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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2004
The state's highest court upheld yesterday the convictions and sentence of a wealthy Egyptian woman for helping spirit a grandson to Egypt, a ruling likely to stop her from re-entering the United States but of no immediate help to the Millersville man seeking the return of his two sons. Afaf N. Khalifa was paroled from her three-year sentence and deported to Egypt in May, where she joined her family, including an American-born daughter and the two grandsons she helped take to Egypt three years ago. The unanimous ruling by the Maryland Court of Appeals tinkered with details of the sentence and reaffirmed Maryland's right to pursue such cases.
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August 6, 2013
Based on The Sun's unprecedented pre-launch promotion for Al Jazeera ( "The new news team," Aug. 4) there can't possibly be any doubt whatsoever that The Sun is joined at the hip with anti-American conspirators whose goal is "fundamentally transforming the United States of America. " Unfortunately, I feel far too many readers of The Sun are unaware that the person named in The Sun article as a principal provider of funds for Al Jazeera - the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani - earlier this year blamed Israel for the turmoil in the Arab world that threatens to plunge the entire region into war. I also understand that the Sheikh is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical Hamas-controlled government in Gaza, and rebel forces in Syria.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2004
The lawyer for a deported Egyptian grandmother asked the state's highest court yesterday to erase her three-year sentence for helping to spirit her grandson away to Egypt with his mother, contending that anything Afaf Khalifa might have done took place before a new state law increased the criminal penalty. But the Maryland attorney general's office told the state Court of Appeals that the Anne Arundel County conviction should be upheld because Khalifa continued helping her daughter in Cairo after the Maryland law was changed.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
Wiz Khalifa, one of the headline acts for this year's Preakness Infield party, was busted for pot in North Carolina Tuesday -- the second time in a week, just days before his Baltimore appearance. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, the rapper was arrested for marijuana possession after officers smelled the smoke pouring from his tour bus. On April 21, police in Nashville found pot in the hotel room of the rapper, whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz. In Winston-Salem, police arrested nearly 20 people, including fans and members of Khalifa's entourage, the Journal reported.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2003
Maryland's Court of Special Appeals yesterday upheld a decision by the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court convicting a 60-year-old Egyptian grandmother of helping to kidnap her grandson. In January, Afaf Nassar Khalifa was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine for assisting her daughter, Nermeen Shannon, in the kidnapping of Shannon's 6-year-old son, Adam, from his Millersville home. Shannon's husband, Michael Shannon, won custody of the child in 2001. With Khalifa's help, Nermeen Shannon took Adam to Cairo.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2003
An Egyptian grandmother, imprisoned in the state since January in an international custody dispute, moved nearer to freedom yesterday. A three-judge Anne Arundel County court panel reduced - from 10 years to three years - the prison term imposed in January on Afaf Nassar Khalifa, 60. In an eight-page ruling, the Circuit Court panel called the original sentence "excessive." Khalifa is incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup on her conviction for helping her daughter, Nermeen Shannon, 34, abduct Adam Shannon, 6. Adam's father, Michael Shannon of Millersville, had legal custody Aug. 25, 2001, when Nermeen Shannon and Khalifa took the boy to Egypt.
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By Anica Butler and Anica Butler,SUN REPORTER | December 15, 2006
A jury awarded more than $3 million in damages yesterday to a Millersville man whose sons were taken to Egypt by their mother five years ago and are being kept from him illegally. Michael Shannon has not seen his boys, Adam, 9, and Jason, 5, since Aug. 18, 2001. He has been fighting his former wife, Nermeen Khalifa Shannon, and her mother, Afaf N. Khalifa, in court ever since. It is believed that the children remain in Egypt. For two years, Shannon's attorneys, Stephen J. Cullen and Edward Brady, have been arguing in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court that the Khalifa family is civilly liable for interfering with Shannon's custodial rights by abducting the children.
