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By NICOLE FULLER | June 18, 2008
The Annapolis city council has passed an ordinance that requires work crews installing or working on underground utilities to have at least one member on site who is fluent in English. Alderman Samuel E. Shropshire, a Ward 7 Democrat, introduced the legislation in February, after residents in his district complained that maintenance workers severed phone and cable lines, leaving them without electricity and phone and cable service for days. The workers apparently didn't speak English and couldn't communicate safety information.
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SPORTS
By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Evening Sun Staff | July 18, 1991
BOWIE -- One of the Washington Bullets' is to see if A.J. English, their first second-round choice of last year, can learn to play the point as well as he shoots.English was invited to the Bullets' rookie/free agent camp, which wrapped up here yesterday, to begin work on the transformation. So far, he seems to be pleased."I don't mind whatever position I have to play to get more time and to help the club," said English, 6 feet 3 and 180 pounds.The Wilmington, Del., native had a spotty rookie season, averaging 8.8 points and shooting just 44 percent from the floor, one season after being named NCAA Division II Player of the Year at Virginia Union, where he averaged 33.4 points his senior year.
SPORTS
By Jerry Bembry Sun and Jerry Bembry Sun,Staff Correspondent | September 13, 1990
LANDOVER -- It could not be said of A.J. English that he lacked confidence last season while scoring 33.4 points per game at Virginia Union en route to becoming Division II Player of the Year."
NEWS
By Reuben Abati | January 23, 1997
NOTHING PREPARED me for the uniqueness of American English and colloquial American speech. Six months after arriving in this country, I am still in a state of linguistic shock.To come here from Nigeria, I had been required to take a test of English as a foreign language by the American Embassy in my country. If I had failed, I wouldn't be here. Which is why I am surprised to discover that there are Americans who cannot speak standard English. To survive in America, I have to understand a broad range of American colloquialisms, and a strange tongue called ''Ebonics.
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | September 7, 1999
BOSTON -- On the southern border of Texas there is a very tiny town producing a very large fuss. In August, El Cenizo, pop. 7,800, became the first town in the United States to declare an official language that wasn't English. From now on, the city's business will be conducted in Spanish.This linguistic fact was enough to make newswires buzz and tongues wag. The activists at English First and U.S. English found new and creative ways to suggest that El Cenizo was about to bring the entire English-speaking country down.
NEWS
August 10, 2003
Jule T. Hammond, who taught English for 39 years in Baltimore public schools, died of a stroke Tuesday at her Cedarcroft home. She was 82. Born Jule Thompson in Baltimore in 1921, her father's Baptist ministry led the family to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They returned permanently to Baltimore in 1932 and settled in a house on 38th Street in Waverly. Mrs. Hammond graduated from Eastern High School in 1939 before attending Towson State Teachers College (now Towson University). "She did not say word one about going to college," said Mrs. Hammond's sister Loucille Jackson of Deltaville, Va. "On the last day that you could register, she got on the streetcar - we had them back then - and went and registered."
NEWS
By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,Sun Staff Writer | July 14, 1995
Jun Lee isn't afraid to raise his hand in class this summer or to converse with the teacher, despite his limited proficiency in English.That's because the Korea-born youth and the other 15 students in a four-week class that ends today share a goal: All are foreign-born or have lived most of their lives abroad and need to improve their English skills.The summer course, offered by the county schools, has been helping them do that by giving them more instruction than they typically get during the school year.
NEWS
By LAURA MCCANDLISH and LAURA MCCANDLISH,SUN REPORTER | August 14, 2006
Omayma Ahmad, an English and Arabic teacher who while pregnant almost three years ago survived a rare heart surgery and went on to deliver a healthy baby boy, died of heart failure Aug. 6 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Baltimore resident was 40. Born with a serious heart defect in Khartoum, Sudan, Ms. Ahmad underwent three open-heart surgeries. When she faced an aortic valve replacement - an operation in which her heart would be stopped and a machine would circulate her blood - in 2003 when she was pregnant, her Johns Hopkins Hospital doctors urged her to terminate her pregnancy.
ENTERTAINMENT
By From Staff Reports | May 5, 1995
Cinema Sundays at the Charles continues this weekend with the showing of an award-winning English film adapted from aplay about a crime that took place in a provincial town in France in the 1930s involving sisters, maids and a matron's murder.The Charles is contractually obligated not to release the name of the films it shows during the Cinema Sundays program.The film will be introduced by David Bergman, a Towson State University professor of English and a published poet, editor and critic.
NEWS
By H. GEORGE HAHN II | June 19, 1994
A recent letter in The American Scholar magazine crisply expressed a point that the academic left has not yet grasped. Written by a former U.S. Foreign Service officer of German descent, the letter relates how in 1941 in a Berlin air raid shelter as British bombs pounded all around, a German cousin asked him, "You do feel yourself to be a German, don't you?" A rush of adrenalin prompted the writer to retort: "Yes, Wilhelm, my blood is German. But my citizenship is American and my heart is American and my culture is English."
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