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By Michael Olesker | January 7, 2001
IN AMERICA, THE stock market slips a few points, and everybody gets chest pains. In Russia, 44 million people live below the poverty line, which is now $37 a month. In America, the kids feel cheated if they turn 16 and have to settle for a secondhand car. In Russia, thousands give up their babies because they can't feed them. More than two years ago, at an orphanage in Perm, at the base of the Ural Mountains about a thousand miles east of Moscow, Amy and Paul Sponseller of Cockeysville found Nina, a 6-year-old pixie given up at birth by her destitute Russian mother.
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By Diane Stanley | September 15, 1999
Editor's note: A single man who's an unconventional housekeeper adopts eight orphans. One of them learns to read and write to improve their family situation.Them little tykes come into the kitchen, all screamin' and excited. "Looky here what come to our house, Pa!" they hollered. They was holdin' somethin' mysterious. "What is it?" I asked. "It's not good to eat, I know that," said Lizzie. "Can't wear it, neither," said Pearl. "Well, I know what it is," said the teeniest child, Sweetness.
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,Special to the Sun | March 24, 1999
Last year, when tests showed that her 26-year-old daughter, Katia Reiser, had an ovarian tumor with cancerous cells, Vera Hasler Port of Arnold prayed hard.She vowed that if Reiser were spared, she would do everything she could to help the Santo Antonio Orphanage and Educational Center in her native Salvador, Bahia, in northeastern Brazil.Surgery was successful, and Port, 62, is working hard to fulfill her promise in a way she knows best -- by cooking. Bahian specialties will highlight a Brazilian Food Festival this weekend at her small Severna Park restaurant, Vera's Bakery and Cafe, to benefit Santo Antonio.
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September 11, 1998
Little Orphan Annie comes to life tomorrow as September Song opens its 25th season of community theater with "Annie," the Broadway play based on the popular comic strip."
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March 24, 1998
Salvatore L. Valenziano, 77, engineer in paving divisionSalvatore L. Valenziano, a retired engineer and lifelong Baltimorean, died of a brain hemorrhage March 17 at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 77.Mr. Valenziano graduated from Calvert Hall High School in 1939 VTC and the Johns Hopkins University in 1943. He served in the Army Air Forces from 1943 to 1945 during World War II.After he was discharged, he returned to Hopkins and worked as a surplus property officer until 1951. From 1952 until he retired in 1983, he was an engineer in the asphalt paving division of Harry T. Campbell & Sons.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | June 26, 1997
Scott Blackketter walks through his dilapidated house without delicacy. Here, floors slope toward the center; there, the ceiling sloughs in chunks and, over there, the Sheetrock walls show cracks from basement to roof.It's in bad shape, he says, but he figures that if the brown shingle house hasn't fallen down in more than 120 years, it's not going to now."It takes decades for wood to wear like this," he says, sticking his foot into a smooth ditch on a stair. "I can just imagine all those kids running up and down these stairs."
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 4, 1997
It sounds like an old-fashioned Hollywood movie. A dedicated couple start a boarding school for autistic children in a faded mansion in rural Delaware. Struggling to make ends meet, they pool their personal resources to buy a racehorse named Silk Stockings. The filly not only wins thousands but also makes harness-racing history, all for the sake of the children.That is the way the story of the Au Clair School was told in the mid-1970s, in television features and news articles across the country.
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April 9, 1996
FireTaneytown: Taneytown firefighters responded at 10: 38 p.m. Sunday to a house fire in the 300 block of McSherry Wood Drive. Units were out for 14 minutes.Harney: Harney firefighters assisted Adams County, Pa., at 10: 53 a.m. Friday, responding to a building fire in the 800 block of Orphanage Road. Units were out for 41 minutes.Pub Date: 4/09/96
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | January 15, 1996
CHICAGO -- Barb Buhai groaned when she read the latest news reports about allegations of abuse and neglect in Chinese orphanages.Not because the report released this month by Human Rights Watch-Asia detailing systematic starvation of infant foundlings surprised her or her husband. Rather, it was the fear that any bad news about China could derail the couple's adoption of their soon-to-be daughter, Lily Alexandra Jiang."When these kinds of articles come out, they just anger the Chinese government," said Ms. Buhai of Barrington, Ill., already skittish about the adoption after three months of delays.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer | April 29, 1995
Ruth Mary Elizabeth Brown Wallenstein, superintendent of a Northeast Baltimore orphanage, died April 14 of heart disease at the Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. She was 94.Known as "Mom Wallenstein," she raised 36 children during her 16 years as house mother of the John F. Wiessner Home for Children in Hamilton. She retired in 1970."My mother was 53 when she saw an advertisement in the paper looking for a superintendent of the home, and since she had cared for Sheppard Pratt's first mental outpatient, she felt qualified and they hired her," said a daughter, Lee Hoover of New Smyrna.
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