The Baltimore region is full of character and life, and so are the people who live here. Their photos have filled the pages of The Sun since 1901, when photos were first published in the newspaper. They’ve made news, changed history and often entertained our readers. With this in mind, we look at some of the people who helped define our great city. These are just a few. Who do you feel we left out? We would love to hear your suggestions in the comments.
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The Baltimore Blues Society is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of America’s native musical art form, the Blues. Recently they brought Sugar Ray and the Bluetones along with Terry Hanck and his band to the Rosedale American Legion Hall where the Blues were put on full display for the pleasure of the packed house. For a modest donation of $25, you can become a member of the society, which comes with a newsletter, a bumper sticker and a membership card. To learn more go to www.mojoworkin.com.
Last year, the month of April had a record-breaking 600 tornadoes nationwide. With this past weekend’s wave of deadly storms, this April may not break that record but it’s still in the position to beat the past decade’s average of 160. The following collection of photos illustrates both the allure and grave danger severe weather brings this time of year.
Not so long ago cameras were a forgotten feature thrown onto cellphones. The pictures were low resolution and served little purpose. With the birth of smartphones, cameras have become an important feature with hundreds of apps available to play with.
Jeanne Kozlowski, whose husband died of Alzheimer’s disease, prepares to compete in a fundraising dance-off with her teacher Carlos Pabon in the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Memory Ball.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards celebrated it’s 20th birthday in grand fashion on Friday as the season opener got underway against Minnesota Twins. The Orioles won the ballgame 4-2 to start the season off right and the ballpark had lots of new amenities for the fans.
One of the things I still enjoy about my profession as a journalist is that we get to see and do things not everybody has the opportunity to do. On Wednesday night I watched and photographed the cleaning of a Fort McHenry tunnel tube by a machine called a “Unimog.” Any time a machine is involved in an assignment I’m all over it, and with this involving a couple of unique machines, it was right up my alley, or tube, in this case.
While the official start of spring in the United States comes in late March every year, baseball fans nationwide mark the beginning of the season at a different time — Opening Day.
And, for Orioles fans, hope springs eternal for that one special day every year.
Although the average attendance for a game at Camden Yards has barely surpassed 21,000 in each of the past two seasons — less than half the ballpark’s capacity — Orioles fans continue to show up for the Opening Day festivities.
Fans pack bars and restaurants from the Inner Harbor to Camden Yards before making the trek into the stadium for the game. That’s if they go to the game at all.
Some people travel into the city for the social aspect of Opening Day, without actually having a ticket into Camden Yards. Some businesses around the Baltimore area close early — or for the entire day — so employees can partake in the partying. To them, it’s more than just the start of another baseball season.
It’s an opportunity to celebrate one of the city’s great traditions.
No matter how dismal the prediction for the Orioles in 2012 — another last-place finish is projected by most analysts — Camden Yards will be filled to near-capacity and fans will be optimistic for a victory.
Once again this year, for Orioles fans, hope springs eternal for that one special day.
Today marks the 28th anniversary of the night the Colts packed up and moved to Indianapolis, a dark chapter in Baltimore sports history. Speculation about what would happen to the Baltimore Colts had been mounting for weeks as behind closed doors owner Robert Irsay was finalizing plans to relocate the team.