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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Staff Writer | March 6, 1993
The centerpiece of the governor's legislative agenda this year, a multifaceted effort to assure that fathers make their child-support payments, got a boost yesterday from a state Senate committee.The Judicial Proceedings Committee unanimously sent to the full Senate a comprehensive child-support enforcement bill that includes among its provisions a measure to require unmarried fathers to acknowledge their paternity in writing within hours of the birth of their children.The House Judiciary Committee killed a similar proposal last month, but aides to Gov. William Donald Schaefer say they hope that committee will reconsider the issue if the Senate sends over its bill.
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By Barbara F. Meltz | July 12, 1993
Here are some tips to make the first days of kindergarten easier for your child:* If your child doesn't want to visit the playground, don't insist, but offer the opportunity at a later date. When you do go, go when there aren't a lot of other kids there.* If an older child is going to talk about school to your child, act as an interpreter. Comments like, "If you don't behave, you get sent to the principal," could be scary.* Some books to read with your kindergartner-to-be: "Will I Have a Friend?"
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April 26, 1995
Think of a child you care about, then consider the effect on similar children if the House of Representatives succeeds in changing laws regulating foster care and other ways of protecting children from abuse and neglect.Would you want the fate of a child you care about to rest with an agency that could not express in writing why foster care is better than the home from which the child was removed?Would you commit a young life to a system so backward in its record-keeping that it cannot create a computer file of the child's case?
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By Jerdine Nolen | January 2, 2000
Editor's note: Jerdine Nolen writes today about ways to encourage successful child-parent communications. Her column appears biweekly. The relationship between our children and ourselves is vital to our children's success in school, in social relationships and in the wide world. Setting up this talking and listening exchange can be one of the most important things we do to mold and shape their becoming well-informed, educated people. We have numerous opportunities to key in on getting them to respond positively to learning within the classroom.
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May 24, 1998
After reading "A Time of Wonder," go back and read some of PTC the lines that contain unusual vocabulary. See if your child can tell what the word means from its use in the story. Some examples are bay, bayberry, cove and cormorants.Use the same technique in several parts of the story, as long as your child is enjoying the activity and having fun with guessing the meanings. There may be some words you will want to look up together in the dictionary.It is important for beginning readers to know that they can figure out new words by listening to how they are used.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | January 7, 1993
Contending that her position is too important to be given second-class status, the county's child and youth coordinator is resigning when her contract expires March 5.Leslie Hinebaugh, whose title originally was child care coordinator for the county, began work March 1990 on an annual, contractual basis."
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By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe and Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 18, 1997
I have a 7-year-old grandson with ADHD. He is very hyperactive and on medicine for it. Your column about how families can disagree over punishing a child with ADHD made me cry. I don't want to make my grandson miserable, but I do have to admit we have had many arguments about him. Can you say more about how to discipline a child with ADHD?The basic principles of discipline for children with ADHD -- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- are the same as for other children. They need lots of love; adults they can depend upon who are consistent in their expectations and rules; praise for the things they do right even if those are small; and short, reasonable punishment -- like timeout -- for important mistakes.
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November 16, 2011
To all the self-righteous folks who are outraged by the Penn State sexual abuse scandal and pontificate about what they would have done in the same situation: It's hard to confront an abuser and it is harder still to report one. Jerry Sandusky was confronted in 1998 by the mother of one of the alleged victims. An investigating police officer from the university eavesdropped on her exchange with Mr. Sandusky. That confrontation reads like a tragicomic tale with the victim's mother trying to worm it out of Mr. Sandusky if his contact with her son in the Penn State locker room showers was sexual in nature.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
A Pennsylvania man was killed and his two-year-old child was injured Tuesday when the pair fell from an Ocean City sea wall onto rocks below, police said Wednesday. Stephen Richard Ostan, 49, of Marcus Hook, Pa., and his child were walking along a retaining wall at the Ocean City inlet when they fell over the edge together, witnesses told police, beach patrol and fire personnel who arrived on the scene about 3 p.m. Following the fall, in which police believe Ostan suffered a severe head injury and the child suffered non-life-threatening injuries, an unidentified woman climbed down the wall and pulled the child, who was clinging to rocks, from the water, police said.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2011
Ryan C. Gifford had used a lot of heroin that day and drank wine and other alcohol, his lawyer said. "He was high pretty much the entire evening," said his lawyer, Lee McNulty. That is why his client had no recollection, he said, of assaulting, burning and sexually abusing a 21-month-old child on an April night last year, acts that doctors said almost killed the toddler and for which Gifford received a 50-year prison sentence — half of it suspended — in a Westminster courtroom Thursday.
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