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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)
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)
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)
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 (📷 by Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Charm Kitty, Baltimore's first cat cafe, opens Saturday in Hampden. Serving cookies and coffee, the cafe offers a place for customers to work and hang out with four-legged furry friends. All of the cats are available for adoption through the Baltimore Humane Society. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)
When the Playboy Club in Baltimore opened in 1964, it quickly carved a niche for itself in the city. Several who worked in Baltimore's club said its appeal was much the same as the magazine's — they were mysterious and provocative. The club closed in 1977. Hugh Hefner, Playboy's founder, died Wednesday at 91. (Baltimore Sun file photos)
TV archives show us our world as it used to be. But the tapes and film those images are stored on are at risk of deteriorating, fast. Baltimore preservationist Siobhan Hagan is on a mission to save the region's moving image legacy through her organization, MARMIA. Hagan recently acquired the entire archive of local station WJZ, including gems like this video, a 1959 documentary called "This is Baltimore." Link in bio. (Footage courtesy of MARMIA).
Smoke from a warehouse fire Monday morning in South Baltimore could be seen for miles. The fire was reported in the 1000 block of Patapsco Avenue just before 7 a.m., fire officials said. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Ravens and Jaguars players take a knee during the national anthem at Wembley Stadium in London. The show of unity came two days after President Donald Trump criticized NFL players for protesting during the anthem. Sunday is expected to be a day of protest around the NFL. (Matt Dunham, Tim Ireland / Associated Press)
With her new book, “Flickering Treasures,” Baltimore Sun photojournalist Amy Davis invokes the ghosts of dozens of Baltimore movie theaters past. Through archival photographs of 72 theaters, dating back to the early years of the 20th century, Davis’ book shines a spotlight on architectural ghosts the city has long forgotten. And each historic picture serves as a preface to the real meat of the book: Davis’ own photographs, revealing the modern uses for these glorious structures. Some have been razed, a few are still showing movies. Most have been re-purposed — into churches, warehouses, food stores, even, in one case, a community college. Many sit vacant, crumbling and sad, waiting for a savior. (Photos from “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters,” © Amy Davis)
The Cowgirls of Color will compete Saturday in Upper Marlboro in the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, the country’s only African-American touring rodeo competition. The Bill Pickett features events like bull riding and calf roping, and while black women have always been a part of it, most of the Cowgirls’ competitors will be men.
The all-female team has competed in the rodeo for the past two years, and this year, in a timed baton-passing relay event, they hope to pick up a prize.
But for the Cowgirls, the rodeo is about more than just winning.
Read the full story at the link in our bio. (Photo by Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)
An Annapolis institution has a new owner. Beth and Ted Levitt bid a tearful goodbye to their employees this week after selling Chick and Ruth's Delly.
Open since 1965, the Annapolis mainstay with the kitschy orange paint job is where everyone from Maryland governors, tourists and generations of the city’s residents gather to nibble and nosh from the menu featuring dishes named for Maryland politicians.

Nothing will change, they say. “Except for a taller, better looking and smarter guy running the place, everything will be the same,” Ted Levitt said Tuesday.
The new owner is Keith Jones, a Stanford grad and relative newcomer to the restaurant industry who owns a handful of Five Guys in the area. (Photos by Joshua McKerrow/ Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Too pricey? Too fancy? Too slimey? Aware of some diners' aversions, local vendors are approaching #oysters in a new light. See our bio link for more. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun)
People near Curtis Bay in South Baltimore were urged to stay inside Monday due to an acid cloud in the air. Chlorosulfonic acid — a yellowish acid that’s corrosive to skin, eyes and the respiratory tract, and often used in soaps and detergents — had leaked through a valve at Solvay Industries Monday morning. No injuries were reported at the plant, which employs about 60 people — all of whom were accounted for, according to a statement.

Around 1:40 p.m., Baltimore’s office of emergency management said on Twitter that the “situation in Curtis Bay has been resolved. Shelter in place is lifted.” (📷 by Kenneth K. Lam) Read full story by clicking the link in bio.
The formula should have looked quite familiar. For the second straight week, the Ravens relied on an turnover-forcing defense and an opportunistic offense.

Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes, Terrance West ran for one and the defensive forced five turnovers for a second straight week in beating the Cleveland Browns, 24-10, in front of an announced 70,605 in the home opener.

Above, Ravens' #24 Brandon Carr is congratulated by teammates #54 Tyrus Bowser and #57 C.J. Mosley after his 4th quarter interception during the game between Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. (📷 by Lloyd Fox/ Baltimore Sun)
Always bring your camera to the game? This photo contest is for you. Go to to enter your best "Game Day" photo in Reader SunShots by Sept. 16 for a chance to have it featured in the paper. (Clockwise from top, Baltimore Sun Media Group photos by Matthew Cole, Brian Krista and Daniel Kucin Jr.)