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By DON AINES | June 5, 2000
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One of the victims in a 1998 double homicide was tortured prior to her death, according to a motion filed Monday in Franklin County Court in the case against Michael Brandon Singley. cont. from news page "The commonwealth believes that the additional aggravating circumstance of killing by torture ... is applicable in this case," according to the motion Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson presented Monday to Court of Common Pleas Judge Douglas W. Herman.
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April 30, 2009
Synagogue vandalism damaged more than a building's door To the editor: We were saddened and angered to read the report in Tuesday's Herald-Mail of a swastika drawn on an exterior door at Congregation B'Nai Abraham synagogue recently. Such vandalism goes far beyond the graffiti that is sometimes found around the city. We appreciate that the Hagerstown Police Department is treating it as a hate crime, for this incident clearly targets a particular "ethnicity, race or religion.
OPINION
By ART CALLAHAM | January 27, 2013
I never expected to do film critiques in this column, but late last year I commented on “Lincoln,” and now, “Zero Dark Thirty” is, in my opinion, deserving of a few lines. First, if you're going to see “Zero Dark Thirty” because you're looking for a great screenplay, or award-winning cinematography, or superb acting, you won't get any of that. The movie is mostly a documentary, more like what you would see on The History Channel - certainly not a movie like “Saving Private Ryan” or “Platoon.” Yet, the story line is complex, compelling and played out in a fashion that makes the more than two-hour movie extremely watchable and exciting.
OPINION
October 5, 2011
“I'm very disappointed in the Edgewood Drive bypass. We did not need sidewalks or bike lanes. We needed more lanes for traffic, and we need a right-turning lane off of the Edgewood Drive onto Dual Highway. You have people sitting there going straight through. Once you cross the Dual Highway, then they do not know that they should only use the left lane to turn, but instead of that, they cut you off ... there, to get in the right lane. Very poor planning.” - Washington County “With regards to all the fuss about waterboarding and torturing, I'd like to remind everybody that if they read their Bibles, especially Matthew, chapter 5, where Jesus talks about the Beatitudes, he says 'Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy, and blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.' So right there, the Lord, our Lord and Savior tells us that being merciful and working towards peace is what God, our Lord, our Father, wants us to do.” - Sharpsburg “When the top 10 percent of the wage earners pay 70 percent of the federal income tax in America, and 48 percent pays no federal income tax, according to the IRS, the Internal Revenue Service, and the president says that they are not paying their fair share, that is, the millionaires and the billionaires, is he being dishonest with us, or doesn't he know any better?
NEWS
November 7, 2007
"Isn't this wonderful? My electric company took out a three-quarter-page ad to tell us they're gonna give us two free light bulbs. They've doubled the price or the cost of electricity in the last year, so now they're gonna give us two free light bulbs. Save them ? I'll buy my own. " ? Hagerstown "The county commissioners in Maryland or West Virginia don't seem to understand that people in these areas can't buy $250,000 houses. There are more poor people than there are rich people.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 12, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Harry Moser says he doesn't know how to thank people like James H. Warner. People who served bravely in the U.S. military. People who, like Warner, spent years being tortured as a prisoner of war. Moser, of State Line, Pa., retired in 1996 from the U.S. Air Force and said that attending Sunday's Veterans Day ceremony outside the Washington County Circuit Court building in downtown Hagerstown was a start. The ceremony was sponsored by Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion Auxiliary, which has hosted the event for 81 years.
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By ART CALLAHAM | January 27, 2013
I never expected to do film critiques in this column, but late last year I commented on “Lincoln,” and now, “Zero Dark Thirty” is, in my opinion, deserving of a few lines. First, if you're going to see “Zero Dark Thirty” because you're looking for a great screenplay, or award-winning cinematography, or superb acting, you won't get any of that. The movie is mostly a documentary, more like what you would see on The History Channel - certainly not a movie like “Saving Private Ryan” or “Platoon.” Yet, the story line is complex, compelling and played out in a fashion that makes the more than two-hour movie extremely watchable and exciting.
