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By Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Maryland's own Sugar Ray Leonard is perhaps best known as a baby-faced Olympic gold medalist and champion prize fighter with a winning smile. Yet for decades, the world-renowned boxer suppressed a devastating secret: Leonard had been sexually abused as a teen. "I didn't scream. I didn't look at him," the athlete writes of one particular incident involving a male coach and revealed in his autobiography, "The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring. " The fighter recounts: "I just opened the door and ran. " Leonard, now 57, has become a national advocate fighting for children who have suffered abuse.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The summer may have ended, but pride season in Baltimore has not. The city's annual Baltimore Black Pride events kick off next week, including nights out on the town, parties for youth and cultural events. The week culminates on Sunday, Oct. 12 with a Fall Festival at Club Bunns on W. Lexington Avenue at 4 p.m. This year's events are the first to be thrown by The Center for Black Equity - Baltimore, the new name taken up this year by Baltimore Black Pride, Inc. The change brings the organization, which has been working in Baltimore for more than a decade, under the umbrella of the national Center for Black Equity.
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HEALTH
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2011
The woman, a Nigerian mother named Busayo, fought back tears as she recalled going into debt in a futile attempt to treat her infant son's pneumonia. After Busayo spent all of her family's savings — she even sold the family cell phone — the 2-month-old died. Speaking just above a whisper, the woman was sitting in a small rural church in Nigeria talking with Dr. Orin Levine, who was being featured in the British documentary "Kill or Cure?" "That really stuck with me," said Levine, the 44-year-old executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC)
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
The acting secretary of veterans affairs said Tuesday that the agency would add more primary care physicians to the Maryland VA Health Care System to help reduce the long waits for veterans seeking appointments with doctors. Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson said the agency would also add $500,000 - a 40 percent increase - to help veterans facing delays seek private care. Gibson, who replaced the embattled former Secretary Eric K. Shinseki last month, visited the Baltimore VA Medical Center a week after a nationwide audit showed that veterans in the Maryland system face the fourth-longest wait to schedule a first-time visit with a primary care doctor.
BUSINESS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 22, 1996
AND Software, a Dutch company, will move its North American headquarters and five employees to Baltimore from New York, the Greater Baltimore Alliance has announced.AND, which makes route-planning, electronic publishing and geographic data products, expects to boost its local complement to 20 workers within two years, GBA said. The company, based in Rotterdam, considered several other U.S. sites, including Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Philadelphia."This is a well-respected, aggressive, growing company in the information technology industry whose commitment to the Baltimore region will help us bring other international technology firms to the area," said Ann Coscia, the GBA's executive director.
NEWS
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1998
Twenty years after moving its headquarters to South Baltimore, the National Federation of the Blind plans to construct an $18 million addition designed to help improve the lives of visually impaired people around the country.The National Research and Training Institute for the Blind is the name of the proposed addition, a five-story structure that would be built west of the National Center for the Blind at 1800 Johnson St.Besides providing educational and research space and a conference center to augment the center's facilities, the institute would be the home of a newly established literary archive on blindness and human rights, including the personal papers and publications of federation founder Jacobus tenBroek and other legal scholars.
BUSINESS
By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | April 16, 1999
The federal Small Business Administration signed up the NAACP's Community Development Resource Center in Baltimore yesterday to become a part of its effort to quadruple lending to blacks by 2000.In a news conference at the Baltimore headquarters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the SBA and the civil rights organization designated the center as a prequalification loan intermediary.As an intermediary, the center will provide free lending services. They include:Reviewing business plans and credit reports to determine qualifications for the SBA program.
NEWS
By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | June 7, 2004
The state's first birthing center - where women could deliver their children standing up, under water or even after a long African dance - has shut its doors after more than two decades because of the pressure of rising malpractice insurance rates and other costs. The Baltimore Birth Center, which opened on Park Heights Avenue in 1981, delivered its last baby - a girl whose brother was born at the center about a year ago - May 23 and closed for good last week. "It just has become increasingly difficult to maintain our practice.
NEWS
June 5, 2004
On Wednesday, June 2, 2004 JUDITH C. BASTOW, of Columbia, MD. Beloved wife of Joel B. Bastow, mother of John William (Kerry) and Jeffrey Allen (Lauren) Bastow; grandmother of Heath, Leland, Hayden and Callia Bastow. She is also survived by a sister, Barbara Jane Walas. A Memorial Service will be held at Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc. of Columbia, 5555 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia, MD 21045 on Sunday, June 6, 2004 at 3 P.M. Interment private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her name to Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center, c/o Laura Hummers, Bayview Medical Center, 5501 Bayview Circle, Baltimore, MD 21224 or either the University of Maryland Baltimore Center (cancer research donation)
NEWS
By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1996
William Brewster "Bruce" Quackenbush Sr., a retired Commercial Credit Corp. official and a founding member of the Pride of Baltimore Inc., died of heart failure Wednesday at Mercy Medical Center. He was 73.He was one of the seven founding members in 1980 of Pride of Baltimore Inc. and was a board member and treasurer until 1993, when he resigned because a son, W. Bruce Quackenbush Jr. of Timonium, was made executive director."It was not uncommon to see Bruce in London or San Francisco on the docks, meeting the Pride and its crew, whom he loved," said Christopher C. Hartman, secretary of the Pride of Baltimore Inc. "He gave an enormous amount of time to the Pride in order to make it all work," Mr. Hartman said.
