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Oliver leader quits board after military record questioned
Oliver leader quits board after military record questioned

Earl L. Johnson appeared to be the ideal face for a broad effort by current and former service members to clean up his troubled East Baltimore neighborhood of Oliver. The charismatic veteran told stories of serving for years with the elite Army Rangers, fighting in Bosnia and Iraq. Problem was, his stories turned out not to be true. Johnson, 32, now acknowledges that he significantly exaggerated his military resume, in part to conceal his criminal past. The recent revelations have split the community of volunteers in Oliver, one of Baltimore's most persistently crime-ridden areas. To many veterans, there are few sins worse than lying about one's military service. But Johnson says...

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