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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | July 10, 1997
A former Baltimore County police officer was given a five-year prison sentence yesterday for the 1995 hijacking of a United Parcel Service truck, despite his psychiatrist's testimony that allergy medicine may have caused a psychotic episode that led to crime.Dr. Dennis J. Kutzer, who has treated Joseph Goetz since he was arrested for holding up UPS driver William Yohn at gunpoint and stealing his truck, said the crime might have been prompted by two or three allergy tablets Goetz took the day of the hijacking.
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September 28, 2014
I pass no judgment on the committee members charged with picking a nominee for the vacancy in the City Council's 11th District. I do not know their situations or any pressures they may have been under. In my heart of hearts, I feel nearly all of them agreed to serve on the committee because they believed they could make a positive impact in their community and a responsible choice for the district. The City Council members serving on the committee seemed deferential to its other members as representative of the district, a district the council members do not live in or serve directly.
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September 20, 1995
ISRAEL BEHAVED well, on short notice, in directing a hijacked Iranian airliner to the remote Ovda air base after Jordan and Saudi Arabia forbade it to land. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin told air controllers to keep the plane away from population centers and Ben Gurion International Airport, lest it be a giant terrorist bomb, but to let it down rather than risk the lives of 177 aboard.Israel's responsibility after the landing was clear, to give food and medical treatment where needed and return the plane and persons aboard to Iran as expeditiously as possible.
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February 26, 2014
I have been working in Egypt on various development projects for more than 15 years now and have been present here for seven to eight months in each of the past three years. I have personally witnessed every significant sociopolitical event here over that time and am in constant conversation about those events with my Egyptian project staff who are themselves politically diverse. My opinion is that much of the western media reporting over the past three years has been very superficial - often lop-sided - and often simply wrong.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 27, 1996
MIAMI -- An Iberia Airlines DC-10 en route from Madrid, Spain, to Havana was diverted here yesterday by a man brandishing a tinfoil-wrapped package that he claimed was a bomb. The man was arrested without incident after the plane landed at Miami International Airport.None of the other 218 passengers and 14 crew members on board was injured."He had a hoax device," said Paul Philip, a spokesman for the FBI in Miami who identified the suspect as Saado Ibrahaim, 27, a Lebanese national.With heavily armed FBI agents and Dade County police surrounding the plane, Ibrahaim emerged from the plane with his hands in the air about 30 minutes after Flight 6621 touched down.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 12, 2003
MIAMI - Six Cuban men accused of hijacking a World War II-era passenger plane to the United States were found guilty of air piracy yesterday in a case that federal officials hope will be a warning to others tempted to flee the same way. A federal jury in Key West, Fla., rejected a defense claim that the hijacking was a "freedom flight" from the Communist-ruled island that had the cooperation of the plane's crew. Prosecutors dismissed that assertion as "laughable." Air piracy carries a mandatory 20-year prison term and the possibility of a life sentence.
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By New York Times News Service | December 31, 1992
MIAMI -- Forty-five Cubans who defected to the United State in an airliner have been released from federal custody after an intense debate in Washington about whether the pilot's diversion of a routine domestic commuter flight violated international hijacking agreements.The Aero-Caribbean airliner landed at Miami International Airport Tuesday after passengers overpowered three crew members during a scheduled flight from Havana to the beach resort of Varadero. The plane's pilot, Carlos Cancio Porcel, was a leader in the defection plan.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | April 24, 1996
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- In one corner stood the woman who tried to hijack an El Al plane in 1970. In another corner, the man whose forces killed 27 Israeli schoolchildren in 1974. And in the center of the room was the mastermind of the Achille Lauro cruise-ship hijacking in 1985.The who's who of Palestinian fighters were back in their homeland -- with Israel's permission.It was a sight that shocked the warriors themselves.After all, many Israelis will never forget or forgive these longtime enemies for their bloody deeds.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | March 23, 2003
MIAMI - Many of the Cuban passengers and crew members on a plane hijacked over Cuba and diverted to Key West, Fla., returned home yesterday, federal officials said. The officials would not confirm how many left but said only a small number chose to remain in the United States and seek political asylum. They will probably be allowed to stay so they can testify against the six men accused of commandeering the plane Wednesday at knifepoint, said Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.
