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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2014
Naval Academy midshipmen get a free education courtesy of American taxpayers in exchange for serving five years in the military after graduation. But when students leave the academy — voluntarily or not — they often have to repay Uncle Sam for the cost of their education. Two midshipmen are in the process of "disenrolling" from the academy as part of the fallout of a high-profile sexual assault case. But neither is likely to be hit with a tuition bill because the incident that led to their departure occurred before they agreed to serve in the military.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Netdao Yutakon of Nashville, Tenn., was still shaking her head, getting used to the lightness two days after her waist-length hair was chopped off to meet Naval Academy regulations in time for her freshman year. "It was like losing a best friend," said Yutakon, an 18-year-old graduate of Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Tennessee, as she fiddled with the locks that now come just below her ears. At least Yutakon was spared the razor. One by one, members of the freshmen class who didn't have their hair cut before Tuesday saw their locks vanish with the quick work of a barber - a ritual that was among their first tastes of academy life in Annapolis.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
The Naval Academy is in the process of disenrolling a midshipman accused of setting 11 small fires on campus in September, a spokesman said Wednesday. The trash can fires were set in men's bathrooms between Sept. 9 and 23, Cmdr. John Schofield said. All were quickly extinguished. The midshipman was apprehended on Sept. 24, Schofield said. He is no longer at the academy. Schofield said he was prevented by law from providing further information. matthew.brown@baltsun.com twitter.com/matthewhaybrown
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2014
Naval Academy midshipmen get a free education courtesy of American taxpayers in exchange for serving five years in the military after graduation. But when students leave the academy — voluntarily or not — they often have to repay Uncle Sam for the cost of their education. Two midshipmen are in the process of "disenrolling" from the academy as part of the fallout of a high-profile sexual assault case. But neither is likely to be hit with a tuition bill because the incident that led to their departure occurred before they agreed to serve in the military.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
If you're flipping channels on Sunday, you may recognize Annapolis on shopping channel QVC. QVC will broadcast live from the rooftop of the Fleet Reserve Club along Ego Alley on Compromise Street, accordng to the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau. Live interviews are scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon and from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Interview guests will include Mayor Josh Cohen, Elaine Rice-Bachman of the Maryland State Archives, Naval Academy spokesman Cmdr.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Naval Academy officials on Monday said a midshipman was found dead in an icy Annapolis creek Sunday after apparently crashing his SUV. Officials believe the midshipman, whose identity was not released, crashed into the creek near Nimitz Library on the academy grounds possibly as early as Friday night or early Saturday morning, officials said. The incident was not discovered until Sunday, when a passer-by noticed a missing part of the post-and-chain fence along the water and reported it to authorities, said Cmdr.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2013
An outspoken English professor at the Naval Academy has been removed from the classroom following complaints from midshipmen, academy officials confirmed Monday. The academy would not elaborate on the nature of the complaints about Bruce Fleming, a popular professor who has often been critical of the academy. Academy spokesman Cmdr. John Schofield said it would be inappropriate to discuss the details of the complaints against Fleming, as an internal investigation is ongoing. "Professor Fleming deserves an expectation of privacy and a fundamental presumption of innocence in this matter, as do all midshipmen, staff and faculty at USNA who may be subject to any investigation," Schofield said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
Three male midshipmen at the Naval Academy have been charged with raping a female midshipman and giving false official statements, the academy said Wednesday. The case will next go to an Article 32 hearing, a military proceeding comparable to a civilian grand jury, and is still under investigation, said Cmdr. John Schofield, an academy spokesman. He declined to release the names of the accused midshipmen until after the Article 32 hearing. "This case is still in the pre-trial phase, so any further comment on this ongoing investigation would be inappropriate," Schofield wrote in an email.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Netdao Yutakon of Nashville, Tenn., was still shaking her head, getting used to the lightness two days after her waist-length hair was chopped off to meet Naval Academy regulations in time for her freshman year. "It was like losing a best friend," said Yutakon, an 18-year-old graduate of Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Tennessee, as she fiddled with the locks that now come just below her ears. At least Yutakon was spared the razor. One by one, members of the freshmen class who didn't have their hair cut before Tuesday saw their locks vanish with the quick work of a barber - a ritual that was among their first tastes of academy life in Annapolis.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
