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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | August 20, 2013
What's the appropriate fee for police services? Charging for certain types of police protection is a practice that has crept into standard operating procedure for some police agencies, but it is more than a little bit questionable. Though not necessarily as dubious as the notion of asking victims to pay fees when police respond, it seems like it could well be a dangerous step in the direction of fee-for-service police protection. The most recent example came when the crew of the Netflix series "House of Cards" was filming in Bel Air. The town police department provided at least a portion of the security and the town was paid a negotiated rate of $62 per personnel hour, for a total of $1,550.
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NEWS
September 23, 2013
If University of Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson happened to pick up Time magazine's Sept. 16th issue, he must have choked on his coffee. The cover story, "It's Time to Pay College Athletes," represented a huge leap forward for the movement to professionalize big-time college football and men's basketball programs, and that's bad news for the University of Maryland and many other schools like it. Should this come to pass, Maryland will find itself on the bottom floor of a two-tiered caste system with no means of improving its lot. "What's wrong with a top football player receiving an extra $50,000 a year?"
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BUSINESS
By Julius Westheimer | September 27, 2000
Would you like to find some extra money? Jordan Goodman, author of "Everyone's Money Book," says, "Every pay period thousands of people get less than they should. ... Check the following:"(1) Are you having too much tax withheld? If the IRS refunds you hundreds of dollars each year, you're having too much withheld. Why make an interest-free loan to Uncle Sam?"(2) Is your firm paying your full salary? Employers can make mistakes - especially small firms that don't use an outside payroll service."
NEWS
EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | August 20, 2013
What's the appropriate fee for police services? Charging for certain types of police protection is a practice that has crept into standard operating procedure for some police agencies, but it is more than a little bit questionable. Though not necessarily as dubious as the notion of asking victims to pay fees when police respond, it seems like it could well be a dangerous step in the direction of fee-for-service police protection. The most recent example came when the crew of the Netflix series "House of Cards" was filming in Bel Air. The town police department provided at least a portion of the security and the town was paid a negotiated rate of $62 per personnel hour, for a total of $1,550.
NEWS
By GREGORY KANE | April 18, 1999
JOE WILSON, principal of Baltimore City College, sat at the table, adorned nattily in the official school tie: black and orange slanted stripes, with an emblem of the immediately recognizable Castle on the Hill embedded in the orange.Wilson recalled when he came to City, "about five years and 15 days ago," he said in an April 12 interview."I found on arrival a building almost unusable," Wilson remembered. "The roof was falling in. Air and water were blowing through the windows. The morale of the staff and students reflected they were living in a building with no heat."
BUSINESS
By Dick Marlowe and Dick Marlowe,Orlando Sentinel | March 8, 1992
So you have refinanced your home to take advantage of lower interest rates and are pondering all the exciting possibilities of having a few extra bucks at the end of the month.Looking at an array of temptations, enticements and opportunities, the options seem almost infinite. In the end, however, there are only a couple of choices. You can spend it, or you can save it.Although the first option is the apparent choice of President Bush, at least through November, the second choice is probably better for you. In the long run, the second choice also will be better for the nation; there has never been a nation that attained economic strength through encouraging its citizens to go into debt.
NEWS
By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1999
The Board of Regents will ask the state for an extra $40 million next year for schools in the University System of Maryland, money that will be distributed according to a formula designed to fund the schools on a par with peer institutions in other states.According to the budget approved by the regents yesterday, the $40 million would be in addition to $759 million requested from state general funds for the 13 institutions in the system. Such supplemental requests are allowed for projects deemed "high priority items."
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1999
Almost a billion extra dollars are pouring into state government coffers -- enough to buy the Ravens four more football stadiums with money to spare -- and Marylanders have no shortage of ideas for how Gov. Parris N. Glendening should spend the windfall.With apologies to Paul Simon, there must be 50,000 ways to spend the surplus.Buy a new bus system, says environmental activist Dru Schmidt-Perkins.Train budding entrepreneurs how to succeed in business, says Luke Durant, Santa Claus at Mondawmin Mall.
FEATURES
By Rob Hiaasen | June 8, 2002
Tonight, Mike Tyson fights Lennox Lewis for the world heavyweight boxing championship and once again, the press has distorted Tyson's public statements leading up to the fight. It's time to set the record straight: What he said: "I just want to put my hand through his head and brain. I want his brain to come in contact with my fist." What he meant: Tyson prefers to win on points in what he hopes will be a gentlemanly contest reminiscent of Olympic boxing. What he said: "I wish you guys had children so I could stomp on their testicles so you could feel my pain."
NEWS
By Gregory Kane | June 30, 1999
IT'S THE RIGHT cause, but the wrong target. The protests continue about inequities in funding for Baltimore schools. A week ago Tuesday, demonstrators representing three citywide high schools -- Poly, Western and Dunbar -- converged on the North Avenue school headquarters to plead their case.They had been there two weeks earlier, on June 8, the day of the Beltway bridge collapse. A letter sent to news media stressed that these demonstrations were not "City-bashing" rallies, referring to the $3.3 million in "resources beyond the staffing formula" that City College received this past school year.
