The best photos from Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers in week 3 of the fall 2015 high school sports season.
See how past popes and papal visits were covered in the pages of The Sun, including Pope John Paul II’s visit to Baltimore in 1995. Click or tap on the images for full-screen views of the front pages.
When Alejandro Orengo, a Baltimore photographer and filmmaker, covered the riots in April following the death of Freddie Gray, he wasn’t working as a member of the press. He just wanted to document what he thought would become history. He was roughed up in the crowds, but managed to capture remarkable images. And that’s just a small part of the work he’s done in Baltimore.
The best photos from Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers in week 2 of the fall high school sports season.
Drinking water in Baltimore before the turn of the 20th century was, to put it mildly, unsanitary. Unfiltered water from streams, wells and springs were funneled to reservoirs throughout the city. Outbreaks of disease from waterborne pathogens were common, as were complaints of odor and taste.
In 1881, the Gunpowder Falls was connected to Lake Montebello, a new reservoir that improved water conditions throughout the city. But it wasn’t until Sept. 13, 1915 — 100 years ago this week — that the city’s most significant water-related development occurred with the opening of the filtration plant at the lake. It was called one of the “biggest and most important undertakings in the history of the city” by Robert L. Clemmitt, the city’s acting water engineer and president of the water board.
On Saturday, the city will celebrate the Montebello Centennial with music, activities, historical exhibits and more.
“87,000 miles. 44 airline flights. 396 days. 35 countries. 1 family.”
That would be the epic movie tagline for the Rivenbark family, of Howard County, who recently returned from a 13-month trip around the globe. The family —- consisting of mom Julie, dad Tim, Tyler, 12, and Kara, 10 — sold their house, and their cars; Julie quit her job, Tim took a leave of absence. And the kids did their homeschool work while on safari in Africa, in a hotel in Nepal or whenever they could find time.
The family kept a near-daily blog, which was fed by stunning photos from Julie and fun, educational videos from Tyler. A short documentary about the Rivenbark’s trip is below.
Like many other young professionals, Katharine Scrivener wakes up at about 6 a.m., spends her days in meetings and sending emails, and comes home to make dinner, relax with her husband and work on freelance projects. Unlike most other young professionals, however, Scrivener bookends her mornings and evenings with extensive medication treatments.
Twenty years ago today the last edition of Baltimore’s Evening Sun rolled off the presses after 85 years of publication. In its last front-page story, the paper wrote, “Today, The Evening Sun writes it’s own obituary. Baltimore’s last evening newspaper, which publishes its final editions today, is 85 and a victim of falling circulation.”
Baltimore police officers struggled to arrest a man who allegedly was “aggressively panhandling” downtown last month, court documents said. Photos and video by Baltimore Sun photographers captured the arrest, showing the suspect biting an officer as several officers tried to load him into a transport van.
Police were called to the unit block of N. Eutaw St. on August 13, after a 911 caller reported that a man was panhandling and “acting bizarre,” according to charging documents. The documents identified the suspect as Rominico Finacin Roland, 37, of Penhurst Ave.
A responding officer said Roland was “acting unusual, appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance, and may have been mentally ill,” the documents said. As officers ran his name to check for warrants, police said Roland “removed what appeared to be a marijuana cigar and started to lick it and stated ‘I gonna light this up.’” The officer took the cigar, and placed it beside Roland, who then attempted to light it, the documents said. Officers placed Roland in handcuffs, at which point they said he attempted to walk away. As officers tried to stop Roland, they said he bit one officer in the arm and spit on another.
When a transport van arrived, an officer tried to load him inside, and police said Roland bit the officer on his arm and leg. Roland eventually was placed in the van but refused to sit on a bench, and raised his leg at the door, acting as if he would kick it, police said. When a witness at the scene tried to tell him to sit on the bench Roland spit on her face and chest, police said.
Police said Roland later calmed down and sat on the bench in the van while an officer was able to strap him in. But at some point, police said, Roland unbuckled his seat belt, slid back onto the floor and began kicking the backdoor of the van, breaking the lock of the interior door, according to the documents.
He was placed in another van and taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Police said Roland caused $1,000 in damage to the van.
Roland is scheduled to appear in court this month for charges of destruction of property, disorderly conduct, and trespassing, online court records show.
No attorney is listed for Roland in online court records, and an attorney listed for him in a previous case could not be reached for comment.
Roland has a lengthy arrest record, including in 2005 when he was charged with attempted first-degree murder, a charge that was later dropped.
Crystal Dunn’s street is actually the bar she works in several nights a week — BAR, in Fells Point. Dunn, a regular bartender, photographs her subjects while serving drinks. She and her camera have become a popular mainstay at the little-known Baltimore bar.