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Bao Bao, considered one of the world's oldest panda bears, died on August 22, 2012 at age 34. He was a gift from China to former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt in 1980. Here he is in his enclosure at the Berlin zoo on August 13. (Joerg Carstensen/AFP/Getty Images)

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User Image baltimoresun Posted: Nov 17, 2017 7:12 PM (UTC)
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Sometimes, you catch a sweet moment in chaos. Here, an ATF agent pets a neighborhood cat after checking vacant houses in West Baltimore. Photo: @jphotoj.
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Nov 16, 2017 7:52 PM (UTC)
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The Baltimore homicide detective who was shot in the head on Wednesday has died, police said.
Police identified the officer as Det. Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the city police force and a husband and father of two. In an email to the department, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said he died surrounded by his family.
Baltimore Police and their federal partners continued a massive manhunt Thursday for the suspect. Authorities offered a $69,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
(Photos by Kevin Rector and Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Nov 15, 2017 2:29 AM (UTC)
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Now playing with a puppy on an Anne Arundel County farm, Beretta was on her way to being slaughtered when a crash during transport opened up an opportunity for her to be adopted by trainers at Clarity Riding in Davidsonville. They’re part of GAIT, short for Gaited Advocate Intervention Team, a national organization based in Montgomery County devoted to the rescue of gaited horses, who have a lateral gait rather than the traditional trot. “A lot of rescues didn’t know what to do with them or how to ride them. People think that they’re an alien species, but they’re just normal horses,” GAIT’s president, Denise Parsons, said. Beretta, who’s participated in a horse expo in Pennsylvania, and her foal Saffie are among eight horses Clarity Riding caretaker and trainer Elizabeth Farina has through GAIT rescues. (Joshua McKerrow/Baltimore Sun Media Group) #horses #rescuehorses #AnneArundelCounty #Maryland
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Nov 12, 2017 4:41 PM (UTC)
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Nearly 20 years ago, Roxana Rodas fled her ex husband and the violence in her home country when she left El Salvador for the United States. Pictured here with her dog Sparrow, she’s now one of around 20,000 Salvadorans living in Maryland under Temporary Protected Status, a designation that lets people live, work, drive and have families in the U.S. However, the Trump administration's State Department might revoke that status soon — forcing people like Rodas to make the difficult decision of whether to return to their home country or stay in the United States under the shadows. “It’s a relief to be here, and it’s a relief I never felt in El Salvador,” Rodas, a 43-year-old mother of three in Baltimore County, told The Baltimore Sun through an interpreter. “But now, I’m very nervous and very scared.” (Photo by Ken Lam/Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Nov 11, 2017 3:08 PM (UTC)
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Juan Garcia holds onto his son, Artemio Garcia, 3, as he takes the boy skating for the first time. They live downtown and have been watching as the Pandora Ice Rink was installed at the Inner Harbor. The temporary rink, which reopened to frigid weather Friday, will continue operation through Jan. 15. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Nov 9, 2017 7:34 PM (UTC)
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Ever since dinosaurs grew feathers and became birds, they’ve migrated with the seasons in search of food. Cities emerged, and with them lights and buildings with reflective glass. Once drawn into a city, they are confused by urban architecture. They see what looks like a tree. Really, it’s the reflection of a tree. Fwack.

Up to a billion birds die each year by colliding into windows. Volunteers with Lights Out Baltimore collect dead birds from around Downtown Baltimore every morning during migration season.

