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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 26, 2007
HAGERSTOWN ? Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler on Friday discussed two relatively new public safety initiatives within his office: tracking gang activity and teaching adults how to warn children about Internet dangers. Speaking at a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Gansler said his office can be a clearinghouse for local law enforcement agencies seeking information about gangs in their area. When he was a state's attorney in Montgomery County, Md., Gansler had a gang prosecution division.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 19, 2007
Parents are a child's first teacher, but when a child is having trouble at school, parents don't always know where to turn. "That's part of the challenge," said Duane McNairn, principal at E. Russell Hicks Middle School in Hagerstown. McNairn said schools are trying to come up with better ways to provide resources for parents to help students outside the classroom. Parents will soon be getting an idea of how well their children are performing, as report cards will be handed out during the next few weeks.
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October 1, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A 32-year-old Greencastle-area man has been charged by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office in connection with an undercover operation in Internet chat rooms. Daniel Diaz, of 3300 Waynecastle Road, has been charged with one count each of unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a computer, Attorney General Tom Corbett said in a news release. Both are third-degree felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine, according to the news release.
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September 14, 2007
The Community Foundation of Washington County manages charitable endowment funds for a variety of people and groups interested in charitable giving in Washington County. Individuals, families, corporations, institutions, courts, bequests, private foundations and charitable organizations may establish funds through the foundation. The foundation will invest the money, monitor its earnings, handle tax and administrative details, and make gifts as directed by the donor. Brad Sell, executive director of the foundation, said the foundation started in 1997 with less than $10,000.
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September 7, 2007
ST. THOMAS, Pa. - A Franklin County resident was among three men recently arrested in an Internet sex sting operation, according to a press release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett. Franklin Shane Barrick, 37, of 135 Cottonwood Ave., was arrested in connection with an alleged series of sexually graphic chats with an undercover agent posing as a 13-year old girl, Corbett said. Barrick was charged with four counts of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of criminal use of a computer and one count of identity theft, Corbett said.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | July 6, 2007
Jenna and Jason Lamer hope to find a baby sitter by fielding e-mails from those who notice the couple's Craigslist posting. The Smithsburg couple - parents of 2-year-old Kylie and 11-week-old Dylan - say it beats waiting around for a good sitter to emerge from word-of-mouth recommendations from family and friends. While sitters and sitter-seekers are posting ads on Craigslist and other online classified sites, the Internet is one of many resources available to sitters and parents.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 23, 2007
For the first time, the Maryland comptroller's office has charged someone with trying to sell cigarettes over the Internet, a spokeswoman said Friday. In a press release, the office said it filed two misdemeanor and two felony charges against James Kevin Morgan. Morgan, 47, is listed as living at 15602 National Pike in Washington County, said Christine Duray, a comptroller's office spokeswoman. Authorities said they confiscated 300 packs of untaxed cigarettes from Morgan on Friday.
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By TRISH RUDDER | June 16, 2007
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - You can get on the Web at a new cafe in town, and you don't have to bring a computer. Lil' Bit A New York Internet Cafe at 270 N. Washington St. opened last month, complete with its own hard-wired computers. Owner-operator Alberto R. Tello said he got the idea when a former job required him to travel. He said he did not like to carry a computer, but he wanted to connect to the Internet. "I saw a lot of these places in my travels and used them," Tello said.
NEWS
May 15, 2007
"Don't pump gas on May 15. In April 1997, there was a 'gas out' conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight. On May 15, all Internet users are not to go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now more than $3 a gallon in most places. There are 73,000,000-plus Americans on the Internet, and the average car takes about $30 to $50 to fill up. If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000 (that's almost $3 billion)
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | April 9, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Report cards don't always make it home. Assessment scores aren't always easy to understand. But soon, Washington County parents will have Internet access to their children's grades and test scores, said Robert C. Brown, Washington County Public Schools coordinator for the office of testing and accountability. The information will be available for parents at the start of the upcoming school year, and parents will receive information on registering for the online accounts during the first week of school.
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