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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
  I kept thinking as I was screening the new FX series, "Fargo," that it wasn't all that impressive. And then, I looked up and realized I had been watching for three hours straight. I guess it depends on how you define impressive. At best, it's one of the finest new series of the TV year. At worst, it's definitely worth an hour of your time to check out tonight at 10 on FX. But be careful, it's easy to lose yourself as I did in this world of endless snow, hopelessly flat lands, coffee shops, down jackets, small town facades, brutality, blood, drugs and slaughter.
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By Cody Goodwin, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
D.J. Grindle has heard nothing but great things about the chocolate milk. Up in Fargo, N.D., on the campus of North Dakota State University, the chocolate milk is part of wrestling lore. The taste is prime, even if the glasses are small. Wrestlers brag about it whenever they return to their home states. "That's what everyone's told me," Grindle said. A graduated senior from Perry Hall, Grindle said he plans of see what all the fuss is about over the next week. He and the rest of Team Maryland will be in Fargo for the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior National Wrestling Championships, which are held every year at the FargoDome.
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NEWS
By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | December 13, 2008
With 1996's Fargo (8 p.m., AMC), Joel and Ethan Coen found mass acceptance without sacrificing a scintilla of their indie cred - no small accomplishment in an era when popular and critical tastes were becoming increasingly polarized. This, the brothers' sixth film together (they both write; Joel gets the directing credit), follows the classic Coen formula: a bunch of doofuses get together and try something either illegal or stupid (often both). They find themselves in way over their heads and don't have a clue what to do next.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
  I kept thinking as I was screening the new FX series, "Fargo," that it wasn't all that impressive. And then, I looked up and realized I had been watching for three hours straight. I guess it depends on how you define impressive. At best, it's one of the finest new series of the TV year. At worst, it's definitely worth an hour of your time to check out tonight at 10 on FX. But be careful, it's easy to lose yourself as I did in this world of endless snow, hopelessly flat lands, coffee shops, down jackets, small town facades, brutality, blood, drugs and slaughter.
NEWS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | May 29, 1996
Baltimore police commanders may oust the private security guards who watch over the downtown headquarters because of two security breaches that have left top officials concerned, a department spokesman said yesterday.Discussion on whether to replace Wells Fargo guards will come up during the annual contract review with the security company, said spokesman Sam Ringgold.More than 500 police officers, commanders and civilians work in the Fayette Street building."The two breaches are being taken very seriously," Ringgold said.
NEWS
By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | February 7, 1996
Less than two months after the federal government forced Nation of Islam Security Agency guards out of Baltimore's public housing, tenant leaders say drug dealers, thieves and vandals have returned to the high-rise projects.At a news conference yesterday -- arranged with the help of the Nation of Islam -- four tenants made their accusations against Wells Fargo Guard Services, which took over security at public housing from NOI under court order Dec. 14.But while the tenants said crime has increased, they offered no statistics to support their claims that vandals are breaking elevators, drug dealers are roaming the buildings and thieves are breaking into apartments.
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | July 3, 2009
A federal judge on Thursday denied Wells Fargo's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Baltimore over what city officials said were racially discriminatory lending practices that led to a wave of foreclosures that cost the city millions. The courtroom victory means the city, whose lawsuit is being closely watched by other municipalities, could gain access to the inner workings of one of the largest mortgage providers in the region. U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg wrote in a memo Thursday that the city had produced enough evidence to continue its claim and is entitled to discovery.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | November 21, 1995
LOS ANGELES -- First Interstate Bancorp yesterday rejected Wells Fargo & Co.'s sweetened takeover bid, reiterating its support for First Bank System Inc.'s $10.44 billion offer and setting the stage for a proxy fight.The move marks a hardening of battle lines in U.S. banking's biggest hostile takeover fight ever, which only First Interstate's shareholders can settle, analysts said."This thing is probably going to be down and dirty to the end, and it's going to be a decision by major shareholders which way they're going to go," said analyst Anthony Lombardi of Dean Witter Reynolds Inc.Last month, Wells Fargo offered 0.625 of a share for each First Interstate share, and last Monday the San Francisco-based company raised that to two-thirds of a share.
NEWS
By Marcia Myers and JoAnna Daemmrich and Marcia Myers and JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Peter Hermann and John Rivera contributed to this article | December 14, 1995
Baltimore's public high-rises underwent a controversial changing of the guard this morning after two federal judges rejected last-minute appeals yesterday by the Nation of Islam Security Agency to permit it to continue patrolling the projects.The rulings meant that at midnight, the job went to Wells Fargo Guard Services, which underbid NOI more than a year ago by $1.1 million. The federal government ruled last month that the city Housing Authority "arbitrarily" hired NOI security and ordered the contract revoked.
NEWS
By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | September 25, 2003
A class action lawsuit filed yesterday in Baltimore County says Wells Fargo bank should repay hundreds of thousands of dollars it overcharged Maryland residents in recent home refinancing deals. According to the lawsuit, the San Francisco-based bank charged some refinancing customers an unnecessary tax, and then passed that money onto the homeowners' county governments. "Most of these people have no idea that they've overpaid these taxes," said Matthew Azrael, the Towson attorney who is representing the plaintiffs.
