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By Paul McMullen | September 21, 2000
Australia is like America in so many ways. Everyone complains about the TV coverage of the Olympics. Channel 7 isn't showing nearly enough field hockey, and it missed the start of Susie O'Neill's gold-medal swim in the 200 butterfly. Its late-night show, "The Dream," is a riot, however. Roy Slaven and H.G. Nelson make David Letterman and Dennis Miller sound reverent. Slaven is supposed to be the young hip one, and Nelson looks a bit like "Donk," the big local barfly from Crocodile Dundee.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
In 2006, the Baltimore funk-jam band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong started from a modest and typical beginning: Two new friends - Greg Ormont and Jeremy Schon - playing acoustic guitar together in a University of Maryland dorm room. The duo took their songs to coffee shops and open-mic nights around campus, and a year later, added drummer Dan Schwartz and bassist Ben Carrey to complete the act.  Since then, Pigeons have lived on the road (Ormont said the group played 196 shows in 2013)
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By Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2010
For a video-game enthusiast like Billy Smith, walking into Crab Towne USA is like walking into a shrine — one you can play for 25 cents a pop. "Holy heck, it felt like I just stepped out of the 1970s," Smith, 23, says after spending some time with the 120-plus arcade video games and pinball machines at the Glen Burnie eatery. "This is probably misty-eyed nostalgia talking, but these are just so cool. " Stepping into Crab Towne is, indeed, like setting foot inside a time machine, going back to a day before consoles brought video-gaming into the home, when the nimble-fingered had to plunk a quarter into a machine to play Pac-Man, Space Invaders or Galaga.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
"Ping Pong Summer" envisions a time when a kid's biggest worry was showing off at the local arcade, when a beach-side cookout with your weird relatives could become the stuff of family legend, when friends were all that really mattered and appearing cool was the toughest challenge a guy could face. Sounds like life in Ocean City , Md., doesn't it? And that's exactly what it is… Suffused with all the warmth '80s nostalgia could possibly engender, director Michael Tully's ode to ocean-side living in the era of Ronald Reagan, "Space Invaders" and "Miami Vice" is perhaps overly affectionate and could use a little more zing in its step.
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By Rennie A. Silva | April 9, 2012
  2012 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's historic visit to China, a diplomatic triumph that realigned American foreign policy. Since Nixon's trip, U.S.-China relations have been managed from the uppermost echelons of the executive branch of the federal government. Yet they have also been sustained and strengthened at the state and local level, as evidenced by Maryland's China diplomacy. Forty years ago this month, Maryland began its engagement with China by becoming the site of an iconic exchange in sports diplomacy, a groundbreaking ping-pong match between China and the U.S. The event was held at theUniversity of Maryland, College Parkon April 17, 1972, less than two months after President Nixon's return from China.
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By Matt Vensel | March 3, 2011
Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine. Running it back: The fading Maryland men lost to Miami, 80-66, on Wednesday night. "We just had a bad game tonight , that's for sure," coach Gary Williams said. ... The Orioles had 16 hits Wednesday and held off a late Phillies rally to win, 6-5. ... Ravens players and officials are bracing for a lockout as the deadline looms.
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By RONA MARECH and RONA MARECH,SUN REPORTER | November 6, 2005
P.J. Horan wore his lucky outfit to the Maryland beer pong championships: a knit cap, silver shades, an old yellow shirt and a black shirt with skulls that read "got rum?" When he's actually playing the game, which involves lobbing balls across a table into cups of beer, he gets juiced up by listening to 1980s bands and the soundtrack from the boxing movie Rocky on a Minidisc player. "Let's put it this way: I go to University of Maryland and they are top 50 in football, baseball and basketball.
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March 19, 1993
How right is the attorney who called an experimental program to speed the subdivision permit approval process a "no brainer." doesn't take a genius to see that the process would move faster if the 15 county, state and federal agencies that review development plans did so at the same time.Nonetheless, it's only now that officials are realizing the way they're doing business -- with each agency conducting its own review and making its own demands, only to be contradicted by the next agency -- makes no sense.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | June 25, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The paper tiger of federal agencies -- the Federal Election Commission -- outdid itself the other day by failing to muster enough votes to accept a Democratic National Committee offer to pay up for campaign finance violations in the 1995-96 cycle.The Democrats accepted the commission staff's finding that it had ''reason to believe'' the party committee improperly used ''soft'' money in federal elections through a $4.6 million television ad campaign advocating national health-care reform, and expressed its readiness to settle.
