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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 26, 2014
The signs were all there. This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest surprise attacks in American history. In the days and weeks leading up to Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001, there were numerous clues that seem neon in hindsight, but which no one pursued. Or, as then-CIA Director George Tenet famously said of 9/11: "The system was blinking red. " In response to each attack, exhaustive probes were launched to determine whose incompetence allowed the disaster to happen.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 26, 2014
The signs were all there. This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest surprise attacks in American history. In the days and weeks leading up to Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001, there were numerous clues that seem neon in hindsight, but which no one pursued. Or, as then-CIA Director George Tenet famously said of 9/11: "The system was blinking red. " In response to each attack, exhaustive probes were launched to determine whose incompetence allowed the disaster to happen.
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BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | November 13, 2013
The stores on Black Friday won't be crowded with just shoppers. Consumers are being warned to watch out for scam artists. The Scambook, a platform where consumers can try to resolve their complaints, is advising consumers to be on the lookout for these schemes, some of which may be rehashed form last year: Fake downloadable coupons for, say, Walmart, Target or BestBuy, that really is a phishing expedition to steal your information or install malware...
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | November 13, 2013
The stores on Black Friday won't be crowded with just shoppers. Consumers are being warned to watch out for scam artists. The Scambook, a platform where consumers can try to resolve their complaints, is advising consumers to be on the lookout for these schemes, some of which may be rehashed form last year: Fake downloadable coupons for, say, Walmart, Target or BestBuy, that really is a phishing expedition to steal your information or install malware...
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | August 6, 2013
Even as the warning from the Bel Air Police Department and the Harford County Sheriff's Office to be on guard against swindlers bears amplification, it's also something that's worth keeping in mind at all times. In the latest incidents, confidence schemers - con men for short - posing as utility company workers were reported to be working in recent weeks in Bel Air's Howard Park neighborhood as well as in Joppa. Over the years in Harford County, a variety of swindles have been perpetrated, or at least tried.
FEATURES
By ELIZABETH LARGE | August 4, 1991
The idea for this week's cover story came from my vet, Dr. Leonard Pineau, who told me that his office was seeing an astonishing increase in Lyme disease. What made it even more interesting is that his practice is an urban one. Even dogs who are confined to concrete back yards are being infected, he told me, presumably by tick-carrying birds.What he said wasn't of immediate concern to my family, because we own cats and they are not very likely to contract the disease (although they do carry the deer tick that carries the spirochete bacteria)
BUSINESS
By ELLEN JAMES MARTIN | August 22, 1993
Parents, grandparents, stepparents, siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. When they offer advice on real estate, the buyer should beware.(Ellen James Martin is a columnist for The Baltimore Sun.)
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | August 17, 2007
These days, when a commercial promises "From the (blank) that brought you (blank)," it's usually a trouble sign. The most blatant recent case of buyer-beware advertising came when Sony said that Daddy Day Camp came "From the studio that brought you Daddy Day Care." In reality, the comedy's producers chose to keep the characters -- played in the original by Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin -- but had to recast the roles. Trying to sell franchises by proxy, marketers invariably give fans inferior knockoffs of popular phenomena.
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By Kevin Thomas and Kevin Thomas,Evening Sun Staff | January 16, 1991
The first time Mary Glorioso heard that an apartment complex was going to be built in the wooded area behind her Harford County condominium was late last year. A neighbor had happened upon a surveyor who said the area was being cleared -- that week.Before that, Glorioso, and most of her neighbors in the Laurel Woods community, said they were told the wooded area was wetland that would never be developed.That was partly true. The area between Glorioso's home and the new project is wetland, but plans for another complex behind the wetland area had been approved by the county in 1984.
NEWS
June 9, 1996
IN A CASE pitting banks against consumers, the Supreme Court has sent a unanimous message: Debtor beware. The court issued an opinion last week that state laws limiting credit card fees don't apply to banks located in another state. The ruling vindicates the decision by banks like Citibank to move their credit card operations to states with lenient banking laws. It also protects a lucrative source of revenue -- credit card companies reap more than $2 billion a year from late-payment fees.
HEALTH
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Consumers weren't able to sign up for insurance under new health care exchanges until last week, but con artists have been scheming for months to steal money or Social Security numbers under the guise of the Affordable Care Act. And it's bound to get worse, regulators and consumer advocates fear. Health care exchanges officially opened Oct. 1, allowing consumers to shop on these online marketplaces for insurance from private companies. All the publicity around the rollout is likely to be used by con artists as a peg for new schemes.
