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Allen Iverson
Transforming cars and lives
Transforming cars and lives

One man got up before daybreak and took two buses. Another rode his bicycle more than six miles to the top of the hill in Halethorpe, where a nondescript garage harbored hope. Five men from Baltimore with criminal convictions had been offered job training through Vehicles for Change, a nonprofit that takes dirty, discarded cars and turns them into valuable transportation for the poor. The men believe the training program will change their lives. But transformations take time. Instructors thought they saw it happen with John Adams, who was in the preceding class of trainees learning to be vehicle detailers. He ended up stabbed to death on a West Baltimore sidewalk in April. An imposing...