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By Bill Atkinson and Bill Atkinson,SUN STAFF | May 7, 1997
Two executives who head Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc.'s Baltimore operations are accused in a lawsuit of leading an effort to generate excessive commissions from clients by churning their accounts and making unauthorized investments. The lawsuit was filed Thursday by investors.The executives and seven brokers billed their clients hundreds of thousands of dollars for unnecessary trades, set up "unauthorized" margin accounts, and invested money in high-risk stocks without their clients' knowledge, according to the lawsuit filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court.
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By Matt Vensel | January 28, 2014
Before the wheels fell off their wagon during the 2013 season, Gary Kubiak's Houston Texans were one of the NFL's best at running the football. In every season from 2010 to 2012, the Texans ranked in the top eight in the league in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, most of them coming from All-Pro running back Arian Foster. He rushed for 4,264 yards and 41 touchdowns over that three-year span. Foster is a talented player, no doubt, but the zone-blocking scheme Kubiak installed in Houston with the help of offensive line guru Alex Gibbs played a significant role in his emergence , the same way it did when the Denver Broncos turned guys like Olandis Gary and Reuben Droughns into 1,000-yard rushers.
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By Bill Atkinson and Bill Atkinson,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2000
A Reisterstown surgeon, his wife and daughter filed a lawsuit yesterday against Allfirst Brokerage Corp. and Allfirst Bank alleging that two brokers with the firm guaranteed that stocks would appreciate in value, "coerced" them into signing financial documents and churned their account. The lawsuit, filed in Baltimore Circuit Court by Dr. Siva Rama Prasad Sompalli, his wife, Nirmala, and daughter, Naveena, seeks $20 million in compensatory and punitive damages. Joanne L. Suder, the attorney representing the Sompallis, said the family lost more than $1 million.
FEATURES
By Liz Atwood, For The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Finally it's spring. That means baseball, hay fever and the start of painting season. "May through September are the biggest months for paint sales," says Mark Sposito, vice president of marketing for Sherwin-Williams' Eastern Division. As temperatures rise, so do the number of home painting projects, he notes. The Sherwin-Williams paint factory on Hollins Ferry Road is operating 24 hours a day, five days a week. Soon the plant will be working around the clock on weekends as well, says plant manager Mike Levitsky.
NEWS
By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2001
The tide swept into Red Lake Court three years ago, but it didn't make waves at first. An Atholton High School art student painted a seascape mural on the side of a neighbor's earth-toned house. There's a school of striped fish. A sea turtle. Even a killer whale. Pretty eye-popping by the standards of most residential paint jobs, particularly in Columbia, where local housing rules permit only muted tones. A 6-foot-tall fence hides most of the painting from passers-by -- just a few feet of bright blue sea and orange-and-white fish spill over it. The mural went largely unnoticed -- until someone complained to Long Reach village officials this summer.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | October 5, 2002
Breaking weeks of silence, the lawyer for convicted swindler Alan B. Bond said yesterday that his client didn't try to run up commissions while trading stocks for the state pension system, as some experts have suggested. Lawyer Jeffrey Pittell acknowledged that Bond's "aggressive" trading under the supervision of Baltimore money manager Nathan A. Chapman Jr. could be seen as evidence of "churning" - the fraudulent practice of trading excessively solely to generate commissions. But Bond didn't do that, Pittell said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jennifer Choi | May 15, 2008
System of a Down co-founder Serj Tankian released his debut solo album, Elect the Dead, last year. The first track released off the album, "These Empty Walls," cracked the Billboard Hot 100 and rose to No. 1 on the U.K. Rock Chart. The poet/activist, who continues System's tradition of churning out meaning-heavy lyrics and expects to release his sophomore effort in 2009, performs tonight at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $25. Call 202-265-0930 or go to 930.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lori Sears | August 22, 2002
Ever watched homemade ice cream being churned? Taken a genuine horse-and-buggy ride? Seen grain ground into flour? You'll be able to experience it all and plenty more at the Country Fest and Auction Saturday at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry. The family festival, presented by the Dry Run Mennonite Church, will include an array of foods, lots of crafts, music by the Voice of Praise Men's Quartet, kids' activities, a petting zoo and an auction of everything from handmade quilts and Amish-made furniture to an "In-Home Dinner" with a local Mennonite family.
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By ROB KASPER | December 19, 2007
Usually when I arrive at an airport, as so many holiday travelers will next week, my stomach is churning. I have anxiety about getting through security and making my flight. Most airlines have stopped serving real, complimentary meals in coach. My solution: Find some takeout fare at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to soothe my stomach. Here is what I found, terminal by terminal, beyond security. Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co. Location --Terminal D Phone --410-859-1154 Hours --5 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily This coffee shop offers pre-packaged sandwiches.
