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August 12, 1991
Pro-Iranian Shiite kidnappers in the Middle East have freed three Western hostages since Thursday. Muslim sources say further hostage releases hinge on Israel's taking the next step by freeing more than 300 Arab prisoners. Israel, in turn, has reiterated that before it frees any detainees, it wants seven Israeli servicemen missing in Lebanon.The Evening Sun wants to know what you think about the current hostage situation. To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County)
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
An anonymous call reporting an armed person holding a hostage at the University of Maryland, College Park prompted campus police to search the Main Administration building and two others Wednesday before declaring the report unfounded. When the call came in at 3:27 p.m., the department evacuated and swept the administration building, which houses the offices of the president and provost, and nearby Lee and Mitchell buildings, police said. Lee and Mitchell contain the bursar and registrar's offices, respectively.
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NEWS
April 27, 2012
Maryland Senate President Mike "Boss" Miller has now extended the bounds of his seemingly boundless manipulation of Maryland by holding a special session of the General Assembly needed to pass a budget hostage to his lust for table games inPrince George's County("Leaders float the idea of two special sessions," April 25). If the two-session compromise goes into effect, the second session should be held at that fount of political influence, Atlantic City. This will make a great movie someday; one only hopes that John Goodman will be available to play the Boss.
NEWS
April 1, 2014
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. errs in claiming that the American diplomats taken hostage by Iran were freed in 1979 ( "Drawing insults, not fear, from our foes," March 30). The diplomats were actually taken hostage in November of 1979 - not freed that year. They spent 444 days in captivity before finally being released on Jan. 20, 1981, the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president. Their release followed complex and lengthy negotiations between the Iranians and the administration of President Jimmy Carter.
NEWS
December 7, 1990
Five weeks ago in these columns, we made the observation that Saddam Hussein had become "hostage to his hostages." That state of affairs has now been confirmed. The Iraqi dictator's announcement that he would release by Christmas the thousands of hostages still in his clutches is hardly the humanitarian gesture he claims. Instead, it shows he has realized at last that the mass seizure of hostages is not a deterrent to a vigorous response from the civilized world community. Quite the reverse.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
A homeless man called 911 Tuesday pretending to be an Anne Arundel Community College professor and falsely claimed that a female student on campus was holding eight students hostage at gunpoint, police said. After police investigated the call, which came in after noon, they quickly found no hostages and no student with a gun. Police identified the suspect in the hoax call as George Walter Carlisle II, 43, and distributed fliers around the East Columbia Library, where Carlisle was known to frequent.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | June 3, 2013
This is typically the busiest month for moving in the year. If you're one of those people who will be on the move soon, make sure you check out the company that will be transporting your belongings. According to Consumer Reports, regulators in Massachusetts and New Jersey sued movers for giving customers low estimates and then hiking the price once goods were on the truck. One mover, according to the magazine, threatened to sell the belongings unless customers paid up. Federal law restricts how much movers can revise initial estimates, but that's only in cases where people are moving across state lines.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
An anonymous call reporting an armed person holding a hostage at the University of Maryland, College Park prompted campus police to search the Main Administration building and two others Wednesday before declaring the report unfounded. When the call came in at 3:27 p.m., the department evacuated and swept the administration building, which houses the offices of the president and provost, and nearby Lee and Mitchell buildings, police said. Lee and Mitchell contain the bursar and registrar's offices, respectively.
NEWS
October 23, 1991
A photo caption in The Sun yesterday incorrectly identified the woman standing next to freed hostage Jesse Turner, because of an error by the Associated Press. She is Nancy Waddell, wife of the commander of the U.S. Air Force hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany.+ The Sun regrets the errors.
NEWS
December 4, 1991
Americans will rejoice when the last American hostage in Lebanon, Terry Anderson, joins Allan Steen and Joseph Cicippio in freedom. That will close the book on this chapter of Americans held hostage by pro-Iranian factions in Syrian-controlled Lebanon. It will not end lawlessness, however, or wrap up the hostage crisis as an impediment to peace in the Middle East.Two German hostages remain, held as barter for Germany releasing terrorists who committed crimes in Germany. At least one Israeli is held and five more are held or dead.
NEWS
October 17, 2013
Now that the debt limit has been raised, government workers are back to work and the proverbial budgetary can has been kicked a couple of months down the road, the obvious question is, what's next? After venting his spleen a bit over "manufactured crises" today, President Barack Obama offered three items for the congressional agenda - find a balanced approach to the budget, finish immigration reform and pass a farm bill. Yes, they sound familiar and, of course, all three have been stuck in congressional gridlock and the odds of any one of them passing seems long, but - and not to be too Pollyannaish about this - they represent a good starting point.
