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You can play 'Pac-Man' on Baltimore streets right now

Think you're going to get work done today? Think again.

The good folks at Google Maps are letting folks play the classic arcade game on streets of your choosing.

All you have to do: Go to Google Maps here. Type in a city packed with lots of roads (it only works when there are enough roads for Pac-Man to eat through) and click the Pac-Man icon on the bottom left.

Then just press play. You'll be chomping your way through Canton or Fells or downtown in no time.

That revenue presentation due by 5 p.m.? Consider it postponed.

Enjoy!

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Madaleno calls for ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to controversial law

Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. called Tuesday for a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to a controversial new law that critics say opens the door for businesses to discriminate on religious grounds, including against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Madaleno, a gay Democrat from Montgomery County, wrote in a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday night that Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act could lead to "public humiliation" for him and other elected and appointed officials in Maryland were they to travel to Indiana.

"Your family, an exemplary ambassador for the State of Maryland, could be denied service due to a random business person, waiter, or clerk's objection to the First Lady's previous divorce," Madaleno wrote, referring to First Lady Yumi Hogan. "My family could be denied service in Indiana because of my marriage to another man. Many of our colleagues could also be denied service because of an Indiana business owner's objection to a...

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Gary Dahl, creator of the Pet Rock, dies at 78

Gary   Ross   Dahl , the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in southern Oregon.

Dahl's wife, Marguerite Dahl , confirmed Tuesday that her husband of 40 years died March 23 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The smooth stones came packed in a cardboard box containing a tongue-in-cheek instruction pamphlet for "care and feeding." Dahl estimated he had sold 1.5 million of them at roughly $4 each by the time the fad fizzled. The Pet Rock required no work and no time commitment.

Born Dec. 18, 1936, in Bottineau, North Dakota, Dahl was raised in Spokane, Washington.

In 1975, he was a Los Gatos, California, advertising executive when he came up with the Pet Rock idea.

Dahl also penned "Advertising for Dummies."

In 2000, he was a grand prize winner in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for dreadful prose. His winning entry: "The heather-encrusted Headlands, veiled in fog as thick as smoke in a crowded pub, hunched precariously over the moors, their rocky...

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Comedy Central: 'Unfair' to judge Trevor Noah on tweets

Trevor Noah, the newly announced host of "The Daily Show," rejected the backlash over his graphic tweets targeting Jews and women as an unfair reflection of him and his comedy.

"To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn't land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian," Noah posted Tuesday on his Twitter account, the same one that included past tweets others deemed offensive.

Comedy Central also came to his defense, calling Noah a "provocative" comedian who "spares no one, himself included."

"To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair," the network said in a statement, adding that he has "a bright future at Comedy Central."

Noah was announced as Jon Stewart's successor Monday. The next day, he was a trending topic on Twitter as he drew fire for jokes described as tasteless, hateful — and unfunny.

Roseanne Barr was among those calling out the 31-year-old South African comic, who has an international following and 2 million...

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Ravens kicker Justin Tucker got married Saturday to Amanda Bass

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker tied the knot over the weekend, marrying Amanda Bass during a wedding ceremony in Texas.

"So happy to say I'm officially a married man!" Tucker wrote on his official Twitter account. "I will always remember 3.28.15 as the happiest day of my life. I love you @AmandaBass!!"

Tucker has dated Bass for several years, and they got engaged two years ago during an elaborate proposal at the Four Seasons in the Inner Harbor.

Now, the couple is heading off on its honeymoon.

Tucker posted a photo Monday on his Instagram account of them at the airport.

"Thanks to all our friends & fam for celebrating with us this wknd," Tucker wrote. "Now it's time for a trip to somewhere warm and sunny"

awilson@baltsun.com
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Final effort to 'Save the Idle Hour' in full swing for Riverside bar

In late December, the Idle Hour — a celebrated corner bar in Riverside for more than a decade — closed unexpectedly due to a structural issue involving a buckling wall behind the back bar.

Owners Brendan Finnerty and Randal Etheridge said safety concerns for staff and patrons left them with no other choice.

After considering many options, the owners held two fundraising events (one at Little Havana on Jan. 31 and the other at the Ottobar on Feb. 28) that raised approximately $14,000, Etheridge said Friday afternoon.

It was enough to keep their dream of reopening the Idle Hour alive, but not for much else. The money was used to pay outstanding bills for alcohol distributors and mortgage payments. (Etheridge said he and Finnerty own the building next to the bar as well.)

In a final effort to fix the bar's problems and move forward, Etheridge and Finnerty launched the “Save the Idle Hour” campaign on the crowd-funding website Indiegogo this week.

As of Friday afternoon, 93 people had...

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