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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | May 9, 1991
A man dubbed Washington's "Sultan of Sleaze" has ended his legal cease-fire with a Crownsville nudist camp, charging officials there slandered him during a police investigation in Florida that ended with his arrest on a child pornography charge.Dennis Sobin, a self-proclaimed "sexual libertine activist" whose sexually oriented businesses have included escort services, an adult bookstore, "dial-a-porn" phone lines, massage parlors and "nude touchy-feely clubs," filed a $100,000 suit against Pine Tree Associates, operators of the Pine Tree Nudist Community, yesterday in county Circuit Court.
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Lionel Foster | December 20, 2012
Twenty years from now, I will tell people I was present at the creation. One evening last fall, my colleague Jason Toraldo walked into my office and asked if I could troubleshoot a problem he was having on Facebook. He had recently put up a page for a small business he owned and wanted to connect it to his personal account. I'm reasonably tech savvy, but I wasn't prepared for what I saw. A nervous pig dressed like a middle-aged man, in slacks and an argyle sweater, was entangled in a pine tree and a string of colorful lights.
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By William Amelia TEN things that sound better than they are: 1. Hot buttered rum. 2. Staying home with a good book. 3. The Super Bowl. 4. Picnics. 5. The beach. 6. Pate. 7. Traveling. 8. Cherry pie. 9. Face lifts. 10. Being a princess. It takes six months to get into shape and two weeks to get out of shape. Once you know this you can stop being angry about other things in life and only be angry about this. Comedian Rita Rudner | March 25, 1992
A streak of flame orange and blackblurs the corner of my eye,then turns, slows and settlesin a pine tree nearby.It was seen before in another time,by colonists we've heard,who saw the colors of their lordsand called it Baltimore bird.Baltimore Oriole, master builderof pendant nests in treetops tall,faithful fire bird migrant, evenHenry Thoreau awaited its call.Oriole, high over the treesfrom far Mexico and beyond,to here, here in a pine treeby a greening saltmarsh pond.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2011
A 16-year-old teen driving a three-wheeler died after striking a tree in Havre de Grace Wednesday night, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Tyler Lee Hickman lost control of the Honda three-wheeler, causing him to hit a pine tree and be thrown from a vehicle, sheriff's deputies said. Deputies arrived shortly before 8 p.m. to the 2400 block of Old Robin Hood Road, where they found Hickman, who had landed in a rocky embankment 10 to 15 feet away from the tree and was suffering from a large laceration to the back of his head.
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By Arthur Hirsch | January 14, 2010
Verizon Wireless has been given permission to put up a new cell phone tower up to 87 feet tall in rural northern Baltimore County, but only if it is disguised as a silo, not a pine tree as originally proposed. A lawyer for a group opposing the tower said he expects to appeal the ruling. In a 16-page decision released Wednesday, County Zoning Commissioner William J. Wiseman III wrote that he was not persuaded by opponents' arguments that the proposed pine tree tower would hurt property values or scenic views in the Sparks-Glencoe area, but this was one of those occasions when he "must choose an alternative that seems, not right, but simply less wrong."
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff | May 8, 1991
A Crownsville camp is hosting a free Memorial Day weekend for servicemen and women to recognize the victory in the Persian Gulf war, but participants are advised to pack light.The camp, run by Pine Tree Associates Inc., is for nudists.Military personnel have for months been offered airfare discounts and other perks by American business who want to show their appreciation for the war effort. Now, Pine Tree and the Eastern Sunbathing Association is offering a free weekend, May 25-27, to men and women in, er, uniform.
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By SAKalinch | June 21, 1995
this weekon tuesday afternoon2b precisea neon green GrassHopperantennae twice as long as heperched like an ornamentatop the champagne-colored hoodof my tercelhe stood transfixed fourlong & curving milestil underneath a pine treeat the outermost cornerof the small shopping center'sblacktop lotwe stopped aslant three spotsI hopped out to the hood& coaxed the bug onto a business cardI saw a glint of red along the greenas whiskers twitched& tentativelygratefully?six...
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June 13, 1995
A robber held a gun to the head of a restaurant worker Saturday night but fled empty-handed when frightened customers and other workers bolted out a side door, triggering an emergency alarm, county police said.The man walked in the Red Hot & Blue restaurant in the 200 block of Old Mill Bottom Road shortly before midnight, grabbed employee Juan Padialla, 23, put a gun to the back of his head and demanded to see the manager, police said.When several workers and customers ran out and tripped the alarm, the gunman led Mr. Padialla out the front door and released him unharmed.
