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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2012
A grass-roots idea to bridge the gaps among racially divided neighborhoods has blossomed into an annual block party in West Baltimore that drew hundreds Saturday to a triangular park in Upton. At the fifth annual Boundary Block Party, sponsored by a coalition of five of the city's central-western neighborhoods, children frolicked near a fountain, a wooden platform served as a stage for local musicians and choirs, and dozens of people lined up for free hot dogs and potato salad. The event, coordinated by the resident-led No Boundaries Coalition, had been held in past years on Eutaw Place in Bolton Hill, which residents said has long been perceived as the dividing line between neighborhoods that are predominantly white and predominantly African-American.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
A 29-year-old Baltimore man died in a double shooting that occurred in his neighborhood late Saturday night just a block away from Cecil Elementary School, city police reported. Police arrived at Cecil Avenue and 22nd Street in the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood after receiving word of a shooting shortly before midnight. A male victim was found in the 2200 block of Cecil Avenue, shot in the left side of his torso. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5 a.m., police said.
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The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
A 20-year-old man was shot Saturday night in Northwest Baltimore, police reported Sunday morning. Officers found the man in the 3000 block of Woodland Ave. suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and left arm, police said. The victim was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was in critical condition, police said. Police said the victim had been at a block party on Woodland Ave. when he was approached by a person who pulled a handgun and opened fire after the two got into a verbal confrontation, police said.
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Wesley Case, Justin George, Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Does the EDM scene have a drug problem? The question, which has followed the increasingly mainstream electronic dance music genre for years, is being raised again in the wake of the deaths of two males, ages 20 and 17, who attended an all-day EDM show last weekend in Columbia. Nineteen other people were sent to hospitals from Friday's Mad Decent Block Party at Merriweather Post Pavilion, which featured artists such as Diplo, Flux Pavilion and Dillon Francis. The concerns come as Baltimore prepares for the first-ever Moonrise Festival, which will take place Saturday and Sunday at Pimlico Race Course and feature genre heavyweights Kaskade and Bassnectar.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2011
Baltimore International College chefs-in-training dished up free barbecue Saturday to neighbors in Little Italy who worry they are on the verge of losing the four-decade-old culinary and hospitality school. The college learned in June that it would lose its accreditation at the end of August. Its Board of Trustees met Friday to weigh possible mergers or whether to appeal the revocation but has not announced a decision. Meanwhile, the school's nearly 500 students are in limbo. Still, students spooned helpings of barbecued pulled pork and smoked beef brisket, accompanied by homemade pickled red onions, horseradish and green tomato chow-chow slaw, at a block party in the parking lot of the Culinary Arts Center building on Central Avenue.
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By Katie Carrera The Washington Post | April 15, 2011
The New York Rangers have long established the foundation of their team defense on a willingness to block shots. On Wednesday night, though, Washington bested the Rangers in that department with 32 blocks — the most in any of the 29 postseason games during coach Bruce Boudreau's tenure. It's an impressive statistic, and it was the topic of the day at Kettler Capitals Iceplex after an optional team skate. "It might sound weird but I pride myself on doing that — not being afraid to just dive in front of one," defenseman Karl Alzner said.
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By SUE HALLER | July 19, 1994
The Crofton Teen Club and the Crofton Police Department are sponsoring a block party on Aug. 2 as part of National Night Out Against Crime observances.This "going-away party" for crime will begin at 7 p.m. on the baseball fields at Crofton Elementary School. There will be games, snacks, a disk jockey, a puppet show for younger kids, give aways and much more. The party will conclude at 10 p.m. with a flashlight walk around Crofton Parkway.If you would like to help out or need information on the block party, call Amber French 721-9265.
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By Sarah Schaffer | June 17, 2004
Since its beginning 29 years ago, the annual Baltimore Pride Festival has been known as an event that's chockablock with live music, high-energy shows and over-the-top spectacles. So it's only fitting that the gay community's yearly party is now being touted as a "nightclub without walls," said festival co-chairman Scott Baum. "It's a time for us to literally dance in the streets. It truly is just going to be a lot of fun," Baum said of the two-day happening, which kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday with a loud-and-proud parade on Charles Street.
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By DAN RODRICKS | June 15, 1998
Sometimes I wish we could have a block party on every street in this city - and on the same day. No cars, no trucks. Just block party after block party, so you could walk from Hamilton to Little Italy, by way of Govans and Waverly and Middle East, or from Mount Washington all the way to Pigtown, sampling food and flea markets and bingo games along the way. We should have one day designated: Block Party Baltimore.I dream, of course. The source of this delirium was another visit to yet another St. Anthony Festival in Little Italy over the weekend.
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By Christina Bittner and Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 5, 2001
CELEBRATING THE national crime-prevention program "America's Night Out," the Arundel Village Security Patrol will hold its sixth annual Block Party and Flea Market from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Roland Terrace Democratic Club, 619 Matthews Ave. Games, music from Dan the DJ and a police dog demonstration are planned. Representatives from the county sheriff's department will offer the Sheriff's Kid ID Program, giving parents a chance to have their children fingerprinted. Brooklyn Park's fire station, Engine 31, will operate out of the block party and give everyone a chance to see its new fire truck.
