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By Dan Rodricks | April 3, 2011
One of the region's nightmares — the kidnapping and murder of an 11-year-old girl on Maryland's Eastern Shore during Christmas 2009 — came to its public conclusion Tuesday morning at the Elkton courthouse. The accused killer, a 31-year-old convicted sex offender named Thomas Leggs, pleaded guilty and received life in prison without the possibility of parole. The family of the victim, Sarah Foxwell, had asked the state not to pursue capital punishment. "The Foxwell family has told me that they do not want a lifetime of anguish and appeals, due to the extreme stress, havoc and grief the death of Sarah has caused them and their need to begin healing from this horrible, despicable crime," the Wicomico County state's attorney, Matthew Maciarello, told reporters.
FEATURES
By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe and Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 11, 1997
My 8-year-old daughter has been coughing up blood. Otherwise, she seems fine.How worried should I be about this?Coughing up blood (called hemoptysis by doctors) should always be taken seriously.It is an unusual symptom in childhood. When it does occur, it may be a sign of a lung disease that requires treatment.Before listing some of the most common causes of hemoptysis during childhood, we want to point out that it is not always easy to tell whether the blood is coming from the lungs or the stomach, but both are important.
FEATURES
By ROB KASPER | June 21, 1992
To eat the crab mustard, or not to eat the crab mustard, that was the question.Recently I struggled with this uncertainty. I pondered which parts of the crab I wanted to eat, and which parts I didn't.I didn't think about it too long. A half-dozen soft crabs, soon to be known as supper, were sitting on the kitchen counter. It was my job to clean them, to prepare them for cooking by snipping off unwanted parts.I removed the underside of the crab called its apron. I opened it up and removed the gills or "devil's fingers."
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore sun | August 13, 2013
Miri Marshall, a weathercaster at KCEN-TV in central Texas, will join WBAL-TV Aug. 22, as part of the station's weather team, general manager Dan Joerres said Tuesday. Marshall fills a role that became vacant when meterologist John Collins retired as a full-time staffer at the end of May, after 24 years at the station. Collins still has a freelance relationship with WBAL-TV, according to Joerres. "Miri has a lot of personality, a lot of energy on-air," Joerres said Tuesday.
NEWS
By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | July 27, 2001
A Carroll County substitute teacher pleaded guilty yesterday to four counts of felony sexual child abuse, admitting that she had inappropriate sexual contact with nine male students she knew from Francis Scott Key High School and that she served alcohol to them and another boy. Kimberly L. Merson, 24, of Union Bridge, quietly wiped away tears and occasionally whispered to her attorney as prosecutor Tracy A. Gilmore described how flirtatious hugs and...
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By David Simon and David Simon,Staff Writer | March 16, 1992
"You don't look so good," says the cop, smiling. "You look like death."Possum nods, the gaunt face bobbing. The Virus hangs on him, hangs on everything in the rented room. Three decades of firing heroin and thieving and turning over criminals to police at $50 to $100 a head, but it isn't a penitentiary or a bullet or a lethal dose that claims him."Yeah, I been sick, you know," says Possum in a mumble, his stick-leg stretched over a table. "I been sick but I'm back now."Possum, showing some life, talking about working.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
The city of Baltimore is set to approve a $200,000 settlement with the family of a 14-year-old Randallstown girl who was electrocuted in 2006 while stretching during a church softball game in Druid Hill Park, ending a years-long legal battle. But for Anthony "Bubba" Green, a former Baltimore Colts lineman who is the girl's father, the end of the lawsuit is far from the end of the cause. "We don't want this to happen to anybody else," Green said Tuesday as he choked back tears.
NEWS
By KATIE MARTIN and KATIE MARTIN,SUN REPORTER | May 7, 2006
Kenneth Fischer didn't intend to become a teacher. He said he was nudged into it after dabbling in math and medicine when he was a college student. However, the Winters Mill High School science teacher said that after stepping into a classroom, he knew that was where he was supposed to be. "I don't even really see it as work," Fischer said. Fischer, 28, of Sykesville, was recognized last week for his accomplishments in the classroom when he was named Carroll County's Teacher of the Year.
