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April 26, 2001
Water levels at Liberty Reservoir have crested for the first time since June 1998, providing city customers a cushion in the event of a drought this year, according to Baltimore's Department of Public Works. By contrast, the reservoir dipped to 26 feet below crest during the drought in 1999. Loch Raven Reservoir crested March 30, and water levels at Prettyboy Reservoir are 2 1/2 feet below crest and rapidly rising, the agency said.
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SPORTS
By Kevin Cowherd | August 30, 2012
Moments after striking out 10 in the Orioles' 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, lefty Zach Britton was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. This makes room for left-hander Randy Wolf, who  will be activated tomorrow and added to the 25-man roster. With major league rosters expanding on Saturday and Norfolk's regular-season ending Monday, Britton could quickly return to the Orioles and take his regular turn in the rotation Tuesday. Wolf, released by the Milwaukee Brewers Aug. 22, was added to the 40-man roster, which didn't require a corresponding move.
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BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | December 15, 1999
STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Reebok International Ltd., the No. 3 U.S. athletic shoemaker, said yesterday that it settled a lawsuit with former cushion-sole supplier Supracor Inc. over an exclusivity contract by agreeing to pay $18.75 million within the next two years.Supracor filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., in 1997, claiming that Reebok violated a contract to buy its Hexalite-brand honeycomb cushioning material only from Supracor. Reebok, which reported 1998 sales of $3.22 billion, also purchased the material from a Supracor competitor, the suit alleged.
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2011
It's a a dog as a pin cushion! Another very creative costume from the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on October 22. The parade of masquerading dogs is the largest Halloween Dog Parade in the county, organizers say.
SPORTS
By Special to The Sun | February 25, 1994
CHARLES TOWN, W. Va. -- The Charles Town Races has canceled tonight's scheduled 10-race card to allow track maintenance crews time to repair the three-quarter-mile racing strip.Track superintendent Charlie O'Bannon said workers planned to remove as much moisture as possible from the track yesterday before removing the cushion, the 4-inch top layer of sand and soil, last night."We'll start peeling back the cushion around midnight and should have it off by daybreak," said O'Bannon.Track officials, jockeys and horsemen plan to inspect the track base at 8 this morning.
SPORTS
By Special to The Sun | October 25, 1991
GRANTVILLE, Pa. -- The winterization of the racing surface at Penn National Race Course will be completed in about two weeks, track superintendent Bob Beaubien said."
BUSINESS
By Randolph Smith and Randolph Smith,Knight-Ridder News Service | March 15, 1992
Think you're paying too much mortgage escrow? Follow these tips:For GMAC Mortgage Corp: If your loan is serviced by GMAC, you're entitled to a refund of escrow exceeding limits specified by federal law or your loan contract -- whichever is lower.Look at your mortgage contract to determine the escrow balance limit.About 40 percent of GMAC loans are Fannie Mae (FNMA) or Freddie Mac (FHLMC) contracts issued before May 1991. These allow no cushion in the account above amounts needed to pay taxes and insurance when due. The account balance should fall to zero following payment of the largest tax bill.
SPORTS
By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | February 28, 2001
The basketball team that can dictate the tempo usually wins. Such was the case at Westminster last night, as the No. 20-ranked Owls (16-6) dictated the fast tempo they wanted and defeated Chesapeake-AA in a Class 4A East Region girls quarterfinal, 58-45. The Owls will play Arundel tomorrow night in the semifinals. Sophomore point guard Kerry Higgs used her superior quickness to keep the Cougars (11-9) on the run in the first period, and freshman center Emily Bollinger scored eight of her 10 points also in the first quarter as the Owls built a 13-7 lead.
BUSINESS
By Kenneth R. Harney | May 28, 1995
Washington -- The rules of the mortgage game changed in a major way Wednesday, and millions of consumers across the country should reap the benefits.As of last week, all mortgage lenders closing newly originated home loans -- whether for a house purchase or to refinance an existing mortgage -- are required by federal law to handle escrow accounts under a new set of borrower-friendly guidelines. The new rules are designed expressly to end what some analysts call the most widespread, abusive practice in the home mortgage arena: Overcharges by lenders administering many of the estimated 35 million American home loans that include escrow accounts.
