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August 22, 2014
What is happening now in Ferguson is just unnecessary ( "Baltimore demonstrators to protest again for Ferguson," Aug. 20). Rioting and looting is not a response to the death of Michael Brown. It's simply an excuse for some to commit crimes for their own benefit. Video has shown that Mr. Brown used his size to intimidate a business owner after taking cigars without paying. No one can deny this video. His being shot six times was unnecessary and not based on his theft. All of this turmoil is due to a white policeman shooting a black man. We see blacks killing blacks every day in every city in this country.
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By Cal Thomas | September 13, 2014
The "indefinite suspension" of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for knocking out his then-fiancée, now wife, in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino has again provoked debate about domestic violence and what the National Football League tolerates when it affects a star player. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who last spring testified to Mr.  Rice's good character, says a new video has "changed things. " Mr. Rice was initially suspended for two games after part of a video showed Mr. Rice dragging fiancée Janay Palmer from the elevator.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Sun reporter | May 28, 2008
Two new studies of young adults who grew up in poor, inner-city neighborhoods in Cincinnati have found that childhood exposure to lead is linked to a significant loss of critical brain matter and to an increased risk of criminal behavior. Researchers followed hundreds of children from the womb into their 20s and found an average loss of 1.2 percent in the volume of gray matter in the brain by the time they reached adulthood. That sounds minor, but researchers at the University of Cincinnati said the losses were concentrated in brain regions responsible for critical "executive" functions, such as impulse control, emotional regulation, judgment and the anticipation of consequences.
NEWS
August 22, 2014
Here's a question: Why do reporters continue to call what is happening in Ferguson, Mo., a demonstration? A demonstration is peaceful, which the daytime actions are. What is happening at night is a riot, with theft, vandalism and arson. That most certainly is not a demonstration. It is criminal behavior and should be called what it is. David Posner - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1996
The U.S. Naval Academy, beset by a plague of criminal behavior and alleged wrongdoing, will tighten its admissions screening and hold midshipmen to a higher military standard, officials said yesterday.The tighter screening will include more detailed interviews with local admissions boards and teachers -- and a check with local police to see if applicants have a record.Now applicants are asked on an application form if they have ever been arrested."There are problems that are not yet totally solved," said retired Adm. Benjamin Montoya, chairman of the academy's 12-member civilian advisory board of visitors, after a daylong, closed-door session.
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October 25, 2011
Halloween trick-or-treat in the city will be held Monday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. City officials called for children to keep themselves safe during trick-or-treat activities, and urged parents to make sure their children's costumes reflect light and are visible in the dark of the early evening hours. Residents should leave their porch lights on to receive trick-or-treaters. To report any suspicious or criminal behavior including unsafe treats received, call Laurel Police Department at 301-498-0092.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2013
Baltimore police officer Kendell Richburg pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges Tuesday, as his attorney said the accusations are linked to "relatively benign" actions surrounding his use of confidential informants. "It's nothing close to selling drugs, or giving the confidential informant drugs to sell or anything of that nature," the attorney, Warren A. Brown, said after the hearing. "Whatever behavior he engaged in it was designed to enhance public safety, it was designed to get guns off the street, and sometimes it was designed to please the Police Department.
NEWS
August 22, 2014
Here's a question: Why do reporters continue to call what is happening in Ferguson, Mo., a demonstration? A demonstration is peaceful, which the daytime actions are. What is happening at night is a riot, with theft, vandalism and arson. That most certainly is not a demonstration. It is criminal behavior and should be called what it is. David Posner - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By New York Times News Service | July 2, 1993
WASHINGTON -- White House officials said yesterday that the internal review of their handling of the travel office affair, which is to be made public today, outlined a series of management errors on the part of aides but did not recommend any dismissals or job transfers.Also yesterday, officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said its investigation had turned up no evidence of criminal behavior by the seven members of the White House travel office who were summarily dismissed after accusations of mismanagement.
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Tricia Bishop | May 11, 2012
A 32-year-old Germantown woman pleaded guilty Friday to using a government credit card for personal use, buying 119 iPads, a mattress set and house cleaning services, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Tamia M. McCoy, a former employee for the National Institutes of Health, faces up to 10 years in prison at her sentencing in Baltimore's U.S. district court, set for July 26. In all, she stole between $70,000 and $120,000 prosecutors said. “McCoy brazenly sought to profit at the behest of tax payer dollars.
