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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2011
An East Baltimore church was destroyed in an early morning blaze Sunday after a burglar stole sound equipment from the building, according to police. No injuries were reported in the fire and burglary, which occurred shortly after 4 a.m. at the Paradise Christian Center, located in the 3000 block of E. Oliver Street, according to police spokesman Kevin Brown. Brown said the fire started when a burglar attempted to steal the sound equipment, and eventually consumed the entire building.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
With the parents of Michael Brown in his congregation, the pastor of a North Baltimore AME church announced an initiative Sunday aimed at educating people about what they can and cannot do - and perhaps more importantly, should and should not do - when stopped by police. "We're bringing the whole community to arm them, not with weapons, but with information," said Jamal-Harrison Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple Church, "so that they'll know what to do when I'm stopped by a police officer; when I am accosted what can I say, and what are my rights.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2013
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur brought her insurgent candidacy to Baltimore's east side Sunday, visiting an African-American church led by a close friend of her newly named running mate. Mizeur, a two-term delegate from Montgomery County, received a warm reception from several hundred parishioners at Southern Baptist Church after being introduced by its pastor, the Rev. Donte Hickman. Last week Mizeur selected the Rev. Delman Coates of Prince George's County as her candidate for lieutenant governor - a point she made in her remarks to the congregation.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
A fire at All Saints Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northeast Baltimore escalated to three alarms before city firefighters were able to bring it under control Thursday, officials said. The fire, which had no immediately known cause, was contained to the church in the 4200 block of Loch Raven Blvd., in the city's New Northwood neighborhood. The department called for a three-alarm response to keep the flames from spreading to adjoining buildings, spokesman Ian Brennan said. Smoke billowed high into the sky before firefighters knocked down the fire at about 3:48 p.m., a little less than an hour after the initial alarm sounded.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2010
A Baltimore church was robbed of thousands of dollars in checks, cash and gift cards last week, police said, when a burglar broke into the church offices and rectory and stole the valuables from a safe. On the morning of Dec. 16, staff at St. Francis of Assisi Church on Harford Road discovered that approximately $1,400 in cash, $4,235 in checks and gift cards of unknown value were missing from a church safe. According to a police report on the incident, one employee's window had been tampered with, and police believe that sometime between the night of Dec. 15 and the next morning, the burglar accessed the church's second-floor offices by climbing onto an adjacent roof using a church ladder lying near the side of the building.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2012
A day after his housemate was reported missing in Harford County, Alexander Kinyua went to church with his family and asked the pastor if he could borrow a Bible. "I said, 'Sure, take it, but bring it back,' " Pastor Eric T. Campbell, of Baltimore's Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church on East North Avenue, recounted Sunday. Campbell said he was unsure whether Kinyua did take a Bible with him last Sunday, three days before the Morgan State University electrical engineering student was charged with killing 37-year-old Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie and confessed to eating some of the man's internal organs.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,gus.sentementes@baltsun.com | October 7, 2008
Baltimore police are investigating as a suspicious death the case of a newborn who was found in a Charles Village trash bin after his mother went for treatment at Union Memorial Hospital on Saturday. Police said the 22-year-old woman, who was involved in a training program with a Christian volunteer organization, went to the hospital for abdominal pains, and doctors discovered during an examination that she had recently had a baby. The woman, whom police declined to identify, told doctors she had given birth to a stillborn boy, but she wouldn't disclose where they could find his body, according to police spokesman Troy Harris.
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By Angela Gambill and Angela Gambill,Staff writer | April 22, 1991
"Do you think Vince can pick up the polka cakes?" the secretary of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church asks the priest."Of course," says Father Brendan T. Carr.Of course, because for 100 years, this South Baltimore church -- located just over the county line in Curtis Bay -- has been the sort of ethnically diverse place where folks love to polka and love to help each other out."They volunteer for everything. They always get along. They're just nice, nice people," says Father Carr.More than 500 members are celebrating the church's centennial with special Masses, dances and church picnics.
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF | March 14, 2001
Gov. Parris N. Glendening took his campaign to raise public support for his budgetary agenda to an East Baltimore church last night, asking community leaders and residents to press for state funding of mass transit and Smart Growth programs. "You must make these `must have' items," Glendening told members of BUILD, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development. About 400 members of the citywide organization filled the pews of Knox Presbyterian Church. They gave Glendening a standing ovation and broke into repeated applause during his speech.