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February 2, 1993
IN California recently, police officers arrested a 15-year old youth immediately after he was rescued from a freeway sign from which he was dangling.It seems the poor fellow had been abandoned by another young man when they'd seen the police approaching.The youth was later charged with "being a juvenile in possession of an aerosol container in the city," and held on suspicion of vandalism.Apparently the kids weren't the only ones who saw the writing on the wall.* * *MORE news from California: Tree preservation and social concerns have finally found common ground in Carmel.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2011
A 16-year-old teen driving a three-wheeler died after striking a tree in Havre de Grace Wednesday night, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Tyler Lee Hickman lost control of the Honda three-wheeler, causing him to hit a pine tree and be thrown from a vehicle, sheriff's deputies said. Deputies arrived shortly before 8 p.m. to the 2400 block of Old Robin Hood Road, where they found Hickman, who had landed in a rocky embankment 10 to 15 feet away from the tree and was suffering from a large laceration to the back of his head.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2011
Homeowners: Put down your shovels and pick up your brooms. Heavy snow of the kind dumped on the region this week is tough on trees and shrubs, and much of the damage is already done. But experts agree that you can reduce the damage by using a broom to gently remove the snow from shrubs and brushing it off trees - especially evergreens - as high as you can reach. Evergreens, because of their dense foliage, accumulate more snow, and their fine branching is more easily damaged by the weight of the snow.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2010
A single-vehicle crash took the life of a man in Westminster after his SUV left a roadway and crashed into trees, according to Maryland State Police. Luis Alberto Martinez Gomez, for whom no age was provided, was driving a Mercury Mountaineer on Sunday morning southward on Stone Road, just north of Halter Road, and failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle struck two pine trees, a statement from the state police's Westminster barrack said. Gomez, who lived on Black Locust Lane, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2010
There's a new foreign insect pest stalking Maryland's pine trees, and state agriculture officials expanded the pine shoot beetle quarantine zone Friday into Baltimore's suburbs in a bid to slow the pest's advance toward valuable loblolly pine timberlands on the Eastern Shore. The state is especially concerned about reaching small Christmas tree farmers who might not be aware of the threat, so that inspectors can monitor their farms and enlist them in the battle. "Even though we haven't seen much damage in Maryland, we're … on the front lines, trying to keep it from moving into the big, pine-producing regions in the South, including the Eastern Shore," said Carol Holko, manager of the state Agriculture Department's Plant Protection and Weed Management Section.
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By Arthur Hirsch | January 14, 2010
Verizon Wireless has been given permission to put up a new cell phone tower up to 87 feet tall in rural northern Baltimore County, but only if it is disguised as a silo, not a pine tree as originally proposed. A lawyer for a group opposing the tower said he expects to appeal the ruling. In a 16-page decision released Wednesday, County Zoning Commissioner William J. Wiseman III wrote that he was not persuaded by opponents' arguments that the proposed pine tree tower would hurt property values or scenic views in the Sparks-Glencoe area, but this was one of those occasions when he "must choose an alternative that seems, not right, but simply less wrong."
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By Janene Holzberg and Janene Holzberg,Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2009
Not all of the real estate from nursery rhymes and fairy tales is created equal. Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater's bright-orange abode, where he keeps his Marie Antoinette look-alike wife, is so light that one person easily rolled it into place on a recent workday at Clark's Elioak Farm in Ellicott City. Even the Gingerbread House that Hansel and Gretel long ago discovered on a trek through the forest slid easily off a flatbed truck, with just a few pairs of hands and a two-by-four guiding it to its cozy resting spot amid the white pines.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,sun reporter | November 12, 2006
Tree-planting project honors military There were no flags. No military bands. No speeches by politicians. Instead, there were 500 pitch pine saplings, dozens of shovels and a single uniformed Boy Scout hollering out orders. Over the whine of a chain saw, dozens of muddy children, parents and grandparents splashed through a swampy forest near Annapolis yesterday to commemorate Veterans Day by planting a living shrine to the men and women who have served in the nation's wars. At 11 seconds past 11:11 a.m. -- the time commemorating the official end of fighting in World War I on Nov. 11, 1918 -- the planting ceased and the group of about 80 gathered by the stream for a moment of silence.
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By ELISE ARMACOST | June 27, 1993
Bill and Fran Pacer are encouraging me to bare a lot more than my soul next week, when nudists from all across America converge on Crownsville for the fifth annual "Nude Olym-picks."Mr. Pacer, the Olym-picks PR man who signs his press releases, "Naked as day one," tells me I am cordially invited to attend. Indeed, I am cordially invited to strip down and savor the full Olym-pick experience."You can come on a day when cameras aren't allowed," he says (we are talking on the telephone; he tells me he is nude as we speak)
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | April 2, 1997
Poetically speaking, only God can make a tree. Politically, it's a different story.Baltimore County's zoning commissioner today is expected to hear a controversial case about a 100-foot cellular phone tower that soon could sprout at Greenspring Avenue and Interstate 695 -- masquerading as a pine tree.Proposed by Bell Atlantic-NYNEX Mobile for its customers whose cell phone connections grow weak near the Pikesville exit because of the Beltway's hilly terrain, the tower is designed to mesh with the wooded lot.The design -- part of a national trend to disguise such towers -- is a peace offering to residents near Greenspring Avenue and Old Court Road.
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By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | November 20, 2005
Harry Mancha readily admits that he is regifting this holiday and that the recipient knows. But both parties in this gift exchange are grateful. The Norway spruce that Mancha gave to his wife, Suzanne, 14 years ago became the couple's present to all of Carroll County last week. "Now, it is our Christmas present to the county," said Mancha, one of more than a dozen residents to offer the county a free pine tree. The 30-foot, lush green pine, pruned and nurtured at their Manchester home for the past 1 1/2 decades, is gracing the entrance to the County Office Building in Westminster.
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By Donna Deane and Donna Deane,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 17, 2004
If you've ever gazed up at the pine tree in your yard and wondered if you could harvest some fresh pine nuts from those cones, the answer is yes - and good luck. Pine nuts come from specific varieties of pine trees, about 20 worldwide, that produce edible seeds. The individual seeds are encased in a hard shell inside the pine cone. After harvesting, the cones must first be heated, then left to dry before small, hard seeds can be shaken out of the cones. These seeds are cracked open to get to the pine nut. This labor-intensive harvesting is the reason pine nuts are so expensive (the most expensive after macadamia nuts)
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