ravens fan. Whether you're in a booth or standing in front of the long bar, you likely won't miss an interception by Ed Reed or a flex-a-thon by Ray Rice.
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August 9, 2012
"I don't think water is hurting you," Loren yells to Marcella after she refuses to take shots. Once again, the episode opens on the girls being frustrated with Marcella's martyrdom to classiness. In searching for answers, support, and protection from "Mama Drama," the Baltimore babes Gina and Marcella turn to God. In the morning, Loren rounds up the mothers to go a quiet breakfast. The daughters decide to stay in to plan a masquerade party after discovering the ease and glory of online shopping for the first time.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
The most interesting aspect of Bristol Palin's new reality show on Lifetime is how much padding the producers had to do to fill the time between an hour's worth of commercials Tuesday night. The padding was so bad that they showed the one scene with any energy and conflict four times during the hour. And that's a scene that anyone who still has any interest in this sorry Alaskan clan has already seen for months on YouTube. You know, it's the one in which Bristol Palin and two of her friends (and a posse of reality TV producers and technicians)
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2012
It didn't take Canadian seaman Richard Thompson long to get quite a bit of Baltimore under his shiny gold belt. Tapas at Harborplace. Shopping for sunglasses. And a beery romp with some American sailors at Power Plant Live that left him with a different sort of souvenir. "It was a mechanical bull," said the crewman from the frigate Ville de Quebec, pointing to a fresh bruise on his lip. "In case you're wondering. " Thanks to this week's Sailabration commemorating the War of 1812, Baltimore is getting a taste of Fleet Week - and some of its legendary exuberance.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2011
The country-western bar is such an overused concept, it's a wonder it took Power Plant Live this long to get one of its own. The downtown entertainment zone already has a rock bar, a mega club, a piano bar. Now it has PBR Baltimore , the place where, its publicist boasts, "cowboy cool meets urban chic. " But upon inspection, PBR has about as much cowboy cool as a bucket of KFC has real chicken. It's not so much a country-western bar as it is a mall-ified version of it. What Hot Topic is to punk, PBR is to country.
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By Sam Sessa and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 18, 2010
Corralled by a ring of inflatable cushions near the back of Cadillac Ranch in the National Harbor sits Diablo, one of the state's few regularly operating mechanical bulls. On a typical Friday or Saturday night, hundreds of would-be cowboys sign a waiver and fork over $3 for a chance to test their bull-riding ability. Though a few experienced riders can stay on for as long as a minute, most last only 10 or 20 seconds, said Dathon Compton, the restaurant's general manager. But that doesn't stop them from trying.
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August 9, 2012
"I don't think water is hurting you," Loren yells to Marcella after she refuses to take shots. Once again, the episode opens on the girls being frustrated with Marcella's martyrdom to classiness. In searching for answers, support, and protection from "Mama Drama," the Baltimore babes Gina and Marcella turn to God. In the morning, Loren rounds up the mothers to go a quiet breakfast. The daughters decide to stay in to plan a masquerade party after discovering the ease and glory of online shopping for the first time.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2005
Fearsome bulls, fearless cowboys and a roaring crowd. Live from Westminster, Md., it's Saturday night! Most Saturdays since Jan. 1, bull-riding fans have been filling the 1,500 seats at the Danele Shipley Memorial Arena at the Carroll County Agriculture Center. The Feb. 19 show was no exception. In the combined country-western and carnival atmosphere, twangy tunes blared from loudspeakers. Vendors hawked rodeo gear, and volunteers sold raffle tickets for a local charity. Aromas of frying funnel cakes and grilled Brahma cheeseburgers mingled with heady scents of leather and livestock.
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September 21, 2006
What's the point? -- You know there is fantastically random stuff to be had on eBay, or at least bizarrely fun auctions to read. But how to sort out the run-of-the-mill used shoes from the crossbow Jennifer Lopez used in the film The Cell? That's where this site comes in. What to look for --Just peruse the blog, which updates a couple of times a day, for the most recent listings in the celebrity or just-plain-weird -- or some combination -- realm. Recent entries spotlighted a Will Smith tour jacket, a mechanical bull and Glenn Close's Oscars dress from 1990.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2005
Eastern Shore Sen. E.J. Pipkin wants freedom for two of Maryland's rather extreme party animals: a pair of mechanical bulls named Zeus and Hercules, who are bound by what he sees as bothersome state rules. Regulations require such rides to have a seat belt to protect riders -- a little-known fact until the bulls were shut down at a county fair two years ago. But to Pipkin and Western Extreme Entertainment LLC, which owns the devices, requiring a seat belt takes the fun out of riding a bucking mechanical bull.
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