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,Sun reporter | September 8, 2007
A 140-year-old Highlandtown church undergoing roof repairs was heavily damaged yesterday afternoon in a three-alarm fire, the third Baltimore church this summer to be engulfed in flames. The fire started about 4 p.m. on the top two floors of the three-story New Light Church at 200 S. Highland Ave., not long after roof repair workers and a church official had left at about 3 p.m., Baltimore Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kevin Cartwright said. No cause had been determined, Cartwright said, and fire officials could not say whether the roof repairs over the past two days played any part in the fire.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Fourth in a series of profiles of candidates for governor. Charles Lollar was at it again last week, the only Republican on stage with the three Democrats running for governor, wooing a crowd largely unable to cast a vote in the fast-approaching GOP primary. His Republican rivals skipped the event at a Silver Spring church, but as he has done throughout the campaign, Lollar focused on charming voters in a Democratic stronghold. The ordained preacher and former tea party activist spreads a spirited message about rising above partisanship.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
From Rep. Elijah E. Cummings playing a leading role in televised hearings on American deaths in Benghazi, to the Game Show Network visiting a Baltimore church to play matchmaker for a member of the congregation, there is going to be a distinct local flavor to summertime TV this year. Here are 10 shows, stories and trends to look for in and on Baltimore television in coming weeks - for better or worse. “It Takes a Church” debuts at 9 p.m. Thursday on GSN. The reality-TV series hosted by gospel singer Natalie Grant visits a different church each week and, with the help of the pastor and congregation members, plays the dating game.
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By J. Howard Kucher | April 8, 2014
The "state of the city" is a hot topic right now. In this paper and many social media sites, there's a lot of talk about Baltimore - Are we OK? Should we move? Should we dig in? The discussion eventually comes back to concern about crime and murder rates in our fair city. Reading all of this, one question kept coming to me: Where is the church? For the record, I'm aware that there are many churches doing great things in this town. And the church has always been a leader in providing charitable support for the less fortunate.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
His parishioners call him a visionary leader and a strong man, but nothing could have fully prepared the Rev. Cecil Gray for what he first saw late Friday afternoon. The house of worship he directs, Northwood-Appold United Methodist Church in Northeast Baltimore, lay in ruins, the charred remnant of a four-alarm fire that had torn through it 12 hours earlier. The roof was gone. The interior was rubble. All that seemed to be standing were the church's outer walls and the metal cross atop its teetering steeple.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2013
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur brought her insurgent candidacy to Baltimore's east side Sunday, visiting an African-American church led by a close friend of her newly named running mate. Mizeur, a two-term delegate from Montgomery County, received a warm reception from several hundred parishioners at Southern Baptist Church after being introduced by its pastor, the Rev. Donte Hickman. Last week Mizeur selected the Rev. Delman Coates of Prince George's County as her candidate for lieutenant governor - a point she made in her remarks to the congregation.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
After a traditional Christian service Sunday, the Rev. Terrence Alspaugh stepped outside his historic stone church and faced a collection of motorcycles. The congregation of this little church by the Baltimore County woods formed a circle. They bowed their heads. "May your bike be free from mechanical failure," Alspaugh prayed. Wait. What? Alspaugh, pastor at Granite Presbyterian Church in Woodstock, was holding a service he calls the Biker Blessings & Bread Sunday, an effort to minister to motorcyclists nearby and throughout the state.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | April 16, 2009
Portia B. Pitts, a homemaker who raised her dozen children in public housing and still found time to volunteer at her East Baltimore church, died Saturday of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Last month, Mrs. Pitts celebrated her 90th birthday. Portia B. Jackson was born in Baltimore and spent her early years on East Monument Street. After the death of her mother when she was 14, she moved to Edmondson Avenue. She graduated from Douglass High School in 1938, then worked for several years before marrying David Augustus Pitts, an $18-a-week dishwasher, in 1940.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and John Rivera and Del Quentin Wilber and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2002
A 26-year-old man charged with shooting a Roman Catholic priest he says molested him years ago walked into a Northwest Baltimore church service hours after the assault, came forward to seek salvation and later confessed, the pastor said last night. Dontee D. Stokes, who alleged in 1993 that the Rev. Maurice Blackwell had fondled him over a three-year period, was on suicide watch in city jail last night as the Catholic Church sex scandal took a violent turn. Stokes faces an initial appearance today in District Court.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2012
Meeting for the first time since voters in Maryland and two other states legalized same-sex marriage, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Tuesday that they have no plans to soften their position that genuine marriage can occur only between one man and one woman. "Are [the results] concerning? Sure they are," William E. Lori, the archbishop of Baltimore, said between sessions at the organization's fall general assembly in Baltimore, which has drawn about 300 bishops and archbishops to the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Harbor East this week.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2012
While growing up in an African-American Baptist church, Harris Thomas was taught homosexuality is an "abomination in the eyes of God. " As a young minister, he disparaged the gay lifestyle even while secretly pursuing it. Today he heads a Baltimore church that serves gay Christians of color "right where they are. " Grace Harley, too, grew up in a mainstream black church. She discovered the gay underground as a teen and lived as a lesbian for nearly 20 years. But God freed her from homosexuality, she says, a "blessing" she gladly recounts as a straight minister based in Silver Spring.
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