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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | April 28, 1993
A 53-year-old northeast Carroll county man was sentenced yesterday to eight years in state prison for sexually abusing three neighborhood children over four years.Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sentenced the defendant to 15 years for child abuse and eight years each for two counts of battery. The man's name is being withheld to protect the children's privacy.His victims were two boys and a girl, court records show.Judge Beck suspended all but eight years of the sentence and ordered the defendant to serve five years of supervised probation after his release from prison.
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October 13, 2014
Commentator Ned Holstein makes excellent points about the values of shared parenting agreements ( "Joint custody should be the rule, not the exception," Oct. 8). As a policy analyst in very progressive California, Mr. Holstein and I have differing viewpoints on some issues; however, shared parenting has been proven time and again to be the most effective and beneficial custody arrangement. My particular focus regarding custody issues is on domestic violence - its prevalence, reduction and role in custody disputes.
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By Robert B. Reich | December 19, 2012
America's children seem to be shortchanged on almost every issue we face as a society. Not only are we failing to protect our children from deranged people wielding semi-automatic guns, we're not protecting them from poverty. The rate of child poverty keeps rising -- even faster than the rate of adult poverty. We now have the highest rate of child poverty in the developed world. And we're not protecting their health. Rates of child diabetes and asthma continue to climb. America has the third-worst rate of infant mortality among 30 industrialized nations and the second-highest rate of teenage pregnancy, after Mexico.
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October 13, 2014
I fully agree with commentator Ned Holstein's view that parenthood generally should be shared (" Joint custody should be the rule, not the exception," Oct. 8). As a father of two who fights for his children only because their mother wishes to control them, the courts all to often allow this to happen to great quality dads. Fathers are being cut out of our children's lives for the financial gain of others - mothers and their attorneys. Joe Phillips - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
FEATURES
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2012
One of the most interesting accessories at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has been children. From celebrity stylist June Ambrose taking her daughter to the hottest shows throughout the city to random women hoisting infants on their hips like a Birken bag, children have been in full force. "Women have been celebrating motherhood," said Alice Ntam, a D.C.- based image consultant. "When was the last time you saw stylists have children? Now it's like a celebration of that. " My favorite was a woman leading around her 4-year-old.
NEWS
May 4, 2011
While delighted to learn from Michael Hawthorne's article ("Pediatricians Seek Change in Lax Toxic Chemicals Law," April 25) that the American Academy of Pediatrics has joined a national campaign to revise the 1976 Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), such reform is long overdue. The current TSCA regulatory system especially fails to protect our children, who face higher risks of exposure to toxic chemicals. Because of TSCA, the "innocent until proven guilty" status quo of assessing chemical safety implies that some level of bodily damage, if not an outright tragedy, must occur before chemicals are declared unsafe.
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August 4, 2011
Deana M. Wilson and Brandon Duvall, of Clarksville, announce the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Marie Wilson Duvall , on April 17, 2011, at 8:49 p.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Her grandparents are Mark and Shirley Wilson, of Clarksville; and Marcy Vanmetre, of Fairfield, Pa. Jessica L. Pryor and Donald A. Jones Sr., of Elkridge, announce the birth of their son, Donald Alonzo Jones Jr., on July 27, 2011, at 6:55 a.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Tooth decay has become a major problem among young children, and pediatric dentists are urging parents to take steps such as limiting sugary snacks and drinks. They also now advise brushing with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste and having a wellness exam at age 1, according to Dr. Norman Tinanoff, chief of the division of pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. How big a problem are cavities in children? Tooth decay in children under age 6 is called early childhood caries by health professionals.
NEWS
February 7, 2010
The heart-rending images of injured and frightened children after Haiti's devastating earthquake last month no doubt stirred the compassion of many Americans, including the Baptist evangelicals from Idaho now being held on suspicion of human trafficking in Port-au-Prince. We reserve judgment on the group's claim that they were motivated only by the best of intentions when they tried to spirit more than 30 youngsters across the border into the neighboring Dominican Republic without proper documents.
