- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 15, 2003

The Washington Times received 10 first-place awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association yesterday for words, pictures and design.

The Times received 18 awards overall in the annual contest.

"It's an honor to work with these folks every day," said Times Managing Editor Fran Coombs, "but it's always gratifying when your professional peers recognize the caliber of work that Times readers enjoy year-round."

Assistant Managing Editor Geoffrey L. Etnyre took first place in page one design for a March 12 cover that judges called "beautiful" for its use of a single, striking photograph of the luminous Twin Towers memorial, which lit the skies of Manhattan last spring.

Sports writer Patrick Hruby took two first-place awards in the sports story and sports column categories.

"Sampras wins one for the aged" extolled the virtues of the over-30 crowd playing at last year's U.S. Open tennis tournament, an account that judges deemed "an interesting mix of news and feature writing."

Mr. Hruby's column, "How to be good," took a close look at the inner workings of the successful athlete called "an exceptional human piece" by judges.

Photographer Michael Connor won first place in general news photo for "Keeping watch," which paired the stark barrel of an assault rifle with the arc of a basketball.

Judges felt it was "a strong comment on the loss of innocence in our schools."

Cliff Owen took first place for his spot news photo, "Inspecting vehicles," a stark portrait of an armed law enforcement official peering inside a car at the height of the Beltway sniper scare last fall.

"A powerful look at an area under siege," judges noted.

Maya Alleruzzo won first place for her photo series "Obeying 'a holy duty' to kill," a disquieting look at young Palestinians in paramilitary training, which judges called "a frightening glimpse into a fanatical faith."

Designer Erin Hyland took a first-place award for feature newspage design for a March 9 page that judges praised for its clever use of artwork and "white space." Designer Jenine Zimmers also took first place for sports design for a May 15 page for her creative use of bold graphics, type and shadow.

Sports Editor Mark Hartsell and Assistant Sports Editor Scott Haring took first place for informational graphics in sports for "Home run kings," an innovative presentation of statistics.

"To condense and distill so many numbers and present them in an easily digested, visually appealing manner is a feat," judges noted.

Artist Alexander Hunter won first place for his illustration "The durable cold warrior," a portrait of former President Ronald Reagan wearing a bearskin headdress, which judges called "A great example of 'presidential masculinity.' "

Other Washington Times award winners were:

•Charles Rousseaux, second place for local column, "The mouse that chuckled."

•Mary Shaffrey and Guy Taylor, second place for general news story, "Twist of fate."

•Dan Daly, second place for sports column, "No victory, just a vast female conspiracy."

•Tom Carter, second place for medical story, "DDT: Malaria's answer in Africa?"

•Demian McLean, second place for headlines, "Baby boomers in hog heaven: midlife crises are left in dust of their Harleys."

•Liz O. Baylen, won two second-place awards for general news photo, "Saluting Fallen Comrades," and sports photo, "Redskins Rabid."

•Daniel Rosenbaum, second place for spot news photo, "Rounding up the Demonstrators."

The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association is made up of 164 newspapers from the region. The Washington Times won awards for newspapers with a circulation over 75,000, a field that also includes The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun.

Separately, copy editor Peter Parisi received honorable mention for headline writing from the American Copy Editors Society in Division C, midsize-circulation (100,000-249,000) newspapers, at the ACES annual convention in Chicago last week. Among his five headlines cited: "Chips down for Lays: Enron ex-chief's wife sells belongings."

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