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By Mark Matthews Sr | April 9, 2014
"Oh, Baltimore, ain't it hard just to live?" Nina Simone lamented in song about life in the city back in 1978, and not much has changed since then for the tens of thousands of residents who are living in poverty, are homeless or who are suffering unemployment due to a background check that prevented them from getting work. Legislation currently before the Baltimore City Council - Council Bill 13-301, to ban the checkbox that asks about a job seeker's criminal history on the employment applications of companies doing business in the city - has been held up by critics and is in danger of dying.
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May 21, 2014
Thank you for your coverage of this past weekend's Art Outside festival - a real gem of an event for everyone in Baltimore ("Art Outside returns to Druid Hill Park," May 16). My wholehearted congratulations to Barbara Shapiro and her team who succeeded (for the second year in a row) to bring together a true cross section of the community through a festival that not only celebrated visual and performing arts but also another gem of ours, Druid Hill Park. It was not lost on me, however, that many of the patrons of this event probably have not set foot in the park in many years - other than to come to this now-annual event or to visit The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore . Perhaps we can use the energy surrounding Art Outside to begin a region-wide discussion on how the park (and other beautiful spaces in the city)
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NEWS
July 29, 2011
I agree with your headline, "For some, life can be sweeter with no car. " Unless, that is, one has to reach one's office or social engagement on time. I find it almost impossible to predict within an hour or so when I will reach any destination. Being too arthritic to bike and too crippled to drive, if I were still of employable age, I'd be out job hunting, fired yet again for chronic lateness. Baltimore buses are not the proverbial German trains; we can't expect true punctuality in city traffic, but at least half the time, MTA buses are late - not by 5 or 10 minutes, which seems an allowable delay, but by 20, 30, even 60 minutes or more.
NEWS
By Mark Matthews Sr | April 9, 2014
"Oh, Baltimore, ain't it hard just to live?" Nina Simone lamented in song about life in the city back in 1978, and not much has changed since then for the tens of thousands of residents who are living in poverty, are homeless or who are suffering unemployment due to a background check that prevented them from getting work. Legislation currently before the Baltimore City Council - Council Bill 13-301, to ban the checkbox that asks about a job seeker's criminal history on the employment applications of companies doing business in the city - has been held up by critics and is in danger of dying.
FEATURES
BY Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2011
Kathy Harget can afford a car. In fact, she used to own one. But the 39-year-old Hampden woman decided those wheels were a luxury she could do without. She sold her vehicle and has been car-less ever since - relying on a combination of bicycling, walking, public transit, friends' cars and short-term car-sharing through Zipcars. "I didn't know how long I would last, but it's been six years, and I have every intention of continuing to live a car-free life," she said. Harget is among about 43,000 Baltimore workers 16 or older without a car in the household, according to the U.S. census.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts | March 27, 1991
The Baltimore Life Insurance Co. will hold a groundbreaking ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. today for its $12.5 million headquarters building in Owings Mills.Scheduled for completion by late 1992, the five-story, 103,000-square-foot building will replace Baltimore Life's current headquarters at 901 N. Howard St.Company executives decided to move more than a year ago after state officials decided to route the light rail line under construction from Glen Burnie to Hunt Valley through part of the Baltimore Life property.
FEATURES
By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Sun Art Critic | June 11, 1994
You may own a piece of Baltimore history that the Baltimore City Life Museums would like to have. It could be something as fancy as a silver tea set, but it doesn't have to be. It might be an old radio or a souvenir mug from the White Coffee Pot. It might be something your great-grandmother brought with her from the old country. It might be a memory.Today the exhibit "Collecting Baltimore" opens at the Peale Museum, one of the City Life Museums' seven sites. The exhibit reflects what makes this city Baltimore, and how it has changed over the centuries.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Thomas and Kevin Thomas,Evening Sun Staff | March 27, 1991
Baltimore Life Insurance Company has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony today on a new, five-story corporate headquarters building in Owings Mills.The $12.5 million project is expected to be completed by December 1992, at which time Baltimore Life will relocate 250 employees from its current headquarters at 901 N. Howard St. in Baltimore.The new building will be on 7.1 acres in the Owings Mills Corporate Campus off Red Run Boulevard in Baltimore County.The architectural firm of Ayers/Saint/Gross of Baltimore is designing the 103,000-square-foot building, which will have a brick and glass exterior overlooking what company officials are calling "an urban wildlife refuge."
BUSINESS
By David Conn and David Conn,Sun Staff Writer | February 28, 1995
The Baltimore Life Insurance Co.'s new president and chief operating officer has a plan and a goal.L. John Pearson, 45, who joined the small Owings Mills insurer last month, expects to be chief executive officer next year. "That's the game plan, if all works well," he said yesterday.The goal is to raise profits at the 113-year-old company through targeting small, overlooked segments of the industry, and through increased efficiency. "We're not as productive as we'd like to be," he said. "That is, per dollar of expense, we don't have as much business as we'd like to have."
