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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley tapped a private-sector cyber security veteran to lead a push to promote that industry's job growth in the state, he announced in a visit to Hanover company KEYW Corp. Tuesday. Jeani Park will serve as Maryland's director of cyber development as the state works to woo more cyber firms and train more workers for the growing field. Park has worked in product strategy and marketing for companies including Hewlett Packard and Dell. "This is a huge new issue of national security," said O'Malley, referring to news reports of cyber attacks from China and elsewhere around the world.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
As the federal government shifts its drug control strategy toward drug treatment and education initiatives, the U.S. drug czar said Wednesday at an event in Baltimore that he plans to emphasize the expansion of drug courts to divert nonviolent offenders to treatment instead of prison. Gil Kerlikowske, director of national drug control policy, announced the changes at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as he laid out his goals for the year. The former Seattle police chief said there would be no official change in the federal stance that marijuana is an illegal and harmful drug, a hot issue since two states voted to allow its use last year.
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April 2, 2010
I was a "Repdem," a Republican for fiscal responsibility and government intervention and a Democrat for abortion, gay rights and other social issues. The government's "Pay Czar" has now made me a raging, radical Republican. Imagine that your company establishes a pay plan where everyone earns the same salary. Everyone arrives at nine and leaves at five, takes a coffee break at 10:30 and lunch at noon. A perfect working environment with the exception of one thing -- production decreases, and the business will go bankrupt.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley tapped a private-sector cyber security veteran to lead a push to promote that industry's job growth in the state, he announced in a visit to Hanover company KEYW Corp. Tuesday. Jeani Park will serve as Maryland's director of cyber development as the state works to woo more cyber firms and train more workers for the growing field. Park has worked in product strategy and marketing for companies including Hewlett Packard and Dell. "This is a huge new issue of national security," said O'Malley, referring to news reports of cyber attacks from China and elsewhere around the world.
NEWS
By Russell Baker | October 28, 1993
JANET Reno was vague in her congressional testimony last week about how the government might go about censoring violence in movies and television. I think they will need a czar.Writing law to cover every conceivable form of violence to be banned is obviously impossible. Screenwriters' imaginations will always be 10 miles ahead of the plodding congressman.Until young men began copying a nutty movie stunt by lying down in traffic to prove their manhood, who would have thought to fatten a kinder-gentler-entertainment law by forbidding movies to show scenes of people supine on the highway?
BUSINESS
December 22, 2009
WASHINGTON - A top executive of American International Group Inc. has been granted a $4.3 million pay-package bump by the troubled insurance giant's majority owner - the U.S. government - because the executive has decided to remain with the company. Kenneth Feinberg, the Obama administration's pay czar, approved an AIG request to grant the executive a long-term compensation package that includes stock options with a current value of $3.26 million and an additional incentive award of up to $1 million on top of the executive's 2009 base salary of $450,000.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes | gus.sentementes@baltsun.com | March 11, 2010
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Thursday turned to civic leaders and a top local company for help in luring a high-profile Google pilot project to the city and appointed a volunteer "Google czar" to spearhead the effort. Rawlings-Blake said the Greater Baltimore Committee, a group of more than 500 businesses and nonprofits, and the Economic Alliance of Baltimore, the region's main marketing organization, will assist a grass-roots campaign to catch the attention of the online search giant.
NEWS
By John F. Kelly | April 19, 1993
THE LAST TSAR: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF NICHOLAS II. By Edvard Radzinsky. Translated by Marian Schwartz. Doubleday. 462 pages. $25.TWENTY years ago, Vera Leonidovna Yureneva, a formeactress, was living out her life in a two-room apartment in Moscow. Edvard Radzinsky, then a young student at the Historical Archival Institute and a budding playwright, rented one of the old woman's rooms. Evenings, when he returned home, the two had long talks in the communal kitchen.It was during one of these kitchen conversations that he heard the legend of Czar Nicholas II's execution in July 1918; how the czar was the first to die; how the bullets bounced off the czar's four daughters who had sewn the crown jewels in their corsets; and how the czar's young son, Alexei, exhibiting a "strange vitality," warded off the assassin's bullets with his hands.
NEWS
November 14, 1993
A country's constitution is its platform of ideals. Some countries live up to those lofty goals, others cynically and brazenly violate the spirit and letter of their basic law. The most glaring example of the latter is the 1936 Soviet constitution. It presented a framework for a caring human-rights society at a time when Stalin's executioners were in the midst of one of the bloodiest purges in history.President Boris N. Yeltsin is now proposing a constitution for his country that would erase the much-amended Soviet-era document.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,jay.hancock@baltsun.com | October 23, 2009
Corporate America is shocked at pay czar Kenneth Feinberg. That Washington appointed him to oversee compensation at companies getting bailouts? Nah. That he thinks people who abused shareholders and crippled the economy don't deserve pay of tens of millions in some cases? Not really. People are flabbergasted he has the stomach to do anything about it. CEOs figured that Feinberg would be like every other paymaster they ever had. That he would rub his chin, act concerned about doing the right thing and then wire the gross domestic product of Nicaragua into their bank accounts.