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By Luke Tracy and Luke Tracy,SUN STAFF | January 22, 2003
Afaf Nassar Khalifa, wife of a wealthy Egyptian businessman, wept softly in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court yesterday as she was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in the kidnapping of her grandsons Adam and Jason Shannon to Egypt, where they remain with their mother. Adam, 5, and Jason, 2, were taken to Egypt by Kalifa and the boys' mother, Nermeen Shannon, in August 2001 during a court-approved unsupervised visit that was supposed to have lasted a week, according to the boys' father, Michael Shannon of Millersville.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | May 8, 2003
An Egyptian grandmother lacks the ability to persuade her daughter to return her two young sons she took from Maryland to Cairo against their father's will, the grandmother's lawyer argued yesterday. Attorney William C. Brennan Jr. said in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court that he is worried that the grandmother, Afaf Nassar Khalifa, is being unduly punished because of an unfounded belief that she could sway her daughter to return the children to their father. Khalifa, 60, is serving a 10-year sentence at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup on her conviction for helping her daughter Nermeen Shannon, 34, abduct Adam Shannon, 6. Yesterday's court hearing, before a three-judge panel, was on a request by Brennan to reduce the sentence.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2003
In August 2001, Nermeen Shannon of Baltimore County got on a plane with her mother for a trip to Cairo, Egypt, and never came back. Shannon took her two young sons, Jason and Adam, with them, even though the boys' father had custody of Adam. Today, Shannon's 60-year-old mother, Afaf Nassar Khalifa, sits in a Jessup prison serving 10 years after being convicted of helping to abduct Adam, now 6. In an international custody dispute with an unusual twist, Shannon says she is staying in Egypt because she fears her former husband will harm their children - or her -- if they return to Maryland.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2012
Maroon 5 and the rapper Wiz Khalifa will headline this year's Preakness Infield May 19 at Pimlico Race Track, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Friday morning. It's the fourth year the Infield has hosted marquee performers as part of the InfieldFEST, an alternative to the bring-your-own-beer mayhem of the past that combines music, bikini contests, volleyball games and other events. The selection of the five-piece band Maroon 5, known for its brand of highly polished commercial pop, is in line with the family-friendly acts that headlined last year - the R&B singer Bruno Mars, and the adult contemporary big shots, Train.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | December 7, 2011
This surprise show, headlined by hip-hop's most popular potheads, sold out quickly, unsurprisingly. This year was Wiz's breakthrough year, scoring hits and Grammy nominations (two for "Black and Yellow," sorry Ravens fans) from his major-label debut, "Rolling Papers. " And, well, Snoop is Snoop, a veteran who has transformed from a great rapper to a consistently OK rapper. On record together, they both sound charismatic and at home bragging about their weed habits and the like. The duo's film, "Mac and Devin Go to High School," doesn't have a release date but the soundtrack does - next Tuesday.  The first single, "Young, Wild and Free," features a breezy hook from Bruno Mars and will likely make up thousands of Facebook statuses in the near future, if it hasn't reached that number already (an unofficial version leaked this past summer)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, b | July 22, 2011
Wiz Khalifa's Rolling Papers tour comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion Sunday afternoon ( tickets still available ), and his support is stacked with of-the-moment rappers such as Big K.R.I.T. and Mac Miller. Also on the bill are frequent Wiz collaborators and fellow weed enthusiasts Curren$y and Big Sean. The three - Wiz, Curren$y and Sean - have formed like a baked Voltron to create the stoned trinity of 2011 hip-hop, a supergroup of rappers with rabid fanbases and enough flows to put together a mixtape.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2011
This week is a lot more low-key than last, but then again last week was pretty packed. It wasn't just because of Artscape. On Saturday alone, Cass McCombs gave a beautiful show at Golden West Cafe; Scottie B. killed at Metro Gallery, right after all the Artscape madness had ended; there was DYAO at Dionysus, and a tribute to Nina Hagen on the Charles St. bridge. Alas, there probably won't be anyone running around in "Blade Runner" costumes this week. What's happening: Wiz Khalifa and Gang Gang Dance are the best bets for the week; elsewhere there is Thank You, a beer dinner, and a couple of dance parties.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | June 6, 2011
The best part of a Song of the Summer candidate is just how low the stakes can be. French Montana, a B or C-list New York rapper whose best work can be found on free mixtapes, is an MC with a mush-mouth delivery and an unremarkable persona. Yet here he is, quietly releasing one of the best songs of the year — “Choppa Choppa Down (Remix)” — and watching it finally pick up the momentum it deserves. French can thank his more famous friends for the boost, as Rick Ross (whose Maybach Music Group could be French’s next home)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | April 8, 2011
Despite my recent output, this isn't a Wiz Khalifa blog. But hey, when you have the No. 2 album in the country, you're going to be the topic of discussion for a little while. Anyway, the video for "Taylor Gang," a favorite from the gritty freebie Cabin Fever mixtape (and the song Wiz performed first on his recent tour), debuted yesterday and all I can say is ... finally ! Observe Wiz in his most natural habitat, an everyday dorm house with bad lighting, women, Bombay gin, lighters and oh yeah, ridiculous amounts of marijuana.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | April 1, 2011
13. “Fly Solo” (Produced by E. Dan) The album’s most shallow, out-of-place party song has Wiz feebly attempting a Sublime-lite jam, which would seem ideal for a barbecue or frat party until you realize there’s hundreds of better shimmering, “feel good” tracks out there (including Sublime). “Fly Solo” immediately recalls Shwayze, the Malibu, Calif., bro-duo of Aaron “Shwayze” Smith and Cisco Adler that had their own MTV reality show, “Buzzin’.” Their schlocky, fun-in-the-sun songs were silly attempts at putting carefree beach life to tape, and E. Dan’s beat would sound at home on a Shwayze disc, with its prominent acoustic guitar and summery groove.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | March 31, 2011
It’s Rolling Papers Week at Louder Now. Wiz Khalifa, hip-hop’s young pothead-in-charge, dropped his highly anticipated major-label debut Tuesday. Every day this week, I’m going to analyze the tracks: what works, what doesn’t and what it means for a rap star clearly interested in crossing over to mainstream success. 9. “No Sleep” (Produced by Benny Blanco and Noel “Detail” Fischer) Who’s to blame for this monstrosity? Is it Benny Blanco, the 23-year-old Dr. Luke understudy who co-penned Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”?
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