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BUSINESS
Yvonne Wenger | March 26, 2012
As I try to recall the moment when my concern really set in, I remember walking into a dark, narrow hallway inside the front door of a brick rowhouse in Pigtown. My real estate agent, Clay Tucker, scanned the walls for the light switch. When he found it, I almost wished he hadn't. We passed by the dingy white, peeling walls to the winding staircase for the second-floor, $975-a-month apartment. I scanned the no-frills place and compared the space to my house in South Carolina. Our mortgage is $1,040 a month for a three bedroom, one-and-a-half bath ranch house on a quarter acre with granite countertops, a fenced-in yard dotted with big shade trees and a car port.
NEWS
March 26, 2012
Here's a deal few would jump on: A chance to pay $2,000 for a $600 laptop computer, $1,200 for a $400 TV set, and nearly $2,700 for a used washing machine and dryer that only cost $935 when new. It's probably safe to say most people would run the other way as fast as possible if asked to plunk down their hard-earned cash on those terms. Yet there's a booming market for such transactions in Maryland, where so-called "rent-to-own" stores are a $67 million-a-year industry, according to a new Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition report funded by the Abell Foundation.
EXPLORE
March 28, 2012
Last month at the Port Deposit VFW Post 8185, members from the four posts in District 10 gathered to present awards to the students who placed in the two VFW-sponsored essay contests, "Patriots Pen" for middle schoolers and "Voice of Democracy" for high schoolers. Initiated by VFWs across Maryland and across the nation, the local winners in the "Voice of Democracy" were: first place was awarded to Philip Chaffee, sponsored by Elkton Post 8175; second place was won by Eric Barton, sponsored by Port Deposit Post 8185; and third place was earned by Jessica Handy, sponsored by Chesapeake City Post 7687.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2012
The nation watched as winning numbers for the record-setting Mega Millions jackpot were revealed Friday night, and then waited all day Saturday to learn the identity of a lucky Baltimore County shopper who would split the $656 million. His or her identity, however, remains a mystery. Three winning tickets were sold for the multistate lottery — in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois — and the ticket holders will split the pot. While the winners' identities remained unknown early Sunday, the buying frenzy in which 1.5 billion tickets were sold for $1 apiece turned to wild guessing as to who they are and why they haven't stepped forward.
NEWS
By Scott Dance | April 3, 2012
Bystanders have posted cell phone videos of today's tornado outbreak in the Dallas area on YouTube, and they are awe-inspiring and surreal. In one video, people stand in awe of a twister in the distance before fearing it's headed their way and going indoors. Here are two accounts of a tornado near Forney, Texas:  
NEWS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
The parent companies of Bay Bank and Carrollton Bank said Monday that they planned to merge in a deal worth nearly $25 million in cash and stock. Jefferson Bancorp Inc., the Lutherville-based owner of Bay Bank, will pay $15.4 million to Carrollton Bancorp shareholders. It will also repay $9.1 million in Troubled Asset Relief Program funding to the U.S. Treasury. Jefferson Bancorp formed Bay Bank after buying the assets and liabilities of Bay National Bank, which failed two years ago and was taken over by regulators.
SPORTS
by Kent Baker, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2012
Despite ground that has been termed "rock hard" by race chairman H. Turney McKnight, the 102nd edition of the My Lady's Manor Saturday kicks off Maryland's three timber classic races. The My Lady's Manor expects to have full fields for the three-race program. A total of 45 horses have been entered for the three, meaning the racing surface hasn't deterred horsemen from a card offering $52,500 purse money, including $30,000 for the feature, a three-mile test that will start the day at 1:30 p.m. On successive Saturdays, the Grand National at Butler and the $75,000 Maryland Hunt Cup at Glyndon, one of the toughest timber events in the world, will follow.
NEWS
April 16, 2012
Wasn't this country founded out of the pursuit of religious freedom? If so, why is that basic right under constant attack, especially from the radical left? The birth of our country and the pursuit of religious freedom are indelibly entwined in the very fabric of this great nation. While the U.S. was and maybe still is predominantly Christian, we have first and foremost been the sanctuary for all religions and belief systems. The Founding Fathers were extremely tolerant and protective of the rights of others.
EXPLORE
April 17, 2012
Editor: This letter is written with regard to The Aegis article on April 6 about the PNC Bank at 140 N. Main St. in Bel Air closing this summer. The article mentions that this bank, which was originally a branch of the Forest Hill State Bank, was Forest Hill's "first expansion beyond its namesake community. " This is definitely not the case. The Forest Hill State Bank first ventured outside of Forest Hill when they opened the original Jarrettsville branch in, I believe, 1964.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2012
James C. Koliha, a retired CSX executive who later became an owner of a landmark Towson tavern, died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Maples of Towson, an assisted-living facility. He was 86. The son of a Swift & Co. executive and a homemaker, Mr. Koliha was born in Cleveland and raised in Brecksville, Ohio, where he graduated from Brecksville High School in 1943. He enlisted in the Navy that year and served on Guam and Tinian as a carpenter's mate in the Seabees.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
Anne Arundel County Police arrested a Lothian man and charged him in connection with a multi-vehicle crash in Annapolis on Sunday in which an officer was struck. Police located Leo Lamont Carroll about noon Monday and arrested him. He was later released on bail. Police say Carroll was driving the Acura RL that caused a three-car accident on Aris T. Allen Boulevard about 9:17 p.m. Sunday. Carroll is being charged with multiple traffic-related violations, including failure to remain at the scene of an accident and failure to help injured motorists.
FEATURES
By Bailey Shiffler and Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2012
Whether you're counting calories, tallying points, cutting carbohydrates or sweating it out at the gym, dieting is a tough road to navigate. What's even worse is when you sabatoge your own efforts by making some classic diet-busting mistakes you might not even be aware of. Here are seven behaviors that may cause you to fall off that I-wanna-lose-weight wagon — and advice from experts on how to stay on it. The diet-buster: Drinking too...
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | April 18, 2012
After hovering over the 50 percent mark on faceoffs for much of the season, Mount St. Mary's has fared worse against Northeast Conference opponents. The team won just 10-of-24 draws against Quinnipiac, 11-of-30 against No. 20 Bryant and 13-of-33 against Robert Morris. The Mountaineers collected six more groundballs than the Bobcats did, but they finished with a -23 margin against the Bears and a -12 differential against the Colonials. In Saturday's 17-14 loss to Robert Morris, coach Tom Gravante resorted to unusual measures by moving starting attackmen like Andrew Scalley and Brett Schmidt and starting midfielder Bryant Schmidt to the wings on faceoffs.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2012
Rape is a notoriously difficult crime to prosecute. Of every 100 rapes nationwide, 46 are reported, 12 lead to arrests and three result in prison sentences. To improve those odds, advocates are encouraging more nurses to receive the training to give a forensic examination that can be key to securing a conviction. Prosecutions are difficult when a victim fails to get a prompt examination. And with TV crime dramas such as "CSI" raising expectations among juries, prosecutors and victims' advocates view the forensic exam as more essential than ever.
EXPLORE
April 24, 2012
Harford County Sheriff's deputies and Maryland State Police report: Aberdeen Lance Scott Chronister, 36, of the 200 block of Poclain Road, was charged on an arrest warrant Thursday with marijuana possession. Marcus S. Valley, 33, of the 1900 block of Bennett Road, was arrested on a bench warrant Thursday in a case in which he was charged with theft less than $1,000. Edwin John Schwinn, 22, of the 100 block of Hawkins Drive, was arrested on a bench warrant Friday in a case in which he was charged with disorderly conduct.
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