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September 9, 2010
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's envoy to the United Nations has confirmed that a female American held for more than a year will be released. Iran had earlier announced that one of the three Americans captured by Iran in July 2009 would be released to mark the holidays at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Bak Sahraei, second counselor of the UN mission confirmed Thursday in an e-mail that Sarah Shourd would be the one set free on Saturday.
September 16, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people living in poverty has climbed to 14.3 percent of Americans, with the ranks of working-age poor reaching the highest level since at least 1965. The Census Bureau says that about 43.6 million people, or 1 in 7, were in poverty last year. That's up from 39.8 million, or 13.2 percent, in 2008. The number of people lacking health insurance rose from 46.3 million to 50.7 million, due mostly to the loss of employer-provided health insurance during the recession.
May 5, 2005
A new University of Baltimore report indicates that growth in America is outpacing that of Europe. Unfortunately, the growth being talked about is not economic, but citizens' weight. It's a matter of concern for all Americans, whether or not they're overweight. The university study revealed that almost 66 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. In Europe, that figure ranges from 33 percent to 50 percent. Not only does obesity raise the public's cost for health care, but The Associated Press also reported that according to a recent study reviewed in the New England Journal of Medicine, obesity threatens to lower life expectancy in the U.S. as well.
By MARIE GILBERT | July 11, 2010
It's early in the morning and Teri McGarity tries to get a jump on her day. There are e-mails to check, errands to run and appointments to keep. Then she gets down to business - her business. McGarity is the owner of Shape Up Shop-Women's Fitness on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown. After working, marrying, raising two children and doing the accounting for Carquest Auto Parts, owned by Teri and her husband, Jim, she could have kicked back and relaxed. But with a spirit that wasn't ready for a sedentary lifestyle, the local woman took a small detour.
By ERIN JULIUS | September 26, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Frankie Tan wants to vote. A native of Malaysia, Tan decided to become a United States citizen so he could vote in this year's presidential election. "Everyone who has an opinion should vote," said Tan, who has lived in the United States for 20 years. Tan, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was among nearly 60 people from 26 nations who on Friday morning in a federal building in Martinsburg, W.Va., took the oath of allegiance for new citizens. "I'm so proud," said Ann Harkins, Tan's wife of 14 years.
August 20, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Don't doubt this U.S. men's basketball team -- and sure don't challenge them, either. Especially if it's going to make Kobe Bryant flash his NBA MVP form. Bryant scored 25 points in his best game in Beijing, and the men's U.S. Olympic team advanced to the semifinals by beating Australia 116-85 on Wednesday night. The United States will play defending champion Argentina or Greece on Friday night for a spot in Sunday's gold medal game. Locked in what looked like another tough game in Australia, the Americans sent the Aussies' upset hopes down under with a 14-0 burst to open the second half, featuring nine points from Bryant.
August 21, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Outplayed and overwhelmed for most of the night, the Americans got the only shot they needed. Olympic champions, once again. Carli Lloyd scored in the sixth minute of extra time Thursday night, Hope Solo bailed out her teammates time and again, and the United States beat Brazil 1-0 to win the gold medal in women's soccer for a third time in four Olympics. As the final whistle sounded, the Americans charged across the field, hugging anyone in sight. Someone handed out flags, and several players took off, running.
June 6, 2006
It was 62 years ago today and the number of those who remember it firsthand has been dwindling recently, but it is a day that no American should ever forget. It was the D-Day invasion of France, four years after that country had been subjugated and the British forced back to their island, which was no haven from the German bombs and missiles. Planned since late 1943, it has come to be known as the decisive battle of Western Europe during World War II, not because it was an easy victory.
September 17, 2005
To the editor: It has been said that the government is responsible for helping the victims in national emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina. I agree. This is true. So while Mayor Nagin debated with himself about whether he had the authority to use school and metropolitan buses to evacuate the people of New Orleans before they were flooded, wondering whether it was even legal to do so, thousands of American people were already coordinating emergency relief efforts.
July 4, 2006
Today The Herald-Mail is publishing a combined edition of The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail, to allow at least some of our employees to celebrate Independence Day. Through the years, July 4 has traditionally been marked with parades, family get-togethers and public concerts of patriotic music. Whatever form your celebration takes, we urge you to spend at least a small part of it reflecting on the origins of this holiday, and on what all Americans owe to those who decided that this collection of British colonies ought to be a country more than 200 years ago. Now by itself, that decision wasn't remarkable.
