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By Janet Gilbert | March 9, 2008
This column explores a highly entertaining subject: the difference between choking and coughing. Sometimes in Janet's World we must take the unlikely, potentially controversial subject and pursue it purely for the sake of The Sun copy editors downtown. These former English majors have to read a lot of stories about depressing news events, and painstakingly check them for accuracy and integrity. Late in the week, the Janet's World column comes across their desks, and all of their training goes out the window.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
State and federal transportation officials studying the replacement of an aged rail tunnel beneath Baltimore are opening the discussion to local residents and Amtrak and MARC commuters. The 1.4-mile Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel, considered a key bottleneck for commuter and freight traffic up and down the nation's busy Northeast Corridor, is 141 years old and a curvy, tight fit for today's modern trains — limiting their capacity and reducing their speed. The aging tunnel cuts beneath the Sandtown-Winchester, Upton and Bolton Hill neighborhoods of west and central Baltimore, between the West Baltimore MARC Station and Baltimore's Penn Station.
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NEWS
By Kerry O'Rourke | February 9, 1992
A city paramedic has been suspended after an accusation that he choked a 100-year-old nursing home resident who hit him while he was treating her for a hip injury, a fire department spokesman said.Jeffrey N. Fromm, 35, a city paramedic for 10 years, was suspended indefinitely without pay Thursday while the fire department and the Maryland attorney general's office investigate the incident, spokesman Patrick Flynn said.Mr. Flynn gave this account:At 9 p.m. Monday, Mr. Fromm and firefighter Duane E. Ritter arrived at Seton Hill Manor at 501 W. Franklin St. because Hattie McNeal had fallen in her room.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
Four West Baltimore residents have been charged with assaulting and robbing two people early Friday morning on a Federal Hill street, police said. A 24-year-old woman told police she and a male friend, 28, were walking in the 100 block Ostend St. shortly after 1 a.m. when she was grabbed from behind and choked. A second male suspect put her companion in a choke hold, as two other male suspects stood by, according to the police report. The woman said she threw her wallet and keys into the street, and the four suspects ran toward the wallet, then left the area.
SPORTS
By ROCH KUBATKO | July 2, 2008
There's a proper way to set a table for dinner, to address the Queen of England, to break up with your girlfriend. And according to Major League Baseball, there's also a proper way to handle a player who tries to choke the air out of a team official. Apparently, you don't stop paying him. Michael Weiner, the general counsel of the players association, said the union planned on filing a grievance yesterday, claiming that the Houston Astros improperly terminated Shawn Chacon's contract a week after the pitcher shoved general manager Ed Wade to the ground and began choking him. In the real world, you can lose your job if you leave the fryer unattended at a fast-food joint.
FEATURES
By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Evening Sun Staff | November 19, 1991
AS PRIME toy-buying time approaches, the folks who keep an eye on toys for safety's sake are issuing their lists of toys to stay away from. They are also advising shoppers to look carefully at toys and not assume that a toy is safe just because it's on a store shelf.Yesterday, the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, a non-profit consumer and environmental organization, issued its list of toys deemed "dangerous" because they pose choking hazards for young children.Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is sued its annual warning about potentially harmful toys and how to avoid them.
FEATURES
By Dr. Genevieve Matanoski and Dr. Genevieve Matanoski,Medical Tribune News Service | December 13, 1994
When you're buying toys for your children this season, be sure to keep safety in mind. Nearly 200,000 people are treated for toy-related injuries each year, and almost half are children younger than age 5. At this age, children are entirely dependent on adults for decisions about toy safety.Public-interest groups such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission make news with annual warnings about unsafe toys, but the message cannot be repeated too often: Common sense must be your shopping guide when buying toys for children of all ages.
NEWS
April 25, 1995
A Crownsville boy died at Johns Hopkins Children's Center Sunday after choking on a hot dog Saturday afternoon, county police and hospital officials said.Matthew Jason Temple, 7, of the 900 block of Indian Creek Lane went into full cardiac arrest for 30 minutes and was not breathing on his own when he was transferred from the Anne Arundel Medical Center to Hopkins.The boy was with his parents at the spring festival on the county fair grounds about 3:10 p.m. when he began choking on a small piece of hot dog, police said.
FEATURES
By KEVIN COWHERD | December 16, 2004
THIS IS A STORY about a dog, a dog in the autumn of his life who exists now primarily to cause emotional distress to his owners and serve as a financial drain. It begins on a sunny Saturday, when we let the dog out in the back yard. When we let him back in, the dog starts choking. "He's faking it," I say. "He just wants attention." "Are you crazy?" my wife says. "He's choking." Look, I say, I know he's faking it. But I check his mouth anyway. There's nothing there. I feel along his throat.
NEWS
September 11, 1998
A 35-year-old man was held in lieu of $75,000 bail yesterday after his arrest on assault charges stemming from a domestic violence complaint in Westminster.Kenneth E. Kern of the 600 block of Washington Road was accused in charging documents of slapping and choking the mother of his 6-month-old son, and threatening to kill her at 1: 26 a.m. yesterday.The woman, who was not identified to protect her privacy, told police that Kern became angry after learning that she planned to move out of the residence tomorrow.