The house that was the scene of alleged sexual assaults by three Naval Academy football players looks like any other in suburban Annapolis: a brick split-level on a quiet cul de sac lined with cherry trees. But neighbors in the Rolling Hills neighborhood off Generals Highway say the rental house was a nuisance that brought big crowds, loud noise and other problems. One neighbor, Bethany Swain, said the midshipmen who rented the Witmer Court house - in violation of academy regulations - regularly had visitors and "a lot of cars" on the weekends.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Naval Academy officials on Monday said a midshipman was found dead in an icy Annapolis creek Sunday after apparently crashing his SUV. Officials believe the midshipman, whose identity was not released, crashed into the creek near Nimitz Library on the academy grounds possibly as early as Friday night or early Saturday morning, officials said. The incident was not discovered until Sunday, when a passer-by noticed a missing part of the post-and-chain fence along the water and reported it to authorities, said Cmdr.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
The Naval Academy is in the process of disenrolling a midshipman accused of setting 11 small fires on campus in September, a spokesman said Wednesday. The trash can fires were set in men's bathrooms between Sept. 9 and 23, Cmdr. John Schofield said. All were quickly extinguished. The midshipman was apprehended on Sept. 24, Schofield said. He is no longer at the academy. Schofield said he was prevented by law from providing further information. matthew.brown@baltsun.com twitter.com/matthewhaybrown
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2013
An outspoken English professor at the Naval Academy has been removed from the classroom following complaints from midshipmen, academy officials confirmed Monday. The academy would not elaborate on the nature of the complaints about Bruce Fleming, a popular professor who has often been critical of the academy. Academy spokesman Cmdr. John Schofield said it would be inappropriate to discuss the details of the complaints against Fleming, as an internal investigation is ongoing. "Professor Fleming deserves an expectation of privacy and a fundamental presumption of innocence in this matter, as do all midshipmen, staff and faculty at USNA who may be subject to any investigation," Schofield said.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
The house that was the scene of alleged sexual assaults by three Naval Academy football players looks like any other in suburban Annapolis: a brick split-level on a quiet cul de sac lined with cherry trees. But neighbors in the Rolling Hills neighborhood off Generals Highway say the rental house was a nuisance that brought big crowds, loud noise and other problems. One neighbor, Bethany Swain, said the midshipmen who rented the Witmer Court house - in violation of academy regulations - regularly had visitors and "a lot of cars" on the weekends.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
Three male midshipmen at the Naval Academy have been charged with raping a female midshipman and giving false official statements, the academy said Wednesday. The case will next go to an Article 32 hearing, a military proceeding comparable to a civilian grand jury, and is still under investigation, said Cmdr. John Schofield, an academy spokesman. He declined to release the names of the accused midshipmen until after the Article 32 hearing. "This case is still in the pre-trial phase, so any further comment on this ongoing investigation would be inappropriate," Schofield wrote in an email.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
If you're flipping channels on Sunday, you may recognize Annapolis on shopping channel QVC. QVC will broadcast live from the rooftop of the Fleet Reserve Club along Ego Alley on Compromise Street, accordng to the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau. Live interviews are scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon and from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Interview guests will include Mayor Josh Cohen, Elaine Rice-Bachman of the Maryland State Archives, Naval Academy spokesman Cmdr.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
A midshipman who crashed his SUV into a creek and drowned in February had been drinking at an Annapolis bar earlier that night, a Naval Academy investigation found. Midshipman Max Allen, a senior from Chesterfield, Va., had ordered a burger and several drinks, including "The Max," a Long Island Iced Tea spinoff named after him, with two other midshipmen at the Federal House Bar and Grille on Feb. 14, according to the report. Allen returned to his dorm around 11:30 p.m., then had a phone conversation with a friend around 1 a.m., before leaving again, the report said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
Anne Arundel County police say they've arrested a Naval Academy midshipman after he allegedly threatened a taxi driver with a butter knife. Police say a cab driver told them he drove two men from a bar in Annapolis to a home on Bay Head Road on the Broadneck Peninsula early Sunday morning. One of the men went into the home to get money for the fare, but returned without enough money, according to police. The two then ran into the house, and one of the men returned with a knife and ran toward the cab driver, who was in the driveway.
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