By CHRIS COPLEY | | September 3, 2013
Americans know different European countries specialize in different foods - pasta from Italy, sausages from Germany, sauces from France, fish and chips from Great Britain. The same is true of countries in Central America and South America, said Hagers-town resident Liliana Robeson. “We all have all different kinds of empanadas (filled, folded, fried dough). Also, different kind of tortillas, such as arepas (flatbreads) - these are more South American, like Venezuela and Colombia,” Robeson said.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | August 29, 2013
For 15 years, Jack Duffey has welcomed blood donors to American Legion Post 15 and thanked them by offering what he describes as “more than crackers and orange juice.” Six times a year, the post on East Main Street holds an American Red Cross community blood drive. Its donors can help themselves to free meals like ham or chicken-salad sandwiches. “After that many years, you're on a first-name basis with a lot of them,” Duffey said. Duffey, 80, is passing on the responsibility of organizing the blood drives to Bernie McGarity and John Ingels.
August 14, 2013
The only surprising thing is that the reality TV ghouls haven't thought of this before now. But the long wait is over at last, now that the Running of the Bulls made famous in Pamplona, Spain, is coming to an arena near you. The Running of the Bulls is pretty straightforward: A crowd of participants gathers in the streets, a herd of stampeding bulls is released, and the challenge is to exit with a minimal number of holes in your tuchus. Occasionally, some merry mixups occur, such as people getting gored or trampled or killed, but it's all in the name of a good time.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | August 11, 2013
There are more than 5,000 West Virginians with Native American Indian bloodlines, full-blooded to a fraction, and as recently as 1994, it was against the law for any of them them to buy property. In order to do so, they had to list their nationality on forms as “black or other instead of Native American,” said Jennifer Penland, assistant professor of education and indigenous scholar at Shepherd University. The West Virginia Legislature passed a bill eliminating the rule in 1994, she said.
July 27, 2013
Funkstown Post 211 won its first American Legion state baseball title since 2005 with a 6-2 victory over Damascus on Saturday to cap an undefeated run through this year's Maryland State Tournament. “I'm not sure I have words for what I'm feeling yet,” Funkstown manager Patrick Moore said. “I couldn't be more proud of the team and what they accomplished this week. These boys left their hearts out on the field.” Funkstown advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Camden, N.J., from Aug. 8-12.
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | | July 24, 2013
Elet Hall believes in having fun when it comes to working out. And that why the 22-year-old Cavetown native decided to return to NBC's obstacle-course game show “American Ninja Warrior.” The show airs on both G4 and NBC. A new show - the Venice, Calif., Qualifier, Part One - airs at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 28, on G4. Part Two will air at 8 p.m. Monday, July 29, on NBC. The Denver Qualifying will air at 8 p.m. Monday on NBC. Hall was on...
BY KAUSTUV BASU | | July 23, 2013
Rectifying what one organizer called a “historical oversight,” a groundbreaking ceremony for a memorial to honor African-American veterans of Lyon Post No. 31 of the Grand Army of the Republic was held Tuesday at Hagerstown's Rose Hill Cemetery. The Grand Army of the Republic was a veterans organization for those who battled for the Union during the Civil War. “Hagerstown had two posts of this organization [the Grand Army of the Republic] ... Because Maryland was mostly segregated at the time we had two posts - one for white veterans and one for black veterans,” said local historian Stephen Bockmiller, who also works for Hagerstown city government as a zoning administrator and a development review planner.
July 14, 2013
Benjamin Seibert, a senior at Williamsport High School, was recognized as the recipient of the 47th annual E. Russell Hicks-Louis E. Tuckerman American History Award Scholarship by the Hagerstown Civil War Round Table at its May 23 meeting. Seibert's essay was chosen from six that were submitted. He received a $1,500 check and a scholarship certificate from John Munday, scholarship chairman. Benjamin will attend the University of Maryland this fall, where he will major in civil engineering.
By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent | June 29, 2013
It wasn't all or nothing for the West End 11-12 All-Stars, but it was close enough. West End scored 18 runs in the third inning on Saturday to more than just pave the way to a 19-2 victory over host American in an opening round game in the Maryland District 1 tournament, in a game that halted after four innings. “We are a good-hitting team,” said West End manager Mark Barton. “It only took two innings to get the jitters out. We are nonstop and a solid all-around team. We are solid the whole way through.” West End will host Halfway in a winners' bracket game on Monday at 6 p.m., while American will host a losers' bracket game on Tuesday at 6. American took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on John Hardman's solo homer to left.
June 10, 2013
A Disabled American Veteran service officer will be at the Hagerstown VA Clinic, Hub Plaza Building, 1101 Opal Court, on Thursday, June 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The service officer will be available to provide information and prepare VA claims for veterans, their spouses or family members to obtain VA benefits. Participants are asked to bring a copy of their military discharge, DD 214 or other service records, VA claim number if one was issued and any correspondence or rating decision information.
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