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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Staff Writer | April 23, 1993
Standing in a cold rain at Baltimore's War Memorial Plaza yesterday, Halee Weinstein shook her head in disgust as she listened to stories of gay men and women who have been drummed out of the military.Each story sparked painful memories of the time in 1985 when she was identified as a lesbian, investigated for a criminal charge of sodomy by her Army superiors at Fort Bragg, N.C., and ordered to resign her commission."For many years, almost every night, I've had bad dreams that I'm in the military and something's going to happen to me," she said.
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July 26, 2009
I live in Lutherville and last September I visited the Isle of Man. I arrived in Douglas, the capital city, on a perfect sunny day to begin a five-day visit. Walking along the promenade opposite the harbor, I saw the horse trams which have been operating since 1876. Each open-sided car is pulled by a single large horse which has a 2-hour tour of duty. This photo shows the end of the day when the roles are reversed as the horse stands idly watching as three men push the tram into the car barn.
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By Julie Scharper and Julie Scharper,SUN REPORTER | May 22, 2007
Several weeks ago, Army Spc. Casey W. Nash came home on leave from Iraq to visit his family in Essex and Middle River. He watched sports with his father, worked on his sister's car and drove his beloved red-and-white Chevrolet S-10 Xtreme pickup truck. A quiet man, the 22-year-old said little about his time in the combat zone, but he did make this point: Six months into his second tour of duty in Iraq, he was ready to leave the Army and return home for good. That visit was the last time his family saw him. On Friday, Specialist Nash and two other soldiers were killed in Tahir, Iraq, by an improvised explosive device.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | February 8, 2009
When he returns from Iraq late this summer after his third tour of duty, Brian Martin will be out of the state job he loves. Until last Wednesday, Lt. Martin was the commander and senior pilot of the Natural Resources Police aviation unit. Now, the decorated pilot is a chief warrant officer flying for the Army. His last tour of duty was to help ferret out roadside bombs before they injured ground troops. For the sake of saving $130,000 next year, the O'Malley administration is grounding two helicopters and reassigning Martin, Sgt. John Buchanan and mechanic Greg Lantz.
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By CHRIS YAKAITIS and CHRIS YAKAITIS,SUN REPORTER | July 1, 2006
A 21-year-old soldier from Southeast Baltimore was killed in combat in Iraq, the Defense Department said yesterday. Pfc. Michael J. Potocki, who was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq, died after his unit came under small-arms fire in Al Asad. Potocki's family was notified of his death early Tuesday morning. Since then, his extended family has gathered daily on the front porch of the rowhouse of his mother, Debra Potocki, on East Baltimore Street just over the city line in Baltimore County.
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By DAN BERGER | December 26, 1997
Bill had every grunt's ideal, a one-day tour of duty in Bosnia and home for Christmas.The teacher who walked out on her children and contract for the well-supplied county, because teaching materials were absent, is what city schools need more of. Along with the teaching materials.Turns out the Pepco plug did not fit the BGE socket.At last, Larry Young is the senator of attention.Pub Date: 12/26/97
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September 13, 1992
Kelly to end training in Orlando, Fla.Amy Marie Kelly, daughter of Dolores J. Kelly of Gamber and Dennis A. Kelly of Hampstead, enlisted in the U.S. Navy while a senior at Liberty High School.The 1992 high school graduate began basic training July 22 in Orlando, Fla., and will graduate Sept. 25. She will have twoweeks' leave before starting a seven-week course in yeomanry in Mississippi.Her full tour of duty is eight years, four in active duty and four in reserve duty.5/8 Jessica K. Ferguson of Westminster and Ralph M. Goodwin IV of New Windsor have enlisted in the U.S. Army's Delayed Entry Program.
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December 29, 1992
2 Key men join Army Delayed Entry ProgramMichael L. Glass Jr. of Taneytown and Christopher A. Keseling of New Windsor recently enlisted in the U.S. Army's Delayed Entry Program.Mr. Glass, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Glass, will report for active duty July 1. The Francis Scott Key High School senior will take basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and advanced individual training at Fort Lee, Va.He has chosen the job of a unit supply specialist as his military occupational specialty. He has volunteered for a four-year tour of duty.
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December 24, 2003
Suddenly on December 20, 2003 HENRY P. PRELLER, beloved husband of Ann E. Preller (nee Willey); devoted father of Sharon L. Preller; loving brother of Walter J. Preller. Henry P. Preller enlisted in the Army Air Corps during WWII and served as a Nose Gunner on B-24 Bombers with the 15th Air Force flying 23 missions from a base in Italy. He received a Purple Heart and the Air Metal with 3 Clusters during his Tour of Duty. He was a State Farm Insurance AGent for over 35 years. Golf was his passion and he enjoyed his tomato garden grown from seed.
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | November 22, 2008
WASHINGTON - Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, a rising star in Maryland politics, appears to be under serious consideration for secretary of veterans affairs in President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet, according to a news account published yesterday. Brown, an Iraq war veteran, was named this month as co-chairman of an Obama transition team overseeing veterans policy. He is now being vetted for the job of VA secretary, according to the National Journal, which quoted an anonymous source close to the Obama transition effort as saying that Brown was being seriously considered.
