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By LLOYD "PETE" WATERS | May 29, 2010
I can remember as a young boy watching wrestling on the old television set with my grandmother Gen. She was a tiny Irish lady who would get really animated when the wrestling matches came on. As the wrestlers took to the ring and begin to knock each other silly and flip each other over the back and onto the mat, my grandmother would swing her arms and yell at the wrestlers. Performers like "Haystacks Calhoun" and "Slave Girl Moolah" were a few of our favorites. I think my grandmother and a few neighbors even traveled to Hagerstown to watch some of those live wrestling matches on display in the nearby city.
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By ALLAN POWELL | January 4, 2013
Ezra Klein is a very gifted young man who is getting deserved recognition in newspapers and on television. His abilities were on display in a Washington Post column (March 19, 2012) describing how the fabulously rich Koch brothers were hard at work in a bold attempt to take control of the Cato Institute by getting control of the board. They are said to see a need for this so that they can tailor the organization “into a party organ that would aid their effort to unseat President Obama.” If they are able to buy the shares of a deceased board member, they will have the power to effect the transformation from a staid academic purveyor of ideology to a nuts-and-bolts political servant.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | April 5, 2009
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Halli Casser-Jayne is a woman who likes to share her opinion. When the 2008 presidental election was in full swing in 2007, Casser-Jayne wanted an outlet to give her two cents. So she did what any other politically minded individual would do - she started a blog. "I understood that this was a ground-breaking election, not just over Obama, but where this country was," the Shepherdstown resident said during a telephone interview. While spending a year sharing her insights on politics with the blogosphere, Casser-Jayne discovered she struck a nerve.
NEWS
October 19, 1997
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer Maryland Del. Sue Hecht's voice echoed as she spoke to a mostly empty room about the need for more women to get involved in politics. "Your voice can make a difference," Hecht told the small but dedicated group of women at the eighth annual Washington County Women's Fair on Saturday. Whether it is joining a parent-teacher organization or running for state office, women need to get involved in deciding the issues that affect them and their families, she said.
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By TIM ROWLAND | May 25, 2009
o If you like reading Tim Rowland, you'll love watching him. See what else Tim has to say Memo to Hagerstown City Council candidate David Lidz: I don't know you, but are you nuts? In the initial count last Tuesday, Lidz made the cut, finishing ahead of Forrest Easton for the fifth and final council seat. But when the absentee ballots were added in Thursday, Easton moved ahead of Lidz by six votes. We all knew, or thought we did, what was going to come next -- a long, protracted mess.
NEWS
June 10, 1997
Time flies, but little changes. About 15 years ago I was covering the West Virginia State Legislature, when one of the Damron brothers - I disremember which - took the floor of the House of Delegates, microphone in hand and loaded for bear. The bill under discussion was one to curtail election fraud. Even as late as the 1980s, voter shenanigans were not unheard of in the Mountain State - even if they didn't quite touch the legendary proportions of decades past when the winning candidate was determined by who could offer a poll-goer the largest swallow of whiskey.
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By KATE COLEMAN | April 27, 2000
There have been times when Benita Keller's photography has taken her beyond the edge of politics. As she waited to go through customs leaving Nigeria in 1989, the first of her international excursions, she realized that the armed guards were confiscating the film of the people in her group. "Can they do that?" she asked the airline representative. "They can do anything they want. They have machine guns," was her answer. She had 60 rolls of film she didn't want to lose. She asked for help, and the pilot smuggled it out in his luggage.
NEWS
December 12, 2000
Can elected officials divorce state spending from politics? Despite his victory in the West Virginia governor's race, Bob Wise is still complaining about what he says was Gov. Cecil Underwood's election-year spending from the Governor's Civil Contingent Fund. The problem is, however, is that Wise can't point to a single project that was funded for political reasons. We advise Wise to rewrite the spending guidelines if he feels it's necessary, but stop carping about the election.
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by DON AINES | November 2, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - George Pentz emerged from political retirement in September and will be going right back to it Nov. 14. Pentz, who served on the Chambersburg Borough Council from 1985 to 1995, was appointed Sept. 19 to fill the vacancy created when former Fourth Ward Councilman John Redding, the Republican mayoral candidate in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election, moved to another part of the borough. The borough code requires vacancies be filled within 30 days, but the council was left with a dilemma because the seat is also up for election.
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By WANDA WILLIAMS | March 27, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY Editor's note: The Washington County Commission for Women is trying to document the county's women who were pioneers in their career fields. In honor of Women's History Month, The Herald-Mail is presenting, each Sunday in March, a sample of women who the commission is considering as "firsts" for a book. This is the last in a four-part series. In the sixth grade, Linda Irvin-Craig appeared before the Washington County Commissioners to advocate for the closure of a small two-room school building she was attending in Big Pool.
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September 8, 2013
Vice President Biden to talk about TIGER 2013 grant Vice President Joe Biden will join Gov. Martin O'Malley Monday at the Port of Baltimore to talk about a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant to the port, according to a news release from the White House Press Office. The TIGER 2013 discretionary grant is given out by the U.S. Department of Transportation. “The vice president will highlight a $10 million TIGER grant to the Port of Baltimore that will help improve the port's productivity by widening a channel into the port while increasing the port's cargo storage capacity and avoiding the need for costly repairs,” according to the news release.
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By LLOYD WATERS | August 25, 2013
Last year's Dargan Days was a huge success, so we thought it a good idea to do the same thing this year. Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. has been designated as the date and time for our end-of-summer gathering. All of you Dargan residents, then and now, be sure to bring a covered dish and some stories to share. Anyone else who sneaks in better have a covered dish and a good story as well. There will be no “shine” for purchase. Passports will be examined.  The Dargan gatekeeper won't be there in body this year, but we know she'll be watching from higher ground.
OPINION
August 8, 2013
The irony is obvious, but in 1980 the United States was part of a multinational boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow - the reason for the boycott being the Soviets' invasion of Afghanistan. The only tangible effect of this boycott was a counter-boycott by the Soviets of the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, because we stood accused of perpetuating “anti-Soviet hysteria.” Today, the Soviets are gone and it's we who are in Afghanistan. But once again there is talk of a boycott, this time over Russia's harboring of whistleblower Edward Snowden.
OPINION
By DAVID HANLIN | August 7, 2013
While traveling recently, I had cause to look through an airport bookstore or two. What impressed me was the number of books on the topic of leadership. Many people aspire to be leaders. While some people are born with certain attributes that help, people are not born leaders. It takes work to actually become a leader. Leaders are made through experience, study and mentoring. In general, those who are leaders want to become better leaders.  Because of my interest in this topic, I recently purchased a book, “Leadership 2.0,” written by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves.
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By TIM ROWLAND | July 21, 2013
He was without a doubt the most interesting man in the world. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna began his career fighting for the Spanish against Indian uprisings in Mexico, but switched sides in 1821 when it became apparent that, in terms of last mass, Spain had bitten off more than it could police. Committed (as Santa Anna understood the word) now to the cause of liberty, he supported whichever liberator appeared to be winning at the time. Active in numerous coups, he became a national hero when he repulsed one last Spanish invasion at Tampico.
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