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A lone investor from California has snapped up the liens to at least 26 predominantly African-American churches in Baltimore, Ian Duncan and Yvonne Wenger report in today’s @baltimoresun "A derelict church benefits no one,” Christopher Bryan told The Sun. Having purchased the liens at the city’s annual tax sale, he says he plans to rent or sell the buildings he acquires to pastors who will be able to fill the pews. Others are skeptical of his motives - and of the ethics of a for-profit investor from another state buying the liens to religious institutions.
The churches aren't ready to give up. "God planted this church here for a reason,” said Rachael Smith of Seventh Metro. "We have to protect what God has given us. We can't just give it up." (📷 by Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun)

Newly commissioned ensigns and second lieutenants toss their hats in the air at the Naval Academy's Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. (@capgaznews 📷 by Paul W. Gillespie)

The Blue Angels arrived in Annapolis Tuesday morning and ran through a rehearsal for their Wednesday show. (📷 by Paul W. Gillespie/Capital Gazette Staff)

Plebes at the Naval Academy make a pyramid to climb the Herndon obelisk monument to retrieve a Dixie cup hat and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (@capgaznews 📷 by Joshua McKerrow)

TFW you're so tired from #Preakness you fall asleep during dinner. Many of us at @baltimoresun are feeling like the 🐶 in this week's #SunShots competition, by reader Edith Dowing Donnelly. The category was "soft."

Cloud Computing pulled the upset over Always Dreaming and Classic Empire to win the 142nd Preakness Stakes. (Baltimore Sun 📷s by @ekpharris and @jphotoj )

Finally, the "Running of the Urinals" came back to Preakness. This year's version did not feature infield-goers pelting the runners with beer. (Baltimore Sun 📷 by @cmcampbell6 )

#Preakness scenes from around Pimlico by Sun photographers Jerry Jackson, Emma Patti Harris and Lloyd Fox.

And they're off... Look for our shots of the real races, too, in addition to the #Preakness party. (@lloyd1fox/Baltimore Sun)

What to wear today? In case you're looking for inspiration... View more #Preakness photos at PreaknessPictures.com. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)

Cars line both sides of Main Street in Ellicott City in June 1939. While the occupants may have changed, the buildings along the strip have stood the test of time. (Baltimore Sun 📷 by Kim Hairston)

A water main break and sink hole in Ellicott City on Frederick Road between Rogers Avenue and Klein Avenue. The car was parked overnight. (Jeff Bill/Baltimore Sun)

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