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By John Keilman and Colleen Kane and John Keilman and Colleen Kane,Chicago Tribune | June 5, 2008
Christy Collins' vision for the future of baseball can be glimpsed through the polycarbonate bars of a face mask. The Ohio researcher examined data from dozens of high school teams and concluded that the best way to reduce serious injuries on the diamond would be to require that all infielders, from pitchers to shortstops, wear helmets and face protection. Her suggestion, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, would mean a huge change in the game's gear. Few think the idea will come to pass soon - if ever - but it has become part of a larger discussion about safety in America's pastime, where a long-held culture of toughness is slowly giving way to more cautious attitudes.
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By Edward Lee | October 28, 2011
A day after sitting out Thursday's practice, free safety Ed Reed returned to Friday's session, but he didn't exactly dispel the notion that he might miss Sunday's home contest against the Arizona Cardinals. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection was not wearing his helmet nor was he carrying one. He took part in light drills but did not appear to be making any contact with teammates. Reed suffered a stinger in Monday night's 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but did not show any aftereffects during Wednesday's practice - in which he fully participated.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 28, 2001
The state Senate defeated an effort yesterday to repeal Maryland's 8-year-old law requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets. The bill, which would have required minors to wear helmets while exempting adults, failed on a 22-25 vote. The bill's supporters said there is no proof that requiring helmets has saved lives, arguing that helmets might actually cause accidents because they interfere with cyclists' ability to see and hear. Opponents said the law has saved taxpayers money by preventing debilitating brain injuries.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2011
A 30-year-old Columbia man died Saturday after he lost control of his motorcycle and slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer parked on Brookdale Road in Elkridge, according to Howard County police. The victim was not wearing a helmet and was not licensed to drive the vehicle, police said. The accident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. near Brookdale Road and Route 1, police said. Police said the motorcyclist, Juan Carlos Calderon Mejia, was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma, where he died of his injuries.
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January 2, 1992
Health and safety concerns, not budgetary savings, ought to be the motivating factors for requiring all adult motorcycle riders in Maryland to wear helmets. But with the state's budget shortfall approaching $1 billion, it is the dollars and cents aspect that seems to be swaying legislators.For the last 15 years, motorcyclists have defeated every attempt to force them to wear safety helmets. They call it freedom of choice. Medical experts call it sheer stupidity. And budget analysts call it a raid on the public treasury.
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January 22, 1991
Bikers opposed to a Schaefer administration bill that would require motorcyclists to wear helmets while operating their vehicles insist they have a right to go bareheaded because the only people likely to get hurt by such behavior are themselves. It's an argument we've heard before, most recently in the debate over the state's mandatory seat belt law, which was also criticized as an unwarranted government intrusion on individual freedom. The argument was wrong-headed then, and it's wrong now.What the proponents of such "freedom" really want is a license for irresponsibility.
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March 10, 1999
Senate defeats move to change law on motorcycle helmetsThe Senate defeated a back-door attempt yesterday to repeal Maryland's 6-year-old law requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets. The measure, which would have required minors to wear helmets while exempting adults, failed by a 20-to-27 vote.Reprising previous years' debates over the law, the bill's supporters argued there was no proof that requiring helmets has saved lives. Cyclists can hear and see better to avoid accidents without the protective gear, they said.
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By From staff reports | April 8, 2001
Teacher bargaining rights bill to die in Senate committee A bill pushed by Maryland's largest teachers union to let issues such as curriculum and classroom assignments be bargained will die in a state Senate committee without coming to a vote. Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said yesterday that he will not bring the measure to a vote before the General Assembly adjourns for the year tomorrow night. Maryland State Teachers Association is seeking the legislation to allow local school boards and unions to negotiate a broader range of issues.
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By From staff reports | February 15, 1997
Bill to require simultaneous use of lights, wipers advancesA bill that would require motorists in Maryland to turn on their headlights or parking lights whenever they use their windshield wipers was approved yesterday by the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.Proponents say the goal is to make cars more visible in inclement weather.The measure, sponsored by Del. Betty Workman, an Allegany County Democrat, goes to the full House of Delegates for consideration.Easing of helmet law for motorcyclists defeatedA House of Delegates committee has killed a bill that would have allowed adults to ride motorcycles in Maryland without wearing helmets.