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By Ruth R. Faden | February 12, 2010
Much has been written and discussed recently about Henrietta Lacks, the African-American woman from Baltimore whose cancer cells, collected for research 60 years ago -- as she was being treated for the cervical cancer that took her life --inexplicably but astoundingly grew in the laboratory without end. The cells, named HeLa, have contributed to cancer therapies, the polio vaccine and a myriad of other biomedical advances. Sadly, in 1951, tissue from patients destined exclusively for biomedical research -- and not, for example, to diagnose or treat disease -- was commonly taken without their consent, stored and used by scientists.
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By Lydia Martin and Lydia Martin,Knight-Ridder News Service | May 26, 1993
Say it ain't so.We've struggled for so long to resist that ugly little negative contraction, and now Merriam-Webster says "ain't" ain't so bad after all."Ain't" and 10,000 other new entries have made it into the newest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. It's not the first dictionary to print the word, which has long appeared in unabridged dictionaries as well as Webster's New World Dictionary. But most identify it as substandard or slang. Merriam-Webster, the largest U.S. publisher of dictionaries, now includes it without any warning against its use.Other words and terms that got the nod are signs of the times: safe sex, date rape, boom box, politically correct, megahit, downscale, wire fraud, voice mail, significant other, veg out.You'd think Noah Webster, great granddaddy of American English, would be turning over in his grave.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2002
Josephine Gray, feared for her use of voodoo and charged by federal authorities with collecting insurance proceeds after "causing" the deaths of two husbands and a boyfriend, was charged by Montgomery County police yesterday with murder in the deaths of both husbands. Gray, 55, who is being held by federal authorities, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in an arrest warrant filed by police late yesterday in Montgomery County District Court in Rockville. Gray was charged with killing her first husband, Norman Stribbling, in 1974 and her second husband, William Robert Gray, in 1990.
NEWS
By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | May 10, 2001
Norman Benton, 72, fondly remembers his childhood days of fishing and swimming in Fort Armistead Park, a 45-acre area on the Baltimore City-Anne Arundel line named after a local War of 1812 commander. The Hanover resident thinks the fort is "beautiful." Del. Joan Cadden recalls that she went there every year as a child for Easter egg hunts or to watch ships cruise by on their way into Baltimore harbor. The park used to have a playground, the Brooklyn Park Democrat says, and the fort's underground tunnels were a great attraction for teens, who would explore the dark areas in groups.
FEATURES
By SYLVIA BADGER | June 30, 1995
THE ROLAND PARK Second Presbyterian Church looked absolutely stunning last Saturday for the wedding of Natalia Pia Melanie Sommer and Richard Matthew Dohler. Thousands of wildflowers, miles of lace ribbons and tulle, and window sills decorated with Singapore orchids set the stage for the nuptials of the daughter of pop music star Donna Summer and her first husband, Helmut Sommer,and the son of Dick and Bonna Dohler, he's an Ellicott City builder.The church was filled with the music of German trumpeteer Langston Fitzgerald and selections of Bach, Beethoven and Vivaldi, played by the church's music director Margaret Budd on the organ.
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By Dennis McDougal and Dennis McDougal,Los Angeles Times | April 2, 1991
HOLLYWOOD Tears will flow, hearts will rend and noses will sniffle all over America tonight as CBS airs the made-for-TV movie "Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story."The title notwithstanding, it will only be a small, somewhat fictive slice of the real Ricky Bell story. (It will be on Channel 11-WBAL at 9 p.m.)"We weren't doing the complete Ricky Bell story," said screenwriter Jeff Andrus, who spent a month last year researching the former USC football hero's life and tragic early death.
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