SPORTS
By Colleen Thomas and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
Entering the last day of competition at the USA Wrestling Junior & Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D., Team Maryland was in excellent position to break its record for All-Americans (21) set last year. At that point, Team Maryland had 17 All-Americans (top-8 in a weight class), and 10 more wrestlers would compete for All-American status. But there was one bug. A cold virus spread among the team on the last few days of the tournament, and all 10 of thise wrestlers still competing for All-American honors got sick.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
Wells Fargo is offering eligible homebuyers in Baltimore a $15,000 down-payment assistance loan that is fully forgivable if the purchaser lives in the home for five years - part of a legal settlement over alleged discriminatory lending practices by the bank. “2013 promises to be the best year ever to buy a home in Baltimore city,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a new conference Monday morning in City Hall to announce the initiative. The new $4.5 million program, a large enough pot of money to help individuals purchase 300 homes, adds to an already robust set of incentives to buy a home in Baltimore.
BUSINESS
Eileen AMbrose | August 28, 2012
The Des Moines Register reports that a 68-year-old Vietnam veteran was fired from his Wells Fargo Home Mortgage job because 49 years ago he put a cardboard dime slug into a laundromat's washing machine. The paper said federal regulations now prohibit banks from hiring people convicted of certain crimes. This was supposed to root out bad actors at the top, but banks have been firing low-level workers. According to the Register, Iowa's Republican Senator Chuck Grassley released a statement that said in part: “On the face of it, these situations seem unfair.”  Ya think?
BUSINESS
Jamie Smith Hopkins | August 28, 2012
Wells Fargo is inviting borrowers struggling with their mortgage payments to an assistance event at the Baltimore Convention Center next week. The Sept. 6 workshop, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., will be held in Hall D. The convention center is at 1 W. Pratt St. Homeowners whose mortgages are owned or serviced by Wells Fargo can attend the free event. The company, which suggests signing up by Sept. 4 , says borrowers will be able to sit down with "home preservation specialists" to go over options.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
When Archbishop Spalding wrestler Logan Breitenbach got off the plane in Maracaibo, Venezuela, he faced a new reality even before he got to the arena for the 2012 Cadet Pan Am Championships, where he won the gold medal in his 152-pound class. Everywhere isn't like home in Severna Park. And when he did get to the arena, he learned everyone doesn't love American athletes. "When I landed in Venezuela it was a culture shock," he said Tuesday, a day after returning home from the trip that also took him to Fargo, North Dakota for the USA Wrestling Junior & Cadet National Championships and celebrating his 17th birthday.
NEWS
July 15, 2012
Baltimore's effort to recover millions of dollars in lost revenue stemming from the wave of home foreclosures that followed the collapse of the housing market in 2007 was vindicated Thursday when Wells Fargo Bank, the nation's largest mortgage lender, agreed to pay at least $175 million to settle claims that it discriminated against African-American and Hispanic borrowers by steering them into high-cost, subprime mortgage loans. Baltimore will receive $7.5 million, and seven other communities - Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington - will benefit as well The Justice Department, which announced the agreement, said it is the second largest fair-lending settlement in its history.
NEWS
By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1995
Under federal order, Baltimore is dismissing the Nation of Islam Security Agency in three weeks, even as outraged residents continue to rally to keep the guards in the city's public housing projects.The Housing Authority will turn over security in its high-rise apartment buildings to Wells Fargo Guard Services by midnight Dec. 13, housing chief Daniel P. Henson III said yesterday.Mr. Henson told a crowd of housing officials and tenants at an authority board meeting that he had no choice but to follow the federal ruling and notify NOI Security that its contract with the city would end.Several tenant leaders immediately vowed anew to fight on behalf of NOI Security, which has received high marks for restoring calm in public housing.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Maryland wrestlers have been competing in the USA Wrestling Junior & Cadet National Championships for the past 50 years. This week, the state will send 65 competitors - its largest group ever - to the event in Fargo, North Dakota. Logan Breitenbach, a rising junior at Archbishop Spalding, is unique among the Maryland representatives because he will be competing in the 2012 FILA Cadet Pan American Wrestling Championships in Maracaibo, Venezuela before heading to Fargo. "I'm really excited to represent my country," Breitenbach said.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Maryland wrestlers have been competing in the USA Wrestling Junior & Cadet National Championships for the past 50 years. This week, the state will send 65 competitors - its largest group ever - to the event in Fargo, North Dakota. Logan Breitenbach, a rising junior at Archbishop Spalding, is unique among the Maryland representatives because he will be competing in the 2012 FILA Cadet Pan American Wrestling Championships in Maracaibo, Venezuela before heading to Fargo. "I'm really excited to represent my country," Breitenbach said.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
About 1,000 Baltimore-area residents are expected to receive thousands of dollars each under a landmark $175 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Wells Fargo over accusations of discriminatory lending practices. Under the terms of the deal announced Thursday, Wells Fargo also will provide $7.5 million to the city of Baltimore, which federal officials credited with first raising issues of discrimination related to bank's subprime mortgages. The city alleged Wells Fargo steered minorities into subprime loans, gave them less favorable rates than white borrowers and foreclosed on hundreds of Baltimore homes, creating blight and higher public safety costs.
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