August 19, 2003
"What is that?" Gary Jones of Newport News, Va., blurted out to his children as they cruised past the Kiln Creek Shopping Center in York County, Va. "We have to stop and check it out." It's not often that one passes a bus painted in candy colors that only the Partridge Family could love with a giant yellow baby chicken on the roof. The Jones family had encountered the "Peeps Fun Bus," which is undertaking a year-long, coast-to-coast caravan to mark the 50th anniversary of the little marshmallow chicks that are popular around Easter.
October 15, 2000
One hot, sweaty August day a few years back, my friend Tom and I decided to take in a freak show at the Wisconsin State Fair. It wasn't something we'd normally do. Tom was the kind of guy who wore bow ties, and I've never exactly been Ms. Let-It-All-Hang-Loose. For some reason, the meshing of our personalities resulted in weirdly spontaneous behavior. The sideshow was made up of several mobile homes, each containing a different attraction. We paid admission to one, and went inside. It wasn't air-conditioned, so the lights were turned off to minimize the heat.
November 18, 1998
The state's second-highest court dealt a blow yesterday to Anne Arundel County's seven-year effort to control adult bookstores through special zoning.A three-judge panel of the Court of Special Appeals directed that the county's Board of Appeals hold a hearing on a challenge to the zoning law.The appeals court's ruling has to do with whose case is presented first. The court held that the county must present its case first at the hearing because it is trying to show that 2020C West, a bookstore in Parole that has peep shows, is an adult bookstore.
January 29, 1998
The Anne Arundel County Circuit Court must determine the constitutionality of county zoning restrictions on peep shows and adult bookstores, the state's highest court ruled yesterday.The ruling by the Court of Appeals -- a setback for the county, which had won in lower courts -- pointed to what might be a constitutional flaw in the county's law, which allows a zoning official to decide what is obscene.Harry Levy, a lawyer for Annapolis Road Ltd., had argued that the county never spelled out how it would decide whether movies are obscene.
July 6, 1997
When she's not belting out "Tomorrow" on stage, Annie, accompanied by an orphan or two, likes to head out to Times Square for a quick game of Lazer Tag at one of the slick new arcades, followed by a bowl of spaghetti or a burger at a hip but positively kid-friendly eatery.They window-shop at the huge Disney Store that anchors the corner of 42nd Street. Across the street are two other recent arrivals kids love: DAPY for weird and wacky trinkets and Magic Max for take-home magic tricks."Times Square is really fascinating, especially at night with all of the lights, and a lot safer than I thought it would be," offers 8-year-old Brittny Kissinger, the endearing Annie of the new 20th-anniversary Broadway production.
July 10, 1994
I am sitting on the back porch, enjoying our new home entertainment center: a hanging basket filled with cascading pink geraniums and a nest of chattering baby birds.No cable television for me. I have my own Nature Channel, thanks to a family of finches that has moved into the neighborhood.Where did they settle? Not in the trees or any of the birdhouses that surround our place. No, these birds passed up ordinary lodgings, landing instead on our porch, where Ms. Finch built her nest in the center of a 12-inch basket brimming with geraniums and hanging from the rafters.