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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
A month after she was struck by a respiratory illness so virulent that doctors induced a coma to save her life, an Ellicott City art gallery owner is awake and struggling to communicate. Marian Berman, 61, who operated Gallery 44 until family members closed her shop Feb. 22, first opened her eyes about a week ago, said her daughter, Tracie Guy-Decker of Norfolk, Va. The longtime businesswoman is not yet aware that the gallery on U.S. 40 has been shuttered. Berman remains on ventilator support, as she has been since Feb. 10, when doctors diagnosed her acute respiratory distress syndrome.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
Myles R. McComas, a World War II veteran who was the founder and president of Carpet Land, died Friday of complications from a stroke at Manor Care Ruxton. He was 94. The son of Ross McComas and Florence McComas, Myles Ross McComas was born and raised on the family farm in Hampstead. "His formal education ended in the seventh grade at the Fifth District School. It was the Great Depression, and he had to go to work on the family farm," said his son, Michael C. McComas of Hereford.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
A Navy football player reportedly is in a coma after undergoing surgery to relieve a brain clot at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Saturday. Will McKamey, a rising freshman slotback, collapsed during practice earlier in the day in Annapolis and was airlifted off the practice field at the academy. Randy McKamey, Will's father and high school football coach, tweeted that his son collapsed after taking a hit in practice. As of Sunday morning, McKamey was still listed in critical condition at the hospital.
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March 30, 2014
The graduating class at Glenelg High School should be allowed -- even encouraged -- to wear the blue ribbons in remembrance of Grace McComas ( "Blue ribbons for Grace," March 26). This was truly a tragedy, but it can also be made into lessons about the importance of kindness, empathy and the potential impact of individual and group actions onto others. This cause and effect should not be pushed aside but be made relatable to life as these young people grow and learn. Not acknowledging Ms. McComas' importance in the world will decrease the impact of the lessons that should be taken from all of this.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2011
A 20-year-old bicyclist and Johns Hopkins University student who was struck by a vehicle Saturday is in a coma, his father said Sunday. Nathan Krasnopoler, a second-year engineering student, was in a coma at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Sunday, according to his father, Mitchell Krasnopoler. "He had no pulse in the ambulance, they told us, but they were able to revive him," Mitchell Krasnopoler said. Nathan Krasnopoler was taken to the hospital Saturday after he was struck by a vehicle at 11:50 a.m. near the Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2012
A 46-year-old man who was in a coma since hitting his head on a sidewalk during a domestic fight in April has died, and city police said they are investigating the death as a homicide. No charges have yet been filed with the case. Police said Cornell Booker Sr. had been intoxicated and fighting with his girlfriend when their son intervened on a street in the 300 block of Whitridge Ave., in North Baltimore's Harwood community. Police said the victim fell during the altercation and hit his head on the sidewalk.
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By Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | February 21, 1999
Q. I saw a story on television about a person who fell into a coma after combining kava with Xanax. I am very concerned about this because my niece's doctor recently prescribed Xanax for her nerves. She occasionally takes kava to help her get to sleep. I have asked her to stop taking the kava for now, and she has, but her insomnia is back. How serious is this combination?A. Kava is a root from the South Pacific that has been used for centuries to induce relaxation. This herb has become very popular in this country for relieving anxiety and insomnia.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff | June 6, 1991
Mention Clifton Scott's name at the Deaton Hospital & Medical Center in the Inner Harbor and the words "determination" and "remarkable" surface."He had a lot of determination," Patsy Buniff, Scott's nurse, said yesterday. "It's remarkable how well he's done.""He's just very determined and he's made remarkable progress here," said Norma G. Kern, director of community relations and development at Deaton.Scott, 36, went home yesterday to his family and four children after two months in a coma and seven months at Deaton recovering from a severe head injury.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | April 11, 1994
Always, the lacrosse stick was there. When he was in the rehabilitation center in Wilmington, Del., still almost totally paralyzed, the lacrosse stick was there.Lying in bed, Steve Bull held the stick, vowing even then he would resume his lacrosse career at Northeast."I always thought I could play again," Bull said. "I didn't care what anybody said. I was determined."Bull is indeed playing lacrosse again, as a senior midfielder on the Northeast team that opened its season last week. Although not quite the player he was before the car accident, Bull is good enough, coach Kevin Buckley says, to play on the first or second midfield.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 6, 1998
A 22-year-old man remained in a coma yesterday after being struck by a Maryland Rail Commuter service train Friday night in Elkridge, Howard County police said.The man, whose name withheld until relatives were notified, was walking with an unidentified 21-year-old woman on the tracks near Levering Avenue and Lawyers Hill Road about 9: 15 p.m. when he was hit by the Washington-bound train.Police said the couple apparently stepped off the tracks, onto a narrow strip on the edge of a 60-foot drop, after the engineer sounded a warning horn.