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By Betsey Swingle Hobelmann, Kimberly R. Moffitt and Jack J. Pannell Jr | May 2, 2014
Some of the most esteemed Baltimoreans attended or graduated from Baltimore City high schools: Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and U.S. Congressman Parren Mitchell (Douglass), Wall Street financier Reginald Lewis (Dunbar), and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates (Poly). These revered men remind us of a yesteryear when black males, in particular, had opportunities to thrive and succeed while attending city schools. But that Baltimore of old is very different from the one many black males experience today.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Ann and Dominic Wiker loved life in their Federal Hill home. As a professional couple in their 30s, the neighborhood was ideal - they could walk to most attractions, shops and restaurants. It seemed there was always something fun going on outside their door. Then parenthood happened, and with it came the idea of moving to the suburbs. They would move, but they wouldn't leave Federal Hill. Nine years later, the Wikers - mom, dad, 9-year old Alex and 7-year old Tommy - have, to their delight, become a poster family for raising children in an urban environment.
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By Ned Holstein | October 8, 2014
A little-noticed research revolution confirms that our family courts are damaging the health of our children on a daily basis. In 2014, three separate and independent groups of experts reviewed decades of child development research. They found that after parents separate or divorce, children do much better with shared parenting - joint custody - on multiple measures of wellbeing than with single parenting. Yet in more than eight out of 10 custody cases today, one parent (usually the mother)
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By David Hanlin | October 2, 2014
Comptroller Peter Franchot, by starting a petition drive, has embarked on a policy initiative to require all Maryland public schools start the school calendar after Labor Day. His policy proposal is given political cover through a commission report from the "Task Force to Study a Post-Labor Start Date for Maryland Public Schools. " That commission report is flawed, and I believe misguided. It will have deleterious consequences that have not been fully considered. The tagline for his campaign, "Let Summer Be Summer," speaks volumes.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Maryland has won a five-year, $650 million federal grant that will give officials more flexibility to run the state's foster care program and reduce the number of children entering the system, Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration said Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant, which has been awarded to about 20 states so far, will allow Maryland to expand programs that help struggling families to avoid having their children turned over to foster care, state officials said.
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By Justin George and Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
A Baltimore woman received a 40-year prison sentence Monday in the death of her 1-year-old grandson and abuse of her granddaughter after a judge said she rubbed methadone onto the children's gums before she put them to bed and headed off to a party. Towanda Reaves, 51, took responsibility for the boy's death but said she never meant to kill him. "This is not the intentional killing of her grandson, but those who think this was some form of tragic accident misunderstand the case, and misunderstand the jury's analysis of it," said Baltimore Circuit Judge Timothy Doory.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Johns Hopkins trauma surgeon Albert Chi gave a talk last year to families about advanced prosthetics that would someday benefit their children who were missing hands. But when a parent asked what was easy, available and affordable now, Chi was at a loss. After focusing on the latest artificial limb technology, he began to hunt for more basic options. Like many researchers, entrepreneurs and even artists in recent years, he turned to the 3-D printer. With one his wife bought him for Father's Day, sheets of colored plastic, and free designs and advice found online, he made a hand for about $20. "One of the first kids we fitted was a 2-year-old," Chi said.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
Letter writer Dave Miceli claims that "what we need is better students" ("Don't blame teachers for murders," July 13). These children are not born bad. They learn from their parents. What we need are better parents who will get involved and force their children to take responsibility. The children are not the problem, it's their parents. Thomas Coburn, Rosedale
NEWS
June 21, 2014
I have a suggestion on housing the illegal immigrant children ( "U.S. eyeing new Md. sites for immigrant children," June 18). All of our elected officials who are advocating that we move illegal immigrants from Texas to Maryland should adopt at least two of these children. They should prove their compassion by making them part of their family and paying their food, health and education bills. I feel sorry that these children were abandoned by parents who had no regard for their safety.
NEWS
September 27, 2014
I really appreciated Lynne Agress' article on reading and agree with her regarding the importance of reading in our children's lives ( "The gift of reading: give it to your kids," Sept. 22). We can't always have a say in what our children are taught outside the home, but we can oversee what they are putting into their minds at home, and it is vital to encourage a love of books. A lot of parents read to their toddlers and young children, but it seems like most children get busy with "growing up" and out of the habit of reading at home except for schoolwork.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. McDaniels and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Busy lives, smartphones and poor sleep habits are all contributing to groggy children suffering from the same sleep disorders as adults. But Dr. Laura Sterni, director of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Sleep Center at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, said treating sleep ailments in children takes a different approach form that used for adults. How common is it for children to suffer from sleep disorders, and what kinds of sleep disorders do children suffer from? Sleep disorders are very common in children.
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