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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
Baltimore's top cop warned Tuesday against "race-baiting" amid rising tensions across the nation, citing the Trayvon Martin case and cautioning that a video generating outrage on the Internet of a tourist being beaten and stripped in downtown Baltimore does not appear to depict a hate crime. Police CommissionerFrederick H. Bealefeld III, appearing on WBAL's "The C4 Show," said the attack on a 31-year-old white man from Arlington, Va., appears to be nothing beyond "drunken opportunistic criminality.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 17, 2014
Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline (" The N----r In The White House ") on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President Obama is rooted in racism. Not surprisingly, the headline gets more attention than the argument. Then on Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder again blames "racial animus" for some of the more strident opposition to the president.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | December 1, 1995
As either a "Twilight Zone" episode or a civics lesson, "White Man's Burden" would be intriguing; as a feature movie, it goes on too long and makes its points over and over again.It's the reversal business, neatly imagined by screenwriter-director Desmond Nakano. He postulates an America exactly as the one we live in today, with the not-so-subtle difference that the powerful majority is black and the powerless minority white. Otherwise, the same network of racism and the same network of stereotyping exist.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
A man tried to break into an Odenton bar early Saturday while the employees there were still working, Anne Arundel County police said. About 2:30 a.m. Saturday, an employee told police that a man tried to enter Buck Murphy's Bar & Grill in the 300 block of Telegraph Road through a window. When the suspect discovered the bar was occupied, he fled on foot, police said. Police searched the area, but did not find the suspect. An employee at Buck Murphy's confirmed the break-in and directed questions to a manager who could not be reached Sunday afternoon.
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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 Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2012
For more that two decades, author Emily Bernard has been fascinated by Carl Van Vechten, a white man who played a seminal - and controversial - role in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. She was in turns appalled by Vechten's air of entitlement, amused by some of his provocations and moved by his devotion to individual artists. (For instance, Van Vechten lobbied authorities to erect a nude, anatomically correct statue in New York's Central Park of the African-American activist James Weldon Johnson.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 20, 2014
"You can get killed just for living in your American skin. " -- Bruce Springsteen On Aug. 7, 1930, two young black men were lynched in Marion, Ind. A photographer named Lawrence Beitler had a studio across the street from the lynching tree. He came out and snapped what became an iconic photo, which he made into a postcard and sold. It shows Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith hanging dead and their executioners, faces clearly visible, milling about as if at a picnic. Though authorities possessed this damning photographic evidence, they never arrested anyone for the crime.
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By LEONARD PITTS JR | July 28, 2008
This is how John Davis became a slave: He was walking one evening from the train depot in Goodwater, Ala., when a white man appeared in the road. "Nigger," he demanded, "have you got any money?" The white man, Robert Franklin, was a constable. He claimed Mr. Davis owed him. This was news to Mr. Davis. "I don't owe you anything," he said. But what Mr. Davis said did not matter. He was arrested that night and summarily convicted. A wealthy landowner, John Pace, paid the alleged $40 debt and a $35 fine in exchange for Mr. Davis' mark - Mr. Davis was illiterate - on a contract binding him to work 10 months at any task Mr. Pace demanded.
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By STEPHEN HUNTER | November 30, 1995
'White Man's Burden'"White Man's Burden" works a "Twilight-Zone"-style switcheroo with John Travolta as a working-class member of the powerless minority white race and Harry Belafonte as the rich black industrialist who indirectly oppresses him.'The Crossing Guard'"The Crossing Guard" features Jack Nicholson as a father obsessed with the killer of his son in a hit-and-run crime, for which the man (David Morse) was caught and imprisoned. Anjelica Huston also appears in the film, written and directed by Sean Penn.
NEWS
November 25, 1992
Gunman robs McDonald's on Ritchie HighwayA gunman robbed a Glen Burnie fast-food restaurant Monday night, county police reported.Detectives said the gunman walked into McDonald's restaurant in the 7400 block of Ritchie Highway and demanded that the cashier open the cash register.When the clerk did not open it fast enough, the robber took out his gun and grabbed the money from the drawer, the police report said.Police described the gunman as a white man about 5 feet 8 inches tall, in his 40s.He was wearing a blue jacket, gray sweat shirt and jeans.
