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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2012
Army Sgt. Justin Haggerty was 7,000 miles away from his wife and daughter last Fourth of July — with his canine partner, HHelotes, in Afghanistan, searching for explosives and helping to protect a U.S. Special Forces group from the enemy. This year, Haggerty has a new mission: patrolling Fort Meade's Independence Day celebration. He will report to duty at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, dressed in his combat uniform and boots laced up his ankles, to inspect vehicles that enter the base and scout the grounds with his new dog, Rodi.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
A Friday morning fire has displaced some residents at an Odenton apartment complex. At around 10 a.m., fire and smoke were seen coming from a third floor garden apartment unit at the Seven Oaks community in the 2100 block of Peaceful Way, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. It took 68 firefighters from Anne Arundel and Howard counties, Baltimore City and Fort Meade military base about three hours to get the blaze under control. No injuries were reported, but fire officials said it's unknown at this time how many people will need to be relocated.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2011
Holly Petraeus recalls one of her early financial regrets: a pricey British red convertible that spent more time in the shop than on the road. Petraeus and her husband bought the car on their first tour overseas with the Army in the 1970s. And as the couple prepared to return from Italy to the states, she says, she insisted on leaving the "very impractical" set of wheels behind. "I was always the one taking it to the shop," she says. Today her husband, U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, is the commander of the coalition forces in Afghanistan.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
It was an uncommon partnership for a Maryland school and an aerospace company. In 2012, Boeing agreed to pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into one Harford County high school to improve Advanced Placement achievement in hopes that students - many the children of military and defense contracting families - would pursue science and math courses in college. Aberdeen High School teachers and students were paid $100 for every passing score on an Advanced Placement test.
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May 7, 2008
The Family Support Committee of the Howard County Base Realignment and Closure Task Force is seeking military families who have moved or are moving to Howard County to join focus groups. The groups will be asked to discuss the needs and concerns of military families, why they chose to move Howard County, support services they use, and services they would like to have. The groups will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Waterloo Elementary School, 5940 Waterloo Road, Elkridge; 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 14 at Pointers Run Elementary School, 6600 Trotter Road, Clarksville; and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 15 at Forest Ridge Elementary School, 9550 Gorman Road, North Laurel.
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By Dan Thanh Dang | June 22, 2008
A scam using the American Red Cross brand is conning military families into believing that a loved one in the service has been injured overseas so that the perpetrators can steal personal data or ask for a donation to the charity. The nonprofit's Office of Investigations, Compliance and Ethics says the caller contacts a spouse or another family member of a person in the military and identifies himself as a representative of the Red Cross. The caller then states that the service member has been injured while on duty in Iraq and is being, or will be, airlifted to Germany for treatment and care.
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By Elise Armacost and Elise Armacost,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1990
With their loved ones stationed in a far-off desert and the threat of war a constant, nagging fear, many military families at Fort George G. Meade faced more anxiety than merriment when the holidays began.Especially for young wives -- many of them pregnant and with small children -- this first separation from their husbands has made for a stressful Christmas, said Marie S. Locke, chief of the family support division at Fort Meade.Money is tight for these young families. Many privates make about $700 a month, plus allowances.
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By Ellen Uzelac | March 10, 1991
For Jane Efinger-Hayden, the war started on Aug. 7 when the telephone beside her bed rang. It was 2 in the morning. By 2:30, her soldier-husband was gone.That's the way Operation Desert Shield started for most military families: a telephone call, notification of a military alert and, in most cases, a quick goodbye.In the seven months that Sgt. 1st Class Danny Hayden has been gone from his home near Fort Stewart, Ga., he has missed Mrs. Hayden's 32nd birthday, his 40th, their first anniversary and his only brother's wedding.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | March 15, 2004
DOVER, Del. - Sue Niederer sought her son's permission before taking part in a protest against the war in Iraq. Her son, Seth Dvorin, was an Army soldier killed last month about 30 miles south of Baghdad. But Niederer can't quite believe that her 24-year-old boy is gone. She still talks to him. "I asked his permission to do this," said Niederer, a Pennington, N.J., resident, as she stood outside Dover Air Force Base clutching a poster-sized picture of her son in his dress uniform. "I said, `If you don't want me to do this, flatten my tires.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | February 15, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Turning his attention to events beyond the state capital yesterday, Gov. William Donald Schaefer announced an offer of postwar aid to Kuwait and said he wants to do more to help the families of servicemen and servicewomen in the Persian Gulf.Families of those who have been called to duty in the gulf can get help from the state government by calling a toll-free number to reach "Operation Maryland Shield," the family-assistance program unveiled by Gov. Schaefer and Maj. Gen. James F. Fretterd of the Maryland National Guard.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Two days after he was in New York to accept the NFL's Salute to Service Award, Ravens coach John Harbaugh embarked on another trip to honor the U.S. military. Harbaugh this week has joined Gen. Raymond Odierno, the Army chief of staff, on a trip to the Middle East to visit American troops in Turkey and Afghanistan. Since becoming the Ravens' coach, Harbaugh has developed a close relationship with Odierno, who has attended the team's practices and who presented Harbaugh with an Outstanding Civilian Service Award in 2012.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been nominated for the third annual Salute to Service Award, given by the NFL and the USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. The award recognizes efforts to honor and support the military community. The winner will be named during the annual NFL Honors awards show in New York City on the eve of the Super Bowl.  Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman won the award last year.
