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January 13, 2011
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is opening both eyes, moving both legs and arms and is responding to friends and family. Her doctors call it a "major milestone" in her recovery. "We're hoping that she crosses through many more," said her neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Lemole. Her remarkable recovery five days after being shot through the head has provided a much-needed dose of jubilation after a tragic week that left the nation in mourning. Giffords and 18 others were shot Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a meet-and-greet she was hosting outside a supermarket in her own hometown.
January 17, 2007
St. Maria Goretti High School will host guitar soloist and composer Tony Melendez today at 1:40 p.m. in The Gael Center. Born without arms, Melendez won recognition at an early age as a composer and musician using only his feet. He has made numerous TV appearances, including "Good Morning America" and NBC "Nightly News" and has performed for a multitude of high profile audiences, including Pope John Paul II. A victim of drugs (his birth defect was caused by Thalidomide) and an advocate for the disabled, he brings with him a powerful message and an inspiring story of achievement.
by DAN KAUFFMAN | July 10, 2003 It's not very often that something in a story I'm editing makes me sit up in an outrage. One of those moments happened last week. While reading about a 9-10-year-old little league all-star game - one in which the losing team scored 10 runs - I noticed that the winning pitcher had thrown a complete game. Wait a minute. This kid's coaches let him pitch all six innings when the opponent scored 10 runs against him?! Based on my experience covering baseball, I know nobody gives up 10 runs - whether they were his fault or not - without throwing a whole ton of pitches.
August 5, 1998
By SHEILA HOTCHKIN / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer [ enlarge ] SHARPSBURG - When two broken arms put 81-year-old Florence Gossard back into the Western Maryland Hospital Center three years ago, she began taking craft classes as a way to pass the time. "I can't use my arms to lift anything, so it's the only thing I can do," she said. "It's right in front of me. " She proved a quick study. A copper rubbing she made of the Last Supper was named a grand champion in the Ag Expo's craft fair on Tuesday.
Amy Dulebohn | May 20, 2011
My daughter talks with her hands. The night she was born, my sister and I watched, mesmerized, as she lay in the hospital bassinet, waving her tiny, lanky arms, into the air as though she was the world's littlest maestro, conducting her miniature orchestra. I am quite convinced that at less than 24 hours old, while being cradled across the room by my sister, she returned my wave. Before we left the hospital, she was able to grip my finger with her little hand, and continued to purposefully swing those teeny arms as she saw fit. During the next few months, she learned to shake her rattles and later, to pick them up on her own. Like most proud parents, I marveled as she also learned to grip my fingers without provocation.
December 19, 2003
Cinnamon Apple Christmas Ornaments 1/2 cup cinnamon 1 cup applesauce 1 tablespoon nutmeg 1 tablespoon ground cloves 1 tablespoon white glue Mix all ingredients together to form a stiff dough. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thick. Cut with a cookie cutter. Use a straw to make a hole in each ornament for a ribbon hanger. Gently place dough cutouts on a rack to dry for several days. Turn occasionally to keep air circulating evenly and ornaments flat.
January 22, 2011
Hello Washington County, I'm feeling a bit blue today.  Early in the week of January 3, I submitted an article for publication to The Herald-Mail.   The point of that article, besides a little history about the Battle of Antietam, was my vow and a vow for each of you, to settle our differences in a bloodless manner.  Lo' and behold, at the end of that same week a deranged (my opinion and I hope it becomes a fact) young man tried to settle some as yet unspecified grievance with a gun.   The net result of that action, at the time I am writing this article, is six Americans dead, another 12 wounded and a state turned upside down.
by PEPPER BALLARD | May 31, 2007
It took Dot Canby 80 years to make her first batch of brownies, but less than a year to regain strength in her arms as a result of performing such tasks after health problems left her immobilized last June. On a recent morning, the Heartland of Martinsburg rehab patient worked at stirring a brownie mix, which was later passed along to another rehab patient, who - with help from a therapist -poured oil into the batter. "When I came in here, I couldn't move my arms," said Canby, who uses a wheelchair.
by LAURA ERNDE | May 20, 2003 BOONSBORO - Nancy Burral of Boonsboro heard her daughter's voice Monday for the first time since the U.S. Army specialist's five-ton truck was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq. "It was a bad connection and it was very scratchy, but I could hear her say, 'Mom, I'm OK,'" Nancy Burral said. "That was enough. " Mary Burral, 24, was recovering Monday at a hospital in Rota, Spain, from a broken leg and shrapnel wounds to her arms and legs.
February 18, 2013
Letter writer confused 'military' with 'militia' To the editor: This letter is in response to one written by Jim Thompson of Chambersburg, Pa., that appeared in The Herald-Mail on Feb. 8. Thompson started out just fine with his “dictionary.” But I would suggest that he do two things: Look up the word “arms” and read the Second Amendment. The first definition of “arms” is “weapons” - period. Secondly, the word “military” is not mentioned in the Second Amendment.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | September 8, 2013
A Hagerstown man was taken to a Baltimore burn unit, primarily for burns to an arm, after a house fire Saturday night on East North Avenue that left the house uninhabitable, Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said Sunday morning. The fire at 61 E. North Ave. was reported at 10:16 p.m. Saturday, according to emergency service officials. The initial report came from a home security system, but at least one neighbor also called 911, DeHaven said. The home had multiple working smoke detectors, he said.
