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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | September 12, 1991
Old Glory will stream in triumph oveer the ramparts of Fort McHenry Saturday as the rockets' red glare and bombs bursting in air once again proudly hail the freedom hard won from the British 177 years ago.The story of the Battle of Baltimore and the inevitable victory over the powerful British fleet will be told in dialogue and song in an original operatic pageant, "O'er the Ramparts," on the parade grounds of the fort at 8 p.m.Cannon and artillery fire...
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By Kym Byrnes and For The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Exploding cannon fire lit the sky and reflected off the water as rain poured down on American soldiers struggling to defend Fort McHenry against a British attack. It was September 1814, and after the Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key penned the work that became our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner. " The goal of Annapolis-based artist Greg Harlin has been bringing that scene to life - on a postage stamp. This past weekend, as Baltimore celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled Harlin's creation: the War of 1812: Fort McHenry Forever stamp.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | November 14, 1997
A timely step in the right direction for local collegiate basketball.That best describes Channel 2's Battle of Baltimore Basketball Classic that will feature the city's five Division I schools in an annual early-season tournament at the Towson Center.Coppin State, Towson University, Loyola College, Morgan State and the University of Maryland Baltimore County will begin play in the two-day tournament in a little more than a year from now.The first battle of Baltimore will be held Nov. 19 and Nov. 21, 1998 with Channel 2 televising all the games.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Few political events in Iowa are more important to an aspiring Democratic presidential candidate than the Harkin Steak Fry. And this year's fundraiser - the 37th and final for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin - is drawing some of its biggest names yet, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. The website celebrating the final year of the signature political event, being held Sunday in Indianola, Iowa, also has counted Gov. Martin O'Malley among its more prestigious guests in recent years.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | November 20, 2003
After this weekend, the latest attempt to inject excitement into local college basketball will be history. Citing a lack of interest from television carrier WMAR, coaches and administrators expect this to be the final Battle of Baltimore. The event will tip off tonight at Towson Center with games between UMBC and Loyola, and between Coppin State and Towson. In August, athletic directors from the five schools involved - including Morgan State - were told that WMAR would curtail its involvement in the tournament after this season, despite reaching a four-year agreement after the 2001 event.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 24, 2002
UMBC proved last night that it won't easily surrender its Battle of Baltimore championship. The two-time defending titlist trailed virtually the entire way until the final minute before scoring its last eight points on free throws to turn aside Towson, 86-81, in the tournament opener at Morgan State's Hill Field House. A crowd of 3,222 was treated to a solid performance by both teams in their 2002-03 debuts as UMBC extended its Battle of Baltimore winning streak to five games. The Retrievers flourished in a controlled transition game, committed just 10 turnovers, shot 60 percent from the field and relied on their superior experience at crunch time.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | August 29, 2002
The idea was conceived eight years ago, when a collection of local college men's soccer coaches began bandying about the idea of playing an early-season tournament among their teams. It will reach fruition Sept. 6, when the Battle of Baltimore soccer tournament begins with four schools - two that made last fall's NCAA Division I tournament - competing at UMBC Soccer Stadium. "Hopefully, it'll generate some interest in the game here," said Navy coach Greg Myers. "A lot of the players know each other, and the coaches enjoy being around each other.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 9, 2001
Loyola College is the host for this year's Battle of Baltimore Classic, and normally that would be enough to give the Greyhounds an advantage in the four-team field. But the two-time champions, who surrendered the crown to UMBC last November, showed their age in an exhibition game against Team Champion this week and drew the Retrievers as their first opponent. "I wasn't in charge of the draw this year," joked Loyola coach Scott Hicks, whose team fell to the Retrievers, 74-56, in the 2000 title game after losing key freshman John Reimold to an ankle injury after the semis.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | September 8, 2003
UMBC reigns as the new top dog in local men's collegiate soccer. That became reality yesterday at Towson when the Retrievers determinedly fought off the loss of two players to red cards during the final 11 1/2 minutes and dethroned Loyola, 2-1, in the Battle of Baltimore final before 749 sun-splashed spectators. The outcome also broke a lifetime stranglehold Loyola had established in their series. It was the first UMBC win after 17 defeats and two ties. "We were very intense. All of us wanted this game because it is the first time we've actually beat them," said junior Derek McElligott (Grace Christian)
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1998
After a rough start, the UMBC men's basketball team is now where it expected to be when the season began, above .500.The Retrievers achieved that goal yesterday by beating Towson, 65-41, at UMBC Fieldhouse for their fifth win in a row.The winning streak is the longest for the school in coach Tom Sullivan's five years at UMBC (5-4). The run also ties the Retrievers' longest overall, which came in the school's first year of Division I in 1986-87. The Tigers (1-6), meanwhile, are off to their worst start in 35 seasons.
