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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | April 14, 2008
Henry N. Baker Sr., a longtime jazz musician and the owner of a chain of beauty salons that changed the African-American hair care business in Baltimore, died April 7 at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 87. Born in New York City, he was the youngest of four children and the only son of a Georgia-born businessman and a homemaker. When he was still young, the family moved to Washington, where his father was shot and killed, plunging the family into poverty.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
The port of Baltimore's continuing labor dispute, which boiled over in a three-day dockworkers strike in October before a three-month "cooling-off" period, now simmers with uncertainty. Labor peace in the port seems precarious. A contract covering the handling of vehicles and other local matters has expired, and workers voted down a new contract. The union says it won't strike and management says it won't lock out the dockworkers. The only certainty is that the port has lost work, and some of it might never return, port officials said.
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BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2005
James J. White, who left the port of Baltimore because of political tension with his new bosses in the Ehrlich administration, began a new job yesterday in New Jersey with a company that does business with about a dozen U.S. ports, including Baltimore's. White became senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Weehawken, N.J.-based stevedoring and terminal operating company Ceres Terminals Inc. The move eases the fears of some in Baltimore's maritime industry who thought White might take his reputation and contacts to a competing port.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Amid a stepped up enforcement for St. Patrick's Day-related festivities that was hailed as successful, Baltimore Police were dealing with a spate of violence over the weekend elsewhere in the city. Three people were killed Sunday in apparently unrelated incidents, and police were also investigating a double-shooting that injured two early Saturday morning in East Baltimore.  And Monday started off with homicide detectives dispatched to the Remington neighborhood of North Baltimore for a serious shooting around 10 a.m. Few details were immediately available, but police said the shooting occurred in the 2700 block of Fox St. -Detectives have made an arrest in the first killing that occurred Sunday, at the city's Code Blue homeless shelter.
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By GILBERT SANDLER | February 5, 1991
PEOPLE leave their hearts in San Francisco. They belt out, "It's up to you, New York, New York." And they croon over the moon over Miami. But nobody, alas, sings about Baltimore. Oh, there have been plenty of songs with Baltimore mentioned -- that last syllable rhymes with a lot of words -- and lots of songs that mention Baltimore in connection with the Chesapeake Bay. But nothing has really caught on nationally, nothing that you can sing a few bars of and have everyone else in the room join in.It isn't as if Baltimore hasn't tried.
NEWS
February 10, 2007
Mayor Sheila Dixon yesterday announced she has appointed Carla A. Nelson to become director of the Mayor's Office of Women and Minority Business Development. Nelson is president and chief executive officer of Visionary Network Consultants Inc., according to a news release from Dixon's office. The company "has done business consulting, marketing, public relations and training services for public and private sector clients throughout the Maryland metropolitan region." "I was looking for someone who will champion the wealth of talent and skills women and minority-owned businesses bring to Baltimore City," Dixon said in a statement.
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By JOHN FRITZE and JOHN FRITZE,SUN REPORTER | February 6, 2006
A 33-year-old man was found fatally shot inside a business in Baltimore's Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood Saturday afternoon, city police said yesterday. The victim, Mitchell Briggs Jr., was found by officers responding to the 1600 block of Abbotston St. for a shooting reported at 3:34 p.m. He was inside a business that police did not identify. He had been shot several times with a handgun, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. Briggs, of the 1500 block of Carswell St., was pronounced dead an hour later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.
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By GILBERT SANDLER | March 22, 1994
CATEGORY busters," those mammoth retailers that sell everything in a category -- food, clothing, building products, pet supplies -- have helped spell the end of many a family-owned business in Baltimore. Among them is Lucas Brothers, the downtown stationer which quietly changed hands (and names) last September after 189 years.Lucas, one of the oldest stationery stores in the country, was founded in 1804, 100 years before the Great Baltimore Fire, by Fielding Lucas. Save for a short time on Charles Street after the fire, it was on East Baltimore Street all those years (even when Baltimore Street was called Market Street)
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December 11, 1990
A memorial Mass for Anna C. Crawford, a Baltimore native who operated an antique store in New Jersey for about 20 years, will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Woodstown, N.J.Mrs. Crawford, who was 83, died Nov. 11 at a nursing home in Medford, N.J., after a long illness.She retired in 1980 and moved to Medford after operating an antique store in Cherry Hill, N.J., since 1959. The store specialized in silver and jewelry. Earlier, when she lived in Baltimore and Towson, she bought and sold silver and jewelry from her home for nearly 40 years.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby | September 30, 2001
One might think that a company in the business of private and corporate aviation would have little business to speak of after two weeks of airport closures and frightened fliers. But Signature Flight Support, which services general aviation at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, reports just the opposite. At a time when major airlines are laying off thousands of workers, Signature's 40 employees at BWI are scampering to meet increased demand. They serve about 35 flights a day. "It's a different story at Baltimore than at a lot of other airports we serve around the country," said Steve Lee, the Florida company's senior vice president of marketing and business development.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2012
