May 11, 1994
Seven gubernatorial candidates squared off last night on a host of family issues that ranged from welfare reform to spanking school children, but offered few specific remedies.The candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, wrestled with the complex issues of government's role in protecting and providing for children and families, and spurring the state economy with the hope of more and better-paying jobs.The two-hour forum at the University of Maryland Baltimore County was sponsored by the MarylandCommittee for Children Inc., a pri vate, nonprofit advocacy group.
April 30, 2007
Each Saturday, Ted Sophocleus visits the grave of his middle daughter in Woodlawn, catching her up on the news of the past week, tidying up and leaving flowers for her. The ritual brings scant comfort to Sophocleus, a state delegate from Linthicum still mourning the loss of Dina Sophocleus Furrow, who died in July 2005 when she was pitched head-first from her husband's motorcycle into a guardrail on her 38th birthday. A short drive away, Stanley R. Furrow, 41, is in a cell, sentenced April 20 to a year in the Anne Arundel County jail after being convicted of manslaughter and driving his Harley- Davidson while drunk.
December 22, 2011
St. Vincent Pallotti Prep President/Principal David McKenzie resigned from his position Dec. 19, just months after assuming the position at the school, according to school officials. Assistant Principal Rick Diggs will become acting principal until a permanent replacement is selected, officials said. McKenzie stepped down due to "pressing family issues," according to a statement released by the school's board of directors. McKenzie, 61, was hired in March to replace Stephen Edmonds, who has been with Pallotti for 36 years and was principal for the last 13 years.
July 3, 2013
Giving birth in a Kmart parking lot off Belair Road wasn't part of Amber Noll's pregnancy plan, but she said that's what happened after a hospital sent her home Monday morning because she wasn't far enough along. Noll, who already has two young girls, felt contractions overnight and headed to the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson around 4 a.m. July 1, about a week ahead of her July 9 due date. She said workers there claimed she wasn't dilated enough to be admitted, however. "They said I shouldn't come back until I couldn't talk through contractions," Noll said.
July 10, 2013
Harford County will launch a new monthly program July 19 offering free car-seat inspections for parents who want to make sure theirs are installed correctly. Other regions, including Baltimore, already offer similar inspections. Roughly three quarters of all Maryland car seats inspected last year were either improperly installed or the wrong size for the children using them, according to Harford County police. It's a frightening figure given that car crashes are the main cause of accidental death and injury for U.S. children.
November 30, 1997
Family issues: Helping employees balance the demands of work and family is a bigger concern for small-business owners than it is for top executives of the nation's largest companies, reports KeyCorp, the banking company. In a recent survey, 58 percent of small business owners said work-family issues were a major part of the culture in their companies. That compares with 28 percent of executives at Fortune 1000 firms in 1995 who said these issues were a major part of their business culture.