SPORTS
By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
With the baseball's first-year player draft starting tonight in Secaucus, N.J., The Baltimore Sun spoke with analyst Jonathan Mayo , who will be part of MLB Network's coverage. Mayo offers his take on the Orioles' strategy and some players to keep an eye on. What is the Orioles' No. 1 need in the draft? I think the first thing I always say that's universal, not just the Orioles, most teams aren't known to draft for [need], especially early on. Later on, if you want to look at their system and they want to get certain areas, they might do that.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
No one's heard from Marcus "Anton" Lesane in days. He is black, stands just shy of 6 feet, weighs 150 pounds, has a thin mustache and drives a Buick, which was found abandoned on Sunday with the keys dangling from the lock of the door. Try as they might, his family can't muster much optimism about his mysterious disappearance. "I really don't think he's alive, honestly," his brother, Robert, 29, says as he drives around the city checking vacant homes and wooded areas. "If we can find his body … I think we're real close to it. I know he's in the city.
NEWS
March 15, 2013
As a former member of the Baltimore City Police Department, I read with a sense of anger and sorrow your article about the city officer who admitted conspiring to sell drugs ("City officer pleads guilty to armed drug conspiracy," March 12). To read such allegations against one of your own is very disheartening indeed. But I know from my 33 years on the force that it is all too easy for police officers to "make extra money" because of their job. It can range from something as simple as taking a bribe for not issuing a traffic summons to facilitating the sale of drugs, protecting organized prostitution and gambling or even setting up a robbery.
NEWS
January 7, 2013
How's this for an easy, painless way to solve the Social Security "problem?" We reduce the Social Security deduction to 5 percent - or even 4 percent or 3 percent but deduct it from all of everyone's income. After all, it is deducted from 100 percent of my income, and of most people's income, so why not from everyone's income? If it were reduced to 4 percent instead of the present 6.2 percent, most people would have more money in their paychecks. Deductions would not start to get higher than you are already paying now until you reached an income of around $250,000 - rich people who could easily afford it. Everyone else with incomes under $250,000 would pay less and have extra money in their paychecks to spend and stimulate the economy.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2013
The Ravens and Redskins will host playoff games Sunday, about 30 miles and 31/2 hours apart. Hosting two of the NFL's four playoff games in Maryland offers something of an economic double shot for the state. The games bring an increase in local taxes, a significant boost to the host teams' bottom lines and could have a combined economic impact of about $20 million to more than $40 million. But economists say most of the money being spent in Baltimore and Landover this weekend would have been spent in the area anyway.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2012
With the violent attack on a Connecticut elementary school weighing on many minds, hundreds of people turned in 461 guns to Baltimore police at a buyback Saturday. Sonia White, a 65-year-old Baltimore County grandmother, was turning in her husband's old corrections department service revolver. "After the incident yesterday, it was time to get it out of the house," she said, adding that she cried when she went to pick her grandchildren Friday, realizing that a similar attack could have happened anywhere.
NEWS
January 7, 2013
How's this for an easy, painless way to solve the Social Security "problem?" We reduce the Social Security deduction to 5 percent - or even 4 percent or 3 percent but deduct it from all of everyone's income. After all, it is deducted from 100 percent of my income, and of most people's income, so why not from everyone's income? If it were reduced to 4 percent instead of the present 6.2 percent, most people would have more money in their paychecks. Deductions would not start to get higher than you are already paying now until you reached an income of around $250,000 - rich people who could easily afford it. Everyone else with incomes under $250,000 would pay less and have extra money in their paychecks to spend and stimulate the economy.
NEWS
By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Sun Staff Writer | September 11, 1994
Howard County school officials got welcome news last week when they learned that Gov. William Donald Schaefer has recommended an additional $1 million from the state to build a new high school in Long Reach.School officials asked for $8.7 million last school year to build the high school near Dobbin Road and Snowden River Parkway, but the three-member Board of Public Works approved only $5 million in partial funding in April.On Friday, the governor recommended that Howard County get the additional $1 million, part of it from a $12.4 million pot of leftover school construction money and part from a state contingency fund.
NEWS
October 5, 2012
The idea behind the failed policy of trickle down is that you give the rich a tax cut and they invest the money wisely and give the rest of us jobs ("Battle is joined over jobs, taxes," Oct. 4). And the economic growth balances the budget. Didn't work well under Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush, who both doubled the deficit (not to speak ill of Mr. Bush's wonderful job on the economy). But Mitt Romney in the debate added a novel twist. Under his "plan," the rich get lower tax rates, but pay the same amount in taxes because Mr. Romney will close loopholes.
EXPLORE
April 20, 2012
I had the opportunity to testify at last week's Board of Education meeting asking for fiscal responsibility, leadership, transparency and for community input about the recently found $10 million surplus in the school system budget. I do not believe it is fiscally responsible or prudent to say, "We don't have enough money for certain priorities" like our school liaison positions or our move to a virtual education program, when in fact, a couple weeks later the board says, "We not only have enough money, but we have extra money.
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