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Dan Rodricks | March 13, 2014
Having recently interviewed the British statistician David Hand about probability principles, I suppose I should be willing to accept the following: Two men named James Elmer Bailey, both born on Oct. 15, 1962, resided in the Annapolis area at the time a woman accused one of them of punching her in the face. Hard as that might be to comprehend, probability theorists like Hand say that such a thing is far more likely than most of us believe. Among their many remarkable findings: Only 23 people need assemble in a room before it becomes more than 50 percent probable that two of them have the same birth date.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 20, 2014
"You can get killed just for living in your American skin. " -- Bruce Springsteen On Aug. 7, 1930, two young black men were lynched in Marion, Ind. A photographer named Lawrence Beitler had a studio across the street from the lynching tree. He came out and snapped what became an iconic photo, which he made into a postcard and sold. It shows Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith hanging dead and their executioners, faces clearly visible, milling about as if at a picnic. Though authorities possessed this damning photographic evidence, they never arrested anyone for the crime.
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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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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 30, 2013
A Pennsylvania man known to frequent Harford County, where he works, has been missing from his home since last week and had not been found as of Tuesday afternoon Thomas Augustyniak, 53, of Glen Rock, Pa., works at a business in Belcamp and visits Harford County and other parts of Maryland regularly, according to a press release from Maryland State Police issued Friday Augustyniak is described as a white man, 6 feet, 1 inch tall and 175 pounds...
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 14, 2013
There are many things to say about Brad Paisley's new song. The country music giant is under fire for "Accidental Racist," about a Starbucks employee who objects to Mr. Paisley's Confederate battle flag shirt. The song, Mr. Paisley's attempt to metabolize his conflicted feelings as "a white man comin' to you from the southland" trying to pick his way through the minefield of race, has generated, well ... feedback. Rolling Stone dubbed it "questionable. " Gawker called it "horrible.
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By Katie V. Jones | March 14, 2013
Sykesville Police are looking for a white man, possibly in his 50s, balding with short white hair, following a reported attempt to pick up an 11-year-old girl on March 12 around 7 p.m. in Sykesville. Police said a man driving a dark car, possibly a newer, four-door Volkswagen, approached the girl at Brandenburg Circle and Norris Avenue and told her that there was an emergency and her parents asked him to get her. According to police, the girl ignored the man and continued on to her friend's house, where she spoke of the incident and then alerted her family..
NEWS
May 27, 1993
County police released a sketch and description of a man who attempted to abduct a 14-year-old girl on Fox Hill Road at Old Annapolis Road in Ellicott City Friday.The suspect is described as a white man, about 25 years old, with blond hair and hazel or blue eyes, police said.He is about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and has a heavy build.The man fled in a black two-door car with a hatchback when a citizen came forward to help the girl, police said.Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Detective Frank Lilly at 313-2220.
NEWS
April 29, 1993
Gardeners abscond with cash depositsCounty police are searching for two men and a woman who solicited more than $400 from a group of Odenton residents for landscaping services that never were completed.Police said four residents in the 1000 block of New Dawn Way reported that a man, identifying himself as Jimmy, approached each of them Friday about providing landscape work. In each case, the man requested a deposit to buy materials. The residents gave him deposits ranging from $50 to $80.Residents said the man was accompanied by a woman who identified herself as Mary Miller and a second unidentified man. The trio began working in each yard, planting a dogwood tree in one, juniper plants in another, cutting the grass in a third and spreading mulch in a fourth.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 26, 2013
Two teenage girls out for a run Friday afternoon in the Fountain Green area said they saw a man expose himself. The girls, ages 16 and 17, told police they were jogging with some other girls in the 1400 block of Fountain Glen Drive around 5 p.m. when they saw a man standing in the wood line across the street, according to a report from the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Initially, the girls thought the man was urinating, but then realized the man was looking at them and smiling, according to the report.
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By Stephen H. Sachs | February 25, 2013
February is Black History Month. Baltimore is celebrating it by commemorating the march of African-Americans toward full membership in the American family. Although I am a white man born and raised in the strictly segregated Baltimore of nearly eight decades ago, I am joining that celebration. The apartheid Baltimore in which I grew up has been thoroughly chronicled by C. Fraser Smith's "Here Lies Jim Crow," Antero Pietila's "Not in My Neighborhood" and Larry Gibson's "Young Thurgood.
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