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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF | October 31, 1997
Students at a Jewish school in Pikesville and the parents who took them to school yesterday had a nasty surprise in store: During the night, vandals had spray-painted swastikas, epithets, profanity and obscene drawings at the school.Sidewalks, pavement, signs, two sides of a building and the playground swing set at the Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim-Talmudical Academy of Baltimore were defaced with words and symbols written in red, green and black spray paint.Baltimore County police are investigating it as a "bias incident" -- the term police prefer to "hate crime," said spokesman Bill Toohey.
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By Lacy McCrary and Lacy McCrary,KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | August 21, 1997
PHILADELPHIA - Daisy Myers vividly remembers the rocks through the windows, the taunts and name-calling and cross-burnings and the day-and-night blaring of "Old Black Joe" that greeted her arrival as a member of the first African-American family in Levittown, Pa., 40 years ago.Memories of nights, more than a week of them, in which a mob that was estimated from 200 to 1,000 people gathered along Deepgreen Lane in the Dog Hollow section screaming racial epithets,...
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August 3, 1997
Editorial on racial epithets called disserviceI am the lawyer for Cory Lee LaFon, referred to in your editorial of July 24, "Writing a Wrong." Contrary to your editorial comment, I did not say that Cory Lee LaFon "did not understand the meaning of the racial epithets."Such a statement would obviously be absurd. I did inform the court that in speaking with my client, I came to understand that he, like many young people two generations removed from World War II, fail to appreciate how hateful a swastika symbol is. I ratified in open court our collective, appropriate repugnance at the ideas of racial and religious bigotry.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1997
A sexton who was arrested in September on suspicion of loitering outside the Baltimore church where he works has filed a $5.5 million suit against two city police officers, accusing them of yelling a racial epithet, intentionally using excessive force, and falsely arresting and imprisoning him.The suit, filed Friday in Baltimore Circuit Court, alleges that Central District Agent Brian M. Fockler and Officer Georgios S. Giannakoulias acted without probable cause...
BUSINESS
By James Bock and James Bock,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Texaco Inc. announced yesterday a sweeping plan to open doors for minorities and women, winning praise from civil rights leaders.The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson called off a consumer boycott of Texaco, and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume shelved a threatened stock divestiture campaign.Texaco pledged to boost minority employment, reward managers for achieving workplace diversity, triple the number of blacks who own retail outlets and increase purchasing from businesses owned by minorities and women.
NEWS
By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | September 27, 1996
Baltimore County Police Officer William R. Goodman testified yesterday he didn't beat or hurl racial epithets at an Essex drug dealer last year, but said he tapped the man lightly on the cheeks at the time of the incident because he thought the man was intoxicated.And Goodman -- a 10-year police veteran on trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court charged with battery and with a hate crime -- acknowledged that he cursed at Melvin Maddox during the July 29, 1995 incident."Sometimes, ma'am, you have to lower yourself so they can understand you," he told Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney Sue A. Schenning.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1996
William R. Goodman, a Baltimore County police officer accused of a hate crime, used a racial epithet while placing a man suspected of dealing drugs under arrest last year, a fellow officer testified as the trial opened yesterday.But Goodman's attorney offered another version of events at the Essex precinct July 29, 1995, calling the alleged victim "the worst liar of all."Goodman, 35, also is accused of battery and misconduct in office as a result of the incident. Authorities say he kicked and pummeled Melvin Maddox, 25, calling him a racial epithet while trying to take his fingerprints.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | September 24, 1996
An unidentified man stopped his truck at the site of a Howard County public works project Friday and hurled a racial epithet at a predominantly black work crew, then returned minutes later to berate them again, Howard County police said yesterday.Six men were fixing a broken water line on Montgomery Road near Washington Boulevard in Elkridge about 5 p.m. when a white man in his 30s driving a Toyota truck stopped and began screaming at the crew to work harder, said Thaddeus Mitchell Jr., 35, the crew leader, who reported the incident to police.
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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 Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | February 2, 1996
One of the five candidates for Howard County school board is raising an issue that's making the other four uncomfortable: race.At a recent NAACP candidate forum, Vincent Pugliese, a retired Montgomery County teacher who lives in Columbia, repeatedly used a highly charged racial epithet in regard to blacks while relating anecdotes decrying racism.Mr. Pugliese also has declared that he would like to do away with the schools' Black History Month, which he says stresses ethnic differences rather than unity.
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