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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2011
Maryland financial regulators said Friday that they have suspended the debt-collection licenses of two affiliated companies and ordered them to stop attempting to collect on consumer debts. The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said it has "found grounds to allege" that LVNV Funding and Resurgent Capital Services violated several debt-collection laws. The companies have collectively filed more than 27,000 cases in Maryland courts over the past six years to seek judgments on old debts, including defaulted credit-card accounts.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
There's a typical minor league promotion, there's embracing a minor league promotion, and then there's this. The Orioles' Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk is giving away Ron Johnson garden gnomes, and the team is taking it a bit further to ensure their manager's giveaway is a success by wearing matching gnome jerseys. Here's slugging first baseman Christian Walker modeling both the gnome and the gnome jersey: Christian Walker modeling our gnome jerseys & showing off the Ron Johnson gnome giveaway.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
They might be a little snooty, but it would be hard to find a family more welcome in these parts than the Crawleys of “Downton Abbey” - at least in Owings Mills, home of Maryland Public Television. Just as “American Idol” in its heyday used to attract tens of thousands of new viewers to Fox affiliates like WBFF in Baltimore, so has “Downton Abbey” come to be a ratings, promotional and fundraising bonanza for PBS affiliates like MPT. “The total audience for 'Downton Abbey' is nearly twice what our other leading programs deliver on an episode-by-episode basis,” says Steven Schupak, chief content officer.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
The Bowie Baysox are celebrating Christmas in July with “Manny Claus,” and you can too. The first 1,000 fans over age 13 at Bowie's July 24 game at Prince George's Stadium will be given Manny Machado holiday bobblehead dolls . Machado is wearing a Santa Claus suit and holding a candy cane bat. The Baysox have not said whether Machado posed for the bobblehead in person, so I am imagining that he did until I'm told otherwise. The Orioles are in Seattle on the 24th, so it's safe to say the person in the Santa suit will not actually be Machado.  Machado spent 109 games in Bowie in 2012, with a .266/.352/.438 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI before he joined the Orioles for the team's playoff run. He was a Platinum Glove third baseman in 2013 despite his knee injury, though this wonderfully bizarre promotion might be the highlight of his season so far. Machado is batting coming off a five-hit day, and is batting .395 with four home runs in his last 10 games, though that streak was divided by a suspension for his bat-throwing incident that brought him scorn from across baseball.
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By MILTON KENT | July 20, 1995
Like everyone else, Steve Marks, general manager at Baltimore's Fox affiliate Channel 45, is waiting to see what shakes out before he passes judgment on any Fox plan to acquire the rights to baseball telecasts next season, when The Baseball Network goes the way of the dinosaur and the $1 coin.Fox, which created a sports division in the past 18 months with NFL and NHL telecasts, is believed to be one of the most interested suitors of baseball. But some of its affiliates, many of which took hits from this spring's hockey coverage, may be wary about taking on the grand old game, particularly if it cuts into lucrative weekend revenues.
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By New York Times News Service | May 24, 1994
NEW YORK -- In a sweeping realignment of the television industry, Fox Inc. announced yesterday that it would form a new alliance with a broadcast station group that will result in the defection of eight important stations from CBS to join Fox.CBS, which had already seen Fox take away the rights to broadcast certain National Football League games that CBS had held for four decades, now faces the further humbling exercise of having to seek new -- and probably...
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By Eric Siegel | March 1, 1991
National Public Radio affiliates have contributed $582,000 to the network in the last three weeks, enabling it to continue its expanded Persian Gulf coverage "for the foreseeable future."Even though a cease-fire has been declared, events in the region will still be a "big story in terms of the aftermath of the war," said NPR spokeswoman Mary Morgan.Since the war began, NPR has spent nearly $500,000 on additional reporters, more satellite time and overtime at its Washington studios for Persian Gulf coverage, Ms. Morgan said.
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By Los Angeles Times | May 31, 1991
CBS TELEVISION affiliates, after four years of finishing third in the prime-time ratings and watching the network fail in every attempt to revive its fortunes, appeared to be in an unusually upbeat mood yesterday at their annual meeting with CBS management.Despite an industrywide advertising recession that has severely hurt the profits of local stations, many CBS affiliates were optimistic about the future of thenetwork. Until recently, optimism at CBS has been as rare as a hit show."Everybody is focusing on what the network is doing in prime time," Benjamin Tucker, president of KJEO-TV in Fresno, Calif.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark | February 25, 1991
Johns Hopkins University is the biggest private employer in Maryland, and either directly or indirectly accounts for one in every 29 jobs in the state, a study commissioned by the university has found.Hopkins and its affiliates employ 27,000 Marylanders -- far more than second-place Giant Food Inc. which has 18,100 employees -- according to a study released yesterday by the Silver Spring-based consulting firm Hammer, Siler, George Associates.Hopkins also spent about $1 billion on salaries and other expenses in 1990 -- nearly 1 percent of the state's entire economy -- according to Hammer, a firm that specializes in economic impact reports.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer | December 22, 1993
The day after CBS Inc. punted the rights to televise National Football League games for the next four years, Steven Marks was sitting on TV Hill in Baltimore thinking that what had landed in his lap was a pretty fair catch indeed.The beauty of the Fox network's $1.58 billion deal to televise National Football Conference games for affiliates like Baltimore's WBFF-45, where Mr. Marks is general manager, is that the affiliates don't contribute a dime to the whopping rights payment that has led CBS to predict the Fox network will lose a half-billion dollars on the deal.
