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The life of a rodeo cowboy

The life of a rodeo cowboy

19 Photos, 1 Video

“There’s no injured reserve for bull riders,” said Chip Ridgely, the owner of Rockin’ R Western Productions, which put on the Bull Blast at the Howard County Fair Monday night, and will again on Thursday.

We took look into the life of rodeo cowboys, who travel around the country in groups for weeks on end to entertain crowds at fairs and other events. Most people are aware of how dangerous the sport can be, but few may realize what bull riders go through from day to day.

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Sports Breakdown: Defending breakaways in soccer

Sports Breakdown: Defending breakaways in soccer

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Our latest installment of the Howard County Times’ series, Sports Breakdown features River Hill soccer goalie Tomas Potts, who brought along some of his teammates and county rivals to teach how to defend against breakaways. Then, he and sports editor Brent Kennedy defend the goal in a breakaway shootout.

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Behind the scenes of a cowboy monkey rodeo

Behind the scenes of a cowboy monkey rodeo

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Aberdeen IronBirds fans attending Thursday night’s game against the Batavia Muckdogs got a special treat during and after the game: a performance by Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard, and his team of sheep-herding, Border Collie-riding Capuchin monkeys.

Lepard’s show included one of his monkeys “throwing” the first pitch of the game, teaser performances during the third and after the fifth innings and a longer performance at the end of the game. A group of sheep were released from a pen and the monkeys, riding their respective Border Collies, rounded them up.

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Lansdowne toddler born with rare dwarfism syndrome

Lansdowne toddler born with rare dwarfism syndrome

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Connor Berry, of Landsdowne, Md., has a condition called Robinow Syndrome, an extremely rare type of dwarfism that affects fewer than 250 people worldwide.

“As of right now, he’s doing OK, health-wise. But I worry about how he’s going to see himself when he looks at other kids his age, and how they’re going to see him, and what obstacles he’s going to face being smaller than other kids,” said his mother, Caitie Berry, 26, seated in a swing at the park near the family’s home and keeping a watchful eye on her young sons.

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Sports Breakdown: How to shoot three-pointers

Sports Breakdown: How to shoot three-pointers

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With the return of summer also comes the return of the Howard County Times’ video series ‘Sports Breakdown,’ where athletes from across the county teach our reporters and editors how to do what they do best.

Our first installment this year brings together rivals Tori Diggs, of Oakland Mills High, and Rachel Lazris, of Wilde Lake High, who teach girls basketball beat reporter Matt Owings how to sink three-point shots.

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The chair tradition in Catonsville’s Fourth of July celebration

The chair tradition in Catonsville’s Fourth of July celebration

30 Photos, 1 Video

What’s in a chair? They’ve got four legs (usually), a flat surface, perhaps a back, maybe a cushion if you’re lucky. But in Catonsville around the Fourth of July, a chair is so much more: it’s a stake-out spot for the beloved Independence Day parade along Frederick Road. Each year hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of chairs are set up on the parade route, often days and weeks in advance. Baltimore Sun Media Group video intern Anastasia Champ takes a look into the tradition of Catonsville’s Independence Day in the video below.

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Little Joe, the terminally ill beagle, gets a bucket list

Little Joe, the terminally ill beagle, gets a bucket list

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Kathryne and Essam Shomali adopted Little Joe from a shelter in Dallas, Pa., in 2012, thinking they would enjoy several years with him. But earlier this year, LJ was diagnosed with a form of cancer called adenocarcinoma, and the Shomalis were told he may only have six to 12 months to live. The couple, who live in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood of Towson, then decided to make a bucket list for LJ to create some fond memories with him before he passes.

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Best of 2014 area high school graduations

Best of 2014 area high school graduations

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Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers attend dozens of graduations each year in Howard, Harford, Baltimore counties and more to capture the moment students have been waiting for for four years (or longer). Here’s some of the best shots taken in recent weeks by our staff photographers and freelancers.

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