Their mission is to document the types and numbers of birds falling prey to Baltimore’s architecture, and to use that data to learn more about migratory patterns — and to advocate for change in the way owners and managers light their buildings. (Photos by @xtinatkacik / Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Nov 6, 2017 8:26 PM (UTC)
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This past weekend, for the second time this year activists flooded #Baltimore streets with the message “Nobody kill anybody.” #Ceasefire events, including a vigil, basketball tournament, film screening, barbecue and peace walk, continued even after a fatal shooting Saturday morning. Participants said the violence doesn’t make the mission any less worthwhile. "People need to see we’re supporting a community many have forgotten," Janeen Johnally, 25, said. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Nov 1, 2017 7:39 PM (UTC)
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There was lots to cheer about at the Howard County Cheerleading Championships. Howard County varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders gathered at Long Reach High School Thursday to impress the judges with their routines. (Photos by Jen Rynda)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Oct 31, 2017 12:35 AM (UTC)
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Can your grade school's band do this? Inspired by his time on #MorganState's #drumline, music teacher Ray Washington Jr. re-created the experience for fourth- and fifth-graders at Maple Elementary School in his hometown of Cambridge. The Marching Lions have appeared on local TV stations and on “Good Morning America” and have performed at a high school pep rally and in a parade at Morgan's Homecoming. Follow our profile link for the full story. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Oct 27, 2017 2:55 PM (UTC)
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As far as how to get your #pets in #costumes, you're on your own. But for tips on photographing them, head over to our photo blog (darkroom.baltimoresun.com), where @lightforall explains how he lit the @HarrisHounds for our WKND section #Halloween cover shoot. #dogs #dogsofinstagram #photography #lighting #phototips #howto
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Oct 26, 2017 8:20 PM (UTC)
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Our annual best of the Baltimore Internet contest is back with a new name and new categories. Go to baltimoresun.com/crabbies to nominate your favorite local websites, podcasts, social media accounts, videos, blogs and more.
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Oct 18, 2017 4:02 PM (UTC)
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Three people have died and two are injured in a shooting at an Edgewood area business park, the Harford County sheriff said. The shooting occurred around 8:58 a.m. at Advanced Granite Solutions, according to Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler. The suspect, who Gahler identified as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince, left the scene in a 2008 GMC Acadia with Delaware tags, the sheriff said. For updates, visit baltimoresun.com. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Oct 15, 2017 4:12 PM (UTC)
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The 25th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure began Sunday morning at McHenry Row. After 10 years in Hunt Valley, Komen Maryland announced earlier this year that the race was moving back to Baltimore City, where it began in 1993. The event is Komen's biggest fundraiser of the year and generates funds for local breast cancer programs and national research. (📸Steve Ruark / For The Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Oct 13, 2017 8:13 PM (UTC)
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Russell Wattenberg, founder of The Book Thing, has really only ever wanted to do one thing -- "give away books." But his dream nearly turned to ash in March 2016 when a fire devastated the free book warehouse. On Saturday, Wattenberg returns to his original ambition with the much-anticipated reopening of The Book Thing, where community members can see what he’s accomplished and, of course, grab some free books. (Photos: Nicole Martyn / Baltimore Sun Media Group and Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Oct 12, 2017 8:43 PM (UTC)
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Never quite happy with your jack-o-lantern? Maybe you're not using the right tools. For our roundup of fall activities (see bio link), Jason Hardebeck, CEO of @thefoundery, previews the #makerspace's #pumpkincarving class. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Oct 9, 2017 9:35 PM (UTC)
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Columbus Day is complicated. Italian-Americans have adopted the 15th-Century explorer from Genoa as an hero, and in Baltimore, celebrate his legacy with an annual wreath-laying and parade through the city. "People
who came here didn’t have a lot of Italian heroes to look up to,” Bill Martin, president of the Associated Italian American Charities of Maryland, told The Sun. "[Columbus] became that figure.” Martin’s own father changed the family name from "Martinuzzi" to avoid discrimination in the 1950s.

But to others, Columbus is a villain. In August, someone took a sledgehammer to a Baltimore monument honoring Columbus located in Herring Run Park. A video posted to YouTube by a user named “Popular Resistance” showed a man repeatedly striking the base of the monument. Another person held a sign that read: “Racism, tear it down.” The monument, constructed in 1792 and believed to be the oldest in the country, is now to be rebuilt and rededicated. Read more at baltimoresun.com (📷 by Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Oct 9, 2017 5:55 PM (UTC)
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How do you fix a tablet that’s nearly 4,000 years old? In this photo by @lloyd1fox, conservators at the Walters Art Museum use small pieces of agrarose gel to help remove damaging salt from a Sumerian Temple Hymn from 1800-1600 BC.
The conservation lab at The Walters Art Museum is one of the oldest in America. The museum has eight conservators and one conservation scientist on staff to help repair and conserve the museum's collection of artifacts that are on display.
See more photos by clicking the link in bio. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Oct 4, 2017 7:11 PM (UTC)
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After the police union said understaffing had brought the department to a “tipping point,” we requested a ride-along to try to see what work is like for Baltimore patrol officers. Follow the link in our bio for more video and photos from two recent shifts in the Eastern District. (Baltimore Sun video)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Oct 2, 2017 5:48 PM (UTC)
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For Lenny Moore, the Hall of Fame Baltimore Colts running back, the
controversial #taketheknee protest was a reminder of being one of only a few black
players on the team.

Sunday before the Ravens-Steelers game began, Moore stood at a tailgate near the Ravenswalk eating a plate of beans and
macaroni salad and posing for pictures with fans who recognized him. "I've been in this game a long time," he told The Sun’s Colin Campbell (@cmcampbell6). "When I came into the league, there were places I couldn't go and things I couldn't do. ... You
had to be cool. You couldn't run your mouth." Moore recalled a conversation he'd had with Jackie Robinson, who broke
the color barrier in Major League Baseball. "I said, 'Jackie, you were the only black [player in the league], how did you do it?'" he said. "He said, 'Lenny, honestly, I don't know.'" The NFL has changed a lot over the years, he said, but the protest and the reaction of the fans who threatened to burn jerseys and stop supporting for the team showed that some of the same underlying problems remain. "Everybody knows it's a race issue," Moore said. "It's always been a race issue. It hasn't left." (📷 by Christina Tkacik/Baltimore Sun)
User Image baltimoresun Posted: Oct 1, 2017 10:07 PM (UTC)
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The boos started in pregame when before the national anthem, most of the Ravens players took a knee in a prayer for “kindness, unity, equality and justice.” By the second quarter Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, the derision and scorn was directed at the Ravens’ offense, which was brutal for a second straight week.

The Ravens trailed by 19 points at halftime and their attempt at a comeback was foiled when Joe Flacco threw two fourth-quarter interceptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Ravens, 26-9, in front of an announced 71,126 at M&T Bank Stadium. (📷 Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)