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By Mary Carole McCauley and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
Maybe she wasn't Hon material after all. Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager and her husband, Henry Hager, vacated their Federal Hill home more than two years ago, after the power couple left Baltimore for the Big Apple. But as long as they still owned property here -- and in particular, an "exquisite 3br-2.5ba end townhouse w/garage in federal hill, circa 1880" according to the listing on the real estate site homesnap.com -- we held out hope that the Hagers would once again succumb to the charms of Charm City.
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NEWS
July 15, 2014
Commendations to Johns Hopkins Hospital and members of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East for their $15 per hour wage agreement ( "Hopkins workers approve contract," July 12). When wages are so low that workers cannot meet the basic needs of their families, it is not only degrading to the individual but non-productive for the employer. By contrast, paying a fair wage manifests self-respect in the employee who rewards the employer with more productivity, less sick days off and more loyalty to the company with less turnover.
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NEWS
November 6, 2013
The tentative award to the low bidder for the upgrade of the area's water meters may not prove to be for the best ( "Water meter bid is backed," Nov. 5). Wouldn't it be a prudent for the award to be predicated on the successful low bidder to prove themselves by modifying a small section of the city's meters before tackling the entire area? In my humble opinion and based on what I read, it reminded me of the old saying, "When in doubt, do nothing. " Bernard E. Helinski, Baltimore
NEWS
By Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Maryland's Board of Public Works, a panel that includes the governor and other top state officials, did little to scrutinize millions in contracts it awarded in recent years to the financially strapped operator of a group home where a 10-year-old boy died this month, records show. And state agency officials who recommended LifeLine for various contracts from 2011 through September did not mention the company's fiscal and quality problems to the board - even as they touted a new process to reward only top-quality contractors.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has agreed to a $519,000 contract renewal for 2014 -- slightly above this year's league minimum of $500,000 -- but the 21-year-old is somewhat disappointed with the figure. Machado will also receive an additional $100,000 bonus for winning the 2013 Platinum Glove Award as the American League's best defender. “It is disappointing, but at the end of the day, you just have to go out and play,” said Machado, who made $495,000 last season and received a $25,000 bonus for making his first All-Star team. Similarly, the Platinum Glove bonus will not be calculated as part of his 2014 base salary.
BUSINESS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2011
The Navy has awarded a contract of up to $10 million to a Baltimore firm for architectural, engineering and other services at installations throughout the mid-Atlantic, the Defense Department announced Thursday. Mimar Architects Inc. beat 64 other bidders to win the agreement to perform work for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command including building construction and renovation work; facility planning; obtaining permits and regulatory approvals; and U.S. Green Building Council leadership in energy and environmental design.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green and By Erica L. Green | January 17, 2014
Ronald J. Daniels, president of the Johns Hopkins University, has been given a contract extension to lead the school for five more years, according to an announcement posted by the university Thursday. According to the announcement, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend Daniels' contract. In a statement, board chairman Jeffrey H. Aronson said that the board extended Daniels' contract because he could "build upon our tremendous strengths, and develop a lasting consensus for what Johns Hopkins can, should, and will be in the 21st century.
NEWS
October 13, 2010
Bill Bleich calls the teachers' signing stipend a "bribe" ("Reject the contract," Oct. 13) He teaches English and drama, but he does not know that a bribe is something given to induce a person to do wrong or commit a crime. He says merit pay will pressure teachers to be less supportive of each other and act in a more self-centered way and then immediately and inconsistently goes on to say teachers are more highly motivated than administrators and selflessly devote large amounts of time to student activities.
SPORTS
By Sports Digest | January 7, 2010
The Washington Capitals have signed center David Steckel to a three-year, $3.3 million contract extension and defenseman-forward Tyler Sloan to a two-year, $1.4 million extension. The Capitals also assigned defenseman Karl Alzner to American Hockey League affiliate Hershey. Steckel leads the NHL with a .619 winning percentage on faceoffs. Boxing: Darnell "The Ding-a-Ling Man" Wilson , "The Persecutor" Mike Paschall , Willie Wilson and Thomas Snow will be on the Ballroom Boxing card Jan. 29 at Michaels Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
SPORTS
January 30, 2013
It's worth a shot Juan C. Rodriguez Sun Sentinel Should they try? Absolutely. Would they be successful? Probably not. Alex Rodriguez has been an on-field and off-field migraine for the Yankees. What remains on his contract - five years and $114 million - is a crippling figure for most franchises. If they were to somehow remove the Rodriguez albatross it won't be because he purchased banned substances. The Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program precludes teams from taking punitive action beyond penalties the Commissioner's Office imposes.
