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By Charlyne Varkonyi | November 6, 1991
The Ambassador Dining Room looked the same last Thursday night as it had for nearly three decades.John B. Bottcher, the restaurant's owner, was presiding as usual over the dining room with an old world elegance from its gilt-framed paintings, dark wood accents and muted colors. The customers, the majority with gray hair, knew their crab cake would be made with large lumps of crab meat, the whipped potatoes would taste the same as they always have and the mood would be as quiet and genteel as old Baltimore can be. To the regulars, the Ambassador, in the Canterbury Road apartment building, is more than a restaurant it's a private club where everyone knows their names and favorite cocktails.
By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,Staff Writer | November 10, 1993
For the next two months, at least, dancers at Howard County's only strip bar will be able to perform without G-strings once again, the first time such performance has been allowed at the club in more than a year.That's the latest twist in the continuing battle over nude dancing at Good Guys Bar & Grill on U.S. 1 in North Laurel.On Friday, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Joseph Young in Baltimore issued an injunction that prevents county and state law enforcement agencies from citing Good Guys for having all-nude dancers and alcohol consumption in the same place.
By Mike Giuliano | January 11, 1991
OrpheusWhere: 1001 E. Pratt St.Hours: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. As of Feb. 1, the hours will be 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesdays to Sundays.Credit cards: MC, V.Call: 563-1416.Think about Little Italy and you naturally think about all of the restaurants that are somehow crammed into that tiny row-house neighborhood. You don't think about nightclubs in that part of town because there aren't any, or at least there weren't before. Orpheus opened there with the new year.Orpheus may not be large, but hey, this is miniature-scaled Little Italy we're talking about.
By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,Staff Writer | January 14, 1994
Good Guys, the only Howard County bar with all-nude dancing, was back in court yesterday, its owner and managers arguing that the North Laurel bar is a private club where women have a right to dance nude if they choose.But the state isn't buying that argument."This place is not a private club. . . . Anyone over 21 can join," said Evelyn Cannon, chief of litigation for the state attorney general's office, who argued before U.S. District Court Senior Judge Joseph Young in Baltimore.At issue is a state law that prohibits patrons from drinking alcohol in a public establishment that has nude dancing.
July 5, 2011
Atholton Swim Club lives up to its part as a nonprofit organization. Using our volunteers we exist to serve our members and the public in many ways for close to 50 years. The relief we would feel from the proposed tax reduction would allow us to continue to offer our many programs to the community. For a non-Columbia Association resident, you will find that our annual dues and fees are less expensive than those of the surrounding CA pools. Our swim club is an affordable alternative for the hard-working middle-class families who find the CA fees out of reach.
July 20, 2005
Clumsy dance on club leaves voters gaping As the beat goes on, the ballroom becomes more crowded. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s fund-raiser at the Elkridge Club, which has long lacked African-American members, resurfaces with word that Mr. Ehrlich's second-in-command now has second thoughts ("Steele calls on club to admit blacks," July 17). Those of a certain age recall the team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers flawlessly "tripping the light fantastic." Marylanders do not expect such precision from the Free State's first two citizens.
By Michael J. Clark and Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun | May 9, 1991
Three years after a racial epithet by the manager of Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City sparked an uproar, 18 black leaders in Howard County called a news conference last night to say the private club had improved race relations.County Council Chairman C. Vernon Gray and black leaders representing fraternities, sororities and business organizations issued a press release at the club saying the Feb. 23, 1988, incident was "both intolerable and reprehensible.""But, it is significant that a positive working relationship and cooperative measures have resulted from it," they went on to say.But noticeably absent were representatives of the Howard County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
July 15, 1992
The 2 a.m. shooting where five people were wounded outside Odell's early Monday does not surprise us at all. Since 1976, when the late Odell Brock opened his night club in the first block of East North Avenue, half a dozen people have been slain outside, often in arguments over narcotics.In 1987, federal agents padlocked and confiscated the club after its then owner, Philip A. Murray, was arrested and convicted for his involvement in a major West Baltimore heroin ring. Much of that ring's money had been laundered through Odell's, prosecutors said.
By LAURA VOZZELLA | May 23, 2007
So whose idea was it anyway to throw a mini-Woodstock in the middle of Maryland's swankest social event? I ask because the Pimlico infield, long an enclave of depravity within the garden party called Preakness, reached new bacchanalian heights last weekend with "The Running of the Urinals." There was a long line of portable potties, and young men raced across the rooftops while fellow revelers pelted them with open cans of beer. You can see the video, shot by The Sun's Karl Merton Ferron, on YouTube.
By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2003
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Mother Nature accomplished yesterday what Martha Burk could only dream about. Heavy morning rains and lightning turned Augusta National into a virtual ghost town, canceling practice rounds for players and spectators alike. It marked the first time since the second round in 1983 that the gates of the club remained closed during the week of the tournament. "We are disappointed that our patrons could not enjoy today's practice round," said Hootie Johnson, chairman of Augusta National and the Masters tournament.
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