By DAN DEARTH | | September 3, 2013
Two armed men robbed the manager of the Denny's restaurant on Dual Highway Tuesday morning as she was on her way to make a cash deposit at a nearby bank, Hagerstown police said. Lt. Tom Langston said officers were still searching for the robbers as of Tuesday afternoon. “The robbery did not occur in the store,” Langston said. “No one was injured.” The robbery was reported at about 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the restaurant at 1630 Dual Highway, Langston said. He said the manager was walking across the parking lot with an undisclosed amount of cash when two men with guns stopped her, took the money and a cellphone.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | September 3, 2013
Pennsylvania State Police Monday afternoon shot and killed an armed man who tried to flee a house after a standoff in St. Thomas Township that lasted about five hours, according to state police. The 47-year-old man, identifed by police Monday as Philip E. Rank, had “multiple firearms” on him when he was fatally shot at about 3:30 p.m., Trooper Robert T. Hicks, a state police spokesman, said at the scene. The standoff began at about 10:30 a.m., when police tried to serve an arrest warrant on Rank at his log-cabin-style, single-family house in the 500 block of St. Thomas-Williamson Road, Hicks said.
August 30, 2013
A Washington County man has been charged with taking part in an armed home invasion Thursday night on Clinton Avenue near Hagerstown, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Cody Samuel Fiery, 18, of Greencastle Pike has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property over $500, possession of a handgun, conspiracy to use a handgun during a violent crime and use of a handgun during a violent crime, according to a sheriff's office news release.
By DAVE McMILLION | | August 22, 2013
The remains of U.S. Army private from Hagerstown who died of malnutrition as a prisoner of war during the Korean War are scheduled to be returned home this weekend and buried in Rest Haven Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Heren Blevins was wounded in the arm and taken prisoner in the Chosin Reservoir on Dec. 2, 1950, when elements of the 7th Infantry Division were overrun by Chinese communists. The 19-year-old soldier was taken to a prison camp that the captives dubbed “Death Valley.” Some of his fellow prisoners of war who were repatriated after the war told military officials that Blevins died of malnutrition in January 1951.
By DAN DEARTH | | August 6, 2013
Pvt. Heren Blevins met the beginning of his end on Dec. 2, 1950, when the former Hagerstown resident was captured at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. Military records indicate Blevins was wounded in the arm and taken prisoner when elements of the 7th Infantry Division were overrun by Chinese communists. The 19-year-old soldier was taken to a prison camp that the captives dubbed “Death Valley.” Some of his fellow prisoners of war who were repatriated after the war told military officials that Blevins died of malnutrition in January 1951.
August 2, 2013
A Frederick, Md., man has been arrested and charged after an armed home invasion in east Hagerstown early Friday morning, the Hagerstown Police Department said. Terrance Warfield, 29, of Eisenhower Drive faces charges of armed robbery, assault, burglary, reckless endangerment and theft, Sgt. John Lehman said in a news release. Warfield was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $300,000 bond, a jail spokesman said Friday afternoon. Shortly after 6 a.m., police were called to a home in the 1500 block of Violet Drive for an armed home invasion robbery.
July 29, 2013
A man wearing a ghillie suit and carrying what appeared to be a shotgun robbed the Sheetz convenience store Monday morning at 14686 Apple Harvest Drive near Martinsburg, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said. The man walked into the store at about 4:55 a.m. and demanded money from the cashier before he fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a sheriff's office news release. Deputies said the robber was a white male with blue eyes. He was about 6-feet, 2-inches tall, and was wearing a full-body ghillie suit and a green face mask.
By TIM KOELBLE | | July 24, 2013
Playing the losers' bracket final without five players of the 12 players on its original roster, Halfway Little League reconstructed its team in time to produce a 6-3 victory over South Maryland in the Maryland State Junior Softball losers' bracket final. With five All-Stars playing elsewhere, Halfway needed to find at least two replacements just to play. After District 1 director Larry Hammond secured the necessary paperwork and approval from Little League headquarters, Halfway had a nine-player roster for the game.
July 12, 2013
A Hagerstown man has been charged with using a gun to rob another man early Friday morning in downtown Hagerstown, city police said. Racquez Shireek Warfield, 18, of 103 E. Antietam St., was charged with one count each of armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, theft and reckless endangerment, according to a Hagerstown Police Department news release. A man entered the lobby of police headquarters on Burhans Boulevard at 1:36 a.m. Friday and told officers he had just been robbed at gunpoint by several males in the area of South Potomac Street and West Antietam Street, police said.
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