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By Peter Hermann Angela Gambill | May 15, 1991
It's hard to remember when it all started -- it was such a long timeago.But one day, the mailbox was flooded with letters and mail. It hasn't stopped yet. And all the letters and trinkets come from onecompany, the KMS Group in Columbia.It is building the huge Piney Orchard development in Odenton: 4,000 homes -- single-family dwellings, town houses and apartments. It is having an open house next Wednesday. It wants the press to come.And as all good public relations people know, it has to get a reporter's attention first.
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By Brooks Welsh, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Now what would vacation be without a few trinkets to remember the trip? There is a multitude of gimmicky t-shirts, cups and other pieces of beach memorabilia, but very few of the gimmicky trinkets allow for a personal touch. If you want that, grabbing telescope photos or "scopes" with your friends and family is the way to go. I know what you might be thinking. "Those things? The ones with the annoying people that run up to you on the beach and try to sell you pictures?" Yes, you might be right to a point, but stay with me. You are on vacation.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1998
The late Louis L. Goldstein isn't on the ballot anymore, but Marylanders are still asking the state comptroller's office staff for the gold anodized aluminum campaign coins he gave out for years, bearing his slogan, "God Bless You All Real Good."Janice Piccinini is no longer a state senator from northern Baltimore County, but Kathleen Beadell, of Timonium, still has her soiled, oft-washed Piccinini campaign pot holder.This year, the ubiquitous campaign giveaway is back, pictured and priced in numerous commercial catalogs that offer personalized names, colors and clever packaging to impress the voters.
SPORTS
By The New York Times | August 18, 2008
BEIJING - It is hard to buy junk at these Olympics. Outside some of the stadiums and arenas, there are stands selling small Chinese flags and flags bearing the likeness of the inescapable fuwa, the Olympic mascots. Human-propelled versions turn up at most of the events, wobbling and waving to an annoying techno theme song. The fuwa suits at the Water Cube are inflatable and resemble giant beach toys. But there are no T-shirts on sale near the sites or on any of the long pedestrian boulevards that bisect the main complex, the Olympic Green.
TRAVEL
By Brooks Welsh, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Now what would vacation be without a few trinkets to remember the trip? There is a multitude of gimmicky t-shirts, cups and other pieces of beach memorabilia, but very few of the gimmicky trinkets allow for a personal touch. If you want that, grabbing telescope photos or "scopes" with your friends and family is the way to go. I know what you might be thinking. "Those things? The ones with the annoying people that run up to you on the beach and try to sell you pictures?" Yes, you might be right to a point, but stay with me. You are on vacation.
FEATURES
December 4, 1991
* One-price stores narrow the price down for you. Gallo's One Price Clothing Stores ($10) carry an array of budget gifts. Small velvet and gold embroidered evening shoulder bags are $6; socks with a holly or tree pattern are two pairs for $5. Bright red or black tights with lace ankle trim also cost two for $5. And they come in plus sizes. The many dollar stores around town narrow stocking-stuffer prices to rock bottom. Dollar Bill's has cards of girls barrettes, play jewelry and cute socks.
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By IAN JOHNSON and IAN JOHNSON,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | October 3, 1995
SIEM REAP, Cambodia -- After a quarter century delay, the Terrace of the Leper King has finally been restored. Land mines no longer hinder a close-up look at the beatific faces of the Bayon Temple. Looters have been chased away from the temples and palaces that, a thousand years after being built, still define Cambodia's soul.For more than 20 years after the war in Indochina and the rampage of the Khmer Rouge that followed in Cambodia, Angkor Wat was practically unseen. Now Americans and other foreigners are returning to the splendid temples of gods and monuments to human kings.
NEWS
January 11, 1997
LAST JUNE, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke pledged that "a once-in-a-lifetime, citywide celebration awaits you" during festivities marking the 200th birthday of Baltimore City's incorporation.Yet only days after the New Year's Eve kickoff, evidence suggests that the year-long celebration is in danger of turning into a monumental flop. Financial sponsors have proven elusive, planned events have been scaled down or delayed. And while the bicentennial does have a web site (http: //www.ci.baltimore.md.
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 28, 1998
FOURTH-GRADE students at Swansfield Elementary School, with the help of resident artist Maria Barbosa, have created concrete steppingstones to mark the school's 25th anniversary.A multimedia artist with a studio in Frederick, Barbosa has just completed a monthlong residency at the school, funded by the Maryland Arts Council and the cultural arts program of the school's PTA.The steppingstones will be permanently installed outside the school's entrance this spring.Twenty-five stones, each 2 feet by 2 feet, will be arranged in a spiral around a small ornamental tree.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2003
For someone starting a political career by plunging headlong into the climactic final weeks of the most tumultuous General Assembly session in years, Warren E. Miller's calm, good-natured aplomb made him seem like a pro. From schmoozing through a round of lobbyists' receptions Monday night to a House Economic Matters Committee meeting yesterday, Miller's first 24 hours as an elected official were a merry-go-round of new faces, give-away trinkets and...
