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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Howard Libit and Craig Timberg contributed to this article | September 4, 1996
Howard County racked up two more hate incidents over the holiday weekend when a racial epithet was spray-painted on a sign at River Hill High School and a swastika was smeared in chocolate on a home in Columbia's Kings Contrivance village.The two incidents come as the Howard County police and nine organizations and businesses, including the Rouse Co., the county schools and the Columbia Association, announced a campaign yesterday to crack down on vandalism and graffiti.The goal of the campaign is to display posters in schools, buildings and parks depicting graffiti as a crime.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 16, 2013
See if this makes sense to you: For years, I've argued with certain African-American people about their insistence upon using the so-called N-word which, to my ears, is, inalterably, a statement of self-loathing. They say I don't understand. They say the word no longer means what it has always meant. They say it's just a friendly fraternal greeting. I say one cannot arbitrarily decide that a word -- especially an old and bloodstained word -- suddenly means something other than what it always has. I say that while language does change over time, it doesn't do so because a few of us want it to or tell it to. And I say that if I call you an "idiot," but say that "idiot" now means "genius," you will be no less insulted.
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February 27, 2000
PIEDMONT, Calif. -- Dear Sen. John McCain: I am a gook, even though I was not one of your North Vietnamese captors, who tortured you and other American prisoners of war more than 30 years ago. I am a gook, even though I was not a Viet Cong sympathizer who helped the North Vietnamese army battle Americans and South Vietnamese soldiers. I am a gook, even though I was not allied with the South Vietnamese military who fought alongside American GIs in that unfortunate war in which you and other Navy pilots were shot down.
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By David Nakamura, Steve Yanda and Daniel de Vise, Washington Post | May 23, 2010
On the day before he was charged with first-degree murder, George Huguely V walked the fairways and greens of Charlottesville's exclusive Farmington Country Club, the Blue Ridge Mountains at his back. The University of Virginia men's lacrosse team, ranked best in the nation, had just won the last regular-season game of Huguely's senior year. The 22-year-old and some teammates had gathered at the club with their fathers to celebrate the storybook ending and to look forward to the NCAA tournament.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writers James Bock and Nelson Schwartz contributed to this article | May 25, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Six black Secret Service officers who sued the Denny's restaurant chain last year for discriminatory treatment at an Annapolis restaurant are among 58 plaintiffs nationwide who will collect between $15,000 and $35,000 each under a settlement announced yesterday by the Justice Department.The $46 million agreement, in which Denny's also promised to try to prevent any future racial bias against customers, amounts to the largest corporate program ever to avert discrimination in public places.
NEWS
August 17, 2001
THE RESPONSE of Anne Arundel County officials and others to the vandalism of a Lothian church was the correct one: outrage - and the offer of help. Racial epithets were scrawled on a wall, furnishings, a computer and other office equipment were destroyed, and a pantry the church maintains for the needy was raided in the attack last week on the non-denominational Rapture Church. Its senior pastor, the Rev. Craig Coates, estimated the cost of repairing the damage at $20,000. In a show of support, Arundel County Executive Janet Owens plans to attend services Sunday in a tent that will be used until repairs are made.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 23, 1996
NEW YORK -- Bernhard Goetz's lawyer told a Bronx jury that his client was "a jerk" and that "someone should punch him in the mouth" for uttering racist epithets.But he argued that Mr. Goetz's flawed character should not obscure that he was justified in shooting four teen-agers he thought were about to rob him on the subway a decade ago.The attorney, Darnay Hoffman, urged the jury to look beyond Mr. Goetz's words and try to understand his actions.During the trial to determine whether Mr. Goetz should pay $50 fTC million to Darrell Cabey, one of the four people he shot on the subway, evidence showed that the so-called subway gunman had referred to the attack as a public service.
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By Richard E. Vatz | March 25, 2010
A bout two weeks ago, I was waiting in a "Seven items or fewer" line at Wegmans in Hunt Valley. The woman in front of me had 18 separate items and a variety of difficulties in finding the money in her purse to pay for them. She was waited on for more than seven minutes. After she was finished paying, I said to the person at the register, "Do you all not discourage people who have so many items from using this line? It really is bad policy." The woman who took 18 items to the seven-item limit line was still within earshot and said, "Mind your own business.
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By Gregory Kane | December 3, 1995
IF SOMEONE mentions the names of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, most folks would readily identify them as the two people who were killed by either O. J. Simpson or some as yet unidentified party in July 1994.Now here's a question: Who's Philip Woldemariam?Don't be embarrassed if you don't know. You really have to search to find out anything about the guy.Mr. Woldemariam was only 20 years old when a man pumped two bullets into him in Los Angeles' Woodbine Park on the evening of Aug. 25, 1993.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | July 15, 1997
An 18-year-old Elkridge man who admitted participating in a vandalism spree that included spray-painting racial and obscene epithets on four county schools was ordered yesterday to learn about the value of a multicultural society.Howard Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure ordered Cory Lee Lafon to research and write an essay of at least 500 words on how the community is enriched by cultural and racial diversity."There's no question these type of actions have an effect on the community at large," Leasure told Lafon in Howard County Circuit Court yesterday, referring to the racial and devil-worshiping signs scrawled across Howard High School, Ellicott Mills Middle School, Worthington Middle School and Mount Hebron High School.
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