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By Colin Campbell and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
A 17-year-old Woodbridge, Va., boy died Sunday evening of an apparent overdose, the second drug fatality following a Merriweather Post Pavilion concert on Friday, Howard County police said. The teen, whom police did not identify at the request of his family, was one of 20 hospitalized after the "Mad Decent Block Party" music festival at the Columbia venue. Authorities identified the man who died Saturday as Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, of Raleigh, N.C. Police do not believe the two knew each other.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
The Mount Vernon neighborhood will hold a memorial service for a neighborhood community leader who died on Friday, after being critically wounded in a 2012 shooting outside a small inn and residence next to the Belvedere Hotel. The community will hold a memorial service for Lawrence Peterson at 5 p.m on Sunday, May 18, in the West Square of Mount Vernon Place. It is the same venue where a vigil was held for Peterson when he was wounded after the shooting Following the memorial service, the community will stage a block party to celebrate Peterson's life in the unit block of East Chase Street.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
For years, Baltimore Pride tradition has held that the Saturday parade turns into a rowdy block party in the heart of Mount Vernon, while the Sunday festival in Druid Hill Park attracts families and kids. This year will be different, with the lines between the two events blurring. The parade and block party on Saturday, June 14 and the festival on Sunday, June 15 will both be centered this year around the intersection of West Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, near Pearlstone Park in the Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood and a location many visitors may associate with the city's Artscape festival.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
Anthony "Stink" Joyner, who was fatally shot over the weekend in East Baltimore, had been released from federal prison last year after serving 10 years for his role in a drug gang tied to five murders including a 2001 Memorial Day block party shooting.  Police have not released a motive in the shooting of Joyner, who was shot in the head Sunday evening in the 200 block of Beale Ct. in the Douglass Homes housing project. He was killed the day he turned 34.  Court records and news articles show Joyner had been charged in 2002 along with 11 members of the "Hot Boys," an East Baltimore group who "gained respect and intimidated drug trade competitors by gunning down rivals," including the machine-gun killing in November 2000 of rival gang member Keith "Bones" Hamlet.  Prosecutors alleged that the group was responsible for the Memorial Day 2001 mass shooting at a block party that killed Lakeisha Moten, 24, who was the girlfriend of one of the leaders of the rival "North Avenue/Harford Road Boys" gang.  The block party shooting was one of the highest profile crimes at the time, with 11 people wounded in addition to Moten.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2013
At the height of the Baltimore Pride event Saturday, the song "We Are Family" played over the parade's speakers. Spectators lining North Charles Street called the song a fitting anthem, despite a recent dispute among community leaders about the spirit of the event. "This is the annual family reunion," said Erika Marie, 26, of Harford County, who attended in support of a friend. Days before the event, local business owners and other community leaders argued over whether the event — which has drawn thousands to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community since 1977 — has become sullied by problems such as underage drinking and public urination in Mount Vernon.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2013
Anyone who's been to Baltimore Pride -- or any Pride, really -- knows there is a lot to see. It takes a lot to make me raise my eyebrows, but I did on several occassions during the parade and block party in Mount Vernon on Saturday -- mostly with a smile. How boring would it be if that wasn't the case at the state's largest gay party? But beyond the shocking, and beyond the funny, a few broader themes also stood out. Here's Baltimore Pride in a blender: a quick mix of insights from a rowdy day of celebration, political posturing and hometown charm.
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By Sarah Koenig and Sarah Koenig,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2001
Baltimore police are looking for three men charged in federal narcotics indictments who they say could be connected to the shooting of 12 people at a block party Monday night. The men, who police say are members of a violent drug organization that distributes narcotics in East Baltimore, are: Charles Byers, 23, of the 660 block of Winston Ave.; Deitrich Fortune, 25, of the 600 block of N. Carrollton Ave.; and Darryl Robertson, 20, of the 800 block of N. McKean Ave. They were indicted Thursday.
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By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | October 8, 1998
Seven years ago, Myong Kim went driving around Baltimore in search of the city's worst-looking street. It didn't take long for the Korean businessman to find the 1800 block of N. Castle St., littered with shattered bottles and discarded needles.Kim's mission in East Baltimore had found a launching pad.Since then, Kim and other Koreans from his Jubilee Praise and Worship Ministries in Towson have visited mostly black neighborhoods to clean up, enjoy fellowship with residents, and foster better relations in a city often scarred by friction between the two groups.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
A recent squabble between Mount Vernon business owners and community leaders over the limits of a raucous annual gay pride block party has resulted in new limitations on the celebration this weekend. Organizers have agreed to reduce the physical boundaries of Baltimore Pride, the open-air party scheduled for Saturday, and say they will end the event an hour earlier than in the past. Still, tensions remain, according to those involved. Critics say the event has spiraled out of control, and accuse organizers at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore and local bar owners of allowing underage drinking and public urination to go unchecked in neighborhood alleyways and parking lots.
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