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November 26, 1990
During the last years of his life, 82-year-old billionaire Harry Weinberg may have had the reputation of being Baltimore biggest absentee landlord and an obstacle to downtown revitalization efforts.But when he left the bulk of his holdings to the charitable trust he created, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, he carried out an act of philanthropy equaled by few.With a bequest of an estimated $900 million to $1 billion, the Weinberg Foundation instantly became one of the country's 12 largest charitable organizations -- and easily Baltimore's largest philanthropic enterprise.
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September 30, 2013
As highlighted in "A Victory for the Chesapeake" (Sept. 19), Pennsylvania Judge Sylvia Rambo recently issued a thoughtful ruling in defense of the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to enforce the Clean Water Act. After a challenge by the Farm Bureau and others, the federal court affirmed that the EPA has the authority to issue pollution limits based on sound science and can continue doing its job of protecting the environment. This is good news for those of us who enjoy clean water for recreational purposes, but even more importantly, this is great news for those of us who depend on our water resources for food and commodities.
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February 12, 2012
On Feb. 9, more than 40 women attended the first meeting of the Catonsville Women's Giving Circle for 2012. The interest, enthusiasm, and networking demonstrated was incredible! Women of all ages and backgrounds gathered to socialize, learn, and create a plan for the year. The Catonsville Women's Giving Circle (CWGC) is a philanthropic organization, established in 2011, as a means for women to collectively provide financial resources to organizations that improve the greater Catonsville area — places where we work, play, shop, school and recreate.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
The local United Way has named a former CEO of Legg Mason Inc. to lead its effort to raise more than $24 million for programs to improve education, financial stability and health for central Marylanders. Mark Fetting, who left his position at the investment management firm last year, will kick off the campaign this month. "Now is the time to do more for others," Fetting said in a statement. "United Way is the best combination of effectiveness and efficiency in responding to our community's greatest needs.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 7, 1996
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee said yesterday it was returning one of its largest 1996 campaign contributions, $325,000, to Yogesh K. Gandhi because it was unable to determine that money actually had come from the Northern California entrepreneur as required by law."The donation was lawful on its face," DNC spokeswoman Amy Weiss Tobe said. "However, after questions were raised by the Los Angeles Times, we did our own investigation and ascertained that the check needed to be returned because there were so many unanswered questions."
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Erica L. Green | November 7, 2012
In an examination of how strong teachers unions are across the nation, Maryland ranked 23rd, which is considered "average" when stacked against 50 states and Washington, D.C.,  but the state's bargaining units apparently have a strong "perceived influence. " In a report recently released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative education policy think-tank, researchers conducted a state-by-state analysis of teacher union activity across the country. In state-specific profiles, the authors of the report looked at the following indicators: resources and membership, political involvement, scope of bargaining, and state policies, and perceived influence.
ENTERTAINMENT
By COX NEWS SERVICE | June 2, 2002
ATLANTA - Women who place lonely-hearts ads in big city newspapers are looking for love in different places - wallets, hard bodies, soft hearts, bowling alleys - depending on where they live. That's one of the findings of evolutionary biologist Kevin McGraw of Cornell University, who concludes in a new study that women who advertise for dates and potential mates are looking for more than good looks. McGraw studied personal ads in major papers in more than 20 cities, 100 from each publication, and scored them based on words women used to describe themselves, their wants and needs.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
The local United Way has named a former CEO of Legg Mason Inc. to lead its effort to raise more than $24 million for programs to improve education, financial stability and health for central Marylanders. Mark Fetting, who left his position at the investment management firm last year, will kick off the campaign this month. "Now is the time to do more for others," Fetting said in a statement. "United Way is the best combination of effectiveness and efficiency in responding to our community's greatest needs.
NEWS
By Mary Moorhead and Mary Moorhead,Knight Ridder/Tribune | August 1, 1999
On a typical cool spring day near San Francisco recently, I chatted with Theodore Roszak, professor of history and author of numerous publications, including "The Making of a Counter Culture." As I relaxed in his comfortable home office, we turned our attention to his recent book, "America the Wise: The Longevity Revolution and the True Wealth of Nations" (Houghton Mifflin Co.; $25), and his thoughts on the aging of our population.I found myself mesmerized by his logical, yet optimistic, vision of the changes that will occur during the next few decades as folks older than 60 gradually make up one quarter of our population.
NEWS
By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,arin.gencer@baltsun.com | October 22, 2008
Baltimore County school employees will be able to choose from among five retirement plan provider options, after an 8-0 school board vote last night. The five recommended vendors for 403(b) retirement plans are: AIG Retirement, ING Life Insurance & Annuity Co., Lincoln Financial Group, MetLife Resources and Security Financial Resources & Security Distributors Inc. It is expected that one will be selected as a third-party administrator, school officials said. Board member Valerie A. Roddy recused herself, citing a potential conflict of interest: Her husband's law firm represents one of the bidders.
