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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1997
A Baltimore couple who ran a cosmetology school were sentenced yesterday to prison in U.S. District Court for falsifying documents and bilking the government out of up to $2.5 million in grant money for the school.Ron Thomas, 60, of the 6300 block of Belair Road was sentenced to a year and a day and his wife, Von Thomas, 60, of the same address, was sentenced to 37 months for fraudulently obtaining federal grants for the Ron Thomas School of Cosmetology, which had branches throughout the Baltimore area.
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By Marta H. Mossburg | May 11, 2010
Nero played fiddle while Rome burned. Sheila Dixon teetered on stilettos, wrapped in mink, with glossy lips paid for by someone else, while the city crumbled around her. We already know the disgraced former mayor stole gift cards from poor people and hit up her developer boyfriend for haute couture. But thanks to Fox 45, we also know she billed the city's few remaining taxpayers more than $11,000 for makeup, including days before she resigned to save her $83,000-per-year pension from the limp handshake of justice.
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By Paula Lavigne and Paula Lavigne,SUN STAFF | May 22, 1998
In a protest of working conditions they claim are hazardous and crimping their education, about 20 well-coiffed students went on strike yesterday at a downtown cosmetology school.Wearing white hairdresser uniforms, the students -- most nearly finished with the 1,500-hour training program -- stood outside the Baltimore Studio of Hair Design at 18 N. Howard St. as clients filed in to have their hair styled.The students' complaints include inadequate ventilation, moldy bathrooms, dangerous stairs and broken or malfunctioning equipment.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 31, 2006
Brian Lewis leaned back on a leather reclining chair while his daughter Kayla took a seat behind him. She put a glob of cleansing cream in the palm of her hand and began massaging it onto her father's face. When she got to his beard, she hesitated. "Can I rub the cream into this stuff?" the 15-year-old said. Her father chuckled and assured Kayla that she could. Lewis was one of about 18 parents and grandparents who attended the ninth annual "Day of Pampering" offered by students enrolled in the licensed cosmetology class at Harford Technical High School in Bel Air. Although he was a willing participant, Lewis was not aware of the day's events until he was driving his daughter to school from their Bel Air home.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | August 8, 1997
Two employees of the Ron Thomas School of Cosmetology in Baltimore have been sentenced to home confinement and periods of probation for their roles in an elaborate fraud scheme that bilked the nation's student loan program out of $1.5 million.U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced school secretary Mary Innis yesterday and bookkeeper Patricia Kress on Tuesday -- each receiving three years of probation, the first six months of it confined to their homes.Innis was too distraught to say anything yesterday.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff writer | March 31, 1991
Sharon Stull aspires to a career in cosmetology.The Westminster High School senior's ambitions received a boost recently when she wona gold medal in the 1991 Maryland State Vocational Industrial Clubsof America Skill Olympics."
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August 25, 2006
Hair in style -- The Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, will present "Hair: A Juried Exhibition" sponsored by Hey Red! Inc., a Laurel hair salon, from Thursday through Oct. 8. The show features more than 50 photographs, paintings, mixed media, collages, sculptures, ceramics and hair installations on the theme of hair by artists around the country. A portion of the artists' entry fees have been donated to the National Cosmetology Association Disaster Relief Fund for Victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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May 25, 2005
The Rev. Catherine Briscoe, a former cosmetologist who became an ordained minister and founded a Baptist church, died of respiratory failure Sunday at a daughter's Catonsville home. She was 78. Born Catherine Walker in Baltimore, she was raised on Retreat Street and graduated in 1946 from Frederick Douglass High School. She also studied cosmetology at Carver Vocational-Technical High School. Mrs. Briscoe later taught cosmetology at Carver and the Apex Beauty Academy, and established Briscoe's Style-Arama Beauty Shop in the early 1960s -- first on Mount Street in West Baltimore, then on East 31st Street, which she operated until closing the business in the 1970s.
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By Judy Reilly and Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 13, 1996
SARA BLACK, a Union Bridge resident and hairdresser, has been making women feel good about their appearance for 40 years.Ever since she heard a lecture on cosmetology in high school, Black has been working at the craft of cutting, coloring, combing and designing hairstyles.Now, in recognition of her dedication to the profession, Black has been named to the American Cosmetology Association's Wall of Honor. She was given the prize at the annual Maryland State Cosmetology Convention in Hagerstown last weekend.
