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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2014
HarborView Towers, a condominium complex on the Inner Harbor, aims to become an iconic part of the Baltimore skyline now that it has revamped the beacon atop its east tower. "[It's] new and exciting, and I think people are just going to love it," said John Cochran, president of the council of unit owners at HarborView Towers. The new beacon on the building off Key Highway uses energy-efficient light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, which are not only environmentally friendly and cost-efficient, but offer the opportunity for ever-changing displays.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2014
HarborView Towers, a condominium complex on the Inner Harbor, aims to become an iconic part of the Baltimore skyline now that it has revamped the beacon atop its east tower. "[It's] new and exciting, and I think people are just going to love it," said John Cochran, president of the council of unit owners at HarborView Towers. The new beacon on the building off Key Highway uses energy-efficient light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, which are not only environmentally friendly and cost-efficient, but offer the opportunity for ever-changing displays.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 23, 2001
Tom Silliman, the man responsible for the care of the antenna that crowns the Empire State Building, climbed 1,454 feet 6 3/4 inches to its pinnacle one recent morning to change the light bulb. Another bulb had burned out about 11 months ago, and Silliman fixed it then, too. Why it went dark again, exactly, remains a mystery. But without a flashing red beacon, the building is in violation of federal aviation law. Then there are the thousands of children who are sure to be disappointed on Christmas Eve when they don't see Rudolph's blinking red nose.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2013
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers faces a growing shareholder revolt as demonstrated by an institutional investor's open letter last week calling for the Hampstead-based retailer to return its growing cash reserve to owners of its stock. BeaconLight Capital LLC, a New York-based investment manager that owns more than 1 percent of Jos. A. Bank, also urged the men's apparel chain to reorganize its board, realign management incentives and drop its strategy of pursuing acquisitions with its cash.
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By Mike Nortrup and Mike Nortrup,Contributing sports writer | March 31, 1991
One champ had it easy, the other, hard.But when the curtain rangdown at East Middle School Thursday night, Lehigh remained the top dog in the Carroll County Men's Basketball League over-30 division.It prevailed for the second straight year by pummeling the Travelers, 95-58, as guard Louis Thomas led all scorers with 38 points.And, the unlimited division crown remained unsteadily on the head of Beacon Industries as it edged Wilson Sporting Goods, 72-71.Beaconnow has won that division three consecutive years.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,Sun reporter | September 17, 2007
ST. MICHAELS -- The Dibbs family was on a mission. The car was packed with snacks. The route was mapped out. The goal was clear: nine Maryland lighthouses - and one lightship - in two days. But while most of the hundreds of people aiming to complete the entire annual Maryland Lighthouse Challenge bunked in area hotels and inns during the weekend, Mike and Monica Dibbs layered one more obstacle onto their family's undertaking. They drove home to Lancaster, Pa., on Saturday night between the two legs of their tour.
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By Andrew C. Revkin and Andrew C. Revkin,New York Times News Service | June 18, 1999
BEACON, N.Y. -- From the Depression through the booming 1980s, crowds of men and women wearing blue coveralls thronged each day to the sprawling factory on the riverfront here. Around the clock they printed, cut and folded colorful cartons for Ritz crackers, Milk-Bone dog biscuits, Oreo cookies and other products of what once was National Biscuit Co.The presses rumbled so loudly, former workers recall, that a teen-age worker named Sally, with a nice soprano voice, used to sing her lungs out at one bench but could be heard only by the three women standing next to her.In a couple of years, crowds will return to the glass-roofed brick building after its decade of dormancy.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2000
Beacon Point Maryland Landmark Homes has opened a new model at Beacon Point in Perryville. The community, which offers gas heat and public water and sewer, features large lots and water views. The model, the Stacey Leigh, starts at $211,900 for 2,584 square feet. The first floor consists of a two-story open foyer, powder room, 14-by-11-foot living room, 11-by-10-foot dining room, 21-by-12-foot kitchen with breakfast area, 19-by-18-foot family room and two-car garage. The second floor features a laundry room, bathroom, 13-by-11-foot bedroom, 13-by-10-foot bedroom, 10-by-10-foot bedroom and 23-by-15-foot owner's suite with large bath and walk-in closet.
NEWS
April 7, 1999
The beacon atop the nation's tallest lighthouse is out for the first time since 1950 as movers prepare to move the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse inland. The 208-foot-tall structure with its barber- pole striping is being moved 2,900 feet to preserve it from the Atlantic Ocean, which has crept within 120 feet. Aside from light bulbs burning out, the beacon has operated continuously since 1950. The beacon once helped sailors navigate the often treacherous waters off Cape Hatteras, N.C., known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic."