NEWS
By Yara Cheikh | June 2, 2013
Baltimore County Public Schools resemble Baltimore City Public Schools in that both have aging infrastructures and many of the schools are not air conditioned, but there are major differences in enrollment trends and available local funding. While Baltimore City has had a net loss of students over decades, Baltimore County has experienced major increases in student enrollment, requiring additional seats. County public school enrollment was approximately 81,000 in 1979, is 108,000 today, and is projected to exceed 120,000 in the next decade.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Del. Frank S. Turner, who has headed the House subcommittee that deals with gambling the past five years, will leave that post to become vice chairman of the full Ways & Means Committee, the Howard County Democrat confirmed Thursday. House Speaker Michael E. Busch is expected to make that announcement, along with other committee changes, Friday. Turner, a five-term veteran who played a central role in the House's passage of a landmark gambling expansion bill last summer, said the time had come to give up the chairmanship of the financial resources subcommittee.
NEWS
Erica L. Green | November 7, 2012
In an examination of how strong teachers unions are across the nation, Maryland ranked 23rd, which is considered "average" when stacked against 50 states and Washington, D.C.,  but the state's bargaining units apparently have a strong "perceived influence. " In a report recently released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative education policy think-tank, researchers conducted a state-by-state analysis of teacher union activity across the country. In state-specific profiles, the authors of the report looked at the following indicators: resources and membership, political involvement, scope of bargaining, and state policies, and perceived influence.
EXPLORE
February 12, 2012
On Feb. 9, more than 40 women attended the first meeting of the Catonsville Women's Giving Circle for 2012. The interest, enthusiasm, and networking demonstrated was incredible! Women of all ages and backgrounds gathered to socialize, learn, and create a plan for the year. The Catonsville Women's Giving Circle (CWGC) is a philanthropic organization, established in 2011, as a means for women to collectively provide financial resources to organizations that improve the greater Catonsville area — places where we work, play, shop, school and recreate.
NEWS
By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,arin.gencer@baltsun.com | October 22, 2008
Baltimore County school employees will be able to choose from among five retirement plan provider options, after an 8-0 school board vote last night. The five recommended vendors for 403(b) retirement plans are: AIG Retirement, ING Life Insurance & Annuity Co., Lincoln Financial Group, MetLife Resources and Security Financial Resources & Security Distributors Inc. It is expected that one will be selected as a third-party administrator, school officials said. Board member Valerie A. Roddy recused herself, citing a potential conflict of interest: Her husband's law firm represents one of the bidders.
BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,Sun reporter | July 6, 2007
ARINC, the Annapolis company that has been the primary provider of communications technology to the nation's airlines for nearly 80 years, announced yesterday that it is being sold to the Carlyle Group. The company, primarily owned by the six largest U.S. airlines, has been looking for an infusion of equity for the past year to finance technology development and rapid growth. Officials said yesterday that the giant private equity firm in Washington was just what ARINC was looking for. The deal will provide some needed cash for ARINC's airline owners and continue a monthlong buying spree for Carlyle that includes deals for General Motors' Allison Transmission unit and nursing home operator Manor Care Inc., as well as an offer to buy British telecom company Virgin Media.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Del. Frank S. Turner, who has headed the House subcommittee that deals with gambling the past five years, will leave that post to become vice chairman of the full Ways & Means Committee, the Howard County Democrat confirmed Thursday. House Speaker Michael E. Busch is expected to make that announcement, along with other committee changes, Friday. Turner, a five-term veteran who played a central role in the House's passage of a landmark gambling expansion bill last summer, said the time had come to give up the chairmanship of the financial resources subcommittee.
NEWS
November 2, 2007
ABaltimore jury struck a blow for human decency this week when it awarded nearly $11 million to the father of a soldier killed in Iraq whose funeral was violated by a cruel and callous protest. The federal jury determined that a religious group that exploits such private moments of grieving to call attention to its opposition to homosexuality and gays in the military crossed a line of offensiveness unacceptable in civil society. Further, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was not gay, seems to have been a random target.
NEWS
By C. FRASER SMITH | June 25, 2006
It can be a cruel game. Behind all the polling, fundraising and speechifying, there are human beings, men and women who bleed and suffer, who sacrifice themselves and their families, who commit themselves to public service even as the public grows ever more willing to see them as crassly self-serving. If you're a candidate, you try to smile through it. Sometimes it doesn't work. Last week, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan withdrew as a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
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