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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | January 19, 1995
The Court of Special Appeals ruled yesterday that a 15-year prison sentence imposed on a Caroline County man last March for slapping his wife was "grossly disproportionate" to the crime.The appeals court reversed Caroline County Circuit Judge James Owen Wise's sentence of George Thomas, who was found guilty of slapping his wife, Shirlene Thomas, at their Ridgely home April 2, 1991.The court ordered that a different judge conduct the resentencing.In 1991, Judge Wise had sentenced Thomas to 20 years, saying the 34-year-old defendant -- who attacked and beat his wife six days after slapping her -- posed a threat to Mrs. Thomas' life.
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August 22, 2014
Hillary Clinton's tactical retreat in her soft apology and meet-up with President Obama at Martha's Vineyard, after her ill-timed criticism of his "failure" in aiding Syrian refugees, indicates she may not be quite ready to put her best foot forward for the 2016 presidential race. Her remark in her interview with The Atlantic magazine, otherwise fulsome in praise of him, came at a time when Mr. Obama is struggling with a full plate of foreign policy woes. Inadvertently or not, it seemed politically self-serving, as she seems bent on shoring up her own acceptance with the more liberal elements in her own party.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 14, 2000
A staff worker at the Alfred D. Noyes juvenile detention center in Rockville has been charged with assault by Montgomery County police after a teen-age boy was slapped there last month, according to investigators. Lester B. Palmer, 39, of Gaithersburg was arrested Tuesday in the March 28 incident, police said. Detective John Higdon said Palmer and the 16-year-old were apparently arguing over telephone privileges when the incident occurred in an activity room. Palmer, who was put on administrative duty after the incident, was charged with child abuse and second-degree assault, Higdon said, and released yesterday on $7,500 bond.
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By Kristine Henry, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2013
A prominent Idaho businessman has lost his job after allegedly slapping a toddler on a plane when the child wouldn't stop crying. While many parents and fliers can agree that "Toddlers on a Plane" would be a terrifying premise for a film, most of us can figure out that hitting a stranger's child is not OK. But what steps can parents take to lessen their children's impact on other passengers? Some people swear by slipping kids a little Benadryl , but I've never gone this route.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | January 19, 1995
The Court of Special Appeals ruled yesterday that a 15-year prison sentence imposed on a Caroline County man last March for slapping his wife was "grossly disproportionate" to the crime.The appeals court reversed Caroline County Circuit Judge James Owen Wise's sentence of George Thomas, who was found guilty of slapping his wife, Shirlene Thomas, at their Ridgely home April 2, 1991.The court ordered that a different judge conduct the resentencing.In 1991, Judge Wise had sentenced Thomas to 20 years, saying the 34-year-old defendant -- who attacked and beat his wife six days after slapping her -- posed a threat to Mrs. Thomas' life.
NEWS
September 11, 1998
A 35-year-old man was held in lieu of $75,000 bail yesterday after his arrest on assault charges stemming from a domestic violence complaint in Westminster.Kenneth E. Kern of the 600 block of Washington Road was accused in charging documents of slapping and choking the mother of his 6-month-old son, and threatening to kill her at 1: 26 a.m. yesterday.The woman, who was not identified to protect her privacy, told police that Kern became angry after learning that she planned to move out of the residence tomorrow.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF | February 23, 1996
A county emergency medical technician was released from jail on his own recognizance yesterday after he was charged with slapping in the face a 12-year-old girl who he said had spit at him, county police said.Michael L. Swain, 44, of Finksburg was charged with assault and battery. He has been suspended without pay pending an investigation by the Fire Department, said Battalion Chief J. Gary Sheckells, a senior department spokesman.The incident marks the first time a county Fire Department employee has been accused of abusing a patient, officials said.
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May 28, 1997
Bicycler arrested in slapping incidentCounty police arrested a 32-year-old man Sunday on charges of slapping and pushing a 13-year-old Arnold boy.Paulo R. Serra, of the 1100 block of Mermaid Drive in Cape St. Claire was charged with second-degree assault.Devin Leslacola of Broadneck Road told police he was riding his bicycle on Jones Station Road near Peninsula Farm Road with four friends about 12: 30 p.m. when a man, also on a bike, ran into him, knocking him to the ground.The man told him to watch it, then rode away, police said.
SPORTS
By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,London Bureau of The Sun | July 4, 1995
WIMBLEDON, England -- Jeff Tarango learned yesterday just how much it costs to mess with Wimbledon:$15,500.The American was hit with the highest fine imposed in the tournament's 118-year history for his actions Saturday, when he shouted at the crowd, abused the umpire and quit his third-round match against Alexander Mronz, who was awarded a 7-6 (8-6), 3-1 victory by default.He was fined $10,000 for verbally abusing chair umpire Bruno Rebeuh, whom he called "the most corrupt official in the game."