BUSINESS
July 26, 1996
Joseph E. Blair Jr. is retiring as chief executive officer of the 114-year-old Baltimore Life Insurance Co., effective Aug. 1. He will be succeeded by L. John Pearson, Baltimore Life's president and chief operating officer."
BUSINESS
The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
The board of T. Rowe Price Group Inc. elected Mark S. Bartlett to be an independent director of the Baltimore-based money manager. Bartlett was a partner at Ernst & Young LLP, serving as the Baltimore office's managing partner and senior client service partner for the mid-Atlantic region, until he retired in 2012. He serves on the board of directors of Rexnord Corp., a publicly traded, Milwaukee-based industrial conglomerate, as well as The Baltimore Life Companies and Algeco Scotsman, which are privately held.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Meekah Hopkins | September 2, 2013
"A cocktail should still taste like the spirit you are basing it on. " Cocktail purists: Rejoice in this too-often-forgotten mantra from Alec Franklin and his team at the newly opened Oliver Speck's in Harbor East. And yet Speck's, the barbecue- and comfort-food replacement to Vino Rosina, isn't interested in putting on airs with its food and beverage program. Instead, the crew wants to serve up flavorful, fun, down-home fare that takes advantage of local ingredients. To complement the Speck's take on Southern cuisine, the cocktail menu is seasonal and based on bourbons, ryes and other whiskeys.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2013
Family, friends and a host of elected officials celebrated the life of East Baltimore Del. Hattie N. Harrison at the West Baltimore United House of Prayer for All People, in a ceremony borne on the spirited rasps of trombones and rhythmic clattering of tambourines. "Today there's a lot of powerful emotion in this place," said Gov. Martin O'Malley. "There's also a lot of powerful music. " The funeral service struck a joyful tone as politicians from Baltimore and elsewhere in Maryland remembered the delegate who had represented her community since August 1973, making her the longest-serving African-American female legislator in the United States.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
A judicial panel asked by a Baltimore man to shorten his life sentence for two attempted murders instead increased it Tuesday. Norman Lindsey Mayes, 35, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty in 1999 to kidnapping and nearly killing a woman as she was leaving work at Northrop Grumman — she had 11 gunshot wounds — and to shooting an Anne Arundel County police officer in 1997. Sentenced to two terms of life in prison plus 30 years — which were to be served concurrently — he won a hearing to ask three Anne Arundel judges to reduce the sentence.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2011
Last Tuesday, Baltimore had its first live on-air mayoral debate among all the candidates, including incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. WMAR (Channel 2), Baltimore's ABC affiliate, didn't cover the event at all. WBAL (Channel 11), the city's NBC affiliate and one of the area's most powerful news stations, covered it, but all week had video of a different debate (one that didn't include Rawlings-Blake) mislabeled on its website as being Tuesday's mayoral forum. Less than one month out from the Sept.
NEWS
July 29, 2011
I agree with your headline, "For some, life can be sweeter with no car. " Unless, that is, one has to reach one's office or social engagement on time. I find it almost impossible to predict within an hour or so when I will reach any destination. Being too arthritic to bike and too crippled to drive, if I were still of employable age, I'd be out job hunting, fired yet again for chronic lateness. Baltimore buses are not the proverbial German trains; we can't expect true punctuality in city traffic, but at least half the time, MTA buses are late - not by 5 or 10 minutes, which seems an allowable delay, but by 20, 30, even 60 minutes or more.
FEATURES
By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF | August 6, 1996
George Fondersmith's name was spelled wrong in yesterday's article in Today about the Baltimore Life Gallery.The Sun regrets the errors.Call it a ritual of abandonment."
BUSINESS
By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1998
Two of Baltimore's oldest life insurance companies, Home Mutual Life Insurance Co. and Baltimore Life Insurance Co., said yesterday that they plan to merge, creating a company with more than $700 million in assets.If the merger is approved by policyholders and the Maryland insurance commissioner, the combined company will be called Baltimore Life.The companies said they hope to close the merger by Sept. 30.L. John Pearson, president and chief executive officer for Baltimore Life, said the merger would not result initially in any loss of jobs, and the company is not embarking on an acquisition or merger strategy.
FEATURES
BY Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2011
Kathy Harget can afford a car. In fact, she used to own one. But the 39-year-old Hampden woman decided those wheels were a luxury she could do without. She sold her vehicle and has been car-less ever since - relying on a combination of bicycling, walking, public transit, friends' cars and short-term car-sharing through Zipcars. "I didn't know how long I would last, but it's been six years, and I have every intention of continuing to live a car-free life," she said. Harget is among about 43,000 Baltimore workers 16 or older without a car in the household, according to the U.S. census.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2010
Old Mutual announced Friday that it is selling its Baltimore-based life insurance operation to a private equity firm for $350 million, far less than what it paid nine years ago. The company bought the division — part of the former U.S. Fidelity & Guaranty Corp. — from the St. Paul Cos. in 2001 for $635 million. Old Mutual is trying to improve its balance sheet and reduce its "risk profile," and is selling to an affiliate of New York-based Harbinger Capital Partners LLC. The life insurance operation employs 163 in Baltimore.
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