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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2011
Columbia-based Merkle is adding jobs at a breakneck pace — 200 this year and hundreds more in the past few years, during a time when many employers have held the line or cut back. Total workforce: 1,500. That's a heck of a change since chief executive David Williams bought the marketing company in 1988 and became employee No. 24. Williams, 48, had no marketing background when he leaped from a stock brokerage into entrepreneurship in his mid-20s. He simply wanted to run his own company, and Merkle was available.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By GENA R. CHATTIN | March 22, 2007
The Indigo Girls have delivered passionate performances to their devoted fan base for two decades. Next week, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will be in Baltimore to promote their newest album, Despite Our Differences. Also performing is rock duo Three5Human, featuring guitarist Tomi Martin, who has played for acts ranging from Madonna to OutKast. Doors open at 7 p.m. Monday at Ram's Head Live, 20 Market Place. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.
ENTERTAINMENT
By ALLIE SEMENZA | May 10, 2007
Even though he didn't win American Idol, Bo Bice has still managed to make a name for himself. His Southern rock flair captured the support of many viewers and now, even after Idol, he continues to maintain a solid fan base with his country roots sound. Bo Bice plays Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St. in Annapolis, on Sunday. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and tickets are $41.50. Call 410-268-4545 or go to ramshead tavern.com.
SPORTS
By Terry Pluto, The Plain Dealer | September 25, 2012
In some ways, the Browns were asking for this when they went with such a young roster. By this, I mean losing. By this, I mean agitation. By this, I mean asking a beaten-down, impatient fan base to just wait because going young is the best way to build a team. It is the wisest road, assuming the young players have talent. For the full story, go to Cleveland.com
FEATURES
By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | April 22, 2006
There are classical musicians, rock musicians, pop musicians, jazz musicians -- and then there is Elvis Costello, a genre unto himself. For the better part of three decades, the British-born, severely bespectacled Costello has been a remarkable source of interesting, sophisticated, surprising music and music-making, earning a broad fan base with his skills as a singer/songwriter and guitarist. BSO and ELVIS COSTELLO 8 tonight at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Remaining tickets are $34 to $90. Call 410-783-8000 or visit baltimoresymphony.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
In order to become truly happy, Canadian country veteran Terri Clark knew she had to leave the one relationship she had worked so hard to build - the one with BNA Records, the Nashville-based label owned by Sony. After spending 14 years on a major label, Clark announced in 2008 that her constant pursuit for a hit record had worn her out, creatively. Grateful for her past success but more than ready to forge on independently, Clark left BNA and finally felt liberated. She said it was no surprise that after her announcement to leave BNA, the subsequent album - 2009's "The Long Way Home," released on her own Baretrack Records - immediately poured out of her. Three years later, Clark says leaving BNA was the best career decision she ever made, no matter how many records she sells.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
When O.A.R. sold out New York's Madison Square Garden in 2006, it was the culmination of years of touring for the Rockville quintet. The grass-roots approach to building a fan base worked for a rock band whose albums have never reached higher than No. 12 on the Billboard 200. But for singer Marc Roberge, the band's living-on-the-road reputation had an unsettling undercurrent to it. "I remember one poster we had that says, 'O.A.R.: Always on...
SPORTS
By Joe Strauss | July 29, 2001
DOWN -- Disabled list What do Mike Bordick, Pat Hentgen and David Segui have in common? They were all signed as free agents for veteran stability and now reside on the DL. Ouch. Somewhere Aaron Sele chuckles. DOWN -- Bullpen mayhem The bullpen is 1-15 since May 12. Virtually every reliever's role has flopped since. Wasn't this last winter's priority? UP -- Non-waiver trade deadline It's Tuesday at 4 p.m. Do you know where your pending free agents are? UP -- Melvin Mora The hard-working center fielder/shortstop has quietly produced a solid season.
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