Common Cause Maryland questioned Friday whether the city's ethics board director is fit for the job after he acknowledged that he was performing legal work on behalf of developers with business interests in Baltimore. "This raises questions about his fitness for the job," said James Browning, regional director for Common Cause. "There are several serious problems here. " Avery Aisenstark is director of the city's department of legislative reference and its ethics board. He has come under fire from Common Cause for working on behalf of a group, called the Committee for Zoning Integrity, that is challenging some Baltimore County zoning decisions.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2012
Stedman Graham is one self-help author who practices what he preaches almost every day of his life. If he didn't, he would likely be lost in one of the largest and most overwhelming shadows in American life. Graham, known to millions as "Oprah Winfrey's boyfriend," was in town last week promoting his 11th book, "Identity: Your Passport to Success," a guide to creating your own identity rather than letting others define and limit who and what you can imagine yourself being. One of his stops was Richard Sher's "Square Off" show, which airs at 11 a.m. Sunday on WMAR (Channel 2)
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By The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2011
Crews restored water service at about 5 p.m. to 58 residences and two businesses in Baltimore County that had been without water since the morning due to a 12-inch water main break on Forest Park Avenue, near Security Boulevard. According to Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for the city's public works department, a crew responded to calls Sunday night about the water main break in the 1600 block of Forest Park Ave. and turned off the water service Monday to repair it. Kocher said the businesses affected are a Shell gas station and a Speedy Mart.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2009
Bond Transfer files for bankruptcy Bond Transfer Co. Inc., a 61-year-old, family-owned trucking business in Baltimore, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, listing $3.3 million in debts and $220,000 in assets. Company officials could not be reached Monday. Under Chapter 7, businesses typically shut down and liquidate assets. The company's Web site says it employs about 100 drivers who operate about 90 tractors and 275 trailers. The business specialized in next-day deliveries to metro areas including New York and Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 7, 2008
The owner of a now-defunct used-car business in Baltimore was sentenced yesterday to nearly 11 years in prison for distributing cocaine and funneling more than $1.7 million in drug sales through his business on Reisterstown Road, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Harrington Campbell, 34, of Jamaica was found guilty after a weeklong trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on charges of drug distribution and money laundering, federal prosecutors said. Authorities said he will be deported after he serves his sentence.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | April 14, 2008
Henry N. Baker Sr., a longtime jazz musician and the owner of a chain of beauty salons that changed the African-American hair care business in Baltimore, died April 7 at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 87. Born in New York City, he was the youngest of four children and the only son of a Georgia-born businessman and a homemaker. When he was still young, the family moved to Washington, where his father was shot and killed, plunging the family into poverty.
NEWS
July 13, 2003
Charles Herbert Thompson, a retired assistant superintendent of building maintenance for the city who also had a catering business featuring West Indian food, died Tuesday of an infection after surgery at Bon Secours Hospital. He was 74 and lived on Druid Park Lake Drive in Baltimore. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Thompson joined the U.S. Navy in 1952 -- where he learned to cook -- and was honorably discharged in 1959. He later served in the merchant marines from 1966 until 1968, when he settled in Baltimore.
NEWS
August 7, 2008
The owner of a now-defunct used-car business in Baltimore was sentenced yesterday to nearly 11 years in prison for distributing cocaine and funneling more than $1.7 million in drug sales through his business on Reisterstown Road, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Harrington Campbell, 34, of Jamaica was found guilty after a weeklong trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on charges of drug distribution and money laundering, federal prosecutors said. Authorities said he will be deported after he serves his sentence.
SPORTS
By Patrick Gutierrez and Patrick Gutierrez,Sun Reporter | March 2, 2008
Arena football is coming back to Baltimore, this time armed with a new team, a slew of new owners and, if all goes according to plan, a renewed sense of business acumen. With the Baltimore Mariners joining 15 other franchises, the American Indoor Football Association is looking to put on a show full of fast-paced excitement on the field and void of financial difficulties off it. The league will begin its 2008 season Saturday, when the Mariners visit the Reading Express. "We have businessmen now that have the ability to own and run a business," AIFA co-owner John Morris said at a news conference yesterday to announce the 2008 season, alluding to the league's 13 new ownership groups.
NEWS
February 10, 2007
Mayor Sheila Dixon yesterday announced she has appointed Carla A. Nelson to become director of the Mayor's Office of Women and Minority Business Development. Nelson is president and chief executive officer of Visionary Network Consultants Inc., according to a news release from Dixon's office. The company "has done business consulting, marketing, public relations and training services for public and private sector clients throughout the Maryland metropolitan region." "I was looking for someone who will champion the wealth of talent and skills women and minority-owned businesses bring to Baltimore City," Dixon said in a statement.
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