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February 14, 2013
What's more embarrassing than to have to take down a commemorative statue? Accomplished individuals may encounter situations over a lifetime that overshadow the acts that brought them recognition. William Donald Schaefer's statue was dedicated at a point in time when he was unlikely to tarnish his legacy. With Joe Paterno, the timing was not so fortuitous. Johnny Unitas ' statue was a safe bet. The Oriole players' statues are probably going to stand the test of time. At 80, we can confidently reflect on the life achievements of Lenny Moore and declare him worthy of a commemorative statue.
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September 18, 2014
As a 92-year-old great grandmother, I have this to say about the Ray Rice situation: Ray Lewis gets a statue. Ray Rice gets the shaft. While it is impossible to ignore the detestable action caught on videotape, the outrage and vitriol seem more a product of our vicious social media-driven culture than an honest reaction to a grievous event. These media people put a flock of vultures to shame. What happened to Ray Rice is more about PR damage control - and money - for the NFL and for the Ravens than about a measured response to an admittedly horrific act. What about redemption?
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2011
One of this town's all-time sports greats joined Babe Ruth and Johnny Unitas today as athletes immortalized with statues in Baltimore. And with the grace that made him perhaps the best defensive third baseman in the history of baseball, former Oriole Brooks Robinson thanked the city and his supporters for the statue that will reside at Washington Boulevard Plaza between Washington Boulevard and Russell Street, directly across from the northwest side...
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis spoke to the team before practice broke Friday afternoon, a day after his statue was unveiled outside M&T Bank Stadium “It was very profound,” Harbaugh said. “It was about team and what you sacrifice to accomplish things, and what happens when you look back.” Harbaugh said the players who have joined the team since Lewis retired after the 2012 Super Bowl season were particularly excited to meet him and hear what he had to say. He walked off the field with undrafted rookie inside linebacker Zachary Orr. For veterans and Lewis' friends and former teammates, though, it wasn't big news to simply have him around.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2010
A weekend-long celebration featuring live music, a symposium and art exhibit will celebrate the dedication of the Frank Zappa statue in Baltimore, organizers said. Zappa Plays Zappa, a tribute act fronted by Zappa's son Dweezil, will perform; Zappa's widow, Gail, will give a symposium; and the Southeast Anchor Library will launch an exhibit in conjunction with the Sept. 19 statue dedication, according to producer Sean Brescia. "It's going to make it what it should be," Brescia said.
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By Edward Gunts | ed.gunts@baltsun.com | December 17, 2009
Brooks Robinson gained iconic status during the years he played third base for the Orioles at Memorial Stadium. Now a local group plans to honor Robinson with a larger-than-life statue that will remind baseball fans of his heroics every time they drive past the Orioles' current home at Camden Yards. Baltimore's Public Art Commission unanimously approved plans Wednesday for a 9-foot-high, $500,000 bronze statue of Robinson that is scheduled for installation by spring 2011 on a city-owned plaza just west of Oriole Park.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2012
An elegant marble statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary graces the entrance to St. Augustine School in Elkridge, moved there by alumni of the shuttered Cardinal Gibbons School. The sculpted image of a veiled young woman stands beneath a large white cross and above a memorial plaque. When Charlotte "Sis" Slavotinek learned that the archdiocese was closing the all-boys Catholic high school two years ago, she insisted that the statue, dedicated to her son Michael, his two classmates and their teacher who died in a 1968 plane crash, be relocated.
NEWS
November 29, 2012
As the 2012 Summer Olympics drew to a close, so did the career of the most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps, Baltimorean extraordinaire. We've watched Michael grow from a gangly 15-year-old Olympic rookie into a 27-year-old Olympic champion. We've been honored to watch his amazing growth and transformation. As with all youngsters it hasn't always been perfect, but it's as close to perfection as anyone has ever gotten. And in the end he's our boy. This great athlete deserves our permanent recognition for his singular achievement.
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
Every semester during finals week, students at the University of Maryland, College Park place "offerings" around a 1,000-pound bronze statute of Testudo, the campus' mascot, for good luck. Sometime after midnight Wednesday, Testudo was ablaze after those offerings caught fire, according to several witnesses who expressed their shock on social media. Campus police have ruled the cause of the fire to be accidental after initially saying "malicious intent" had not been ruled out. However, UMCP president Wallace Loh said on Twitter that Testudo was not harmed in the incident.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2012
Even as Edgar Allan Poe's continuing presence in Baltimore remains uncertain, another East Coast city —the one in which the celebrated author was born — is preparing to honor him with a bronze statue. Poe partisans in Boston have chosen New York sculptor Stefanie Rocknak for the $125,000 project. Her design shows an adult Poe, who left Boston as a young child, as though he had just stepped off a train. To be placed in the city's Edgar Allan Poe Square, at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South, the statue will be situated so that Poe is heading back to his birthplace.
