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Eileen Ambrose | November 14, 2011
Update: Starbucks Coffee Co.'s Alan Hilowitz, director of corporate communications, responded to Massachusetts action: "Starbucks charged a $1.50 service fee for customers who request to purchase only a half-pound of whole bean coffee not pre-packaged in that quantity. That charge covered the additional labor and packaging needed to accommodate those customers' unique request. Starbucks regularly reviews our pricing and makes adjustments from...
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who is touring NFL training camp sites in a neat little RV with his MMQB crew, had an interesting nugget from Ravens camp in his column this morning . Quarterback Joe Flacco and veteran receiver Steve Smith are working to get on the same page this camp, one $25 Starbucks gift card at a time. Every time the two disagree on a defensive read, they go to the tape and determine who was right. I'll let King elaborate: Case in point: Smith and Flacco viewed one adjusted Smith route differently, causing an errant throw; Smith said he was reading a Cover-2 alignment by the defense.
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BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker | May 6, 2011
How about a caffeine boost before you stop by the bar for a drink after work? Starbucks is offering Frappucino Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Let's call it pre-happy hour. The smoothie-like drinks will be half price during that time through May 15. And not all the drinks are caffeinated by the way. The coffee giant has also added two new frappuccino flavors: Mocha Coconut Frappuccino - made with Frappuccino Roast coffee, whole milk and coconut syrup, blended with ice and topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and toasted coconut flakes.
NEWS
By Michelle Minton | February 26, 2014
In Maryland, as in other states, consumers need to show ID when buying alcohol or tobacco products. Energy drinks could be added to that list of "adult" products if bills before the General Assembly are passed. House bill 1273 and Senate bill 986 were filed to ostensibly protect the Free State's children from a potentially hazardous product. But not only will the bills fail to protect minors, they could backfire and cause more harm than good for both adults and children in Maryland.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2010
It's 9:30 a.m. on a Friday, and a short line of cars has formed in the drive-thru of Java Divas coffee shop. Inside the small gray shed, barista Lauren Lucabaugh serves a frappuccino with a smile — and little else. The brown-haired, blue-eyed Lucabaugh sports a skimpy purple and black bikini, which her customer, Justin Hartman, glances at before thanking her for the cold coffee drink and driving off. "I've never seen anything like this," said Hartman, a 23-year-old who lives in Pasadena.
NEWS
By Michelle Minton | February 26, 2014
In Maryland, as in other states, consumers need to show ID when buying alcohol or tobacco products. Energy drinks could be added to that list of "adult" products if bills before the General Assembly are passed. House bill 1273 and Senate bill 986 were filed to ostensibly protect the Free State's children from a potentially hazardous product. But not only will the bills fail to protect minors, they could backfire and cause more harm than good for both adults and children in Maryland.
NEWS
June 14, 2010
You can't walk into a coffeehouse anymore without seeing laptops open on tabletops. Tables near an electrical outlet are especially coveted. I like working in a coffeehouse sometimes myself. It gets me out of the house — I'm a freelance writer — and away from the disturbances of home (the dog, the telephone, the refrigerator, the piles of laundry). It also lets me see fellow human beings, which is nice if you're not a hermit by nature. Now, listen up, all you people who work at the coffeehouse.
NEWS
by Carson Porter | November 17, 2011
Buy one festive holiday drink and get one (of equal or lesser value) for free. 11/17 - 11/20 only, 2-5 PM. For official details:  http://merry.starbucks.com/en-us/#/bogo/ .  For Starbucks offers on your phone, text MERRY to 697289. And for those wondering which drinks qualify as Holiday Drinks:   Peppermint Mocha: Peppermint lovers rejoice! Your holiday favorite is back. Caramel Brulée Latte: Warm up with sweet, caramel goodness. Gingerbread Latte: Enjoy the flavor of freshly baked gingerbread.
NEWS
By JAMIE STIEHM and JAMIE STIEHM,SUN REPORTER | December 14, 2005
The Annapolis' Historic Preservation Commission decided last night to postpone reviewing a proposal to open a Starbucks coffee shop inside a historic inn on Church Circle. Commission Chairman William Schmickle said the coffee shop owners lack building code approval from the city's Department of Neighborhoods and Environmental Programs, which has decided that the plans do not meet federal wheelchair and disability access laws. Schmickle said the commission could not consider or vote on the plans for a coffee shop in the vacant basement room at the 18th-century Maryland Inn until the permit is obtained.
