By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2012
A four-page personal handwritten letter from John Jay Audubon to Gideon B. Smith, dated May 18, 1843, taken from the Connecticut Historical Society. A single-page letter from Marie Antoinette written in French on Oct. 2, 1784, taken from the Connecticut Historical Society. A letter written in French from Napoleon Bonaparte on Sept. 17, 1878, taken from the Connecticut Historical Society. A letter written by Karl Marx on April 14, 1874, to P.H. King inquiring about the title and price of a book bearing Marx's signature, taken from the Wilbur Collection at the University of Vermont Library.
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
At the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, when the Clinton administration was consumed with damage control, a White House aide reached out to Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening and asked the fellow Democrat to back off his criticism of the president, according to a trove of documents released Friday by the Clinton Presidential Library. President Bill Clinton's former director of intergovernmental affairs, Mickey Ibarra, wrote in a Sept. 7, 1998, memo that he spoke to Glendening the day before and "delivered our message (it does not help any of us to pile on)
By Luke Broadwater | April 23, 2011
Every now and then, you get a press release that breaks new ground in the areas of creativity and hilarity. This is one of those times. Yesterday, the CIA sent out an Earth Day press release highlighting the agency's environmentally friendly initiatives.  Their plan? Burning documents.  Seriously. You can't make this stuff up. The release said:  "The Central Intelligence Agency’s practice of shredding and burning classified papers—often referred to in movies and books as “ burn after reading ” —is one of several ways the CIA conserves energy, reduces its impact on the environment, and lowers costs through its sustainability efforts.
By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Baltimore police charged a Parkville man Saturday in the stabbing of two Ottobar employees — one of them fatally — the day before, according to charging documents. Nicholas Brandon Heath, 32, of the 2500 block of Windsor Road has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Tom Malenski, 35, early Friday at the Remington concert venue. Malenski, an employee of the bar in the 2500 block of N. Howard St., was attending a concert on his night off when he helped a co-worker break up a fight and removed a patron, according to police and the bar's owner.
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2013
The Maryland Historical Society can thank document thief Barry H. Landau for some recent additions to its collection. Landau's capture at the Baltimore institution sparked a multistate investigation that ended in his conviction for stealing 10,000 "objects of cultural heritage" from museums and historical societies all along the East Coast. But two years after his guilty plea, federal investigators say they still can't find rightful homes for more than 10 percent of those pieces.
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
Document thief Barry Landau may have sold more of the national treasures he stole from museums — including the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, where his scheme unraveled — than previously thought, according to the National Archives inspector general, who said Wednesday that his investigators have uncovered new evidence. Members of the agency's Archival Recovery Team are now targeting historic document dealers who illegally, if unknowingly, bought pieces from Landau for $500 to $6,000 apiece, based on the disgraced collector's own sales records, which were found during an FBI search of Landau's Manhattan apartment.
By Julie Scharper | | December 3, 2009
Leaders of the embattled Baltimore City Foundation must provide documents explaining how they collect and distribute funds, the number and type of accounts that belong to each city agency, and how much work is done for the nonprofit while employees are on the city's clock. The demands came at the end of a two-hour hearing Wednesday night, during which members of the City Council's legislative committee barraged the foundation's president, the city's finance director and the heads of city agencies about how the nonprofit handles money.
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold and his administration are facing new accusations that they destroyed documents, deployed spies to detect disloyalty and attempted to conceal misconduct in an office beset by sexual harassment. An affidavit by a current employee was filed Wednesday in a gender discrimination suit that has alleged that Leopold made unwanted sexual advances and retaliated against women who complained about his conduct. Carla Sagerholm, who has worked there for four years, described a sexually charged work environment where officials "appear very concerned that workers within the office will expose various practices and acts committed by these officials.
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
One document proposed a deliberate plan to suppress black votes: "The first and most desired outcome is voter suppression. " Another depicted the campaign of former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. promising a bonus to consultant Julius Henson if he made "the city turnout stay low" on Election Day 2010.  A third document contained notes from a Henson employee that said: "Suppress turnout in black communities," next to the words: "Obama, O'Malley,...
The Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, or DILP, working in cooperation with the Department of Information Systems, has made technology enhancements that will now allow DILP to migrate from traditional file storage to electronic storage of construction documents. Because of limited file storage space, DILP's practice had been to discard a large percentage of submitted documents after 180 days from the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. The new electronic storage retrieval system will alleviate the need for maintain paper or "hard" copies of approved plans and will assist DILP inspectors in accessing documents while in the field on assignments.
