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By Justin Fenton and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
Two men were shot Monday morning just off Pennsylvania Avenue, one of whom died Monday evening at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police were called to the 600 block of Pitcher St. at about 11:30 a.m. for a report of a shooting, and found a 24-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head in the 1500 block of Shields Place, in the Upton Courts complex, according to Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a spokesman.  The man, who police identified Tuesday...
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2013
Herman Katkow, a retired clothing store owner who became the voice of Baltimore's small retail entrepreneur in City Hall, Annapolis and Congress, died of kidney failure Thursday at Vantage House in Columbia. The Mount Washington resident was 95. As the longtime director of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Small Business, he served under Mayors Theodore R. McKeldin, J. Harold Grady, Phillip Goodman, Thomas J. D'Alesandro III, William Donald Schaefer, Clarence H. Du Burns and Kurt L. Schmoke.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2012
As old photographs of local jazz musicians flashed on a screen, those gathered in the Pennsylvania Avenue branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Druid Heights on Monday night shouted out names or furrowed their brows, racking their memories for old acquaintances and friends. About 50 people gathered for local historian Thomas Saunders' program "Revisiting Pennsylvania Avenue: A Trip Down Memory Lane" at the library branch and long-standing community landmark, which just completed a three-month renovation.
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by Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will endorse Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's candidacy for governor Monday, according to a source close to the Brown campaign. The mayor's support for Brown is no surprise, given Rawlings-Blake's close political alliance with Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has been an open supporter of Brown. But her support will add to the momentum Brown has built up since officially announcing his candidacy in May and adding Howard County Executive Ken Ulman to his ticket.
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | December 19, 2000
Rodney Butler was chosen last night as president of the Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative Board. The 15-member board chose Butler, 33, from a handful of candidates at its meeting at Shake and Bake Family Fun Center at 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. As president, he will be the spokesman for the board, whose mission is to find ways to revitalize the West Baltimore thoroughfare. "My role is to be more of a facilitator, to take in all the ideas that are generated, put them into a framework that will work and to make sure that we get results from that framework," Butler said.
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By GILBERT SANDLER | July 7, 1992
THE NATION was deep in the Depression that Saturday morning, Dec. 8, 1933, when more than 150 African Americans congregated on the streets and sidewalks of the 1600 and 1700 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue in one of Baltimore's first civil rights demonstrations.The protesters carried signs reading: "Don't Shop Where You Can't Work!"This demonstration was not about segregation -- of schools, restaurants or movies. It was not about drugs, crime or police brutality. It was simply about jobs. The leaders of the group, according to reports in The Sun, included a man "known as Tony Green, a number of Negro organizations and a large number of individual Negroes."
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December 19, 1996
AS A STRUCTURE, the Avenue Market inside the shell of the old Lafayette Market sparkles after a thorough $4 million redesign and rehabilitation. It is airy, attractive and clean.Despite a ribbon-cutting last weekend, the market is still largely vacant. This is not good -- even though construction delays are understandable. Many of the 40 stall operators are first-time business people and now miss the benefits of the traditionally busy Christmas and Kwanzaa shopping rush.In spite of tens of millions of dollars spent on urban renewal since 1967, revitalization of Upton has been elusive.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 21, 2003
Hoping to draw more cafes, coffeehouses, antique shops and art galleries near its downtown, Westminster planners are recommending that the city extend its business district west along Pennsylvania Avenue into a primarily residential area. The city's planning commission is reviewing zoning that would allow the establishment of light business from West Main Street to Sullivan Avenue. "The object is to blend light commercial uses that would be compatible with a residential neighborhood," said Damian L. Halstad, city council president.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2002
A glimpse of Baltimore's Pennsylvania Avenue in another day: James Brown throwing off his cape at the storied Royal Theater, and Miles Davis blowing his trumpet amid the glitz and bright lights that once made the auditorium a mecca for jazz and blues. The character of the neighborhood around the now-defunct Royal Theater isn't so sparkly now, having been sullied by crime and drugs since the club closed in 1970. But Maryland Institute College of Art students are doing their part to illustrate what they hope will be a new page of city history on Pennsylvania Avenue.
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March 21, 1996
IN THE SWEEP of American history there has never been a tableau quite like it. At either end of Pennsylvania Avenue at the Capitol in the Senate majority leader's office and at the White House in the Oval Office the two pre-ordained presidential candidates are launching their campaigns by tending to the nitty-gritty of governing.There have been presidents a-plenty who have sought re-election. But until Bob Dole locked up the Republican nomination this week, there has never been a Senate majority leader at the head of the out-party's ticket.
