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By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| April 23, 2013
It's one thing for a letter that you thought was kind-of private to go viral . A letter where you ask your fellow sorority sisters at the University of Maryland if they are "_____ retarded" and in which you say "I WILL _____ ASSAULT YOU!" because you believe them to be "awkward" and "weird. " But you know you're a true Internet sensation when a Real Hollywood Star jumps into the fray. So, congratulations to the Delta Gamma whose nasty and profanity-laced letter to her sisters exploded on the web recently: Michael Shannon of "Boardwalk Empire" has helped you arrive with a dramatic reading on Funny or Die ( Warning: The video contains explicit language )
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April 26, 2013
A member of the University of Maryland's Delta Gamma chapter resigned this week after a profanity-laced tirade she wrote to her sisters about their failure to flirt effectively with the brothers of Sigma Nu, with whom they had been paired for Greek Week, became the laughingstock of the Internet. Whether it was the letter itself, or the dramatic reading by actor Michael Shannon on the website funnyordie.com (an Oscar-worthy exercise in keeping a straight face that racked up nearly 3 million views in four days)
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun Reporter | April 10, 2008
Maryland's highest court yesterday affirmed a $3 million judgment in favor of an Anne Arundel County man whose sons were illegally taken to Egypt by their mother and grandmother six years ago, handing down a decision that experts said allows parents to seek damages from family members who abduct their children. The Court of Appeals found that Nermeen Khalifa Shannon and her mother, Afaf N. Khalifa, had planned the "particularly heinous" abductions of Adam Shannon, then 4, and Jason, less than a year old, and that their father, Michael Shannon of Millersville, has the right to seek civil relief.
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By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| April 23, 2013
It's one thing for a letter that you thought was kind-of private to go viral . A letter where you ask your fellow sorority sisters at the University of Maryland if they are "_____ retarded" and in which you say "I WILL _____ ASSAULT YOU!" because you believe them to be "awkward" and "weird. " But you know you're a true Internet sensation when a Real Hollywood Star jumps into the fray. So, congratulations to the Delta Gamma whose nasty and profanity-laced letter to her sisters exploded on the web recently: Michael Shannon of "Boardwalk Empire" has helped you arrive with a dramatic reading on Funny or Die ( Warning: The video contains explicit language )
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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 7, 2004
Afaf Nassar Khalifa, an Egyptian grandmother, has often expressed two wishes during her year and a half in a Maryland prison, her attorney says. One is that she be freed. The other is that the international custody battle over her two grandchildren - the bitter dispute that landed her behind bars - might soon be resolved. She got her first wish but not the second. The Maryland Parole Commission has granted her release from the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, where she has been held since January 2003.
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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 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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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.
NEWS
December 17, 2006
Annapolis First woman takes academy post Capt. Margaret Klein took command Friday as the first woman in the No. 2 post at the Naval Academy. Known as a tough officer with impeccable "warrior" credentials and a sense of humor, Klein has been received warmly by midshipmen, faculty and officers at the 161-year-old military college, as well as by its civilian oversight panel.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2011
Everyone seems to be upset about the Emmys last night. And it's not just because of the bizarre inclusion of the singing Emmytones. It's what's being perceived as a big diss for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire. " After winning a slew of technical awards at the unaired Schemmys, many had predicted the 1920s period drama could eke out a Nucky Thompson-esque underdog win. Not so much. Yes, Martin Scorsese rightfully won for directing the visually stunning, movie-quality pilot episode. But I'm not surprised the show failed to take home some of the major acting awards and lost in the outstanding drama race.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun Reporter | April 10, 2008
Maryland's highest court yesterday affirmed a $3 million judgment in favor of an Anne Arundel County man whose sons were illegally taken to Egypt by their mother and grandmother six years ago, handing down a decision that experts said allows parents to seek damages from family members who abduct their children. The Court of Appeals found that Nermeen Khalifa Shannon and her mother, Afaf N. Khalifa, had planned the "particularly heinous" abductions of Adam Shannon, then 4, and Jason, less than a year old, and that their father, Michael Shannon of Millersville, has the right to seek civil relief.
NEWS
December 17, 2006
Annapolis First woman takes academy post Capt. Margaret Klein took command Friday as the first woman in the No. 2 post at the Naval Academy. Known as a tough officer with impeccable "warrior" credentials and a sense of humor, Klein has been received warmly by midshipmen, faculty and officers at the 161-year-old military college, as well as by its civilian oversight panel.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2004
Afaf Nassar Khalifa, an Egyptian grandmother, has often expressed two wishes during her year and a half in a Maryland prison, her attorney says. One is that she be freed. The other is that the international custody battle over her two grandchildren - the bitter dispute that landed her behind bars - might soon be resolved. She got her first wish but not the second. The Maryland Parole Commission has granted her release from the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, where she has been held since January 2003.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2011
Everyone seems to be upset about the Emmys last night. And it's not just because of the bizarre inclusion of the singing Emmytones. It's what's being perceived as a big diss for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire. " After winning a slew of technical awards at the unaired Schemmys, many had predicted the 1920s period drama could eke out a Nucky Thompson-esque underdog win. Not so much. Yes, Martin Scorsese rightfully won for directing the visually stunning, movie-quality pilot episode. But I'm not surprised the show failed to take home some of the major acting awards and lost in the outstanding drama race.
NEWS
April 26, 2013
A member of the University of Maryland's Delta Gamma chapter resigned this week after a profanity-laced tirade she wrote to her sisters about their failure to flirt effectively with the brothers of Sigma Nu, with whom they had been paired for Greek Week, became the laughingstock of the Internet. Whether it was the letter itself, or the dramatic reading by actor Michael Shannon on the website funnyordie.com (an Oscar-worthy exercise in keeping a straight face that racked up nearly 3 million views in four days)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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