Brian Kroneberger Jr.: stocks by day, sticks by night
When Brian Kroneberger Jr. disappears during lacrosse practice, teammates always know where to find him: on the telephone.
Invariably the professional indoor lacrosse player will be checking in with the world of stocks and bonds.
Such is life when you're a Baltimore stockbroker by day, Baltimore Thunder player by night.
Although he sees similarities in his dual professions, there is one key difference.
"I'm extremely aggressive in indoor lacrosse," he explains. "The way I invest is conservative."
Much as he hates to admit it, however, being a businessman has altered his playing style.
"You realize you're playing against other professionals. No matter what happens in the heat of the battle, those guys have to go home to families and professional careers," says Mr. Kroneberger, 24, of Towson.
But the Thunder didn't get into the playoffs today in Philadelphia without Mr. Kroneberger engaging in some rough-and-tumble moves. His injuries, including a lost front tooth, have brought attention from his colleagues at Ferris, Baker Watts.
He says, "When they see me come in with scars all over my body, they tease me."
For LePena Powell, black was always beautiful, even if makeup manufacturers didn't know it.
Or, to be more precise, they didn't know how to create makeup for dark-skinned women, she says.
No matter. Rather than continue to mix foundation from bottle A with bottle B, Ms. Powell has solved her own problem -- and other women's, too.
With the help of chemists, the former model has created her own line of cosmetics and skin-care products tailor-made for women of color.
"There were always colors missing for ethnic women. You ended up buying more and spending more time," says Ms. Powell, 35, who sells her line at her North Charles Street store, LePena Cosmetics.
The daughter of a hairstylist, she grew up around West Baltimore beauty salons and worked as a model and actress before becoming a makeup artist.
In recent years she has touched up the likes of Bill Cosby, Barbara Jordan and Sidney Poitier. But name-dropping doesn't bring the most satisfaction.
"I like helping the average woman look good," she says.
There is one disadvantage to being a whiz with a makeup brush, though.
"There's no time when I can be without makeup," she says. "Even if I'm at home and somebody's coming over, I've got to at least put lipstick on."
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