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March 13, 2014
In response to former Mayor Sheila Dixon's letter ( "Sheila Dixon: Baltimore isn't perfect but it's getting better," March 11), I beg to differ that we are better off today than in 2000. In 2000, Baltimore's gangs weren't as organized as we see them today. The anti-establishment they preach is a cancer to all the good works that are put into effect to help our people. Their mentally truly undermines unity of all people. I live in East Baltimore and grew up in Cherry Hill. What I see now is far more dangerous then what I came from.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Molly Shattuck opens the front door of her sprawling brick North Baltimore home in a blur of color and energy. It's 10 a.m. on a gray February day, and she's wearing a tight purple dress that highlights her famously firm physique. Her blond hair is twirled into loose curls that descend past her shoulders, her lips are brightly glossed, and her blue eyes are accented with sea-green liner. Her feet are clad in scuffed pink slippers to protect the marble and wood floors, though she'll slip into nude 4-inch peep-toe Jessica Simpson pumps for photographs.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Ask Dwele his favorite song from “Subject,” his 2003 debut album, and the soul singer will hem and haw a bit before narrowing the options to two. The tone-setting “Truth” makes the cut because of its “feel good” nature, he said, while “Without You” immediately transports him back to the late-night studio session that birthed it. “It was 3 or 4 in the morning in Philly,” Dwele, 36, said on the phone from his hometown of...
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By Dan Singer | March 11, 2014
More than 1,000 people gathered at Reservoir High School on March 9 for food, games and fun during the Jewish Federation of Howard County's 22nd annual Purim Palooza carnival. Each year, the carnival brings together Jewish families of all denominations to celebrate Purim, a holiday commemorating a foiled plot to destroy all of the Jews in the ancient Persian Empire. Meghann Schwartz, senior associate for campaigns and community engagement for the Jewish Federation of Howard County, said the federation organized the first Purim Palooza more than two decades ago to give all of the area's synagogues and Jewish organizations a place to celebrate Purim together.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2014
More than a decade before thousands rallied outside the State House in Annapolis for adequate school facilities for the city's children, several dozen residents met in a school lunchroom in Northeast Baltimore to lay the groundwork for building just one new school in their community. The campaign for a new building in Waverly began in 2003 when the school board decided to expand the elementary school to serve middle school students as well. Eventually, city officials promised, those students would move into a new building to rival the high-performing Roland Park Middle, which they would have attended.
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By Jean Marbella and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
Arthur Turco had defended members of the Black Panther Party across the country, but it was in Baltimore that he would be arrested and jailed - on charges that he and members of the militant group had killed a suspected police informant within their ranks in 1969. After a year in Baltimore's jail and a mistrial, Turco said he was offered a deal: plead guilty to a misdemeanor and go free on time served. After discussing it with his associate, William Kunstler - the radical lawyer who defended such brazen civil disobedients as the Chicago Seven and the Attica prison inmates - they decided to take the offer and run. "'Let's just get the hell out of Baltimore,'" Turco remembers the famed lawyer saying.
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Jacques Kelly | March 7, 2014
I crossed the Patapsco River and arrived in Brooklyn in search of the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development. It was not hard to spot in this neighborhood in the southern section of the city, not too far from the Anne Arundel County line. The Chesapeake Center is housed in an old Brooklyn landmark, the quaint-looking former Crisp Presbyterian Church, on Patapsco Avenue at Third Street. It sits atop a hill, and its belfry is the highest point around. As I arrived from downtown Baltimore, the little chapel seemed a remnant of the one-time village that was Brooklyn before all the industry arrived long before the two world wars.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
William D. Townsend, former assistant director of Baltimore County's Department of Public Works and a World War II veteran, died Feb. 23 at Forest Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Harford County. He was 92. "The cause of death was failure to thrive," said a son, Michael Townsend, who edited The Baltimore Sun's Harford Sun from 1980 to 1993 and lives in Burlington, Vt. The son of a hunting and fishing guide and a restaurant worker, William Dumond Townsend was born and raised in Timonium.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Charles M. Cahn Jr., a retired Baltimore attorney who was the managing partner of Blades & Rosenfeld, died Feb. 10 of heart failure at Roland Park Place. He was 92. The son of Charles M. Cahn, an insurance executive, and Fannie Rosenbacher Cahn, a homemaker, Charles Maurice Cahn Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in the Arlington Park Apartments in Northwest Baltimore. He was the grandson of Maurice U. Cahn, founder of the old Bernheim-Leader department store in Baltimore, and the great-nephew of Bernard Cahn, one of the founders of Mercantile Bank and Trust Co. After graduating in 1939 from Friends School, Mr. Cahn earned a bachelor's degree in 1943 from Dartmouth College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
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By George W. Liebmann | February 19, 2014
The state pension system is Maryland's financial Achilles heel and has been for decades. All bond rating services have noted that rising pension debt endangers the state's AAA bond rating, and the Pew Center on the States rates Maryland as among the most under-funded states. The pension board is a semi-professional board made up of 15 people, a third of whom have investment expertise. It is presided over by the state treasurer, who is elected by the General Assembly. Traditionally, state treasurers were boring but capable bankers.
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