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Curfew darkens Baltimore's red-light district

Curfew darkens Baltimore's red-light district

Before there was the upscale Inner Harbor, the Baltimore Aquarium or the Baltimore Convention Center, there was the Block, Baltimore’s once-famous zone of strip clubs and sex shops.

But on Tuesday night, the Block -- some of whose emporiums advertise that they are open 24 hours a day -- was closed and dark by the time a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew went into effect. It was part of the city's effort to combat the lawlessness that prevailed Monday night.

Three disappointed, tipsy soldiers in civilian clothes who said they had just returned from Afghanistan spilled out of the Diamond Lounge on Tuesday and tried to importune an exotic dancer. She rushed home to avoid a...

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