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By New York Times | November 26, 1990
In a move to provide aggravation-free hotel check-in for its frequent business travelers, Hyatt Hotels Corp. has started an 800-CHECK-IN line at about 100 hotels in the United States and Canada.The new service allows some two million members of the hotel group's frequent traveler program to confirm reservations and get room numbers ahead of time. Guests must call between 1 and 10 p.m. local hotel time on the day of arrival with a credit card number.
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NEWS
March 23, 2014
A proposal in the Baltimore City Council to prohibit employers from asking about the criminal history of prospective employees until late in the hiring process has produced a strong backlash from the business community, and in particular the Greater Baltimore Committee. The GBC had been quietly lobbying against the measure for some time, but it has become much more vocal since the measure passed a preliminary vote unanimously, and now a final vote that had been scheduled for Monday appears likely to be postponed.
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TRAVEL
By Michelle Higgins and Michelle Higgins,New York Times News Service | June 3, 2007
After fighting airport traffic, security lines and tightly packed flights, most travelers arriving at a hotel just want to check in and get on with the vacation. But it's not as easy as it used to be. During the travel slump after Sept. 11, when hotels had plenty of rooms available, it was often possible to arrive at almost any hour and get into a room, and a polite request to the front desk was usually all it took to extend your stay. Now, with hotels at their highest occupancy levels in years, there are fewer vacant rooms available for guests who want to arrive earlier than the typical 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. check-in time.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
You remember Steve Suter. How could you not? The former Terps standout returned six punts for touchdowns in 2002 and 2003. But I'm guessing what you best remember is this -- he never called for a fair catch. That's a remarkable statistic when you consider that he has more career returns (121), more career yards (1,271) and more punt return touchdowns (the six) than any other Terps player. Suter said he believed it was better to fall forward for a yard or two -- often much more, of course -- than surrender by signaling a fair catch.
BUSINESS
By Mensah Dean and Mensah Dean,Staff Writer | August 19, 1992
With an aim toward ending the frustrating waits that often meet new guests, Marriott Corp. plans to introduce a service that would cut in half the time it takes to check into one of its hotels.The service, which has been in development for three years, is called "1st 10."It is "based on the premise that the first 10 minutes of a guest's hotel experience are the most important in setting the stage for a successful stay," the company said."1st 10" is a call-ahead reservation service for Marriott's customers.
NEWS
By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,SUN REPORTER | September 27, 2006
Diebold Election Systems Inc. said yesterday that a subcontractor has found the source of two additional design flaws that sporadically caused the state's electronic voter check-in computers to stop talking to each other and not program ballots during the Sept. 12 primary. Although characterized as nuisances, these problems - combined with a more serious one that repeatedly caused the check-in computers, or e-poll books, to shut down - created frustration and confusion among poll workers, particularly in the state's larger counties where there was insufficient support staff to respond to every problem.
NEWS
By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,Sun reporter | September 16, 2006
Maryland's new electronic voter check-in system, which poll workers across the region reported would abruptly shut down and reboot during Tuesday's primary, had never been used before during an election, the manufacturer acknowledged yesterday. At one Baltimore precinct, poll worker Al Samples, a 38-year-old computer scientist, said he could not prevent the three small check-in stations made by Diebold Election Systems Inc. - called e-poll books - from suddenly turning off. The machines crashed about 40 times, he said.
BUSINESS
By MEREDITH COHN and MEREDITH COHN,SUN REPORTER | October 20, 2005
Tom Ponte says he books his frequent business travel on Southwest Airlines' Web site because he's both tech savvy and frugal. But trumping those traits is his desire for an aisle seat, which Southwest, alone among major airlines, won't give out in advance. So Ponte, the owner of Harris Printing in Phoenix, began paying an extra $5 a flight to a woman he'd heard about from a friend to secure his preferred spot. Kate Bell launched BoardFirst.com this summer to help travelers like herself and Ponte buck Southwest's open-seating policy.
