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by TIM ROWLAND | August 1, 2002
What was Neil Simon's interpretation of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty? "Give us your poor, your tired, your sunburned, your toothless ... " Well, (Deity deleted for fear of getting sued) Bless the City of Hagerstown for it's apparently willingness to take on all comers as well. Last week, the city planning commission rejected a proposal to limit gun shops, tattoo parlors, body piercing salons and pawn shops to strip-shopping centers. There's a new ad campaign for you. "Come to downtown Hagerstown for all your rifle, tattoo, nose ring and hot stereo needs!"
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By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | January 11, 2000
The Hagerstown Suns will expand a church bulletin discount promotion to accept bulletins from civic and nonprofit groups under a settlement that ends the baseball club's legal battle with the state and the American Civil Liberties Union, both sides said Tuesday. cont. from front page The promotion now will be called Sunday Family Bulletin Day. As with those who present church bulletins, a family of up to six people will be admitted for the discounted price of $6 if they present a bulletin from a civic or nonprofit group at a Suns' Sunday home game.
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By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | November 11, 1999
The American Civil Liberties Union and a Maryland commission are taking another swing at the Hagerstown Suns Church Bulletin Day promotion. As expected, the ACLU and the state Commission on Human Relations are appealing a ruling by state Administrative Law Judge Georgia Brady. Last month Brady ruled the promotion, which offers discounted admission to fans who bring church bulletins to Sunday baseball games, is permitted under Maryland law because the team offers the discount to all fans at the ticket window.
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By BRYN MICKLE | September 28, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The American Civil Liberties Union has dropped the case of a Gerrardstown, W.Va., missionary who is suing the state of West Virginia over his refusal to have his picture taken for his driver's license. [cont. from news page ] Benjamin David Daniel Cyrus, 63, said he believes the photo requirement by the state's Division of Motor Vehicles is a violation of the Ten Commandments. The ACLU in Charleston, W.Va., had been handling the lawsuit but dropped it Aug. 30 after Cyrus expressed concerns about the way the case was being handled.
NEWS
July 29, 1999
Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line. Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-6236. You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out. Here are some of the calls we have received lately: "We were at the City Park not too long ago and I would like to complain about all the ducks and geese running around in there.
NEWS
January 19, 1998
ACLU will pay protest defense By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland will defend the Hagerstown man arrested last month while protesting the Washington County Commissioners on a park bench outside the county administration building. Lawrence H. Freeman has a Feb. 19 trial date in Washington County District Court on a charge of trespassing at a public building during business hours. At the time of his Dec. 23, 1997, arrest, he was holding up a sheet of paper that read: "Washington County Commissioners won't hire black men. " Dwight Sullivan, chief lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, said Freeman was protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
NEWS
December 30, 1997
Man arrested at county building plans to sue By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer Lawrence H. Freeman, the protester arrested Dec. 23 while he was sitting on a bench in front of the Washington County Administration Building, said he plans to sue for violation of his civil rights. Freeman said in an interview that he has asked the American Civil Liberties Union for representation. ACLU lawyer Dwight Sullivan said the organization hadn't made a final decision on whether to take Freeman's case.
NEWS
July 31, 1997
By VANDANA SINHA Staff Writer After nearly 15 parents and former students described obstacles to getting appropriate special education services, an American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney said he believed there were grounds for a civil lawsuit against the Washington County Board of Education. "We still have to do a lot of research. There's a lot here, though," said Dwight Sullivan, an ACLU staff attorney invited by Maryland Delegate Joanne C. Benson, D-Prince George's, to a community meeting Thursday night.
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April 10, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer A civil liberties group that sued Maryland to improve conditions for the state's inmates said it probably will appeal a decision to lift court orders that governed two prisons, including one in Washington County. The American Civil Liberties Union's National Prison Project filed a motion last month asking U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson to reconsider his decision to lift the consent decrees at the prisons because he did not hold an evidentiary hearing.
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