SPORTS
July 21, 2008
Do NASCAR collectibles qualify as legal tender? Or, in this case, illegal tender? A Pennsylvania man jailed on a charge of selling painkillers allegedly wanted a witness against him rubbed out. After finding his "hit man," however, he was planning to pay him off in bobbleheads. Allen Bridges of Everett was asking around the Bedford County Jail, searching for someone to kill for him, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. "I want him fed to the pigs," said Bridges, apparently a Hannibal Lecter fan. But Bridges seems to have blabbed too much, and another inmate tipped law enforcement officials, who then set up a state policeman to pretend he was interested in murder for hire.
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By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 28, 2006
The giant flag draped over the Pentagon after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks came from an Ellicott City store, Flags Etc. Gifts. The store, in business about 15 years, sells flags from all 50 states and most countries, as well as historical flags, such as the famous "Don't Tread on Me" flag showing a coiled rattlesnake, which was flown during the American Revolution. The store also sells decorative banners and gift items, including jewelry, handbags and scented candles. But the American flag is by far its top seller, said Fritz Lages, who owns the store with his wife, Betty.
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By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,SUN STAFF | June 17, 2005
SMITH ISLAND - The progger moves rapidly, half-crouched, head down, focused on the muddy, shell-strewn edge of a Chesapeake marsh as intently as any stalking heron. When he stoops, you never know what he'll come up with: a china teacup fragment from a 19th-century sea captain's wife; a medicine bottle tossed by an 18th-century British naval invader; a coin or ring dropped by a 17th-century explorer; a stone point fired 10,000 years ago by a native hunter. "Color's what we're lookin' for," says Timothy T. Marshall of Smith Island.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2005
Nervous parents. Tense moments. Close calls. "Toward the end, it got nerve-racking," said Courtney Watson, chairman of the Board of Education. Welcome to the first Howard County spelling bee. Howard High School's auditorium was filled Friday night with hundreds of anxious parents and supporters, including teachers and principals. Three television cameras recorded the competition, with several photographers clicking away. The auditorium lights focused only on the contestants on stage - 39 fourth- through eighth-grade pupils from the county's public and private schools and a homeschooling association.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff | May 11, 2003
The silver charm bracelet was a birthday present from her mother. Seven-year-old Katherine Knapick remembers lifting the lid on the long, flat box to reveal a chain of polished sterling silver gleaming in the light. A charm bracelet -- just like her mother's. Her first real piece of jewelry. Only one charm -- a bunny -- hung from the bracelet, yet the simple circle of silver glowed with promise. The shy Parkville girl vowed to fill the bracelet with charms she'd collect on her travels -- charms that would tell her story.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2003
For someone starting a political career by plunging headlong into the climactic final weeks of the most tumultuous General Assembly session in years, Warren E. Miller's calm, good-natured aplomb made him seem like a pro. From schmoozing through a round of lobbyists' receptions Monday night to a House Economic Matters Committee meeting yesterday, Miller's first 24 hours as an elected official were a merry-go-round of new faces, give-away trinkets and...
FEATURES
By Suzanne Loudermilk | December 1, 1999
So much for surprises. Instead of having folks fish through a box of cereal for a mystery trinket, General Mills has come up with a see-through panel that shows the actual toy offered in the box. Besides eliminating the temptation to pour the cereal on the kitchen table to find the freebie -- which my siblings and I often did, to my mother's alarm -- children also don't end up with a toy they already have. Check out 14-ounce boxes of Lucky Charms and Honey Nut Cheerios, which feature figurines from the new movie, "Toy Story 2."
NEWS
By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,Staff Writer | January 13, 1994
Like millions of kids in the 1940s and '50s, little Johnny Snyder pestered his mom to buy the "right" brand of cereal so he could send the box top and a dime for the latest hot premium from the Lone Ranger, Captain Midnight, Tom Mix, Superman, Don Winslow of the Navy or Little Orphan Annie, whose adventures aired daily on radio.When the postman -- at last -- delivered the secret decoder, special-detective badge, magic whistle ring, signal flashlight, periscope or club membership pin, fantasy for him overwhelmed reality.
NEWS
By Donna W. Payne and Donna W. Payne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 18, 2002
Dirty clothes, broken toys, unidentifiable widgets, crummy yard sale leftovers, grass clippings and cardboard boxes. Area thrift shops operated by religious groups have seen it all. Some of these items are left by their doors during the night. Others are found in the bags of donations that volunteers laboriously sort through to find the good stuff their shops can sell in Howard County. "We only put out the very nicest of the things we get," said Doris Berger Moore, a volunteer who manages Trinity Episcopal Church's thrift shop in Ellicott City.
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | October 27, 2001
Halloween is shaping up to be more of a scavenger hunt than an evening of trick-or-treating for many kids in Howard County this year, with two major candy-filled traditions altered at the request of the Howard County Police Department. The Ellicott City Business Association and The Mall in Columbia will suspend their traditions of distributing candy, and offer alternatives such as pumpkin painting, story telling and passing out trinkets. A handful of other area merchants, including the Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie, are joining the candy boycott after recent anthrax attacks.
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