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  This page is broken up into three major sections:
  1. Notes on the revised design
  2. Quick explanation of what's where
  3. Frequently Asked Questions
In May, 1998, we launched a major new design for SunSpot. The result was easier access to news and information for all users.

Beginning on August 21, 1998, we took our site overhaul one step further with the introduction of SunSpot CitySearch.

We hope you'll find SunSpot CitySearch to be your most reliable guide to what's happening in and around Baltimore. From movies to theatre, live musice to CDs, supermarkets to malls and podiatrists to opthalmologists, SunSpot CitySearch is your one stop on the 'net to find it fast.

You'll find SunSpot CitySearch in the new blue section of our navigation bar.

The major sections

With the launch of SunSpot CitySearch, our navigation bar has taken on something of a split-personality: green for traditional SunSpot sections, such as news and sports and classified, and blue for the newer CitySearch areas.

In addition, we've moved some of the content you used to find in the Features section into SunSpot CitySearch Arts & Entertainment. For example, you'll now find Television, Movies, Art, Books, Music and Theater in the A&E; section, under the blue navigation bar.

The simplest way to remember what belongs where is this: if it's about something that you can do -- see a movie, go to a restaurant, buy a pair of shoes, volunteer in your community -- you'll find it in the blue section, SunSpot CitySearch.

Section-by-section, here's how the site breaks down:

  • Home: As the most common point of entry to SunSpot, this section features top stories from each section of The Sun as well as spotlights on other areas of the site.

  • News: Here you'll find the major sections from The Sun including: National/World, Maryland, Business, Real Estate, Plugged In and Opinion, as well as obituaries and weather. Coming soon, you'll find news from other sources as well, including the community newspapers of Patuxent Publishing.

  • Sports: In this section you'll find Sun coverage, discussion threads and breaking news organized according to sport. Again, we will soon be adding community sports news from Patuxent Publishing.

  • Features: This section has changed most dramatically. Here, you can find daily content from The Sun's feature sections -- Today and A La Carte now and, coming soon, the Sunday Arts, Family, Travel and Perspective sections. You can also find your daily Horoscope, Crossword Puzzle, and fun for kids in the Headbone Zone. Listings -- i.e. concerts, events, day trips, etc. -- and archived content -- i.e. archived movie reviews -- now live in the SunSpot CitySearch Arts & Entertainment section.

  • Classified: Here you'll find the regular classified content of The Sun as well as extra listings and enhancements such as photographs of hundreds of homes for sale.

  • Archive: If you've missed an article from a recent edition of The Sun, this is the place to look. Our two-week archive is free; stories older than two weeks are available for a fee.

  • Talk: Our freewheeling bulletin board remains nearly unchanged, but for the fact that we have added more threads and they are now accessible from related content areas.

  • Arts & Entertainment: Planning a night on the town? Looking for a new book? Need to find a new doctor? Hungry? Then you need to check out Arts & Entertainment, your daily guide to what's happening around town.

  • Shops & Services: Here you'll find a comprehensive listing of businesses in the area, many with Editors' Profiles and links to businesses' InfoSites.

  • Community: This area features and extensive, searchable index of community service organizations and government agencies, as well as SunSpot-hosted community Web sites.


    We'd like to know what you think of the new SunSpot.

    If you see something here that you like, or don't like, please let us know. If there's a feature you'd like to see added to SunSpot as we move forward, please tell us what it is.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I find...?

    If you're looking for something on SunSpot, there are several ways to find it:

    1. Jump to the site index. The site index is always available by clicking on the tab at the top of every page. Go there now.
    2. Search The Sun Archive. Often, what you're looking for appeared in The Baltimore Sun. You can search the past two weeks' editions and retrieve articles for free here. Or you can search editions as far back as 1990 and retrieve articles for a fee here.

    Why is it SunSpot.net and not BaltimoreSun.com?

    Although SunSpot includes the full content of The Baltimore Sun, and is a service of The Baltimore Sun, we'd like to think that we offer more than just the online version of The Sun. We have thousands more home listings, thousands of available job listings, archived articles, up-to-the-minute news from the Associated Press, original content such as SunSpot Press, and much more. For a full listing of what's on SunSpot, take a look at our index.

    In addition, with the introduction of SunSpot Citysearch in August, 1998, we will become your most reliable stop on the web for information about what to see and do around Maryland. (For an idea of what to expect, check out Citysearch's other cities here.)

    Plus, soon we plan to begin bringing you news and information from other publications throughout Maryland, not just The Sun.

    I'm interested in placing an ad on SunSpot. Whom do I contact?
    To advertise on SunSpot, contact our advertising sales manager, Bill Yoegel. E-mail him at wyoegel@sunspot.net; call him at (410) 332-6983; or fax him at (410) 332-6926. Of course, there's still snail mail: 501 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21278. Coming soon: Rate cards and other detailed information.

    To advertise on SunSpot CitySearch, contact sales manager Bruce McLaughlin. E-mail him at bruce@sunspot.net or call him at (410) 468-2676

    Whom do I contact about delivery or subscription information?
    Contact The Sun's Circulation Department at 800-829-8000 or 410-539-1280 in Maryland. You can subscribe to The Sun using SunSpot's online form, here. Regular business hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Customer service representatives can provide an update on the status of your prepaid account, temporarily stop delivery of your paper while you're on vacation and restart delivery on the day when you return and record any delivery requests and forward them to your newspaper distributor for prompt attention.

    Whom do I call about placing a classified ad in The Sun or on SunSpot?
    To place a classified ad, call 410-539-7700. To place a death notice, call 410-332-1881. Or fax your ad to: 410-783-2507. You can submit private party classified ads online, here.

    Staff are on hand to take your classified orders Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Deadline to place ads in the daily Sun is 4:30 p.m. Deadlines for the Sunday Sun classified section:

    Employment: Thursdays at 6 p.m.
    Real Estate: Thursdays at 6 p.m.
    Miscellaneous: Fridays at 5 p.m.

    For other questions or more information, contact Sharon Bowen at 410-332-6432.

    If you have any other questions please e-mail us at feedback@sunspot.net. To view a complete list of SunSpot staff, click here.

     
     


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