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May 22, 1998

Community college awards a record 1,190 degrees

Anne Arundel Community College yesterday awarded a record 1,190 degrees at its 36th graduation ceremony on the Arnold campus.

Leon Sagan, a retiring mathematics professors who has taught at the school for 34 years, was one of the speakers. Valedictorian was Elizabeth Henton of Annapolis, who spent 10 years getting an associate's degree while working full time as a computer programmer and analyst.

This year the school gave the President's Community Service award to Larry Griffin, who has run We Care and Friends, a volunteer group that provides Thanksgiving meals to the homeless.

Court of Appeals suspends lawyer's license

The Court of Appeals suspended this week the law license of a Linthicum man who abandoned his practice and neglected to tell clients whose legal matters were pending.

The court's action allows Ronald A. Hale, 40, of the 600 block of Chestnut Oak Lane, to seek reinstatement after 120 days. He had asked the court for a reprimand, a lighter punishment.

Hale told the court he had an alcohol problem during late 1995 and 1996, when the two incidents occurred and that he suspected one of the clients was lying to him. Last year, he told the court he was no longer suffering from alcoholism. Employed in data processing, he had voluntarily stopped practicing law.

Hillman garage open for academy commencement

All four levels of the Hillman garage on Duke of Gloucester Street -- which has been under repair since September -- will be open today for Naval Academy commencement activities, Annapolis officials said yesterday.

Although portions of Hillman have been closed over the last eight months for $1.5 million worth of structural repairs, city officials have deemed the garage safe to use for the crowds expected for commencement and President Clinton's speech at the ceremony.

The city will again close portions of the garage tomorrow so that renovation work can be completed, possibly by next month, city officials said.

Pub Date: 5/22/98

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