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By Mike Preston | September 4, 2014
NFL Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe was a close friend of Ray Lewis when they played together in Baltimore. Sharpe was invited to attend Thursday morning's unveiling of the Lewis statue outside of M&T Bank Stadium but couldn't attend. However, Sharpe said he spoke to Lewis a couple of weeks ago. "When they put up a statue of a person that speaks volumes," said Sharpe on Thursday via phone. "It speaks about that person's impact on the community not just as a player but as a person.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
For most of Ray Lewis' 17-year NFL career, his face - eyes burning, mouth bellowing exhortations - was the face of the Ravens. Johnny Unitas' flinty gaze and stooped shoulders had symbolized pro football for earlier generations of Baltimore fans, and Lewis followed in the great quarterback's footsteps, becoming an icon for the new era of purple and black ardor. The Ravens made that association official Thursday morning, unveiling a bronze statue of the retired linebacker only a few feet from the statue of Unitas that greets visitors outside M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
When fans head through the main entrance at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday for the Ravens' regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, they'll be greeted by a familiar sight. Ray Lewis starred for 17 seasons with the Ravens. Now he'll be immortalized next to another Baltimore sporting icon. The Ravens announced Wednesday that the statue of the middle linebacker will be unveiled Thursday at a ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. in Unitas Plaza. Sculpted by Frederick Kail, the statue will be erected to the right of one depicting legendary Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas outside the north entrance of the stadium.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
A cadre of spiritual giants was inducted Saturday into the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum as the East Baltimore gallery looks to expand in its third decade. About 1,000 people gathered in Morgan State University's Murphy Fine Arts Center for a tribute ceremony honoring three pastors and a gospel singer for their roles inspiring the country through faith. "Thank God for blessing them so that they could bless others," Rep. Elijah Cummings told the audience. "I want to thank our honorees for changing the trajectory of so many people's destiny.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
OXFORD, OHIO -- As Kristen Visbal scanned the Internet looking for images of John Harbaugh, she kept encountering the Ravens' head coach in the same pose. Picture-after-picture, there was Harbaugh, wide-eyed and steel-jawed, standing on the sideline with his arm outstretched in the air. "Every person has a pose that they assume on a regular basis," Visbal said. "One of those for John was putting his fist in the air. It's a nice, strong position. " For Visbal, it's only fitting for Harbaugh to be immortalized in that way. The Delaware-based sculptor's bronze statue of the Super Bowl -winning head coach will be erected Saturday in the famed Cradle of Coaches at Miami University of Ohio, Harbaugh's alma mater.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun and By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
OXFORD, Ohio - With a blinding sun and a mostly empty Yager Stadium at his back, Ravens coach John Harbaugh peered into a crowd that contained so many people he wanted to thank. To his right were his parents, wife and daughter, along with other members of his extended family. To his left were about 30 of his former teammates at Miami University (Ohio). Straight ahead were a couple of rows of football fans, many either wearing Miami red or Ravens purple. It was exactly how Harbaugh wanted to commemorate a memorable and rewarding weekend.
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By Mike Preston | September 4, 2014
NFL Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe was a close friend of Ray Lewis when they played together in Baltimore. Sharpe was invited to attend Thursday morning's unveiling of the Lewis statue outside of M&T Bank Stadium but couldn't attend. However, Sharpe said he spoke to Lewis a couple of weeks ago. "When they put up a statue of a person that speaks volumes," said Sharpe on Thursday via phone. "It speaks about that person's impact on the community not just as a player but as a person.
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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 17, 2009
After more than a year of deliberation, city officials have decided to place a bust of the late Frank Zappa at the Southeast Anchor Library in Highlandtown. The roughly 15-foot statue, a gift from a Zappa fan club in Lithuania, will be erected on the corner of Eastern Avenue and South Conkling Street sometime next year, said Anne Perkins, chair 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 Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
In his 20-plus minute interview this afternoon with The Baltimore Sun, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti defended Ray Rice and Joe Flacco and expressed confidence that his team will return to the playoffs. But he also used the opportunity to reveal two decisions that the organization has made behind the scenes. Bisciotti said that he gave head coach John Harbaugh a one-year contract extension following the Ravens' 2013 season in which they finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
John Harbaugh was told last offseason that his alma mater, Miami University of Ohio, planned on erecting a statue of him to celebrate his status as a Super Bowl-winning head coach. Now, Harbaugh knows exactly when it will happen. The school announced Wednesday that Harbaugh, a 1984 graduate of Miami University, will be inducted into the Cradle of Coaches Association and immortalized with a statue at Yager Stadium on Saturday, April 19. The statue, which will be erected in the Cradle of Coaches Plaza, will be a bronze, full-body image depicting Harbaugh coaching on the sideline during the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
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