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  • Under Armour Performance Center downtown offers cutting-edge gym in historic setting

    Under Armour Performance Center downtown offers cutting-edge gym in historic setting

    Nate Costa spent three years envisioning how a state-of-the-art gym could take hold in a 1920s-era former Baltimore bank with sweeping stone staircases, marble columns and a vault with three-foot-thick walls. The gym, a collaboration between Costa's FX Studios and Under Armour, opened May 2 in...

  • As projects continue, Baltimore hotel market rebounds

    As projects continue, Baltimore hotel market rebounds

    Though travel to Baltimore declined last summer after the April riots, hotelier Khaled Said, who was planning a $14 million conversion of a former culinary college building downtown into a 101-room hotel, was undeterred. The 55-year-old has built his business working on hotels on Baltimore's outskirts,...

  • Five Minutes with Gary Day, founder and CEO of American Limosines

    Five Minutes with Gary Day, founder and CEO of American Limosines

    What started as a dare resulted in a multimillion-dollar business for Gary Day that has served celebrities including Ray Rice, Jada Pinkett Smith, Prince, Courtney Love, Muhammad Ali, Janet Jackson and the Beach Boys. After Day's sister was killed by a drunken driver, his mother made him promise...

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  • BSO brings back 'Hairspray' -- and John Waters

    BSO brings back 'Hairspray' -- and John Waters

    Edna Turnblad will be arnin' some more clothes and her likewise well-fed daughter, Tracy, will be trying out again for a spot on a TV dance show when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra brings back a concert version of the hit musical "Hairspray" this week. Three years ago, the BSO brightened things...

  • With Haussner's building to be demolished next week, a look back at the beloved restaurant

    With Haussner's building to be demolished next week, a look back at the beloved restaurant

    The landmark building that housed the storied Haussner's restaurant in Highlandtown will soon come crumbling down as work crews make way for an apartment building on the site.  The corner building at Eastern Avenue and Clinton Street has been vacant for the last decade, and is scheduled to be demolished...

  • 'Roots' resounds as epic storytelling

    'Roots' resounds as epic storytelling

    When I first saw "Roots" before its debut on ABC in 1977, I thought it was compelling television. As the blockbuster ratings started rolling in, I knew it was also culturally important TV, if for no other reason than the way its huge crossover audience blew away the conventional wisdom among network...

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  • Netanyahu's loose cannon

    Netanyahu's loose cannon

    Avigdor Lieberman is detested by the military he's supposed to lead. In naming Avigdor Lieberman to the post of defense minister this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu erased virtually any chance of peace with the Palestinians and instead presented the world with a far right-wing...

  • Could we have a four-way race for president?

    Could we have a four-way race for president?

    Could Bernie Sanders put Mitt Romney in the White House? I haven't gotten my 2012 and 2016 wires crossed; I have a theory that's slightly more realistic than a Donald Trump presidency seemed a year ago. As it stands now, it seems almost inconceivable that Senator Sanders could become the Democratic...

  • Reclaiming Curtis Bay

    Reclaiming Curtis Bay

    On an unseasonably warm afternoon last fall, I parked my car atop a hill in the South Baltimore neighborhood of Curtis Bay. I started sketching the modest homes that line the sloping streets, dwarfed by the massive coal pier at the edge of the neighborhood. After a while, a man walked out of his...

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  • Critics of Baltimore school board secrecy have little recourse

    Critics of Baltimore school board secrecy have little recourse

    When the Baltimore school board revealed this month that it had secretly hired a new CEO, city and state officials were incensed that the panel had circumvented a process that would have given them and the public a say. But they have little recourse beyond airing their grievances. For two decades,...

  • O'Malley points to fewer questions in presidential debates

    O'Malley points to fewer questions in presidential debates

    Former Maryland governor and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley made a notable claim when he appeared this month on a Baltimore television station for his first full-length interview to assess his unsuccessful bid for the White House. The networks hosting the televised debates he...

  • City sheriff's office renews sidewalk permit for trials in Gray case

    City sheriff's office renews sidewalk permit for trials in Gray case

    Baltimore's Transportation Department has again granted the city sheriff's office a months-long permit to control public sidewalks around the downtown courthouse where the trials of six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray are scheduled. The sheriff's office, responsible...

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