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By JONATHAN POWER | July 30, 1993
Stockholm, Sweden. -- Brazilian politicians have united like never before in condemning the murder of eight street children, indiscriminately shot by an ''extermination squad'' in central Rio de Janeiro. More than 4,600 children have been killed throughout Brazil in the past three years, mostly in Rio, where 3,000 or more children sleep on the streets and at least 50,000 beg or run errands around the city. According to Brazilian congressman Paulo Mello, ''It's a lucrative business, this killing.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | April 24, 2007
It appeared that another body was about to turn cold on a hot summer night in East Baltimore. A middle-aged man stood tense as three dozen young men surrounded him in a back alley. He recognized a handful of them as the group he had earlier shooed away from loitering. They had returned for revenge - with reinforcements. "We'll shoot you in the face!" they shouted as some seemed to reach for concealed weapons. Just then, two patrol cars showed up. Everyone froze while police stared at the confrontation - and also at a track of spotlights on a nearby rooftop, loads of cable wire and someone barbecuing a few feet away.
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By Mick McCabe Knight-Ridder News Service | February 2, 1995
ATHENS, Ohio -- Growing up in Columbus, Gary Trent was a football player and diver. He was also a truant, a drug dealer and a thief.A basketball player? Sorry, no time for hoops."I wasn't trying to be a high school basketball player," said Trent, now a standout at Ohio University. "I was trying to do other things."Most of those things were illegal."We'd steal rims off cars," Trent said matter-of-factly. "Not hubcaps, those aren't worth much. We'd go after the rims you see on Blazers or cars you see in Snoop Doggy Dog videos.
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By DAN RODRICKS | June 13, 2005
STEVEN "Take Back The City" Mitchell is certainly dedicated to the cause, and he's always trying to get other men - black, white, Asian, Republican or Democrat, city or suburban - to join him in taking on one of the most persistent and daunting challenges in our midst. He's all about saving Baltimore kids from drugs, thugs and violence. He frequently seeks attention and puts his own mug shot on press releases, but I don't think it's because he has political ambitions. It's because he needs help, and the only way to recruit good people - particularly men who can be positive influences - is to keep after the media in this town.
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April 4, 2002
AYOUNG WOMAN identified a cop killer in court last week. Her words resonate with hope in a city where witnesses often come down with amnesia and where citizen juries mistrust the police more than they do murderous criminals. As a result of her testimony, Howard "Wee" Whitworth, one of Baltimore's many merchants of violence, was found guilty. He had been accused of wounding and then executing Officer Michael J. Cowdery on a city street. Rachel Rogers told the court she was there when Mr. Whitworth shot the young man she called "Officer Mike."
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By DAN RODRICKS | June 13, 2005
STEVEN "Take Back The City" Mitchell is certainly dedicated to the cause, and he's always trying to get other men - black, white, Asian, Republican or Democrat, city or suburban - to join him in taking on one of the most persistent and daunting challenges in our midst. He's all about saving Baltimore kids from drugs, thugs and violence. He frequently seeks attention and puts his own mug shot on press releases, but I don't think it's because he has political ambitions. It's because he needs help, and the only way to recruit good people - particularly men who can be positive influences - is to keep after the media in this town.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,Sun Staff | November 2, 1999
Charlisa Payton had left Baltimore only a few times in her 14 years. But a few days ago, the Girl Scout from West Baltimore found herself in a place she had hardly imagined: the nation's capital, sleeping and dining in a four-star hotel and testifying before members of Congress about the importance of after-school programs. "It was, like, a special day," she said, smiling and fiddling with the sunshine yellow neck scarf, part of her blue, white and yellow Girl Scout uniform.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | April 24, 2007
It appeared that another body was about to turn cold on a hot summer night in East Baltimore. A middle-aged man stood tense as three dozen young men surrounded him in a back alley. He recognized a handful of them as the group he had earlier shooed away from loitering. They had returned for revenge - with reinforcements. "We'll shoot you in the face!" they shouted as some seemed to reach for concealed weapons. Just then, two patrol cars showed up. Everyone froze while police stared at the confrontation - and also at a track of spotlights on a nearby rooftop, loads of cable wire and someone barbecuing a few feet away.
