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By MARLO BARNHART | February 7, 2000
Demetri Antone Dixon was sentenced to three years in prison Monday in the death of his cellmate 13 months ago at the Maryland Correctional Training Center. Because of the unusual circumstances surrounding the Jan. 8, 1999, death of Mervin James Isley, Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright agreed that the sentence would be served concurrently with the 15-year term Dixon is serving. He is imprisoned at the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore. Dixon, 20, entered a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter.
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by TARA REILLY | December 30, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Students in Washington County Public Schools and in public schools across Maryland would be given up to two floating days off for religious observance under a proposal by a Maryland State Department of Education committee. Washington County Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said Wednesday she could support such a plan. "If the state would approve it, I certainly wouldn't have a problem with it," Morgan said. The days off would be excused absences and would not count against perfect attendance awards or affect attendance records schools must keep under the No Child Left Behind Act. The committee on minority student achievement last week voted unanimously in support of the proposal, which would apply to students belonging to "world-recognized religions.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 26, 2011
A ranking member of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland said there have been two burglaries at the mosque this month. Ali Shafi, a member of the mosque's board of trustees, said the first burglary was Sept. 12 and the second was early Monday. He said he hopes that a recent string of burglaries at the center won't lead to something more sinister. “I'm afraid it could turn violent,” Shafi said in an interview  Monday at the mosque at 2036 Day Road. He said he did not want to blow the incident out of proportion, but he did not rule out the possibility it was a hate crime.
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December 11, 2005
Last week's poll question was: What do you think of the recent trend to call a "Christmas" tree a "Holiday" tree? "I don't really care what you call it, but the fact of the matter is, decorating the evergreen tree came from the pagan traditions of the winter solstice. All the traditions, down to your yule, feasts, holly berries, caroling, gift giving, lit candles, kissing under the mistletoe and much more are all pagan traditions from the winter solstice. In ancient Babylon, the feast of the Son of Isis was celebrated on Dec. 25th.
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December 6, 2003
Exmas rush becomes a racket To the editor: It seems as was the case almost 2,000 years ago, it is again today, that for him whose birthday we celebrate, there is still, "no room in the inn. " How many remember, or know, or even care that this is the birthday of Jesus Christ, who came to give us the gift of life. I hear the radios in the stores playing so called, "Christmas songs. " I hear songs of Santa Claus, of reindeer with red noses, of fireplaces and coming home, of trees and snow and sleigh bells.
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By PEPPER BALLARD | January 8, 2006
pepperb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - The Imam of The Islamic Society of Western Maryland's Masjid, or mosque, Qasim Burmi, his wife and other members of the Islamic Society are in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to participate in the annual Hajj, or obligatory pilgrimage to Mecca, Dr. Shahab Siddiqui said Friday. Millions of Muslims across the globe will begin their religious observances of the annual Hajj on Monday, the pilgrimage Muslims must make at least once in their lifetimes.
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September 4, 2010
MCI-Hagerstown Mary Louk, a correctional officer II, was named Employee of the Month for September at Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown (MCI-H). Louk was honored for her outstanding performance in directing procedures to ensure that each MCI-H inmate received an updated identification card. She also took the initiative and responsibility for coordinating events for Ramadan, according to a prepared release. Volvo Powertrain North America Randy Manning, a warranty recovery specialist, was named Employee of the Month for July at Volvo Powertrain North America.
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November 8, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer A possible move by the Catholic Church back to abstaining from meat on Fridays as part of a spiritual struggle against a "culture of death," including abortion, drew mostly positive reviews from some Tri-State area Catholics. "That couldn't be anything but positive," said John Rendeiro, 45, of Charles Town, W.Va. Rendeiro said the church shouldn't go back to having it mandatory, as it was before 1966. "Something like that has to come from the heart," he said.
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