NEWS
November 17, 2011
General Electric is planning to move its 115 year old X-ray division from Waukesha, Wis., to Bejing. In addition to moving this headquarters, the company will invest $2 billion in China, train more than 65 engineers and create six research centers. Remember this is the same GE that made $5.1 billion in the United States last year but paid no taxes. President Obama appointed GE chairman Jeffrey Immelt to head his commission on job creation in the United States. But it appears that President Obama forgot to tell him in which country he was supposed to be creating jobs for. If this doesn't point out the total lack of leadership of this president, I don't know what does.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2011
Baltimore's top financial officer and longtime budget writer said Monday he will retire from city government, the first Cabinet-level departure since Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake won the Democratic primary this month. Though not a household name, Edward J. Gallagher has been a behind-the-scenes force in shaping every Baltimore spending plan since he was hired in 1983. The city's finance director since 2005, he plans to remain in the job until the mayor's office completes a national search for a replacement.
NEWS
June 28, 2011
One of the most curious things in the whole Allen Dyer/school board controversy is how quickly people, usually Democrats, are so willing to allow others, in this case, the school board, curiously also Democrats, to circumvent the will and/or voice of the people and attempt to remove their — the people's — duly elected representative. In this case, perhaps Dyer has made himself a thorn in the side of the rest of the board members. Perhaps even Dyer is a disagreeable character.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay "czar" announced Tuesday he is leaving to help launch an international ocean conservation organization. J. Charles "Chuck" Fox, senior adviser to the EPA's administrator on cleanup of the bay and of the Anacostia River, said in a brief interview that he's taking "a dream job" next month to work on saving endangered marine creatures around the world. He's leaving at a crucial time for the long-running bay restoration effort, as federal and state officials have dickered over how to accelerate the pace of cleanup after nearly three decades of costly efforts and frustration.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2010
When the nation's drug czar visited Friday, the recovering addicts at Tuerk House in West Baltimore did a little showing off. Those taking the culinary jobs training course whipped up a lavish breakfast. Those in the landscaping and maintenance program spruced up the grounds. "It's been a blessing to me," Mack Campbell, 56, said of the program that he hopes will finally break his personal cycle of addiction, imprisonment and relapse. "I'm learning how to live without drugs. " Inside, Gil Kerlikowske was offering much the same message — but on a broader level.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2010
Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy might have a challenger in the fall election — and it's an intriguing one. Word is that former Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg Bernstein is testing the waters. Bernstein may be best known for successfully defending former state Sen. Larry Young against bribery and extortion charges. But he is also the husband of Sheryl Goldstein, director of the Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice. In that role, Goldstein works closely with the Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, and is an integral part of programs such as GunStat and issues dealing with juvenile justice.
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By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | November 18, 1990
MOSCOW -- The czar's daughters -- Masha, Tanya, Olya, Nastya -- were the biggest problem on that July day in 1918 in the city of Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains. The bullets had trouble penetrating their diamond-studded vests, and they had to be finished off with bayonets."What was surprising was how the bullets from the revolvers ricocheted and bounced around the room like hailstones," Yakov Yurofsky, one of the executioners, wrote in his official report."When they tried to stab one of the girls with a bayonet, even the bayonet couldn't penetrate the bodice," he wrote.
NEWS
June 21, 2001
BULGARIA'S monarchy is not old, traditional, legitimate or even Bulgarian. Never mind. To many Bulgarian voters, its heir offered clarity, hope and nostalgia for the good old days. Well, anyway, the old days. After Russia liberated Bulgarians from the Turkish empire, the powers of Europe in 1878 installed a German princeling, Alexander of Battenberg, as prince under Turkish suzerainty. His successor, Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, took advantage of Turkish distraction in 1908 to proclaim Bulgaria independent, with himself as czar.
NEWS
May 11, 2010
In explaining the unhealthy eating habits that have fostered widespread obesity and other health problems in the inner city, Baltimore faces a chicken-and-egg (or, perhaps more accurately, Chicken McNugget-and-Egg McMuffin) issue: Do people not choose healthy foods because they are unavailable, or are healthy foods unavailable because people choose unhealthy ones? It's probably some of both. Supermarkets followed affluent residents to the suburbs, and the corner markets and convenience stores that remain rarely stock fresh fruits and vegetables.
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