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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,SUN REPORTER | March 5, 2007
Students at Quarterfield Elementary School get 60 minutes of gym class every week, but it's the physical education teacher and custodian who get the most exercise. To accommodate six shifts of hungry children who eat in a gym that doubles as a cafeteria, physical education teacher Elizabeth Leventry and custodian Cain Lee have just five minutes to clear the floor of balls and hula hoops and set out 20 tables. When the last children file out, it's another mad rush to fold up the tables and mop the floor before Leventry's next class arrives.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2013
Janet Vance did not feel right around her sister's new boyfriend. And when her sister said he'd been threatening to hurt her, Vance said it was time to call the police. Instead, Lois Jean Vance Smyth promised to stop seeing him. A few months earlier Smyth, then 40, and Kenneth Brunetti had reconnected on Facebook. On May 29, 2011, he lured her to Leakin Park, shot her, left her for dead and stole her car and bank card. "He sat on my couch with my kids, watched my TV," Vance, 42, said, "and he killed my sister.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | April 18, 2001
After decades of overlooking a state mandate for middle schoolers, Anne Arundel County schools might soon require such pupils, like most of their counterparts throughout Maryland, to take physical education, Superintendent Carol S. Parham said yesterday. She will recommend to the school board at its May 2 meeting that gym class be switched from an elective to a mandatory class starting in the fall of next year, allowing more time for exercise during the school day. "At this point, with concern over the need for physical activity, I think it's something that deserves our serious consideration," Parham said.
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By Liz Atwood and For The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
From Liz Atwood: When kids start middle school, they notice one thing right away: There is no recess. They have gym class, but unstructured playtime is left behind in elementary school. But a new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents and teachers to recognize the importance of recess for children and adolescents. The doctors say kids need a break from the academics and physical education classes cannot compensate for the freedom of recess. They go on to say that recess should never be taken away as punishment.
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By Steven Kreytak and Steven Kreytak,NEWSDAY | July 22, 2000
This isn't your parents' gym class: Alexis Skelos, 35 feet above the ground, slowly edges across a cable suspended between two telephone poles. The 15-year-old's knees buckle, and the cable shakes as she clutches one of a series of ropes hanging six feet apart from a wire suspended above her. "Lean left, lean left," yells teacher Mike Davey. Alexis' classmates watch nervously as she creeps across the 25-foot-long wire. Back on the ground, she smiles, then exhales. "It's scary, but I finished," she said.
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By Meredith Schlow and Meredith Schlow,Staff Writer | June 30, 1992
The parents of a former Pine Grove Middle School honor roll student have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging that Baltimore County school officials were negligent in disregarding doctors' orders after their daughter was injured during a sixth-grade gym class.The handwritten, 29-page complaint was mailed May 7 to the department's Office for Civil Rights in Philadelphia. In the complaint, Ronald and Arlene Heywood allege that Pine Grove's faculty and administration, as well as county school system administrators, ignored problems that their daughter, Christine, developed in her arms after an injury in gym class.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2013
Janet Vance did not feel right around her sister's new boyfriend. And when her sister said he'd been threatening to hurt her, Vance said it was time to call the police. Instead, Lois Jean Vance Smyth promised to stop seeing him. A few months earlier Smyth, then 40, and Kenneth Brunetti had reconnected on Facebook. On May 29, 2011, he lured her to Leakin Park, shot her, left her for dead and stole her car and bank card. "He sat on my couch with my kids, watched my TV," Vance, 42, said, "and he killed my sister.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2001
Gym class in middle school has been a Maryland mandate for years, but Anne Arundel County hasn't required it for nearly 30 years. State officials want to know why. Other Baltimore-area school districts and state officials say the law calls for gym class in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. But Anne Arundel County considers physical education one of a list of electives including band and foreign language. And starting next year, the county's sixth-graders are expected to spend even less time playing sports during the school day to make room for more reading instruction.
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February 16, 1992
An Ellicott City woman has filed a $100,000 lawsuit against the county Board of Education, claiming that a county teacher's negligence caused her daughter to be seriously injured in her gym class three years ago.In a lawsuit filed in Howard County Circuit Court, Joy Barnes claims that her daughter, Angelina Farace, received serious neck injuries in a gym class at Running Brook Elementary in February 1989.Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are Superintendent Michael E. Hickey, Running Brook principal Donald Setzer and physical education teacher Donald Bull.
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By ROGER SIMON | September 26, 1990
DALLAS -- The man from "Firing Line" asked me who I wanted to have on the show with me. I was going on "Firing Line" to discuss my new book. (Have I mentioned that I have written a new book? I mean, have I mentioned it this week?)"There will be you and Bill Buckley, of course," the guy from the show said, "and we were thinking of adding a third person. Does anybody come to mind?"Many names immediately came to mind. There are many excellent authors with books just coming out who would kill for a chance to be on a national show like "Firing Line."
