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February 16, 2013
As a proud employee of Southwest Airlines, I read your article ("Is Southwest Airlines losing the luv?" Feb. 9) with dismay. Within the article you acknowledge the fact that Southwest is still the only airline allowing two bags to fly free while simultaneously berating the company for "swelling its bottom line. " While most of the reporting in this piece is technically accurate, the omission of information is unfortunate at best and could easily lead readers to believe that the opinions reflected by the few customers quoted here represent a majority.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
On the Chesapeake Bay, the summertime months are made for cruising. From the crisp mornings of late spring through the hazy evenings of August, a boat on the bay is the place to be. And how better to cruise than in a boat built by one of the bay's own builders? A handful of companies, on the Eastern and Western shores, design and build custom boats that are worthy of any body of water. But, thanks to their creators' deep knowledge of the area, these yachts are especially at home in the bay. Campbell's Custom Yachts 26106A Bachelor Harbor Drive, Oxford 800-361-4786 campbellsboatyards.com For Tom and Susan Campbell, owners of Campbell's Custom Yachts and three marinas in Oxford, what they do every day all comes down to one thing: the finished project.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2011
The Wild Buffalo Grill Restaurant in North Laurel was struck by lightning on Sunday and caught fire. Jessica Anderson reports that the fire spread to the restaurant's second floor and attic, causing an estimated $10.000 in damages. The restaurant was open when the fire started but there were no injuries.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Octavia Dugan, who founded a Village of Cross Keys boutique and was considered an arbiter of traditional fashion, died in her sleep of undetermined causes Saturday at Palm City Nursing Home in Palm City, Fla. The former Cromwell Valley resident was 98. Born Octavia Whelan Chatard in Baltimore and raised on Calvert Street, she was the daughter of Dr. J. Albert Chatard, a physician, and Alice Whelan, a homemaker. She attended the Baltimore Academy of the Visitation and Notre Dame Preparatory School, where she graduated in 1934.
BUSINESS
Jamie Smith Hopkins | May 1, 2013
What do you think of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and its parent, Exelon Corp.? Some companies survey customers to find out. Results are mixed. J.D. Power and Associates' most recent survey -- for 2012 -- shows BGE with a roughly average score for large utilities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, but substantially below average overall. BGE's 598 score for customer satisfaction among electric residential customers, on a 1,000-point scale, ranked it below 109 of the 126 utilities the marketing-information firm surveyed.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2010
WASHINGTON - Toyota is extending nationwide some recall-related services that it was offering to customers only in the state of New York. The added services will be tailored to a customer's needs and can include quick scheduling of repairs, pick up and return of their vehicle by the dealer, driving a customer to work, or providing alternate transportation such as a loaner or rental car. The services will be offered to all Toyota and Lexus owners in...
NEWS
By Ben Wattenberg | November 9, 1990
UNNOTICED, but much welcome at a moment of economic gloom, two big new items of demographic news are upon us, each powerfully optimistic.Among other things, the new demographic tidings should create -- presto! -- a new generation of business geniuses whose faces will adorn the covers of Forbes and Fortune.A demographic milestone was reached during the first six months of 1990. The Total Fertility Rate in the United States climbed to an estimated 2.1 lifetime births per woman. The new figure is the highest since 1971.
BUSINESS
Liz F. Kay | October 6, 2011
If you've got an analog television and subscribe to Comcast's "limited basic" package --- basically broadcast channels plus Univision and some government access --- you'll need some new equipment. Comcast is offering customers up to three digital adapters at no additional monthly charge, said spokeswoman Alisha Martin. With the adaptors, these customers will get digital-quality picture and sound as well as an additional dozen channels. Customers who subscribe to other levels of service have already moved to digital-only, she said.