NEWS
February 11, 2000
THE PEACEFUL resolution of an Indian airlines hijacking at Kandahar in Afghanistan on New Year's Day was humane in freeing hostages. But it also inspired the hijacking of a domestic Afghan airliner that was freed yesterday at London's Stansted Airport. When India's negotiators and Afghanistan authorities gave Kashmiri terrorists what they demanded -- freedom for three terrorists in Indian prisons and a safe getaway -- that hijacking succeeded. The moral was that hijacking works; others should try. In the latest incident, the hijackers may really have wanted only asylum in Britain, which 60 hijackers and passengers have now requested for themselves and their dependents.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
The State Board of Education passed a new school discipline policy that will have far-reaching effects on every subdivision in Maryland. Your editorial in support of the new policy was both predictable and disheartening ( "Keep them in class," Jan. 29). The new policy was favored by the Open Society Institute, Advocates for Children & Youth, the NAACP and the ACLU. It was opposed by teachers, principals, administrators, superintendents and most local boards of education. Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder also favor the new policy.
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October 5, 2013
I salute letter writer William Akers' brilliant description of congressional Republicans ( "Gangster tactics from the House GOP," Oct 1). Republicans have allowed their far-right, extremist wing - the tea party - to hijack the GOP and to intentionally hurt millions of American workers and their families. We must hold Republicans accountable at the polls for their behavior in 2014, 2016 and thereafter. America will soon default on its debt due to the inactivity of Congress, possibly plunging the country and the world into yet another recession or even a depression.
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By Ruth Goldstein | October 17, 2012
Stop! Don't sign it! A petition drive secretly sponsored by developers Howard Brown and David Cordish has been circulating for the last few weeks in an effort to quash all of the zoning changes in Council Districts 2 and 6 that were approved in August by the Baltimore County Council. This vote took place after an exhaustive one-year process of community input meetings, Planning Board recommendations and staff reviews called the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP). Finally, it was signed into law by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
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By Rachel Marsden | March 29, 2012
In France, an Islamic terrorist has likely hijacked the agenda for the remainder of the French presidential race. That terrorist is 23-year-old Mohammed Merah, a Franco-Algerian from Toulouse who was fatally riddled with bullets by French forces last week after a 30-hour standoff and took the television remotes of an entire nation with him. Because of Mr. Merah, an election fought on economic grounds has become dominated almost exclusively by national...
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By Luke Broadwater | April 11, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • What goes around (goes around, goes around) comes all the way back around: Wikileaks founder threatens lawsuit over embarrassing press . (Guardian)  • Birthers, you've already seen this evidence, but here it is again:  Hawaiian official reasserts authenticity of Obama's birth certificate . (MSNBC)
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2010
The suspect in the attempted bombing of the Army recruiting center in Catonsville apparently drew inspiration from an array of websites and radical Islamic leaders, including a U.S.-born cleric who has been targeted for assassination by the Obama administration, according to an FBI affidavit. Anwar al-Awlaki, the American imam who has become one of the world's best-known advocates of violence against the United States, was described by bombing suspect Antonio Martinez as "my beloved sheikh," according to the affidavit.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | July 10, 1997
A former Baltimore County police officer was given a five-year prison sentence yesterday for the 1995 hijacking of a United Parcel Service truck, despite his psychiatrist's testimony that allergy medicine may have caused a psychotic episode that led to crime.Dr. Dennis J. Kutzer, who has treated Joseph Goetz since he was arrested for holding up a UPS driver at gunpoint and stealing his truck, said the crime might have been prompted by the two or three allergy tablets Goetz took the day he commandeered the truck.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 11, 2002
WASHINGTON - Authorities interviewing a member of al-Qaida in military custody overseas are pursuing a new theory of the Sept. 11 plot - that the suspect, Ramzi Binalshibh, was planning to pilot a fifth hijacked plane to strike the White House. The plan was disrupted when Binalshibh, a Yemeni who was captured last month in Pakistan, failed to obtain permission to enter the United States, where he had planned to attend flight school in Florida, senior government officials said. Evidence that there were plans for a fifth hijack team had also come from the debriefing of John Walker Lindh, but the possibility that Binalshibh was to be the leader of another attack group had not been previously disclosed.
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By Matt Zapotosky and Jenna Johnson and Matt Zapotosky and Jenna Johnson,Washington Post | April 10, 2009
At least 14 of the 20 officers and crew aboard the U.S. container ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean Wednesday attended union-run maritime schools in Maryland, and many received classroom training on how to handle a pirate or terrorist attack, school and union officials said Thursday. Nine of the twelve members of the Seafarers International Union who were aboard the Maersk Alabama attended the union's maritime school in the St. Mary's County town of Piney Point, the school's education director said.
NEWS
November 20, 2008
It was an unabashed attack on the high seas that delivered an extraordinary bounty - $100 million worth of crude oil. But the Somali pirates who hijacked a Saudi Arabia-owned supertanker off the coast of Kenya over the weekend - and later seized two freighters in the Gulf of Aden and defied an Indian navy vessel sent to intercept them - have shown a brazenness that should chill commercial shipowners. Combating piracy at sea has become a matter of international urgency that will require a coordinated response on many fronts.
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