NEWS
Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Maryland lawmakers and child advocates called Monday for an investigation into regulators' oversight of a troubled group home operator, asking why the state continued to give the company millions in taxpayer dollars despite long-standing financial and regulatory problems. State Sen. Joan Carter Conway, chairman of a committee that oversees group homes, said she would call a hearing this month to determine why state officials continued to award contracts to LifeLine even after it had filed for bankruptcy reorganization and a state audit found it insolvent.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | July 13, 2014
Memorabilia Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn A nearly century-old Babe Ruth bat sold for $214,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday night, but the first baseball whacked over the Yankee Stadium fence by the legendary slugger failed to land a new home. The auction, held at the Sports Legends Museum a day after the 100-year anniversary of Ruth's first major league game, featured 200 items related to the Baltimore-born home run king. Ruth's bat was discovered in a stash of pre-World War I Red Sox bats found in a 150-year-old home outside Boston, according to Goldin Auctions of New Jersey, which handled the sale.
NEWS
By Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
The recent death of a 10-year-old disabled foster child at an Anne Arundel County group home was just the latest in a series of problems at LifeLine, the state contractor that has been paid millions in taxpayer funds to care for "medically fragile" individuals, a two-month investigation by The Baltimore Sun has found. Even before Damaud Martin's death on July 2, LifeLine had struggled for years to provide around-the-clock care for its residents — adults and foster children often confined to a bed or wheelchair by paralysis, cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
After months of negotiations, one strike and the threat of another, and intervention from the governor, Johns Hopkins Hospital and 2,000 service workers reached a tentative labor agreement early Tuesday that some said could become an "important benchmark" for the health care industry. The deal, which is to be submitted to the workers for a vote, came after seven hours of negotiations that ended at 2 a.m. It would affect housekeepers, cooks, janitors, surgical technicians and others.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Johns Hopkins Hospital and the labor union that represents 2,000 service workers ended contract talks without an agreement Tuesday night, despite intervention by the governor. The talks were the first since members of the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East labor union called off a four-day strike last week after Gov. Martin O'Malley asked the two sides to take a one-week cooling-off period. No new bargaining date has been scheduled, but neither side has said it will suspend negotiations.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
The Maryland health exchange board signed off Monday on most of its technology purchases for a new online marketplace set to launch in November. The board made the approvals after a closed evening session, bringing the total to be spent over the next five years to more than $96 million. The new software contracts were made on an emergency basis with Sir Speedy, a printing and marketing firm, and ScanOptics, a content management services company, for $1.3 million. The board also made contract modifications with Xerox totaling just over $650,000.
NEWS
July 15, 2010
Baltimore City schools CEO Andrés Alonso may have one of the toughest jobs in Maryland – steering a big urban school system with a large proportion of disadvantaged minority youths back to health after years of inadequate funding and neglect. Nor is it a post known for long-term job security; having served three years at the helm, Mr. Alonso already has surpassed most of his recent predecessors in terms of longevity. At the same time, he has presided over a major reorganization of the system and overseen a steady rise in test scores.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2010
Baltimore's spending board voted to approve a contract for Fire Chief James S. Clack Wednesday. Clack had requested the formal contract, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. He had worked without a contract since taking over the fire department in 2008. Clack was one of seven fire chiefs nominated recently by the The International Association of Fire Chiefs to head the U.S. Fire Administration, but he said he would most likely choose to stay in Baltimore. Under the contract, Clack will continue to earn $158,100, the salary he has been paid since he took over the city department following the retirement of former Chief William J. Goodwin Jr. Clack's contract is set to expire at the end of Rawlings-Blake's term next year, but he would be eligible to be reappointed.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
It's been well-documented that the Ravens would like to sign wide receiver  Torrey Smith , nose tackle  Haloti Ngata  and cornerback  Jimmy Smith  to contract extensions before the start of the 2014 season. Little has been said about Pro Bowl third-year kicker  Justin Tucker's  contract, but the Ravens are working on a contract extension for him, too, general manager  Ozzie Newsome  told   Kevin Byrne , the team's senior vice president of public and community relations, in an article posted on the team's website.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
John W. Trageser Jr., a retired mechanical engineer who headed a contracting firm, died of cancer Sunday at his Lutherville home. He was 88. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of John W. Trageser Sr., who owned Trageser's Cozy Inn, and the former Elizabeth Faul, who ran the family business' restaurant. Raised on Gorsuch Avenue, Mr. Trageser wrote in a memoir that he sold Christmas trees and drove an ice delivery truck as a young man. He also worked at Bethlehem Steel and at the old Albert Goetze meatpacking plant.
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