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Eileen Ambrose | November 7, 2011
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts reports that business and personal bankruptcies have fallen in the past year by 8 percent over the year before. Maybe the drop off occurred because the most desperate businesses and consumers have already filed. For the past 12 months ending Sept. 30, a total of 1,467,221 individual and companies filed for relief from creditors. Most of those - 1,417,326 - are personal bankruptcies. In comparison, 1,596,355 bankruptcies were filed for the 12-month period last year.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has filed a federal employment discrimination complaint against a Maryland hair salon on behalf of an employee who says he was fired for being HIV-positive. Representatives for Ratner Cos., which owns the Hair Cuttery in Greenbelt, said in a statement he was fired for "repeated inappropriate behavior," including verbally abusing co-workers in front of clients. A company document outlining his HIV status as the cause for his termination — which the ACLU included in the complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — "inaccurately described the reason for his dismissal," they said.
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NEWS
By Gus G. Sentementes and Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2012
Baltimore's Millennial Media Inc., one of the dominant companies in the rapidly growing field of mobile advertising, plans to raise $75 million in a public stock offering — money it will use to expand its operations overseas and go head-to-head against Google and Apple, according to a securities filing Thursday. Founded five years ago, Millennial Media's revenues have grown steadily, and it has attracted $65 million in venture capital to fuel its early expansion. Millennial's revenues grew from $1.5 million in 2007 to $69 million in the first nine months of 2011, according to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
NEWS
By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Rumors often circulated that Tom Clancy's thrillers were so detailed in their descriptions of military and covert operations that the FBI had investigated the Baltimore novelist to determine his sources for works such as "The Hunt for Red October. " After Clancy's death in October 2013, The Baltimore Sun submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for any FBI files on Clancy. The FBI sent back 46 pages, including several redacted pages of background checks federal authorities had conducted.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | April 17, 2013
The IRS says it will extend the tax deadline for filing and paying taxes to July 15 for Boston area taxpayers and others affected by the bombing on Monday, the tax deadline. This three-month extension will automatically apply to taxpayers living in Suffolk County, which includes Boston. Taxpayers outside that area and adversely affected by the explosions must call - starting April 23 rd - 866-562-5227 to claim this relief. The IRS says won't assess penalties for being late with the filing or payments, but the agency says by law it must charge interest on late payments, which is a 3 percent annual rate that compounds daily.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Facing a flurry of lead paint lawsuits, a nonprofit company that provides affordable housing in Baltimore has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. City Homes Inc. and its subsidiaries, which operate more than 300 apartment units in what officials deem "troubled neighborhoods," face more than 70 lead paint lawsuits, according to the filing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. In Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings, businesses attempt to reorganize their debts in an effort to continue operating.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2011
Medifast Inc., an Owings Mills company that sells weight-loss control programs, said Friday that it delayed filing its fourth-quarter financial results with the Securities and Exchange Commission – a disclosure that caused its share price to plummet 24 percent. Medifast said in a statement that it expects to release its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2010 by the end of this month, after needing additional time "to review the recognition of certain expenses in prior periods.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2010
The publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times, a weekly newspaper in the city since 1919, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday and blamed its financial woes on losing a legal fight over breaking a contract with its printer. Alter Communications, which also publishes Style and Chesapeake Life magazines, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The filing will not affect the company's day-to-day operations for employees, readers and advertisers, the company said, and the Jewish Times and the magazines will continue to be published.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2012
The agent for Orioles minor-leaguer Dontrelle Willis is in the process of filing a grievance against the club, alleging the Orioles told Willis his was given his release but then placed him on the restricted list, preventing him from pursuing other baseball opportunities. Willis' agent, Matt Sosnick, said Willis was told he would be given his release by Orioles baseball administration director Tripp Norton on Wednesday. But on Sunday, Willis was placed on the minor-league restricted list.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser B | January 17, 1992
Linda Lynn of Baltimore Inc., a family-owned chain of women's clothing stores that served the Baltimore area for 51 years, has filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Baltimore.The filing Wednesday came almost three weeks after Linda Lynn abruptly closed four suburban stores and consolidated its wares for a closeout sale at its remaining location in Lexington Mall. The downtown store closed Saturday.Marc Diamand, vice president of Linda Lynn, said that "the economy played a major role" in the demise of the company and "a couple of locations were bleeding us."
