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By Scott Dance and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Firefighters rescued 24 riders who were stranded for hours Sunday atop a roller coaster at Six Flags America in Largo, officials said. "All riders safely on the ground," the Prince George's County Fire Department tweeted shortly after 7 p.m. Earlier, Fire Chief Marc Bashoor reported: "Operation going as smooth as can be expected. Patrons being evaluated. " The Joker's Jinx stalled at about 3 p.m., park officials tweeted, stranding the riders on a high curve. "All riders are safe, upright and being helped off the ride with PGCo Fire support," officials reported.
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By Karen Nitkin and For The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Something about these chilly almost-autumn days makes us want to sip wine outdoors, watch a parade, browse a manicured garden, or, you know, get scared out of our wits. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities in the region for all of the above. Here are a few: Maryland Autumn Glory Festival You might have been to Garrett County in summer to swim in Deep Creek Lake and in winter to ski at Wisp, but maybe you haven't yet experienced it in fall. The Autumn Glory festival is a good reason to travel to Western Maryland for leaf-peeping, craft shows, live music and parades.
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BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
Baltimore-based Premier Rides said it will design and build the world's tallest and fastest- looping roller coaster at a California theme park. Six Flags Magic Mountain picked the company to construct the coaster next year, Premier said. Called "Full Throttle," the ride will include a 160-foot-tall loop, a "special effects tunnel" and three separate launches from zero to 70 miles per hour. Premier's other projects include what will be the world's largest indoor coaster, to open next year in the Great Mall of China near Beijing.
SPORTS
Mike Preston | September 7, 2014
Few players can torment a fan base like quarterback Joe Flacco. Sunday afternoons in Baltimore during the NFL season have become an elevator ride of emotions with No. 5. We cheer him. We boo him. We love him. We hate him. Sometimes he has the arm strength of Vinny Testaverde and other times he has the brain of Kyle Boller. The suggestion here is for Ravens fans to sit back, fasten their seat belts and get the cat out of the room so you don't kick it. And, just enjoy the ride because no one knows where it's going to end. Despite playing a poor first half Sunday in the season opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Flacco almost rallied the Ravens from a 15-point first half deficit by throwing for 271 yards in the second half including an 80-yard touchdown pass to receiver Steve Smith with 5 minutes and 46 seconds left in the game.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2010
A Trimper's amusement park roller coaster on the Ocean City boardwalk injured three people Thursday, a spokesman said. Ocean City Fire Department crews were called to the Tidal Wave ride, located at South 1st Street and South Baltimore Avenue, for reports of a fire and people trapped at about 9:30 p.m., said Steve Price, spokesman with the fire department. When officials arrived at the scene, he said there was no fire and the ride was not stuck. But three youths between the ages of 10 and 15 had suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
SPORTS
Mike Preston | September 7, 2014
Few players can torment a fan base like quarterback Joe Flacco. Sunday afternoons in Baltimore during the NFL season have become an elevator ride of emotions with No. 5. We cheer him. We boo him. We love him. We hate him. Sometimes he has the arm strength of Vinny Testaverde and other times he has the brain of Kyle Boller. The suggestion here is for Ravens fans to sit back, fasten their seat belts and get the cat out of the room so you don't kick it. And, just enjoy the ride because no one knows where it's going to end. Despite playing a poor first half Sunday in the season opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Flacco almost rallied the Ravens from a 15-point first half deficit by throwing for 271 yards in the second half including an 80-yard touchdown pass to receiver Steve Smith with 5 minutes and 46 seconds left in the game.
NEWS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2012
When it opens next year, the Great Mall of China near Beijing will be the biggest retail and entertainment center in the world, with 15 million square feet of shops, a theme park, a water park — and the world's tallest indoor roller coaster, imported from Baltimore. The still-unnamed "super launch" coaster will be designed and built by Premier Rides, a company that specializes in roller coasters, water rides and other amusement park attractions. The mall's developer, the Berjaya Great Mall of China Co. Ltd., commissioned Premier to work on the project earlier this year after meeting the firm's president, Jim Seay, last June during a Maryland trade mission to China.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
In the aftermath of Johns Hopkins' 13-8 loss to No. 11 Syracuse on March 16, doom and gloom seemed to befall the program. Since the team's 15-8 rout of No. 13 Virginia this past Saturday, a sense of jubilation is following the Blue Jays as they prepare for Saturday's game against No. 4 North Carolina. Navigating the roller coaster of emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other might be a factor for Johns Hopkins (6-2), but coach Dave Pietramala said the players and coaches are not buying into the hype after the victory over the Cavaliers.
SPORTS
By JOHN EISENBERG | December 31, 2004
IT WAS NOT a sports year for the faint of heart. The highs were especially high in 2004, and the lows were particularly low. The Boston Red Sox pulled off the greatest comeback in major league postseason history, eliminated the New York Yankees and went on to break a World Series curse that had gripped them for 86 years. Sports doesn't get much more stirring. But less than a month later, fans and players violently brawled at an NBA game in Detroit. Has sports ever produced more disturbing images?