BUSINESS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
The city-owned Hilton Baltimore convention center hotel lost $2.9 million last year — the best performance in the taxpayer-financed project's history. City officials pointed to the hotel's performance as a sign of progress Wednesday, noting revenues there increased by nearly $9 million from 2012. "We're making progress. We're doing better than we've done before," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake after the release of the hotel's annual audit. "To me, that's a good sign. " Last year, city officials said they had ruled out selling the money-losing project and hoped to turn a profit within a decade.
FEATURES
By Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Maryland's own Sugar Ray Leonard is perhaps best known as a baby-faced Olympic gold medalist and champion prize fighter with a winning smile. Yet for decades, the world-renowned boxer suppressed a devastating secret: Leonard had been sexually abused as a teen. "I didn't scream. I didn't look at him," the athlete writes of one particular incident involving a male coach and revealed in his autobiography, "The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring. " The fighter recounts: "I just opened the door and ran. " Leonard, now 57, has become a national advocate fighting for children who have suffered abuse.
NEWS
March 24, 2014
Contrary to Sun columnist Dan Rodricks ' view, the "ban-the-box" bill currently working its way through the Baltimore City Council is not just "feel good" legislation ( "'Ban the box' feels good but won't achieve much," March 22). Ban the box is a sensible and proven person-first approach to hiring that allows those at both ends of the hiring transaction to interact. Having a process or blanket policy that immediately disqualifies people with a criminal record is illegal.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
Kevin McClarren brought his son to the Baltimore Boat Show on Thursday, and 7-year-old Nathan was antsy and fidgety until they found the American Fly Fishing Schools' Simul-Cast Pond in the back of the Baltimore Convention Center. While Al Zlata, a casting instructor, taught Nathan some of the finer points on casting and fly-fishing techniques, Kevin McClarren remarked at how tranquil Nathan was. "That's the longest he's stood still since we've been here," quipped McClarren, of Cambridge.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
It seems that just about all kids, from toddlers to teenagers, have a smartphone, tablet or other device in their hands at one time or another. But too much screen time might not be healthy, especially if it's replacing physical activities or interfering with personal relationships or homework. Dr. Timothy F. Doran, chairman of pediatrics at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, explains how much might be too much and what to do instead. There are so many devices available now and kids love them.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
About 5 p.m. on a recent afternoon, Kevin Leslie and Chris Zorn, both 28, hopped off a small boat onto a short pier at the Canton waterfront, headed for happy-hour drinks at nearby Claddagh Pub. The friends had met after work - Leslie at Wells Fargo and Zorn at Big City Farms - and for their evening in popular O'Donnell Square, the Harbor Connector water taxi was the easy choice for getting across town, they said. "There are no stoplights on the water, and you always know exactly when [the boat]
NEWS
By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | October 8, 2004
A former worker at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center has been charged with assault and child abuse, accused of slapping a youth during an incident at the facility about a month ago. Roslyn DeShields was charged in a summons issued by a Baltimore court commissioner, but a state police investigator has been unable to contact her for about the past two weeks, said Maj. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman. If continued attempts are not successful, "the summons will turn into a criminal warrant," Shipley said.
FEATURES
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 5, 2001
The hit London stage version of The Graduate, starring Kathleen Turner as uninhibited Mrs. Robinson, will begin a three-city pre-Broadway tour at the Mechanic Theatre in January. Turner will re-create the role she originated last spring on the West End, creating a sensation in a brief scene in which she bares all. The show had the largest opening advance ticket sale of any play in West End history. The stage play is directed and adapted by Terry Johnson from the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, and the Charles Webb novel that inspired the 1967 movie.
NEWS
November 26, 2013
The federal indictments handed down last week against 14 more corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center in a massive jail scandal reinforce questions about whether officials have yet done enough to root out corruption at the facility. The latest indictments come on top of the 13 employees charged in April when the scandal broke and suggest that the wrongdoing there was even more widespread than initially reported. What's still unclear is how far up the chain of command the rot extended and whether all those who bear any responsibility for this mess have been called to account for crimes that apparently went on for years right under their noses.
SPORTS
By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
The Orioles will hold their annual FanFest on Feb. 1 at the Baltimore Convention Center, the team announced Tuesday. The team didn't immediately announce details for the 2014 event, but previous FanFests have included autograph and Q&A sessions with current and former Orioles players and coaches as well as clinics, exhibits and interactive games. Details will come in the future. For pictures from last year's event, click here .
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