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April 14, 2007
A gang of thugs doesn't constitute a true army To the editor: I recently read an opinion article by Tom Malinowski, a member of "Human Rights Watch," which discussed the difference between terrorists who call themselves warriors and soldiers who are members of legitimate armies. George Bush declared the fight against the terrorists who attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001, to be a war. And he called the suspects combatants rather than terrorists or criminals. Reasons are not clear, but the administration clearly wanted a war definition - perhaps thinking that wartime presidents are usually re-elected.
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NEWS
November 21, 1996
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer As Susan Hooker tossed empty cigarette containers into a flaming trash can at the Longmeadow Shopping Center Wednesday night, she reflected on more than five months of smoke-free living and why she quit in the first place. "I haven't had a cigarette since June 1," said Hooker, who lives on Long Ridge Drive in Hagerstown. "I did it as a present to my father, who passed away six years ago. " Hooker was one of a handful of people who showed up to burn cigarette butts and cartons in the parking lot of the shopping center.
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By JOSH SHAW | June 12, 2008
The No Smoking Youth Club today will conclude a three-day program designed to educate youths on how tobacco use affects different minority groups. Wednesday was Hispanic-Latino day, and today the group will learn the about the culture and smoking statistics of American Indians. The three-day program, held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, began Tuesday with Chinese Day. "We try to maintain the objectives of the group to expand beyond just one race or group of children," club adviser Andy Smith said.
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by E.L. SYVERSON | April 3, 2007
Rant For years, there have been two ways to describe people. For years, there have been two places to sit in a restaurant, neither of them being a chair or the floor. For years, these two ways of describing a person or place have battled for the position of dominance. To smoke or not to smoke? That is the question I have for the generation that is supposed to save the world. (That's us, guys!) When we were little kids, in the winter, we would press our fingers to our lips and pull them away as we exhale, our breath carried away on the wind.
NEWS
November 21, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer Shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II finished a cigarette before passing through the automatic doors of the Wal-Mart store on Wesel Boulevard. It was his final smoke in a 11/2-pack-a-day habit that began 20 years ago, he said. "I'm done," he said, minutes after he dropped an empty pack of Dorals into a cigarette dump box set up at the Great American Smokeout display in the store. "You've got a rough two weeks ahead, mister," Gene Keller of Hagerstown told Bruchey.
NEWS
May 26, 2008
Anti-smoking walk Walk for a Tobacco Free World will be held on Thursday, May 29, at Fairgrounds Park, Cleveland Avenue in Hagerstown. Sterlen Barr will talk about staying tobacco free at 6 p.m. The walk will follow the presentation. The first 200 participants who complete the walk and survey will receive a free food ticket that is redeemable at the concession stand. There will also be a drawing for a free bicycle. The event is sponsored by Washington County Health Department and Tobacco Free Washington County Coalition.
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by LYNN F. LITTLE | August 1, 2003
Have you heard the television ad for a product that helps people gradually quit smoking? It uses the words "step-down" over and over to indicate how people gradually reduce their smoking in stages. According to the manufacturer, this makes it easier to quit smoking rather than going cold turkey and trying to change from smoker one day to nonsmoker the next. This applies to more than smoking. The odds of successful behavioral change are greater when a person makes small, gradual changes rather than trying to make one big change all at once.
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By HEATHER KEELS | June 16, 2009
The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a revision to the county's policy on use of county vehicles by employees that expands the existing three-page document to a detailed 15-page document with rules on personal use, incident reporting, cell phone use and other factors. The changes are meant to reduce costs from vehicle accidents and liabilities, an effort required by the county's risk management policy, according to a report submitted to the commissioners by Risk Management Administrator Becky Maginnis.
NEWS
April 15, 2012
So far this year, Maryland has had fewer fire fatalities than at this point last year, State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard told members of the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association on Sunday. There have been 15 fire fatalities so far this year, compared to 20 at this time last year, Barnard said during an association meeting in Funkstown. The coldest stretch of the year, when there tend to be more fire fatalities, is over, Barnard said. The mild winter could be a factor in the decline in fatalities, however, Barnard also credits 2007 state legislation that changed the design of cigarettes sold in Maryland after July 2008.
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by TONY MULIERI | March 25, 2007
I gave up smoking for Lent. A lot of people probably don't know I am a smoker, or was. It started innocently enough. I was playing golf and I started to smoke a cigar here and there. Then I wanted to try something different. And there you go, you have a smoking problem on your hands. For the past year, I've been smoking about a pack of cigarettes a day. Then Lent came. As Catholics, we're really not supposed to tell anyone what we give up for Lent. It's supposed to be a sacrifice that you offer up to God. You're not supposed to be looking for a pat on the back.
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