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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | August 25, 1996
Richard Nicolas' daughter was 2 years old, but they had never spent even a minute alone together. A Friday night outing at Golden Ring Mall would be the first time. He would take Aja to an 8 o'clock movie, "The Adventures of Pinocchio," and return her to her mother. At the last minute, when her mother wavered about letting her go, Aja was insistent."Want to see Pinocchio!" the toddler said. "Want to see Pinocchio!"They saw the movie, but that night, July 26, would be father and daughter's last together.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2013
There were moments when Kanu Aja thought about giving up basketball. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound power forward attended four high schools - two of which closed - in five years, in addition to battling injury and weight issues. The adversity didn't end there. Aja, who “moved around a lot” in Baltimore and Howard counties, had minimal college interest and ended up across the country at a junior college that doesn't give out scholarships. “JUCO basketball is nuts,” said Justin Labagh, Aja's coach at the City College of San Francisco.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | July 29, 1996
The father of a Baltimore toddler found dead in the front seat of a car in a remote area of a Northeast Baltimore industrial park Friday night has been charged with killing her in a crime a police spokesman decribed yesterday as "evil."Richard A. Nicolas, 31, of the 500 block of Orkney Road was charged yesterdaymorning with first-degree murder and use of a handgun in commission of a felony in the death of 2-year-old Aja Nicolas, said Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman."When you think of a child's innocence and how that child trusts a parent, it's beyond human comprehension how someone could commit such an evil act," Weinhold said.
SPORTS
By Colleen Thomas and Baltimore Sun staff | June 26, 2013
The Maryland women's basketball team recently landed one of the most inexperienced players in the country. That's not a bad thing, though - it's her potential and her pedigree that caught their eyes. Aja Ellison, the daughter of former NBA player Pervis Ellison and former Maryland sprinter Timi Crawford, committed to the Terps on Sunday. Ellison has only been playing organized basketball since 2010, but has shown huge improvement and plenty of collegiate potential. “She obviously has the genes - athleticism never was an issue,” said Ron Kessler, Ellison's basketball coach at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J. “We just worked on her skill set, fine tuning her ability with a basketball on the court.
NEWS
By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | August 1, 1996
At a funeral where children wept even before the service began, 2-year-old Aja Amber Alexis Nicolas was remembered yesterday for her exuberant smile that was "stopped by a twisted mind."More than 200 mourners gathered at the First Church of God in Northeast Baltimore to pray for Aja and her family after her death Friday from a gunshot to her head.Her father, Richard A. Nicolas, 31, has been charged with slaying the little girl. Police say his motive may have been money -- perhaps a $15,000 insurance policy they say he took out on her life.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | August 27, 1996
Richard Allen Nicolas was indicted by a city grand jury yesterday on a charge of first-degree murder in the July 26 shooting of his daughter, Aja Nicolas, 2.That night, Nicolas, an emergency medical technician for a private ambulance company, took his daughter to see an 8 o'clock movie at Golden Ring Mall.Police say Aja was shot to death as she sat in the front seat of Nicolas' car at 10 p.m. on Bowleys Lane, a small road at the edge of Moravia Industrial Park in East Baltimore.Nicolas, 31, told police that his daughter was shot by a motorist, but detectives say that explanation contradicts physical evidence pointing to a gunshot from the driver's side at close range.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | June 10, 1997
A Baltimore Circuit Court jury set to decide whether an emergency medical technician fatally shot his 2-year-old daughter was warned yesterday that the case will be based on both scientific and emotionally charged evidence.Richard Allen Nicolas, 31, of Govans is being tried on first-degree murder charges in the death of Aja Nicolas, who was shot through the head in Moravia Industrial Park on July 26 as he returned the child to her mother after a night at the movies.In opening statements yesterday, M. Cristina Gutierrez, Nicolas' lawyer, said jurors will be asked to decide her client's fate after looking at grisly photos of the dead girl's head.
ENTERTAINMENT
By RASHOD D. OLLISON and RASHOD D. OLLISON,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | October 27, 2005
There's a mild disagreement between the husband and wife. You're inside a chic seafood restaurant in downtown Baltimore, sitting across from Aja Graydon and Fatin Dantzler of Kindred the Family Soul. They want your input. Dantzler, dressed casually in jeans and a loose-fitting, dark-blue Polo shirt, focuses his sleepy-looking eyes on you as he holds out his cell phone. On the screen is a close-up shot of Nina, the couple's 1-year-old daughter. "Now, you tell me who she looks like," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | July 13, 2003
Aja Maria Johnson makes her Broadway debut Saturday in Hairspray. A month ago, the 12-year-old Baltimorean had never been to a Broadway show. Aja -- who is dropping her last name and using only her first and middle names as her stage name -- will be taking over the role of Little Inez. Her character is the daughter of deejay Motormouth Mabel in the Tony Award-winning adaptation of John Waters' 1988 movie about a '60s Baltimore TV dance show whose stout star leads the charge for diversity and integration.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin and Brenda J. Buote and Richard Irwin and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | June 26, 1997
A jury in Baltimore Circuit Court found an emergency medical technician guilty yesterday of fatally shooting his 2-year-old daughter last summer, shortly after he took out a $15,000 insurance policy on her life.Richard Allen Nicolas, 31, of the 500 block of Orkney Road in Govans was found guilty of first-degree murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony in the death of Aja Nicolas.The girl was shot through the head on a deserted road in the Moravia Industrial Park on July 26.Judge Mabel H. Hubbard scheduled sentencing for Aug. 6. The prosecutor's office recommended a sentence of life without parole.
