Students' blood flows at gym for a...


Students' blood flows at gym for a good cause

IN ITS first visit to the school in a decade, the American Red Cross turned the Northeast Senior High School gym in Pasadena into a blood bank.

Phlebotomists, who spend four to six months learning in community colleges to draw blood, collected more than 50 units in about five hours.

First-time donor Shantaye Baker, an 18-year-old senior, skipped her art class to donate -- and didn't have an easy time of it.

"It was OK," she said at first, sitting in the canteen recovering.

Then the truth came out: "I cried! My eyes got real watery. I was in shock."

It's because she was brought face-to-face with her own blood, she said. One of the attendants "sat the bag on my lap and I was like, 'Oh, my goodness!' "

Phil Gerdes, a 16-year-old junior, said: "I wanted to give blood, then I found out I couldn't." The American Red Cross requires that donors be at least 17. So instead, he was a volunteer, serving soft drinks and keeping the more squeamish donors company.

"I can help out at least if I can't give blood," he said. A PUBLIC relations director escorting me around Fort Meade this week bumped into an officer at the officers' club.

The PR director introduced us and the officer acknowledged his colleague with a compliment.

"You can believe everything this man tells you," the officer assured me, "and add some."

"I've got to," I joked. " 'No comment' doesn't stretch too far in the paper."

TaNoah Morgan

What's the difference between a reporter and ...

AFTER WAITING half an hour to meet with the commander of the state police barracks in Calvert County, south of Anne Arundel County, I finally walked up to the trooper at the reception desk and handed him my card, asking him to please give the lieutenant my beeper number.

"You mean your pager number," he said with a smile. "Drug dealers have beepers."

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Television violence finds its way into new courtroom

THE NEW Anne Arundel County Circuit Court House in Annapolis is a state-of-the-art facility, from the television monitors on every floor showing case times and locations to the discreet security cameras in every wood-paneled courtroom.

Each courtroom is equipped with a system that can broadcast a photograph, drawing or other exhibit on a monitor for the jury and on computer screens at the witness stand and each attorney table. Without the system lawyers would have to hand photographs to witnesses or jurors or construct large displays.

But on the opening day of the Scotland E. Williams double-murder trial last week, a defense lawyer wanted to return to the old days.

She objected to showing crime-scene photographs of the victims' bodies on the monitor next to the jury box. Showing the jurors television-sized photographs, some of them gruesome, would be unfair to her client, she argued.

What good is high-tech equipment if you can't use it, the prosecutor asked with a shrug.

Pub Date: 5/10/98

Tanya Jones

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