NEWS
August 22, 2014
What is happening now in Ferguson is just unnecessary ( "Baltimore demonstrators to protest again for Ferguson," Aug. 20). Rioting and looting is not a response to the death of Michael Brown. It's simply an excuse for some to commit crimes for their own benefit. Video has shown that Mr. Brown used his size to intimidate a business owner after taking cigars without paying. No one can deny this video. His being shot six times was unnecessary and not based on his theft. All of this turmoil is due to a white policeman shooting a black man. We see blacks killing blacks every day in every city in this country.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
The Baltimore Police Department pledged to devote "every resource in the organization" to supporting a detective who claims attempts were made to intimidate him for testifying in a criminal case against other officers, Commissioner Anthony Batts announced Thursday. Detective Joe Crystal found a dead rat on his car's windshield a few weeks after he talked to prosecutors who filed charges against his sergeant and another officer in the beating of a drug suspect. The sergeant, Marinos Gialamas, was convicted of misconduct, and the officer, Anthony Williams, was convicted of assault and obstruction of justice for asking his girlfriend to lie to internal affairs investigators about the incident.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
A cliché used to excuse those who break the immigration laws is that violators simply want "to make a better life for themselves. " But this argument is the same argument that applies to all crime. Thieves don't have enough money so they steal to make a better life for themselves. Should we stop enforcing all our criminal statutes simply because the criminals want to make a better life for themselves? We should stop trying to rationalize criminal behavior and start enforcing our immigration laws.
NEWS
April 24, 2013
The federal racketeering and drug charges unveiled this week against 25 inmates and guards at the Baltimore City Detention Center raise serious questions about the state's management of the facility. Investigators detailed a pattern of corruption and criminal behavior that was so widespread that for much of the last few years, the inmates were literally running the asylum. It will take drastic action to root out the crooked corrections officers and incompetent higher-ups responsible for this debacle, but that's only a start.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2013
Baltimore police officer Kendell Richburg pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges Tuesday, as his attorney said the accusations are linked to "relatively benign" actions surrounding his use of confidential informants. "It's nothing close to selling drugs, or giving the confidential informant drugs to sell or anything of that nature," the attorney, Warren A. Brown, said after the hearing. "Whatever behavior he engaged in it was designed to enhance public safety, it was designed to get guns off the street, and sometimes it was designed to please the Police Department.
NEWS
January 21, 2013
The recent commentary by former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. ("Obama's unpardonable neglect of clemency," Jan. 13) was particularly interesting and pointed. In these days of concern about the death penalty, an always important topic aimed at the Democratic political base, few politicians indicate any concern for clemency. It has always been a position of risk. I recall that Governor Ehrlich did this. In his column, he correctly points out that more Republican governors have established histories of clemency and post-conviction relief than have their Democratic colleagues.
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By CLARENCE PAGE | September 10, 1992
Washington. -- Funny how the sword of political correctness swings many ways. A new twist in the old argument of ''nature vs. nurture'' in determining criminal behavior has put new heat on the National Institutes of Health in an age of political and moral litmus tests for government funds.The NIH's hasty withdrawal of funds from an academic conference, titled ''Genetic Factors in Crime: Findings, Uses and Implications,'' which was to be held at the University of Maryland beginning October 9, has brought howls of outrage over ''censorship,'' ''political correctness'' and ''academic freedom.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2010
Baltimore police on Friday were seeking a 16-year-old girl from North Carolina who was reported missing this week during a family stay in Northwest Baltimore. The family of Phylicia Barnes, who lives in Monroe, N.C., contacted city police on Tuesday afternoon asking for help in their search for the girl. Authorities believe Barnes left a house where she was staying, in the 6500 block of Eberle Drive, in the middle of the night, possibly to get some food. Barnes is an A student who does not have a history of running away or of criminal behavior, according to Anthony Guglielmi, a Baltimore police spokesman.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | August 16, 2012
It was Bobby Rydell who sang: "...every day's a holiday and every night is a Saturday night," and while he may have been talking about those Wildwood Days at the shore in New Jersey in his 1963 recording, the sentiment can be applied to many situations. For a teen spending the summer at the beach (Wildwood, N.J., in Bobby Rydell's case), every day is a holiday and every night is Saturday night because that's what they're apt to make of the situation. From a wider perspective, those who ponder the meanings of literature and lyrics can easily draw the broader conclusion that any situation is what you make of it. Such could be the case with events like last week's Harford County observances of the anti-crime National Night Out. This event, and others like it with themes like Take Back the Night, provide healthy and wholesome activities for children in neighborhoods where the temptation to engage in a criminal and antisocial activities, is great.
NEWS
May 17, 2012
It is always tempting to ignore the bluster and bombast emanating from the vicinity of Patrick L. McDonough, the Baltimore County delegate and radio talk show host who considers himself a man of the people but mostly is a self-promoting bomb-thrower. His is a career built on angry sound bites and finger-pointing, particularly at minority groups, while his actual legislative accomplishments in Annapolis can be contained in a thimble - with room to spare. But his latest bloviation demands attention - if only because ignoring it might suggest it was excusable (which it was not)
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