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OPINION
October 5, 2011
“I'm very disappointed in the Edgewood Drive bypass. We did not need sidewalks or bike lanes. We needed more lanes for traffic, and we need a right-turning lane off of the Edgewood Drive onto Dual Highway. You have people sitting there going straight through. Once you cross the Dual Highway, then they do not know that they should only use the left lane to turn, but instead of that, they cut you off ... there, to get in the right lane. Very poor planning.” - Washington County “With regards to all the fuss about waterboarding and torturing, I'd like to remind everybody that if they read their Bibles, especially Matthew, chapter 5, where Jesus talks about the Beatitudes, he says 'Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy, and blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.' So right there, the Lord, our Lord and Savior tells us that being merciful and working towards peace is what God, our Lord, our Father, wants us to do.” - Sharpsburg “When the top 10 percent of the wage earners pay 70 percent of the federal income tax in America, and 48 percent pays no federal income tax, according to the IRS, the Internal Revenue Service, and the president says that they are not paying their fair share, that is, the millionaires and the billionaires, is he being dishonest with us, or doesn't he know any better?
NEWS
By ROBERT A. MORRIS | May 24, 2009
President Obama ordered the release of memos regarding the "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" against the advice of his chosen and current director of the CIA, Leon Panetta. Former CIA directors and other current administration officials opposed this move as well. While our President is against leavening criminal indictments on those that performed these interrogations, he has left the door wide open to have the formulators of "Enhanced Interrogation" subject to prosecution or perhaps disbarment.
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May 22, 2009
"I haven't seen any news articles about the rise in gas prices. " - Funkstown "I would like to know where in the world this expression 'Kudos' came from. I am so sick and tired of reading kudos to this, and kudos to that. What ever happened to the good old American expression 'Thank you,' 'Thanks'? These people with this word 'kudos' is absolutely ridiculous. It isn't even a word. So let's go back to the original of saying just 'Thank you.'" - Boonsboro "Summer's almost here.
NEWS
April 30, 2009
Synagogue vandalism damaged more than a building's door To the editor: We were saddened and angered to read the report in Tuesday's Herald-Mail of a swastika drawn on an exterior door at Congregation B'Nai Abraham synagogue recently. Such vandalism goes far beyond the graffiti that is sometimes found around the city. We appreciate that the Hagerstown Police Department is treating it as a hate crime, for this incident clearly targets a particular "ethnicity, race or religion.
NEWS
By RUSSELL WILLIAMS | June 21, 2008
The argument for intensive interrogation is that there are times in which people's lives are in immediate danger and their lives can only be saved by using forceful methods to extract information out of terrorists or criminals. The difficulty is, "What happens when the authorities using forceful means of interrogation obtain information about something that does not exist or about which the person being intensively interrogated knows nothing?" This is apparently what happened with the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 12, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Harry Moser says he doesn't know how to thank people like James H. Warner. People who served bravely in the U.S. military. People who, like Warner, spent years being tortured as a prisoner of war. Moser, of State Line, Pa., retired in 1996 from the U.S. Air Force and said that attending Sunday's Veterans Day ceremony outside the Washington County Circuit Court building in downtown Hagerstown was a start. The ceremony was sponsored by Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion Auxiliary, which has hosted the event for 81 years.
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by KAREN HANNA | December 27, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - In a western African jail cell barely 3 feet by 6 feet, Samba Guisse ate his daily meal - one-half cup of rice and salt. On weekends, he got nothing at all, he said. Separated from his children and exiled from home, Guisse said he survived torture to bring freedom to his country. Flipping through the pages of an address book filled with the names of comrades, Guisse showed no signs of surrender. "This is Africa, is no good. No water good, no school, no hospital," said Guisse, sweeping his hand across a photograph of children while talking at his home in Hagerstown.
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