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A Year of Moving Pictures

January 01, 2000

BALTIMORE, Dec. 14 -- For most of us, the door symbolizes safety and security. In this photo, it's obvious by the bullet holes that this door doesn't provide protection. To see a child relying on something so flimsy is both heartbreaking and infuriating. No child should have to live like that -- not in Baltimore, not anywhere. But more than 60 children like Moesha Olds, 3, here, regularly use this building of Metro Delta Headstart in West Baltimore, and many were inside when the bullets that made these holes hit. Miraculously no one was hurt, but should we have to depend on miracles for the safety of children?

Gene Sweeney Jr. : Sun Staff

BALTIMORE, May 3 -- Cuban umpire Cesar Valdez (facing camera) manhandles an anti-Castro protester who ran onto the field at Oriole Park in Baltimore during an exhibition game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban national team.

I have covered Major League Baseball for more than 20 years, and this is one of the strangest incidents, during one of the strangest games I have ever covered. I worked in Florida in the late 1970s and early '80s, and one of the events I covered was the "Cuban Boatlift." I was certainly aware of the hard feelings that still exist between the pro- and anti-Castro forces, but I don't believe the Orioles' owner was. I believe this brought it home for all to see that businessmen's influence can only go so far, then human emotions take over. I'm not sure this series between the United States and Cuba will continue any time soon.

Perry Thorsvik : Sun Staff

TIMONIUM, May 27 -- An Upside Down World -- This was part of a story on St. Vincent's Center, a group home for abused children. I spent a week there photographing daily life. This photo stuck out in my mind because even after all the terrible things this young boy has endured in his short life, he still had a sense of humor.

Larry Price : Sun Staff

MARYDEL, March 23 -- Three young Guatemalan children play inside a windowless mobile home at a trailer park in Marydel, a small town near the Delaware state line. These young immigrants, moved by their families from Guatemala to Delaware so their parents could forge a better life in the chicken processing plants that dot the Delmarva peninsula, make the best of their surroundings, playing a child's game of peek-a-boo.

The photo speaks to childhood innocence in the face of an uncertain future.

Nanine Hartzenbusch : Sun Staff

HAVANA, Cuba, March -- A ballet school teacher works on the hem of a student's ballet costume in Havana, in preparation for a recital. The students at this school are top dancers in the region and are training for positions on the National Ballet of Cuba.

While in Cuba to cover the Orioles game against the Cuban National Team I spent a little time at this school photographing the dancers in their classes and practicing in the hallways. I was impressed by the gracefulness of this dancer, even as she stood patiently to get her skirt altered.

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