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'Star Wars' fans are a Force all their own in Baltimore

'Star Wars' fans are a Force all their own in Baltimore

The Force is strong in Baltimore.

"I've had my tickets since October," says Stephanie Kellum, a staffer at Geppi's Entertainment Museum who's been waiting months, if not years, for this weekend's opening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

"Oh yeah," she adds by way of understatement, "I'm a big 'Star Wars' fan."

She and a few million others around the country.

With the venerable franchise passing from creator George Lucas to J.J. Abrams, a director who's already breathed welcome new life into what had been a stalling "Star Trek" franchise, star warriors the world over have been awaiting this latest chapter (the...

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