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March 26, 2013
The Monsters of HipHop Convention was held at the Hyatt Regency in Reston Va., Feb. 22 to 24. The event featured dance performances by groups from the U.S. and Canada. Also held were the individual freestyle battles for junior, intermediate and advanced dancers. During the individual freestyle battle for junior dancers, Judson Rand of Dancin' Time Studios in Hagerstown captured the second place cash prize. More than $10,000 in dance scholarships were awarded during the closing program.
NEWS
By BOB GARVER / Special to The Herald-Mail | March 31, 2009
If ever I've seen a movie where the characters are designed to be toys that go with kids' meals at a fast food place, "Monsters vs. Aliens" is the one. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, since it means all the characters are interesting, varied and unique. But it also means that the movie is going to spend the entire time trying to "sell" the characters to you. Also, at some point the characters are going to break dance. Kids love break dancing, apparently. The main character is a woman named Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon)
NEWS
by Chris Copley | April 10, 2003
chrisc@herald-mail.com Outside the Blue Elephant Art Center, the orange glare of sodium lights turned dark, Monday night streets into empty, urban alleys of anxiety. The dark street scene was a suitable backdrop for the macabre scene upstairs at the art center, where artist Stephen Blickenstaff faced down a gallery of ghouls, monsters, skeletons and nightmare beasts. This month, the Blue Elephant is displaying Blickenstaff's paintings and drawings from the past three years in a show entitled "Beautiful Tragedy.
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By DON AINES | February 19, 2006
chambersburg@herald-mail.com Magic, monsters and traps were employed by 22 players vying to deplete each other's life points and claim victory Saturday in the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game tournament at the Washington County Free Library. To the uninitiated, Soul Exchange, Magic Cylinder and Zure, Knight of Dark World, are meaningless, but each has a power to exert and a role to play in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh. "Soul Exchanger automatically destroys your opponent's monster so you can summon a stronger, higher-level monster," said Bryce Yeakle, 15, of Clear Spring, a tournament semifinalist who has been playing for about six years.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | October 23, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- It didn't take long for Doub's Woods Park to become the scariest place in Hagerstown Friday night as about 250 miniature monsters gathered for the fourth annual Park at Dark. Marsha Moats, program coordinator for the Washington County Recreation Department, said the event is held to give young children a safe environment to enjoy the Halloween season. "We try to make it spooky fun," Moats said. A steady rain caused organizers to cancel the haunted hayride and a few of the other activities, but that didn't stop the little ghouls and goblins from crowding under a pavilion to collect candy, build scarecrows and listen to a scary story that warned of creeping ghosts, vampires and werewolves.
NEWS
July 19, 2009
Teenage girl reported missing Monsters invade Hagerstown Speedway Eric Scott Furley, 25 Scenes from the 2009 Ag Expo and Fair Canal seen as potential river of revenue
NEWS
April 2, 2009
For Friday through Sunday Movie times listed are those provided as of noon Wednesday and may be revised by theaters at any time. MARYLAND HAGERSTOWN CINEMA 10 20135 Leitersburg Pike301-797-6454 Adventureland -- Fri./Sat. - 12:45, 3:05, 6:45, 9:05 p.m.; Sun. - 12:45, 3:05, 6:45 p.m. Duplicity -- Fri./Sat. - 1:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:35 p.m.; Sun. - 1:10, 3:50, 6:50 p.m. Fast and Furious -- Fri./Sat. - 1, 3:30, 7:05, 9:30 p.m.; Sun. - 1, 3:30, 7:05 p.m. The Haunting in Connecticut -- Fri./Sat.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 11, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- It doesn't seem to fit. Debbie Pletz comes across as an easygoing, lovely, sweet woman. She lives in an aging, white stucco Victorian on East Washington Street and, like many people, she likes to display her "creativity" on her front lawn. But Pletz's creativity careens to the macabre when Halloween rolls around. Her yard becomes home to zombies, witches, warlocks, severed heads and body parts strewn about with bloody stumps and innards exposed. Plus, there are skeletons and monsters galore.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2012
For Friday through Sunday Movie times listed are those provided as of noon Wednesday and may be revised by theaters at any time. MARYLAND LEITERSBURG CINEMAS 20145 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown • 240-329-2093 www.leitersburgcinemas.com Editor's note: Due to early deadlines, Leitersburg Cinemas' movie listings were not published Thursday. Here are listings for movies Friday through Sunday. Django Unchained (R) - Fri. - 2, 6:20, 9:30 p.m.; Sat. - 11 a.m., 2:30, 9:10, 9:25 p.m.; Sun. - 2, 5:30, 9:35 p.m. The Guilt Trip (PG-13)
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NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2013
Monster truck lovers gathered Saturday at Hagerstown Speedway to watch giant trucks with names such as Grave Digger, Son-uva Digger, Scooby-Doo, Black Stallion and Higher Education as part of the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. Friday's Monster Jam performance was canceled due to inclement weather. Another show is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. People started gathering Saturday afternoon at the speedway as children and their parents thronged to the Monster Pit Party, where they got to examine the trucks up close.
