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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.
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August 13, 2014
Regarding your recent editorial on Baltimore City pensions, contrary to wanting to battle instead of negotiate the issue of COLAs, the unions have been trying to negotiate from day one and even came up with comparable plans. It was the mayor who absolutely was not interested in negotiating - this was what she wanted, end of story ( "End the city pension fight," Aug. 7). Furthermore, Local 734 has pleaded every step of the way for the mayor to sit and negotiate to bring an end to this dispute outside of court, as it is a huge cost to union members.
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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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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
The Baltimore County school board gave Superintendent Dallas Dance a $5,000 a year pay increase this week, part of several changes to his four-year employment contract. The increase raises his annual salary to $265,000. School officials said the percentage increase was equivalent to the 1.9 percent average increase teachers will get, in addition to a 3 percent bonus. The contract also will be amended so that Dance will not be allowed to take any outside consulting jobs. The board's ethics panel found him in violation of its rules in taking a part-time job with a professional development company last year.
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
August 12, 2014
I was not surprised to read the view of The Sun's editorial board in "End the pension fight" (Aug. 8), but your facts are incorrect. The police and fire unions made a proposal in September of 2009 regarding the fire and police pension plan. While the unions were negotiating with members of the City Council to seek those changes, the mayor's folks were crafting Ordinance 10-0306, which took effect in June 2010. While in litigation we made a settlement offer to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in January of 2013 with regard to Ordinance 10-0306.
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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.
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
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.
NEWS
August 12, 2014
I was not surprised to read the view of The Sun's editorial board in "End the pension fight" (Aug. 8), but your facts are incorrect. The police and fire unions made a proposal in September of 2009 regarding the fire and police pension plan. While the unions were negotiating with members of the City Council to seek those changes, the mayor's folks were crafting Ordinance 10-0306, which took effect in June 2010. While in litigation we made a settlement offer to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in January of 2013 with regard to Ordinance 10-0306.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Donald H. Seitz, a retired civil engineer who primarily spent his career with McLean Contracting Co. of Baltimore and Norfolk, Va., died Aug. 3 of heart failure at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster. He was 88. The son of Henry Seitz, a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad civil engineer, and Leona Altvater Seitz, a homemaker, Donald Henry Seitz was born in Baltimore and raised on Hurley Avenue in the city's Gwynns Falls neighborhood. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1943, Mr. Seitz immediately joined the Navy's V-5 flight program.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
All across the globe, worried Metropolitan Opera fans, not to mention assorted pundits and politicians, are caught up in the suspense of the company's testy contract negotiations with its many unions. Last night's late-hour reprieve -- management agreed to extend talks for 72-hours, rather than impose a lockout at midnight -- has only revved up the anxiety even more. To provide an appropriate soundtrack for these tense times, I offer one of the greatest examples of musical tension in all of opera, Siegmund's extended cry of "Walse!"
SPORTS
Sports Digest | July 31, 2014
Boys lacrosse Georgetown Prep coach Giblin resigns after 27 seasons Georgetown Prep has accepted the resignation of lacrosse coach Kevin Giblin , who led one of the nation's top high school programs for the past 27 years, athletic director Dan Paro confirmed Wednesday. In an email sent to the school's lacrosse teams and parents, Paro wrote that offensive coordinator Charlie Horning has been named interim head coach. Giblin became Georgetown Prep's second head coach in 1988 and has since led the Little Hoyas to 10 Interstate Athletic Conference titles and 14 Top 25 national finishes.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a nearly $12 million contract for construction and repair work to replace a block of East 26th Street that collapsed amid heavy rains in Charles Village in April. The contract covers a substantial portion, but not all, of the costs associated with the bizarre incident. The collapse occurred after a stone retaining wall holding the block of East 26th Street between North Charles and Saint Paul streets above a cut of parallel CSX Transportation railroad tracks gave out, sending half the block and more than a half-dozen parked vehicles down into the tracks.
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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
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
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
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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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.
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