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2009
Every summer, we spend one long day at Hersheypark with friends. As the designated date approaches, I convince myself that this year will be different - yes, this will be the year I recapture the childhood thrill of roller coasters without the weird adult aftershock of nausea. After all, the whole queasiness thing came on suddenly - why shouldn't it disappear just as abruptly? We get up early and arrive when the park opens, standing with the throngs of people filtering in through the entrance gate.
NEWS
By Scott Dance and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Firefighters rescued 24 riders who were stranded for hours Sunday atop a roller coaster at Six Flags America in Largo, officials said. "All riders safely on the ground," the Prince George's County Fire Department tweeted shortly after 7 p.m. Earlier, Fire Chief Marc Bashoor reported: "Operation going as smooth as can be expected. Patrons being evaluated. " The Joker's Jinx stalled at about 3 p.m., park officials tweeted, stranding the riders on a high curve. "All riders are safe, upright and being helped off the ride with PGCo Fire support," officials reported.
TRAVEL
By Carly Heideger, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Maryland's largest theme park is about to take a new roller coaster for a spin. Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro on Saturday launches Ragin' Cajun, a ride that is billed as the first of its kind at the park. At just over 40 feet, the ride isn't the tallest but it offers riders a different kind of thrill. Its "uniquely designed train cars" spin 360 degrees, traveling in circles along 1,378 feet of track. “There's nothing quite like Ragin Cajun anywhere in the region. With its twists, turns, dips and spins, Ragin Cajun is going to be the best new ride of the summer," said Rick Howarth, park president.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is largely the reason that free safety Michael Huff lost his starting job with the Ravens. Now, he's the reason that Huff will get a chance to play in the Super Bowl. It's been a rollercoaster season for Huff, the former first-round pick who signed a three-year, $6 million deal with the Ravens in late March to replace long-time star Ed Reed . However, Huff started just one game with the Ravens before he was demoted, a result of getting repeatedly torched by Manning and company in the Broncos' regular-season opening 49-27 victory over Baltimore.
NEWS
By Jules Witcover | December 31, 2013
As the end of 2013 approaches, seldom has a domestic issue so dominated the political center stage as Obamacare did this year. The president's health-care insurance law has ridden a policy roller-coaster and will still have a huge question mark hanging over it in 2014. From the very start of Mr. Obama's presidency, the Republicans in Congress took dead aim at what became the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Mr. Obama was able to get it enacted only with solid Democratic support in 2010, while his party was still in control of both the House and Senate.
FEATURES
By Sloane Brown, For The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
Take 10 is a series of occasional features on prominent local residents and the possessions they treasure. Having - and sharing - adventures is the main theme in the life of Jim Seay, the 53-year-old president and owner of Premier Rides, a Baltimore-based company that makes theme park rides. The items he treasures most reflect that, whether it's one of his many past Super Bowl tickets or the photo commemorating the time he spent floating in zero gravity with famed physicist Stephen Hawking.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
Marie Benick, who lived to be 107 and enjoyed hot fudge sundaes and roller coaster rides, died Friday at her home at Brightview Assisted Living in Towson. Family members said she lived independently until February, when she had a minor stroke that contributed to her death. Born Katherine Marie Overman on May 29, 1906, in Baltimore and raised on Ann Street in Fells Point, she was the daughter of Frederick Overman, a captain on a city fireboat, and Mary Elizabeth Selby, a homemaker.
NEWS
By Peter Duffy and Peter Duffy,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 17, 2000
NEW YORK - The Thunderbolt roller coaster, an aging relic of Coney Island's past, was demolished recently by the city, angering its owner, coaster aficionados and historic preservationists who made an 11th-hour attempt to save the structure. "I think it's just unbelievable," said Horace Bullard, who said he had owned the coaster since 1985. "We are going to court." But it is too late to save the Thunderbolt, a mass of wood and steel that for years has been overgrown with bushes and vines that literally pulled it apart.
NEWS
October 12, 2008
President Bush's tepid Rose Garden reassurances Friday that the government is addressing the economic crisis notwithstanding, Washington still hasn't tamed the Wall Street beast. Try as it might, the administration's combination of moves hasn't stopped the free-fall or lessened the fear gripping the nation's investors. The moves have been many, from interest rate cuts and the takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the $700 billion rescue plan and last week's decision by the Federal Reserve to loan money directly to corporations.
NEWS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2013
Jenny Mohler lay on an examining bed holding her pregnant belly at Sinai Hospital in Northwest Baltimore. Sonogram pictures hung from a machine in the right corner of the room. She was nervous, unable to block a feeling of uneasiness as she waited for a specialist to come in and decipher the images. Just two days earlier, the Catonsville resident had received a call while sitting at her desk at a Catholic Charities health clinic in Baltimore, where she worked as a school counselor.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
In the aftermath of Johns Hopkins' 13-8 loss to No. 11 Syracuse on March 16, doom and gloom seemed to befall the program. Since the team's 15-8 rout of No. 13 Virginia this past Saturday, a sense of jubilation is following the Blue Jays as they prepare for Saturday's game against No. 4 North Carolina. Navigating the roller coaster of emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other might be a factor for Johns Hopkins (6-2), but coach Dave Pietramala said the players and coaches are not buying into the hype after the victory over the Cavaliers.
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