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Jackson Blue, Z104.3 | September 14, 2011
Which songs are you dying to hear - and which are played out?  Z104.3's Jackson Blue weighs in with his handy Heat Meter. GETTIN' HOT: “Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine),” Gym Class Heroes We're bringing them to Rams Head Live Oct. 19, should be a great show. This song just entered the Top 10 and is building quickly. WARMIN' UP: “Sexy and I Know It,” LMFAO The 2011 Dundalk theme song? Another great dance track from LMFAO to wrap up summer. FLAMEOUT: “If I Die Young,” The Band Perry Nap-time is over.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | September 30, 2009
Students at Corkran Middle School in Anne Arundel County had quite the exercise routine Tuesday. They ran agility drills on their school field with Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk. They stretched with Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo. They high-fived Gov. Martin O'Malley. And they heard repeatedly from some of their sports heroes that they should get out from in front of the computer and TV and get some exercise. Shannon Thomas, an eighth-grade student, bounced excitedly as she watched her classmates run and jump.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,rashod.ollison@baltsun.com | March 19, 2009
The guys of Gym Class Heroes are trying to master the ultimate pop trick of being up-to-the-minute hip and transcendent all at once. On their latest album, The Quilt, the alternative pop-rap band also guns for a slicker urban sound. But pegging the music still proves to be a futile exercise. "We never really gave anybody a definition of the type of music we play," says lead rapper and band focal point Travis McCoy, "so that way we can play whatever we want and still just be Gym Class Heroes."
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By Mary McNamara and Mary McNamara,Los Angeles Times | September 12, 2008
You have to believe that the pitch for Nickelodeon's first prime-time family movie was something along the lines of "Will Ferrell-light." Gym Teacher: The Movie, which premieres tonight, is the story of a failed Olympic gymnast-turned-gym teacher who faces his last shot at glory in the form of a new National Gym Teacher of the Year contest. Even with Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU, Oz) in the lead on Nick, it still echoes Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro and Kicking & Screaming. The main rabbit-trick of loser-turned-winner comedies is humiliation - the protagonist must be brought low to give his subsequent transformation that heady feel-good lift the genre requires.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,Sun reporter | January 3, 2008
A few rounds in the gym. A jog to school. A lap around a lake. With a few hundred steps here and a few hundred steps there, about 30 students at Northwood Elementary School are each aiming to log 26.2 miles by spring. That's a marathon - an entire adult-sized, sweat-producing, medal-earning marathon. These kids and close to 2,000 others at 15 Baltimore City elementary schools and five Baltimore County schools are working toward that Olympic-sized goal as part of a new program that prods youngsters to change their increasingly sedentary and sometimes dangerously unhealthy ways.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | October 11, 2007
After becoming MTV darlings and hitting gold with their breakthrough album, last year's As Cruel As School Children, the guys of Gym Class Heroes wonder what they're going to do next. "We ask ourselves that all the time, `What will the next album be like?'" the pop band's lead guitarist, Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo, says. "I'm actually wanting to see how it comes out myself." The New York quartet - which also includes Travis McCoy on vocals, Matt McGinley on drums and Eric Roberts on bass - has been touring nonstop behind the latest album.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | February 18, 2001
READING IN GYM class? Yes, and writing, science, math, health and a dollop of social studies, too. Of course, it helps if you're a kid and you can imagine yourself a blood cell coursing through a gymnasium-sized circulatory system. It's particularly helpful if, while you're jump-roping in the lungs, you can read the "heart facts" posters on the wall. It's a bit like simultaneously patting your head and rubbing your tummy. "Every teacher a reading teacher" is the mantra of the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, and that goes for oft-forgotten physical education teachers as well.
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By New York Times News Service | April 30, 2007
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Children don't often yell in excitement when they are let into class, but as the doors opened to the upper level of the gym at South Middle School here one recent Monday, the assembled students let out a chorus of shrieks. In they rushed, past the pingpong table, past the balance beams and the wrestling mats stacked unused. They sprinted past the ghosts of gym class past toward two TV sets looming over square plastic mats on the floor. In less than a minute, a dozen seventh-graders were dancing in furiously kinetic union to the thumps of a techno song called "Speed Over Beethoven."
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,SUN REPORTER | March 5, 2007
Students at Quarterfield Elementary School get 60 minutes of gym class every week, but it's the physical education teacher and custodian who get the most exercise. To accommodate six shifts of hungry children who eat in a gym that doubles as a cafeteria, physical education teacher Elizabeth Leventry and custodian Cain Lee have just five minutes to clear the floor of balls and hula hoops and set out 20 tables. When the last children file out, it's another mad rush to fold up the tables and mop the floor before Leventry's next class arrives.
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