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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | April 21, 1994
Todd Duncan, who created the role of Porgy in George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," was honored Sunday evening at a recital and reception co-sponsored by the Annapolis Opera and the Banneker-Douglass Museum.The 92-year-old singer and voice teacher is recuperating from a serious illness and was unable to attend the celebration, but that did not deter a large crowd that gathered in the council chamber at City Hall in Annapolis to pay homage to the extraordinary baritone Mr. Gershwin personally selected to the title role in his classic American opera.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Joseph S. Eubanks, a noted bass-baritone and Morgan State University music professor who performed with the first American company of "Porgy and Bess," which toured the world in the 1950s, died May 16 of renal failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Morgan Park resident was 88. "Joe's voice was an outstanding instrument. It was to die for, and whenever he sang, you knew it was Joe. It was very distinctive," said Betty M. Ridgeway, a retired Morgan State University voice teacher who teaches part-time at Goucher College.
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September 14, 2008
On September 6, 2008, WYNDHAM P.; beloved uncle of Sylvia D. Friday of CA, Paulette Duncan, Charlene Brodnax and Sharon Shepard of Richard, VA, Todd Duncan, Sr., of CA, Dwayne Hill and Christopher Shepard of VA; great uncle of Todd Duncan, Jr. He is also survived by special friends, Loretta Fuller, Sarah Quarles, Rev. Elizabeth Logan and many others. Friends may visit JAMES A MORTON & SONS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1701 Laurens Street, Monday 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at the City Temple of Baltimore Baptist Church, 317 N. Dolphin Street.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2011
A youth counselor for a city-funded organization that worked to reduce crime in West Baltimore was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison for leading a gang and organizing drug dealing, money laundering and robberies, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Federal prosecutors described Todd Duncan, 36, as the "citywide commander" of the Black Guerrilla Family, a gang founded in California in the 1960s that authorities say is responsible for selling heroin in Baltimore.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2010
Todd Duncan, who is accused of running the Baltimore operation of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, plans to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to a drug conspiracy charge, his lawyer said. Attorney Robert H. Waldman said Wednesday that both he and prosecutors agreed to recommend a 15-year sentence as part of the plea deal and sentencing is expected to be held in 45 to 60 days. Duncan is one of 14 alleged BGF members indicted on a racketeering charge, which carries a possible life sentence that the plea agreement allows him to avoid.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2010
A former youth counselor pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to drug distribution, admitting that he conspired with a colleague — a Black Guerrilla Family gang leader — to sell heroin while both were employed at a tax-funded community outreach center. Ronald "Piper" Scott could receive a maximum of 20 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 24 in Baltimore's U.S. District Court. Scott was indicted on the drug charge in April alongside Todd Duncan, who has since pleaded guilty in a separate case to racketeering and admitted to a BGF affiliation that included drug trafficking, money laundering, bribery and gang discipline responsibilities.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2011
A youth counselor for a city-funded organization that worked to reduce crime in West Baltimore was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison for leading a gang and organizing drug dealing, money laundering and robberies, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Federal prosecutors described Todd Duncan, 36, as the "citywide commander" of the Black Guerrilla Family, a gang founded in California in the 1960s that authorities say is responsible for selling heroin in Baltimore.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2010
Baltimore officials suspended more than $1 million in city funds for anti-violence programs Monday after workers at a West Baltimore community center that has received taxpayer dollars were accused of operating as a front for gang activities. Federal authorities indicted 13 people on heroin distribution charges, including at least two who were employees of Communities Organized to Improve Life Inc., or COIL, a nonprofit organization that runs adult literacy programs and other outreach services, according to court records and officials.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Joseph S. Eubanks, a noted bass-baritone and Morgan State University music professor who performed with the first American company of "Porgy and Bess," which toured the world in the 1950s, died May 16 of renal failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Morgan Park resident was 88. "Joe's voice was an outstanding instrument. It was to die for, and whenever he sang, you knew it was Joe. It was very distinctive," said Betty M. Ridgeway, a retired Morgan State University voice teacher who teaches part-time at Goucher College.
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March 3, 1998
Todd Duncan,95, the baritone who created the role of Porgy in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" and was the first black singer to join the New York City Opera, died Saturday at his home in Washington.He was known for his elegant phrasing and burnished tone and his dramatic persuasiveness. Those qualities won him his debut role at the New York City Opera in 1945, when he sang Tonio in a production of Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci." His City Opera debut made him the first black singer to perform opera with a white cast.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2010
A former youth counselor pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to drug distribution, admitting that he conspired with a colleague — a Black Guerrilla Family gang leader — to sell heroin while both were employed at a tax-funded community outreach center. Ronald "Piper" Scott could receive a maximum of 20 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 24 in Baltimore's U.S. District Court. Scott was indicted on the drug charge in April alongside Todd Duncan, who has since pleaded guilty in a separate case to racketeering and admitted to a BGF affiliation that included drug trafficking, money laundering, bribery and gang discipline responsibilities.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2010
Todd Duncan, who is accused of running the Baltimore operation of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, plans to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to a drug conspiracy charge, his lawyer said. Attorney Robert H. Waldman said Wednesday that both he and prosecutors agreed to recommend a 15-year sentence as part of the plea deal and sentencing is expected to be held in 45 to 60 days. Duncan is one of 14 alleged BGF members indicted on a racketeering charge, which carries a possible life sentence that the plea agreement allows him to avoid.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2010
Baltimore officials suspended more than $1 million in city funds for anti-violence programs Monday after workers at a West Baltimore community center that has received taxpayer dollars were accused of operating as a front for gang activities. Federal authorities indicted 13 people on heroin distribution charges, including at least two who were employees of Communities Organized to Improve Life Inc., or COIL, a nonprofit organization that runs adult literacy programs and other outreach services, according to court records and officials.
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September 14, 2008
On September 6, 2008, WYNDHAM P.; beloved uncle of Sylvia D. Friday of CA, Paulette Duncan, Charlene Brodnax and Sharon Shepard of Richard, VA, Todd Duncan, Sr., of CA, Dwayne Hill and Christopher Shepard of VA; great uncle of Todd Duncan, Jr. He is also survived by special friends, Loretta Fuller, Sarah Quarles, Rev. Elizabeth Logan and many others. Friends may visit JAMES A MORTON & SONS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1701 Laurens Street, Monday 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at the City Temple of Baltimore Baptist Church, 317 N. Dolphin Street.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | April 21, 1994
Todd Duncan, who created the role of Porgy in George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," was honored Sunday evening at a recital and reception co-sponsored by the Annapolis Opera and the Banneker-Douglass Museum.The 92-year-old singer and voice teacher is recuperating from a serious illness and was unable to attend the celebration, but that did not deter a large crowd that gathered in the council chamber at City Hall in Annapolis to pay homage to the extraordinary baritone Mr. Gershwin personally selected to the title role in his classic American opera.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,marygail.hare@baltsun.com | January 17, 2010
Aberdeen police have charged a 31-year-old Baltimore man with attempted murder and assault in connection with a parking lot melee that injured five people. Four victims, including an off-duty Aberdeen police officer who tried to stop a knife fight that broke out early Saturday between two men, remain hospitalized at Baltimore Shock Trauma Center in serious condition with multiple stab wounds. Kibwa Cazemba Evans, who was treated for injuries at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital and later released, is charged with several counts of attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault.
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