FEATURES
By ROGER MOORE and ROGER MOORE,ORLANDO SENTINEL | March 10, 2006
The Hills Have Eyes is Wolf Creek with Geiger counters instead of "G'days." The plot points are close enough that you'd think a lawyer would have taken note. Wes Craven made the original Hills, about lost suburbanites stalked by mutant victims of nuclear testing, back in 1977. The Hills Have Eyes (Fox Searchlight) Starring Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Aaron Stanford. Directed by Alexandre Aja. Rated R. Time 107 minutes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By RASHOD D. OLLISON and RASHOD D. OLLISON,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | October 27, 2005
There's a mild disagreement between the husband and wife. You're inside a chic seafood restaurant in downtown Baltimore, sitting across from Aja Graydon and Fatin Dantzler of Kindred the Family Soul. They want your input. Dantzler, dressed casually in jeans and a loose-fitting, dark-blue Polo shirt, focuses his sleepy-looking eyes on you as he holds out his cell phone. On the screen is a close-up shot of Nina, the couple's 1-year-old daughter. "Now, you tell me who she looks like," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | July 13, 2003
Aja Maria Johnson makes her Broadway debut Saturday in Hairspray. A month ago, the 12-year-old Baltimorean had never been to a Broadway show. Aja -- who is dropping her last name and using only her first and middle names as her stage name -- will be taking over the role of Little Inez. Her character is the daughter of deejay Motormouth Mabel in the Tony Award-winning adaptation of John Waters' 1988 movie about a '60s Baltimore TV dance show whose stout star leads the charge for diversity and integration.
ENTERTAINMENT
By RASHOD D. OLLISON | May 29, 2003
I hear water splashing, a baby cooing and another one whining and banging something in the background -- ah, the sounds of domesticity. I'm on the phone with Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon, the husband-and-wife duo of the new R&B unit Kindred the Family Soul. The couple is at home in their Philadelphia apartment. Fatin is at the kitchen sink bathing their daughter, Diya. "Thank God for family," Aja says with a knowing chuckle. "We piece it together the best we can. There is no game plan here.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin and Brenda J. Buote and Richard Irwin and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | June 26, 1997
A jury in Baltimore Circuit Court found an emergency medical technician guilty yesterday of fatally shooting his 2-year-old daughter last summer, shortly after he took out a $15,000 insurance policy on her life.Richard Allen Nicolas, 31, of the 500 block of Orkney Road in Govans was found guilty of first-degree murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony in the death of Aja Nicolas.The girl was shot through the head on a deserted road in the Moravia Industrial Park on July 26.Judge Mabel H. Hubbard scheduled sentencing for Aug. 6. The prosecutor's office recommended a sentence of life without parole.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | June 10, 1997
A Baltimore Circuit Court jury set to decide whether an emergency medical technician fatally shot his 2-year-old daughter was warned yesterday that the case will be based on both scientific and emotionally charged evidence.Richard Allen Nicolas, 31, of Govans is being tried on first-degree murder charges in the death of Aja Nicolas, who was shot through the head in Moravia Industrial Park on July 26 as he returned the child to her mother after a night at the movies.In opening statements yesterday, M. Cristina Gutierrez, Nicolas' lawyer, said jurors will be asked to decide her client's fate after looking at grisly photos of the dead girl's head.
FEATURES
By ROGER MOORE and ROGER MOORE,ORLANDO SENTINEL | March 10, 2006
The Hills Have Eyes is Wolf Creek with Geiger counters instead of "G'days." The plot points are close enough that you'd think a lawyer would have taken note. Wes Craven made the original Hills, about lost suburbanites stalked by mutant victims of nuclear testing, back in 1977. The Hills Have Eyes (Fox Searchlight) Starring Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Aaron Stanford. Directed by Alexandre Aja. Rated R. Time 107 minutes.
ENTERTAINMENT
By RASHOD D. OLLISON | May 29, 2003
I hear water splashing, a baby cooing and another one whining and banging something in the background -- ah, the sounds of domesticity. I'm on the phone with Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon, the husband-and-wife duo of the new R&B unit Kindred the Family Soul. The couple is at home in their Philadelphia apartment. Fatin is at the kitchen sink bathing their daughter, Diya. "Thank God for family," Aja says with a knowing chuckle. "We piece it together the best we can. There is no game plan here.
NEWS
By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | August 27, 1996
Richard Allen Nicolas was indicted by a city grand jury yesterday on a charge of first-degree murder in the July 26 shooting of his daughter, Aja Nicolas, 2.That night, Nicolas, an emergency medical technician for a private ambulance company, took his daughter to see an 8 o'clock movie at Golden Ring Mall.Police say Aja was shot to death as she sat in the front seat of Nicolas' car at 10 p.m. on Bowleys Lane, a small road at the edge of Moravia Industrial Park in East Baltimore.Nicolas, 31, told police that his daughter was shot by a motorist, but detectives say that explanation contradicts physical evidence pointing to a gunshot from the driver's side at close range.
NEWS
By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | August 25, 1996
Richard Nicolas' daughter was 2 years old, but they had never spent even a minute alone together. A Friday night outing at Golden Ring Mall would be the first time. He would take Aja to an 8 o'clock movie, "The Adventures of Pinocchio," and return her to her mother. At the last minute, when her mother wavered about letting her go, Aja was insistent."Want to see Pinocchio!" the toddler said. "Want to see Pinocchio!"They saw the movie, but that night, July 26, would be father and daughter's last together.
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