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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2005
By 10 a.m. yesterday, Charles Franklin Jr.'s cell phone was ringing nonstop with calls from childhood friends asking if he had seen the news. Franklin's high school buddy Brian Nichols was accused of launching a killing spree in an Atlanta courthouse yesterday morning. Three people were dead. Nichols was on the run. And friends were calling Franklin, an assistant pastor at Ray of Hope Baptist Church, to pray. "When I saw his face on TV, it just floored me," said Franklin, 33. "He looked the same.
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By Cynthia Tucker | April 11, 2005
ATLANTA - Brian Nichols - the escaped rape defendant accused of killing four people in Atlanta, including a judge - gained a novel defense last week from an unlikely ally. A Republican senator from Texas suggested that Mr. Nichols' alleged crimes might have grown out of a political frustration with judges who "make raw political or ideological decisions." "We seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently. ... I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds and builds to the point where some people engage in violence," Sen. John Cornyn said in remarks from the Senate floor April 4. Mr. Nichols would undoubtedly seize upon any opportunity to cast his alleged rampage as an act of political retribution.
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By Abigail Tucker and Stephen Kiehl and Abigail Tucker and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2005
The first time Brian Nichols heard the door of a holding cell lock behind him, he was about 11 years old. His uncle, James Dow, stood guard outside. Then a Baltimore corrections officer, Dow said, he shut Brian and two other young nephews in a city cell with an inmate who had agreed to tell them about prison. "I looked at it as part of their formal education," said Dow, now 63 and retired. "So they wouldn't want anything to do with prison." The inmate had just been beaten by another prisoner, and his face was covered with fresh wounds.
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By Abigail Tucker and Stephen Kiehl and Abigail Tucker and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2005
The first time Brian Nichols heard the door of a holding cell lock behind him, he was about 11 years old. His uncle, James Dow, stood guard outside. Then a Baltimore corrections officer, Dow said, he shut Brian and two other young nephews in a city cell with an inmate who had agreed to tell them about prison. "I looked at it as part of their formal education," said Dow, now 63 and retired. "So they wouldn't want anything to do with prison." The inmate had just been beaten by another prisoner, and his face was covered with fresh wounds.
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By Cynthia Tucker | April 11, 2005
ATLANTA - Brian Nichols - the escaped rape defendant accused of killing four people in Atlanta, including a judge - gained a novel defense last week from an unlikely ally. A Republican senator from Texas suggested that Mr. Nichols' alleged crimes might have grown out of a political frustration with judges who "make raw political or ideological decisions." "We seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently. ... I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds and builds to the point where some people engage in violence," Sen. John Cornyn said in remarks from the Senate floor April 4. Mr. Nichols would undoubtedly seize upon any opportunity to cast his alleged rampage as an act of political retribution.
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By Gordon Livingston | March 22, 2005
IN OUR celebrity-worshipping culture, where we are starved, it seems, for authentic heroes, a 26-year-old single mother has emerged as our latest cultural icon. Ashley Smith demonstrated an ability to simultaneously plead for her life and identify with the needs, emotional and spiritual, of the Atlanta courthouse shooter. And so he let her go and surrendered peacefully to police. And now she, like Pfc. Jessica Lynch, the American POW rescued in Iraq, is about to have her 15 minutes of fame.
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May 20, 2006
Mr. JAMES ROBERT "Bob" Van LEEUWEN, age 69, of Monroe, died peacefully Thursday (May 18, 2006) at his residence in Monroe surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Van Leeuwen was born on February 9, 1937, in Baltimore, Maryland, a son of the late George Edward Van Leeuwen and Mercedes Rawlings Van Leeuwen. He was a retired HVAC maintenance manager of the Sweetheart Cup Company. Survivors include his wife, Rose Anne Pipp Van Leeuwen of Monroe; three sons, Scott Van Leeuwen and wife Minda, of Bendersville, PA , Brian Nichols and wife Crystal, of Catonsville , MD and Roger Nichols and fiancee Debi Stachura of Herndon, VA; three daughters, Laura Resh and husband Carl, of Sykesville, MD, Jessica Mc Donnell and husband Scott, of Wesley Chapel, NC and Sina Ziemak and husband Josh of Goldsboro, NC; a brother, Theodore Van Leeuwen and wife Lorraine of Westminister, MD; two sisters, Muriel Nickey of Baltimore, MD and Teresa Heavel and husband Ernie of Glen Rock, PA. There are 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
SPORTS
By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer | November 24, 1993
Neither team has had the season it had hoped. Both suffered some blowout losses due in part to injuries, tough schedules and inconsistent play.However, when Calvert Hall and Loyola face off for their 73rd annual Thanksgiving Day football game at 10 a.m. at Towson State's Minnegan Stadium, neither expects the contest to lack intensity."
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,sun reporter | March 21, 2007
Six decades ago, in a hamlet in rural northern Minnesota, a preteen boy felt lost. His parents were "the town drunks" of Thief River Falls, says Gary Paulsen, leaving him without direction, ambition or self-esteem. He says he was on the road to becoming "one messed-up juvenile delinquent -- no doubt about it." Then the town librarian took an interest in him and introduced him to the world of books. "Reading," he says, "saved my life." That rescue-by-book may give Paulsen, a beloved author of young adult fiction, something in common with a boy who made headlines around the world yesterday.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,SUN STAFF | March 16, 2005
To give an idea of how briskly Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life has sold since being credited with helping lead to the surrender of the suspect in the Atlanta shooting rampage, consider this: On Sunday evening, the day Ashley Smith told reporters that an excerpt of the book that she read to the suspect, Brian Nichols, during the seven hours he held her hostage was a turning point in ending her captivity, the self-help book was ranked the 54th best-selling...
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2005
By 10 a.m. yesterday, Charles Franklin Jr.'s cell phone was ringing nonstop with calls from childhood friends asking if he had seen the news. Franklin's high school buddy Brian Nichols was accused of launching a killing spree in an Atlanta courthouse yesterday morning. Three people were dead. Nichols was on the run. And friends were calling Franklin, an assistant pastor at Ray of Hope Baptist Church, to pray. "When I saw his face on TV, it just floored me," said Franklin, 33. "He looked the same.
SPORTS
By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer | November 24, 1993
Neither team has had the season it had hoped. Both suffered some blowout losses due in part to injuries, tough schedules and inconsistent play.However, when Calvert Hall and Loyola face off for their 73rd annual Thanksgiving Day football game at 10 a.m. at Towson State's Minnegan Stadium, neither expects the contest to lack intensity."
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,SUN STAFF | March 15, 2005
When Ashley Smith, the widow held hostage by the suspect in the Atlanta shooting rampage, credited The Purpose Driven Life for helping her get through the ordeal, she likely drew rousing choruses of "Amen!" from every corner of the country. Few inspirational books in recent years have found as vast an audience as Rick Warren's chapter-a-day Life, which has sold more than 20 million copies in two years and become the best-selling hardback nonfiction book in history. It has been the No. 1 best seller on every major best-seller list, and has been avidly taken up by churches, schools, businesses and other groups.
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