April 25, 2011
Always, there were those lovely old country estates and gracious manor taverns with roaring fireplaces, but in the old days fine dining was associated with the city. Not so anymore. Now, there are more compelling reasons than ever for diners to cross county lines for a good meal. The 50 best county restaurants in Howard County, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County is a mix of the old and the new, destinations for special occasions and joints for Monday night suppers, the chef-driven and crowd-pleasing.
October 23, 1994
Now the branch signs are changed. Now the ATMs sport the NationsBank logo, instead of Maryland National's. And now the operators have stopped greeting callers with, "Maryland National-soon-to-be-NationsBank, may I help you?"A year after its parent was purchased by the Charlotte, N.C., banking company, Maryland National Bank is now NationsBank.The company has become part of the nation's fourth-largest bank, an institution that has grown phenomenally in the past five years based on two driving forces: a strategy, borrowed from the fast-food industry, of efficiency through nationwide standardization; and the ego and vision of the company's chairman, Hugh L. McColl Jr.But despite a statewide advertising campaign launched this month, many Marylanders can be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about.
March 18, 1993
Merry-Go-Round Enterprises Inc. captured the Chess King men's clothing chain yesterday in a gambit that will expand its empire by almost 50 percent.The Joppa-based retailer announced that it had reached a definitive agreement with Chess King's parent, Melville Corp., to acquire the 476-store division for an undisclosed amount. The companies said the deal was expected to be closed by the end of May.Merry-Go-Round, which operates 990 men's and women's clothing stores in 38 states, said it would integrate Chess King into its Merry-Go-Round and Menz divisions.
October 5, 2007
I am interested in a new-home community (non-gated) in Leesburg, Fla., and would like some advice on what procedures should be taken to negotiate a good deal (including getting top perks and upgrades, or price) on a new-construction home in that area with current market conditions. I also want to avoid potential problems and protect myself legally. I'm wondering what should be included in a contract, and how should I negotiate changes to a new construction contract. Should I do a background check on the builder?
February 22, 1998
It would have appeared to be pretty much of a no-brainer for Rony Seikaly. A deal had been made to send him to the Utah Jazz, a team that last year extended the Chicago Bulls to six games in the NBA Finals. Playing alongside Karl Malone and John Stockton, Seikaly -- who was not going to the playoffs with the Orlando Magic -- was as close to a title as he would ever realize.But the deal fell apart Wednesday. The Jazz said that Seikaly and his agent failed to communicate with the team. Seikaly -- perhaps in an attempt at spin control -- said on Friday that Utah was scared off by the deal because of a stress fracture in his foot that could keep him out for four weeks.
December 27, 2009
New Year's Eve 'Golden Ticket' at Harrah's What's the deal? This New Year's Eve, just about every casino in Atlantic City is offering parties open to the public - not just those on the casinos' invitation lists like it used to be. At Harrah's Atlantic City, you can get the "2010 Golden Ticket" package, which includes a Waterfront Tower premium room, two tickets to a celebration in the resort's lush indoor-pool area, three-hour open bar and...