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By Lisa Breslin and Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 8, 1997
About 250 bicyclists will ride from Mount Airy to the Peach Festival in Westminster tomorrow to raise safety awareness and money for the Brain Injury Association of Maryland.The first-time bicycling event is sponsored by several local businesses and BIAM, a nonprofit group that serves as clearinghouse for survivors of brain injuries and their families."Our goal is to promote safe biking, raise money and have fun," said Parker Sutton, BIAM's executive director. "A big part of that push for public awareness involves brain injury prevention campaigns.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2011
Howard County police have identified the man killed in a motorcyle accident Tuesday in a Jessup parking lot. Stacy Summers, 38, of Spring Grove, Pa., apparently lost control of his motorcycle Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of Frank's Seafood, in the 7900 block of Oceano Ave., and struck the back of a pickup truck. Summers was pronounced dead at the scene, and police said he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. jtorbati@baltsun.com
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September 29, 2010
On pages 4 and 6 of Wednesday's paper there were two stories about cars hitting kids on bicycles ("2 young bicyclists struck in separate Balto Co. incidents" and "Driver gets six month term in death of teen on bicycle," Sept. 29). Were they wearing helmets? Reporting on whether they were or were not wearing helmets might prompt more people to think about wearing one themselves when they ride. Most people I see riding their bikes up and down York Road south of Towson do not wear helmets.
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By John Keilman and Colleen Kane and John Keilman and Colleen Kane,Chicago Tribune | June 5, 2008
Christy Collins' vision for the future of baseball can be glimpsed through the polycarbonate bars of a face mask. The Ohio researcher examined data from dozens of high school teams and concluded that the best way to reduce serious injuries on the diamond would be to require that all infielders, from pitchers to shortstops, wear helmets and face protection. Her suggestion, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, would mean a huge change in the game's gear. Few think the idea will come to pass soon - if ever - but it has become part of a larger discussion about safety in America's pastime, where a long-held culture of toughness is slowly giving way to more cautious attitudes.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | April 2, 2008
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- In a move that should help stop another Spygate incident, NFL owners approved a communication device for defenses yesterday. Only one defensive player on the field will wear a helmet similar to what the quarterback is allowed on offense, letting him communicate with coaches without hand signals. "It didn't pass last year and it did pass this year," Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said. "So, you can draw your own conclusions." During this past season, coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots were disciplined for taping opposing coaches' defensive signals.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Reporter | June 7, 2007
Maybe you've seen them zipping around malls or on suburban sidewalks - kids on roller shoes, the footwear with a wheel in the heel. "Heelys," as they're known, look like fun - and they are. But doctors say kids are getting hurt on Heelys because parents aren't making them take enough precautions. Meanwhile, some mall operators and guardians of other public spaces are banning them to keep "heeling" youngsters from colliding with shoppers and pedestrians. The shoes convert to skates when users lean back on their heels - letting children zip over hard surfaces at high speed.
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July 3, 2006
Picture this scenario: Two guys hop onto their gas-powered two-wheelers - one is a heavy V-twin and the other is a small single-cylinder four-stroke - and motor down the road. Neither is wearing a helmet. The guy riding the bigger bike stays at a steady 15 mph while his friend twists the throttle until he reaches 30 mph. A cop in a parked, unmarked cruiser looks up from his morning paper as the two roll by. Who gets pulled over? In Maryland, only the motorcycle rider gets ticketed. He wasn't wearing the mandatory head protection.
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By Lisa Breslin and Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 8, 1997
About 250 bicyclists will ride from Mount Airy to the Peach Festival in Westminster tomorrow to raise safety awareness and money for the Brain Injury Association of Maryland.The first-time bicycling event is sponsored by several local businesses and BIAM, a nonprofit group that serves as clearinghouse for survivors of brain injuries and their families."Our goal is to promote safe biking, raise money and have fun," said Parker Sutton, BIAM's executive director. "A big part of that push for public awareness involves brain injury prevention campaigns.
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By Adriane B. Miller and Adriane B. Miller,Contributing Writer | November 21, 1993
Dawn Blean still shudders when she remembers her 3-year-old son's close encounter with a truck as he rode in a bicycle seat behind her.Ms. Blean heard the truck approach, then felt something hit her in the back, causing her to crash the bike in a ditch.Both she and her son had been hit by a side-rearview mirror on the passing truck.Neither of them was badly hurt. But the bicycle helmet her son Thomas wore was cracked like an egg.Had he not been wearing it, he most certainly would have been seriously hurt and maybe killed.
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By BILL ORDINE and BILL ORDINE,SUN REPORTER | June 13, 2006
On Ben Roethlisberger's official Web site, there are a handful of photos of the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback astride a gleaming motorcycle. And there's no helmet to be seen. Roethlisberger's affinity for big, powerful cycles and his refusal to wear a helmet while riding have become part of the NFL star's swashbuckling image. But that mind-set appeared to contribute to the injuries the 24-year-old football star suffered yesterday when his Suzuki Hayabusa, a high-performance motorcycle, collided with a Chrysler New Yorker on a Pittsburgh street.
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 17, 2005
CARELESS bicyclists. The wonderful springtime weather has brought them out just as surely as the weeds in my front lawn have sprouted. I marvel at the complete disregard for their well-being that some people demonstrate. Recently, I noticed a bicyclist casually riding along Route 103, just before the afternoon rush hour was to begin. Helmetless, he meandered through an intersection against the red, dodging oncoming cars that were proceeding according to Maryland's rules of the road. Just where was that man's sense of self-preservation?
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