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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
All the assets of the publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times, which has operated under bankruptcy protection for nearly two years, will be auctioned April 2 at attorney offices in downtown Baltimore, according to a court order filed Friday. A federal bankruptcy court judge last week appointed a United States Trustee to run Alter Communications Inc., as the company's finances worsened. The family-run company has published the Times for nearly a century, and also publishes Style magazine.
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March 16, 2014
If neurosurgeon Ben Carson practiced medicine the way he practices politics, the "M.D. " after his name would stand for "Malpractice Defendant. " Every physician takes the Hippocratic Oath to "do no harm. " To oppose universal health care for Americans - as embodied in the Affordable Care Act - is on its face a violation of that oath. It constitutes, in short, "values malpractice" - a charge that applies not only to him but also to Congressional ACA opponents such as Dr. Rand Paul and Dr. Andy Harris.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2012
The publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times was expected to file a request Monday for an emergency cash infusion to continue to pay operating expenses, the latest step in the company's extended bankruptcy proceedings. At a hearing at U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Judge Nancy Alquist said Alter Communications was making the motion at a point when "the infusion of cash is deemed to be critical. " Alter, which has about 40 employees, has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since April 2010 and has fought with its top creditor, H.G. Roebuck & Son Inc., for control of the company.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | February 2, 2014
Chew on these for a minute: "Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay, is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are. " - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, with a directive for New York's GOP candidates last month. "It's not surprising then they get bitter. They cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2012
The new face in the office of the publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times and Style Magazine is Zvi Guttman, a man in a black yarmulke, white shirt, dark tie and black suspenders who settled into the conference room Monday, opened his laptop and began the work of a bankruptcy trustee: selling the business and searching for assets to pay creditors. "The trustee becomes the owner, the board of directors, the officers. … Legally I've replaced all those," said Guttman, who worked with the door shut, sitting at a long table surrounded by empty chairs, with nothing in front of him but his computer, a phone and an open spiral notebook.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2010
The publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times, a weekly newspaper in the city since 1919, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday and blamed its financial woes on losing a legal fight over breaking a contract with its printer. Alter Communications, which also publishes Style and Chesapeake Life magazines, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The filing will not affect the company's day-to-day operations for employees, readers and advertisers, the company said, and the Jewish Times and the magazines will continue to be published.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | November 6, 2002
When Andrew A. Buerger stepped in to fill his father's shoes as publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times, he knew he wanted to put his own stamp on the family business. "My father's vision, and it was very successful, was to have Jewish publications all over North America," said Buerger, whose father, Charles A. Buerger, died in 1996. But the younger Buerger wasn't interested in dividing his attention between Vancouver, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Detroit and Atlanta, where the Jewish newspapers were based.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | September 26, 1998
The Catholic Review, the august weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is undergoing a journalistic reformation.The newspaper, which since its founding in 1913 has been printed as a traditional, full-size broadsheet, will be converted next week to a magazine-like tabloid format.Editor Daniel L. Medinger said the changes have been contemplated over the last five years by the board of directors of the Cathedral Foundation, which publishes the Catholic Review, Maryland's largest paid weekly newspaper, with a circulation of 68,000.
