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Maya Angelou's death brings forth memories, tributes from Md. friends
Maya Angelou's death brings forth memories, tributes from Md. friends

When he went to bed Tuesday night, Levi B. Watkins was looking forward to flying to North Carolina this week to visit a "close friend and soul mate," just as he'd done so often for years. His stay at the home of poet Maya Angelou, he was sure, would include what it always did: hours of storytelling and laughter, excellent barbecue and a houseful of happy friends. On Wednesday morning he received the hard news that would soon reverberate around the world: Ms. Angelou, the internationally renowned author and humanitarian, was dead at 86. "The word that comes to mind is 'devastated,'" said Watkins, a retired John Hopkins University heart surgeon who knew...

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