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October 3, 2010
Maryland State Police are investigating the stabbing death of a Westminster man found early Saturday. The victim is identified as Steven R. Hobson, 40, of the unit-block of Main Street, according to police. Shortly before 2:30 a.m., Westminster Police responded to a 911 call from a building in the unit-block of East Main Street. Officers found the victim in an apartment in the residential and commercial building. Responding medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
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By Doug Donovan and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
The July death of a 10-year-old disabled foster child has been ruled a homicide — six years after the Baltimore city boy's mother was accused of shaking him into a coma-like state, Baltimore police announced Monday. Damaud Martin died July 2 at an Anne Arundel County group home that state regulators were in the process of closing down for multiple problems. State health officials are investigating whether Damaud received adequate care while living at the home, which was run by a company called LifeLine, but have cautioned against drawing any premature conclusions.
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By Eric P. Newcomer, Sun Sentinel | July 30, 2010
The wooden pews were filled Friday morning as friends and family remembered slain Hopkins researcher Stephen Pitcairn as a young man with an "intense" and "inquisitive" nature. "He grabbed you and you just wanted to be where he was," said Chris "Suds" Southard, youth director at First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach, Fla., where the funeral was held. Standing behind the pulpit, Rev. Ronald Hilliard tried to comfort the grief-stricken, still reeling from the death of the Jupiter, Fla., native who was robbed at knifepoint Sunday night while walking to his Charles Village apartment.
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By Julie Stanik-Hutt, Janet Selway and Andrea Schram | October 5, 2014
In the last few weeks we've heard a lot about the Ebola epidemic and work to contain its spread and potentially tragic consequences. But influenza is a preventable infectious disease that represents a much greater risk to the health of Marylanders. Influenza (flu) is a seasonal disease that is most common in the winter and spring. Last year, almost 25,000 Marylanders sought care for flu symptoms. Anyone can get sick from the flu, but preschool age children (under 5 years of age), pregnant women and senior citizens are especially vulnerable to getting sick from influenza.
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March 29, 2012
Regarding the NAACP's recent rally for Trayvon Martin in Baltimore, I thought one of the goals of the organization was to improve race relations, not worsen them ("'We are Trayvon,' marchers proclaim," March 27). I am as outraged as anyone about the horrible fate that befell Trayvon, but how is the death of this young man any different than the hundreds of other innocent young black men slain every year In this country? The answer is: The race of the murderer. If the NAACP wanted to advance its goals, it would hold a rally every day, not just to shine a spotlight on mixed race-violence when the victim is black.
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May 4, 2011
A poet long ago noted that the death of any one man diminishes us all. I do not think 19th century poetry envisioned 21st century cruelty. Hence, I and millions of Americans are taking solace from the death of the mastermind of September 11. Denny Olver
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2010
A Carroll County adult has become the 17 t h heat-related death in the state, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The person was working outside and collapsed. As with most others who have died from heat-related illnesses this summer, heart disease was a factor. Meredith.cohn@baltsun.com Twitter.com/baltsunhealth
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May 2, 2011
My view on Osama bin Laden's death is that it was long overdue. We have been searching for him for 10 years. I never thought it would take this long to find him, but I am happy they did. I am also happy the victim's families of 9/11 finally have peace. I just hope this does not make things worse than they were. Shawntay Peterson-Hoyte
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By Julie Bykowicz and Justin Fenton | February 20, 2010
Police are questioning a teenage boy in the death of a 65-year-old teacher at a state-run juvenile detention center in Prince George's County - a scenario that Maryland lawmakers described Friday as their worst fear. Hannah Wheeling, a Bel Air resident who had taught troubled teens for 18 years, was found partially clothed and unresponsive Thursday morning on the grounds of Cheltenham Youth Facility by another employee. Maryland State Police are investigating the homicide because it occurred on state property.
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February 19, 2013
The last sentence of the recent article regarding the death penalty repeal ("Lori, O'Malley, others ask death penalty's end," Feb. 15) quotes Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on why the measure is structured as an appropriations bill. "It's a subterfuge to avoid petitioning it to referendum," Mr. Miller says. No doubt the Senate president sees no wrong in that. He is just practicing what President Barack Obama did for the Affordable Care Act by using the reconciliation process and buying senators' votes with handouts like the "Cornhusker Kickback.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Mark Turgeon's two distinct memories of Len Bias have lasted three decades. The first occurred when Turgeon was a sophomore point guard at Kansas, sharing the same court at the Greak Alaskan Shootout with a junior rising star from Maryland. "Dunked on him," the Terps coach joked this week. In reality, Turgeon recalled how the muscular, 6-foot-8 power forward scraped his head on the bottom of the backboard after going in for a dunk. "That was the first time I had seen that," Turgeon said.
