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NEWS
July 26, 1997
By VANDANA SINHA Staff Writer Lawrence Freeman says that more than five decades of living in Hagerstown has made him an angry, bitter man. But Freeman, a 52-year-old black community leader, says it's also made him more aware of who he is, more accepting of other people and more persistent in sending a message of perseverance, peace and respect to the city's black youth. He wants to see rising black businessmen, politicians, bankers, teachers and community leaders reverse the trend and pave the way to a more unified, just United States - one he said he has missed out on growing up in Hagerstown.
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NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | April 19, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - It started about 25 years ago with one of Todd Bolton's regular trips to the Washington County Free Library. He ran across Bob Peterson's "Only the Ball was White," about the Negro Leagues. Being a baseball fan who studied American history in college, Bolton was surprised that he had never heard of the Negro Leagues. "I was excited about it," Bolton said. "At the same time, I was angry. How could I go through a quarter century of life and not have heard about the Negro League.
OPINION
May 13, 2012
It is senseless to place labels on Jesus Christ To the editor: I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. With more and more frequency, twice in the past week or so, I read doubts about the existence of God and confusion over who exactly Jesus is. Just let me throw this out for any doubter, skeptic or unbeliever. In Heaven, there will be only two things that this earth contains. God's Word, which is the Holy Bible, written by God Himself, using men led by His divine spirit over hundreds of years to convey His message of love, redemption and salvation.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | April 12, 2000
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Deputy Sheriff's Civil Service Commission adjourned late Monday afternoon without ruling whether a fired Berkeley County sheriff's deputy should get his job back. More people turned out for Richard L. Burrell's hearing than could fit in the small hearing room at the Berkeley County Courthouse. Several spectators had to stand in the hallway. Burrell is protesting his March 29 firing by Sheriff Ronald Jones. Jones said he fired Burrell because a 180-day family violence final protective order against Burrell prevented him from carrying a firearm and therefore doing his job. Appealing to the three-member commission to reinstate Burrell, David Joel, Burrell's attorney, said the order was withdrawn the day of the firing, revoking any prohibition on using or possessing a firearm.
NEWS
July 12, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer Susan, a 33-year-old Washington County woman, said a co-worker repeatedly asked her to perform sex acts, inquired if she had ever had sex with her brother and made other off-color remarks. After weeks of asking that he stop and complaining to her supervisor, Susan, which is not her real name, said she finally reached the breaking point. The supervisor simply told her to avoid the man, she said, and the manager did nothing for months. Meanwhile, she said the verbal assaults continued.
NEWS
By BRYN MICKLE | October 4, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A trial is set to begin in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg today for a man who claims he was racially harassed while working at a brick-making company. Johnnie L. James Jr. alleges his federal civil rights were violated and that he was unjustly fired after four years of work at the Continental Brick Co. in Martinsburg, according to court records. The suit asks that Continental be ordered to pay James $2 million in punitive damages and $580,000 in compensatory damages.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | January 19, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A pregnant woman who sued the corporation that represents a local hotel was awarded $45,000 in an employment-discrimination settlement, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A settlement signed Tuesday by United States District Court Judge William D. Quarles Jr. requires that employees at Hampton Inn in Hagerstown attend sessions about employment discrimination. A complaint states the hotel, which is part of Falling Spring Corp., discriminated against Kimberly C. Sudhoff when it withdrew an offer of employment as a part-time receptionist after realizing she was about four months pregnant.
NEWS
By BRENDAN KIRBY | August 6, 1999
A forklift operator at Staples Distribution Center has filed a discrimination complaint against the firm, alleging company officials have failed to discipline employees who have persistently harassed him. Mohamad M. Karim, a native of Bangladesh who lives in Hagerstown, filed the complaint with the Maryland Commission on Human Relations. The June complaint, a copy of which Karim provided to The Herald-Mail, alleges a series of incidents stretching from last August to May of this year.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | June 30, 2003
A Hagerstown woman who was fired in January from her job as a correctional officer when officials found there were nude photos of her published in a tattoo magazine filed a discrimination claim last week with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Marcie Betts, 22, began working at the medium security Roxbury Correctional Institution on Jan. 15, according to documents provided by her lawyer. On Jan. 29, she was given two weeks' notice of her firing. Lawrence G. Walters, Betts' attorney, said the claim could result in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the federal government or the office could issue a "right-to-sue" letter, allowing Betts to file her own case.
NEWS
October 7, 1997
By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Fifty-three people claiming they were unfairly rejected for jobs at a U.S. Postal Service facility in Falling Waters, W.Va., have filed suit in U.S. District Court. The individual suits were filed Monday by attorneys David M. Hammer and Harry P. Waddell. The plaintiffs are suing Postmaster General Marvin Runyon for lost wages, compensation and punitive damages. In 1995, the applicants were rejected for data key entry jobs at the Remote Encoding Center in Falling Waters.
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