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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2012
Maryland-born author Carol Peacock describes living conditions in the poorest Chinese orphanages with a dispassionate eye. Her new novel, "Red Thread Sisters," describes playgrounds strewn with old tires and a caste system that divides children perceived to be adoptable from those judged by orphanage officials as less appealing. The novel depicts children so eager for their own clothes that they wear multiple gift outfits at once. In the book, young children routinely perform such adult chores as feeding babies and scrubbing kitchen floors.
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BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
Can 3-year-olds learn online? Susan Magsamen believes they can, with moderation and careful monitoring by a mentor or parent. And she's building a company to prove it. Last month, Magsamen launched Curiosityville.com , a company that focuses on online learning for children ages 3 to 8. The Cockeysville company has raised $2.3 million from investors and has struck several partnerships with some major children's learning brands, including National...
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
State health officials are seeking the public's advice on how to deal with new federal guidelines expanding the number of young children deemed at risk of harm from low-level lead exposure. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is considering whether to have local health departments follow all young children testing positive for low levels of toxic lead in their bloodstream, or to leave the least exposed youngsters to doctors and other health care providers to track. Earlier this year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention effectively halved its long-standing threshold for acting on low-level lead exposure in young children.
NEWS
By Matthew T. Vocci | August 23, 2012
Recently, people who would benefit from the Maryland DREAM Act rallied in Baltimore outside the Fallon Federal Building, which houses the local office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. In Spanish and English, the speakers told their stories. Brought to the United States as children - some before their second birthday - they settled into their American life. One young woman, a senior at an Anne Arundel County public high school, recalled her childhood in the States, including sleeping in public parks with her mother.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
At the Crispus Attucks rec center Wednesday, young children were sprawled on mats watching "The Cat in the Hat" while dreamily waving their small feet in the air. Nearby, older children bounced around a basketball court or rehearsed their parts in a presentation for parents. Their performance will mark much more than the end of summer camp. After more than 40 years of operation in West Baltimore's Madison Park neighborhood, Crispus Attucks is slated to close this month - one of at least four centers that will be shuttered under the city's long-planned overhaul of its recreation facilities.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2012
George Stevenson grew up in a family that cared for numerous foster children, and after mentoring and coaching boys in youth baseball for years, he decided to adopt a child of his own. He became the father of an 8-year-old boy and named him Galen, after his brother. As the boy grew older, relatives say, it became apparent that he was troubled, and at one point he had to be sent away to a treatment facility. Still, they say, none of that could have foretold what happened in late April, when police say Galen stabbed his 43-year-old father repeatedly inside their North Baltimore apartment.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 19, 2012
A benefit will be held Sunday for the two young children of Ashley Bauguess, one of three siblings killed in a car crash on Route 543 in February. The benefit takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Darlington/Dublin VFW, 3440 Conowingo Road in Darlington. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door. Tickets are $10 for children 6-12; children under 6 admitted free. Live entertainment will be provided by JD Sage and The Dagnabits. Pit beef, pit ham, macaroni salad, baked beans and chips will be served.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2011
Maryland was one of nine states that won a federal competition Friday for early education funds intended to boost the quality of programs available to young children. The state, which has been seen as a strong proponent of early childhood programs for the past decade, will receive $50 million to help young children become better prepared to enter kindergarten. Thirty-seven states entered the Race to the Top for early learning, and the winning nine states will split $500 million. "Maryland has been a remarkably progressive state in early childhood for a long time," said Sharon Lynn Kagan, co-director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2011
Marion Jean had just started bringing her young children back to the playground at the old Memorial Stadium site in Waverly. An intentionally set fire at the playground in 2008, as well as more recent reports of a stabbing, had caused her to take her children to other YMCA sites in the area. So on Tuesday, she was shaken when she learned that a man had been shot in the head just steps from the playground. On Wednesday morning, the 30-year-old man died from his injuries at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
NEWS
April 28, 2011
I am sad and sick to my stomach about the death of Phylicia Barnes ("Teen's family is left with a heartbreaking puzzle," April 25). Why did someone do this to her? Whoever committed this terrible crime knows that they did not have to take this young girl's life. My prayers go out to her family and friends. I know someone out there besides the killer knows what happened to this young lady, and I pray that this person will come forward soon. I really am tired of hearing about our young children losing their lives over nothing.
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