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 14, 1994
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Jurag Petrlic sounds almost wistful as he recalls his first wartime visit to the battered streets of downtown Sarajevo.He rode there in an armored military vehicle -- "like a voyage inside a coffin," he says with a frown. But when he finally stepped onto the bombed cityscape, he was in wonderland."I thought, I am in a normal city again," he says. "The people who live there, they can walk around. They go to markets, to cafes. I envy them."His description sounds insane, but it is a coldly sober lesson in the relativity of Bosnian horrors.
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By Craig Marine | March 17, 1995
San Francisco -- TUPAC SHAKUR is a punk. Worse than that, he's a punk masquerading as a role model.In the April issue of Vibe magazine, the rapper-turned-actor-turned-shooter speaks from jail on Rikers Island and does his best to spread enough manure to fertilize the Nebraska cornfields.Tupac Shakur, 23, who was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison last month on a sex-abuse charge, would have us believe that he's been freed from his "addiction" to pot-smoking, club-hopping and his "Thug Life" persona.
NEWS
April 4, 2002
AYOUNG WOMAN identified a cop killer in court last week. Her words resonate with hope in a city where witnesses often come down with amnesia and where citizen juries mistrust the police more than they do murderous criminals. As a result of her testimony, Howard "Wee" Whitworth, one of Baltimore's many merchants of violence, was found guilty. He had been accused of wounding and then executing Officer Michael J. Cowdery on a city street. Rachel Rogers told the court she was there when Mr. Whitworth shot the young man she called "Officer Mike."
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,Sun Staff | November 2, 1999
Charlisa Payton had left Baltimore only a few times in her 14 years. But a few days ago, the Girl Scout from West Baltimore found herself in a place she had hardly imagined: the nation's capital, sleeping and dining in a four-star hotel and testifying before members of Congress about the importance of after-school programs. "It was, like, a special day," she said, smiling and fiddling with the sunshine yellow neck scarf, part of her blue, white and yellow Girl Scout uniform.
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By Mick McCabe Knight-Ridder News Service | February 2, 1995
ATHENS, Ohio -- Growing up in Columbus, Gary Trent was a football player and diver. He was also a truant, a drug dealer and a thief.A basketball player? Sorry, no time for hoops."I wasn't trying to be a high school basketball player," said Trent, now a standout at Ohio University. "I was trying to do other things."Most of those things were illegal."We'd steal rims off cars," Trent said matter-of-factly. "Not hubcaps, those aren't worth much. We'd go after the rims you see on Blazers or cars you see in Snoop Doggy Dog videos.
NEWS
By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 14, 1994
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Jurag Petrlic sounds almost wistful as he recalls his first wartime visit to the battered streets of downtown Sarajevo.He rode there in an armored military vehicle -- "like a voyage inside a coffin," he says with a frown. But when he finally stepped onto the bombed cityscape, he was in wonderland."I thought, I am in a normal city again," he says. "The people who live there, they can walk around. They go to markets, to cafes. I envy them."His description sounds insane, but it is a coldly sober lesson in the relativity of Bosnian horrors.
NEWS
By JONATHAN POWER | July 30, 1993
Stockholm, Sweden. -- Brazilian politicians have united like never before in condemning the murder of eight street children, indiscriminately shot by an ''extermination squad'' in central Rio de Janeiro. More than 4,600 children have been killed throughout Brazil in the past three years, mostly in Rio, where 3,000 or more children sleep on the streets and at least 50,000 beg or run errands around the city. According to Brazilian congressman Paulo Mello, ''It's a lucrative business, this killing.
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By Michael Quintanilla and Michael Quintanilla,Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times | August 7, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- They certainly weren't inspired by the uniformed sameness of the June Taylor dancers.And forget any fashion comparisons to the lame-clad "Solid Gold" shakers and movers.The Flygirls, a quintet of stylish hoofers who hip-hop on the Fox TV show "In Living Color" every Sunday night, have a look that might best be described as a combination of street chic, haute couture and K mart blue-light special. The mishmash of styles has inspired designers worldwide to clone the look, and legions of wanna-bes canvass the racks of Los Angeles boutiques in hopes of doing the same thing.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly | March 15, 1991
I get jittery about March weather.Two of the most damaging storms I've ever experienced arrived in the month that ushers in spring. The St. Joseph's Day Snow of March 19, 1958, was easily the worst winter weather ordeal I've seen. And the brutal March 6-7, 1962, storm devastated the Maryland and Delaware Atlantic coast although it didn't bring so much snow. And before my time, there was the blizzard on Palm Sunday, March 29, 1942.No Baltimore snow has ever scared me the way the one in March 1958 did. The snow was 2 feet deep.
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