TRAVEL
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
"Ping Pong Summer" envisions a time when a kid's biggest worry was showing off at the local arcade, when a beach-side cookout with your weird relatives could become the stuff of family legend, when friends were all that really mattered and appearing cool was the toughest challenge a guy could face. Sounds like life in Ocean City , Md., doesn't it? And that's exactly what it is… Suffused with all the warmth '80s nostalgia could possibly engender, director Michael Tully's ode to ocean-side living in the era of Ronald Reagan, "Space Invaders" and "Miami Vice" is perhaps overly affectionate and could use a little more zing in its step.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Next month's Maryland Film Festival will feature the local debut of "Ping Pong Summer," writer-director Michael Tully's coming-of-age tale set in Ocean City in the 1980s and starring Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, John Hannah and Amy Sedaris. Tully's film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, was included in Wednesday's announcement of the first 10 movies scheduled for the festival, set to run May 7-11 at the Maryland Institute College of Art and other venues, mostly in the area of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
Writer-director Michael Tully's "Ping Pong Summer," inspired by summer vacations in the Ocean City of the 1980s with his parents, will have its world premiere at January's Sundance Film festival. The movie was filmed in Ocean City in autumn 2012. Its cast includes Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, John Hannah and Amy Sedaris. A coming-of-age film set in 1985, "Ping Pong Summer" has been a years-long project for Tully, who says he's thrilled not just to have the movie finished, but to have it accepted at one of the country's premier showcases for independent film.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
News that one of their members has been accused of sexually abusing at least 10 men over the last decade has members of the Maryland Beer Pong league reacting with shock and anger. "It's a betrayal to the community," said Sean Foster, 33, the reigning state champion and a member of the league since its formation in 2005. Joey Poindexter, of Gaithersburg, was arrested Saturday, after a man accused him of sexual assault after a beer-pong tournament at Looney's bar in College Park on Oct. 3. Attempts to reach Poindexter were unsuccessful.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
Montgomery County police have arrested a Gaithersburg man who they say has sexually assaulted at least 10 college-age men in the last decade. Joey Poindexter, 38, of Plum Creek Drive, was arrested Saturday, after a man came forward with an accusation of assault earlier this month. The man said he met Poindexter during a night of drinking at a beer pong tournament at Looney's bar in College Park on Oct. 3 and later accompanied him back to Poindexter's home, where he was sexually assaulted.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2012
When the Bridge, the biggest band on Baltimore's jam scene, split up last Thanksgiving, live-music fans wondered who would fill the void. A year later, they may have an answer: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. The quartet of singer/guitarist Greg Ormont, guitarist/singer Jeremy Schon, bassist/singer Ben Carrey and drummer/singer Dan Schwartz has slowly built a large following through three monthlong residencies at the 8x10. Live, the band stretches out songs well past the 10-minute mark, and its members nimble musicianship and stage presence make for an entertaining show.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2012
"Ping Pong Summer," an indie film starring Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris and John Hannah, is set to start filming for six weeks in Ocean City next month, the state announced today. The Maryland Film Office estimates that producers will hire 90 local crew, actors and extras, as well as purchasing and renting goods and services from 140 Maryland businesses. The economic impact: $2 million, according to estimates by the state. The film is written and will be directed by Maryland native Mike Tully.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
News that one of their members has been accused of sexually abusing at least 10 men over the last decade has members of the Maryland Beer Pong league reacting with shock and anger. "It's a betrayal to the community," said Sean Foster, 33, the reigning state champion and a member of the league since its formation in 2005. Joey Poindexter, of Gaithersburg, was arrested Saturday, after a man accused him of sexual assault after a beer-pong tournament at Looney's bar in College Park on Oct. 3. Attempts to reach Poindexter were unsuccessful.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2012
When the Bridge, the biggest band on Baltimore's jam scene, split up last Thanksgiving, live-music fans wondered who would fill the void. A year later, they may have an answer: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. The quartet of singer/guitarist Greg Ormont, guitarist/singer Jeremy Schon, bassist/singer Ben Carrey and drummer/singer Dan Schwartz has slowly built a large following through three monthlong residencies at the 8x10. Live, the band stretches out songs well past the 10-minute mark, and its members nimble musicianship and stage presence make for an entertaining show.
NEWS
By Rennie A. Silva | April 9, 2012
  2012 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's historic visit to China, a diplomatic triumph that realigned American foreign policy. Since Nixon's trip, U.S.-China relations have been managed from the uppermost echelons of the executive branch of the federal government. Yet they have also been sustained and strengthened at the state and local level, as evidenced by Maryland's China diplomacy. Forty years ago this month, Maryland began its engagement with China by becoming the site of an iconic exchange in sports diplomacy, a groundbreaking ping-pong match between China and the U.S. The event was held at theUniversity of Maryland, College Parkon April 17, 1972, less than two months after President Nixon's return from China.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2011
On Friday, there will be a pingpong tournament in Baltimore. It won't take place at an arena or a YMCA. It's at a bar. The pingpong tournament is one of the distinguishing features of Parkside Sports Bar and Pub, which opened in Canton late last year. Parkside is a sports bar with modest ambitions. Its casual setup and fairly small beer selection suggest it wants to just be a neighborhood hangout. But its size, its pool and pingpong tables, its gregarious bartenders and customers make it an upbeat place to watch a game - or play one - after work.
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