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By H.H. Morris | July 2, 1997
IT'S AMAZING that any of us who grew up during and after World War II survived childhood. Our parents, grandparents and teachers lacked the concern for our safety that's now mandatory to keep a kid out of the clutches of social services.Car seats cost more than a good sofa used to. We didn't even have seat belts, and on long trips parents often put a small chair on the seat so a bored child could see better.Dangerous toys abounded. Pick Up Sticks had points. Boys played with wooden tops with metal spikes.
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By Gregory P. Kane | November 9, 1994
THE MINUTE I saw the police composite drawing of the black man who supposedly kidnapped Susan Smith's two boys flash across the television screen, I knew she was lying.That was several days after the Union, S.C., woman first reported that her car had been stolen with her kids -- strapped into their car seats -- still inside. When I saw the sketch of the alleged carjacker I said to myself sarcastically, "Yeah, right. A black man driving around in a stolen car with two little white boys in it would have been caught within 15 minutes.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2002
The General Assembly gave final approval yesterday to legislation requiring children younger than the age of 6 to be strapped into safety seats while riding in a car or other vehicle. Gov. Parris N. Glendening is expected to sign the bill, which would make Maryland the ninth state in the country to enact such a law. "This is a huge step forward for children's safety and helps remove a very serious gap in Maryland's child safety law," said Del. William A. Bronrott, a Montgomery County Democrat who sponsored the bill.
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By From staff reports | July 30, 1996
TOWSON -- The longtime headmistress of Notre Dame Preparatory School will retire at the end of the 1996-1997 school year.Sister Helen Marie Duffy, headmistress for 17 years, announced her impending retirement in a letter dated Friday to students, alumnae and parents. She has been at Notre Dame Prep, as teacher, administrator and headmistress, for all of her years as a nun; school officials said they do not know how long that has been.A search committee, chosen by the board of trustees, will select a new headmistress for the 600-student school, founded in 1873 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,Sun Staff | June 17, 2001
Most people think of summer as a carefree time for children, but the days between May and August are when kids face the greatest risk of injury. According to a recent study by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, an organization chaired by former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, 42 percent of all accidental childhood deaths happen during the summer months. "Summer has always been trauma season for children," says Karen Hardingham, a nurse at University of Maryland Hospital for Children and a local SAFE KIDS coordinator.
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May 16, 2013
We had planned to keep our beloved 1997 station wagon. Then something happened. On the way home from picking up a small, new SUV, its air conditioning stopped. Its temperature soared and the needle on its temperature gauge flew past "H. " The towing company took it to our trusted, longtime mechanics, Tony and Steve, who said repairs would cost about $3,000. As much as we loved that little white wagon, we could not indulge in that repair after we had just bought a new car. On April 23, we bid the wagon adieu.
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November 30, 2004
SAFETY SELLS automobiles. This hasn't always been the case. There was a time when chrome and horsepower did the trick. But consumer tastes change, and these days, a car salesman is as likely to seduce his customer with a pitch about side-impact airbags as he will zero-to-60 acceleration. That's why it's so disappointing that Detroit can't seem to build a car that protects against whiplash. In the latest study of car seats and headrests, not a single American manufacturer won a "good" rating for whiplash prevention.
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By Carolyn Melago and Carolyn Melago,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | February 19, 1998
Five-year-old Gerald "Little Jerry" Gorham is tiring of his recent star status. He'd rather chat with his mom about a school party than talk on "Good Morning America" about the car wreck that seriously injured him almost eight months ago.But his parents, Tonya and Gerald Gorham, believe the safety advice they discovered after the accident is too important to keep to themselves.As the "spokesfamily" for last week's Child Passenger Safety Week -- a nationwide effort to reduce the misuse of child car restraints sponsored by the Safe Kids Campaign -- the Columbia family has shared its story with nationwide audiences, including a five-minute segment on ABC's morning news program and a news conference at Washington's Planet Hollywood.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | November 19, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Most of the more than 2,000 children killed each year in car accidents would be alive if the adults who loved them had them buckled up properly.Most of those killed aren't buckled at all. Even when parents try to do the right thing, they often get it wrong because they use the safety seat the wrong way, use the wrong seat or use adult belts for children who are safer in booster seats.The federal government intends to change that.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is starting a campaign today to encourage seat belt use and take the mystery out of using child safety seats.
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By Susan Reimer | November 3, 2002
My youngest child has earned her driver's license, and I think I am officially out of a job. The baby girl is driving herself to school and back, to sports practices and back, and to the mall and back. I am surprised to find that this, not her departure for college, is the signal for me to find real work. The job description of a parent includes many things -- feeding, clothing and sheltering among them. But on any given day, being a parent is mostly about driving. To school, to the doctor's office, to a friend's house, to Grandma's for Thanksgiving.
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