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By JONI GUHNE and JONI GUHNE,Special to The Sun | April 27, 2007
Jack Julius was 7 years old when his foster family dropped him off at the Villa Maria Orphanage in Baltimore. He doesn't remember the exact reason - the family moved or someone became ill - but Jack soon found an unlikely way to recover from the blow. A magician showed up at the orphanage, and as quickly as you can say "abracadabra," the outgoing and optimistic little boy discovered his calling. The man, whose blond hair stuck right up a la Alfalfa from The Little Rascals, mesmerized Jack, particularly the trick of balancing a ball on an umbrella's tip. It wasn't long before Jack borrowed that for his own budding act. "Magic and performing was a way to deal with the crisis in my life," said Julius, 46. "Since I didn't have a real family growing up, the audience was my family."
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April 16, 2007
On April 12, 2007, MICHAEL THOMAS STONER, 55, formerly of Baltimore MD, resided in Jacksonville the past three years; husband of Judy; father of Karlie, Ryan, Chelsie, Garrett, Quinn and Emily Stoner; brother of Frank, Paul, and Greg Eff; and his father, Frank Eff, Jr. Graveside services will be held at 11 A.M. Tuesday, April 17, in Oaklawn Cemetery with Pastor Don Holman of Maryland officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Michael's memory to Seamark Ranch Orphanage, P. O. Box 600040, Jacksonville FL 32260 or 904-288-8885.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,sun reporter | February 28, 2007
The girls from Namibia made their way through the busy halls of a Bel Air middle school yesterday, taken with the sights and sounds - a basketball game in the gym, the noisy lunchtime crowd in the cafeteria. But it was a trio of students playing music in the hallway at Southampton Middle that stopped the 10 teenage visitors in their tracks. They gathered around the musicians - eighth-graders playing a clarinet, oboe and flute - and listened to a classical ensemble piece, applauding at the end. "Thank you, thank you for your music," the visitors said repeatedly.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,[Sun reporter] | February 25, 2007
They had never flown on an airplane, tossed a snowball or tasted macaroni and cheese. Upon their arrival in Maryland, 10 teenage girls from an orphanage in Namibia discovered a world in stark contrast to their homeland, where hunger and illiteracy prevail and losing parents to disease or war is a daily reality. "When we lived outside the children's home, we didn't receive care," said Annia Moyo, 15. "It was hard, with never enough to eat." Ranging in age from 13 to 16, the girls live in Children of Zion Village, a 17-acre farm near Katima Mulilo, a small town near the Namibian border with Angola, Zambia and Botswana.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | December 17, 2006
Judi Reinke stuffed plush toys into red and blue gift bags. "These baby dolls become like family to the people who receive them," Reinke said. Then she picked up a shirt. "I traveled to four states to get these shirts," she said, pointing to a heap of clear trash bags containing about 1,000 of the wrapped polo-style shirts. "This isn't all the gifts I deliver," she said, standing in the dining room of her Carroll County farmhouse. "I have presents in the hallway, in the bedrooms and in the attic.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN FOREIGN REPORTER | October 8, 2006
LIFELEKOANENG, Lesotho --Every day he cooks porridge for his siblings, sees them off to school and gets them to bed. He tracks his 8-year-old brother's recovery from tuberculosis. He deals with misbehavior like his 11-year-old sister's theft of a neighbor's chicken. "I feel like an adult," Rapelang Ntsane said, gazing vacantly at the houses scattered around this windswept village in southern Africa, "because every problem here at home has been tackled by me." Rapelang is 15 years old. Disheveled, shoeless and gloomy about life's cruelty, he gamely tries to maintain some household order, if not much comfort or cleanliness, for his little sister and brother.
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By KATHERINE DUNN | October 4, 2006
The Wolverines senior is a center midfielder for the girls soccer team, and also plays lacrosse. A club soccer player since third grade, she officiates youth soccer. The honorable mention Maryland Distinguished Scholar carries a 3.82 grade point average. In her spare time, she helps her mother, Lisa Kirkpatrick, to gather clothes, toys and other items to send to the Lithuanian orphanage where her brother Paul, 13, was born. Why is soccer your favorite sport? Because I'm good at it and I feel I have a lot of confidence when I play.
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By Kim Murphy and Sebastian Rotella and Kim Murphy and Sebastian Rotella,Los Angeles Times | September 3, 2006
MARK CROSS, England -- A former Catholic orphanage that now serves as a decrepit Islamic school was searched by police yesterday as authorities announced 16 arrests in an investigation of possible terrorist retreats and recruitment in the wooded English countryside. Officers sealed off the Victorian-era, 100-room institution and its sprawling 54 acres of grounds at dawn, hours after they arrested 14 suspects during a raid on a Chinese restaurant in south London frequented by Muslim patrons.
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By SUSAN GVOZDAS and SUSAN GVOZDAS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 2, 2006
While Jason Elder is packing inflatable beach balls, Frisbees and footballs for his trip tomorrow, he's not exactly going on vacation. The Brooklyn Park resident is flying to Haiti to help orphans, and he is also taking his expertise as a sports instructor at the YMCA branch in Pasadena. Elder, 29, will be in Port-de-Paix with the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission until Aug. 12 to help put the finishing touches on a church and start a YMCA-affiliated sports program at the mission's orphanage.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | July 5, 2005
Hazel M. McWilliams, a domestic worker who searched for her sister for almost 75 years before finally meeting her in 1990, died Saturday of complications from pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 95. Miss McWilliams was left on the doorstep of St. Vincent's Orphanage in Allegany County around 1912 with her younger sister, Loretta. Miss McWilliams was about 3 years old and her sister was 3 or 4 months old, said Rose Muller of Mebane, N.C., the daughter of Loretta Shaffer, Miss McWilliams' sister.
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