NEWS
Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Two City Councilmen plan to submit legislation today requiring every police officer in Baltimore to wear a body camera that records audio and video as the officers go about their jobs. Warren Branch, chairman of the council's public safety committee, and Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young's proposal would permit the Baltimore Police Department to phase-in use of the body cameras during the first year after the bill, if approved, becomes law. The bill comes amid a series of high-profile allegations of police misconduct in Baltimore and around the country.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The NFL Players Association filed a grievance on behalf of former Ravens running back Ray Rice on Tuesday night, demanding that the increased discipline of an indefinite suspension levied last week by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell be overturned. This high-profile situation stems from Rice being arrested in February and later charged with felony aggravated assault for punching his then-fiancee in an elevator of an Atlantic City casino. The players' union also requested that Goodell recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he would likely be a witness after stating in a disciplinary letter that he indefinitely suspended Rice based on new video evidence that surfaced a week ago. “This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players,” the NFLPA said in a statement.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
A South Baltimore man filed a lawsuit Monday against a city police officer, accusing the officer of punching him repeatedly during a June arrest — an incident that was captured on video. Kollin Truss and Officer Vincent E. Cosom argued a few moments before the arrest, but a woman with Truss had separated the pair, and Truss was apparently walking away from police when they decided to make an arrest. "This attack was completely unprovoked and served no legitimate law enforcement purpose," Truss' attorneys, Ivan J. Bates and Tony N. Garcia, wrote in a complaint filed in Baltimore Circuit Court.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. filed Wednesday to run as a write-in candidate for Baltimore state's attorney after a city judge issued a ruling that kept his name off the ballot. The only name that will be presented to voters in the Nov. 4 election is that of Democratic nominee Marilyn Mosby, an insurance company attorney and former prosecutor. In a video posted to his Facebook page, Neverdon urged his supporters to continue backing his candidacy. "My name will not appear on the ballot, but I am a candidate for the office," he said.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
How's "Baltimore - Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner" sound for a new city slogan? City Councilman James B. Kraft is expected to introduce legislation at Monday's meeting to set a new official slogan to "celebrate Baltimore's essential link to our national anthem. " Kraft, who represents Southeast Baltimore, is asking for immediate adoption of a resolution to set the new slogan. He's also expected to file a companion bill. It's too soon to tell if the slogan will have more staying more power than the city's last: "Baltimore: A Great Place to Grow," which was unveiled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2011.
HEALTH
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
More than two dozen of Dr. Nikita Levy's former patients have filed an objection to a $190 million class-action settlement over the Johns Hopkins gynecologist's malpractice. The plaintiffs cited an "excessive legal fee" requested by the lawyers who negotiated the settlement and a lack of clarity regarding the amount each patient would receive, according to the objection. The settlement - one of the largest ever of its kind - was announced in July, five months after investigators found more than 1,300 videos and images, surreptitiously recorded during pelvic exams, in Levy's home and office.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake leads the money race against potential future political opponents with more than $350,000 on hand, a review of the most recent campaign finance reports shows. Rawlings-Blake, who is up for re-election in November 2016, raised about $15,000 in the most recent reporting period, which ran from June 9 to Aug. 19. The filings were due Aug. 26. While potential mayoral contenders are keeping their plans close to the vest, political observers say the filings reveal others who might be considering a run for the city's top elected post.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | August 27, 2014
A Washington-area trail users' group and a pair of environmental advocates have filed suit to block the Purple Line , contending the $2.4 billion light-rail project in the DC suburbs threatens to harm two species of endangered crustaceans that live in the creek the transit line would cross. The Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail and John M. Fitzgerald and Christine Real de Azua of Chevy Chase asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Tuesday to overturn clearance given the project earlier this year by the Federal Transit Administration and require federal agencies to explore alternate routes for the rail line.
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