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LIFESTYLE
By MAGGIE WOLFF PETERSON | Special to The Herald-Mail | July 17, 2013
Nicole Johnson isn't the only female driver in Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, but almost.  Women are rarities behind the wheel of the oversized, growling trucks that can fly through the air and crush smaller vehicles beneath their enormous wheels. She wouldn't have it any other way.  A longtime leisure driver, Johnson learned her craft through “rock crawling,” an extreme form of offroad driving that takes heavy-duty dune buggies over boulders, mountainous hillsides and other rough terrain.  “My competition vehicle of choice was a hand-built, custom buggy,” she said.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
The Monsters of HipHop Convention was held at the Hyatt Regency in Reston Va., Feb. 22 to 24. The event featured dance performances by groups from the U.S. and Canada. Also held were the individual freestyle battles for junior, intermediate and advanced dancers. During the individual freestyle battle for junior dancers, Judson Rand of Dancin' Time Studios in Hagerstown captured the second place cash prize. More than $10,000 in dance scholarships were awarded during the closing program.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2012
For Friday through Sunday Movie times listed are those provided as of noon Wednesday and may be revised by theaters at any time. MARYLAND LEITERSBURG CINEMAS 20145 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown • 240-329-2093 www.leitersburgcinemas.com Editor's note: Due to early deadlines, Leitersburg Cinemas' movie listings were not published Thursday. Here are listings for movies Friday through Sunday. Django Unchained (R) - Fri. - 2, 6:20, 9:30 p.m.; Sat. - 11 a.m., 2:30, 9:10, 9:25 p.m.; Sun. - 2, 5:30, 9:35 p.m. The Guilt Trip (PG-13)
NEWS
Lisa Prejean | September 13, 2012
It was something I knew I shouldn't do, but I did it anyway. After all, I had never made a mess before. Why should I worry about it now? For years my coffee cup has been my constant companion as I write columns or prepare lesson plans late into the night. The cup has its place: To the left of the laptop's keyboard and up one level on the desk. Far enough away to prevent a mishap, yet close enough to reach as I start to nod off. On a recent evening, however, the inevitable happened.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 22, 2012
George Thorogood and the Destroyers' hit “Bad to the Bone” blared from speakers as the hulking machine roared past the crowd. It spun around in the dirt track in a deafening roar, all to the joy of throngs of spectators yelling from the stands. The monster truck Grave Digger - a longtime favorite of monster truck fans - was one of seven of the massive rigs that competed at the Hagerstown Speedway on Sunday. The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam was also held at the speedway Saturday night and attracted about 6,000 people, said Ashley Johnson, marketing manager for Feld Motor Sports, which owns Monster Jam. A Friday show was scheduled at the speedway but was canceled because of the wet weather.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2012
The start of this weekend's Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam show at Hagerstown Speedway was put on hold Friday due to inclement weather, according to the event's promoter. “With the rain, it basically made the track undriveable and unsafe for our drivers as well” as less entertaining for the fans, series promoter Ashley Johnson said. “It's one of those things where we had to look at it from a safety issue,” she said. “If we did let them drive, it would basically be the trucks getting stuck in the mud the entire time and it wouldn't be an actual show.” Friday night ticketholders may use their tickets Saturday or Sunday, which still are scheduled to go on as scheduled, Johnson said.
NEWS
July 18, 2012
Fans will have a chance to get an up-close and personal look at their favorite Monster Jam trucks and drivers at three area Advance Auto Parts stores and the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hagerstown on Thursday. Monster Jam, the world's premier monster truck series, will bring its  stunt trucks to Hagerstown Speedway on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature Advance Auto Parts' Grinder and celebrates the 30th anniversary of Grave Digger. In addition, Maximum Destruction returns to Hagerstown and brings along El Toro Loco, Grave Digger The Legend, Wolverine and Gunslinger.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 18, 2012
Big trucks. Earsplitting noise. Flying dirt. Smashed cars. Monster Jam isn't an event - it's a happening. But long before super-charged engines belch out a roar and thousands of fans are entertained by the crunching and crushing of metal, the wheels already have been turning. Sites have been approved. Drivers are lined up. Demolition vehicles are purchased. An advertising blitz begins. And dirt crews build the tracks. A lot of work goes into making monster trucks a monster draw.
OPINION
By TOM FIREY | May 16, 2012
In January 2008, a political activist group called Citizens United released “Hillary: The Movie.” The documentary sharply criticized Hillary Clinton, who was then a U.S. senator and candidate for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. The film didn't expressly tell viewers not to vote for Clinton, but it portrayed her as clearly unfit for office. Citizens United wanted to share that opinion with the public, so they paid a video-on-demand company to make the film available to cable TV viewers for free.
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