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This week in history… Michael Phelps, Jimmy Hoffa and MTV

This week in history… Michael Phelps, Jimmy Hoffa and MTV

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We reached way back this week to the year 781, when the first recorded eruption of Mount Fuji took place. The 40th anniversary of Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance was this week, and Medicare, Medicaid, NASA and the desegregation of the U.S. military were all signed into law. More from this week in history…

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Historic elm tree at Belmont Manor comes down

Historic elm tree at Belmont Manor comes down

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Climbers with chain saws cut down what was believed to be one of the oldest trees in Maryland at Belmont Manor and Historic Park in Elkridge on Monday, as limbs and sections of the trunk lowered by cranes lay scattered below.

“A lot of stories are in that tree that we’ll never hear. They will be gone,” said Fred Dorsey, a local preservationist and a descendant of Caleb and Priscilla Dorsey, original owners of the Howard County manor house. Read more

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Baltimore Sun Facebook cover photo contest submissions

Baltimore Sun Facebook cover photo contest submissions

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We’re trying something a little different on The Baltimore Sun Facebook page. We accepted readers’ photo submissions all of last week, and we’ve picked out the top 5. This week, we’re asking readers to vote from among those for the photo that will become our cover for one month.

The top five selections were made by consensus among several newsroom staff based on content, composition, quality of light and ability to fit within the Facebook cover framework (851px by 315px).

But since we had many more great submissions than just The Chosen Five, we wanted to give all a moment in the spotlight. And here they are…

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This week in history…Valkyrie, Aurora and Wikileaks

This week in history…Valkyrie, Aurora and Wikileaks

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This week in history saw some major moments in transportation and space exploration. The Paris Metro began to run, the Ford Motor Co. shipped its first car; the Comet Hale-Bopp was discovered and Apollo 11 made it safely back to Earth after touching down on the Moon. More from this week in history…

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Wayne Johnson, Baltimore Street Photographer

Wayne Johnson, Baltimore Street Photographer

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Wayne Johnson is all about candid. The Baltimore street photographer, who spends his spare time mostly shooting in Fells Point, came to that realization not long after he started. Johnson is drawn to the active and the interesting. Street performers are among his favorites.

Take a look at the first in our series on Baltimore Street Photographers.

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How to time lapse, featuring the Artscape set-up

How to time lapse, featuring the Artscape set-up

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So you want to make a time lapse. That’s great. Time lapses usually make for very compelling video. Just look at this 4K time lapse of scenes in Norway. Beautiful, right?

Yours may not look quite that good, but I’m offering some tips on how to most effectively time lapse with a DSLR camera. See below the video.

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This week in history… Rolling Stones, Disneyland and George Zimmerman

This week in history… Rolling Stones, Disneyland and George Zimmerman

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Every week in the year has good history in it somewhere, if you go back far enough. The week of July 12-18 has seen many significant moments in history, including Billy the Kid, The Rolling Stones, Disneyland and more.

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Betting on bike racing: Keirin culture in Japan

Betting on bike racing: Keirin culture in Japan

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From the photographer: Keirin is a form of cycle racing developed in Japan around 1948 for gambling purposes and has since become extremely popular. It is one of only four sports that patrons are allowed to bet on. In 1957 the Japanese Keirin Association was founded establishing a uniform system for the sport.

Today riders must complete study at the Japan Keirin School. For riders accepted to the school, they take on an extremely strict, 15-hour, six day-a-week training schedule, before being eligible to graduate as approved professional Keirin riders able to compete in Japan’s professional Keirin league. There are over 3,000 registered riders in Japan, and salaries for top riders can bring in as much as $2 million U.S., with average riders bringing about $100,000.

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