NEWS
Eileen Ambrose | March 28, 2012
Update:  Starbucks has responded. Linda Mills, a spokeswoman from Starbucks, says: “Starbucks has a goal to minimize artificial ingredients in our products. And the strawberry base that we use  does have a cochineal extract, a common dye used in the food industry. It's in yogurt and fruit juices and a number of consumer products. It helps us move away from artificial  ingredients from our products.”  An online petition has been launched by a South Carolinian against Starbucks' red food coloring in its Strawberry drinks.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Remember the time Kevin Spacey and Bill Clinton rolled into the Starbucks near UB in Mount Vernon? Spacey told David Letterman last night that he was following the former president's motorcade when Clinton got a hankering for a coffee. "So we're driving through the streets of Baltimore with the Secret Service and police motorcade and he says, 'I want some coffee. I think there's a Starbucks up ahead,'" said Spacey, mimicking Clinton's gravelly drawl. Clinton was in town to give a speech at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
If there was any doubt about how cowed America is by the gun lobby, it was erased today by Howard Schultz, the president, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company. After months of controversy over whether patrons should openly be allowed to carry firearms in the company's stores, Mr. Schultz issued an open letter to his fellow Americans announcing that he would not adopt a no-weapons policy but would kindly request that customers keep their guns at home. The letter appeared (among other places)
FEATURES
October 17, 2012
Coffee drinkers in Mount Vernon were graced Tuesday night with the presence of an ex-president: Bill Clinton apparently had to stop by Starbucks while in town for a talk at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Marcel Jagne-Shaw (@JagneShaw), who lived in Clinton's home state for five years, was studying late when he ran into the man himself. "I was preoccupied & caught off guard, I shoulda hollered out I was from Arkansas too Lol. Really down to earth tho," he tweeted. In case you're curious, Jagne-Shaw said he thought Clinton ordered a grande macchiato.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | August 2, 2012
If you stop at Starbucks for coffee in the morning, save the receipt to get a discount in the afternoon. A receipt for any beverage in the morning will be good after 2 p.m. for a Grande cold beverage for $2, plus tax. At participating stores, customers can choose from iced coffee, iced tea or Starbucks Refreshers in the Grande size - 16 ounces. The Starbucks deal is good through Sept. 3.  
NEWS
July 16, 2012
Baltimore County Police are reporting that two men entered the Starbucks on York Road in Towson on Saturday, July 14, took an iPad from a customer, then fled. According to police reports, the incident occurred between 3:55 and 4:03 p.m. in the unit block of York Road. Police said the men entered Starbucks after they were seen urinating near the building. One of the men stole the iPad, then they both fled to white Dodge Caravan that had been parked near the Marriott, according to police.
EXPLORE
June 4, 2012
Buchannan Avenue 4400 block at 5 p.m. May 31. Red and white, 2007 Honda MC with no tags stolen. West Cold Spring Lane 200 block, between 3:40 and 5 p.m. May 31. Pocketbook, credit cards, license, cash, library card stolen from vehicle. Evesham Avenue 900 block, between 8 and 9 p.m. May 29. Cell phone stolen from vehicle. Falls Road 3700 block, between 11:30 p.m. May 29 and 11:08 a.m. May 31. Helmet stolen from vehicle. 4500 block, between 11:45 p.m. May 27 and 10:20 a.m. May 28. Cash stolen from Arlon's carryout restaurant.
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Sun Staff Writer | August 22, 1994
Maryland lost a five-state battle for a key economic-development plum yesterday, as fast-growing Seattle coffee chain Starbucks Corp. said it would open a coffee roasting and distribution plant in York, Pa. The plant could produce 500 jobs.The decision to move to York came at the end of a nine-month search that eventually narrowed itself to a choice between York and the Riverside Business Park in the Belcamp section of Harford County."The reason it was attractive was that, at a minimum, in the first phase they were talking 275 jobs.
FEATURES
October 17, 2012
Coffee drinkers in Mount Vernon were graced Tuesday night with the presence of an ex-president: Bill Clinton apparently had to stop by Starbucks while in town for a talk at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Marcel Jagne-Shaw (@JagneShaw), who lived in Clinton's home state for five years, was studying late when he ran into the man himself. "I was preoccupied & caught off guard, I shoulda hollered out I was from Arkansas too Lol. Really down to earth tho," he tweeted. In case you're curious, Jagne-Shaw said he thought Clinton ordered a grande macchiato.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | May 4, 2012
Starbucks is offering half-off any flavor and size of its blended beverages starting Friday and running through May 13, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The blends, mixes of syrup, coffee, milk and ice, include flavors such as Mocha Cookie Crumble, Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème and Mocha Coconut. And if you're tweeting, tag your Twitter photos with #FrappuccinoHappyHour to win prizes. The top 10 best beverage-inspired photos will go into a daily photo album at facebook.com/Frappuccino.
NEWS
Eileen Ambrose | March 28, 2012
Update:  Starbucks has responded. Linda Mills, a spokeswoman from Starbucks, says: “Starbucks has a goal to minimize artificial ingredients in our products. And the strawberry base that we use  does have a cochineal extract, a common dye used in the food industry. It's in yogurt and fruit juices and a number of consumer products. It helps us move away from artificial  ingredients from our products.”  An online petition has been launched by a South Carolinian against Starbucks' red food coloring in its Strawberry drinks.
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