Hitting upon a good story

The Baltimore Sun

I love fresh peas.

And that's what got me out of bed early one Sunday morning. I met a friend at the Baltimore Farmers' Market, and we weaved though the crowd. We both saw people we knew, and one I stopped to talk with was Marvin McDowell, whose wife, Eula, sells many varieties of her bean soup there. Marvin is a boxer turned trainer and founder of the Umar Boxing Program Inc., an inner-city boxing facility. The Maryland Boxing Hall of Famer said he was working with someone who was preparing to fight in a national competition. His eyes lit up as he talked about Gina D'Andrea. I knew this story would be a good one.

The next day, sports reporter Candy Thomson was on board to write it, and soon we were in the gym to meet D'Andrea and watch her train. She was a delight - funny and thoughtful about her sport. She was driven and comfortable with us being around. The elements for making good photographs and video were also there: the light coming into the second-floor space and the sounds of boxers working out. The look in D'Andrea's eyes as her tattooed arms delivered punches showed her intensity, as did her interaction with other athletes and trainers.

Vegetables are good for health reasons, but sometimes they also can lead to a pretty good story.



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