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By Michael J. Berens and Bruce Japsen and Michael J. Berens and Bruce Japsen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 10, 2002
CHICAGO -- The nation's most influential health care regulator frequently serves the interests of the hospital industry over those of the public, giving its seal of approval to medical centers riddled by life-threatening problems and underreporting of patient deaths caused by infections and hospital errors. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., has been empowered by Congress to ensure the quality and safety of hospitals. Operating as a virtual monopoly for monitoring public health care, the commission promotes its surveys as an assurance that hospitals are clean, adequately staffed and provide superior care.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
Dozens of flights have been cancelled or delayed at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Friday morning due to a grounding of air traffic in Chicago following a fire at a nearby radar facility. By nearly 9 p.m., there had been 38 flights cancelled and 142 flights delayed at BWI, according to flight tracker FlightAware.com. Police in Illinois have said the fire at the Federal Aviation Administration facility in Aurora, which grounded hundreds of flights at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airport, was intentionally set but "is no terrorist act. " A contract employee was found in the basement of the radar facility suffering from self-inflicted wounds, police said.
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By Tim Jones and Tim Jones,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 22, 2004
The commander of a Navy Swift boat who served alongside Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry during the Vietnam War stepped forward yesterday to dispute attacks challenging Kerry's integrity and war record. William B. Rood, an editor on the Chicago Tribune's metropolitan desk, said he decided to speak about the Feb. 28, 1969, mission that resulted in Kerry's receiving a Silver Star because recent portrayals of Kerry's actions published in the best-selling book Unfit for Command are wrong and smear the reputations of veterans who served with Kerry.
BUSINESS
By Robert Channick, Tribune Newspapers | August 4, 2014
Tribune Co. completed the spinoff Monday of Tribune Publishing Co., which includes The Baltimore Sun and nine other daily newspapers. Tribune is just the latest multimedia news company to split up its broadcasting and publishing assets, joining Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and E.W. Scripps, which completed such a spinoff just last week. Such separation is gaining momentum as traditional media seek to adapt to the fast-evolving digital landscape. An amicable corporate divorce is generally seen as best for both sides, streamlining them to compete against new media behemoths such as Google.
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July 26, 2006
Kitchen tips americanhistory.si.edu/juliachild We loved poking around in Julia Child's kitchen at the Smithsonian Institution's Web site. The combination of Child's organization (crocks labeled carefully so visitors could restore things to their proper places) with her whimsy (the crock for spoons says "spoonery") reminded us again why we fell in love with her. Chicago Tribune
BUSINESS
By NICK MADIGAN and NICK MADIGAN,SUN REPORTER | July 7, 2006
Tribune Co., corporate parent of The Sun, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, plans to implement a system that better coordinates its international coverage and to close by January 2008 the foreign bureaus of the chain's smaller papers - including The Sun's. The Sun's correspondents based in Moscow and Johannesburg, South Africa, will be reassigned to Baltimore some time in the next 18 months. The Middle East correspondent for The Sun is expected to remain in Jerusalem but be absorbed into Tribune's foreign network.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2009
Randy Michaels was named chief executive of Tribune Co. on Wednesday, succeeding Sam Zell, who remains chairman of the Chicago-based media concern that has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for nearly a year. Michaels, 57, joined Tribune Co.'s executive ranks when Zell took the company private in a debt-heavy December 2007 transaction, becoming its chief operating officer half a year later. With the elevation to CEO, Michaels also will join the Tribune Co. board. The company owns newspapers including The Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
UPDATE: The Ravens announced Monday morning that Ozzie Newsome is "feeling fine and headed back to Baltimore . CHICAGO -- Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome was taken from Soldier Field by ambulance to a local hospital after the Ravens' 23-20 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Ravens released the following statement via the team website: “Ozzie Newsome did not feel well after today's game and a team doctor recommended that Ozzie not fly tonight.” Newsome, 57, watched the game, which lasted five hours, 16 minutes and included a near two-hour weather delay, from the press box. An ambulance later pulled up outside the Ravens' locker room while security officials prevented stadium employees from entering the area.  Newsome was promoted to the Ravens' general manager position in 2002, becoming the NFL's first African American to reach that post.
BUSINESS
By PHIL ROSENTHAL and PHIL ROSENTHAL,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | June 6, 2006
CHICAGO -- Tribune Co. said yesterday that it is selling Atlanta's WATL-TV to Gannett Co. for $180 million, its first transaction since announcing last week that it would unload at least $500 million in assets to help fund a major share-repurchase effort. WATL Vice President and General Manager Steve Carver, whose responsibilities within Tribune include oversight of Chicago's WGN-AM 720, said he will remain at the Atlanta TV station through the transition to its new owners, which needs regulatory approval.
