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By Michael Vitez and Michael Vitez,Knight-Ridder News Service | December 1, 1991
PHILADELPHIA -- You can tell by the high-tops that this crowd is serious. As they stride onto the smooth, swept pavement, the trademarks flash like dog tags: Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Converse, Fila. As more and more players arrive, rap spills from a living-room speaker set next to an '80 Riviera parked courtside, announcing that the evening's action is about to commence. Sides are chosen, and soon the basketball is in play.The Moylan Recreation Center at 25th and Diamond is a proving ground, one of several playgrounds where Philadelphia's best players have always come to learn the game, to test themselves, to put their skills on display.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
A man was critically injured when he was shot in the chest at a playground near the intersection of Park Heights and W. Garrison avenues in Northwest Baltimore Wednesday night. Because of the severity of his injuries, homicide detectives were called to the scene in the 3900 block of Park Heights Ave. shortly after district police arrived at about 9:45 p.m. Authorities did not provide any information on a suspect or motive, but asked the public to call 410-396-2100 with any tips. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2011
Marion Jean had just started bringing her young children back to the playground at the old Memorial Stadium site in Waverly. An intentionally set fire at the playground in 2008, as well as more recent reports of a stabbing, had caused her to take her children to other YMCA sites in the area. So on Tuesday, she was shaken when she learned that a man had been shot in the head just steps from the playground. On Wednesday morning, the 30-year-old man died from his injuries at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
HEALTH
By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2014
Inviting a friend to play on a tire swing can be difficult for autistic children, but with special kinds of playgrounds cropping up in Maryland and around the country, it may become easier. The Shafer Center, a school in Owings Mills for autistic children ages 2 to 8, recently installed a playground intended to help children with social interaction and motor skills. Specialized equipment can "foster social interaction" between autistic children, who sometimes have a more difficult time interacting socially and using social cues, experts say. "A lot of pieces on the playground require more than one person," said Kristen DeBoy, an applied behavioral analysis therapist at the Shafer Center.
NEWS
By Brent Jones, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2010
Baltimore county fire officials are investigating a fire reported Thursday morning at a playground in Parkville. Fire units responded to a call for a fire in the 3000 block of Balder Ave. about 6:30 a.m. No further details were available.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2013
A team of 90 volunteers painted and cleaned the playground at the Pratt House this week to prepare the site for an overhaul next month. College students, part of Students Today Leaders Forever, joined Volunteers of America Chesapeake to enhance the playground at the 35-unit apartment complex for formerly homeless families with two or more children. The recreational area will be rebuilt in April with new equipment for the children, who helped design their dream playground. The students from Minnesota and North Dakota are taking part in the Pay it Forward Tour, which offers an alternative spring break trip.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | September 13, 2013
Two Columbia teens face charges in connection with the robbery and assault of a man near an East Columbia playground this week, according to Howard County police.  James Wilson Small, 19, of the 8800 block of Flowerstock Row, faces second-degree assault, robbery and theft charges in connection with the Sept. 10 crime, which occurred near a playground located in the 5500 block of Lightspun Lane. A 15-year-old girl has also been arrested, but is being charged as an adult, according to police.  According to Small's charging documents, at approximately 5 p.m. on Sept.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
A man was critically injured when he was shot in the chest at a playground near the intersection of Park Heights and W. Garrison avenues in Northwest Baltimore Wednesday night. Because of the severity of his injuries, homicide detectives were called to the scene in the 3900 block of Park Heights Ave. shortly after district police arrived at about 9:45 p.m. Authorities did not provide any information on a suspect or motive, but asked the public to call 410-396-2100 with any tips. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2012
A city-owned playground in the Harwood neighborhood of North Baltimore that was substantially damaged in a fire last month and recently drew the attention of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will be rebuilt, according to city officials. A claim to replace the damaged parts of the playground was filed with the city's Office of Risk Management by the Department of Recreation and Parks, which operates the playground and about 100 others like it throughout the city, shortly after the fire occurred on Aug. 13, according to Gwendolyn Chambers, a recreation and parks spokeswoman.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2012
