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By Matt Vensel | January 19, 2012
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been blitzed with criticism in the past year, starting with NFL linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Dhani Jones during the lockout and eventually, after a 12-4 season and another win in the playoffs, he was criticized by his teammate, safety Ed Reed, sparking a minor media firestorm this week. Things have gotten so ridiculous that even a neighbor has called out Flacco for hopping aboard a skateboard. While making an appearance on “NFL Total Access,” Flacco revealed that during the team's playoff bye week, he decided to see if he could stand upright on a skateboard without falling.
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By Laura Barnhardt Cech | June 10, 2014
Ellicott City 's Main Street has long attracted antique collectors and boutique shoppers. Now, it also draws skateboarders. “The skateboarding community really needed a local shop,” says Tim LeBon, owner of the new The Good Roll Shop & Gallery. “And Main Street needed a little more testosterone on the street.” LeBon, who hosts monthly art shows in his shop, is also working on a “Guys Night” companion to the “Ladies Night” First-Friday shopping event on Main Street with music and food.
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By Rob Kasper, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2010
I am fond of skateboarders. One of my sons used to be one. When our young skater used to slip away from home, my wife and I knew chances were good that he was either at "the statue" in front of the Lyric Opera House or at "the bowl" in Lansdowne, working on his tricks. In those years, I learned that although many skaters looked "hard," they were good souls. But until I visited Johnny Rad's, I did not know that skaters were so fond of vegetables. Johnny Rad's, named after a character in a skateboard movie, sits in the 2100 block of Eastern Ave., next door to a firehouse and across the street from a duckpin bowling alley.
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
The X Games are set to kick off Thursday in Austin, Texas, the 20th year of the summer action-sports event. Of all the athletes who will be competing through Sunday, two hail from the Baltimore area: Bucky Lasek (Dundalk) and Travis Pastrana (Annapolis). The Baltimore Sun recently caught up by phone with the 41-year-old Lasek, who will be competing in his 21st X Games (a total that includes trips to international X Games competitions in Europe and South America). Lasek will compete in the men's skateboard vert and rallycross events.
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By Mike Kettelberger and For The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
Dundalk native Bucky Lasek won his third gold medal of the year in skateboard vert at X-Games Munich on Thursday, continuing what has been one of the best seasons of the skater's career. Lasek did not complete a full run during his first three attempts, leaving the crowd in suspense and forcing him to pull a spectacular run on his fourth and final attempt, which gave him the win. “I could have easily [played it safe and] done a run I've done before,” Lasek said during his post-run interview.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2011
A Circuit Court judge upheld Monday the Baltimore police commissioner's firing of a city officer who was caught on video berating and pushing a 14-year-old skateboarder at the Inner Harbor three years ago and failed to document it in a report. The ruling by Judge Sylvester B. Cox sets the stage for an appeal, which lawyers said is likely, promising continued debate over Salvatore Rivieri's actions and his vitriolic lecture on parenting and youthful indifference that was watched by hundreds of thousands of people on YouTube.
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By Christy Kruhm and Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 17, 1997
A SKATEBOARD veteran of two years, Sam Dalgliesh visited Mount Airy branch library Wednesday evening for "Skateboarding How-to!"The program was taught by Scott Everly of M-Pire Skateboards of Westminster and was designed to teach children about the sport, including safety tips and equipment.Eight-year-old Sam skateboards several times a week around his Mount Airy home and has learned to flip the skateboard.At the insistence of his mother, Pamela, Sam always wears a helmet and hasn't had any serious accidents.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1996
When the issue is skateboards, the Annapolis city council is finding a new twist on an old axiom: You can't please anyone.In what was labeled a victory for skateboarders, the council last week reversed a decades-old law that banned riding on downtown streets.Critics of the new law say it doesn't go far enough. And merchants and residents say the law does not ensure streets that are safe from speeding skateboarders, skaters and bicyclists.The new law forbids a person to "ride on or use any nonmotorized wheeled vehicle in a negligent manner on any public street, alley, sidewalk or way in the city of Annapolis."
