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By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2010
The ornate baton of a Nazi field marshal convicted of war crimes against Italian citizens during World War II caused a sensation in Towson Saturday when it brought $731,600 at auction, far more than Alex Cooper auctioneers or the baton's owner ever expected. The 19-inch ceremonial baton, once the property of Field Marshal Albert Kesselring of Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe, had been listed with an estimated value of between $10,000 and $15,000 by Alex Cooper before the auction. The baton was wrapped in bright blue velvet and adorned with white and yellow gold and enamel insignias and crosses.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Else Drooff says you can learn a lot about how government works as a student member of the Anne Arundel County school board. On Wednesday, the Broadneck High School senior, who is nearing the end of her one-year term, offered a glimpse into being a member on the only local school board in the nation where students have full voting rights. School board member-elect Ayesha Chaudhry was more than willing to listen. "You definitely have to find your own leadership style," said Drooff during an impromptu sit-down with Chaudhry at the school board offices.
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September 9, 2007
Teammates Shelby Anderson and Sarah Zoll returned recently from the NBTA baton twirling nationals as World Open Solo champions. The national competition, which draws twirlers from all over the United Statesmand includes open events for competitors from Canada, Europe and the Caribbean, was held at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind. Sarah won the Advanced Tiny Tot World Open Solo. Shelby won the Novice 12-year-old World Open Solo competing against more than 40 girls. In other solo events, Sarah placed first runner-up in the Advanced Tiny Tot World Open Strut and Beginner Tiny Tot World Open 2 Baton, and was third runner-up for Miss Majorette of America.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | April 17, 2014
Colleges Towson gets combo guard Ivory from Baton Rouge CC Combo guard Josh Ivory , who played for Baton Rouge Community College last season, has transferred to Towson and will play for the Tigers starting in 2014-15, coach Pat Skerry announced Wednesday. Ivory, 6 feet 2, 195 pounds, is a native of Alexandria, La. He played at Cleveland State in 2012-13 and has two years of eligibility remaining. More Towson men's basketball: Senior guard Mike Burwell has been invited to the Portsmouth Combine Top 80 Free Agent exposure camp, which runs today through Saturday at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The combine allows college seniors who have exhausted their eligibility and current professionals the opportunity to exhibit their athletic ability and basketball prowess in an environment that incorporates combine testing, skill development, and competitive games.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,SUN REPORTER | December 10, 2007
Slight streaks of gray peek through Glenna Krebs' auburn hair. And she wobbles slightly as she paces through the Bel Air Middle School gym. In her left hand, she effortlessly spins a baton as she scrutinizes the seven girls performing a new routine. Through her thick, gold-colored glasses, the teacher looks displeased. "If you drop the baton, you have to practice 10 times," barks the 72-year-old. For almost half a century, Krebs has taught generations of baton twirlers how to toss, strut and roll.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2000
A nightstick issued to Baltimore police officers in 1996 -- requiring them to be trained in jujitsu defense techniques -- is going to be replaced, most likely with a collapsible baton that can fit onto a belt and be expanded when needed. Commissioner Ronald L. Daniel said yesterday that he does not like the Koga stick, a 29-inch baton that required officers to receive a week of training. Few of them bothered to use it. "Do you ever see an officer carrying it?" Daniel said, noting that officers were never required to carry the stick.
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By PETER HERMANN and PETER HERMANN,SUN STAFF | August 11, 1996
Bidding farewell to the fabled espantoon, Baltimore police are wielding a new nightstick on city streets and practicing new ways of confronting unruly citizens.The California-based Koga Institute is teaching officers procedures for searching, subduing and arresting people. They are based on martial arts, and the police chief hopes these techniques win minimize injuries to officers and citizens.Officers also are learning several maneuvers with the new stick -- balled a baton -- which is replacing the espantoon, a nightstick used since the turn of the century.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun music critic | January 6, 2008
On Stage The BSO performs at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 p.m. Jan. 13 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St, and also at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $15 to $84. 410-783-8000 or bsomusic.org.
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By Chicago Tribune | March 31, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Officer Laurence Powell's lawyer has brought on his medical experts in a bid to convince jurors that a fall, and not his client's nightstick, was the cause of Rodney King's head injuries.Officer Powell, 30, who is expected to testify today, is now the focus of the federal trial of three Los Angeles police officers and one former officer. They are accused of violating Mr. King's civil rights in the March 3, 1991, beating during a traffic arrest.Officer Powell landed the first baton blows on Mr. King and was responsible for delivering 45 of the 56 blows shown on a videotape of the beating.