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By Laura Barnhardt Cech, For The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2013
The confessions from moms on the Scary Mommy blog are often funny: the spoon kept in the glovebox for eating Ben & Jerry's in the store parking lot, letting ketchup count as a "vegetable," going to the gym to read magazines instead of work out. But as Thanksgiving approached two years ago, ScaryMommy.com founder Jill Smokler saw despair from her readers: the mother who swallowed her pride to get a food box, only to be told she made too...
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November 9, 2013
Contrary to the claims in a Nov. 6 guest column, "Consumer protection bureau fails to protect," by Jeffrey H. Joseph, the CFPB is getting results for consumers and doing so in a transparent way. It's the first federal financial agency with just one job: protecting consumers, especially students, military families and senior citizens. A series of Maryland PIRG reports analyzing its public consumer complaint database shows that the bureau is "making markets work," just as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other backers intended.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2013
Thousands of federal employees in Maryland would be furloughed and their work put on hold next week if Congress fails to reach an agreement soon to fund the government, the Obama administration said Friday. The Woodlawn-based Social Security Administration would furlough 18,000 employees nationwide - more than a quarter of its workforce - and reduce services at field offices. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt would send about 3,040 employees home and keep another 250 "on call.
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August 12, 2013
State Farm is a supporting partner in the mission to raise awareness of affordable housing issues for veterans and military families, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna announced recently. State Farm's $8,000 donation will help the military community and volunteers build a home for a deserving family in Harford County. Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna and State Farm are committed to meeting the needs of the community by focusing on promoting first-time homeownership through affordable housing Local State Farm employees from the Tomlinson Agency continued their support of Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna by volunteering on the construction site Saturday morning.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 8, 1998
WASHINGTON -- For three grueling months of Army Ranger training, Sgt. Jason K. Conklin will learn to survive in all climates, dine on bugs, track an enemy for miles and kill swiftly and quietly.But there is one mission the 28-year-old paratrooper refuses to accept: strolling into the local social services office with his wife and two children."I'm not going to walk in there and apply for food stamps," says Conklin, though he knows at least four other soldiers stationed with him at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., who accept the help.
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By Kate Sylvester | November 23, 2008
Michelle Obama has yet to move into the White House, but she has already begun to do our country a great service by beginning a critical national conversation about the struggles of many military families. Thanks to intense media coverage, the public knows about the very serious health problems of returning war veterans and the difficulties they face returning to the work force. But the public is far less aware of the everyday difficulties that confront so many military families - whether their service members go to war or not. The military services now include many more members with children than during the Vietnam era. Today, about 1.8 million children are growing up in military families, and as many as 700,000 U.S. children have at least one parent deployed overseas.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2013
Maureen McMahon talks about science, technology, engineering and math subjects with a passion akin to those who run music or theater departments. For McMahon, Anne Arundel County public schools' assistant superintendent for advanced studies and programs, that passion reached a new high recently, as her efforts to engage students in STEM studies yielded a $2.3 million Department of Defense Education Activity grant, the school system's second DoDEA award in three years. The grant will support a three-year initiative to increase STEM opportunities at Meade High School, MacArthur Middle School, West Meade Early Education Center and at Annapolis, Pershing Hill, Manor View, Meade Heights and West Annapolis elementary schools.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2013
The end greets so many ballplayers like a concrete wall - faceless and unforgiving. Take away the 97-mph fastball or the 400-foot home runs and daily fulfillment no longer seems so easily attainable. Chris Ray, though, he had beer. Don't worry. It's not how it sounds. The angel-faced closer of Orioles clubs past didn't turn to the bottle to dull the pain of losing his arm strength. Ray, who last pitched in the major leagues in 2011, actually makes beer at the craft brewery he opened with his older brother, Phil, in Ashland, Va. And he loves it, loves it so much that he says he hardly misses the once-in-a-lifetime feel of climbing the mound and pumping gas past the best hitters in the world.
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