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He looms above the road on his hind legs, like the star of a Japanese horror movie. At night, his bulk, rising two stories into the sky, is awash in spotlights.

Sometimes he sports patriotic slogans, other times it's the "All Male Review."

But today, they'll let the air out of the 35-foot dinosaur in front of the Jewel of the Nile Nightclub on Dorsey Road. Parents will have to come up with another cheap thrill for their children; drivers can keep their eyes on the road.

The owners of the bar, next to the Timbuktu Restaurant, rented the giant dinosaur to show support for the troops fighting in the gulf.

The green beast has sported many slogans, from "We support our troops" to "No slack for Iraq."

"Sometimes, we just put up what we can think of," said Angie Apostolou, the executive assistant for the nightclub and the owner's sister.

The dinosaur adds color to an area scarred by the Route 100 extension.

"It's a real eye-catcher," Apostolou said. "It's just a shock seeing it. It's right there when you pull around the corner."

"We feltit was significant of what our troops were doing," Apostolou said. "The troops went in rough and ready to get things done."

Added clubowner Harry Lewis, "We went in there like giants. The coalition overthere was incredible. I wanted to find something huge."

Lewis also had a more personal reason for making a statement. One of his doormen, Tom Goodman, was called away to the war.

Goodman, who returned safety, works for the National Security Agency doing computer espionage work.

But when the rental agreement expired, so did the dinosaur. "We'll probably rent it again," Apostolou said.

The beast went out with a flourish, however. This weekend, the slogan was, "More pain for Hussein." That replaced the sign promoting the "Ladies Male Review Nite," which is every Thursday.

"A lot of people have stopped to take pictures," Lewis said. "They think it's nice that we show support. It scares some people, though."

While the bar and its dinosaur basked in the spotlight, the night time illumination proved too much for pilots approaching Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

"The airport made me move them (the lights) a few times," he said. "They were interfering with the vision of the aircrafts."

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