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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | November 3, 1996
The last week of Howard County's heated judicial race is marked by a continuing flurry of accusations that the candidates are trying to mislead the public -- including an allegation that one tried to fake a family to appeal to voters.A flier for the challengers, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith and District Court Judge Lenore R. Gelfman, features a picture of Smith's wife holding a baby next to a quote in which she praises her husband.The problem, says the campaign for sitting Circuit Judges Diane O. Leasure and Donna Hill Staton, is that the Smiths do not have children.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | February 28, 2002
Stella N. Tsourakis, the school bus driver suspended this week by the Carroll County school system, will return to her usual route Monday after missing a week for failing to follow her prescribed route while taking middle school children home recently and other infractions. Tsourakis, who was reprimanded by school officials for leading her passengers in prayer after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, said one reason she was suspended was for taking a sick child home before following the usual route from Shiloh Middle School near Hampstead.
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By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2000
A veterinarian, a school bus driver, an accountant and scores of other political novices are united behind a fierce conviction: They can change the school system in their community. Thirteen Maryland counties have school board elections on their ballots in Tuesday's primary, with some attracting unusually crowded fields of candidates for positions offering little pay, long hours and, quite often, loads of complaints from constituents. Twenty-two candidates are running for two seats in Carroll County.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer | May 8, 1994
Robert Reid was a "cool" school bus driver who let his student passengers have their freedom. On the 15-minute drive from Clarksville Middle School to Columbia, the youths say, they would joke with him, and he would play dance music on the radio.But on Monday, Howard County school officials say, Mr. Reid was irresponsible when he let 35 students off the bus on busy Route 32 -- about a mile short of their destination -- after many complained about standstill traffic.Officials at Yellow Transportation Inc. in Baltimore fired Mr. Reid the next day for not following a company and school rule: Do not allow students off the bus until they reach their stop.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff writer | April 26, 1992
When two Centennial High School students reported overhearing a school bus driver use a racial slur, county school officials suspended two drivers -- one because of mistaken identity and another who was reinstated Friday after waiting two weeks to clear her name.County police, called in by Principal Sylvia S. Pattillo, reported that the students' accounts were "very vague." The students told police they overheard the word "nigger" but were unable to give the context or repeat the complete sentence, police spokesman Sgt. Gary L. Gardner said.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
Baltimore school bus drivers and aides have reached a settlement with Durham School Services, the transportation contractor that workers sued over unfair wages, according to attorneys for the plaintiffs. The $1.25 million settlement was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, said Andrew Freeman, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, of Brown, Goldstein & Levy. It still has to be approved by a judge. The settlement stems from a class action suit filed in March 2013 that alleged the company has not paid workers for the hours they earned carrying out responsibilities required for transporting students, such as pre- and post-trip inspections, and fueling and cleaning buses.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
Bus drivers and aides employed by a Baltimore schools contractor say that unsafe conditions such as fires and mold spores are endangering lives and unfair wages are threatening their livelihoods. The grievances were aired Thursday at a rally of employees of Durham School Services, a national company that transports children in more than 350 school districts. Since 2002, the city has contracted with Durham, which earned an estimated $15.5 million over the last three school years. The company's buses transport about 928 students.
EXPLORE
May 3, 2012
My child's school bus driver is a pleasure to greet every school-day morning. She always has a big smile and a kind word and wave. So, being curious about the world of school bus drivers, I asked a friend's school bus-driving daughter what kind of holiday and end-of-year gifts she likes to get the most. Her reply was that she gets no gifts from her students' or their families. She said that anything she could use to bridge the gap over the summer such as gift cards, coffee, cards, would be greatly appreciated.
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October 29, 1991
A 29-year-old woman who drove a bus route for Baltimore County schools was fired from her job after her arrest yesterday in Northwest Baltimore on drug charges, bus company officials confirmed.Yuvette Fortson, 29, of the 4200 block of Duvall Avenue was arrested at 11 a.m. after allegedly making a drug purchase from an undercover city narcotics officers from her bus at the intersection of Reisterstown Road and Belvedere Avenue.Also arrested was Damon Taswell, an adult who was on the otherwise empty bus when Ms. Forston was arrested, the Associated Press reported.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2010
A Baltimore school bus driver might have violated policy after failing to stop when a 6-year-old special-needs student tried to exit through the front door — and ultimately fell to his death from the back of the still-moving bus. Drivers are trained to stop a bus whenever a student is disruptive or not seated, said Keith Scroggins, chief operating officer for city schools. That policy isn't written in the school system's transportation manual, but it will be added in January, he said.
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