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September 30, 2014
Wednesday marks the anniversary of Maryland's tough new gun control law going into effect, and advocates are marking the occasion with a rally in Columbia. The law is getting some recognition in the governor's race, too, with Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the Democrat, hammering at his opponent, Republican Larry Hogan, for opposing the state's assault weapons ban, the ban on sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines and "common sense background checks. " The claims are true in that Mr. Hogan opposed Senate Bill 281 of 2013, the gun control legislation Gov. Martin O'Malley pushed through (with some assistance from Mr. Brown)
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By Alexa Fraser | September 28, 2014
One of the things that delights me in the people I love is their differences.  Each of my beloved family members behaved differently in life, so naturally each of them chose to die in their own way.  My dad, Alex Fraser, wanted control over the time and place of his death.  As his Parkinson's worsened, sometime after his 90 t h birthday, he decided to take action.  His health had been declining for some time, his tremor made it hard...
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September 27, 2014
Commentator René Muller asserts that suicide is "an uncommon phenomenon" ( "Explaining the inexplicable: suicide," Sept. 23). Yet The most recent suicide data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, in 2011, lists suicide as the 10th leading cause of death for Americans - a reported 39,518 people took their own lives that year. I say reported because death by suicide is under-reported for a variety of reasons - social stigma, religious and insurance concerns, and the difficulty in determining cause of death.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
A man was stabbed to death in the Broening Manor section of Southeast Baltimore Tuesday morning, police said. The victim was identified Wednesday as William Harold Simmons, 49, of Dundalk. Police were called just after 6 a.m. to the 1700 block of Kane Street, for a report of a man lying unconscious in the street, police said. They found Simmons suffering from multiple stab wounds, and he was taken to a hospital, where he died. No suspect or motive information was released.
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Dan Rodricks | September 24, 2014
Tuesday morning in a coffee shop, I heard someone wonder why Brandon Finney, the Shock Trauma surgical technician who was shot to death Sunday night, had been standing near Lexington Market at such a late hour. What was he doing there at 11:30? The question suggested that anyone who ventured after hours near the city's historic market - notable for fresh fish and produce on the inside, and too many drug addicts on the outside - must be either up to no good or asking for trouble. But the answer, it turns out, was simple: Brandon Finney had been waiting for the bus. That's what most people do in Baltimore - the working, contributing, responsible people, that is, as opposed to the losers who degrade and debase the city with their guns and cowardice, with stupidity and recklessness.
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June 19, 2013
Baltimore city residents will be paying a 9-percent tax on the bottle for alcoholic beverages ("Give us a break from City Hall's fee fever," June 13). That means a 30-pack of beer will cost $1.69 more than in Baltimore County after the distributor takes 5 cents a case! Thank you, mayor and City Council! Joe Gordon, Baltimore The writer is owner of Genie's Liquors.
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April 28, 2011
I am sad and sick to my stomach about the death of Phylicia Barnes ("Teen's family is left with a heartbreaking puzzle," April 25). Why did someone do this to her? Whoever committed this terrible crime knows that they did not have to take this young girl's life. My prayers go out to her family and friends. I know someone out there besides the killer knows what happened to this young lady, and I pray that this person will come forward soon. I really am tired of hearing about our young children losing their lives over nothing.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A 46-year-old Laurel man has been charged with killing his 68-year-old father in a fight at their home Sunday morning, Howard County police said. Nandal Gupta and his son, Deepak, got into an argument that turned physical, police said, causing Nandal to experience chest pains. Emergency responders took him from the home in the 9500 block of Washington Ave. to Laurel Regional Hospital, where he died at 9:35 a.m. Deepak Gupta has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and first- and second-degree assault, police said.
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Police and the state medical examiner have determined that a Towson University student who died over the weekend fell into a glass door and suffered head and neck injuries that killed her. Julia Margaret Ratnaraj, 18, of Sewell, N.J., had been drinking before the incident, people who were with her at the time told police. Her death was an accident, police said Thursday. Shortly before midnight Saturday, police responded to a call for an overdose at an apartment in the 300 block of E. Joppa Road.
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