NEWS
September 10, 2013
It was excellent that readers could see that experts say smoothies and fruit drinks could sabotage their healthy diets ("Debate swirls over juicing," Sept. 5). Doctors have known this for years. I've told hundreds of patients that I have a pound of tomatoes and a pound of celery in the blender every day. My "V2" has no added sodium like purchased V8. A tomato carries seeds and follows a flower on the vine, so it is a fruit. It has more potassium and less calories than bananas, pound for pound.
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| August 28, 2013
Here's the scenario: a dog, cat or other pet is let outside in a fenced-in yard while the owner goes in. When the owner returns, the pet is gone. Some days or weeks later, the animal turns up on Craigslist or another site for sale, leaving the unwitting owner heartbroken and the thief with $50 or several hundred dollars in his or her pocket. Sound farfetched? Sadly, it's a practice that's becoming more and more common, and the American Society for the Prevention for Cruelty for Animals (ASPCA)
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | August 6, 2013
Even as the warning from the Bel Air Police Department and the Harford County Sheriff's Office to be on guard against swindlers bears amplification, it's also something that's worth keeping in mind at all times. In the latest incidents, confidence schemers - con men for short - posing as utility company workers were reported to be working in recent weeks in Bel Air's Howard Park neighborhood as well as in Joppa. Over the years in Harford County, a variety of swindles have been perpetrated, or at least tried.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | April 19, 2013
Americans' hearts going out to the victims of the marathon bombing in Boston, which means, of course, con artists will have to take advantage of that. The Federal Trade Commission is warning people to be leery of charity solicitations from telemarketers. The agency advises people to: -- Ask for the charity's name if the telemarketer doesn't provide it immediately. (This alone should be a warning sign if the solicitor isn't forthcoming) -- Find out what percentage of your gift will go to the cause.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
It should be relatively easy for a judge to make a decision in the matter of the small landscape painted on a napkin by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir ("U.S. court enters fray over painting," March 16). Museum collections managers and registrars adhere to the English Common Law concept, recognized in modern American jurisprudence, that deed does not follow theft, even after several changes of hands; the original owner remains the owner. Since the Baltimore Museum of Art was the original, legal owner of the painting (it having been left to the museum in an unchallenged will)
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | September 30, 1996
Officer Cynthia McCrea's first time selling sex was easy.She peered into an open window of a white Lincoln Town Car at Calvert and Preston streets and struck a deal with the driver. Sex for $10.Baltimore police officers pounced and arrested a young man -- the first of 30 busts in a crackdown on prostitution during the weekend and McCrea's first collar posing as a hooker. "It was easy," the police officer proudly said later.The weekend Baltimore police sweep, dubbed "Operation Buyer Beware," netted an engineer for a prominent area company, a real estate agent and a downtown theater manager.
SPORTS
By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | June 24, 1999
After a break of two days -- or would that be a pause? -- thoroughbred racing resumed yesterday in Maryland when nearly 5,000 patrons congregated at Laurel Park and an unheralded horse named Cynics Beware captured the opening-day feature.Pimlico ended its summer season Sunday with upturns in betting and attendance. That momentum carried over to Laurel Park as 4,901 customers, 5 percent more than last year, lined up for free admission and programs, dollar day at the concessions and the opportunity for investing in 10 live wagering events and countless others shown on TV.They were for the most part frustrated by the $75,000 Find Handicap on turf when Cynics Beware, a 5-year-old gelding ridden by Mario Pino, prevailed by a nose at 8-1 in an exciting photo finish over the favorite, Hardy's Halo, and his jockey, Edgar Prado.
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 10, 2013
My columnist and television pundit gigs have me thinking a great deal about the relative positions of the two parties heading into the midterm election cycle. For starters, the Democrats are ahead. Last November's elections gave the president a surprisingly strong victory and provided him with a comfortable margin in the U.S. Senate. These results have the usual suspects (Hollywood, academia, mainstream media) all aflutter with thoughts of an emergent progressive era in America. The picture is decidedly less rosy on the other side of the aisle.
EXPLORE
Editorial from The Aegis | January 24, 2013
The Internet and regulations enacted over the years by the Harford County government to make access to land use maps easier mean a quick Google search followed by a few mouse clicks will bring to the fingertips of any potential home buyer details about neighborhoods where they're looking. So, while it is possible to have a measure of sympathy for the people living in the 42 homes in the new Richardson's Legacy neighborhood when they complain about another 300 homes being built nearby at Magness Overlook, it's only a small measure of sympathy.
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