The looting and torching of the Penn-North CVS/Pharmacy last April inconvenienced some residents of the impoverished West Baltimore neighborhood much more than Christine Bailey. Many elderly patients, for example, were deprived of their medications.
But Bailey, 55, who lives on North Fulton Avenue, spent the last summer and winter missing the 77-cent cans of tuna fish the store carried.
So when the store reopened Sunday morning, with little fanfare aside from two big "NOW OPEN" banners, Bailey dropped a can into her cart, along with soap, tea, mouthwash and a daily planner.
She recalled the looting and arson — "an opportunist move," she said — and...