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By Ellen James Martin | February 18, 1991
"It's an expensive ordeal to hire someone who doesn't wor out," observes Joe Babinski of the Baltimore-based Becker Group.That's why the Becker Group, which does seasonal shopping center decoration at malls throughout the country, is turning increasingly to a personality test, the Activity Vector Analysis, in its hiring."We're very pleased with the AVA," says Mr. Babinski, Becker's vice president and chief operating officer. The AVA goes beyond the skills and experience needed for ajob, to determine whether an applicant has the right personality fit for the position -- eliminating costly hiring errors, he explains.
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FEATURES
By Marie Marciano Gullard, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2010
What began four years ago as an idea for a small weekend retreat soon morphed into plans for a full-time, lodge-style homestead where Kip Fulks, one of the founding partners in Under Armour sports apparel, and his wife, Beth, could find permanent refuge. "We wanted to build a house where we could grow old together," said Kip Fulks, the 39-year-old senior vice president of outdoor and innovation for Under Armour. "[So] we had to build a home that would be exciting to wake up to every day. " Susan Major, owner of the Hestia Design Group in Columbia, was a key player in the house's story from the very beginning, as the Fulks admired her work and took her on board as decorator and adviser.
NEWS
By Greg Schneider and Greg Schneider,SUN STAFF | December 16, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Boeing Co. announced a $13.3 billion deal yesterday to buy McDonnell Douglas Corp., a purchase that will create the world's largest aerospace company and cast a shadow over Bethesda's Lockheed Martin Corp. in the battle for Pentagon business.If approved by federal antitrust regulators, the jumbo company will carry the Boeing name, expect sales of $48 billion next year and employ more than 200,000 in 27 states. Lockheed Martin, with similar employment, posts annual sales of about $30 billion.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
An Ellicott City man died over the weekend after an accident on the Tough Mudder obstacle course in West Virginia, the first such death in the three-year history of the outdoor run that bills itself as "probably the toughest event on the planet. " Avishek Sengupta, 28, was with a half-dozen friends on the course Saturday when he encountered the "Walk the Plank" obstacle, in which participants jump into a deep pool of muddy water 15 feet below a wooden platform. Sengupta jumped in but did not resurface and was later flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., where he was taken off life support Sunday.
BUSINESS
Yvonne Wenger | May 29, 2012
If you're considering a move to Baltimore, figuring out where, exactly, can be daunting. The city has more than 225 neighborhoods. One place you can start: the nonprofit Live Baltimore . The group, founded in 1997 to market the city, offers online tools and welcome kits stuffed with glossy brochures and colorful fact sheets. You can order one of the $15 relocation kits here . As a newcomer myself , I would recommend checking out Live Baltimore's site to discover what neighborhoods fit your needs.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
You see jam; Geoffrey Pullum sees syntax.  Professor Pullum is teaching at Brown this year, and heading off to the store to buy some organic preserves, he picked up a jar of Nature's Promise Organic Raspberry Fruit Spread. Then he discovered that the product is not purely organic, and his analysis of the syntax of the label  at Lingua Franca explains some of the treacherous aspects of English. English, you will have noticed, is given to transvestism.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | January 18, 2008
Predictable but utterly engaging, 27 Dresses will likely be remembered as the film that made Katherine Heigl an A-list star. At the very least, it's the film that places her in the forefront of a long line of actresses who have enjoyed quite the career playing America's Sweetheart. As Jane, the living embodiment of the old adage "always a bridesmaid, never a bride," Heigl gets to play pure, selfless, smart, funny and - although everything about the film, from the script to the cinematography to the costuming, tries to play it down - beautiful.
NEWS
May 2, 2012
In your recent article about the incredibly low assessments and taxes on unsold luxury harbor condos in Baltimore City, Owen C. Charles, the deputy director for Maryland's Department of Assessments and Taxation, defended the assessments on some condos ("Millions slip away from city," April 29). After reading the details of the issue, the kindest assumption one can make is that Mr. Charles is incompetent to fill the position he holds. If he is not being completely accurate in his statements, then perhaps other adjectives would be more fitting.
NEWS
July 22, 1999
David Ogilvy,88, the advertising man who put the eye patch on the Man in the Hathaway Shirt and created the distinguished Commander Whitehead to sell Schweppes tonic water and club soda, died yesterday at home in Bonnes, France.His death was announced in New York by Ogilvy & Mather, the agency he started in 1948 with two staffers and no clients.While his advertising ideas have become American icons, his greatest legacy was an approach to his business that assumed the intelligence of the consumer.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | November 19, 2000
A sellout crowd packed the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall lobby for the Chimes' "Hall of Fame 10" night, sipping cocktails, browsing a dinner buffet and socializing. But the crackle of excitement in the air had more to do with what the night held next -- a concert by a 14-year-old Welsh singing sensation, Charlotte Church. The most frequently asked question overheard at the get-together? Forget "Hi, how are you?" Rather, it was "Have you heard her before?" Adjectives like "incredible," "unbelievable" and "fabulous" also seemed to get quite a conversational workout in this gathering.
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