Najuel Gaylord plays foosball at the Lillian S. Jones Recreation Center in West Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood. Local recreation centers, which have a long tradition in Baltimore, provide a much-needed refuge for children in some of the city's poorest areas. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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In Baltimore, Rec Centers Provide So Much More Than Just Fun

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Pension Deal In Spending Bill Will Cut Benefits Before Safety Net Fails

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