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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,Sun Staff Writer | May 31, 1995
A proposed midnight basketball program for young people that had drawn concerns from Oakland Mills residents about traffic and noise will begin Sunday -- but will be held at Howard Community College, rather than in Oakland Mills.The Columbia Association will launch the $9,000 pilot program for 17- to 24-year-olds with a reception and speeches at the Supreme Sports Club on Deepage Drive in Owen Brown. But all games will be played at the west Columbia college campus, instead of at a location in Oakland Mills, starting July 7.Ann Scherr, assistant director of the Columbia Association's Community Services Division said the college is close to two areas -- Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills -- where she thinks there will be the most interest in playing midnight basketball.
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By Betsy Diehl and Betsy Diehl,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 18, 2002
Some say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but a local group believes that the way to a young man's mind - especially a teen-ager's - is through basketball. The Baobab Tree Project Inc., a nonprofit organization in Columbia, has started a nine-week program designed for boys in eighth through 12th grades. It is a leadership program in the guise of an anti-tobacco program under the auspices of a basketball program. It might sound complex, but the components mesh and build on one another, said Peter Taiwo one of the group's founders.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | January 24, 1995
Come July and August, bored teen-agers and young adults who want to avoid trouble on the streets may go to the court to have fun -- dribbling and dunking basketballs late at night inside a high school in Oakland Mills.Last month the Columbia Association proposed a $9,000 pilot midnight summer basketball program for 17- to 24-year-olds in its $33.4 million operating budget for fiscal 1996. Eight teams with 10 players each would play from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays in July and August at Oakland Mills High School.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | June 30, 1998
A series of fights outside a Columbia gymnasium during Midnight Basketball League games over the weekend has spurred authorities to begin reviewing security procedures.By early Saturday, Howard County police had arrested four adults and three juveniles on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to second-degree assault, stemming from events that began outside Howard Community College and spread to a nearby convenience store.About 11: 30 p.m. Friday, as young men played basketball inside the gym in a program designed to steer them away from troublemaking, about 150 people had gathered outside, police said.
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By LIZ LEAN | September 6, 1995
The Columbia Association's Midnight Basketball program is finished for the summer, and Ann Scherr, assistant director of the association's Community Services Division, says its first year was considered a definite success. More than 60 young men traded Friday night ennui for the competition and camaraderie of basketball during July and August.Next year, the association plans to run the program again, but it hasn't requested funding yet from the Columbia Council. Ms. Scherr said it might expand the games to Friday and Saturday nights and create a parallel program for women.
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By DAN BERGER | February 15, 1995
Bill insists that the anti-crime money pay for cops, but Republicans want states and cities to be able to use it for midnight basketball.No sooner did the U.N. tribunal accuse 21 Bosnian Serbs of war crimes than their leaders decided to starve every last Muslim in Bihac.
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By Sandy Grady | August 22, 1994
Washington -- CALL IT NIGHT owl hoops. Call it insomniac dribbling. To Republicans, it's Sodom and Gomorrah.We're talking about the argument over midnight basketball -- the most bizarre, noisy issue in the phony rhetoric over Bill Clinton's anti-crime bill.A dozen miles from the Capitol in a gym at suburban Hyattsville, sweaty teen-aged boys were trading jump shots in imitations of Michael Jordan and Grant Hill.Except for the weird hours -- midnight to 2 a.m. -- that sounds fairly innocuous.
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By Cox News Service | September 25, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee approved a plan yesterday for the federal government to sponsor midnight basketball leagues in an attempt to slam-dunk crime by keeping young men off the streets.The amendment to the Omnibus Crime Control Act of 1991 would allocate $5 million over the next two years to set up or expand basketball leagues that play games between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. in communities around the country."The basketball is the hook," said Gil Walker, commissioner of the Chicago Housing Authority's Midnight Basketball League.
