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Capt. Brandon Cordill, left wingman of the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, flies an F/A-18 Hornet over Baltimore during the Star Spangled Sailabration. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Johnson). View a mobile-friendly gallery of Blue Angels photos, which were released by the Navy: http://bsun.md/Kxd8ao #Baltimore #Sailabration #SSB2012 #BlueAngels #Maryland #instaphoto #instagood #instagrammers #instahub #instamood #instadaily #bestoftheday

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User Image baltimoresun Posted: Jan 15, 2018 6:45 PM (UTC)

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On Oct. 31, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. was greeted upon returning to the U.S. after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Katherine "Kat" McCaskill (center of three women) touches his hand. (Baltimore Sun file photo)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Jan 14, 2018 5:58 PM (UTC)

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Drivers unloaded boxes addressed to “Mr. Maybin” or “Teacher Aaron Maybin Donation Coats” and stacked them in a back office. The packages contained wool, fleece or down coats, hats, gloves and other winter clothing. A ceramic heater arrived in a Sharper Image box.

Aaron Maybin, an ex-NFL player, teaches visual arts as a contractor at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School. When the temperature inside the school dipped toward 40 degrees in the first week back at school, he set his phone down and hit “record.” The Jan. 3 video of kids seated in the school library with winter coats, and Maybin clasping his hands together for warmth, went viral — and propelled him to the forefront of a growing debate over school resources. “Until you see it, it’s easy to say, ‘It might not be that bad,’ ” he said.

With Maybin and some of his professional athlete friends bringing national attention to Baltimore’s frigid schools, a GoFundMe page launched by Coppin State student Samierra Jones raised about $80,000 to purchase space heaters and outerwear for the students. That was four times the goal. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Jan 11, 2018 10:28 PM (UTC)

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Baltimore Sun Media Group photographer Brian Krista captured this icy tree in the Riverside Shopping Center on Tuesday. Precipitation that froze overnight created a thin layer of ice Tuesday morning that made walking out front doors anywhere around Baltimore a challenge.
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Jan 9, 2018 10:18 PM (UTC)

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Alex Hall, a technician with the City Schools' facilities, maintenance and operations, checks a thermometer mounted on the wall of the cafetorium at Medfield Elementary School.
Baltimore school kids had a shivering start to 2018, with many buildings lacking adequate heat during a historic cold spell. School officials said Tuesday that things are “heading in the right direction” after crews spent another day battling heating and plumbing problems in school buildings. Six schools were still closed, however, and parents were expected to head to the Baltimore Board of School Commissioners meeting Tuesday to demand answers about the heating issues. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Jan 8, 2018 7:08 PM (UTC)
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User Image baltimoresun Posted: Jan 8, 2018 2:45 PM (UTC)
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A broken water line has been spraying a steady stream of water for more than a day near Sisson and 24th in Remington. Photo: @jphotoj
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Jan 4, 2018 2:09 PM (UTC)
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User Image baltimoresun Posted: Jan 2, 2018 1:54 PM (UTC)
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“Did it snow?” Nope — just a water main break causing an ice-covered scene in Upper Fells. Here shows cars maneuvering — and, well, not — at E. Lombard and Wolfe Streets. Photo by @jphotoj.
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Dec 29, 2017 3:03 PM (UTC)
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Why go to Times Square when you can watch a duck drop in Havre de Grace, Maryland? Ed Grainger, a longtime member of the Susquehanna Hose Company, is preparing again this year like he has every year since Havre de Grace’s volunteer fire company’s involvement started with the inaugural Duck Drop as 1999 became 2000. The celebration begins at 10 p.m. at Havre de Grace Middle School. (Photos by Brian Krista / The Aegis)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Dec 27, 2017 4:34 PM (UTC)

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When Visit Baltimore kicked off #MyBmore — a social media campaign intended to change the narrative about the city — the launch party was held not at the Inner Harbor but in the Station North Arts District.

The location in the burgeoning arts and entertainment center was symbolic. The aim of the five-month-old campaign is to promote less-heralded areas and activities — to encourage Baltimoreans to tell fresh, unexpected stories about neighborhoods, attractions and their own good deeds, while fighting back against an image shaped by record violent crime.

The tens of thousands of #MyBmore photos posted so far include a kitten rescued by the Baltimore City Fire Department; the Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens decorated with garlands for the holidays; street scenes; and fancy desserts at local restaurants. There are pictures of youth choirs, martial arts classes, dogs and outdoor murals. “We’re trying to breathe new life into Baltimore,” said Damion J. Cooper, founder and executive director of Project Pneuma, which says it teaches young men “the art of forgiveness, self-control and discipline.” He said #MyBmore can help show that the city isn’t defined by what “is often seen in the news and in the movies.” (Lorraine Mirabella/Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Dec 26, 2017 6:02 PM (UTC)

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On a recent Sunday, Rachel Eckels walked to her son’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery. She crouched down to arrange a small Christmas tree for the man she still considers her baby.
Timothy Eckels Jr., 23, of Manchester, an Information Systems Technician 2nd Class aboard the USS John S. McCain, was killed in August when the destroyer collided with a tanker in the crowded Singapore Strait.

