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December 16, 2011
USDA Maryland Farm Service Agency USDA Maryland Farm Service Agency Last week, we learned that farm income in 2011 is forecast to reach an all-time high, up 28 percent over 2010, signaling that American agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy. The growth in farm income is also making a real difference for America's farm families, whose household income was up 3.1 percent in 2010 and is forecast to increase 1.2 percent in 2011. And despite marginal increases in retail food prices, all American families still pay substantially less for food at the grocery store than residents of nearly every other country thanks to the productivity of our farmers.
By Diana Nguyen and Capital News Service | January 25, 2010
Hermine Duebsie needs this job. She holds her application and I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form in hand and waits for a proctor from the U.S. Census Bureau to administer a basic skills test. The test, meant to be fairly simple - gauging skills in reading, basic math, map reading and following instructions - is a deciding factor in securing a part-time, six-to-10-week interviewer's job with a flexible schedule and $18.50 an hour, a rate that varies by location. "The pay is great, and it's a government job. I think this job is most important," said Duebsie, a Montgomery County Community College student with no other source of income.
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2010
Mercy Medical Center is converting a former Giant grocery store in Lutherville into a hub where patients can go for lab work, minor surgeries and to visit primary care physicians. Urgent care centers such as Patient First and Doctors Express are taking over retail spaces in high-traffic areas, including where a Roy Rogers fast-food restaurant was once located. And Thomson Reuters this summer opened its first branch dedicated to health care research in Woodlawn office space, where more than two dozen employees will provide data and analysis to the federal government.
July 29, 1997
THANKS TO THE Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count project, states have hard data to point to when they discuss the health, safety and economic well-being of their children. With the latest edition of the Maryland Kids Count Factbook, this state now has four years of data to compare.Taken together, those annual statistical portraits reveal both good news and bad -- and all of it is useful to policy makers in evaluating the effectiveness of programs designed to help children in need. The 1996 Factbook looks at 14 indicators of child well-being in each of the counties and in Baltimore City, listing the number of incidents in each category, such as the number of births to teen mothers, as well as the rate at which these events occur and the ranking of each jurisdiction in the state.
By KEVIN COWHERD | May 16, 2002
I CATCH UP with Allan Prell at the sumptuous Reisterstown home of Morris the Remodeler, where the two are rehearsing a TV commercial that may set the advertising industry back 200 years. Right now, they're strolling with umbrellas in Morris' driveway and croaking their way through "Singin' in the Rain," thus doing permanent damage to the memory of Gene Kelly and the 1952 classic. "It may be so dreadful, it's good," Prell says of the commercial for his longtime buddy, home-remodeling guru Morris Ellin.
By Milton Kent | March 17, 2000
It's no secret that sports television is an analyst-driven medium, and no more so than during the NCAA tournament. Sure, the play-by-play man frames the action, but it's the color guy who sets the tone and benevolently dictates how we, the home viewer, will see what we see. In that regard, there is no more kindly dictator than CBS analyst Bill Raftery, who is working the tournament games from Minneapolis, including tomorrow's second-round action....
By Jerry Bembry | November 25, 1991
Loyola dropped its first two games on the West Coast in the Apple Invitational Tournament at Stanford, but the box scores from those contests indicate Greyhound followers will get a real treat when Michael Reese makes his Baltimore debut Dec. 3.Reese, a 6-foot-8 transfer from Boston College, made an impressive Loyola debut, averaging 26 points and 7.5 rebounds, and was the only Greyhound on the all-tournament team. Reese had 18 points and seven rebounds in Friday's 98-56 loss to host Stanford and followed with a 34-point, eight-rebound effort in Saturday's 90-82 loss to Pacific in the consolation game.
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff | November 25, 1991
Not all the news from Annapolis has been gloomy this year. Lottery players, at least, are holding up their end of the state budget.The Maryland Lottery Agency said today the state netted $6.4 million more during the first four months of this fiscal year than during the same period last year, a gain of more than 6 percent.By comparison, the state's total lottery revenues climbed $4.4 million in all of fiscal 1991 compared with the year before."We are up in net earnings as well as total sales in spiteof the recession and the economy," said lottery spokesman Carroll H. Hynson Jr. He credited the agency's "tremendous effort insofar as changing the games and being creative."
By Rob Kasper | February 3, 2002
ORANGES HELP ME make it through the winter. Their bright color, their tangy flavor and their powerful aroma stand in marked contrast to days that are often dim, dull and repetitive. Traditionally one bright spot in the gray season has been the arrival of a box of navel oranges from Arizona. They are part of a cross-country exchange of holiday foodstuffs among family members. My sister-in-law ships oranges from Phoenix to Baltimore, and we in turn ship homemade fruitcake from Baltimore to Phoenix.
By Will Englund and Will Englund,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | May 11, 1995
MOSCOW -- Ukraine, where President Clinton arrives today, was for three years the place where the post-Soviet disaster was supposed to unfold -- but somehow never did.A year ago the country was hopelessly split along regional and ethnic lines. It had made no efforts at economic reform, its energy bills were skyrocketing, its finances a shambles. It faced a breakaway movement in the Crimea and nothing but difficulties in its relations with Russia.None of those problems has been solved. But Ukrainians have fended off total collapse, and the government installed in July finally seems to have found the will to push for economic reform.
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