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By Michael Dresser and William Patalon III and Michael Dresser and William Patalon III,SUN STAFF | October 1, 2002
A New York money manager supervised by Nathan A. Chapman Jr. used millions of dollars in Maryland pension fund money to repeatedly buy and sell the same stocks - transactions that suggest he might have been seeking to generate commissions at the expense of the retirement system, trading records show. Alan B. Bond, president of the now-defunct Albriond Capital Management, would routinely buy thousands of shares in a company, only to dump the stock within days - or the same day - with little apparent concern for whether the price went up or down.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2013
Thanks in part to one of the most productive midfields in Division I, the Maryland men's lacrosse team is off to a 6-1 start that included a four-week stay atop The Baltimore Sun's rankings. Perhaps even more impressive is that the experienced trio of John Haus, Mike Chanenchuk and Jake Bernhardt - two seniors and a junior - have been on the field together only since January. Haus and Bernhardt played together in 2011 while Chanenchuk sat out the season after transferring from Princeton.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Clare Fischer, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2013
A wall with one long window separates the Timonium office of Michele's Granola from its bakery space, but neither glass nor drywall can keep out the intoxicating smell: a mix of vanilla, coconut and sunflower seeds, among other ingredients. When complimented on the aroma, the business' founder and owner, Michele Thornett, smiled knowingly. "We get that a lot," she said. Wearing earth-toned clogs and a peasant skirt (which match her green eyes and red hair), Thornett looks like someone who should be into healthy snack food.
NEWS
October 27, 2012
The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 p.m. update that Hurricane Sandy continues to track northeast along the East Coast, with forecasters predicting few changes in strength for a storm expected to begin punishing the region later Sunday. The storm is still expected to start curling north on Sunday night, churning toward land on Monday with the eye of the storm approaching the coast Monday night, the weather service said in its latest update. The storm remains deadly powerful, with sustained winds near 75 miles per hour and even stronger gusts.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kit Waskom Pollard, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
It's a beautiful Saturday at Prigel Family Creamery. The sun shines on cows ambling over the field, while parents gaze lovingly at sticky kids squealing with delight as they lick giant scoops of ice cream. Inside the creamery, where clean-cut teenagers make ice cream floats and thick milkshakes, a board lists more than two dozen flavors of homemade ice cream. Customers peer through windows, hoping to catch a glimpse of happy cow. It's 2012, but it could just as easily be 1952. The Prigel family has been farming in the Long Green Valley area of Baltimore County for more than 100 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2011
Note: Due to weather, this year's Silopanna Music Festival has been canceled. Judging by the charts in recent years, it seems as though America has rediscovered soul and funk. Cee Lo Green, Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars — even Grace Potter and Fitz and the Tantrums — have found mainstream success with music inspired, occasionally lifted from and mostly in debt to the sounds that dominated the '60s and early '70s. To Sharon Jones, the indefatigable lead singer of the Dap-Kings, it just seems like the world has caught up with her and her band.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Lindner, Special To The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2011
"Are you here to sell me something? Or do you wanna drink?" Thus did a dodgy looking 20-something greet us upon our entering Dick's Last Resort at the Inner Harbor's Power Plant complex. My first thought was: "Does this guy really think I look like a Bev Nap salesman?" 12:50 We stand momentarily stunned in Dick's lobby. It looks like a Gap t-shirt display, only more crass. That, by the way, is a compliment to both places. The rest of the joint looks like its interior decorator blew his entire $138 budget at a surf-shop fire sale.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jim Abbott and Jim Abbott,ORLANDO SENTINEL | July 31, 2003
It would be too much to ask for Strays, the first Jane's Addiction studio effort since 1990's fondly remembered Ritual de lo Habitual, to assert itself with the impact of "Been Caught Stealing" or "Jane Says." There are enough essential elements - churning guitars, ebullient choruses, explosive rhythms and Perry Farrell's high tenor - to make these 11 songs better than one might expect. Even if the result is a little too formulaic to be the potent concoction it once was, it still makes guitarist Dave Navarro's less ambitious solo work and Farrell's dabbling with electronica and Eastern music look like so much wasted energy.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 8, 2000
In all the preseason reviews of the Navy football team, the all-senior offensive line was touted as the unit that could lead the academy to a second national rushing championship in a row. It was big, savvy and replacing only center Terence Anderson, who received some All-America mention after the 1999 season. But eight games into a winless campaign so far, the talk is not of rushing titles, but poor execution, missed blocks and blown assignments. Despite a season-high 260 yards on the ground against Rutgers three weeks ago, the Midshipmen have averaged less than 127 total yards a game, down 165 from last autumn.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2010
Neil and Mary Edith Flynn waved goodbye to their son and his family and turned to their sand-colored RV. A high ridge of sea grasses and bayberry bushes blocked the ocean from view in this stretch of the state park, but the sound of hurricane-driven surf smashing onto the shore traveled over the dunes. "Well, we put everything inside and battened down the hatches," said Mary Edith Flynn, 77. "We're just going to sit here and watch the storm go by. " As Hurricane Earl hurtled up the East Coast, families along this spindly barrier island folded up tents and lugged boogie boards, chairs and dejected children to their vehicles.
NEWS
August 27, 2009
On August 22, 2009, JEWEL CELESTINE CHURN. Survived by a host of family and friends. The Homegoing Service will take place on Saturday, August 29. Family hour 10 to 11 with Homegoing Service at 11. Union Temple Church, 1100 W. North Ave. Interment Maryland National Memorial Park, Laurel, MD. Inquiries (410) 664-6800.
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