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March 29, 2014
Kudos to Susan Reimer on her commentary (" Blue Ribbons for Grace March 26) highlighting the courage and compassion of Grace McComas' classmates in the face of administrative obstacles. Grace's friends, who are seeking to honor and celebrate the life of Grace during what should have been her graduation, have realized that cyberbullying is not a trivial issue. It is a serious, 21st century problem our young people are struggling with. Grace's classmates should be honored for bringing this issue to the fore while also celebrating Grace's life.
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By Sara Toth, stoth@tribune.com | March 29, 2014
Grace McComas would have graduated from Glenelg High School May 29. At the upcoming commencement, friends and classmates want to honor Grace, who was a sophomore in 2012 when she committed suicide after months of cyber-bullying. After initial opposition from the school and school system, it now appears they'll have that chance. Grace's mother, Christine McComas, took to her daughter's Facebook memorial page March 24 to express sadness after "hearing that Grace's classmates had asked to wear small blue ribbons at graduation but were denied by both the school and the Board of Ed(ucation)
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March 28, 2014
HCPSS joins the family and friends of Grace McComas in the grieving process, understanding that it is ongoing and particularly difficult during milestones in students' lives such as graduation. Our graduation procedures manual states that items worn on caps and gowns are limited to academic achievements. We believe there are other visible and meaningful ways to express remembrance of students who have passed. The school system has reached out to the McComas family to consider options such as the awarding of a posthumous diploma and a scholarship from the Glenelg High School Active Minds student organization in Grace's name.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
A Navy football player reportedly is in a coma after undergoing surgery to relieve a brain clot at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Saturday. Will McKamey, a rising freshman slotback, collapsed during practice earlier in the day in Annapolis and was airlifted off the practice field at the academy. Randy McKamey, Will's father and high school football coach, tweeted that his son collapsed after taking a hit in practice. As of Sunday morning, McKamey was still listed in critical condition at the hospital.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
The city vetoed plans Tuesday for a proposed open-air beer garden across from Cross Street Market in Federal Hill, but one of the owners says it'll open by Oktoberfest. "There will be a beer garden there come October," said the Crossbar owner, Brian McComas, who also owns Ryleigh's Oyster. How exactly he plans to make that happen isn't clear. The proposed beer garden in the first block of East Cross Street, which has been hotly contested by neighbors in the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, was granted an expanded liquor license from the city's liquor board last week.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
Rafi Montalvo, whose career as a Navy quarterback was put on hold when he was seriously hurt in a car accident on Thanksgiving night in 2012, said Wednesday that he has left the academy and will no longer try to play football. Montalvo, 21, returned to his family's home in South Florida last month and was told by doctors at the University of Miami last week that he would be at risk if he played football again because of the scarring he sustained on his brain as a result of the accident.
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By Thomas H. Maugh II and Thomas H. Maugh II,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 22, 2005
At any one time, up to 35,000 Americans - up to 10,000 of them children - are in a persistent vegetative state similar to that of Terri Schiavo, medical experts said yesterday. Every week, scores of families across the country must make the wrenching decision that Schiavo's husband and parents have been fighting over for more than 10 years, but the decisions are typically made in a much less public forum. There is often a great deal of confusion about what it means to be in a vegetative state, doctors say. First, such a patient is not brain dead.
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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | May 14, 2000
Ten days after her husband's life was suddenly, unexpectedly spared, Rose Brandner's life was just as suddenly, just as unexpectedly taken away. Brandner's husband, Rod, had emerged from a weeklong coma May 2, an hour and a half before his life-support systems were to be turned off. Rose had been at his side constantly during the coma, and Rod and his doctors pointed to her support as a possible factor in his inexplicable recovery. On Friday night, after a day spent with her recuperating husband and their children at Union Memorial Hospital, Rose suffered an apparent heart attack at her Carney home and was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital.
NEWS
February 3, 2014
William and Lee Ann McComas of Forest Hill announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Lee McComas, to Robert Allen Zilnicki, son of Laura Zilnicki of Williston, Vt., and the late Robert Zilnicki. McComas is a 2006 graduate of Fallston High School. She earned a bachelor degree in business administration from Towson University in 2010. She is a marketing specialist at Balance Logic in Waldorf. Zilnicki is a 2004 graduate of Champlain Valley Union High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 2008.
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