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January 1, 2001
Michael Robert Leger, who managed to swim and sing and laugh through a short life burdened by blindness, autism and recurring cancer, died Friday of lung cancer at his home in Annapolis. He was 14 and a student at Maryland School for the Blind in Baltimore. Michael was born in Lewiston, Maine, with cancer of the retinas. His right eye was removed when he was 8 weeks old and radiation therapy soon claimed the sight in his left. Despite blindness and autism, he learned to speak and started to learn Braille at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass.
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The state attorney general's office is appealing a federal judge's ruling ordering Maryland to use an absentee ballot-marking technology for the disabled that the Board of Elections had refused to certify as secure. The state will ask the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., to throw out District Judge Richard D. Bennett's decision this month. Bennett found that the election board's refusal to implement the program violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The attorney general's office filed a notice of intent to appeal Monday but did not spell out its objections to the ruling.
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NEWS
July 20, 2010
In the July 20 editions of The Baltimore Sun there were two letters praising the tea party folks and attempting to deny that they are blatantly racist. Anyone who asserts that racism isn't rampant in this crowd simply isn't paying attention or just doesn't care. Ann Power, Catonsville
NEWS
September 4, 2014
Anne Arundel County Police say a man who is legally blind was attacked and robbed as he walked along a street in Severn early Thursday. Police said at about 12:35 a.m., officers were called to the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive in Severn for report of strong arm robbery. There a 25-year-old man, who is legally blind, told officers that he was walking along Pioneer Drive when he was attacked by multiple suspects - one grabbed the man from behind and began to choke him while another when into the victim's pocket and removed an undisclosed amount of cash.
HEALTH
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2010
In a large lab filled with rows of computers and other devices at the National Federation of the Blind, a small team of technical analysts works with gadgets and websites to test how easily they can be used by the blind. The latest site to pass muster is also one of the web's largest and busiest: the online auction site eBay. The Baltimore-based advocacy group recently struck a partnership with eBay to make the site more accessible to blind users. And eBay decided to go a big step further — with an investment of $250,000 in seed money to fund blind entrepreneurs who wish to use the site to start a small business.
NEWS
January 25, 2010
I read with amusement both letters from Carlnk1 and Susan Scott of Forest Hill that ran alongside The Sun's editorial on Sunday ("One year of Obama," Jan. 24.). In Carlhk1's letter, everything he complained about -- deficits, job losses, violations of the Constitution -- all happened under President Bush, but I know from talking to Republicans that they cannot find any fault in him, yet I can find fault in President Obama. Why is it that Republicans are blinded, but Democrats can see both the good and bad in people?
SPORTS
By Juan C. Rodriguez and Tribune Newspapers | February 3, 2010
The weekly conversations were brief, but emboldening. Before every game, Jermon Bushrod and John Donatelli, his offensive line coach at Towson University, would discuss the pending matchup. They would review the opponent's strengths and tendencies and the best way for Bushrod to answer. This week is no different. New Orleans Saints left tackle Bushrod and Donatelli have spoken twice in advance of the Super Bowl and the duel with elite Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2011
Maryland School for the Blind wrestler Kelvin Atkinson struggled in the early going of his 130-pound match against his Overbrook (Pa.) opponent, but that didn't matter to the cheerleaders, who chanted, "Let's go, Kelvin, let's go!" or to the parents and other students who sat on folding chairs and cheered for their guy in this tri-meet, or to school president Mike Bina and athletic director Wayne White, who were also in the crowd. It didn't much matter to Atkinson, a senior at the Parkville school, either, because all of them knew one thing.
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By MARILYN McCRAVEN | February 25, 1995
In the late 1960s, my cousin Donald returned home to St. Louis after two tours of duty in Vietnam eager to find a job, get married, and get on with his life. With a high school diploma, an honorable discharge from the military and no criminal record, the ex-Marine who had proudly served his country figured it would be a cinch to find a job. He was wrong.Though the newspapers were fat with classified advertisements for jobs, factories were hiring and government jobs were plentiful, he was turned down for every job he applied for, he says, because of his race.
