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Ringling Bros. Circus' final visit to Baltimore prompts nostalgia, questions about future

Ringling Bros. Circus' final visit to Baltimore prompts nostalgia, questions about future

An American institution will be coming to an end soon, and Bill Price wants to be sure his grandkids don't miss the experience.

He's been planning for weeks to take 10-year-old Lexi and 6-year-old James to the circus when it comes to Baltimore this week. After 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is shutting down next month, a victim of high costs, declining ticket sales and verbal and legal challenges by animal-rights activists.

But passion for Ringling Bros., remains high. Price, 62, characterizes the coming closure as "the end of an era," and wanted to ensure Lexi and James got to see the clowns and the acrobats and the lion tamer and his big...

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