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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2010
Hundreds of youngsters once lived in the castle-like West Baltimore institution known as the Hebrew Orphan Asylum that advocates say is the oldest remaining Jewish orphanage building in the country. Now a coalition of preservationists, community leaders and officials of the Jewish Museum of Maryland have launched an attention-raising campaign to preserve the vacant, boarded-up building. The building, which was acquired by Coppin State University in 2003, lacks a roof and costs about $8,000 a month to keep standing.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2010
After gangsters in El Salvador murdered her teenage son and harassed her family three years ago, Maria Canales de Maldonado fled to the United States, seeking refuge and a measure of peace in Maryland. Now the American government is at the root of new fears. In July an immigration judge in Baltimore granted asylum to Canales de Maldonado and her 18-year-old son, Pablo, after they arrived illegally in the United States seeking sanctuary from the gang that continued to torment their family.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2009
FRIDAY 'GRUNDLEHAMMER': Forget "Tommy" and "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Grundlehammer" is a rock opera for the masses. The Baltimore Rock Opera Society and its seven-piece metal orchestra perform 15 original rock songs in this medieval fantasy at 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St. The show is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8-$10. Go to baltimorerockopera.org. SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL: More than 250 juried artists display their crafts, including pottery, sculpture, jewelry, fashion and furniture, at Timonium Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road.
NEWS
By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,scott.calvert@baltsun.com | September 27, 2009
The 12-year-old boy's harrowing story tumbled out: Tormented by a gang in his native El Salvador. Sent by his terrified mother to sneak into the United States in search of safety. Nabbed by Border Patrol agents in Texas. Told he'd have to go back home, whatever the consequences. Santos Maldonado-Canales badly wanted to stay, and now, sitting in a plush Baltimore law firm in August 2008, his hopes rested with an earnest young lawyer. At 27, Azim Chowdhury was two years out of law school and knew nothing about immigration law. A partner at the Duane Morris firm had given him the case as part of its mission to offer free representation.
NEWS
By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,scott.calvert@baltsun.com | February 6, 2009
U.S. immigration authorities have begun deportation proceedings against a Rwandan academic who was suspended by Goucher College amid allegations that he had participated in the African country's 1994 genocide. Leopold Munyakazi, 59, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his home in Towson. Immigration officials said only that he was "in the country illegally," though he had arrived with a valid visa, said Brandon A. Montgomery, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Munyakazi was released on condition he wear a monitoring device and remain at home, Montgomery said, adding that "removal proceedings" have begun.
NEWS
July 11, 2008
Hallucinogens a risky quick fix Before The Sun weighed in on the medicinal value of hallucinogens ("Tuning in, not out," editorial, July 6), it would have been worth its while to engage in some scientific investigative reporting. A publication by Hopkins researchers should not be accepted blindly as the truth. LSD for victims of trauma? This recommendation despite the increased risk of suicide documented among LSD users? Ecstasy for post-traumatic stress? Ecstasy may provide short-term relief, but it can cause long-term defects in the brain's systems for transporting and receiving serotonin, the very systems most important for stable mood.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,Sun reporter | July 8, 2008
WASHINGTON - Growing up in the West African nation of Mali, Alima Traore assumed that girls everywhere had to undergo the procedure. "In my country, it is usually an old lady" who performs the crude surgery, the 29-year-old woman said during an interview in her attorney's Rockville office. "They have a traditional knife for it. They cut your intimate parts. This knife is used for many girls." It wasn't until Traore came to the United States eight years ago that she learned that female genital mutilation has been condemned the world over as a human rights abuse.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | May 6, 2007
GREEN RIVER, Utah -- Great spellers come in all types, from egotistical showoffs to loners who find sanctuary in the forest of words. Kunal Sah, a 13-year-old eighth-grader, is an angry speller. He lives with his uncle and aunt at their family-owned Ramada Limited Motel in this tough former railroad town in eastern Utah. Kunal is making himself into a great speller by way of unhappiness and the immense pressure he feels to reunite his family, which was blown apart across two continents when his parents were sent back to India last year after being denied political asylum.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | March 11, 2007
SAN DIEGO -- Assad's desperate flight from Iraq began on foot. For days, he trekked from Iraq to Turkey and from Turkey to Greece. He slipped through remote rural villages and crossed a river's rushing waters to escape the violence that had left his cousin dead and his father in hiding. Finally, after paying smugglers to get him on flights to Spain, Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico, he joined the crush of Spanish-speaking migrants on a bus ride to America's doorstep. Assad, an Iraqi Christian and the 21-year-old son of a liquor merchant, said his stomach lurched as he tried to convince the U.S. border patrol agents here that he was no ordinary migrant.
SPORTS
By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | January 11, 2007
When the Colts played in Baltimore, Memorial Stadium was described as "the world's largest outdoor insane asylum." Although M&T Bank Stadium lacks the same nostalgia and national reputation, the Ravens believe their home field not only rivals Memorial Stadium, but could be the loudest in the NFL. AFC divisional playoff Saturday, 4:30 p.m., chs. 13, 9, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Ravens by 4
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