SPORTS
By Kevin Cowherd | August 30, 2012
Moments after striking out 10 in the Orioles' 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, lefty Zach Britton was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. This makes room for left-hander Randy Wolf, who  will be activated tomorrow and added to the 25-man roster. With major league rosters expanding on Saturday and Norfolk's regular-season ending Monday, Britton could quickly return to the Orioles and take his regular turn in the rotation Tuesday. Wolf, released by the Milwaukee Brewers Aug. 22, was added to the 40-man roster, which didn't require a corresponding move.
NEWS
February 19, 2010
This week's anniversary of President Barack Obama's stimulus package has provided yet another episode of that never-ending TV series: "Extreme Partisanship, Washington Edition." Democrats have hailed the spending as the country's economic savior, and Republicans mock it for failing to stop job losses while adding $862 billion to the deficit. The truth is less exciting. What the stimulus has provided was a modest and temporary cushion against the economic downturn. Administration claims that the effort will have saved or created 3.5 million jobs in its two-year window are, as most economists have concluded, on target.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock | January 7, 2010
What's the difference between a criminal conviction and "probation before judgment"? For Mayor Sheila Dixon, it's hundreds of thousands of dollars in retirement money - one of the biggest things at stake in her legal troubles. By technically avoiding conviction under a plea deal reached Wednesday, she remains eligible for an $83,000 annual pension that not only starts paying out immediately after she leaves office but rises over time along with the salary of whoever is mayor of Baltimore.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck | November 22, 2009
Ravens fans knew a long time ago that they would be staring down the barrel at Peyton Manning this week, which is a scary prospect under the best of circumstances, but it wasn't supposed to be like this. When the season started, and you were working your way down the schedule assigning a "W" or an "L" to every game, there were three games that you basically had to concede to make an honest evaluation of the Ravens' playoff potential. The Colts are always problematic, and there was no way to count on either of the two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
SPORTS
By Tarik El-Bashir and Tarik El-Bashir,The Washington Post | October 4, 2009
WASHINGTON - -The Washington Capitals unfurled another Southeast Division championship banner before a boisterous, red-clad crowd Saturday night at Verizon Center. Then the most exciting team in franchise history showed exactly why it's regarded as such. Alex Ovechkin, Mike Knuble and Brooks Laich each scored before 14 minutes had been played, and the Capitals took a five-goal lead into the third period before hanging on against the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-4. "I was once told that anytime you win you shouldn't complain, because there are so many times you lose," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com | April 16, 2009
Nervous consumers have been offered free suits, plane ticket refunds and the chance to return new cars if they lose a job after making a purchase. Now builders and real estate companies are rolling out incentives to pay a laid-off homebuyer's monthly mortgage in hopes of jump-starting the weak housing market. Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. started a program Wednesday offering insurance that helps pay a buyer's mortgage for up to six months. Earlier this week, Drees Homes, which is building communities in Frederick and Laurel, said it will cover up to $2,500 of a monthly mortgage payment for six months.
NEWS
By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,Sun reporter | August 8, 2008
After years of financial woes, the Maryland Zoo reported finishing with "some money in the bank" this fiscal year, which ended June 30. Zoo officials say they finished with a $200,000 surplus by cutting costs, eliminating several jobs and revising contracts. The zoo also received help from the Abell Foundation, which provided a $1.2 million bank credit in April, allowing the zoo to get through May and June without the significant layoffs some had feared.
FEATURES
By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder/Tribune | November 22, 1998
THERE ARE TWO kinds of people in the world, and I am one of them.I'm the kind of person who likes to be on time for things. In fact, I like to be early. Let's say I need to catch a flight that's leaving at 4 p.m. In planning my drive to the airport, I'll factor in a "cushion" to allow for the unexpected, such as heavy traffic, or a flat tire, or being kidnapped.Usually I'm at the gate, ticket out, ready to go, no later than 7:14 a.m.My wife is the other kind of person. For her, the ideal way to catch a plane would be to arrive at the airport as the plane was taking off. She'd stand at the end of the runway, and as the plane flew over her, it would snatch her up with a big hook.
BUSINESS
By KENNETH HARNEY | February 25, 2006
Billowing appreciation rates have been the hot news in home real estate for much of the past three years. But now, with many of the most effervescent local markets in a cool-down phase, the focus is turning to something much more fundamental: homeowners' equity stakes. How big is your home-equity cushion? How much more is your home worth compared with the debts you've loaded on it - primarily your first and second mortgages and credit lines? Do you have a 20 percent equity stake? Less than 10 percent?
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