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By JUDI DASH | November 13, 2005
Why endure ordinary coffee from those humdrum hotel room coffee makers when you can have rich French press coffee instead - without calling room service? The unbreakable French Press Carafe brews coffee right in the water, so the full flavor is released. Just pour a scoop or two of ground coffee (measuring scoop included) into the bottom of the 12-ounce carafe and add boiling water (maybe from the hotel drip coffee maker or right from the bathroom spigot if it's hot enough). Wait five minutes, slowly press the included plunger and pour.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
The air temperature was 14 degrees and the water was 30 degrees, so if state Sen. Allan Kittleman of Howard County had opted to simply plant a toe or two in the Chesapeake Bay on Friday morning, who could have blamed him? Instead, he immersed himself completely, making the most of his part in the 18th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. "You've got to plunge. It woke me up," said Kittleman, taking the second of what was to be a plunge every hour for 24 hours, placing him among 50 hearty souls in the Super Plunge category.
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January 31, 2007
The brave and the silly descended upon Sandy Point State Park last weekend for the 11th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. More than 7,000 partic ipants chilled themselves in the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, raising $2 million for the Special Olympics in the process. Among the swimmers was former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a habitual plunger.
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By Jordan Bartel and Assistant editor, b | January 21, 2014
Curious to know exactly how it feels to jump into near-freezing water? Ask Josh Bronson - he's done it as a Polar Bear Plunge participant for the past two years and he's prepping for a third plunge this weekend. "It can feel like anything from taking ice and rubbing it all over your body [to] being stabbed repeatedly all over your body," said Bronson, 34, who lives in Westminster. The event benefits Special Olympics Maryland and features the majority of its plunges on Saturday at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis (for more information, go to plungemd.com)
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By Candus Thomson | September 16, 2007
Forget about cowboy coffee, that hideous, gritty brew cooked in a pot over the campfire that people try to pass off as, well, authentic. And don't reach for that jar of instant, either. If you want a morning shot of joe before going hiking or firing up the outboard or raising the sail, make the real thing with the Hector Press ($22; www.active-gear.com), an all-in-one French coffee press and insulated mug. Just put your ground coffee in the bottom of the mug, add 20 ounces of hot water, put the lid on and let steep.
NEWS
December 10, 1993
FIVE years ago, a woman tried to revive her husband with a toilet plunger -- and succeeded.The man had been suffering from a heart attack and the frantic wife, not knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, grabbed for the first thing she saw. It paid off. Researchers from the American Heart Association now report that a suction devise inspired by the plunger seems twice as effective as standard CPR.Dr. Kelly Tucker of the cardiology department with the University of Florida says that of 53 hospitalized patients suffering from cardiac arrest, 24 percent of the patients who received suction-enhanced CPR survived while only 11 percent survived with standard CPR practices.
FEATURES
By ROB KASPER | September 5, 1992
An important part of the home repair routine is wearing the right shirt for the job.I was reminded of this recently when I wore an OK-to-be-seen-in-public number when a privacy-of-your-own-home T-shirt would have been appropriate dress.I unclogged a sink wearing the good shirt. So I now have a spotted shirt that can be worn only on my next plumbing job, or in very fashionable circles where flashes of bleached-out polka dots are considered "in."The good shirt is one of those short-sleeve knit jobs, the kind you wear to play golf, to go to the ballgame or to any event worth shaving for. I put it on to pick up provisions for the weekend -- ribs, beer, ice cream.
FEATURES
By ROB KASPER | April 17, 1993
It began as a pleasant stroll through the neighborhood and ended as a gritty battle for sink supremacy.My son and I were walking home when we stopped to talk to a neighbor lady. Somehow the conversation moved from the glories of springtime to the frustrations of having a clogged kitchen sink. The neighbor lady said she had tried all the jam-breaking techniques her late husband had used to free a stopped-up sink. But she had no success.I offered to take a look-see at her sink. It seemed liked the neighborly thing to do. I mean, what kind of world would it be if we didn't care about community plumbing.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | November 5, 2004
Veterinarians and trainers at the National Aquarium are engaged in a desperate and costly struggle to save Bob - a star breeding dolphin on loan from Walt Disney World who has been battling multiple infections since just before Labor Day. While experts try to identify the micro-organisms that threaten the 26-year-old, 500-pound bottlenose, a small army of staffers and volunteers has joined forces to keep an around-the-clock watch over Bob and support his...
