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By Jaclyn Peiser and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 5, 2012
To be honest, I was planning on boycotting "The Real Housewives of New York City" after they fired half of the cast and kept the craziest of the bunch for season 5. But I am so happy I decided to watch it because these newbies bring some new drama and I am so excited to see how this season turns out. "Meeting" each other In classic "Real Housewives" fashion, the new cast members are always a "friend" of one of the current cast members and...
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By Jaclyn Peiser and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 5, 2012
To be honest, I was planning on boycotting "The Real Housewives of New York City" after they fired half of the cast and kept the craziest of the bunch for season 5. But I am so happy I decided to watch it because these newbies bring some new drama and I am so excited to see how this season turns out. "Meeting" each other In classic "Real Housewives" fashion, the new cast members are always a "friend" of one of the current cast members and...
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
A Hungarian man's attempt to blackmail a U.S. hotel chain into giving him a job landed him in U.S. custody, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Attila Nemeth, 26, pleaded guilty to hacking the computer system of Marriott International Corp. and threatening to release the company's proprietary information unless the chain gave him a job maintaining the company's computer system, according to a statement by Maryland's U.S. Attorney's Office. Marriott is headquartered in Montgomery County.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2012
A Hungarian man who blackmailed a U.S. hotel chain into giving him a job was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Attila Nemeth, 26, was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release following his time in prison, according to a statement by Maryland's U.S. Attorney's Office. Nemeth pleaded guilty in November to hacking the computer system of Marriott International Corp. and threatening to release the company's proprietary information unless the chain gave him a job maintaining the company's computer system.
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By Steve McKerrow | October 23, 1991
Local Angle, Part One: One of the stars of "Blackmail," a new cable movie premiering tonight on the USA Network (at 9 o'clock), spent his early years on the Chesapeake Bay, working aboard his grandfather's oyster boat.He's Dale Midkiff, a Salisbury native raised in Edgewood. He worked the water around Deale Island, and also was a waiter and painter summers in Ocean City, while attending Salisbury State college.Midkiff got his big Hollywood break by starring in the 1988 ABC miniseries "Elvis and Me," playing The King in an adaptation of Priscilla Presley's book of that title.
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By ROBERT BOROSAGE | May 20, 1992
Washington.-- In resorting to job blackmail to defend its military budget, the Bush administration is playing on the distress of the very workers it has abandoned. When challenged to save more from the military to reinvest in domestic programs, the president recently replied: ''What areas do you want to shut down? Or do you want to lay off the people?''The president's own plans call for laying off an estimated 1.1 million defense-related workers by 1995. Yet the administration has no plan for conversion of plants or retraining of those workers.
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By Steve Chapman | July 18, 2003
CHICAGO - It's a sound principle to refuse to give in to blackmail. But if someone were holding a gun to your child's head, you'd probably be willing to pay a ransom rather than see her killed. Sometimes the stakes are so high that submitting to extortion is the least horrible option. When it comes to blackmail, nobody is better than the North Korean government. Last fall, the North Koreans announced they had a secret nuclear weapons program, in violation of a 1994 agreement. Since then, they have taken one step after another to increase our anxiety.
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By GARRY WILLS | July 30, 1991
Chicago. -- The scandal around the Bank of Credit and Commerce International promises to be as sweeping, on the international scale, as the S&L scandal is on our national scale. Both suggest the ways that banking has got out of hand. In an era when electronic banking makes the rapid shifting of money so easy, crooked uses of the new technology are peculiarly tempting.BCCI money has allegedly been involved in terrorism, international blackmail, drug-running, money-laundering and other such offenses.
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October 4, 2011
During the past week, Joe Paterno was fired, Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner quit the Oscars and Greece's prime minister stepped down. Just in case the trend continues, we asked our staff what they think is the best way to go out. •••• Shout “I'm rich, bitch!,” trash the office and laugh in everyone's faces. This is only done, of course, after learning that you've impregnated Oprah.  Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun •••• I'm not the confrontational type, but I admire the style of former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater: going on a tirade, grabbing some beers and taking the emergency chute.
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By William Safire | October 15, 1991
Washington -- THE FULL story of the conspiracy to blackmail Clarence Thomas into withdrawing will not be told until after the Senate votes on his confirmation this evening. But the outlines of the plot to use Anita Hill to bring him down are clear.Ricki Seidman, aide to that defender of womanhood, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and James Brudney, aide to Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, were tipped off by the legion of liberal activists digging for dirt that Professor Hill harbored a secret grudge against Thomas.