NEWS
July 1, 2010
Tell Dan Rodricks the analogy in his column "Abuse or spanking — just stop hitting" (July 1) doesn't work — "I can go to jail for slapping a woman in a bar, but not for slapping my daughter." Correct. You can go to jail for confining a woman to a room in your house, but not for similarly restricting your daughter. The parental-child relationship absolutely imposes obligations on parents to discipline — obligations that do not exist in other relationships. There is a distinction between disciplinary "spanking" and abuse.
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By Edward Lee | October 31, 2012
In the wake of the NFL fining the Ravens $20,000 for failing to list free safety Ed Reed's torn shoulder labrum on injury reports, the team deluged Wednesday's injury report by placing a season-high 15 players on it. Defensive end Pernell McPhee did not practice because of a thigh injury. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (right shoulder), cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) and wide receiver Jacoby Jones (foot) participated on a limited basis. Eleven players practiced fully. Eight are starters, and they are safeties Bernard Pollard (chest)
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blakedismissed Thursday a package of budget changes proposed by Council PresidentBernard C. "Jack" Young, saying most of his proposals are "unadvisable, unworkable and irresponsible. " "I cannot support them, and I encourage the Council to act responsibly and reject any actions in their furtherance," Rawlings-Blake said in a letter to council members. The mayor said the $4.8 million in cuts Young proposed to the city's $2.3 billion operating budget would result in nearly two dozen layoffs and the elimination of key programs.
NEWS
March 27, 2012
I find it hard to believe that the chief of the Baltimore City fire department wants to bring back the 56 hour work week ("Baltimore fire chief floats workforce reduction, more hours," March 22). This would be a disservice to the loyal men and women of the department. A 56-hour work week entails four 14-hour nights of continuous runs on medic units that respond to 6,000-8,000 calls each annually. This is extremely irresponsible and dangerous not only for the weary rescue workers but also for the patients.
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January 20, 2012
A 58-year-old Baltimore woman has been convicted of one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult in the second degree, stemming from a 2010 incident at a Timonium nursing center. According to a press release from the Maryland Attorney General's Office, Circuit Court Judge Robert Cahill Jr. this week accepted the guilty plea of Shirleen Diane Sheppard, 58, and issued a three-year suspended prison sentence. Sheppard was placed on three years' probation and was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service within 12 months, and is prohibited from being employed as a geriatric nursing assistant during the full term of probation, according to the release.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 18, 2012
Paula Deen's disclosure that she has type 2 Diabetes has triggered some harsh reactions. For years, Deen has featured high-calorie Southern foods in her cookbooks and on television. Some  folks are riled by the fact that that she was doing it while aware of her own diabetes, a disease that has been linked to a poor diets and excess weight. And they poked at Deen for aligning her new webste with Victoza, a diabetes medicine made by Novo Nordisk. Fellow celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain -- who has famously called Deen "the most dangerous person in America" -- issued a veiled tweet that did not mention her name, but was taken by many to refer to her. It said: "Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later.
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by Annie Linskey | December 15, 2011
Prince George's County Del. Tiffany Alston was indicted this morning on charges that she arranged for the General Assembly to pay the salary of a employee in her private law practice. Alston, a Prince George's County lawmaker, is also facing charges that she misused her campaign fund by using political donations to buy a wedding dress. The new charges were handed up this morning by an Anne Arundel County grand jury after an investigation by Maryland's Office of the State Prosecutor.
NEWS
October 16, 1991
A 33-year-old Carney area woman pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree murder for fatally fracturing the skull of her 7-week-old daughter on Feb. 12, after a day of drinking.Deborah L. Sennett and her husband, Thomas Gordon Sennett Sr., 35, of the 9700 block of Magledt Road, were to go on trial on murder charges together yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court.Instead, all but one charge against Mr. Sennett were dropped after Mrs. Sennett said in her plea bargain that he wasn't home when she began slapping their daughter, Amanda Lee Sennett, as she held her, because the child was crying.
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By ROB KASPER | April 2, 1994
One of the more pleasing sounds a homeowner hears is the gurgling noise water makes as it speeds down drain pipes and into waste-water oblivion. It is a sound of a system working well. ++ A sound that makes you think all is right with the world.One of the most distressing sounds a homeowner hears is the slapping sound water makes as it strays from its appointed pipes, and lands on the floor. It is a sound that makes you wish you still rented an apartment.Late one Friday night, I heard the gurgle and then the slap from underneath the bathroom sink.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | September 21, 2011
St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said he has accepted the NFL's decision to send a memo to all 32 teams warning of sanctions if the league can prove that players faked injuries during games. The memo - a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press Wednesday - reminded the team that coaches are supposed to discourage the practice and warned that fines, suspensions and loss of draft picks could be assessed. The memo came two days after it appeared that at least two New York Giants players faked injuries against the Rams during Monday night's game to halt the offense's no-huddle approach.
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