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By Kevin Washington and Kevin Washington,SUN STAFF | December 18, 2000
So you burned a compact disk full of photos from your trip to the Grand Tetons and sent it off to the relatives. You re-recorded every album by The Who in MP3 format and stored them on a single CD. Heck, everybody does that now. If you really want a shot at new millennium geek creativity, try making fancy custom labels for those CDs - something that says "You." With CD-writers now installed in 40 percent of computers sold, a variety of CD labeling kits have hit the market - a better alternative than depositing your chicken-scratch on top of the CD with a felt-tipped pen. With bright colors, your own text and maybe even a picture of those beautiful mountains in Wyoming, you can create vivid custom labels on adhesive paper to slap on your CDs. And eveveryone will be able to read them.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2013
When Laura Abel was approached to join a Polar Bear Plunge team, she said what most people would say: no. After all, you're diving into water in the middle of winter. "My gut reaction was, 'That's insane. Can I just give you some money!?'" said the 25-year-old Patterson Park resident. Her friend/co-worker Matthew Mayer said that a money donation would be fine, but Abel decided to join his five person team, the awesomely named Bear Naked Bohs, anyway. "[It's] far more rewarding to jump in and get a little dirty yourself," she said.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2012
A man dressed in a head-to-toe Dalmatian suit, complete with fireman's hat and boots. A shirtless middle-aged fellow in swim trunks, with a lime-green fedora on his head, gyrating to the beat of rock music. A dozen young women hula-hooping in the winter sun. As three Maryland state flags whipped in a cold wind beside the beach, tens of thousands of people of different backgrounds and sartorial tastes flooded the shores at Sandy Point State Park yesterday, readying themselves for three mad sprints into the icy Chesapeake Bay for the 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge.
SPORTS
By Candus Thomson | September 16, 2007
Forget about cowboy coffee, that hideous, gritty brew cooked in a pot over the campfire that people try to pass off as, well, authentic. And don't reach for that jar of instant, either. If you want a morning shot of joe before going hiking or firing up the outboard or raising the sail, make the real thing with the Hector Press ($22; www.active-gear.com), an all-in-one French coffee press and insulated mug. Just put your ground coffee in the bottom of the mug, add 20 ounces of hot water, put the lid on and let steep.
NEWS
January 31, 2007
The brave and the silly descended upon Sandy Point State Park last weekend for the 11th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. More than 7,000 partic ipants chilled themselves in the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, raising $2 million for the Special Olympics in the process. Among the swimmers was former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a habitual plunger.
TRAVEL
By JUDI DASH | November 13, 2005
Why endure ordinary coffee from those humdrum hotel room coffee makers when you can have rich French press coffee instead - without calling room service? The unbreakable French Press Carafe brews coffee right in the water, so the full flavor is released. Just pour a scoop or two of ground coffee (measuring scoop included) into the bottom of the 12-ounce carafe and add boiling water (maybe from the hotel drip coffee maker or right from the bathroom spigot if it's hot enough). Wait five minutes, slowly press the included plunger and pour.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | May 22, 2005
I LIKE THE cell phone thing at the racetrack. In the old days, you might have been arrested for taking bets over the phone. Now a guy like Dave Miller, the auto mechanic ("I'm a technician," he says), can lean over the hot dog counter in the grandstand, cell phone to his ear, taking bets on the 130th Preakness from his father-in-law, Lawrence, and his brother, Teddy. He can include the whole family in Baltimore's great day at the track. Nice. Anyone with any track sense would recognize Miller as a hard-core horse player and slide up next to the guy. For me, it was almost unavoidable.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff | March 11, 2001
One of the best ways to figure out whether you'd like to work with a particular designer is to view that person's work. But unless the designer is represented in a decorator show house, that can be hard to do. Or unless, like Missy Connolly, you have a shop to showcase your talents. Connolly's shop is Fern Hill, 15001 Falls Road in Butler, and it features lampshades, candles, custom chandeliers, linens, window treatments and furniture in room settings that illustrate how each piece might be used.
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By DAN RODRICKS | May 22, 2005
I LIKE THE cell phone thing at the racetrack. In the old days, you might have been arrested for taking bets over the phone. Now a guy like Dave Miller, the auto mechanic ("I'm a technician," he says), can lean over the hot dog counter in the grandstand, cell phone to his ear, taking bets on the 130th Preakness from his father-in-law, Lawrence, and his brother, Teddy. He can include the whole family in Baltimore's great day at the track. Nice. Anyone with any track sense would recognize Miller as a hard-core horse player and slide up next to the guy. For me, it was almost unavoidable.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | March 10, 2005
THEY WANT TO demolish a big stretch of the Jones Falls Expressway? Good. Can I push the plunger? Tell you how we finance this thing: Have a raffle -- $5 a chance. The person with the winning ticket gets to push the plunger that causes a series of implosions in the big, stupid concrete supports of this big, stupid overhead highway, turning the last dreadful mile into a long heaping pile of dust and twisted reinforcing rods. Cheers and screams, I tell you. This city will have a party. I'm with the visionaries on this: Snap off the JFX where it makes engineering and architectural sense -- somewhere around Penn Station -- and turn it into a tree-lined boulevard all the way to the harbor.
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