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September 3, 2000
Skateboards take a lot of abuse, so regular maintenance is mandatory for safety. * If one or more deck piles crack, that's bad news. Your board could break. * Overly dirty grip tape should be cleaned with a plastic bristle brush and a little water . Dry thoroughly. * Check all hardware. Keep nuts and bolts tight. Replace bent or damaged pieces. * Replace worn pivots and bishings, which get squashed from heavy usage. * Make sure wheel bearings stay lubricated and whole. Replace wheels that lose a chunk to heavy use.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer | October 12, 1993
Armed with a petition signed by 300 supporters, five Taneytown skateboarders appealed to the City Council last night to help them find a place to let their good times roll.Daniel Harmon, 15, and Joe Dougherty, 15, presented the petition and a proposal for creating an area where skaters would be able to ride uninterrupted by traffic, police or irate adults."We're willing to do just about anything to get this," Daniel said.The two youths presented ideas for raising money for the project, and proposed sites and a description of the benefits of having a skateboarding site in Taneytown.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
The Worcester County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that alcohol was a factor in a recent skateboarding accident that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old Naval Academy midshipman, but officials said they did not know if the victim himself had been drinking. Hans Loewen, 20, of Hampstead, N.C., died Saturday. He had slipped into a coma following an earlier skateboarding injury. Loewen was camping at Assateague State Park with other midshipmen when he was injured, Naval Academy officials said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman died Saturday after slipping into a coma following a skateboarding injury, the third midshipman to expire due to injury in two months. Hans Loewen, 20, of Hampstead, N.C., was camping at Assateague State Park with other midshipmen when he was injured, Naval Academy officials said. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, but he did not wake from his coma. "My wife, Barbara, and I join the Brigade, staff and faculty in mourning the loss of Midshipman Hans Loewen," Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller said in a statement.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
A moment of silence was at the Mall in Columbia Saturday on the one-week anniversary of a shooting that claimed the lives of two young people. The moment of silence was held at 11:15 a.m., the time when the shooting began in the skate apparel shop Zumiez last week. Police believe Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, killed two Zumiez employees: Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College Park and Tyler Johnson, 25, of Mount Airy. Aguilar later took his own life. Another memorial is planned for Benlolo and Johnson at Centennial Park in Ellicott City, where mourners will hold a group skateboard ride at 1 p.m. Saturday to honor their memories.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | October 1, 2013
Skateboarding enthusiast Stephanie Murdock was 21 when she placed an ad in the Baltimore City Paper in 2004, looking for help in bringing a skate park to Hampden. "This is going to be easy," she thought. Nine years of hard work later, Murdock, now an aide to Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, basked in accolades from a large crowd of skateboarders, parents and city officials - some of whom she said doubted she would succeed - at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 1, behind Roosevelt Park, where a 5,000-square-foot concrete bowl for skateboarding was scheduled to be built starting the next day. Then, Murdock climbed into the seat of a Bobcat on the grassy site at 1221 W. 36th St. and dug up ceremonial dirt like a seasoned construction worker.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | October 1, 2013
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Tuesday for the first phase of a skateboarding park in Hampden. The $180,000 "skatepark," as it is called, will be built within Roosevelt Park on West 36th Street near Falls Road, starting with a 5,000-square-foot concrete bowl for skateboarders, to be constructed by Artisan Skateparks. The skatepark is funded with $90,000 each from the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks and The Skatepark of Baltimore, Inc., a non-profit group that has been working on the project since 2006, according to board president Stephanie Murdock.
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By Mike Kettelberger and For The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
Dundalk native Bucky Lasek won his third gold medal of the year in skateboard vert at X-Games Munich on Thursday, continuing what has been one of the best seasons of the skater's career. Lasek did not complete a full run during his first three attempts, leaving the crowd in suspense and forcing him to pull a spectacular run on his fourth and final attempt, which gave him the win. “I could have easily [played it safe and] done a run I've done before,” Lasek said during his post-run interview.
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By Katie Arcieri and Katie Arcieri,SUN STAFF | June 21, 2000
When Jon Bregel and his friends in the Towson area want a place to practice their skateboard techniques, they don't have a lot of choices: a driveway, a parking lot, a street. He and other skateboarders hope the Greater Towson Skating Solutions Committee will persuade Baltimore County to build one or more skateboard parks. "If we got a skatepark, not as many people would be getting in trouble and ruining people's property and stuff," said Jon, 11. Ben Beacraft, 13, thinks a skatepark is needed so skaters will not grow bored from practicing in the same place.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | July 24, 1998
The Harper's Choice Village Board and about a dozen skaters reviewed plans this week for a 10,000-square-foot skateboard park in the new SportsPark, off Harpers Farm Road.The $175,000 project is expected to be completed by November. The Columbia Association is finalizing a deal with a designer for the park, and construction will begin next month, said Dennis Mattey, a CA construction manager.Skateboarders have long complained that they are prohibited from using what they say are some of Columbia's best trails and surfaces.
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By Rachael Pacella, For The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
Baltimore native Bucky Lasek took first place in the Dew Tour's skateboard vert competition, handily winning Saturday afternoon in Ocean City as the extreme sports event took center stage on Maryland's shore.   Lasek, who also took first in the skate bowl semi-final on Friday, with last year's winner Pedro Barros right behind him, said yesterday that he planned to focus on the vert before getting to work on the skate bowl finals, which take place Sunday. “I gotta concentrate on vert, where Pedro can come over here and concentrate on bowl all day [Saturday]
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By Seth Boster, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
When skateboarder Tom Schaar first stared down the great tongue of a vert ramp, he lurched forward and sent his tiny body tumbling down. "He was 6," recalled Schaar's mother, Regan, chuckling over the phone from Ocean City , where her 13-year-old son will compete in this weekend's Dew Tour. That day, seven years ago, Baltimore native Bucky Lasek was in Orange County, Calif., overseeing his skateboarding camp. Schaar was one of the participants who had to show the ability to roll down the ramp before joining the camp - a practice typically done on a board.
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