NEWS
By a Baltimore Sun reporter | February 27, 2011
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. crews finished restoring power to more than 1,300 customers after Friday's windstorm. By Sunday evening, the utility company had restored power to more than 93,000 customers. Linemen, tree crews, call center and storm response staffers worked over the weekend, including hundreds from Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The area most affected was Anne Arundel County, where more than 25,000 customers lost power. About 23,000 Baltimore County customers and 19,000 in Baltimore City were affected, according to BGE. Spokeswoman Linda Foy said BGE would be monitoring an approaching weather system that may bring thunderstorms along with rain through today.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
When the Playboy Club in Baltimore opened in 1964, it quickly carved a niche for itself in the city. Like its counterparts across the nation, the local franchise prided itself on being upscale and professional, former Playboy Bunnies who worked there said. More than 100 former Bunnies, who worked in clubs internationally from the '60s to the '80s, converged on Baltimore to share stories of the bygone businesses this weekend at their semiannual reunion. Several who worked in Baltimore's club said its appeal was much the same as the magazine's - they were mysterious and provocative.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
The dominant carrier on Maryland's health exchange, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, will raise premiums beginning in January, though not nearly as much as the company wanted, state regulators announced Friday. CareFirst won approval to raise rates as much as 16 percent on the three plans it offers, while the Maryland Insurance Administration agreed to reduced rates requested from the three other companies that sell policies on the exchange — Evergreen Health Cooperative, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare's All Savers Insurance Co. The companies made their pitches, and won approvals, based on information from the first open enrollment on the state's exchange, formed under the federal Affordable Care Act. The rates would not apply to most Marylanders, who get health insurance through their employers.
NEWS
August 15, 2014
I agree with the sentiments noted in " Smart meter apathy" (Aug. 11). BGE showed up at my door the same week I received a notice saying they would be in my neighborhood. I didn't understand that I had to make an appointment if I didn't want them to shut off my electricity with no notice in the middle of my work day (I work from home). I refused the service. I never heard from them again. I have enough going on in my life that it did not make it to my calendar to schedule an appointment.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
In a clearing off of a wooded lane in Stevenson is a white stucco, Tuscan-style villa with ornate cast-iron window boxes spilling summer vines, looking like the subject of an impressionist painting. Inside, beyond the driveway and the arched, two-story center bay, the Iliev family - Martin and Jessica, their 3-year old son, Max, and a pair of toy poodles, Sophie and Tiger - welcome visitors to their newly built home. In a large, open kitchen dominated by a center island that's topped with a 9-by-6-foot slab of white quartz, the Ilievs recalled purchasing the 4-acre parcel of land.
NEWS
By Pete Pichaske | August 14, 2014
The new Columbia Whole Foods, the first Whole Foods in Howard County, will open Aug. 20 and include the following: • a vegetarian diner, called The Counter; • a café that seats about 140, overlooks Lake Kittamaqundi, and includes an outdoor dining area on the lake; • a do-it-yourself body care department where customers can customize their items; • a juicer where customers can squeeze their own fresh orange juice; •...
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | August 12, 2014
Walmart now has an app that says its prices really are the lowest. The discount giant has launched a web and mobile app that compares prices at rival stores and, if a competitor's price is lower, gives shoppers electronic gift cards for the difference. Walmart calls it the Savings Catcher. Here's how it works: -Go to www.walmart.com/savingscatcher or the Walmart app. -Enter the receipt number  at the bottom of your Walmart receipt. -Enter the date of the shopping trip.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2011
The Eater DC posted this funny story. Rogue 24, a newly opened "urban fine dining restaurant" in Washington, D.C., is making its customer sign a two-page "reservation agreement" before being accepted. Some of Rogue 24 's rules are just bossy -- cell phones and camera are banned during the three-hour dinners. That's not crazy, but "Oh, Brother!" is the only response to the stated reason for the policy: "All guests should be able to enjoy the experiences that surround them at Rogue 24 free of distraction.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
A San Francisco-based technology company launched an app-based service in Baltimore Thursday that will let customers hire a luxury town car by smart phone. Uber, which bills itself as "Everyone's Private Driver," allows subscribers who download the company app to set their pickup location and request a ride. The company uses GPS technology to find the nearest driver for the pickup. The entire transaction — including 20 percent tip — is processed through the customer's account. Uber charges about double the city's taxi fare schedule but below what it would cost to hire a private car by traditional means.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
The smart meter conspiracy theorists are no doubt buoyed by the news that BGE has been unable to secure appointments to replace the old, analog meters in the homes of some 350,000 customers. But there is no reason to think this reflects some groundswell of opposition to the new technology; on the contrary, it is a clear outlier when it comes to other smart meter installation projects across the nation and even within Maryland. The smart meter conversions for Pepco and Delmarva, for example, are 99 percent complete with opt-out rates of well less than 1 percent.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
As bills go out with the first fees for customers who don't want smart meters, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is pressing to apply the charges to a much larger group - people the utility says have ignored repeated requests to switch out old meters located indoors or behind locked gates. About 350,000 customers with inaccessible meters - more than a quarter of BGE's territory - haven't scheduled appointments with contractors despite multiple attempts, the company said. That's preventing installation, but they aren't on the hook for the extra charge now levied on people who ask to opt out of a smart meter.
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