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October 13, 2010
Bill Bleich calls the teachers' signing stipend a "bribe" ("Reject the contract," Oct. 13) He teaches English and drama, but he does not know that a bribe is something given to induce a person to do wrong or commit a crime. He says merit pay will pressure teachers to be less supportive of each other and act in a more self-centered way and then immediately and inconsistently goes on to say teachers are more highly motivated than administrators and selflessly devote large amounts of time to student activities.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
The small grassy hill and handful of hedges around the United States post office in Waverly aren't much to look at. But federal prosecutors allege that for branch manager Richard L. Wright III, the grounds were a cash cow. Authorities filed criminal complaints against Wright, 46, of Essex, and Kimberly Parnell, 43, the manager of the Pikesville post office branch, accusing them of collectively taking tens of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from...
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NEWS
August 2, 2013
So Gov. Martin O'Malley considers investing $350,000 of taxpayer's money into just two technology companies - one which employs four people and the other 17 - a top priority for Maryland ( "2 tech companies receive $350k in state investment," July 30). Really? I'd like to know who deemed these two companies worthy of our hard-earned dollars and what kind of return on our money is expected, if any. I suspect these "investments" are pure political paybacks ordered by our esteemed Mr. O'Malley.
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August 2, 2013
So Gov. Martin O'Malley considers investing $350,000 of taxpayer's money into just two technology companies - one which employs four people and the other 17 - a top priority for Maryland ( "2 tech companies receive $350k in state investment," July 30). Really? I'd like to know who deemed these two companies worthy of our hard-earned dollars and what kind of return on our money is expected, if any. I suspect these "investments" are pure political paybacks ordered by our esteemed Mr. O'Malley.
SPORTS
By From Sun news services | November 14, 2009
Chad Ochocinco 's pretend $1 bribe is going to cost him a lot more. The Cincinnati Bengals receiver was fined $20,000 and reprimanded by the NFL for taking a dollar bill onto the field during an officials' review of one of his catches Sunday. Ochocinco held the dollar in his right hand at his side but didn't give it to the official, who motioned for him to stay away. Ochocinco said he was just having fun, but the league didn't like it. Ray Anderson , the league's executive vice president of football operations, sent Ochocinco a letter that said: "The very appearance of impropriety is not acceptable.
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,Sun Staff Writer | December 23, 1994
In the latest charge resulting from a federal investigation of Baltimore's Housing Authority, a Pittsburgh construction company owner has been accused of conspiring to bribe housing officials, the U.S. attorney announced yesterday.David F. Graciano, an owner of Classic Construction Inc., was charged with converting corporate funds to cash used to bribe former authority project engineer John L. Dutkevich between 1990 and 1993. Company representatives gave Dutkevich $16,000 and paid for a 1991 trip to a Florida golf resort, according to U.S. Attorney Lynne A. Battaglia.
NEWS
March 3, 1992
A 74-year-old Brooklyn Park man pleaded guilty yesterday to soliciting a bribe while working for the county government's community development program.William Lawrence Murphy Jr. admitted to soliciting -- and accepting -- a $300 bribe as part of a scheme involving an inflated bill for a contractor's work at a Severn housing rehabilitationproject.Murphy, a "rehabilitation specialist," was arrested last Novemberafter the contractor told police he had succumbed to pressure from Murphy to submit an inflated bill and split the amount overcharged, prosecutor Kathleen Rogers said.
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By Deborah Overton and Deborah Overton,Staff Writer | February 18, 1993
An article in yesterday's editions incorrectly reported that William Zei is the owner of Zenith Building Services Inc. He is the former owner of the company, which operates under new ownership.4( The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.A federal judge sentenced an Ellicott City businessman yesterday to nine months in prison for bribing a union official to avoid giving pay raises and benefits to employees of his janitorial firm.William A. Zei, 47, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore by Chief Judge Walter E. Black Jr., who also ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine and serve two years' probation for his conviction on a federal bribery charge.