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,SUN STAFF | September 18, 1995
David Lieberman has a nautical passion. Photos of lighthouses taken on trips adorn the walls of his waterfront home, and a sun room collection features sea lanterns and an engine room telegraph from an old ship.But in the stone-walled side yard is something that has raised his passion to new heights -- 23 feet to be exact.Standing amid three pine trees is a 5,000-pound lawn ornament -- a surplus Coast Guard navigational beacon, sans light -- that is the envy of Mr. Lieberman's Hopkins Creek community just off Middle River in Essex.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
Shares of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. jumped 12.5 percent Tuesday after investment manager BeaconLight Capital LLC urged the Hampstead-based men's apparel chain to change direction by reorganizing its board and returning cash to shareholders. "We are convinced that tremendous value is trapped inside the company," Ed Bosek, BeaconLight's managing partner said in a publicly released letter Tuesday to the board. Bank shares rose $5.03 to close at $45.33 per share on the NASDAQ. BeaconLight, which owns more than 1 percent of Jos. Bank stock, criticized the company's performance, lack of communications with shareholders, strategy of seeking acquisitions and "staggering" cash reserve of $377 million at the end of the fiscal year.
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By Sierra Gladfelter | April 14, 2013
After protesting at a nearby coal plant in 2008 and becoming discouraged with his own dependence on unsustainable energy, Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson decided to build a wind generator on his coastal property and get off the grid. He became the first individual in Southern Maryland to build one on his land. After Mr. Robinson made the rounds to neighbors, the community embraced his idea. "Only slightly taller than a flag pole," the 33-foot turbine produces 30 percent to 40 percent of Mr. Robinson's power.
EXPLORE
June 4, 2012
Seasoned human resources professional Megan Shupe recently joined the staff at Beacon Staffing Alternatives in Aberdeen as a business development specialist. She is bilingual and has already used her Spanish language skills to help match prospective employees with potential employers. Shupe, 40, graduated from Edgewood High School in 1989 and from Harford Community College in 1991. She received a bachelor of arts in international relations, with a minor in Spanish, from Towson University in 1993.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2010
GREENBELT — NASA unveiled a new satellite-based system on Monday that space agency officials say should reduce the time needed to locate lost boaters and hikers to just seconds. "Our mission is to take the "search" out of search-and-rescue technology," said Dave Affens, the search and rescue mission manager at NASA, an agency sometimes criticized for not focusing enough on Earth-bound problems. "Our ultimate goal here is to save lives," Affens said. Designed and developed at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, DASS — the Distress Alerting Satellite System — will be able to locate emergency beacons carried by aircraft, boats and hikers almost instantaneously, officials said.
BUSINESS
September 22, 2009
Obama promotes efforts to help economy, colleges TROY, N.Y. - Praising resilience in a part of New York particularly hard hit by recession, President Barack Obama said Monday that better economic days are coming thanks to innovation and some help from the government. "We must choose to do what past generations have done: shape a brighter future through hard work and innovation," Obama said at Hudson Valley Community College. Obama delivered an economic pep talk and a plug for his economic recovery plan: a sustained investment in education, technology, health care and research.
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By Barbara Hall | June 23, 2009
Can you name the beginning solo instrument in George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"? Identify the style of visual art called Surrealism? Draw a self-portrait and explain the "memory of place" you used in drawing it? A federal report on the state of U.S. arts education, issued last week, could help assure that Maryland students can ace these and similar questions by the time they reach eighth grade. But progress depends on a willingness by state educators, government officials and parents to view the report as a long-awaited opportunity, not merely as a data-laden critique.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | May 13, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- An unnamed stream that runs along Railroad Avenue has been contaminated by sewage, and the county Health Department is trying to find out how.Health Department officials have been trying to determine a possible source of the contamination since late February, when the city received a complaint about an odor of sewage at the stream.The unnamed stream is a tributary to the West Branch of the Patapsco River. It flows toward Liberty Reservoir, which is part of the Baltimore public water supply.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | October 28, 1994
Comsat Corp., that button-down bastion of satellite engineers, has slipped on its shades and gone Hollywood.The Bethesda-based telecommunications company, whose recent successes in video distribution and professional basketball have stimulated its appetite for entertainment dollars, announced yesterday that it would acquire independent filmmaker Beacon Communications.The agreement to buy the Los Angeles-based producer of "The Commitments" involves a promise by Comsat to pay $10 million in cash, $19 million to cover Beacon's liabilities, and unspecified future cash payments, said Bruce L. Crockett, president and chief executive of the Maryland company.
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By Diane Scharper and Diane Scharper,Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2009
Becoming Billie Holiday Poems by Carol Boston Weatherford, art by Floyd Cooper Wordsong / 117 pages / $19.95 These brief, first-person poems tell the story of Eleanora Fagan, who grew up impoverished on Durham Street in a rough East Baltimore neighborhood, yet became a world-renowned jazz singer. With little education and no vocal training, Billie Holiday (she changed her name when she began singing) had an obsessive love for jazz, an excellent ear for rhythm and a voice that was almost able to float.
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