December 6, 2013
As lawmakers grilled Maryland's health secretary last week on why the state's troubled health exchange was still broken, the official in charge of it was on vacation in the Cayman Islands. Rebecca Pearce, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, took a seven-day trip to the Caribbean isle with her family and could not be reached by phone, email or text, officials confirmed Friday. She was away while lawmakers in Annapolis were pressing for answers on why the $70 million online insurance marketplace was beset by technical glitches two months after it launched and why enrollment continued to lag far behind other states.
July 31, 1997
John Furze,55, a businessman who helped transform the Cayman Islands into a premier offshore banking center, died July 21 in George Town, Cayman Islands, of complications from heart surgery.Raymond "Jak" Jackson,70, the combative newspaper cartoonist known simply as "Jak" during more than 30 years of entertaining -- and occasionally outraging -- Londoners, died Sunday inLondon after surgery following a heart attack.Leo Loudenslager,53, who won the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships an unmatched seven consecutive times, died Monday in Nashville from injures he suffered in a June 28 motorcycle accident.
March 15, 2012
Annie Linskey 's recent article regarding Maryland tax revenue estimates ("State reduces estimates of 2 years' tax receipts," March 8) failed to identify a major problem draining our state of revenue - corporate tax loopholes. When large corporations abuse loopholes and skirt paying the taxes they otherwise would owe, small and mid-sized businesses are forced to shoulder the burden of higher taxes or deal with a decline in the public infrastructure and services that help businesses thrive.
August 19, 1991
* Agnes: June 19-29, 1972; Florida to New York; 118 dead; $4.7 billion damage.* Fifi: Sept. 19-20, 1974; Honduras; 2,000 dead.Eloise: Sept. 13-27, 1975; Caribbean and northeastern United States; 71 dead.David: Aug. 30 to Sept. 13, 1979; Dominican Republic, Dominica and Florida, 1,200 dead. Frederic, Bahamas, Alabama and Mississippi; seven dead; $2.5 billion damage.* Allen: Aug. 4-11, 1980; Caribbean and Texas; 272 dead.* Juan: Oct. 26 to Nov. 6, 1985; Southeast U.S.; 97 dead.Gilbert: Sept.
October 15, 2011
Outfitted in scuba gear and 100 feet underwater, Cody Unser noticed a weird tingling in her legs. She dived a second and a third time, and again felt tingling. It was subtle, but it was the first new sensation that she had felt in three years, since becoming paralyzed from the chest down at age 12. "I couldn't believe I had gotten some feeling back," said Unser, daughter of Indianapolis 500 champ Al Unser Jr., now 24 and leading a foundation focusing on paralysis research and quality-of-life issues called The Cody Unser First Step Foundation.
September 27, 2001
A man under federal indictment for arson and mail fraud in an alleged property flipping scheme in Baltimore was charged yesterday with money laundering, and prosecutors say they expect him to plead guilty. Scott Dunning Mead, who moved to Montana from Maryland months before his indictment in June, laundered more than $300,000 from his flipping activities through a Cayman Islands bank, prosecutors alleged in a criminal information filed yesterday in U.S. District Court. Some money was sent back to the United States to finance Mead's real estate activities and to purchase a Montana condominium, the information said.