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By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com | January 28, 2010
City prosecutors ruled Thursday that a Johns Hopkins student who killed an intruder by slicing him with a samurai sword was justified in his actions, according to a letter sent to homicide investigators. State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy said prosecutors determined the student, John Pontolillo, "reasonably believed he was in danger of imminent death or serious bodily injury" and was justified in striking Donald Rice, a 49-year-old repeat offender who is believed to have broken into the student's home earlier in the night.
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August 22, 2014
What is happening now in Ferguson is just unnecessary ( "Baltimore demonstrators to protest again for Ferguson," Aug. 20). Rioting and looting is not a response to the death of Michael Brown. It's simply an excuse for some to commit crimes for their own benefit. Video has shown that Mr. Brown used his size to intimidate a business owner after taking cigars without paying. No one can deny this video. His being shot six times was unnecessary and not based on his theft. All of this turmoil is due to a white policeman shooting a black man. We see blacks killing blacks every day in every city in this country.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 23, 1996
NEW YORK -- Bernhard Goetz's lawyer told a Bronx jury that his client was "a jerk" and that "someone should punch him in the mouth" for uttering racist epithets.But he argued that Mr. Goetz's flawed character should not obscure that he was justified in shooting four teen-agers he thought were about to rob him on the subway a decade ago.The attorney, Darnay Hoffman, urged the jury to look beyond Mr. Goetz's words and try to understand his actions.During the trial to determine whether Mr. Goetz should pay $50 fTC million to Darrell Cabey, one of the four people he shot on the subway, evidence showed that the so-called subway gunman had referred to the attack as a public service.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Closing arguments are expected Tuesday in the trial of an off-duty New Jersey police officer accused of murdering a Lansdowne man following a road-rage incident last summer in Anne Arundel County During the final day of testimony in Circuit Court on Monday, two law enforcement experts offered opposite opinions as to whether Joseph Lamont Walker, 41, acted reasonably in shooting Joseph Dale Harvey Jr., 36, on the side of Route 3 near Interstate 97...
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By A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 22, 2000
The Baltimore County police officer who fatally wounded a Catonsville man - seconds after the man shot and killed his estranged wife - was probably justified in his actions, police officials said yesterday. Matthew S. Paul, an officer from the Essex Precinct, shot and killed Kevin Page, 33, on Wednesday evening during a call for a domestic dispute in Essex. Kevin Page shot and killed his estranged wife, Lisa Marie Page, 30, as the officer arrived at the woman's apartment in the first block of Banyan Wood Court.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | August 28, 2006
Justin Timberlake, the former "cute" one of *NSYNC, obviously wants to be as far removed from his plastic, boy-band/pop beginnings as possible. And who can blame him? Justified, his super-slick 2002 solo debut, bumped with meticulously crafted urban beats on top of which he added faux homeboy swagger. Though technically sharp, the album was devoid of substance, which (most times) doesn't really matter in pop anyway. The suburban-dude-goes-'hood formula worked for Timberlake, and Justified was certified platinum three times.
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By JUDITH LICHTENBERG | February 20, 1991
College Park --- Pacifism, defined as the belief that war is never justified, attracts few adherents. Most people can imagine circumstances under which it is morally right -- even morally obligatory -- to go to war. For half a century Hitler and World War II have provided the vivid test case that makes absolute pacifism seem far-fetched. The question for most of us is not whether war is ever justified but under what circumstances it is.Yet the realities of war and politics make ''moderate pacifism'' -- the view that war is hardly ever justified -- compelling.
NEWS
January 1, 2007
The budget woes of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore come down to this: The gap between the cost of admission and the quality of the product has grown too great. Too much of the Druid Hill Park facility has been allowed to deteriorate in order to cut costs in the short term. It's not as accessible as it should be, and too many displays haven't kept up with the times. That's a difficult problem to solve. Difficult, but not impossible - with the proper planning and investment. At one time, Maryland taxpayers financed more than half of the zoo's operating costs.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 7, 2003
He can sing. He can dance. He can do color commentary for the NBA, shill for McDonald's and suck face with Cameron Diaz at the same time. He's Justin Timberlake. And he's unbearably annoying. At 22, Timberlake is the most sought-after American music act of the moment. We're not sure why, but we do know that it's really hard to take seriously a former Mouseketeer turned curly-haired homey. Rumor, in the form of In Touch magazine, has it that Timberlake is threatening to auction off love letters from ex-girlfriend Britney Spears and donate the profits to charity.
NEWS
September 18, 1991
Well before it moved into Maryland, Straight Inc. had a controversial reputation as a drug treatment program. Its tough approach to young people with drug problems has elicited complaints of abuse and cruelty, but also the testimonials of parents grateful for any program that shows promise of getting their kids off drugs.This week state Health Secretary Nelson Sabatini approved an agreement allowing the center to operate on probation for one year. The arrangement, based on strict state supervision, is a fair way of letting the program prove whether it can carry out its treatment goals within the state's standards.
