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End of an era for Sparrows Point steel mill? Look back at the Baltimore staple through the years

End of an era for Sparrows Point steel mill? Look back at the Baltimore staple through the years

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The new owners of the Sparrows Point steel mill plan to raze the closed plant, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said today. According to Kamenetz, officials of co-owner Hilco Trading “have indicated that they are going to liquidate every remaining asset and bring the structure down to the ground.”

What’s your reaction to the news? As we look back at images of Sparrows Point over the years, we’re collecting stories about the Baltimore institution and its workers. Share your thoughts, memories and photos of Sparrows Point in the comments.

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Dec. 12 photo brief: Weddings and babies on 12.12.12, the Pope tweets, lions bearing gifts, coffin therapy, Europe in a chill, Wall Street sees green

Dec. 12 photo brief: Weddings and babies on 12.12.12, the Pope tweets, lions bearing gifts, coffin therapy, Europe in a chill, Wall Street sees green

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Twelve, twelve, twelve marked by newborns, couples in Indonesia and street performers, the Pope tweets, London’s lions open their Christmas gifts early, coffin therapy in China, Europe in a chill, Wall Street sees green and more in today’s Daily Brief.

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Instagrammer Feature with @strange_agent: Finding beauty in the ordinary

Instagrammer Feature with @strange_agent: Finding beauty in the ordinary

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The Darkroom caught up with instagrammer Jen DuMars, aka @strange_agent, about being motivated by failure, what makes a place and why most of her photos aren’t captioned.

The longtime Maryland resident, who splits time between West Annapolis and Charles Village, shoots her Instagram photos with an iPhone 4S, many while commuting to her public policy job in Washington.

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A holly jolly Bawlmer Christmas to you

A holly jolly Bawlmer Christmas to you

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What does Christmas in Baltimore mean to you? Can it be viewing the wonderful light displays on 34th Street, visiting Santa for wishes of toys and puppies, amazed by intricate Christmas gardens or listening to merry tunes like “Crabs For Christmas.” In the latest retro installment from The Darkroom, we highlight Christmas trees, Santas, and decorations of years past. Take a stroll through memory lane or find tips for your holiday style. Photos featured include those from Sun photographers A. Aubrey Bodine, Lloyd Pearson, Walter McCardell, Richard Stacks, Weyman Swagger and Jed Kirschbaum.

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Train gardens bring holiday cheer in Baltimore area

Train gardens bring holiday cheer in Baltimore area

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Holiday train gardens are a tradition for many local fire stations, including the Baltimore City fire house on Glen Avenue in Mount Washington. The Shops at Kenilworth in Towson also has an elaborate garden around its fountain.

The gardens feature dozens of scenes with action figures, Baltimore landmarks, moving parts and, of course, trains.

The gallery shows images from both train gardens, and the video below is from Glen Avenue.

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60 ‘outta his sleigh’ Santa snapshots

60 ‘outta his sleigh’ Santa snapshots

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Arguably, Santa’s busiest day is December 24, while he packs up his sleigh and flies around distributing toys to the world’s good little girls and boys. As for the other 364 days of the year, you may have been told that Santa is back in his North Pole workshop directing elves on the creation of new gizmos, gadgets and whatchamacallits that will appear on the wish lists of said girls and boys next Christmas. So, it may surprise you to find out that Santa has an interest in a diverse array of activities he tends to throughout the year, and not always under the guise of holiday promotion. And not always as a singular male person.

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Rough Cut: A raw edit from the Ravens 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers

Rough Cut: A raw edit from the Ravens 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers

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“Rough Cut” is a loose edit from The Baltimore Sun’s photographic coverage of the National Football League. Fanatic fans, marching bands, cheerleaders and lots of game action are just part of the spectacle that is the NFL. This week photojournalists Kenneth K. Lam, Lloyd Fox, and Gene Sweeney Jr. photographed the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.

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From football to field hockey, best photos from the fall sports season

From football to field hockey, best photos from the fall sports season

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Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers Brian Krista, Nicole Munchel and Jen Rynda cover dozens of high school and youth sports competitions in the fall season. Football, field hockey, cross country and soccer fields are where they have spent many evenings and weekends — sometimes in the rain and cold — over the past three months.

Here’s a selection of their best — and favorite — shots from the season.

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Last day to submit photos of Domino Sugar sign

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Today is the last day to enter your photos for inclusion in the Domino Sugar sign contest. If you need last-minute inspiration, here’s a sampling of the photos submitted so far by readers.

The contest, which is sponsored by Domino Sugar, celebrates the iconic Inner Harbor sight and the Baltimore refinery’s 90th anniversary. Winner of the best overall photo, as selected by a panel of judges from Domino Sugar, will receive $990 and a runner-up will get $590. The top 10 contestants will be awarded a prize pack with products made at the Baltimore plant. Winners will be announced Dec. 12. Visit baltimoresun.com/domino for more details or click here to view the full contest rules.

Interested in participating? Submit your new or old photos of the Domino Sugar sign here.
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