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By Henry Magram | May 21, 2003
THE AIR is smoky. Twenty or 30 folks, mostly middle-aged men in jeans or sweat pants, stand casually around the tables between the occasional family and, always, the several elderly regulars who spend most of their waking hours here. Teens sometimes show up to play, but generally the pool hall feels like Adults Only. Pool is a game for thinkers. The pool ball, depending more or less on the age and condition of the walls of the table (and the presence or absence of spin), will bank in a line that is symmetric to a line perpendicular to the wall.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
When Wild Willy's Rock House & Sports Saloon opened in Annapolis last year, it promised to be the wildest party in town. In the promo pictures, waitresses wore microscopic tops and jean shorts, holding on to pool cues and flashing come-hither looks. Called the Wild Girls, they sometimes performed choreographed dance routines on the bar's two stages. Willy's looked like it came out of "Coyote Ugly," or in a more familiar analogy for Baltimore readers, like the spawn of PBR Baltimore and Angels Rock Bar. I've been dying to go. Vampy waitresses and dance routines?
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NEWS
By Larry Carson | November 4, 2007
An Ellicott City pool hall's owners were fined $1,000 for allowing drinking after the legal closing time, and a Jessup tavern owner got a $400 penalty for allowing an underage patron to drink. Sue Yim, Hyon Lee and Haeng An, the licensees of the Centennial Que and Karaoke Club in the 10000 block of Baltimore National Pike, received the larger fine from the county's Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board for an incident March 17 in which five county police cars and liquor inspector Detective Martin Johnson responded to a fight on the parking lot just before closing time.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | August 13, 2009
A 54-year-old businessman, found bound by zip ties inside his Canton vending machine business last month, has died after being taken off life support, and police said Wednesday that homicide detectives are investigating. Constantine "Dino" Frank of Baldwin, who also owned pool halls and shopping centers in Baltimore County, was discovered July 29 in the vestibule of Precision Vending, in the 1000 block of S. Lakewood Ave., face-down and bound. He had managed to get one hand free, but suffered a stroke during the ordeal, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
NEWS
By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | March 22, 1995
Anne Arundel County police are looking for a man who shot and killed a 16-year-old Bowie girl outside a Crofton pool hall Monday night.Catherine Elizabeth Webster died at Prince George's Hospital Center late yesterday morning. She had been shot once in the head, police said.Miss Webster and two Bowie men, ages 18 and 19, drove to Crofton Billiards about 11 p.m., but found it was closed Mondays. The pool hall, in the Priest Bridge Center in the 2100 block of Defense Highway, also is known as Chalk Talk, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,Contributing Writer | May 15, 1992
When is a pool hall not a pool hall?When it's a billiard parlor.Have a look around Nottingham's, the swank new billiard parlor in Columbia, and you'll realize the difference is no mere semantic distinction.If your sense of this sport is still mired in squalid macho movie images out of "The Hustler," Nottingham's is a bracing reminder of just how upscale pool has become. Not only does the parlor's name evoke an English gentleman's club, but its fin-de-siecle decor and well-mannered showcasing of the sport have also been drawing quite a few gentle ladies, too. So the pool shark who beats you might well be a sharkette.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer | April 25, 1993
A 31-year-old Pasadena man was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison for shooting a patron in an Annapolis pool hall six times, in a hail of gunfire the judge compared to the St. Valentine's Day massacre.Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth sentenced Tony M. Horne of the 7800 block of Willings Court after a two-hour hearing in which the defendant denied committing the crime and referred to his two children in the courtroom in an emotional plea for leniency."I want to make sure and see that my son and my daughter do not follow this miserable trail," he said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 18, 2004
A group playing cards at a Pasadena pool hall were robbed early Monday when masked gunmen crashed the game and took their cash, Anne Arundel County police said. About 3:45 a.m., four men brandishing a machine gun and several pistols walked into Star Billiards and began barking orders at the group and a few others playing pool, said police spokesman Lt. Joseph E. Jordan. After cash, cell phones, jewelry and other personal property were taken, the victims were moved into the rear of the hall, where they were told to lie on the floor or to get into a closet, Jordan said.
NEWS
By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1996
The eight balls ricocheted and rolled along the green felt pool tables, dropping into pocket after pocket.It was a demonstration of geometry in motion at the Champions Billiards Cafe in Laurel last week when 100 Atholton High School students visited the pool hall with math teachers Kevin Giffhorn and Nancy Holly for a little applied mathematics."
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer | November 6, 1992
Jurors convicted a 31-year-old Pasadena man yesterday of shooting a patron in an Annapolis pool hall six times two years ago, in a hail of gunfire described as a scene "out of the Old West."Tony M. Horne, of the 7800 block of Willings Court, was convicted of assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to maim and assault.On Nov. 29, 1990, he and two accomplices walked into Brown's pool hall, in the 200 block of Clay St., and shot up the place.Assistant State's Attorney John Robinson said Horne was the trigger-man, using a silver handgun to shoot Melvin Gatling of Annapolis three times in the back, twice in the ribs and once in the chest.
