State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S...

CATONSVILLE --

August 29, 1998

CATONSVILLE -- State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick will talk to parents about the changes in Maryland's classrooms during a statewide public forum Sept. 14 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Parents will be able to work on sample questions from the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program tests given each year to all third-, fifth- and eighth-graders, and there will be a panel of parents, teachers and principals to talk about the tests.

Grasmick will focus not only on MSPAP, but also on proposed high school tests, the changes in approaches to teaching and learning and continuing training for teachers. The forum will run from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom; Grasmick will speak at 6: 30 p.m. For more information, phone the university at 410-455-6353.

Sentencing delayed for man convicted in parents' deaths

BEL AIR

BEL AIR -- A Harford County Circuit Court judge postponed a decision yesterday on a sentence reduction for a man convicted of killing his parents in 1987, when he was 18.

Judge Cypert O. Whitfill said he wanted to review a report by a forensic psychologist about Timothy S. Sherman, who is serving a double life sentence for shooting his parents while they slept. Whitfill did not set a date for his decision.

Yesterday, relatives offered emotional testimony about the case. Sherman, now 29, took the stand to apologize for killing his parents after an argument over the family relocating.

11 attorneys vie for vacancy on district court bench

Eleven attorneys have applied for a Howard County District Court vacancy, according to the state's administrative office of the courts.

Those seeking to become the county's fifth district judge are: James F. Brewer, Cornielia Bright Gordon, Robert Norman Keehner, Mary Catherine O'Donnell, George Edwin Rippel, Jr., Ann Elizabeth Singleton, Constantine James Sfekas and David A. Titman, private attorneys; Pamila Junette Brown, counsel to the state Department of General Services; and Sue-Ellen Hantman and Michael A. Weal, senior assistant state's attorneys.

They all have been practicing law for at least 12 years, nine have previously applied to become district judges, and nearly all graduated from the University of Baltimore's law school.

Pub Date: 8/29/98

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