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Disabled veterans attempt climb up Mt. McKinley

Disabled veterans attempt climb up Mt. McKinley

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Army Sgt. Kirk Bauer lost most of his left leg in a firefight in Vietnam, but that hasn’t stopped him from tackling some the world’s greatest challenges with Disabled Sports USA – Warfighter Sports. He’s been with the organization for 42 years, and is now its executive director. Their goal is to help wounded veterans returning from war realize that they can still achieve great feats.

In June 2012, Bauer led four Iraq and Afghanistan veterans — two double-leg amputees, one single-leg amputee and one with muscle damage – up North America’s tallest mountain, Mt. McKinley in Alaska.

Their tagline: Five wounded warriors, four good legs, three wars, two generations, one mountain.

Disabled Sports USA – Warfighter Sports gave us some of the photos and video clips from the climb for a story Catonsville Times reporter Brian Conlin wrote this week about Kirk Bauer.
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HIV in the American South: Q&A with ‘deepsouth’ documentary filmmaker Lisa Biagiotti

HIV in the American South: Q&A with ‘deepsouth’ documentary filmmaker Lisa Biagiotti

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The Darkroom interviews documentary filmmaker Lisa Biagiotti about “deepsouth,” a new documentary about HIV in the South premiering this week in Washington D.C. The premiere coincides with the week-long International AIDS Conference.
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Storm damage in Northwest Baltimore neighborhoods

Storm damage in Northwest Baltimore neighborhoods

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After the Orioles’ victory on Friday night and the post-game fireworks show, my compatriots and I took refuge from the impending storm in a nearby establishment. We watched from inside as the trees blew sideways and the rain soaked the streets in the Ridgely’s Delight neighborhood. After making our way up the JFX onto Northern Parkway and then Falls Road, we saw fallen trees, branches and construction cones scattered through the streets, like a video game obstacle course. The damage caused by Derecho was hard to navigate in the absence of street lights as I weaved my car through the wooded and winding section of Cross Country Boulevard. There wasn’t much I could film that late and not knowing what kind of situation I could find myself in with fallen trees and broken power lines, I called it a night.

After about a 4-hour nap, I was back out at 6 a.m. with my camera at hand shooting photos and video. Here’s the scene from Mt. Washington, Roland Park, and Pikesville.

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Julio Mendoza’s dancing horses and la Garrocha

Julio Mendoza’s dancing horses and la Garrocha

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Julio Mendoza has been riding horses since he was 3 years old, but his roots go back much further than that — he is the fourth generation in his family to train them.

Mendoza’s horses do something a little different than what you see at the Preakness Stakes. On his horse farm in Union Bridge, he teaches them dressage, or what is sometimes called “horse ballet.” In dressage, the rider and horse communicate to perform different moves and steps.

Mendoza also performs la Garrocha, which is a type of dressage that incorporates a 12-foot wooden garrocha pole. I visited he and his wife’s farm last week and took some photos and video.

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Building on the Copycat Project: Next step a publisher

Building on the Copycat Project: Next step a publisher

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The Darkroom interviews the creators of the Copycat Project, Rob Brulinski and Alex Wein. The duo produced a historical and pictorial documentation of the landmark Copy Cat building in a 140-page, 12-inch x 12-inch hardcover book, which features portraits of 130 residents and the avant-garde culture of creativity defining the space.
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After Hours: Risa Binder Interview and in-house acoustic performance

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The highs and lows of love is a sweet and bitter roller coaster ride explored by singer-songwriter Risa Binder on her debut album “Paper Heart.” The Columbia, Maryland native recently stopped by the Baltimore Sun, where she spoke with Sun features writer Wesley Case about growing up in the state and her current tour. Binder also performed “Paper Heart” and “You Made it Rain” with guitarist Ryan Bull.
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Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival and the evening glow

Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival and the evening glow

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Turf Valley in Ellicott City hosted its fifth annual Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival from May 10-12. Patuxent photographer Sarah Pastrana got an early look Thursday morning, while Brian Krista came out at night to see the balloons light up the sky for the evening glow. Videographer Jon Sham took video from the morning event as well.

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