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April 8, 1994
There is nothing wrong with people of common backgrounds and interests forming clubs and enjoying each other's company. Sometimes these groups limit membership. There is not necessarily anything wrong with this, either. The fact that some men enjoy male-only clubs and people of a certain ethnic heritage belong to groups open only to others of the same extraction is not always a sign of prejudice.Certainly no one who was in Annapolis this week for a legislative hearing attended by the Elks and other clubs that exclude pTC women could say they sensed any malicious intent.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,Sun Staff Writer | March 31, 1994
The Hagerstown Moose Lodge, which saw its charter revoked and its doors shut last month after rejecting a black applicant, has agreed to sell its building and close permanently to settle a two-year-old racial discrimination suit.Although some lodge members had talked of starting a new organization, the agreement prohibits that. The lodge was the Moose's largest in the nation, with 7,500 members.The settlement, approved by Senior U.S. District Judge John R. Hargrove, resolves a complaint filed in 1992 by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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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.
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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.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer | October 15, 1993
The operators and two dancers at a North Laurel nude dancing club have filed suit against Howard County's police chief and state's attorney, contending that efforts to curb the club's operations violate their constitutional rights.The parties want a U.S. District Court judge to issue an injunction that would prevent Police Chief James Robey and State's Attorney William R. Hymes from taking action against the club, Good Guys Bar & Grill on U.S. 1.Behnam Zanganeh, owner of the club, contends in the suit filed Wednesday that steps he took as required by Chief Robey and Mr. Hymes to limit nudity at the establishment have cut into his business.
NEWS
July 27, 1993
The owners of the Good Guys Bar & Grill on Route 1 in North Laurel would have you think of their establishment as a combination sports restaurant/keno palace/pool hall for the more discerning gentleman of Howard County.Oh, yeah. There's this one other attraction: Nearly buck-naked women doing the old bump-and-grind a mere six feet from the customers.And speaking of time-honored dance moves, the Good Guys owners have resorted to one of a legalistic bent to keep their business alive.Other suburban strip-club owners have tried this shuffle in the past.
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By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,Staff Writer | July 1, 1993
The owner of a North Laurel nude dancing club has agreed to require that his performers wear G-strings -- at least until he gets a legal opinion determining whether the establishment is a private club.But Benham Zangenah, the owner of Good Guys Bar & Grill, accepted the compromise after state and county officials said he was violating a state law prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public establishments that offer nude dancing. He also agreed to keep patrons at least 6 feet away from performers.
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By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,Staff Writer | June 29, 1993
An assistant attorney general says Good Guys, a bring-your-own-booze club offering nude dancing in North Laurel, is a public establishment and violates a state law prohibiting such businesses.Del. Martin Madden, a Republican who represents Howard County and the Laurel area of Prince George's County, said he requested an opinion from the attorney's general's office to determine whether Good Guys is in violation of a law prohibiting patrons from taking alcoholic beverages into public establishments offering nude dancing or sexually oriented entertainment.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Staff Writer | June 27, 1993
DENTON -- Except for the occasional din of hammer and power saw in a small room above Cindy's Uptown Market, it is so quiet in this part of town that one can hear the bees whirring among the clover.For some unknown reason, the metal gate to the basketball court next door is locked shut, so no one plays ball on this sunny Saturday afternoon. The streets are nearly empty, and even the police cars that made repeated patrols through this neighborhood the night before are gone.Considering that an outbreak of racial unrest rocked this Caroline County town of 3,000 residents into the early morning hours of Friday, prompting an emergency visit by Gov. William Donald Schaefer and his top aides, stillness prevailed here yesterday like the silence after a storm.
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