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By Meredith Cohn | April 13, 2012
Stress is behind some seizures rather than the neurological disorder epilepsy, researchers at Johns Hopkins have determined. A team of doctors and psychologists evaluated patients admitted to Hopkins' inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit for treatment of intractable seizures. They believe a third have symptoms only mimicking epilepsy and have been misdiagnosed. These are war veterans, mothers in child-custody battles and over-extended professionals. They seem to have uncontrolled movements, far-off stares or convulsions, but the symptoms are not the result of abnormal electrical discharges in the brain characteristic of epilepsy.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Anne Arundel County Police say a tip from a family member led to the arrest of a Glen Burnie man on charges of possession and intent to distribute drugs - as well as seizure of 2.4 pounds of marijuana with a street value of about $22,246. Police said that on Sunday, officers were called to the 500 block of Wellham Ave., Glen Burnie, and received a tip from someone who told them they had found a large quantity of marijuana in a shed on a family member's property. Police said officers obtained a search warrant and found the marijuana, as well as packaging materials and paraphernalia that, police officials said, suggested possible distribution.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2011
Shaking, sweating and swooning are par for the course among the passionate young fans of the "Twilight" series. But reports that a scene in "Breaking Dawn" has been sparking seizures in theaters nationwide has epilepsy experts on the alert and parents thinking twice about letting their kids see the movie. Officials at the Maryland-based Epilepsy Foundation issued a warning this week to their nearly 11,000 followers on Facebook, saying people prone to certain types of seizures might want to skip the film, which has been the top-grossing movie in the country for two weeks straight.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
After an investigation that revealed missing money and questionable financial practices, officials of a national longshoremen's union are considering seizing control of a Baltimore chapter — a move that could complicate contract negotiations at the port. According to an internal committee report of the International Longshoremen's Association obtained by The Baltimore Sun, a "trusteeship hearing" in Baltimore found that money was missing from accounts of ILA Local 333. It also found that union debit cards were used for nonunion expenses.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
Federal agents in Baltimore helped lead an operation that this week seized and shut down nearly 700 U.S.-based websites linked to the sale of counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs as part of an international effort to upend the global online drug trade. The local operation, known as Bitter Pill, was part of an international initiative led by Interpol that spanned 100 countries and confiscated 3.7 million doses of counterfeit medications worth an estimated $10.5 million, according to federal officials.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2012
Megan Elphage lives in fear of another big epileptic seizure. The 22-year-old Glen Burnie woman had her first seizure when she was 13. Even though medications largely keep her epilepsy under control, the prospect of seizures means she can't drive, which makes it difficult getting to classes at Anne Arundel Community College. She dreams of becoming a lawyer, but keeping a job is a challenge. She said her last employer in a retail store feared her disorder. New research on the best way to administer drugs that stop seizures could prove life-changing, as well as life-saving, for Elphage and others.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
The Baltimore man dubbed the "Dine and Dasher" by police is at it again, authorities and restaurant owners say. Andrew Palmer, 46, notorious for racking up food and drink tabs at area restaurants, then faking seizures to get out of paying the bill, was arrested early Monday after owners said he refused to pay a $50 bill at Viccino Jay's Italian Gourmet on Charles Street. The night before, he went limp at upscale barbecue restaurant Oliver Speck's in Harbor East when it was time to settle up on a $90 tab, according to the owner and a patron.
NEWS
By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2010
In a time-honored rite of passage, Sarah Klos received her diploma in the sweltering heat Thursday afternoon, along with many of the 905 eligible students in the largest graduating class in Howard Community College's 39-year history. But unlike students who knew their big day in black cap and gown was coming and were impatient waiting for it to arrive, she had good reason to wonder whether such a day was even possible. Klos, who lost her short-term memory as a child after two debilitating strokes and delicate brain surgery, waged a fierce battle for nine years to achieve an associate's degree in general studies typically earned in four semesters.
BUSINESS
By KENNETH HARNEY | July 24, 2005
TO CALL IT a backlash would hardly do it justice. Calling it an unprecedented uprising to nullify a decision of the highest court of the land would be more accurate. In the four weeks since the Supreme Court sanctioned the seizure of private homes by municipal governments for private "economic development," a firestorm of reaction has broken out in dozens of state legislatures and in Congress. At the federal level, the House adopted by a 365-33 vote a highly unusual resolution deploring the court's ruling.
NEWS
By Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,Staff Writer | May 28, 1993
A team of researchers from the United States and Switzerland reported Wednesday that they have been able to trigger seizures in two epilepsy patients by exposing the patients' heads to a weak magnetic field.Team members, speaking at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Baltimore, say they will try to determine whether these fields switch on seizures by twisting, pushing or pulling fine particles of magnetite, a highly magnetic iron ore recently discovered in the human brain.Eventually, they said, they hope their work will lead to a better understanding of the cause of epileptic seizures -- essentially electrical storms in the brain -- and improve treatment of the debilitating illness.