Eckels was one of three Marylanders killed this year in two separate collisions involving ships of the Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific Ocean. Electronics Technician 1st Class Kevin Bushell, 26, of Gaithersburg, also died aboard the McCain Aug. 21. Petty Officer 1st Class Xavier Martin, 24, of Halethorpe, died aboard the USS Fitzgerald on June 17.
Now their families are grappling for explanations — and growing increasingly dissatisfied with the Navy’s response. “I want answers,” Rachel Eckels said one recent afternoon. “It just doesn’t make sense to us.” The grieving parents are questioning the official accounts they’ve received from the Navy. They say the 72-page report released by the Navy last month puts too much blame on the ship’s crew while glossing over problems with training, manpower and maintenance that have plagued the Japan-based 7th fleet for years. And they’re angry at what they view as a lack of will in Washington to pay for the demands placed on the military. “How dare you blame the crew?” said Darrold Martin, Xavier Martin’s father. ​​​​​ Link in bio (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Dec 20, 2017 1:52 PM (UTC)

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These 10 photos are a sampling of those chosen as pictures of the year by The Sun's photo staff. See the other 90 and captions for each at baltimoresun.com/darkroom. The photos here are by @jphotoj, @lloyd1fox, @lightforall, Kenneth Lam, Amy Davis, Algerina Perna, and Kim Hairston.
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Dec 18, 2017 9:57 PM (UTC)

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Her criticism of public schools characterized as at odds with the university's mission, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos drew protests before and during her keynote address Monday at the University of Baltimore's winter commencement. Most in the audience remained seated at the start of her speech but graduates slowly rose as the minutes ticked by. Ultimately, a few dozen stood and turned their backs, some also raising their fists. One faculty member joined the protest from on stage. Outside, before the ceremony, a few dozen protesters gathered, including a handful of University of Baltimore professors. DeVos seemed to allude to the opposition in her remarks, which touched on the current tone of public discourse in the country. University president Kurt Schmoke has defended his invitation to the Trump cabinet member, saying that the university stands for debate on controversial issues and that having the country’s top education official on campus is important for the institution. (Baltimore Sun photos by Amy Davis and Lloyd Fox)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Dec 15, 2017 2:59 PM (UTC)
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Few commuters who pass the imposing white smokestack on I-95 have any idea that the plant burns their household waste, that their electric bills help to maintain it, or that it releases thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases and toxic substances — carbon dioxide, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde among them — into the air every year.

But, a state law has nonetheless allowed it to collect roughly $10 million in subsidies over the past six years through a program intended to promote green energy, despite being the city’s largest single source of air pollution. See the link in the bio for more.
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Dec 14, 2017 6:26 PM (UTC)

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When Butch Dawson walks by the former Bell Foundry, the vacant, 13,000-square-foot building the Baltimore rapper once called home, he often stops, just momentarily.
“I look up, and look inside the windows, and get this weird nostalgia,” said the 24-year-old West Baltimore man. “There was no negative energy. It was a true safe space in the center of the arts scene. It couldn’t have been any better than that.”
As the one-year anniversary of the Bell Foundry’s shuttering passes this week, Baltimore’s DIY arts and music scene is still feeling the ripple effects of the venue’s closure. Artists say they don’t know whether city officials are trying to help them out or shut down them down, and they’re concerned that their homes and studios could be closed next. This sense of uncertainty has pushed the scene further underground, they say. (Photo by Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Dec 13, 2017 8:27 PM (UTC)

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When Cardinal Shehan School choir director Kenyatta Hardison uploaded a video of her middle school students singing Andra Day's "Rise Up" in September, she had no idea it would take off the way it did. The students' emotive performance resonated with millions of people and brought them to "Good Morning America." The Sun joined the Cardinal Shehan choir, including John Paige (front), for a special holiday concert on Monday. Click the link in our bio to watch. (Photo by @lloyd1fox / Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Dec 12, 2017 5:48 PM (UTC)

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When students practice reading to dogs, they gain confidence and compassion, participants in a SPCA program say. Follow our profile link to read and watch more about the effort. Here, fifth-grader DeAsia Allen, part of a reading skills program at Westport Academy Elementary/Middle School, imitates a visiting pit bull named Knox. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Dec 9, 2017 1:39 PM (UTC)
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Of course Boh and crabs made it into our #2017bestnine. The rest, products of the news. Our Year in Review will be out soon. 🦀
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Dec 8, 2017 1:11 PM (UTC)

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Last night the 46th annual Downtown Partnership #MonumentLighting kicked off the holiday season in #Baltimore with music, lights, and #fireworks. (@lloyd1fox, Baltimore Sun video)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Dec 7, 2017 9:11 PM (UTC)

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Joshua Holmes of Excel Lighting gets the lighting ready on the stage this afternoon for as they prepare for the The 46th annual Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting in Mount Vernon.

Baltimore R&B group Dru Hill will perform at Thursday evening’s Washington Monument lighting event in Mount Vernon, organizer Downtown Partnership confirmed to The Baltimore Sun.

The quartet — which includes Mark “Sisqo” Andrews, Tamir “Nokio” Ruffin, Larry “Jazz” Anthony and Antwuan “Tao” Simpson — will perform a couple songs from their recently released EP, “Christmas in Baltimore,” said Downtown Partnership’s Michael Evitts. The performance was previously unannounced. (📷 by Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun)