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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | May 28, 2004
A Baltimore contractor says the former head of the mayor's minority business office pressured him to pay two New Jersey men for no-show work on a downtown project - an allegation that has spurred a state grand jury investigation. Andre Mellerson, owner of a small electrical contracting firm, says that his refusal to hire two men recommended by Owen M. Tonkins coincided with an end to all business referrals from the former official's office. Mellerson said he formally complained about Tonkins in a letter to Mayor Martin O'Malley's office last year.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2011
A former city employee who alleged that her salary was substantially smaller than that of a less-qualified male co-worker has reached a $55,000 settlement with the city. Lawyers for Melissa Fulton, who worked for the city office of minority and women-owned business development for three years until she was terminated in early 2010, reached the deal in the Federal Equal Pay Act case with the city late last month. The payment is expected to be approved by the city's spending board Wednesday.
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September 7, 1992
The Evening Sun will not be published today, Labor Day. Comics and other features usually published in Accent will be included in the Today section of The Sun, which is being distributed to all subscribers, morning and evening. The business office is closed today; no death notices will be taken. The classified phones reopen at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.
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By DOUG DONOVAN and DOUG DONOVAN,SUN REPORTER | March 4, 2006
The company that employs Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon's sister has been expelled from the city government's minority subcontracting program because officials ruled that the firm's office is no more than a telephone and mailbox, according to documents released yesterday. The city's minority business office also plans to determine whether the company, Union Technologies, has performed its share of work on a government contract. City ethics officials are examining Dixon's participation in that contract because of her sister's job with the firm, also called Utech.
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December 25, 1992
A combined Holiday Sun is being published today, Christmas Day, and distributed to all subscribers of The Sun and The Evening Sun.The business office is closed today, but classified ads may be placed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by phone, 332-1881.
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December 24, 1992
The Evening Sun will not be published tomorrow, Christma Day. Comics and other features usually published in Accent will be included in the Today section of The Sun, which will be distributed to all subscribers. The business office will be closed tomorrow; death notices will be accepted by phone from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 332-1881.@
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November 25, 1994
A combined edition of The Sun and The Evening Sun is being published today. It will be distributed to all morning and evening home delivery subscribers.The business office will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Classified advertisements and death and lodge notices will be taken from 8:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Call 539-7700.
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July 19, 1996
FireReese: Firefighters from Westminster assisted Reese at 10: 04 a.m. Wednesday, responding to a fire alarm at Sandy Mount Elementary School on Old Westminster Pike. Units were out 25 minutes.PoliceWestminster: The owner of a carwash on Sullivan Avenue told city police that someone entered the business office, damaged a bookshelf and stole money before 9: 40 a.m. Tuesday. The loss was estimated at $174.Pub Date: 7/19/96
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December 31, 1992
The Evening Sun will not be published tomorrow, New Year's Day. Comics and other features usually published in Accent will be included in the Today section of The Sun, which will be distributed to all subscribers, morning and evening.The business office will be closed tomorrow, but death notices will be accepted by phone from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 332-1881.
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June 3, 1994
POLICE LOG* Harper's Choice: 5400 block of Harpers Farm Road: Computer equipment was stolen from a business office between last Friday and Tuesday after someone entered through a roof opening and broke an office window, police said.10400 block of Twin Rivers Road: A window was found broken at the Family Life Center Tuesday morning. Police said someone had entered and stolen computer equipment overnight.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | July 27, 2005
After exhausting administrative remedies to protest his firing, Howard County school system's former chief business officer is looking to the courts for vindication. Bruce M. Venter's attorney filed a request last week in Howard County Circuit Court for judicial review of decisions by the Maryland and the Howard County boards of education to uphold Venter's dismissal by then-Superintendent John R. O'Rourke. In September 2003, O'Rourke fired Venter, accusing him of not informing the superintendent, senior school administrators and the school board that the construction of Marriotts Ridge High School was off schedule.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | June 1, 2005
SOME OF the stuff people in the Howard County amateur sports scene are talking about as spring seasons blur into summertime: HCYP: The growing, four-sport Howard County Youth Program, centered in Ellicott City, is getting its first office. The office is small, about 10 by 12, but has been needed for years, and its location makes sense for anyone who has been involved with this active club. The new space is at Kiwanis-Wallas Park, on Route 144 just off U.S. 40 in western Ellicott City, where the club has its primary baseball and softball fields.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | December 15, 2004
The Howard County Board of Education has upheld the firing of the school system's former chief business officer, but it chides former Superintendent John R. O'Rourke for his handling of Bruce M. Venter's dismissal, according to its decision obtained by The Sun. "We cannot conclude that the Superintendent's decision was without rationale or in disregard of the facts and circumstances so as to have been arbitrary, unreasonable or illegal," the five-member board...
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | November 30, 2004
The Howard County Board of Education heard an appeal of Bruce M. Venter's firing last night after the school system's former chief business officer agreed to drop efforts to have the proceedings open to the public. A decision was not expected last night, said Venter's attorney, Allen Dyer. The school board voted 3-2 to hear Venter's appeal under the personnel exception in the state Open Meetings Act, with Courtney Watson, the board chairman, and James P. O'Donnell, the vice chairman, opposing the motion.
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | September 15, 2004
Mayor Martin O'Malley is scheduled to announce today that he has picked Samuel J. Lloyd - a veteran economic development official in Maryland - to be director of the city's minority business development office. O'Malley is slated to announce Lloyd's appointment today during a City Hall news conference at which he will also introduce a new program to help minorities and women win more city contracts by teaching them how to navigate Baltimore's bidding process. The Mayor's Office for Minority Business Development carries out one of O'Malley's most important policies - awarding more city contracts to minorities and women.
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July 20, 2004
Roxanna Lane Powell, a retired officer in a family-owned trucking business, died in her sleep Friday at her Centreville home. She was 88. Born Roxanna Palmer Lane in Stevensville, she was a 1933 graduate of Centreville High School and earned a business and secretarial degree at the former Beacom College in Wilmington, Del. She worked for Diamond Oil Co. for six years, then returned to Centreville to marry Royden N. Powell Jr. in 1941. She was secretary and treasurer of her husband's trucking business there.
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | May 28, 2004
A Baltimore contractor says the former head of the mayor's minority business office pressured him to pay two New Jersey men for no-show work on a downtown project - an allegation that has spurred a state grand jury investigation. Andre Mellerson, owner of a small electrical contracting firm, says that his refusal to hire two men recommended by Owen M. Tonkins coincided with an end to all business referrals from the former official's office. Mellerson said he formally complained about Tonkins in a letter to Mayor Martin O'Malley's office last year.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2004
Four months after the Howard County school system's director of operations quit, he is coming back - this time as chief business officer, filling a position that has been vacant since September. "It's a great opportunity," Raymond H. Brown, 55, said yesterday. He will assume his new post May 19, overseeing financial matters, as well as school planning and construction. Brown left the Howard school system at the end of December to become chief administrative officer of Harford County schools.
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