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June 30, 2014
Mississippi has an open primary election law that gives voters the right to select candidates regardless of party affiliation ("Incumbent senator wins Miss. GOP primary runoff," June 25). Years ago, in a fit of madness, I changed my party affiliation and become an independent. The loss of my chance to vote in the primary restored my sanity, however, and I reluctantly returned to the enslavement of a party affiliation. McNair Taylor - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. plans to sell two television stations to help the company move ahead with a $1 billion planned purchase of seven ABC affiliates and a Washington-based cable news network. Selling the stations for a combined $97.4 million will allow Sinclair to comply with updated broadcast ownership rules as it aims to win regulatory approval on the purchase from Allbritton Communications by July 27. Sinclair said Monday it expects that deal to close in the third quarter.
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By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
Aberdeen IronBirds manager Matt Merullo sat down before his news conference at the team's media day Tuesday, cellphone in hand and eyes locked on the screen. Merullo, who is entering his second season as the manager of the Orioles' short-season Single-A affiliate, joked about what he did wrong at the beginning of last year's news conference: He forgot to put his phone on silent, and it went off as he as was talking. But what he did get right last year is something no Aberdeen manager had been able to do in the club's first 11 years.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
Gordon K. Harden, a retired insurance executive and World War II veteran, died Wednesday of a heart attack at Carroll Hospital Center. He was 96. The son of Guy Tyson Harden Sr., an egg and butter salesman, and Cecile Kingsley Harden, a homemaker, Gordon Kingsley Harden was born at home in Owings Mills. He was a 1936 graduate of Franklin High School and graduated from Stafford Business College. In 1938, Mr. Harden went to work for Pan American Airways as station manager at Harbor Field, its Baltimore terminal, on Colgate Creek, which is the site of today's Dundalk Marine Terminal.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
UPDATE (5:15 p.m. Thursday): Kevin Gausman was scratched from his start for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday in case the Orioles need him for a potential doubleheader in Detroit this weekend. Right-hander Eddie Gamboa will start in his place. ORIGINAL POST Two of the Orioles' top three pitching prospects will make their 2014 season debut tonight as the organization's four full-season minor league affiliates play their first games. Right-hander Kevin Gausman -- the second-best prospect in the organization, according to Baseball America -- will start for Triple-A Norfolk in the 7:05 p.m. game at Harbor Park against Charlotte, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez -- No. 3 on Baseball America's list of top Orioles prospects -- will pitch for Double-A Bowie in the 6:35 p.m. game at Prince George's Stadium against Harrisburg, an affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
The specter of the Holocaust came to Annapolis on Monday as survivors and their descendants sought what they view as justice in memory of a witness who couldn't be there. Leo Bretholz of Pikesville had been scheduled to testify on behalf of a bill to prohibit an American subsidiary of the French national railway from building a light rail line in the Washington suburbs unless it pays reparations for its role in transporting Nazi victims to European death camps. Bretholz, who escaped from a cattle car carrying Jews and other Nazi victims to Auschwitz in 1942, died in his sleep Saturday, a few days after his 93rd birthday.
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By Frank Swertlow and Frank Swertlow,Los Angeles Daily News | December 29, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- The president of NBC's affiliate board has made a dramatic proposal to keep both Jay Leno and David Letterman at the network by moving "The Tonight Show" to 10 p.m. and "Late Night" to 11:30 p.m."NBC's prime time is third, and it's not as if they would be replacing a winning schedule with something chancy," said Jim Waterbury, head of the affiliate board and the general manager of KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa. "Leno is decidedly mainstream, just like prime time. Larry King has shown on CNN that you can do this and it is the closest thing to a national town meeting."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | December 25, 1994
You did not see it on your television screen. Its Ground Zero included such decidedly non-TV-glamorous sites as Cleveland and Philadelphia. But the television story of the year is the affiliate raid that Rupert Murdoch, CEO of Fox Broadcasting, pulled off last May at the expense of CBS, NBC and ABC.Even though it was seven months ago, the aftershocks continue to rumble with great force through the television world.NBC's recently filed petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
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By Leo Bretholz | March 1, 2014
While it was many years ago, the horrific injustices I experienced during the Holocaust are seared in my brain. I can still recall in explicit detail the atrocities I saw as I was placed in a cattle car bound for a Nazi death camp and as I watched families being separated and possessions taken away. And I cannot forget who was responsible. The train company that tried to send me to Auschwitz was owned and operated by SNCF, a French company that still exists today. SNCF collaborated willingly with the Nazis and was paid per head and per kilometer to transport 76,000 innocent victims - including American pilots shot down over France as well as 11,000 children - across France to death camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has hosted politically influential guests in the state's skybox at the Washington Redskins' stadium — many of whom are also campaign contributors. In total, guests — and those associated with them, including corporate affiliates and relatives — have contributed about $20,000 to his campaign to become governor, according to the latest filings in that race. Brown, who is running for governor, recently surged into the lead in fundraising in the Democratic campaign as he built up his treasury to slightly more than $7 million.
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