Seeking to end a spate of playground disputes that authorities said escalated well past a typical fracas, Baltimore police officers went into an elementary school this week and took four children out in handcuffs. But news of three 9-year-old girls and an 8-year-old boy shackled Thursday afternoon inside Morrell Park Elementary School — and then held for nearly 12 hours in a juvenile detention center nicknamed "Baby Booking"— has riled relatives and raised questions about whether the arrests were proper under state law. "There was no need to handcuff children," Michael Vogel, the grandfather of one of the girls who was arrested, said Friday.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell and Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Two men were killed and another critically injured in a shooting at a recreation center playground in the city's Edgewood neighborhood Sunday, police said. Officers were dispatched to the scene, at Allendale Street and Colborne Road near the Edgewood-Lyndhurst Recreation Center, at 6:52 p.m., police said. Cedric Stancil, 18, of the 4700 block of Williston St., was pronounced dead at a local hospital at about 7:40 p.m. Four hours later, Jamal Campbell, 20, of the 2300 block of Winchester St., was also pronounced dead.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 2, 2014
Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Kurt M. Chenowith Memorial Foundation to dedicate a new piece of fire engine-themed play equipment at Annie's Playground in Fallston. The new feature, which is next to the playground's main entrance, has been erected in memory of Mr. Chenowith, of Fork, a volunteer fireman in Fallston and a paid firefighter in Baltimore County who was killed in a motorcycle accident not far from the playground in August 2011, a few weeks shy of his 26th birthday.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Dahmon Johnson, a fourth-grader at Perry Hall Elementary School, wants his community's new playground to have a giant dinosaur sculpture that kids can climb on. Clover Brown, a kindergarten student at the school, made a colorful drawing of what he'd like to see: play equipment with a big ladder. For Angel Park, a 17,000-square-foot playground, memorial garden and amphitheater to be built near Perry Hall Library, designers and architects have sought advice directly from a key focus group: local elementary school students.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Smoking near a playground, swimming pool or ball field in Baltimore could bring a fine of up to $500 under a ban the City Council approved Monday. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign the legislation, which would make Baltimore the latest local government to ban lighting up near places where children play. The ban would not apply to all of the city's parkland, but would prohibit smoking within 50 feet of recreational areas, such as a schoolyard, baseball diamond or basketball court.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
Lighting up a cigarette on playgrounds, athletic fields and other areas in public parks could draw a $50 fine in Baltimore County and $500 in the city under legislation being considered in those jurisdictions. Supporters of bans on tobacco use say establishing no-smoking zones in public parks would protect children from secondhand smoke. Baltimore City Councilman William H. Cole IV introduced legislation last month after constituents complained about smoking at Latrobe Park in Locust Point.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore | February 3, 2014
The owner of an aging downtown Baltimore hotel hopes to breathe new life into the property with a gritty, cool makeover that incorporates graffiti, sleek, white couches and a chain link fence. The multi-million dollar upgrade of the Brookshire Suites at Calvert and Lombard streets gives a new street twist to the 1958 building, which began as a parking garage but has been a hotel since the 1980s. Modus Hotels saw an opportunity to stand out in Baltimore, which has traditionally been dominated by big names with conventional reputations, such as Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt, said Aaron Katz, CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based owner of 11 hotels.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel | andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | December 8, 2009
Prosecutors will seek the maximum sentence, life in prison, for a 17-year-old boy who pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree rape of a 7-year-old girl he took from the playground of his Crofton neighborhood. But the attorney for David B. Raszewski, of the 1700 block of Granite Court, said he will propose that Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge William C. Mulford II sentence the teen-ager more like a juvenile -- not confine him to an adult state prison and, instead, ensure he receives treatment.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
A man exposed himself to two preteen girls near a playground in Hanover Wednesday night, according to Anne Arundel County Police. The girls, 9 and 10 years old, told police they were walking past the Ridge Commons Playground around 5 p.m. when a white man in his 40s driving past made a U-turn and stopped in the street next to them. He started talking to them, and exposed his genitals while doing so, police said. Both girls told police they had never seen either the suspect, who was wearing a black ski cap and blue jeans, or his vehicle, described as a 2-door silver car with a flat trunk.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2013
A man died after being shot on an elementary school playground in West Baltimore on Saturday evening, police said. Police received a call for a shooting outside Westside Elementary in the 2200 block of North Fulton Avenue shortly after 6:30 p.m. Darrell Berry , 36, suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at a hospital at 7:06 p.m. He was shot on the playground near the basketball court, said Det. Angela Carter-Watson, a...
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