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Herald-Mail wins eight awards in AP contest

July 04, 2006

The Herald-Mail received eight awards in the 2005 Chesapeake Associated Press Editorial Contest.

The individual and team honors were in writing, photography and freedom of information.

AP member newspapers in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C., were eligible. The Herald-Mail entered in the 35,000 to 75,000 circulation division.

The Associated Press handed out the awards Thursday at a banquet in Baltimore.

The Herald-Mail's winners are:

· Reporters Pepper Ballard and Andrew Schotz in the "Breaking News Story" category for coverage of a convicted murderer's ashes being placed at Arlington National Cemetery

· Reporter Bob Parasiliti in the "Sports News Story" category for a story on a Hagerstown Suns pitcher's no-hitter on Father's Day

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· Reporters Andrew Schotz, Dave McMillion, Tara Reilly, Bonnie Brechbill, Tiffany Arnold and Karen Hanna, photographers Joe Crocetta and Richard T. Meagher, and Managing Editor Joel Huffer in the "Sports Series" category for "Faces of the JFK 50," a series of profiles on local runners in the JFK 50-mile race

· Reporter Andrew Schotz, photographer Yvette May, Executive Editor Terry Headlee and Editorial Pages Editor Bob Maginnis in the "Freedom of Information" category for a two-day package of stories looking at what public documents are commonly requested and who requested them, plus related columns on open government

· Reporter Bob Parasiliti in the "Column" category or his piece on a former North Hagerstown High School athlete preparing to serve in Iraq with the U.S. Marines

· Photographer Joe Crocetta in the "Feature Photo" category for a picture of children on a playground ride

· Photographer Ric Dugan in the "Sports Photo" category for a picture of a close play at home plate during a softball game

· Photographer Yvette May in the "Best Photo Story" category for a series of pictures that illustrated winter

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