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May 20, 2014
We still don't know all the circumstances surrounding the death of George V. King, a 19-year-old patient at Baltimore's Good Samaritan Hospital who went into a coma after being struck with an officer's Taser during a struggle with police and security staff May 6 and died a week later. But a report that one of the officers used his Taser five times to subdue the teen should raise serious questions about the appropriateness of the police use of force against an unarmed person who was heavily medicated.
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By Jonathan D. Libber | May 19, 2014
By now, many people are aware that in order to opt out of a smart meter installation, an upfront fee of $75 - payable in three installations starting July 2014 - and an additional $11 to $17 per month will need to be paid, as ordered by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). While my organization, Maryland Smart Meter Awareness (MSMA), is certainly grateful that the PSC decided to grant a permanent opt out, the fees greatly undermine public choice as only those who can afford to pay will be able to opt out. Nevertheless, many people who for reasons of health, privacy or safety, would strongly prefer to keep their analog meter, will be forced to accept a smart meter due to these fees.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts met with students at KIPP charter schools Friday to ease their fears, a day after a visiting college student's tripod was mistaken for a gun, setting off an hours-long lockdown. "I have a young child who goes to school not far from here," Rawlings-Blake said afterward. "I live not too far from here, so this was something that was very personal. I'm just so proud of the students, the teachers, the administrators and all the first responders who did everything right.
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Editorial from The Aegis and The Record | February 27, 2014
In voting to give themselves (or whoever replaces them in November 2015) a raise, the mayor and three members of the Aberdeen City Council made a drastic mistake. They should have either rejected the legislation increasing their annual pay from $10,000 to $15,000 for the mayor and from $7,500 to $10,000 for council members, or they should have increased the rate of pay for elected officials to the level of full time salary with benefits. For more than a year, Mayor Mike Bennett and council members Sandy Landbeck, Bruce Garner and Ruth Ann Young have been making the argument that a pay increase is needed because the job is so demanding.
NEWS
February 24, 2014
Last week's decision by Baltimore County's PTA Council to ask Superintendent Dallas Dance to delay plans to convert all county high schools to an eight-period schedule is noteworthy for a number of reasons. The changeover has produced such outcry from the schools that currently operate under a seven-period schedule - and county teachers are sufficiently slammed these days with other, unrelated matters of curriculum development and testing - to more than justify a one-year postponement.
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Editorial from The Record and The Aegis | October 16, 2013
Aberdeen's mayor and city council received a reasonable and rational request last week from a former city councilman. Former city councilman Mike Hiob suggested a second opportunity for public comment be included on the agenda at regular city council meetings. Generally, when the mayor and council meet, the agenda has time allocated for public comment near the beginning of the session. This is a good time for public comment because, from time to time, people will show up at a meeting of a local government to raise a particular issue - like the need that a pothole be filled - that can be easily addressed.
NEWS
June 26, 2003
TERRORISM IS insidious in the way it picks its victims (randomly), its timing (unpredictably), its venues (capriciously) - and in the reactions it brings forth (blunt, panicky and often self-defeating). Terrorists have a sort of tunnel vision, and those who fight against terrorists come to adopt a similar outlook. Everything is justified in the grim war of/against terror. This week brought a troubling turn in the case of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a 37-year-old student from Qatar who was taken into custody in Illinois in the wake of Sept.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | September 1, 1991
It's hard to imagine a situation handled worse -- on almost everyone's part -- than the mess at Northeast High.No one -- not Principal Joseph Carducci Jr., not School Superintendent Larry L. Lorton, notthe Board of Education, not the parents -- is coming out of this onesmelling like a rose, or anything else terribly pleasant.Thankfully, some giant steps toward peace and sanity were taken Friday. School secretary Virginia Zimmerman, who had the temerity to have a husband who questioned Carducci's leadership, was given her jobback.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
At a recent news conference, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts pledged that his department would responsibly use the controversial tactic known until recently as "stop and frisk. " As an example to the public and his officers, he described making such a stop himself. But experts say Batts' example — he said at the time that he searched somebody based on a tip that the person was a hit man for the Black Guerrilla Family gang — may not meet the standards for such stops.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
The recent indictment of 10 Baltimore business owners or operators on charges of stealing more than $7 million from the food stamp program is a welcome development but badly timed. No doubt it will be used as fodder by House Republicans angling to take billions of dollars out of the mouths of poor people this week. The scheme allegedly perpetrated by the Baltimore grocers is a familiar one. They accepted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards from customers, charged them for inflated or phantom purchases, gave out cash and reserved the biggest cut of the phony transaction for themselves.
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