By Doug Donovan and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Ravens officials instructed employees Wednesday to save any documents, texts and emails related to Ray Rice in preparation for the NFL's investigation being conducted by former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III. The Ravens had already been told that team officials would be interviewed as part of the investigation into how Rice's domestic violence case was handled, but they had not been given any specific dates or instructions on what documents to...
By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
With more than 700 students failing to show proof of vaccinations required for the new school year as of Monday, Anne Arundel County school officials say they'll apply this week for an extension of a state deadline for required immunizations. The Maryland State Department of Education is implementing new guidelines that require students entering kindergarten and seventh grade to prove that their vaccinations are up to date. Kindergarten students are required to have had two doses of chickenpox vaccine.
By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Baltimore County police continue to search for the second suspect in a double killing in Rosedale last month. Charles William Mitter, 39, and Tyray Avia Wise, 26, were stabbed more than 70 times in a dispute over $25,000, investigators wrote in court documents. Mitter also was shot several times. Police charged Carlos Lomax, 45, a few days after the killings. But police said Lomax, who is Mitter's stepbrother, had an accomplice. The second suspect is described only as a black man, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, wearing a black jumpsuit with white socks, according to charging documents filed in District Court.
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
City Councilman James B. Kraft says he's hired two investigators to help complete a City Council probe of Baltimore's troubled speed camera system.   Two paralegals - - who are paid $32 and $26 per hour, respectively - - from the Robert Half Legal staffing firm began work last week reviewing thousands of documents that the Rawlings-Blake administration turned over to Kraft's committee.   “The mayor has approved the money for two full-time investigators for up to three months,” Kraft said.
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
The Washington Nationals sought television rights fees nearly three times what the team receives now from the Baltimore Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, according to documents unsealed by a New York court last week. The documents were made available by the New York Supreme Court Commercial Division for New York County, which is hearing a dispute over the division of the rights fees the two teams receive from their shared TV network. Both clubs now receive about $40 million a year in return for granting MASN permission to televise their games, but the Nationals were seeking an increase to $118 million, citing recent deals for other teams, according to the documents.
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Dorothy Grubb said she feared her boyfriend would kill her. She wrote in court papers that he threatened to do that, then throw her in his truck and drive off down the road. Two years later, according to police, Clyde Campbell followed through on that threat. Police charged the 53-year-old Campbell in Grubb's death Wednesday, a day after they found her body on the side of Peninsula Expressway in Dundalk. Investigators said Campbell loaded the body, wrapped in a tarp, into his Ford F-150 pickup truck.
By Luke Broadwater and Scott Calvert and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Last March, Baltimore issued a speed camera ticket to a bus company after one of its yellow buses was clocked going 42 mph on Harford Road. But the city voided that $40 citation after concluding the vehicle's actual speed was just 26 mph - below the 30 mph limit. That erroneous ticket is among a number of problems that city transportation officials knew about but did not disclose publicly when they suspended the speed and red-light camera program last April, according to internal city documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The documents come to light as the City Council presses Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to turn over reams of records to a council committee investigating the troubled camera program, which operated from 2009 until last April.
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2012
Anne Arundel County police released hundreds of documents this week regarding media inquiries on topics as broad as gang investigations, cold cases and school shootings, but none of those are any use to the group looking into allegations against County Executive John R. Leopold, ACLU officials said. In response to a public information request made by the American Civil Liberties Union and area newspapers, police provided reams of documents detailing how the police department interacts with the media - but little information about Leopold and an "enemies" list the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland alleges he kept.
By Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
As The Baltimore Sun investigated years of financial and regulatory problems surrounding LifeLine, a Maryland company that operated group homes for disabled adults and children, requests for comment went out to the five people listed as members of its board of directors. That produced some unusual responses. Banker Anthony T. Carpenter was listed as heading the board, according to LifeLine's December relicensing application, which The Sun obtained through a Public Information Act request.
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
The parents of two young women killed in a 2012 coal train derailment in Ellicott City criticized CSX Transportation for the first time Tuesday — blaming the railroad for their daughters' deaths. "The families and our attorneys are determined to hold CSX fully accountable," said Eric Nass, father of 19-year-old Elizabeth Nass, in a statement released by the law firm Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, which specializes in rail disaster litigation nationwide. "Our daughters did not cause the derailment, CSX did," said Sue Nass, Elizabeth's mother, in the statement.
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