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By Staff report | May 5, 1992
A 75-year-old Brooklyn Park man was placed on five years' probation yesterday in connection with charges that he solicited a bribe while working for the county government's community development program.Two months ago, William Lawrence Murphy Jr. pleaded guilty to soliciting and accepting a $300 bribe as part of a scheme involving an inflated bill for a contractor's work at a Severn housing rehabilitation project.Yesterday, in county Circuit Court, Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. erased the guilty verdict and granted Murphy probation before judgment.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Sun Staff Writer | October 27, 1994
Floyd Wilbur Dearborn appeared to be just another anonymous midlevel city bureaucrat. But working for Baltimore's Public Works Department paid off for him in a big way.He reaped more than $100,000 in cash, gifts and yearly vacations to Ocean City in a bid-rigging scheme uncovered two years ago by the city's auditor and state prosecutor.In March 1992, Dearborn pleaded guilty to accepting the bribes in return for steering lucrative contracts for sanitation equipment to two trucking equipment companies.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2011
Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson was sentenced Tuesday to more than seven years in federal prison after admitting to a wide-ranging pattern of corruption that permeated virtually every level of county government from health to housing and law enforcement to liquor laws. Johnson, a 62-year-old Democrat, was arrested on extortion, bribery and evidence tampering charges in November 2010 while serving out the final weeks of his eight years as the leader of Maryland's second-most populous county.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2011
Two more Baltimore police officers pleaded guilty Monday to accepting kickbacks from a Rosedale auto repair shop. Jerry Edward Diggs Jr. and Osvaldo Valentine were convicted of conspiracy and extortion in separate hearings. They each face a maximum of 25 years in prison at their sentencings, scheduled back to back on March 12. But they will likely be sentenced to terms of less than four years, according to their plea agreements. Diggs and Valentine join at least seven other officers who have pleaded guilty in the case, along with the two owners of Majestic Auto Repair Shop: brothers Hernan Alexis Moreno and Edwin Javier Mejia.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2011
Rob Chesson has been running all over his Anne Arundel County opponents this fall, scoring 20 touchdowns in six games. The Old Mill running back rushed for five in last week's 47-10 win over archrival and No. 5 Arundel, carrying the ball 35 times for 216 yards. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior has rushed 139 times this season for 914 yards. He's accumulated 1,261 all-purpose yards to lead the No. 3 Patriots to a 6-0 start. A veteran of the Patriots' 2008 state championship team, Chesson has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and plans to run track in the spring to see if he can lower that time.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2011
A Clarksville man pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Thursday in a scheme in which he paid off the former's Prince George's County Executive and a county police officer for favors to benefit his liquor stores, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. Amrik Singh Melhi, 51, admitted to extortion, while his wife, Ravinder Kaur Melhi, 49, pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Prosecutors said her charges involved illegally accessing protected Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration records.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2011
The corporate officer of a Baltimore scrap-metal recycling company was sentenced Wednesday to six months in federal prison followed by six months home detention for bribing a National Security Agency official, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Adam Wayne Berg, a third-generation leader of Berg Bros. Recycling Inc., was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, pay a $30,000 fine and $105,000 in restitution. The restitution amount equals the bribe he and a colleague paid NSA employee Robert Adcock for access to valuable recycling materials stored at a Fort Meade warehouse, according to court records.
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By Maria Glod and Ovetta Wiggins, The Washington Post | February 15, 2011
Former Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson accepted more than $200,000 in bribes and played a central role in a broad corruption conspiracy that involved other county officials, candidates for public office and at least three developers or business leaders, federal officials alleged in new charges filed Monday. A 31-page indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt for the first time charges Johnson with soliciting and accepting bribes. It comes three months after Johnson and his wife, Leslie Johnson, were arrested at their home after they allegedly conspired to hide $79,600 in cash in Leslie Johnson's bra and flush a $100,000 check from a developer down the toilet.
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By Deborah Overton and Deborah Overton,Staff Writer | February 18, 1993
An article in yesterday's editions incorrectly reported that William Zei is the owner of Zenith Building Services Inc. He is the former owner of the company, which operates under new ownership.4( The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.A federal judge sentenced an Ellicott City businessman yesterday to nine months in prison for bribing a union official to avoid giving pay raises and benefits to employees of his janitorial firm.William A. Zei, 47, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore by Chief Judge Walter E. Black Jr., who also ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine and serve two years' probation for his conviction on a federal bribery charge.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | May 30, 1997
An attendant at a Montgomery County vehicle emission test station was arrested yesterday and charged with accepting a $40 bribe to improperly pass a car belonging to an undercover police officer, state officials said.The attendant and three other attendants, who knew of the bribe, were fired yesterday by the company that administers the vehicle emission tests for the state, officials said."We will not tolerate fraud or anything less than excellent service to our customers," said Anne S. Ferro, head of the state Motor Vehicle Administration.
NEWS
October 13, 2010
Bill Bleich calls the teachers' signing stipend a "bribe" ("Reject the contract," Oct. 13) He teaches English and drama, but he does not know that a bribe is something given to induce a person to do wrong or commit a crime. He says merit pay will pressure teachers to be less supportive of each other and act in a more self-centered way and then immediately and inconsistently goes on to say teachers are more highly motivated than administrators and selflessly devote large amounts of time to student activities.
SPORTS
By From Sun news services | November 14, 2009
Chad Ochocinco 's pretend $1 bribe is going to cost him a lot more. The Cincinnati Bengals receiver was fined $20,000 and reprimanded by the NFL for taking a dollar bill onto the field during an officials' review of one of his catches Sunday. Ochocinco held the dollar in his right hand at his side but didn't give it to the official, who motioned for him to stay away. Ochocinco said he was just having fun, but the league didn't like it. Ray Anderson , the league's executive vice president of football operations, sent Ochocinco a letter that said: "The very appearance of impropriety is not acceptable.
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