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Susan Reimer | December 19, 2011
I suppose it makes sense, as presidential politicking picks up speed, to try to get the candidates to put some of their lofty campaign promises in writing. Are you really going to cut taxes, balance the budget, dismantle the EPA and bomb Iran? Or are you just saying that because you think that's what we voters want to hear? Are you going to double-talk your way out of these commitments once you are safely in the White House? Those hardscrabble Iowans sure aren't taking any chances with slippery politicians this presidential season.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
A Hungarian man's attempt to blackmail a U.S. hotel chain into giving him a job landed him in U.S. custody, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Attila Nemeth, 26, pleaded guilty to hacking the computer system of Marriott International Corp. and threatening to release the company's proprietary information unless the chain gave him a job maintaining the company's computer system, according to a statement by Maryland's U.S. Attorney's Office. Marriott is headquartered in Montgomery County.
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October 4, 2011
During the past week, Joe Paterno was fired, Eddie Murphy and Brett Ratner quit the Oscars and Greece's prime minister stepped down. Just in case the trend continues, we asked our staff what they think is the best way to go out. •••• Shout “I'm rich, bitch!,” trash the office and laugh in everyone's faces. This is only done, of course, after learning that you've impregnated Oprah.  Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun •••• I'm not the confrontational type, but I admire the style of former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater: going on a tirade, grabbing some beers and taking the emergency chute.
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By Lynn Anderson and Michael Dresser and Lynn Anderson and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 26, 2005
Michelle Lane, the Baltimore woman Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has accused of blackmailing him, didn't start out as an adversary. Lane, who worked for Ehrlich as a congressional aide, a campaign worker and a transition team member, took a job in the Maryland Department of Human Resources on Ehrlich's inauguration day to work on the administration's new programs aimed at protecting vulnerable foster children, friends and colleagues said. A registered nurse who treated abused children in local hospitals, Lane apparently became quickly frustrated.
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By David Nitkin and Andrew A. Green and David Nitkin and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2005
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said yesterday he wants to determine whether Democratic rivals were behind exposing a former administration aide who participated in Internet rumor-mongering about Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley that the governor says he knew nothing about. A place to start an inquiry, he said, was a threatening e-mail he received last month from Michelle Lane, a friend of the aide. The governor's office yesterday released a February e-mail from Lane, a former state agency employee and Ehrlich congressional volunteer, which also contained personal messages Lane exchanged with Joseph F. Steffen Jr. Steffen, known as the "Prince of Darkness" who worked on Ehrlich campaigns for years, is the administration staffer who resigned after acknowledging he participated in Internet rumors about O'Malley's private life.
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By Tracy Wilkinson and Tracy Wilkinson,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 30, 2004
ROME - Waving rainbow-striped flags for peace, Italians marched to the front steps of the Vatican on yesterday to show solidarity with three Italian men taken hostage in Iraq - just days after the Iraqi captors ordered they do so. In a video shown on Arabic satellite television on Monday, the hostage-takers demanded Italians rise up in protest against their government's decision to maintain troops in Iraq. In exchange, the militants said they would spare the lives of the hostages. They gave a deadline of five days.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Staff Writer | May 7, 1992
With one exception, Alan G. Stephens is a living portrait of the all-American dream.Born to a patriotic family in the deep South, he was a natural athlete who played football under the late coach Paul "Bear" Bryant at the University of Alabama. He was the third-highest ranking cadet in his ROTC program and graduated to become an honored Army intelligence officer.But Mr. Stephens is also gay, and the Department of Defense says "homosexuality is incompatible with military service." Four years ago, he resigned his commission out of fear that he would be caught and persecuted.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Staff Writer | May 7, 1992
With one exception, Alan G. Stephens is a living portrait of the all-American dream.Born to a patriotic family in the deep South, he was a natural athlete who played football under the late coach Paul "Bear" Bryant at the University of Alabama. He was the third-highest ranking cadet in his ROTC program and graduated to become an honored Army intelligence officer.But Mr. Stephens is also gay, and the Department of Defense says "homosexuality is incompatible with military service." Four years ago, he resigned his commission out of fear that he would be caught and persecuted.
NEWS
By Steve Chapman | July 18, 2003
CHICAGO - It's a sound principle to refuse to give in to blackmail. But if someone were holding a gun to your child's head, you'd probably be willing to pay a ransom rather than see her killed. Sometimes the stakes are so high that submitting to extortion is the least horrible option. When it comes to blackmail, nobody is better than the North Korean government. Last fall, the North Koreans announced they had a secret nuclear weapons program, in violation of a 1994 agreement. Since then, they have taken one step after another to increase our anxiety.
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By Gady A. Epstein and David L. Greene and Gady A. Epstein and David L. Greene,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | April 25, 2003
BEIJING -- North Korean negotiators acknowledged to U.S. officials in talks this week that their country has developed nuclear weapons, an unprecedented admission that stokes fears that Pyongyang might export the weapons or conduct a test on the peninsula. The warning was delivered Wednesday to Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly, here for three-way talks involving the United States, North Korea and China over the future of the North's nuclear weapons program, U.S. officials said last night.
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