BUSINESS
By DAN THANH DANG | February 26, 2008
The Q: Flying can be stressful enough, but it is even worse when you get to the airport and they won't let you on the plane. That happened to reader Jeff Rogers on Nov. 30 when he was supposed to board US Airways Flight 755 for a 1:15 p.m. flight from Paris to Philadelphia. "I got to the check-in 45 minutes before the flight, and the agent told me that the check-in closed one hour prior to takeoff," Rogers said. "I was furious. I argued with her about having carry-on luggage and I had plenty of time to make the flight.
NEWS
October 6, 2006
Maryland E-polling will be used The state's $18 million voter check-in system will be used dur ing the Novem ber general elec tion. State elec tions officials say the manufacturer has "successfully addressed" the flaws that snarled voting during the primary. Pg 10B
NEWS
August 2, 2013
Here's the scary thing about the news that the Maryland State Police has found 30 cases in which gun dealers decided not to wait for the state to complete a background check and handed firearms to people whose criminal histories made them ineligible to own them: It's almost certainly just the tip of the iceberg. For the sake of public safety and any pretense they have to moral authority, gun dealers must immediately stop releasing guns before background checks are complete. The number of applications for firearms purchases has risen to unprecedented levels since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December and the ensuing push for tighter gun laws in Maryland and elsewhere.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
The NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules Committee has recommended several rules changes for next season, including that players on the defensive team be allowed to move through any portion of their goal circle when their team is not in possession of the ball. Currently, only the goalkeeper is allowed to be in the defensive goal circle, with the exception of a player entering the crease after the goalkeeper has moved outside the goal circle. Under the recommended new rules, only the defender marking the player with the ball within a stick's length could remain in the goal circle.
SPORTS
By Chris Korman | May 16, 2013
Stuart Janney III, the co-owner of even-money Preakness favorite Orb, arrived at Pimlico Race Course on Thursday morning to watch the colt once again have an easy trip around the track and then go through his morning routine. Janney, the chairman of the Bessemer Trust, traveled earlier in the week and came back to Baltimore from New York, where the company is headquartered, last night. He said he's pleased with how Orb has progressed after winning the Kentucky Derby, and has warm memories of spending mornings during Preakness week at the track 20 minutes from his Butler home.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | January 25, 2013
Sometimes, blogger Matt Vensel fires a few questions at rookie cornerback and returner Asa Jackson. The Ravens' fifth-round pick in April's draft, Jackson is a Sacramento native who played his college ball at Cal Poly. MV: A year ago, you were at Cal Poly trying to get with an NFL team. Now you're getting ready to play in the Super Bowl. When you first got the call from the Ravens, is this what you expected to happen at some point ? AJ: When I got that call, I couldn't have been asked to be put in a better situation, especially being a defensive player with all of the leaders on this team, just the mentality that this team has. I don't know if anyone expects to be playing in the Super Bowl in their rookie season, but greatness is something that is expected around here.
NEWS
February 24, 2003
United places kiosks at ticket counters for easy check-in United Airlines has installed 10 "easy check-in" kiosks at its ticket counters at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The kiosks enable passengers to use a credit card to check in for flights, select seats, obtain boarding passes, stand by for flights and request upgrades. Passengers will be able to check baggage at two of the kiosks. An attendant will be available for assistance. The airline is the eighth to install the kiosks at BWI. Asphalt group praises airport's pavement quality Maryland Aviation Administration Executive Director Paul Wiedefeld will receive the 2002 Perpetual Award from the Maryland Asphalt Association at the 41st annual Paving Conference on Wednesday.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | November 22, 2009
If you haven't taken a flight in awhile, don't worry - it will all be just as simple as riding a bike. Here's what you need to know for your holiday trip. 1. BWI. : BWI Marshall Airport is busier than ever with new flights being added this year from Southwest, AirTran and JetBlue. Southwest now offers nonstop service to Boston, New York and Milwaukee. AirTran has added daily flights to New Orleans and soon will begin flights to the Caribbean. JetBlue flies only to Boston - for now. 2. I.D. : Make sure your name on your identification exactly matches the name on your flight reservation.
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