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By Diane Scharper | December 25, 1996
AFTER CHRISTMAS dinner, my grandmother sings Lithuanian folk songs. The adults, meanwhile, sip ''virytos,'' an amber-colored Lithuanian beverage. One literally sips virytos since in addition to honey, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg, virytos contains 190-proof grain alcohol. My grandmother's hands rest lightly on the table; a small glass of virytos is beside them.Her voice is plaintive. The look on her face reminds me of sunlight coming through the living-room window. Her songs tell of ''Lietuva,'' Lithuania, a country on the Baltic sea between Poland, Latvia and Russia.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2012
She fenced. She swam. She took a horse she'd only just met over a 15-fence obstacle course. And then she shot and ran. But after a full Sunday competing in the modern pentathlon at the Summer Games here, Suzanne Stettinius of Parkton finished 28th out of 36 riders. The gold medalist was Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania, who finished with 5,408 points, a modern pentathlon Olympic record. Silver went to Great Britain's Samantha Murray, whose performance set the temporary stands at Greenwich Park rocking with enthusiastic fans, and bronze was won by Brazil's Yane Marques.
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By Kay Withers and Kay Withers,Special to The Sun | January 15, 1991
WARSAW -- Lithuanian government representatives expressed disappointment yesterday with the Polish government's failure to accord the embattled Vilnius authorities the diplomatic recognition they need to survive an incursion of Soviet tanks."
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | December 18, 2009
After more than a year of deliberations, city officials have decided to place a bust of the late Frank Zappa at the Southeast Anchor Library in Highlandtown. The bust, which sits atop a tall column, is a gift from a Zappa fan club in Lithuania. It will be erected at Eastern Avenue and South Conkling Street sometime next year, said Anne Perkins, chairwoman of the Public Art Commission. "We think this is a great place for it - a terrific neighborhood" Perkins said. "I think it will be the focal point for a lot of really fun festivals."
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By Rafael Alvarez | September 16, 1991
Ramanauskas Kastytis says that he is "an old man, but a young priest."The Lithuanian native has been a Roman Catholic priest only for three years, yet he is 45 years old.It took a while, Father Kastytis said yesterday after celebrating Mass at Baltimore's St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, to become ordained in a country where religion was outlawed and theological study often done in secret.Now that Lithuania is free of Soviet oppression, seminaries will be teeming, said Father Kastytis, who is in the United States to study at Catholic University in Washington.
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By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | January 15, 1991
MOSCOW -- President Mikhail S. Gorbachev said yesterday he learned of Sunday's bloody Soviet army assault on Lithuanian demonstrators only after it took place, but he made it clear that he approved of the army's action, in which 14 people died and 163 were injured.Mr. Gorbachev's first public comments on the bloodshed left little doubt that he is determined to force Lithuania and the other Baltic republics to repeal their independence declarations and rejoin the U.S.S.R., even if it costs lives.
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By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 10, 1991
VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Thousands of Lithuanians cheerfully defied Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and flocked to the polls yesterday to show their overwhelming support for independence, while the Kremlin dispatched troops to the republic to show they haven't won it yet.With all but a few precincts reporting by early this morning, just over 90 percent of voters had backed Lithuania's self-proclaimed status as a "democratic, independent republic," the...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | April 12, 1991
Lithuanian Opera starsWhere: Lithuanian Hall, Hollins and Parkin streets.When: April 14 at 2 p.m.Tickets: $12 at the door. A buffet luncheon at noon is an additional $8.Call: 685-5787.Very few first ladies are professional pianists and even fewer of them are kept from practicing because of the necessity of carrying food behind barricades to their president husbands.That has been the situation for the last six months for Grazina Landsbergiene, the wife of Vytautas Landsbergis, the president of the embattled Baltic republic of Lithuania, which declared its independence of the Soviet Union earlier this year and whose streets have been violated by Soviet tanks.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1997
Using a "closely guarded recipe," Albert M. Shilinski ground, blended and stuffed pork and spices for more than 60 years to create his popular Lithuanian sausage -- a staple of Baltimore families for decades."
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Evening Sun Staff | January 15, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Vytautas Vaskys, a somber, modest man of 70, carries the flag of independent Lithuania as an honor guard for the symbolic coffin Baltimore Lithuanian-Americans bear in protest at the gate of the Soviet Embassy.Scores of Lithuanian-Americans from up and down the East Coast sing and chant as they follow the flower-bedecked coffin and the red, yellow and green flags. They're mourning the dead of Vilnius, Lithuania, fourteen people killed Sunday by Soviet soldiers, as they rallied in support of democracy.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | May 18, 2008
Earlier this month, the city of Baltimore accepted a generous gift from the Republic of Lithuania: a 15-foot statue of avant-garde rock legend Frank Zappa. Because of that country's love of classical music, the artist's symphonic, idiosyncratic compositions are highly regarded there. His Lithuanian fan club calls him a "voice of freedom." But it's a safe bet that most mainstream American pop fans probably can't name one song by Frank Zappa, who died in 1993 of prostate cancer at age 52. And it's an even safer bet that few know the musician was born in Baltimore, where he didn't stay long.
