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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
When Ben Benokraitis bought a solar-powered water heater for his Baltimore County home two years ago, the installation company told him he'd get about $800 a year in payments to help offset the cost. That money would come from the sale of three Solar Renewable Energy Credits, or SRECs, his small system would create each year. His solar installer would broker the sales and send him a check. But instead of the $1,600 he expected in the past two years, Greenspring Energy passed along $225.25 — payment for a single credit — before laying off its workers and locking the doors to its home office in Timonium at the end of January.
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SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Loyola surrendered 14 and 11 goals in the first two games, resulting in one overtime loss to No. 8 Virginia and one overtime win against No. 11 Penn State. Since then, the defense has given up just four goals each to No. 19 Towson and Holy Cross. The unit's recent play is a promising sign for a defense that had to replace three starters in defenseman Reid Acton (22 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers), long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff (77 GB, 29 CT) and short-stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins (25 GB, 13 CT)
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
A week after the University of Maryland learned it was the target of a sophisticated data breach, President Wallace D. Loh said Tuesday that the university would extend free credit protection services to the 309,000 students, alumni and employees affected from the one year it had previously announced to five years. The university discovered last week that the Social Security numbers, birth dates and names of all students, faculty and staff issued a university ID card at College Park and at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville since 1998 had been stolen.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
The success that No. 12 Johns Hopkins has enjoyed in victories over then-No. 13 Ohio State and No. 18 Towson can be credited to the offense and defense. A faceoff unit paced by junior Drew Kennedy has also played a role. Kennedy has won 75.6 percent (34-of-45) of his draws and scooped up 23 ground balls thus far. His play has helped allay concerns over the graduation of Mike Poppleton, who won 64.8 percent (328-506) and collected 167 ground balls as the team's primary faceoff specialist over the past two seasons.
BUSINESS
By Luke Broadwater and Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday she wants to make a tax credit that has been used to spur apartment development downtown available citywide. The new proposal would offer a tax credit for 10 years for projects anywhere in the city, five years less than the existing incentive, the mayor said in her State of the City Address. Rawlings-Blake said the existing credit is helping developers meet demand for rental units and is expected to generate $40 million in new revenue for the city over the next 20 years.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
Saying she's convinced Baltimore's high property taxes are driving residents and business away, Del. Maggie McIntosh has introduced legislation aimed at helping retain current homeowners while launching studies of ways to reduce the rate. With support from nearly all the city's House delegation, McIntosh, a six-term Democrat representing Northeast Baltimore, has introduced five bills targeting potential inequities in the assessment of properties in the city, where tax rates are more than double those of neighboring counties.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
Prepare for a year of more in the real estate industry - more improvement, mostly, but also more expense as mortgage rates, prices and rents rise. Analysts expect a solid 2014 here and nationally, after a year in which the battered housing market got on firmer footing. They predict home values will continue rising and expect to see more choices for home buyers as higher prices pull in more would-be sellers. Moody's Analytics is forecasting an 8 percent rise in average home prices in the Baltimore region this year, compared with a 5.6 percent increase last year.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
Two women pleaded guilty Friday to using stolen medical records to open or take over credit accounts at department stores and setting up a cottage industry selling fraudulently obtained goods. Chanell Cole, 30, and Yolanda Welch, 39, are scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Baltimore in April. Until 2010 Cole, who is from Owings Mills, was the only employee of a rheumatologist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore and had access to the doctor's files, which she abused to obtain the names addresses and social security numbers of patients.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
City homeowners could receive $3 million in property tax assistance under a plan Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is scheduled to unveil today, addressing concerns over bills that skyrocketed after errors in tax credits were discovered. Taxpayers who received historic tax credits can seek refunds to cover the difference between tax bills they had originally expected and revised bills issued in 2013, said mayoral spokesman Kevin Harris. The plan proposes allowing refunds for three years of tax bills.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
Retail giant Target has borne the brunt of bad publicity over a data breach that left millions of credit cards vulnerable to theft this month, but experts say part of the blame rests with the antiquated technology used by U.S. consumers. The United States is one of the last countries to migrate to credit cards with a microprocessor that makes them harder to reproduce than the magnetic strip technology in use today. The so-called EMV cards have been adopted in 80 countries and are widely used in Europe.
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