NEWS
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 25, 2013
Sheriff's deputies tipped off by an alert citizen seized 32 capsules of suspected heroin from a car in the parking lot at Home Depot in Bel Air, police said. Around 1 p.m. Thursday, off-duty DFC Charles Sadokski was flagged down by a person at the store at 655 Marketplace Drive; the person reported a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot – the vehicle's license plates were covered in black tape, obscuring the license plate numbers. Deputies Matt Schueler and Stavros Kalambihis approached the car and spoke to Dawn Renee Jones, 46, of the 2600 block of Wycliff Road in Baltimore.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
The Baltimore man dubbed the "Dine and Dasher" by police is at it again, authorities and restaurant owners say. Andrew Palmer, 46, notorious for racking up food and drink tabs at area restaurants, then faking seizures to get out of paying the bill, was arrested early Monday after owners said he refused to pay a $50 bill at Viccino Jay's Italian Gourmet on Charles Street. The night before, he went limp at upscale barbecue restaurant Oliver Speck's in Harbor East when it was time to settle up on a $90 tab, according to the owner and a patron.
NEWS
August 6, 2013
Among the 74 calls for medical and fire-rescue service the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department received during the period July 28-Aug. 4 were the following: Washington Boulevard, 4400 block, 9:14 p.m. July 30. Crews from the Arbutus and Lansdowne volunteer stations and Catonsville career station responded to the report of a person having a seizure in Halethorpe. One seriously ill person taken to a local hospital. Warwick Road, 800 block, 5:40 p.m. July 30. Crews from the Arbutus volunteer station and Halethorpe career station responded to the report of a person experiencing chest pain in Arbutus.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zuirawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
The Obama White House has been trying to de-legitimize Fox News almost from the day it took office. Remember the media blitz of 2009 launched by then White House Communications Director Anita Dunn? I stood with Fox on that one on principle and came away impressed with the almost tribal unity that Roger Ailes inspired in his troops in the face of White House pressure. Ailes showed more of that Thursday with a memo sent to the Fox newsroom. Read it below, and try to tell me he's not right.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2013
A Baltimore City police sergeant faces up to 10 years in prison after he was convicted Friday of perjury and malfeasance for using false information to obtain a search and seizure warrant. Sgt. Dennis W. Workley, who joined the force in 1996, was charged with the misdemeanors last May after a complaint to the department spurred a months-long, joint investigation by the city police's internal affairs unit and state's attorney's office. In a statement Friday, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said the department, which initiated the investigation, "has an obligation to preserve the public trust.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2013
UPDATE (March 28): Meaghan McCracken, 1st Mariner Arena's public relations manager, confirmed today that Lil Wayne's "America's Most Wanted" tour will take stop at the arena on July 17. The presale for CITI Card members begins Wednesday at 10 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. --------------- Posted March 25: Lil Wayne will bring his "America's Most Wanted" tour to Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena...
NEWS
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer | May 7, 1994
Baltimore County police completed four days of drug seizures and arrests yesterday, seizing cocaine, other drugs, guns, cars and cash from an Eastside operation estimated to be importing 16 pounds to 18 pounds of cocaine a month.Six people were arrested and charged with distribution of cocaine."It should make an impact on the availability over there," said Lt. Rob Dewberry, commander of the narcotics unit. "What we did here was attack the upper echelon and take the drugs off the streets . . . the executive board of the organization, so to speak."
NEWS
By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | January 5, 1998
In the 15 years she has battled epilepsy, Erinn Farver has tried countless medications and even explored the possibility of a brain operation. But the drugs have done little but make her sleepy, and her seizures are not the type that disappear with surgery.Now, she enters the new year hoping that the latest innovation in epilepsy therapy -- an electronic brain stimulater -- will make the difference. On Dec. 15, surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center made her the first patient in the state to receive the device, which looks like a hockey puck and is inserted in the chest just beneath the collarbone.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2013
The man who avoids paying his restaurant tab by faking a seizure is back in prison, according to the office of Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein. Andrew Palmer, 46, has been convicted more than four dozen times, Bernstein's office said, mostly for a unique spin on the classic dine-and-dash: Palmer would eat at a restaurant, then fake a seizure, be taken to a nearby hospital, only to be released when medical personnel found nothing wrong with him. Meanwhile, the restaurant would be stuck with an unpaid bill.
EXPLORE
January 27, 2013
Among the 60 calls the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department received for medical and fire-rescue service during the period Jan. 20-27 were the following: Poplar Avenue, 1300 block, 1:19 a.m. Jan. 26. Crews responded to the report of a person having a seizure in Arbutus and transported one seriously ill person to a local hospital. Sulphur Spring Road, 1400 block, 10:51 p.m. Jan. 25. Crews responded to the report of a fire of unknown origin in Arbutus and extinguished a small rubbish fire.
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