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September 30, 1997
An article in Sunday's Business section incorrectly identified Ronnie Buerger. She is the mother of Baltimore Jewish Times Publisher Andrew Buerger.The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 9/30/97
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October 31, 2009
The Baltimore Sun is committed to providing fair and accurate coverage. Readers who have concerns or comments are encouraged to call us at 800-829-8000. Clarification: An article in Thursday's editions about ethical questions news media companies face when accepting money from entities they cover should have noted that Baltimore extended the financial break to Alter Communications Inc., the parent company of the Baltimore Jewish Times. Alter also owns Style and Chesapeake Life.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2012
Joe Sugarman has been promoted from senior editor to editor-in-chief at Baltimore's Style magazine. He succeeds Brian Lawrence who was fired in September after 10 years in that job. "Yes, the rumors are true," Sugarman wrote in an email response seeking confirmation of his appointment. "The November food issue will be my first as editor-in-chief at Style. That issue comes out early next week, with a great cover photo of Hilary Phelps looking like she just stepped out of the set of 'Mad Men.'" Sugarman added that he and his team will "likely roll out some changes to the magazine by the second quarter of 2013, including a redesign by the new creative director, Kim Van Dyke.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2012
Brian Lawrence confirmed that he has been fired as editor-in-chief at Baltimore's STYLE magazine after 10 years in that job. His relationship with the publication actually extended back 20 years, since he served as creative director for Blue Sky Design for a decade while Style was one of its clients. In that capacity, he was essentially the creative director of the magazine before he was named editor. Lawrence declined comment on his departure from the magazine last week. But he said he hoped to stay in the Baltimore-Washington area and was looking for a new position.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
The Catholic Review, which has chronicled Catholic life in Baltimore in its weekly publication for nearly two centuries, has cut back to biweekly issues. The decision came after months of strategic planning and improvements to the publication's Web pages and social media sites, said Chris Gunty, its editor and associate publisher. The change is a move to preserve the paper and tailor it to the 21st-century reader, he said. "We are not cutting back," he said. "We are enhancing and adding to our content.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2012
Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim, Jewish brothers accused of beating a black teen while guarding their Park Heights neighborhood, withdrew a request to change the court venue Tuesday and elected to move forward with a Baltimore trial by judge, waiving their right to be heard by a jury of their peers. They had previously complained that media coverage of their case, coupled with comparisons to the Florida shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was gunned down by a zealous neighborhood watch captain, made it impossible to impanel a fair jury in the city.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2012
The buyers of the Baltimore Jewish Times' publishing company are prepared to close the $1.26 million purchase of the company Friday after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved the transaction Thursday. The sale will bring an end to 93 years of family ownership. Saying she was "enormously pleased" with the outcome of Monday's bankruptcy auction, Judge Nancy V. Alquist granted the motion by the trustee she appointed to sell the assets to Route 95 Publications LLC, the Rockville-based affiliate of the company that owns Washington Jewish Week.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
The prospective new owners of the Baltimore Jewish Times took over Washington Jewish Week nearly two years ago and made an array of changes to the publication, which had just turned 80 years old. They redesigned the tabloid, revamped the website and launched an email newsletter. It's not yet clear if they contemplate similar changes to the Jewish Times, a weekly that has come out every Friday for 93 years. Craig Burke, the publisher of Washington Jewish Week, said he cannot discuss specific plans until he learns more about the Baltimore company, Alter Communications Inc., which also publishes Style magazine.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2012
Brian Lawrence confirmed that he has been fired as editor-in-chief at Baltimore's STYLE magazine after 10 years in that job. His relationship with the publication actually extended back 20 years, since he served as creative director for Blue Sky Design for a decade while Style was one of its clients. In that capacity, he was essentially the creative director of the magazine before he was named editor. Lawrence declined comment on his departure from the magazine last week. But he said he hoped to stay in the Baltimore-Washington area and was looking for a new position.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2000
Waterspout Communications LLC, a Maryland holding company, announced yesterday that it has sold the Detroit Jewish News and the Atlanta Jewish Times. The papers were acquired by a group headed by Jewish News Publisher Arthur M. Horwitz and Michael H. Steinhardt, a former Wall Street hedge-fund manager. The two papers were the principal holdings of Waterspout, which was founded by Charles A. Buerger, the late publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times. The Buerger family owned a majority of Waterspout.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2012
The likely new owner reassured staffers of the Baltimore Jewish Times on Monday that nothing will change in the 93-year-old weekly's commitment to reporting on the local community. Louis Mayberg met with employees around lunchtime at the Park Avenue office of Alter Communications Inc., which publishes the Jewish Times and Style Magazine, answering questions about possible changes and explaining his business background. Mayberg's Rockville-based company, an affiliate of Washington Jewish Week, won the three-way bidding at a bankruptcy auction Monday morning with an offer of $1.26 million.
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