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An Angel Flight with local pilot Derward Brooks

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Budget eight hours for the mission, Derward Brooks told me. We were going to need a whole day for this.

Our mission was a three-leg flight: from Baltimore to Philadelphia to Lynchburg, Va., and back to Baltimore. A retired accountant, general aviation pilot and North Laurel resident, Brooks had volunteered to help fly a cancer patient home.

My mission was to film and photograph, despite being generally afraid of heights and flights.

Brooks met his co-pilot, Larry Esser, of Glen Burnie, at a small airfield behind BWI at 9 a.m. on June 10. Esser was already prepping the single-engine Cessna — the Skylane II — when we arrived.

The inside of the cabin was about the size of a compact sedan, fitting the pilot and co-pilot up front and two snug passengers in the back. Brooks had to confirm the combined weight of my body and my equipment before agreeing to take me, which didn’t help with my fears.

With three camera bodies, some audio equipment, lenses and spare batteries, I easily made weight. He also warned me that the ride was going to be a bit bumpier than what one might experience on a commercial jet.

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This week in history… Elvis debuts, Scopes trial begins and Wyoming becomes a state

This week in history… Elvis debuts, Scopes trial begins and Wyoming becomes a state

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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 5 through July 11 has seen some very important moments in the past decades and centuries, involving music, pop culture, sports and significant world events. Here are some of the highlights.

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David MacCubbin’s hand-made acoustic guitars

David MacCubbin’s hand-made acoustic guitars

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David MacCubbin has been hand-making steel string acoustic guitars for nearly 15 years in the basements and garage of his Cockeysville home. MacCubbin spends more than 100 hours on each guitar, meticulously poring over each detail. On a recent afternoon, he let me spend some time with him as he worked on the back struts and the sides of a guitar. More below…

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Hammond basketball player to be honored at Ed Block Courage Awards

Hammond basketball player to be honored at Ed Block Courage Awards

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To hear him tell it, Essien Ture loves basketball more than most things. That’s why it was devastating when the Hammond High School junior found out last spring that he would have to have part of his right leg amputated due to blood clots.

But his love for the game led him forward, and despite needing a prosthetic, he still made Hammond’s varsity team in the fall. Ture’s perseverance has led him to be honored at the Ed Block Courage Awards on Monday, March 16.

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Mt. Hebron break dancers step it up for halftime shows

Mt. Hebron break dancers step it up for halftime shows

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Every Tuesday and Friday after school at Mt. Hebron, a small group of students gathers in the cafeteria. The lunch tables are sidelined and the floor is covered in rubber tarp. It’s Mt. Hebron Break Dance practice.

The team has been getting more attention lately for performing during halftime at school sporting events, surprising many of their classmates with their impressive movements and routines.

But as the great LeVar Burton often said, “You don’t have to take my word for it…”

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River Hill wrestling, all-access

River Hill wrestling, all-access

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In the past year, Howard County Times Sports has profiled four high school teams in an all-access documentary series. And this winter, River Hill’s wrestling team — helmed by alumnus coach Brandon Lauer, who was undefeated through 111 matches and three state championships in high school — was the focus of the latest piece.

We followed the team through a practice and preparations for one of their biggest matches of the year, a rivalry dual bout with Glenelg. More on the production below.

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Remembering The Mall in Columbia shooting a year later

Remembering The Mall in Columbia shooting a year later

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It’s been one year since the shooting at Zumiez at The Mall in Columbia that left three people dead —- two store employees and the shooter. Follow the events on the day of the shooting and the days following, and read more about how the community has coped since here.
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Best of high school sports, week of Dec. 8-13

Best of high school sports, week of Dec. 8-13

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With the return of the cold also comes the return of winter sports. Baltimore Sun Media Group’s photographers are indoors once again, covering boys and girls basketball, as well as wrestling. Here’s some of the best shots from the first full week of the winter season.

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