NEWS
October 8, 2013
Regardless of one's basic political philosophy, the tactics of a minority of House Republicans with respect to the federal budget can only be considered despicable ("As tensions rise, Republicans and Democrats focus on debt ceiling," Oct. 7). In their efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act, they are employing precisely the same tactics used by Somali pirates. When you fail to prevail within the system, take the budget hostage and demand ransom in the form of gutting the law. If the budget's advocates refuse to be strong-armed, accuse them of failing to negotiate.
NEWS
October 3, 2013
With the shutdown dragging along and no discernible progress coming out of Wednesday's meeting between President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders, Republicans bemoaned the Democrats' unwillingness to negotiate. They'll negotiate with the president of Iran, was the common GOP talking point, but they won't talk to us. Actually, the more appropriate comparison might have been that President Obama didn't negotiate with foreign terrorists out to hurt the country, and he isn't rewarding similar tactics back home.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
Lawmakers in Congress made no progress Tuesday on ending the budget impasse that has thrown federal agencies in Maryland and elsewhere into the first government shutdown since 1996. There was little indication that either side was prepared to negotiate, as Republicans continued to demand changes to President Barack Obama's health care law in exchange for spending legislation, and Democrats insisted that the issue had already been litigated - and they won. Obama, using some of his sharpest language so far on the budget showdown, said legislation to reopen the government would not be achieved until Republicans in the House of Representatives stopped holding "the entire economy hostage" over what he described as ideological demands.
NEWS
September 26, 2013
Ever see the Al Pacino movie, "Dog Day Afternoon?" Based on a true story, it's about a bank robbery that goes bad. When it becomes clear that the jig is up - that there's not much money to be had and they're surrounded by police - the list of demands gets truly outrageous, including a limousine to the airport and a jet to fly them out of the country. That appears to be exactly what's happening in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now that it's clear that they're getting nowhere by threatening a government shutdown on Oct. 1 unless Obamacare is defunded, Republicans are looking to shoot the proverbial moon.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
A homeless man called 911 Tuesday pretending to be an Anne Arundel Community College professor and falsely claimed that a female student on campus was holding eight students hostage at gunpoint, police said. After police investigated the call, which came in after noon, they quickly found no hostages and no student with a gun. Police identified the suspect in the hoax call as George Walter Carlisle II, 43, and distributed fliers around the East Columbia Library, where Carlisle was known to frequent.
NEWS
December 5, 1991
With the release of journalist Terry Anderson, a grim era comes to an end. Anderson had been held since March 16, 1985, the longest of any American hostage. Because of the tireless efforts of his sister, Peggy Say, he had also become the best known.But even as Americans rejoice, two Germans remain in captivity in the Mideast. More ominous, despite tentative moves toward peace in the region, any lasting settlement of long-standing disputes and grudges still appears a long way off. But the Mideast does not operate in a vacuum, and changes in the rest of the world -- primarily the end of the Cold War -- have vastly changed the playing field.
NEWS
May 25, 2007
When Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari remarked that the choice would improve Iran's image across the globe. The Islamic Republic, she said, "has been seen as this rogue state, a hostage taker. Now people will see the other side." Ms. Esfandiari was right on both counts, only now she is the hostage, held in a notorious Tehran prison on trumped-up charges, and Ms. Ebadi is preparing to fight for her release.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | June 3, 2013
This is typically the busiest month for moving in the year. If you're one of those people who will be on the move soon, make sure you check out the company that will be transporting your belongings. According to Consumer Reports, regulators in Massachusetts and New Jersey sued movers for giving customers low estimates and then hiking the price once goods were on the truck. One mover, according to the magazine, threatened to sell the belongings unless customers paid up. Federal law restricts how much movers can revise initial estimates, but that's only in cases where people are moving across state lines.
NEWS
By Lawrence A. Peskin | January 23, 2013
The State Department is probably very pleased with the outcome of last week's hostage crisis in Algeria, although given the loss of innocent lives it would be impolitic for officials to say so. In case you missed it, Islamic militants had held an unspecified number of people hostage at a gas field in eastern Algeria, including a small number of Americans. Dozens of militants and hostages - including three Americans, according to the U.S. - were killed during a series of attacks by the Algerian military.
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