NEWS
November 25, 2013
I use a choke-chain collar to walk my mastiff because he pulls, but I was told that kind of collar might injure his neck. We're working on training, but in the meantime what's a good alternative? I get this question all the time. A choke-chain, also known as a slip chain, is simply one of many tools available to train dogs. It is similar to a nylon slip collar and a British slip lead. In my experience as a professional dog trainer, I have never seen a dog injured by a choke chain, but I have seen many dogs injured by a regular snap-on collar.  My only concern about a slip chain is that it doesn't come with instructions; the label usually says "for professional training use only," and many of the chain stores sell low-quality versions that don't work effectively.
NEWS
November 14, 2013
A Joppa man with an extensive criminal history was accused of threatening a relative with a handgun and choking her Saturday night, according to charging documents. Baraat Bin Warthen, 34, of the 100 block of Philadelphia Road, allegedly confronted the woman at about 10:30 p.m. at the same address after she tried to leave "due to activities that were ongoing at the residence," according to the statement of charges. The statement said the woman told police the next morning that when she tried to recover some items, Warthen put a gun to her head and asked, "Are you gonna snitch on me, [expletive]
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | January 19, 2013
For all the years that they did battle in the clubhouse or the sports pages or on the dais of some charity roast, Jim Palmer knew how Earl Weaver really felt about him. That's why he had to hold back tears Saturday when he related his favorite memory of the Earl of Baltimore - a memory made more poignant because it also involved his late teammate Mike Flanagan. It was way back, on one of those balmy spring training days in Miami, when the Orioles were always one of the best teams in baseball and Palmer was their pitching ace. Flanagan, still figuring things out in his early 20s, was sitting on the bench next to Weaver.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2013
Police in Anne Arundel County arrested a man for choking his uncle at a home in Severn and have charged the man with attempted murder. At approximately 7:33 a.m. on Jan. 12, police responded to a 911 report of a fight involving a man choking his 51-year-old uncle with a rope, according to a statement issued by Anne Arundel police officials. Upon arriving at a residence in the 7900 block of Citadel Drive, police saw the men in the front yard and removed the rope from the victim's neck to allow him to breathe.
ENTERTAINMENT
By L'Oreal Thompson | May 1, 2012
Whatever you do, don't choke...especially if it's during the biggest audition of your life. This week at William McKinley High, glee club's superstar standouts, Rachel and Kurt, audition in front of Carmen (played by guest star Whoopi Goldberg) for the New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts, aka NYADA, aka the school of their dreams. Rachel advises Kurt to play it safe with his song choice and stick to "Music of the Night" from "Phantom of the Opera;" however, in last-minute effort to be bold, daring and unique, Kurt wows Carmen with his rendition of "Not the Boy Next Door" from "The Boy from Oz. " Carmen said even Hugh Jackman, who won a Tony award for his performance in the musical, would've impressed with Kurt's audition.
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
The sign atop the lacrosse locker room door tells all. "FINISH THE DRILL," it reads, in bold block letters, for all of the Johns Hopkins players to see. That terse message is the team's season mantra, as the Blue Jays play host to Towson (1-0) in their opener at 5 p.m. Friday at Homewood Field (ESPNU). Coach Dave Pietramala posted the sign last month - a not-so-subtle reminder of Hopkins' unexpected exit from the playoffs last year. The Jays (13-3) fell to Denver, 14-9, in the NCAA quarterfinals.
NEWS
By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2002
Two Baltimore police officers were acquitted last night of second-degree assault charges stemming from an incident in which they were accused of choking a man they suspected of trying to swallow drug evidence. Judge Thomas J.S. Waxter decided that Officers Anton J. Meisinger, 25, and Raymond A. Morroni, 33, did not use excessive force Oct. 2 during their encounter with Dante Brown, 26. Waxter also acquitted the officers yesterday of charges of misconduct in office. The incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Vine St. in West Baltimore, where the officers watched through binoculars what they believed to be a drug transaction between Brown and a woman.
NEWS
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Sun reporter | February 15, 2008
Children as young as 6, looking for a free and "dreamy" high, are engaging in a potentially deadly practice many call "the choking game," a new report says. A federal study of news reports has identified 82 deaths in 31 states from 1995 to October 2007. Fifty-seven children died in 2005 and 2006 alone. But even if they survive, say experts at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the "game" might leave them with permanent brain damage, seizure disorders or other disabilities.
NEWS
John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2012
A conversation with a colleague prompted me to draw an important distinction in long-form journalism between the thumbsucker and the goat-choker. The thumbsucker, long a journalistic staple, is the article that tells you What It's All About. Thumbsuckers flourish on Sundays, because Saturdays are generally slow news days and the increased space of Sunday editions is an open invitation to pontificate about the how and why and what next of some development during the week.
EXPLORE
November 29, 2011
The Columbia Association's decision to hold women-only swim times is yet another example of a disturbing trend in this country which forces us all, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, into Sharia compliance. Like the kudzu weed, which now covers over 7 million acres of the American Southeast, the threat of "creeping Sharia" will adversely and unalterably change the social, cultural and political landscape of this country forever. Jesse Newburn, a spokeswoman with the Columbia Association, proudly proclaims that the "CA was founded on inclusion.
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