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40-year-old CCBC-Catonsville freshman dominates lacrosse league

40-year-old CCBC-Catonsville freshman dominates lacrosse league

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Mike Brunner is a 40-year-old business owner, real estate agent and a freshman at CCBC-Catonsville. The 6-foot-7, 320-pound father of three is also the leading scorer on the school’s lacrosse team, the Cardinals.

When he and head coach Bill Zopp found out that he was eligible to play, he signed up for the team. Other teams weren’t ready for Brunner at first, because he didn’t play in the fall, but now they design their defenses around him.
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Baltimore 365: The winter of 2012

Baltimore 365: The winter of 2012

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The brainchild of The Sun’s Entertainment Content Editor Amanda Krotki, Baltimore 365* sprang forth in 2012 as a visual chronicle of a year in the life of our city. With our keen collective eye on local news, we began posting visually stimulating photos that best exemplified that day in Baltimore.

The following 13 photos are a sampling from the first 3 months of Baltimore 365. Among the diverse topics covered so far, the winter of 2012 saw unseasonably warm weather, the ups and downs of the Ravens, Orioles spring training and Elvis’s Birthday Fight Club.

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The Sun’s 175th Anniversary: Baltimore Personalities

The Sun’s 175th Anniversary: Baltimore Personalities

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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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Sugar Ray at the Baltimore Blues Society

Sugar Ray at the Baltimore Blues Society

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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.

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The wind at your door, literally

The wind at your door, literally

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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.

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Tunnel washers

Tunnel washers

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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.
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2012: Reliving the tradition of Opening Day for the Orioles

2012: Reliving the tradition of Opening Day for the Orioles

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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.