NEWS
By Larry Carson | November 4, 2007
An Ellicott City pool hall's owners were fined $1,000 for allowing drinking after the legal closing time, and a Jessup tavern owner got a $400 penalty for allowing an underage patron to drink. Sue Yim, Hyon Lee and Haeng An, the licensees of the Centennial Que and Karaoke Club in the 10000 block of Baltimore National Pike, received the larger fine from the county's Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board for an incident March 17 in which five county police cars and liquor inspector Detective Martin Johnson responded to a fight on the parking lot just before closing time.
NEWS
By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN REPORTER | June 10, 2007
Peter A. Palaigos, former owner of the popular Pete's Place pool hall in Annapolis, died Monday of Parkinson's disease at his Annapolis home. He was 84. Mr. Palaigos' establishment started out as Brunswick Billiards but became widely known as Pete's Place during the 40 years he ran it at 163 Main St. In a 2000 article in The Sun, former patrons recalled a diverse clientele of local teenagers, lawyers and midshipmen who enjoyed games of pool and kosher...
NEWS
May 27, 2007
Man fatally shot in West Baltimore An unidentified man was fatally shot in the 1600 block of Vincent Court in West Baltimore yesterday morning. Police responded to a call about a shooting about 2:30 a.m. Officers arrived to find a victim suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. The victim was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:52 a.m. Police said yesterday that they had no suspects or motives. Madison Park Fire damages Dundalk pool hall A two-alarm fire seriously damaged a popular pool hall in Dundalk about 9:30 p.m. yesterday.
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by a sun reporter | March 10, 2007
Baltimore County police are searching for a woman they say tried to kill two men at a Rosedale pool hall, authorities said yesterday. Monnek Hall, 24, of the 1400 block of E. Federal St. in Baltimore was involved in an argument between two men inside Hot Shots Billiards in the 8100 block of Pulaski Highway on March 3, according to police. She is accused of cutting the men with some type of sharp object, authorities said. Police have obtained a warrant for Hall on attempted-murder charges.
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By Seth Rosen and Seth Rosen,SUN STAFF | August 21, 2004
Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts, clad in a straw cowboy hat with a sweat-drenched red bandanna around his neck, commands center stage at the Recher Theatre, frenetically soloing as his band rolls though his timeless "Jessica." Tie-dyed teenagers and older fans in polo shirts sway as a unit to the dips and peaks of Betts' effervescent guitar work, which fills the converted movie theater's expansive concert hall. Betts, who with his band Great Southern played the Recher last weekend - followed a night later by Nils Lofgren of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band - is among a roster of music legends and rising stars who have performed there in recent years.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 18, 2004
A group playing cards at a Pasadena pool hall were robbed early Monday when masked gunmen crashed the game and took their cash, Anne Arundel County police said. About 3:45 a.m., four men brandishing a machine gun and several pistols walked into Star Billiards and began barking orders at the group and a few others playing pool, said police spokesman Lt. Joseph E. Jordan. After cash, cell phones, jewelry and other personal property were taken, the victims were moved into the rear of the hall, where they were told to lie on the floor or to get into a closet, Jordan said.
NEWS
By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | August 23, 1999
A Randallstown businessman's proposed restaurant, arcade and pool hall on an East Baltimore block known for drug traffic will only foster more illegal activity in the area, say concerned merchants and an elected official who oppose the plan.The city's Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals has approved plans to build a two-story restaurant, arcade and office in the 2400 block of E. Monument St., and is considering allowing a pool hall there. But opposition to the project has forced landowner Noel S. Liverpool to postpone applying for permits to build, and he is considering selling the site.
NEWS
By Henry Magram | May 21, 2003
THE AIR is smoky. Twenty or 30 folks, mostly middle-aged men in jeans or sweat pants, stand casually around the tables between the occasional family and, always, the several elderly regulars who spend most of their waking hours here. Teens sometimes show up to play, but generally the pool hall feels like Adults Only. Pool is a game for thinkers. The pool ball, depending more or less on the age and condition of the walls of the table (and the presence or absence of spin), will bank in a line that is symmetric to a line perpendicular to the wall.
FEATURES
By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC | January 28, 2003
Michael Lang grew up in the 1950s fascinated by the cool guys with slicked-back hair and cigarettes dangling from their lips who hung out at Benny Kitt's pool hall in West Baltimore. Lang wasn't one of them, but as a teen-ager he found a way into their world through his camera - an old Leica with a fast lens that allowed him to take moody, atmospheric, film noir-like photographs of the characters he encountered in Benny's dark, smoky interior. The photographs went into a box and stayed there until 1995, when Lang, by then a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, looked at them again and realized he had unwittingly captured a pungent and historically important slice of Baltimore's storied past.
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