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By Eileen Canzian | January 27, 1991
Last February, state Health Secretary Adele A. Wilzack was summoned to Annapolis to justify a little-known program called the Maryland State Games. Legislators couldn't see why the health department was promoting amateur athletics, and they wanted to eliminate the program.But Ms. Wilzack offered a persuasive defense.She showed a House subcommittee television footage of an innovative "Midnight Basketball" league, which was drawing young men off drug-infested streets and into gymnasiums around Prince George's County.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | November 24, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Remember midnight basketball?Scornful Republicans who are taking over the House of Representatives do, and they are planning to reopen this year's angry debate over federal funding for crime-prevention measures in hopes of getting rid of midnight basketball and other so-called prevention programs.The House GOP's "Contract With America" calls for a $5 billion cut in prevention programs that were in cluded in this year's hard-won $30 billion crime bill.Republicans want to see fewer dollars for Democratic "social welfare programs" and more in flexible block grants "to the communities that have the highest crime rates," said Rep. Bill McCollum, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and one of three candidates running for House majority whip.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Sun Staff Writer | September 6, 1995
Joe Dickens doesn't tolerate selfish play on the basketball court, and he preaches against the teen fad of wearing baggy pants drooped halfway down the buttocks."
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By LIZ LEAN | September 6, 1995
The Columbia Association's Midnight Basketball program is finished for the summer, and Ann Scherr, assistant director of the association's Community Services Division, says its first year was considered a definite success. More than 60 young men traded Friday night ennui for the competition and camaraderie of basketball during July and August.Next year, the association plans to run the program again, but it hasn't requested funding yet from the Columbia Council. Ms. Scherr said it might expand the games to Friday and Saturday nights and create a parallel program for women.
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By Vikki Valentine and Vikki Valentine,Contributing Writer | July 19, 1995
For some Columbia young people, sweating at midnight has become the way to fight off summer doldrums.Between 10 p.m. Friday and 12:30 a.m. Saturday, young men can play basketball at Howard Community College."
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,Sun Staff Writer | May 31, 1995
A proposed midnight basketball program for young people that had drawn concerns from Oakland Mills residents about traffic and noise will begin Sunday -- but will be held at Howard Community College, rather than in Oakland Mills.The Columbia Association will launch the $9,000 pilot program for 17- to 24-year-olds with a reception and speeches at the Supreme Sports Club on Deepage Drive in Owen Brown. But all games will be played at the west Columbia college campus, instead of at a location in Oakland Mills, starting July 7.Ann Scherr, assistant director of the Columbia Association's Community Services Division said the college is close to two areas -- Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills -- where she thinks there will be the most interest in playing midnight basketball.
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By DAN BERGER | February 15, 1995
Bill insists that the anti-crime money pay for cops, but Republicans want states and cities to be able to use it for midnight basketball.No sooner did the U.N. tribunal accuse 21 Bosnian Serbs of war crimes than their leaders decided to starve every last Muslim in Bihac.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | January 24, 1995
Come July and August, bored teen-agers and young adults who want to avoid trouble on the streets may go to the court to have fun -- dribbling and dunking basketballs late at night inside a high school in Oakland Mills.Last month the Columbia Association proposed a $9,000 pilot midnight summer basketball program for 17- to 24-year-olds in its $33.4 million operating budget for fiscal 1996. Eight teams with 10 players each would play from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays in July and August at Oakland Mills High School.
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By Betsy Diehl and Betsy Diehl,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 18, 2002
Some say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but a local group believes that the way to a young man's mind - especially a teen-ager's - is through basketball. The Baobab Tree Project Inc., a nonprofit organization in Columbia, has started a nine-week program designed for boys in eighth through 12th grades. It is a leadership program in the guise of an anti-tobacco program under the auspices of a basketball program. It might sound complex, but the components mesh and build on one another, said Peter Taiwo one of the group's founders.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | November 24, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Remember midnight basketball?Scornful Republicans who are taking over the House of Representatives do, and they are planning to reopen this year's angry debate over federal funding for crime-prevention measures in hopes of getting rid of midnight basketball and other so-called prevention programs.The House GOP's "Contract With America" calls for a $5 billion cut in prevention programs that were in cluded in this year's hard-won $30 billion crime bill.Republicans want to see fewer dollars for Democratic "social welfare programs" and more in flexible block grants "to the communities that have the highest crime rates," said Rep. Bill McCollum, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and one of three candidates running for House majority whip.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | November 2, 1994
WARREN, Mich. -- Democratic Rep. Sander Levin, seeking his seventh term in the House, is a frustrated but determined man. He considers himself a hard-working and often successful congressman faced with defending his record amid an electorate brimful of cynicism that is fanned by a Republican opponent with no elective record at all.That opponent, retired Army Col. John Pappageorge, lost to Levin in 1992 by only 53 percent to 46 percent in his first try,...
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