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The Temptations (music group)
In Baltimore, an inauguration tradition all its own
In Baltimore, an inauguration tradition all its own

Louise Johnson popped out of her seat at the Patapsco Arena in South Baltimore — taking a break from tying decorative gold and silver sashes to the backs of hundreds of chairs — and smiled warmly at a man delivering newly pressed gleaming white tablecloths. The 75-year-old West Baltimore resident exuded enthusiasm and energy — traits that are particularly needed in times like these, when well-heeled insiders from Annapolis and Washington are dry-cleaning formal wear and confirming invitations to inaugural balls. Johnson probably could use connections made through decades of working with Maryland officials to snag an invitation to one of the lavish events commemorating...