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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | September 25, 2003
Priest Holmes, a quintessential underdog for much of his NFL life, is coming back, big-time. Back to Baltimore, where he crafted the skills that make him one of the league's most exciting players, where he mentored the young man who would replace him, where he arrived, almost unannounced, as an undrafted free agent in 1997. What a long and marvelous journey - from Baltimore to Kansas City - it's been for Holmes, who is to the Chiefs what Marshall Faulk has been to the St. Louis Rams, minus the Super Bowls.
By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 29, 2003
ARLINGTON, Texas - Returning to the dugout after hitting his first grand slam, Mark Teixeira no longer could contain the smile he tried so hard to keep hidden. It spread across his face, braces and all, and for a brief moment he looked like a high school kid as hands reached out to slap him on the shoulder. But how many high school kids get congratulated by Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro? It's times like these that remind Teixeira how far he's removed from Mount St. Joseph, from which he graduated in 1998 after setting three state career records.
By DAN RODRICKS | January 17, 2003
A MR. DON PRICE of Malvern, Pa., a native of Baltimore, decided a couple of weeks ago to finish some unfinished business - to send a thank-you note to the Baltimore Police Department overdue almost a half-century. He read an article in a magazine about Americans and their beloved automobiles, and that's what got him thinking about finally doing the right thing. So he sat down and wrote a letter to the police commissioner. "This story happened in the fall of 1955, but it's just as vivid and meaningful for me today as it was almost 48 years ago. It proves that the power of a good deed has lasting effects," Price wrote.
By Joseph R. L. Sterne | July 21, 2002
A BEST-SELLER in the years leading to the Civil War, out of print for a century until the civil rights revolution of the 1960s, the best of the escape-from-slavery tales that fueled the black freedom movement, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave will soon top the must-read list in Baltimore. Mayor Martin O'Malley and Pratt Library Director Carla D. Hayden have chosen the Douglass autobiography as "Baltimore's Book" in a citywide reading spree that will focus on the greatest African-American of the 19th century.
By MICHAEL OLESKER | May 28, 2002
SAMUEL PORTNEY is the keeper of his brother's memorial. The brother was Jack Portney, gone 11 years now, whose image lingers among the dwindling generation that watched him throw combination punches out of his southpaw crouch at old Oriole Park many summers ago. The boxing game was different in Jack Portney's time. Jack came off of West Baltimore street corners in 1926, when he was 16 years old, and lasted a dozen years trading punches. They called him the Baltimore Buzz Saw for his relentlessness, which came out of sheer hunger.
By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | April 28, 2002
On a cold night in Brooklyn, N.Y., this past December, members of the Baltimore band Ellen Cherry had just finished packing up the truck after recording their first album when they decided to nip back into the studio to say quick goodbyes. Just 20 minutes later, the group came back out to find the truck window broken and all the instruments stolen. "The cops told us, 'You're in New York City now; this isn't Baltimore,' " said Kristin Putchinski, Ellen Cherry singer / songwriter and a free-lance graphic artist.
January 21, 2002
Sports teams enhance sense of community, help fill city coffers Thank you for the timely, insightful and totally correct editorial concerning the benefits of building a new basketball arena to bring the NBA back to Baltimore ("Pro basketball in Baltimore," Jan. 12). People are always complaining about wasteful uses of tax dollars; the problem is that so many of those same people complain about good uses of tax dollars as well. And even though our new baseball park and football stadium have generated astonishing financial returns and promoted a refreshing community spirit, we can nonetheless expect the whining over the idea of a basketball arena to begin immediately.
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 10, 2002
The double bass was Jay Leonhart's ticket out of Baltimore, and now the instrument has temporarily brought him back to his hometown. In four decades as a jazz bassist in New York, Leonhart has played for a Who's Who list of singers - Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook, Judy Garland and her daughter Liza Minnelli, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme. The list goes on and on. He's played in trios and quartets and big bands. But now he's gone solo with a one-man show called The Bass Lesson, which recently premiered at the second-floor studio at Bertha's in Fells Point, where it continues every Wednesday night this month.
March 10, 2001
MONDAWMIN is five Metro stops away from downtown, six stops from Owings Mills. Within a one-mile radius of the shopping mall, it's possible to attend school from kindergarten to college. So why are the Mondawmin-area neighborhoods, despite their solid housing stock and leafy gardens, experiencing some of the same uncertainties and blight that are afflicting so many other city areas? A recently released 64-page survey suggests some of the reasons: an aging population; the lack of new investment; apathy.
By Lisa Wiseman and Lisa Wiseman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 18, 2001
"Every home has a story ... my house has many of them," said Nancy Coradi about the Cockeysville home she shares with her husband, Ken, and their two dogs and cats. First, there is the story of how the couple found the 149-year-old home. After the two were married, they first lived in Mr. Coradi's home in Hamilton. They stayed there until his employer transferred him to Tennessee, where they lived for three years. In 1999, after learning he was being transferred back to Baltimore, she went house hunting in advance of their return.
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