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By [NICHOLAS TESTA] | May 15, 2008
Seriously nerdy The lowdown -- If you enjoy Magic: the Gathering, Atari or science, then check out Nerdfest 2008. Load of Fun Studios encourages basement-dwellers to get out and get social Saturday for an evening of nerd culture. Attending geeks can look forward to video games, Dungeons & Dragons, science and math experiments, and bands inspired by Star Wars and Harry Potter. If you go -- The festival is 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5. The studio is at 120 W. North Ave. Call 412-901-1216 or go to loadoffun.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter | January 31, 2007
Ernesta Griciunaite and Sandra Liegute had met only briefly before they boarded a plane in Lithuania in September 2005. By the time they landed at Dulles Airport 15 hours later, each was the other's closest friend. The Lithuanian exchange students, both 6 feet 3 and experienced club basketball players, had arrived in the United States to study and play ball for two years at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a small Catholic school in Essex. Not knowing anyone here, they were thankful to have each other - not just on the plane but whenever they felt homesick during the early months of their visit.
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By Kim Murphy and Kim Murphy,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 7, 2004
MOSCOW - Lithuanian President Rolandas Paksas was removed from office yesterday for his support of a businessman with alleged links to Russian organized crime, leaving the Baltic republic in political upheaval on the eve of its entry into the European Union. In a close vote, members of parliament approved the impeachment of the 47-year-old former stunt pilot, who acknowledged "mistakes," but insisted he was a corruption-fighter and victim of "a system that ... is more powerful than you can imagine."
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By Sarah Schaffer and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF | December 4, 2003
Although he shares his surname with the king, Chris Presley isn't related to Elvis. And while wearing his usual jeans and T-shirt, the Baltimore County resident and full-time Elvis impersonator doesn't look much like him, either. But when Presley takes the stage tomorrow at the 10th annual Night of 100 Elvises, he hopes to connect with the late lip curler on a level that's deeper than bloodline or dress. For a few moments, Presley believes, the "power of Elvis" will be with him as he swaggers, gyrates and croons for the hundreds who will gather to watch him and others perform at the Lithuanian Hall on Hollins Street.
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By Matthew P. Blanchard and Matthew P. Blanchard,KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE | June 29, 2000
BENSALEM, Pa. - There is a tiny patch of forest in suburban Bensalem where the ivy grows unusually thick. Its waxy leaves blanket the ground, concealing more than a dozen abandoned graves. Petras Dumblawskas, 1926, Jonas Lukosius, 1927, Kasimiras Vebra, 1930, and at least 13 other ethnic Lithuanians are buried there, in the underbrush between an apartment complex and a day-care center on Galloway Road. They were all members of a sect of Lithuanian Catholics in Philadelphia that vanished in the 1970s, largely disdained by the Roman Catholic community because of their anti-Pope, pro-socialist views.
NEWS
By Susan Schoenberger | February 2, 1991
They had braced themselves for the worst, but the 100 Lithuanian-Americans who gathered last night in East Baltimore still shrank in horror at a visual record of the Jan. 13 Soviet troop assault on the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.The videotape, which was smuggled into the United States, depicted Soviet troops bashing the heads of peaceful protesters with rifle butts, and tanks swarming into a crowd of unarmed Lithuanians protecting a radio-television tower on the night of Jan. 12. Early on Jan. 13, a day now called Bloody Sunday, 14 of the protesters were crushed by tanks or shot to death.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,Moscow Bureau | October 27, 1992
MOSCOW -- Lithuanians turned their backs yesterday on the political movement that steered the country to independence and voted heavily in favor of the former Communist Party slate in elections to parliament.Results that came in yesterday from Sunday's vote showed the former Communists running well ahead of the candidates from the Sajudis movement of President Vytautus Landsbergis. They could, in the end, control the government outright.The Communists -- now renamed the Democratic Labor Party -- apparently capitalized on discontent over poor handling of the economy and the government's increasing rigidity and inability to compromise with other political forces in the country.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | June 6, 2000
VILNIUS, Lithuania - The curtain rises on a "Macbeth" with much of the dialogue and half the characters thrown out, and it was already Shakespeare's shortest play. No matter. The curtain doesn't fall again for another four hours. It's the spaces between the words that count when director Eimontas Nekrosius puts on a play - and there are plenty of them. Once, when he was a young man and his foes were Soviet censors, his audiences could fill those spaces with sharp and revelatory political meanings.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2000
The Rev. Casimir Pugevicius, a champion of Lithuanian religious rights during the Soviet era, died Tuesday of cancer at St. Vincent de Paul's rectory in downtown Baltimore. He was 71. Born to Lithuanian immigrant parents in Southwest Baltimore near Carroll Park, he was a strong voice for his family's Baltic homeland. "Father Pugevicius was always the symbol of courage and the truth," said Rolandas Kacinskas, Lithuanian Embassy press secretary. The Lithuanian government recently awarded him the Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas for his years of activism in the 1970s and 1980s, when church activity was not officially banned, but those who attended Masses were observed by Soviet KGB agents and faced other forms of harassment.
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