NEWS
July 17, 2003
On July 10, 2003; EDNA MAE A. BLIND (nee Schreiber); beloved wife of the late Edward R. Blind; devoted mother of Coleman Blind and wife Cynthia and Frank P. Blind; loving sister of Vincent Schreiber; dear step-mother of Joan Blind Long; loving grandmother of Jason P. Blind, Kelly M. Kraft, Kyle C. Lee and Alexandra C. P. Blind; dear step-grandmother of Donald J. Long. Also, survived by five great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 York Road (Beltway Exit 26A)
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By Julie Scharper and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Gordon Gund is the CEO of a venture capitalist fund, the former principal owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and a member of the Kellogg Co.'s board of directors. He has also been blind for more than 40 years. On Saturday, Gund announced that his family plans to give $50 million or more in matching gifts to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a Columbia-based nonprofit that he co-founded. "Our family is committed to finishing the job we helped start, and we hope this Challenge requires us to match as much as is needed to fast-track progress for promising treatments from the lab to clinical trials," Gund said in a statement.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
The National Federation of the Blind has sued Maryland election officials, charging that their April decision not to approve a system that would make it easier for disabled people to cast absentee ballots privately violates federal law. The Baltimore-based federation filed suit this week asking the U.S. District Court to order the State Board of Elections to provide that technology in time for the June 24 primary election. "The right to a secret ballot that can be filled out privately and independently is just as important to people with disabilities as it is for other voters," said federation spokesman Chris Danielson.
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By John Scheinman | May 14, 2014
On the wall next to Coley Blind's desk in the back corner of the Pimlico racing office is a small framed black-and-white photograph of the legendary race horse Citation, the day of his walkover in the 1948 Pimlico Special. A walkover usually only takes place when the favorite is so overwhelming that nobody even bothers to enter another horse to compete, and the lone runner takes a solo victory lap around the track. That's how great Citation was. In the picture, Eddie Blind, dapper in a fedora, holds Citation's shank with his right hand while cradling his little son Coley, dressed like Spanky from "The Little Rascals," in his left.
HEALTH
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
While blind people can browse the Internet through a variety of means, there is often one thing that stops them cold - a security feature known as a CAPTCHA that's designed to distinguish human users from robots. CAPTCHAs, in which a user must identify the letters in a distorted image, are commonly used to block automated bots from grabbing up all the tickets for an event, signing up for thousands of email addresses in a short period of time or unfairly swaying the results of an online poll.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
KALs' cartoon from April 13 ( "Dogged opposition" ) is so wrong that I hardy know where to begin. For starters, it was the Republicans in Congress who championed Civil Rights legislation against fierce Democratic resistance. Secondly, what does a group like the tea party have to do with opposing civil rights for all Americans? I am not a member of the tea party, but their platform seems reasonable to me. Limited government, fair and reasonable taxation and government responsibility and accountability.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
You could make a plausible argument that '80s pop star Thomas Dolby has been blinded with science. Since he was a teen, Dolby, now 55, has looked for ways to blend technology with sound - whether that meant writing a quirky synthpop anthem that rose to No. 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1982 ("She Blinded Me With Science") or inventing a cousin of the polyphonic ringtone likely playing on your cellphone today. Next week, Dolby will be named the Johns Hopkins University's first Homewood Professor of the Arts - a position that will enable him to help create a new center that will serve as an incubator for technology in the arts.
NEWS
September 2, 2005
On September 1, 2005, ERIC F. BLIND, beloved husband of Deanna B. Blind, loving father of Erin T. Blind and Eric Brandan Blind and his wife Heather, dear brother of E. Michael Blind. The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME of DULANEY VALLEY, INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road), Timonium-Cockeysville, on Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated in the funeral home on Saturday, September 3 at 11 A.M. Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.
NEWS
September 18, 1993
Too often, the reaction by some elected officials and others to the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act is to complain about the cost of compliance. Say "handicapped-accessible," and all some people can think of is spending thousands to install an elevator.Sometimes, great cost is necessary to ensure the civil rights of handicapped Americans. But that's not always the case. A supply of paper cups, for instance, can enable wheelchair users to drink from a too-high water fountain. A wand on a chain can help people reach elevator buttons.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
A UMBC team in search of its first win of 2014 will get that chance when Monmouth visits UMBC Stadium in Catonsville on Saturday at 1 p.m. It may not be easy for the Retrievers to even their record at 1-1. This is the Hawks' first year of competition in lacrosse, and they will play in the program's first game. That means that there is no film of Monmouth's games, which makes it more difficult for UMBC to scout its opponent. “This is their first game ever, so you're kind of going in a little blind,” coach Don Zimmerman said Thursday.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2014
A six-year-old Suitland girl died Saturday after becoming entangled in the cords of a window blind in her home, according to the Prince George's County Fire Department. A relative found the girl unconscious and wrapped in the cords around 12:30 p.m. in a home in the 6700 block of Larkspur Road in Suitland, fire officials said. The relative and rescuers attempted to resuscitate the girl but were unable to revive her, fire officials said. She was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a nearby hospital.
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