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By Martin O'Malley | September 11, 2014
Two-hundred years ago, a Maryland-born lawyer watched as British forces bombarded Fort McHenry at the Battle of Baltimore. At dawn, against all odds, the massive star-spangled banner flew over the fort, signaling America's triumphant defense of Baltimore. As the flag waved, Francis Scott Key penned the words that would become our National Anthem. This week, as we celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the defense of Fort McHenry and our National Anthem, we celebrate more than Maryland's special sacrifice in the defense of American independence that September dawn.
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By Joe Burris and Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Amid celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," leaders in Maryland have hammered home a point: If it weren't for Baltimore, American history might well have turned out very differently. "For many Americans, the War of 1812 was a minor event, but not for us," Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday. He spoke at the March of the Defenders, which commemorated the 6-mile trek of the Maryland militia to defend the city on Sept. 14, 1814. "We call the War of 1812 the Second War of Independence, and for good reason," O'Malley said.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
If the War of 1812 is the forgotten war, then the landing of the British near Dundalk is perhaps a battle few ever knew even happened. But to thousands of visitors to Fort Howard this weekend, the Battle of North Point was vivid - they felt the echoes of gunfire in their chests as they watched reenactments of a confrontation between British forces and Baltimore militia. The Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society holds the event annually, though it grew this year in commemoration of the battle's bicentennial - just days before this week's Star-Spangled Spectacular.
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Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2014
One reads it in a diary entry. Another hears it in a song. Yet another feels it in an aging mansion. The War of 1812 is often referred to as a forgotten war. Yet for the descendants of those who witnessed the Battle of Baltimore, the conflict remains vivid. It was two centuries ago this week that British ships descended on Baltimore to deliver a death blow to the young United States. They had seized and burned Washington, and they thought they would score an easy victory here.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2012
While Fort McHenry's cannons blasted at schooners in the Baltimore harbor Tuesday, the voices of children from several city schools rose above the din. The young singers quivered a bit but stayed on key as they sang patriotic anthems. Four choirs and one wind ensemble performed at the fort's first maritime and musical education experience as the 1814 Battle of Baltimore was re-enacted - with ersatz cannon blasts and authentic smoke - in the background. A few children held their ears or jumped at the suddenness of the volleys, but they kept on singing.
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By Connor Letourneau, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
A black nylon sign hangs over the entrance of St. Frances Academy's gymnasium with a simple, three-word message: "Protect this house. " Playing before a packed hometown crowd Tuesday night, that's exactly what Will Barton did. The rookie Portland Trail Blazers swingman led "Baltimore's Best," a makeshift squad featuring NBA role players and high school talents from the Charm City, to a 124-109 win over "Team Armour" - a group comprised of...
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 15, 2002
Last season, Morgan State sat out the festivities while its four local Division I rivals strove for the Battle of Baltimore basketball tournament. This season, the Bears will not only be in the thick of the action, they will be hosting the tournament starting Nov. 23, when Loyola, UMBC and Towson visit Hill Field House to decide the fifth annual titlist. Coppin State, which alternates with Morgan, will be missing this time. "I wish we could find a way that we could all play every year," said Morgan coach Butch Beard.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | November 25, 2000
Without much of a warm-up, Morgan State and Coppin State will begin their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedules tonight when they play each other in the main event of the Harbor City Classic at Baltimore Arena. The game - starting at 7:30, after a 5:30 matchup between Johnson C. Smith and Virginia Union - will be the second for Coppin (0-1), which lost to Iona, 78-61, on Tuesday. It will be the third game for Morgan (1-1), which is coming off a 59-56 win over Towson in the Battle of Baltimore consolation game on Monday.
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By John E. McIntyre, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
No one calls the War of 1812 America's finest hour. But it had its moments. Resentful over treatment by the British and determined to enhance national sovereignty, Henry Clay and a small group of "War Hawks" in the Twelfth Congress pushed an unprepared country into war. There was reason for resentment. For years, Britain, desperate for sailors in its mortal battle with Napoleon, had stopped American ships and impressed their seamen. Though in theory only British subjects were to be seized, an estimated 6,000 Americans were taken between 1803 and 1812.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2011
The U.S. Mint unveiled the designs Wednesday for two limited-issue coins that will be available in March to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The $5 gold piece and the silver dollar pay homage to the national anthem, Fort McHenry and the Battle of Baltimore. The Mint issues only two commemorative coins annually, and many organizations vie for the recognition and funding from the sales. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who sponsored the legislation for the bicentennial coins in the U.S. House, said he had to gather more than 250 signatures from colleagues.
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