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By Joyce Lain Kennedy and Joyce Lain Kennedy,Sun Features Inc | December 23, 1991
Dear Joyce: If I become a cosmetologist, would I be getting into a career that does not fall to recessions? -- S.J.No business is recession-proof, even health, but cosmetology is recession-resistant. Depending on your locale, it's possible to build your annual income to $50,000 or more within three or so years. An ambitious person can open a salon with a fairly modest investment.Although you can enter the professional salon industry as an investor and manager who hires licensed cosmetologists, the best way is to attend an accredited beauty school and become state licensed yourself.
NEWS
August 25, 2006
Hair in style -- The Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, will present "Hair: A Juried Exhibition" sponsored by Hey Red! Inc., a Laurel hair salon, from Thursday through Oct. 8. The show features more than 50 photographs, paintings, mixed media, collages, sculptures, ceramics and hair installations on the theme of hair by artists around the country. A portion of the artists' entry fees have been donated to the National Cosmetology Association Disaster Relief Fund for Victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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May 25, 2005
The Rev. Catherine Briscoe, a former cosmetologist who became an ordained minister and founded a Baptist church, died of respiratory failure Sunday at a daughter's Catonsville home. She was 78. Born Catherine Walker in Baltimore, she was raised on Retreat Street and graduated in 1946 from Frederick Douglass High School. She also studied cosmetology at Carver Vocational-Technical High School. Mrs. Briscoe later taught cosmetology at Carver and the Apex Beauty Academy, and established Briscoe's Style-Arama Beauty Shop in the early 1960s -- first on Mount Street in West Baltimore, then on East 31st Street, which she operated until closing the business in the 1970s.
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By Paula Lavigne and Paula Lavigne,SUN STAFF | May 22, 1998
In a protest of working conditions they claim are hazardous and crimping their education, about 20 students went on strike yesterday at a downtown cosmetology school.Wearing white hairdresser uniforms, the students -- most nearly finished the 1,500-hour training program -- stood outside the Baltimore Studio of Hair Design at 18 N. Howard St. as clients filed in to have their hair styled.The students' complaints include inadequate ventilation, moldy bathrooms, dangerous stairs and broken or malfunctioning equipment.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1997
A Baltimore couple who ran a cosmetology school were sentenced yesterday to prison in U.S. District Court for falsifying documents and bilking the government out of up to $2.5 million in grant money for the school.Ron Thomas, 60, of the 6300 block of Belair Road was sentenced to a year and a day and his wife, Von Thomas, 60, of the same address, was sentenced to 37 months for fraudulently obtaining federal grants for the Ron Thomas School of Cosmetology, which had branches throughout the Baltimore area.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | August 8, 1997
Two employees of the Ron Thomas School of Cosmetology in Baltimore have been sentenced to home confinement and periods of probation for their roles in an elaborate fraud scheme that bilked the nation's student loan program out of $1.5 million.U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced school secretary Mary Innis yesterday and bookkeeper Patricia Kress on Tuesday -- each receiving three years of probation, the first six months of it confined to their homes.Innis was too distraught to say anything yesterday.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | July 4, 1997
The husband-wife team that ran the Ron Thomas School of Cosmetology in Baltimore pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to their roles in a fraud scheme that swindled the nation's student aid program out of $1.5 million.Von Thomas, portrayed by prosecutors as the mastermind of the scheme, apologized in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and said she wished she could turn back time."I am deeply sorry," Von Thomas, 60, president of the company, told U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis. "I created a way to keep the business going, and it was wrong.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | July 4, 1997
The husband-wife team that ran the Ron Thomas School of Cosmetology in Baltimore pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to their roles in a fraud scheme that swindled the nation's student aid program out of $1.5 million.Von Thomas, portrayed by prosecutors as the mastermind of the scheme, apologized in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and said she wished she could turn back time."I am deeply sorry," Von Thomas, 60, president of the company, told U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis. "I created a way to keep the business going, and it was wrong.
NEWS
By Judy Reilly and Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 13, 1996
SARA BLACK, a Union Bridge resident and hairdresser, has been making women feel good about their appearance for 40 years.Ever since she heard a lecture on cosmetology in high school, Black has been working at the craft of cutting, coloring, combing and designing hairstyles.Now, in recognition of her dedication to the profession, Black has been named to the American Cosmetology Association's Wall of Honor. She was given the prize at the annual Maryland State Cosmetology Convention in Hagerstown last weekend.
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