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WEDNESDAY July 13, 2011

Archives on alert for theft of papers
Accused men had visited society last month; regional libraries notified
By Justin Fenton and Julie Baughmann
The Baltimore Sun

Dixon at work behind the scenes
Ex-mayor aids Rawlings-Blake’s rivals
By Julie Scharper
The Baltimore Sun Sheila Dixon says she might run for mayor again in 2015. This year, she’s advising candidates challenging her successor.

At the Maryland Historical Society, they’re calling it the Great Cupcake Caper. Before being arrested by police on Saturday and charged with stealing dozens of historical documents, author and collector Barry H. Landau had brought cupcakes for the center’s employees. They figure he was trying to ingratiate himself with the staff, much as he has for decades with political and Hollywood elite. And it may be a calling card of sorts. As the investigation into the thefts continued to broaden Tuesday, officials at another state historical society said they had been visited multiple times in the past by Landau and his alleged coconspirator, who brought Pepperidge Farm cookies for the staff and aroused suspicions with their “odd” behavior. Word of the arrests has set off a ripple effect among the historic preservation community, with the FBI requesting that other museums and libraries review their logs to see if Landau and 26-yearold Jason Savedoff had been visitors. Landau is a renowned collector, reputed to have the largest collection of presidential memorabilia outside of museums and the presidential libraries. The former White House protocol officer has claimed to have 1 million artifacts in his Manhattan apartment on West 57th Street. The director of the Maryland Historical Society confirmed that the pair had previously visited its Baltimore library in June, and authorities were See DOCUMENTS, page 10

When City Councilman Carl Stokes was considering whether to pull out of the mayor’s race, he sought the guidance of family members, supporters — and Sheila Dixon. Stokes, who announced on filing day last week that he was dropping out of the Democratic primary to improve the odds that incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake would be defeated, chatted at length with the former mayor before

making his decision. While Dixon is barred from running for office this year as part of the plea deal to settle charges of theft and perjury, her influence pervades the mayoral contest. She is in regular contact with Rawlings-Blake’s three leading challengers: former city planning director Otis Rolley, state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh and Realtor and former City Councilman Joseph T. “Jody” Landers. And she speaks frequently with Stokes, City Council President Bernard C. See DIXON, page 13


Jerome Graham, 4, plays at The Ark, the city’s only licensed preschool for homeless children. The Ark’s building is for sale.

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Preschool on the streets?
City’s only licensed school for homeless kids needs new location by September
By Jean Marbella |
The Baltimore Sun

CHILD FOUND: Eight-year-old Darrick

Charles Brown, abducted Monday evening, turned up unhurt Tuesday after having been kept in a vacant rowhouse. Police have arrested 20-year-old Nathaniel Booker and charged him with kidnapping and other offenses. NEWS PG 2

DEBT CEILING: President Obama warrned Tuesday that the federal government might not be able to issue Social Security checks in August if an agreement on the federal debt ceiling is not in place by Aug. 2. NEWS PG 6

Nancy E. Newman, director of The Ark, run by Episcopal Community Services of Maryland, makes ice cream for some of the preschoolers.

Like a real-life episode of “Sesame Street,” the lesson at The Ark preschool on a recent day was sponsored by the letter “S.” Eight friends, as the teachers call the 3and 4-year-old children, were buzzing like a hive of bees as they sounded out words such as “summer,” “soccer” and “square.” For the grown-ups who run The Ark, Baltimore’s only state-accredited preschool for homeless children, the task at hand is even more

challenging: to find a way to continue the lessons beyond “S,” and the summer. The Ark’s building is for sale, and the preschool needs to move out by September. That a preschool for the homeless could find itself homeless has the operator, Episcopal Community Services of Maryland, scrambling. It hopes to preserve this bit of stability in what is an uncertain time in the students’ lives. See PRESCHOOL, page 9

Sports getting squeezed off Baltimore’s late newscasts
By David Zurawik
The Baltimore Sun



Awaiting relief
Dante Rouse cools his head with a wet cloth. The city swelters, and the Shore is in a drought. ARTICLE, PG 3


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Cooler and drier Thursday SPORTS PG 12

When Scott Garceau was forced out of the sports anchor chair at Baltimore’s ABC affiliate, competitors said it was a desperate move by a station trying to cut costs. But since 2008, many stations across the country have scaled back on sports in their late newscasts as well. And this week, Baltimore’s WBFF-TV — known for its extensive sports coverage — will consider joining their ranks. The Fox affiliate will experiment with dropping its 15-minute “Sports Unlimited” segment in favor of a shortened sports report within the body of the show. “Nobody’s tuning in and sitting there in front of the TV for half an hour at 11 just to get the score of the game or a highlight or two,” PressBox publisher Stan Charles says of the cutbacks. “It’s like everybody
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has been ESPN-ized to death, and there’s an awareness of that among the stations.” While some stations nationally have done away with a sports anchor, sports department and designated sports block altogether, as WMAR did, sports won’t totally disappear from the late local news landscape in Baltimore tomorrow. But increasingly, local stations are de-emphasizing late TV sports in a town where anchors like Vince Bagli were once big local stars. “Our research indicates that local viewers watch local sports programming less than they did 15 or 20 years ago,” says WBFF general manager Bill Fanshawe, adding that the Sinclair-owned station sees a changing marketplace for scores, updates and video from the games of the day. And that market is harder to reach in this summer of sports discontent with an ongoing NFL lockout for the Ravens and See SPORTS, page 12



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