BUSINESS
By Jim Kirk and Jim Kirk,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | October 28, 2004
The president of Tribune Co.'s publishing division, Jack Fuller, is retiring and leaving the board of directors at the end of the year, triggering two other executive changes at the Chicago-based media company. Chicago Tribune publisher Scott C. Smith was named to succeed Fuller at the end of the year. Replacing Smith as publisher is Tribune Publishing Senior Vice President David Hiller. Fuller's departure follows several months of bad news for Tribune's publishing side, including circulation overstatements at Long Island, N.Y.-based Newsday and the Spanish-language Hoy publication in New York, as well as sluggish advertising revenue, particularly at the Los Angeles Times.
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By Cal Thomas | July 12, 2014
Frank Sinatra's song about Chicago, "My Kind of Town," "a the town that won't let you down," seems dated in light of last weekend's shooting spree that left 16 dead and dozens wounded in 53 separate incidents. According to the Chicago Tribune, "The victims were among 82 people shot between Thursday afternoon and early Monday. "   Chicago wasn't alone in the Independence Day violence. New York City and Detroit combined for 10 dead in 46 shootings, but let's stick with Chicago where violence in mainly poor African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods has become a way of death.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
UPDATE: The Ravens announced Monday morning that Ozzie Newsome is "feeling fine and headed back to Baltimore . CHICAGO -- Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome was taken from Soldier Field by ambulance to a local hospital after the Ravens' 23-20 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Ravens released the following statement via the team website: “Ozzie Newsome did not feel well after today's game and a team doctor recommended that Ozzie not fly tonight.” Newsome, 57, watched the game, which lasted five hours, 16 minutes and included a near two-hour weather delay, from the press box. An ambulance later pulled up outside the Ravens' locker room while security officials prevented stadium employees from entering the area.  Newsome was promoted to the Ravens' general manager position in 2002, becoming the NFL's first African American to reach that post.
BUSINESS
By Robert Channick and The Chicago Tribune | July 10, 2013
One week after boosting its broadcasting holdings with the announcement of a deal to purchase 19 television stations,  Tribune Co. said Wednesday morning it intends to spin off its publishing business into a separate company.   The move would separate Tribune Co.'s publishing assets, including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and five other daily newspapers, from the Chicago-based media company's more profitable broadcasting holdings,...
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
Ten protesters gathered Tuesday morning in front of The Baltimore Sun's office on North Calvert Street, rallying against a possible sale of the newspaper to Koch Industries. Headed by brothers David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch, the private company has emerged as a potential buyer in Tribune Co.'s possible sale of its newspapers, according to a New York Times report last month. The Kochs are known for their support of conservative and libertarian advocacy. Similar protests have occurred outside other newspapers owned by Tribune, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.
BUSINESS
By Robert Channick, Tribune Newspapers | February 26, 2013
Tribune Co. has hired two investment banks to manage offers to buy its newspapers, executives said Tuesday, adding that no decisions have been made about whether to sell any properties. JPMorgan Chase and Evercore Partners will oversee a process to consider offers for Tribune Co.'s publishing assets, including The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and five other newspapers. JPMorgan is an owner of Tribune Co. “There is a lot of interest in our newspapers, which we haven't solicited,” Gary Weitman, Tribune Co. spokesman, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2013
At the end of 2007, real estate tycoon Sam Zell took control of Tribune Co. in a deal that promised to re-energize the media conglomerate. But the company, which owns The Baltimore Sun, struggled under the huge debt burden the deal created, and less than a year later, it filed for bankruptcy. One of Chicago's most iconic companies - parent to the Chicago Tribune  - was propelled into a protracted and in many ways unprecedented odyssey through Chapter 11 reorganization. On Dec. 31, after four years, Tribune Co. finally emerged from court protection under new ownership, but at a heavy cost.
BUSINESS
By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1997
By filling out computerized forms and paying a few hundred dollars, Massoud Chaharbakhsh built an empire of big-city newspapers.Now, the Rockville man is being pursued by lawyers for a half-dozen media companies who say he is ruining prestigious names by using variations of their trademarks on his World Wide Web sites.The owners of the Chicago Tribune and Tampa Tribune are suing Chaharbakhsh in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt in a case that Internet experts say is among the first in the country to pit newspaper trademarks against so-called computer domain names.
BUSINESS
By Michael Oneal and Steve Mills, Chicago Tribune reporters | January 12, 2013
Aside from the business suit he was wearing, which he joked was rented for the occasion, Sam Zell was never more himself than when he appeared at a New York lender conference in April 2007 to hawk his $8.2 billion buyout of Tribune Co. Slinging one-liners and a couple of his trademark expletives, the self-assured billionaire held a crowd of potential backers in thrall as he explained why he was willing to bet his reputation on a transaction that...
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