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | November 22, 2008
WASHINGTON - Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, a rising star in Maryland politics, appears to be under serious consideration for secretary of veterans affairs in President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet, according to a news account published yesterday. Brown, an Iraq war veteran, was named this month as co-chairman of an Obama transition team overseeing veterans policy. He is now being vetted for the job of VA secretary, according to the National Journal, which quoted an anonymous source close to the Obama transition effort as saying that Brown was being seriously considered.
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By Julie Scharper and Julie Scharper,SUN REPORTER | May 22, 2007
Several weeks ago, Army Spc. Casey W. Nash came home on leave from Iraq to visit his family in Essex and Middle River. He watched sports with his father, worked on his sister's car and drove his beloved red-and-white Chevrolet S-10 Xtreme pickup truck. A quiet man, the 22-year-old said little about his time in the combat zone, but he did make this point: Six months into his second tour of duty in Iraq, he was ready to leave the Army and return home for good. That visit was the last time his family saw him. On Friday, Specialist Nash and two other soldiers were killed in Tahir, Iraq, by an improvised explosive device.
NEWS
February 17, 2007
A state constitutional amendment that would give the General Assembly the power to open polls several days before an election easily passed the House of Delegates yesterday. By a 101-31 mostly partisan vote, delegates agreed to amend the Maryland Constitution to permit early voting over objections from Republicans that the bill needs greater safeguards against election fraud. Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell, the minority whip from Southern Maryland, said Republicans will try again when the chamber reconciles differences between its legislation and the version that is moving forward in the Senate.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,Sun reporter | December 25, 2006
ROCKVILLE -- Isiah "Ike" Leggett's boyhood home, a shotgun shack in the Jim Crow South, could practically fit inside the modest suite of downtown offices he moved into this month after taking the oath of office as Montgomery County executive. To call where he started "humble" is to engage in understatement. To call where he has ended up "historic" is not hyperbole. Leggett, who 20 years ago first ran for office without putting his face on his literature for fear he would be discriminated against for being African-American, became the first black person to lead a majority-white jurisdiction in Maryland.
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By CHRIS YAKAITIS and CHRIS YAKAITIS,SUN REPORTER | July 1, 2006
A 21-year-old soldier from Southeast Baltimore was killed in combat in Iraq, the Defense Department said yesterday. Pfc. Michael J. Potocki, who was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq, died after his unit came under small-arms fire in Al Asad. Potocki's family was notified of his death early Tuesday morning. Since then, his extended family has gathered daily on the front porch of the rowhouse of his mother, Debra Potocki, on East Baltimore Street just over the city line in Baltimore County.
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By CHRIS YAKAITIS and CHRIS YAKAITIS,SUN REPORTER | October 8, 2005
In a light but steady rain, 12 members of Sgt. 1st Class James Stoddard Jr.'s battalion stood at attention as his coffin was transported from a hearse to the vestibule of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Odenton. With bagpipes sounding, two soldiers removed the flag that had been draped over the simple casket, folded it in the customary triangular fashion and saluted. Stoddard, 29, of Crofton, was killed Sept. 30 while serving in Afghanistan after his Humvee rolled into a ditch. His death came during a third tour of duty after deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, and just over a year after his father, James Stoddard Sr., was memorialized and buried at the same parish in June 2004.
TRAVEL
July 26, 2009
I live in Lutherville and last September I visited the Isle of Man. I arrived in Douglas, the capital city, on a perfect sunny day to begin a five-day visit. Walking along the promenade opposite the harbor, I saw the horse trams which have been operating since 1876. Each open-sided car is pulled by a single large horse which has a 2-hour tour of duty. This photo shows the end of the day when the roles are reversed as the horse stands idly watching as three men push the tram into the car barn.
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By Robert Timberg and Robert Timberg,Special to the Sun | September 11, 2005
MEMOIR MY DETACHMENT By Tracy Kidder. Random House. 192 pages. Tracy Kidder doesn't know quite what to make of himself in this introspective memoir of his year as an Army intelligence officer during the Vietnam War. At times he sees himself, correctly, as the barely competent leader of a detachment of eight enlisted men safely nestled in the rear (to the extent that there was such a thing in Vietnam) eavesdropping on Viet Cong and North Vietnamese radio transmissions. He also ascribes to himself the obscene atonal acronym REMF, a term that combat troops used for soldiers like Kidder who never smelled a firefight.
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2005
By 3 p.m. yesterday, a tired Del. Anthony G. Brown was plopped in the chair of his long-vacant House of Delegates office, fielding calls, scouring messages and holding court to a stream of visitors welcoming him back -- if only for a day. "I'm here sitting in my office, and I know people are in committees doing important work," said Brown, 43, sounding just a tad envious. To his colleagues, Brown, the House majority whip from Prince George's County, is doing even more important work, serving as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, stationed in Iraq for the past 6 1/2 months.
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