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April 17, 2013
It's unfortunate when an everyday accident happens but it's sad when columnist Dan Rodricks and Michael Hanchard use it to play the race card ("Man sees race, indifference in experience with Baltimore police," April 13). First, if as Michael Hanchard suggested "a middle-aged white couple had been surrounded by black or Latino attackers" no one would have known about it since The Sun wouldn't have printed whether the alleged attackers were black or Latino. They call that being PC. Secondly, if the couple were white they would have to be very careful where they drive or walk in the city, since they could be attacked simply because they are white.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2013
Percy Nicholson, a retired co-owner of two West Baltimore cleaning establishments where he cared for the clothing of African-American performers who played the fabled Royal Theatre, died Monday of heart failure at Manor Care Falls Road. The Ashburton resident was 92. The son of a truck driver and a housekeeper, Mr. Nicholson was born in Baltimore and raised on West Lanvale Street. He was a 1939 graduate of George Washington Carver Vocational High School. In 1946, he went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, where he worked in the open-hearth furnace until retiring in 1983.
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By Scott Dance and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2013
Five firefighters suffered minor injuries Monday evening when a building collapsed during a four-alarm fire in West Baltimore. The fire began at and significantly damaged a three-story brick building and adjacent lumberyard in the 600 block of Pennsylvania Ave. called Penn Lumber, fire officials said. A deli next door also was damaged. Nearly 30 fire firetrucks and 100 firefighters were called in to battle the fire in Seton Hill and were still at the scene at 8:30 p.m. Conditions in the building worsened rapidly once firefighters responded in the late afternoon, city fire spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright said.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
Two men were shot Monday morning just off Pennsylvania Avenue, one of whom died Monday evening at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police were called to the 600 block of Pitcher St. at about 11:30 a.m. for a report of a shooting, and found a 24-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head in the 1500 block of Shields Place, in the Upton Courts complex, according to Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a spokesman.  The man, who police identified Tuesday...
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2012
As old photographs of local jazz musicians flashed on a screen, those gathered in the Pennsylvania Avenue branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Druid Heights on Monday night shouted out names or furrowed their brows, racking their memories for old acquaintances and friends. About 50 people gathered for local historian Thomas Saunders' program "Revisiting Pennsylvania Avenue: A Trip Down Memory Lane" at the library branch and long-standing community landmark, which just completed a three-month renovation.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
Dorothy May Press, a homemaker and matriarch of her family, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 10 at her home in the Rosemont section of West Baltimore. She was 94. Born Dorothy May Brown in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Sarah Jane Smith Brown, a homemaker, and George Augustin Brown, a postal worker and chauffeur. She attended the old St. Barnabas Roman Catholic School and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1936. She met her future husband, Vernon Castle Press, while both were in their junior year.
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | December 18, 2000
Leslie Howard was a solid choice for executive director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative: He's an attorney, managed several million dollars' worth of commercial property for the Baltimore Development Corp. and is well-known in political circles. Howard was chosen as the board's executive director in an election in the fall. But he shook up the agency when he stepped down from the post last month to work in the city solicitor's office. George Gilliam was named interim executive director, but now Gilliam says he is leaving the post to become the collaborative's chief executive officer.
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2002
A new partnership between Morgan State University and a neighborhood redevelopment group could bring much-needed improvements to the historic heart of Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore. Beginning in the fall, graduate students from the university's Institute for Urban Research will use the avenue as a real-world laboratory for projects in areas such as landscape architecture and design. George Gilliam, executive director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative, said the students and their professors also might work on designing area bus stops and restoring the facade to the famous Arch Social Club.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2012
A man was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore, according to police. The shooting occurred shortly after 3 p.m. on North Calhoun Street, near Gilmor Street, two blocks from the Metro station on Pennsylvania Avenue and about eight blocks from where two men were shot and wounded Friday afternoon. City police said Jermaine Shuron, 37, suffered a gun shot wound to the head and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital trauma center, where he later died from his injuries.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | October 11, 2011
James "Biddy" Wood, a retired music promoter and well-known personality in Baltimore's Pennsylvania Avenue jazz scene, died of respiratory failure Friday at Harbor Hospital Center's hospice unit. He was 87 and lived in Bolton Hill. Born in Lexington, Ky., he was the son of Francis M. Wood, an educator who was director of segregated, or "colored," schools in Baltimore, and Nellie Hughes, a home economics teacher. The family lived in Catonsville and "Biddy," as he was known because he was a small child, graduated in 1940 from Frederick Douglass High School.
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