The annual Nathan’s famous Fourth of July international eating contest was held at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The contest draws lots of spectators and even animal rights protesters. The winner of the men’s division was Joey Chestnut who tied his own record by eating 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes. It is the sixth victory in a row for the competitive eater. The winner of the women’s division was Sonya Thomas who set a new women’s world record by eating 45 hot dogs is 10 minutes.
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Torrential rains and storm surge from Tropical Storm Debby, which has remained nearly stationary off the Gulf Coast of Florida, may produce significant inland flooding over the next couple of days, reported the NOAA’s National Weather Services. While the storm is predicted to reach the Florida panhandle by Thursday, residents struggle to protect their homes and businesses as rain and winds continue to pelt the coastline.
Founder’s Day in England celebrates the escape of the future King Charles II after defeat in the Battle of Worchester in 1651. The King evaded capture by hiding in a royal oak tree. As part of the celebration the Chelsea Pensioners, British veteran soldiers at the the Royal Chelsea Hospital, are inspected by a member of the royal family. This year the honors were carried out by Sophie, Countess of Wessex. All members of the ceremonies wear sprigs of oak leaves to commemorate the escape. The hospital was founded by King Charles II in 1682 and is home to some 300 pensioners.
Fifteen Chinese couples traveled to Fuessen, Germany to repeat their vows of marriage at the historic Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The couples had originally been married in China.
Twin blasts by suicide car bombers killed 55 people and wounded hundreds of others on Thursday in Damascus during morning rush hour traffic, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency. The UN observer chief appealed for help to put an end to the bloodshed that has ravaged the country of Syria.
After the Orioles used all eight available relievers, designated hitter Chris Davis went to the mound and threw a scoreless 16th and 17th inning, helping the O’s to a 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox. Center fielder Adam Jones, moments after playing a part in a game-saving defensive play in the 16th, hit a three-run homer off Darnell McDonald – the Red Sox’s DH – over the Green Monster in left field for his team-high eighth homer of the season. The O’s swept the Red Sox at Fenway Park for the first time since 1994.
“It was my first day on the night shift. He took me to the Calvert House for a beer and a bowl of crab soup — my first…That was Joe in a nutshell. Nothing ever fazed him.” — Robert K. Hamilton
Baltimore Sun’s award-winning photographer Joseph A. “Joe” DiPaola, Jr., passed away Friday at the age of 91. Director of Photography Robert K. Hamilton recounts his first night shift at The Sun with Joe almost thirty years ago.
William Shakespeare wrote, “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Over the years, the photographers of The Baltimore Sun have captured for eternity these characters in some of their funniest and strangest moments. These are a sampling of the many pictures taken that we hope will make you pause and either smile, chuckle or laugh. We would love to hear which are your favorites.
Charismatic politician William Donald Schaefer served the people of Maryland for 50 years at both the local and state level. It was one year ago today that Schaefer was buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium. During his tenure, Schaefer won praise for his “do-it-now” philosophy. His focus was as much on getting potholes patched as launching major developments such as Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. At times, Schaefer could be a charmer, a task master and enigmatic, but he was never dull. With that in mind, we decided to take a look back at the many faces of this man-of-the-people.