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2008-07-09 18:00:31

To: ENERGY EDITORS Contact: Chuck Ardo of the Pennsylvania Office of the Governor, +1-717-783-1116; or Michael Smith of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, +1-717-787-1323 YORK, Pa., July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a time when conventional energy prices are at or near record highs, Governor Edward G. Rendell today signed into law a new fund that will save families and small businesses money on their energy bills by supporting investments in energy conservation...

2008-07-08 18:00:17

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Chuck Ardo, +1-717-783-1116, or Michael Smith (DEP), +1- 717-787-1323, both of the Pennsylvania Office of the Governor HARRISBURG, Pa.,July 8/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell has followed through on an agreement reached in 2005 to protect one of the worlds largest bodies of fresh water -- the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin -- as he signed House Bill 1705, which will ensure this invaluable resource is protected for the millions of...

2006-05-19 18:06:22

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A man on the run for nearly 38 years since escaping from a California prison has been arrested in Oklahoma, authorities said on Friday. Michael Smith, who escaped from Correctional Training Facility in Soledad on June 7, 1968, was arrested on Thursday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said. Smith escaped while serving the third year of a five-year-to-life sentence for first-degree robbery. His case was reopened in December 2003...

2006-03-22 22:29:35

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Army dog handler was sentenced to six months in prison for tormenting detainees at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib jail with his unmuzzled Belgian shepherd, an Army spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Sgt. Michael Smith, 24, faced up to 8 1/2 years in prison after he was found guilty on six of 13 counts brought against him. He will also have his rank reduced to private and must pay a total of $2,250 in fines for harassing and threatening...

2006-03-22 18:12:05

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Army dog handler was sentenced to six months in prison for tormenting detainees at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib jail with his unmuzzled Belgian shepherd, an Army spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Sgt. Michael Smith, 24, faced up to 8 1/2 years in prison after he was found guilty on six of 13 counts brought against him. He will also have his rank reduced to private and must pay a total of $2,250 in fines for harassing and threatening...

2006-03-22 17:58:02

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Army dog handler has been sentenced to roughly 6 months in prison for abusing detainees at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib jail, an Army spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Sgt. Michael Smith, 24, will also have his rank reduced to private and must pay a $2,250 fine for using his unmuzzled dog to harass and threaten inmates at Abu Ghraib in 2003 and 2004, Army spokeswoman Shaunteh Kelly said. After he serves his 179-day sentence he will be released from the...

2006-03-22 16:18:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Army dog handler has been sentenced to roughly 6 months in prison for abusing detainees at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib jail, an Army spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Sgt. Michael Smith, 24, will also have his rank reduced to private and must pay a $2,250 fine for using his unmuzzled dog to harass and threaten inmates at Abu Ghraib in 2003 and 2004, Army spokeswoman Shaunteh Kelly said. After he serves his 179-day sentence he will be released from the...

2006-03-21 16:39:56

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Army dog handler was found guilty on Tuesday of abusing detainees at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison and faces up to eight years and nine months in prison, an Army spokeswoman said. The sentencing hearing for Army Sgt. Michael Smith, 24, was set to begin later in the day, Lt. Col. Shawn Jirik said. Smith was charged with using his dog to harass and threaten inmates at Abu Ghraib in order to make them urinate and defecate on...

2006-03-21 13:30:32

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Army dog handler was found guilty on Tuesday of abusing detainees at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison and faces up to eight years and nine months in prison, an Army spokeswoman said. The sentencing hearing for Army Sgt. Michael Smith, 24, was set to begin later in the day, Lt. Col. Shawn Jirik said. Smith was charged with using his dog to harass and threaten inmates at Abu Ghraib in order to make them urinate and defecate on...

2006-03-13 18:14:49

By Andy Sullivan FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - A U.S. military dog handler charged with abusing detainees at Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison was simply following orders, his lawyers said on Monday at the start of his court-martial. Army Sgt. Michael Smith, 24, would face up to 24-1/2 years in prison if he is found guilty of using his dog to harass and threaten inmates at Abu Ghraib in order to make them urinate and defecate on themselves in 2003 and 2004. Prosecutors said...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'