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By Ryan Davis and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2005
A Baltimore police officer was convicted yesterday of misdemeanor assault and misconduct charges stemming from an accusation last year that he hit a handcuffed teenager in the face with a metal baton. Officer Gregory M. Mussmacher faces up to 10 years in prison on the second-degree assault conviction. There are no sentencing guidelines for misconduct. Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait acquitted Mussmacher of other misconduct and assault charges, including felony assault. Mussmacher, 30, who had worked as a Northwest District officer, had been suspended without pay before the trial.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2013
Baltimore County Police shot a suspect early Sunday morning after officers said the man attempted to strike them with a vehicle as he tried to escape. About 6 a.m., Baltimore County Police received a report of a woman screaming in the 3700 block of Old Milford Mill Road in Windsor Mill. Police said a man was attempting to attack the woman who was walking nearby. Armed with a knife, the man refused to comply with the officers' commands to put down the weapon, police said. Police officers used Tasers, pepper spray and ASP batons in an attempt to subdue the man and take him into custody.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ericka Alston | January 25, 2013
Tonight's "American Idol" in Baton Rouge was the best episode thus far. We actually got to see more authentic talent than squabbles between the lady judges and misfits. It was awesome.  In the very beginning, we were introduced to Miss Baton Rouge herself, Megan Miller, who opted to postpone surgery on her leg to not miss her audition. Megan did us all a huge favor, siding with singing versus going under the knife. "I would let my leg fall off before I missed this audition," Megan said.
NEWS
September 30, 2012
Towson University's football squad came out of Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday with a loss to No. 3 LSU, but gave their counterpart Tigers a game effort in a 38-22 contest. In a game televised on ESPNU, Towson actually held a 9-7 lead in the second quarter after the two teams traded touchdowns (Towson's extra point kick failed) and Towson also had a field goal. But LSU added 10 points before halftime, then another 7 in the third quarter to stave off the pesky visiting Tigers. In the fourth quarter, both teams scored two touchdowns.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2012
State Sen. David R. Brinkley on Wednesday became the latest candidate to formally enter the race for Maryland's 6 th Congressional District, arguing in a speech in Frederick that it is time for incumbent Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett - a fellow Republican - to “pass the congressional baton.” Brinkley, a 52-year-old financial planner, made his announcement in front of Frederick's City Hall, flanked by several state and local elected officials....
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By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2010
The ornate baton of a Nazi field marshal convicted of war crimes against Italian citizens during World War II caused a sensation in Towson Saturday when it brought $731,600 at auction, far more than Alex Cooper auctioneers or the baton's owner ever expected. The 19-inch ceremonial baton, once the property of Field Marshal Albert Kesselring of Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe, had been listed with an estimated value of between $10,000 and $15,000 by Alex Cooper before the auction. The baton was wrapped in bright blue velvet and adorned with white and yellow gold and enamel insignias and crosses.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith | tim.smith@baltsun.com | February 19, 2010
The last time Itzhak Perlman appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a decade ago, he brought only his violin. For his return this weekend, he's bringing along a baton, too. It's not uncommon for soloists to feel the lure of the podium, but Perlman, one of the most popular violinists in the world, landed there more by chance. "The conducting bug never bit me," Perlman, 64, says. "My wife [Toby] started the Perlman Music Program for talented young string players 15 years ago. She told me one day, 'They need a coach.
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By Carol Sorgen and Carol Sorgen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 15, 2001
If you think baton twirlers do nothing more than march down Main Street on the Fourth of July and throw a baton up in the air, take a closer look. That's exactly what Laurel's Kristi Alford made her friends do. "They used to make fun of me all the time," says Alford, the 1996 Miss Majorette of America. "They had no idea what twirling was all about, so I made them come to a competition." Now nobody makes fun of Alford, who began twirling at age 3. In the Alford household on the Howard County side of Laurel, twirling is a family affair.
FEATURES
By Martin Miller and Martin Miller,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 2, 1998
LOS ANGELES - From his second-floor office on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, entrepreneur David Morgan has a dream.His dream is that someday whites and blacks, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, and the rest of God's children will take a foam baton in hand and beat the living daylights out of a 5-foot dummy.Another critical part of the dream is that they'll pay his new business, Anger Behind Closed Doors, for the privilege. For less than $10 a session, clients can enter one of two padded, sound-retaining "venting rooms," where they can scream, kick, punch and swing their way to better mental health, Morgan says.
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By Janene Holzberg and Janene Holzberg,Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2009
When Mount Hebron High School's longtime band director left abruptly in December, it felt to many students like the day the music died. But nowadays, strains of a traditional Sousa march and two sunny pop anthems fill the air outside the Ellicott City school as marching band members rehearse their first official halftime show with a new director and a new outlook. The Vikings Marching Band was set to take the football field Friday under the direction of Daniel Pendley, who has taken over the beloved band program that was one man's empire for more than three decades.
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By From Sun news services | March 28, 2009
Judge drops charge against Bowie's Wayna A judge has dismissed a charge against Wayna, the Grammy-nominated local indie soul singer, after she was arrested at a Houston airport for trying to bring a collapsible police baton through security. The Bowie-based artist was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon Wednesday. The third-degree felony charge was dropped Friday. Wayna, who did not attend the hearing, uses the baton as a prop while performing. Houston police said Thursday that security guards at Bush International Airport discovered the 24-inch baton in her carry-on bag. Rapper T.I. sentenced to year on gun charges Rapper T.I. was sentenced Friday in Atlanta to one year and a day in prison after pleading guilty to federal weapons charges after he tried to buy a stash of unregistered machine guns and silencers to protect himself after his best friend was killed.
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