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December 9, 2007
If there's anything that's less needed than the alternative minimum tax, it's the missile defense program - and if the federal government stopped wasting money on it, the loss from dropping the AMT could be cut by nearly a fifth. The Bush administration has been adamant about installing a missile shield in Eastern Europe, even though the plan mightily annoys the understandably suspicious Russians. The argument has been that the U.S. must have the means to shoot down missiles heading west from Iran.
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By Elijah E. Cummings | September 21, 2014
Women are often the backbones of our families - deftly balancing the needs of the household with their personal goals and career ambitions. Over the past few decades that balance has become increasingly important. According to the Pew Research Center, last year 40 percent of all households with children under the age of 18 had mothers who were either the sole or primary source of income for their families. This is a drastic shift that matches the growth of the female workforce. Women now make up nearly half or the labor force, jumping from just over one-third in 1970.
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BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | January 23, 2007
For the last two weeks, the son of Gap's founders and the board's chairman, Robert J. Fisher, conducted a series of secret conference calls with fellow directors. The topic: whether to fire Gap's embattled chief executive, Paul S. Pressler. On Friday, Fisher delivered the board's decision to Pressler: He was out. The 50-year-old former Disney executive did not put up much of a fight, according to a person briefed on the matter. Yesterday, Pressler stepped down after Gap's third dismal holiday shopping season, in what the company described as a "mutual" decision.
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Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
University System of Maryland schools have had mixed success in improving the graduation rates of minority and low-income students, according to an annual progress report released this week. Some colleges, including the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, have been able to boost minority and low-income achievement. But at other schools, the gaps between those students and middle-class whites have increased in recent years. "I was shocked to see the numbers," said Frank M. Reid III, a university system regent and pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore.
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March 7, 1991
With local revenues down sharply as a result of the regional economic slowdown, public employees across the state are being asked to forgo or defer pay increases already negotiated in union contracts. Among those expected to take the hardest hits are Baltimore city teachers, who are watching with dismay as long-anticipated efforts to achieve parity with other school districts fall victim to the budget ax.City teachers are now in the middle of their current contract, which provided for increases of 8 percent a year for the first two years and left pay levels for the final year to be negotiated on the understanding that both sides accepted the goal of bringing city salaries in line with suburban school districts.
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By Ellen Goodman | November 9, 1990
CALL IT an occupational hazard, but like most journalists I have a tendency to destroy every nice romantic fantasy with some flat-footed realism. No matter how I may suspend judgment in the darkened movie theater, by the time I reach the parking lot I am writing a postscript to the happy endings.So I left ''White Palace'' as Susan Sarandon and James Spader were beginning their happily-ever-after. And as I was beginning my what-happens-next.It wasn't the age gap between these two that stuck in my de-constructionist imagination, although much ado has been made of the steamy love affair between a 43-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man. When we were younger, the older woman was cast as a predatory Mrs. Robinson.
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By Robin Updike and Robin Updike,Seattle Times | March 25, 1992
To see just how successful The Gap is, ask yourself these questions:Do you know anyone, excluding very recent Albanian immigrants, who doesn't know what The Gap is?How many pieces of clothing have you bought from The Gap in the last year? The Gap is so successful that the prince of understated (and very pricey) chic, Giorgio Armani, has just launched a chain of in-store shops called A/X Armani Exchanges that are upscale imitations of The Gap. With jeans costing $80 and up, and denim jackets at $165, Armani Exchanges are clearly not wooing price-conscious Gap customers who've gotten used to paying $38 for Gap jeans and $50 for denim jackets.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 20, 2001
Two measures aimed at raising revenue to help close Baltimore's budget gap for next year were introduced to the City Council last night: an increase in storage fee for impounded cars and a tax on cellular telephone and pager service. Councilman Nicholas C. D'Adamo Jr., an East Baltimore Democrat, introduced the measures. His proposed increase of the daily impound fee - from $10 a day to $25 a day - earned significant co-sponsors, including Council President Sheila Dixon. His proposed 12 percent tax on cell phone and pager service does not appear to have much support.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | November 22, 2001
Baltimore County school board members say they're tired of talking about the wide achievement gap between black and white students. They want to do something to narrow it. "We've moved terribly slowly," said Sanford V. Teplitzky, the senior member of the board. "I'm really tired of reading the same reports we've been reading for years. "We need to set it as a priority and that means placing dollars toward it, placing resources toward it, meaning human and others." What will be done is unclear.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - Two years ago, Maryland traveled to Florida State and endured a 25-point defeat, punctuated by the sight of starting quarterback C.J. Brown leaving the game dazed after a head-high tackle. As the sun began to set over Doak Campbell Stadium - and on Maryland's 2011 season - coach Randy Edsall made a blunt statement about the disparity between the Terps and the Atlantic Coast Conference's elite teams: "We just don't match up with the speed and athleticism of Clemson and Florida State," the coach said.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
On Friday morning, in the auditorium of Loch Raven High School, more than 300 school administrators closed their eyes for 30 seconds. Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance had asked them to think about what could make schools "opportunity rich" for all students. "Those are the types of conversations we're going to have over the course of this year," Dance said in the school system's administrative and supervisory meeting to kick off the school year, which begins Aug. 25. The meeting for administrators and principals focused on equity, opportunity, engagement and relationships in county schools.
BUSINESS
By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
When Lisa Harris Jones launched her law firm 14 years ago, she used the only money she saw as an option - her own. Harris Jones said she founded Harris Jones & Malone with $7,000 on the belief that "if I can't buy it flat out, then I don't need it. " It has grown into a lobbying firm that takes in millions of dollars a year. "There's nothing in this office that's on credit," said Harris Jones of the Charles Village firm. Harris Jones isn't alone in the way she funded her business; many female entrepreneurs never seek capital from others.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
After spending the majority of the season's first two months away from Camden Yards, the Orioles' 10-game homestand was their longest so far this year. And the four-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays provided a valuable opportunity to cut the gap between themselves and the American League East division leaders. Even though it's only the middle of June and more than 90 games remain in the season, the Orioles' series split with the Blue Jays was an opportunity lost.
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By Liu Yang | May 20, 2014
Recent executive orders from the White House have rekindled a decades-long debate about gender pay disparities that persist in corporate America. Some blame the gap on lingering workplace biases that protect the "C suite" senior executives as the domain of men. Others dismiss the problem as overstated, citing the choices that women often make to sacrifice career advancement in favor of family. A new study, which I co-authored with Geoffrey Tate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, debunks the argument that gender pay differences largely reflect the unequal career choices of men and women.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
Women who work for the federal government, on the whole, make less than their male co-workers - just as in the private sector. But among the federal workers , a new study shows, that earnings gap is narrowing. Between 1992 and 2012, according to the Office of Personnel Management, the difference between earnings for men and women shrank from 30 percent to 13 percent. On orders from President Barack Obama, the Office of Personnel Management reviewed salary data from 1992, 2002 and 2012 and looked at ways to reduce the gap. The study, "Governmentwide Strategy on Advancing Pay Equality in the Federal Government," was released this month.
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Susan Reimer | April 21, 2014
In 1978, Dr. Pauline Rose Clance described a pattern of fear she found among people who secretly believe they have climbed too high and will be found out at any moment. She called it "the impostor phenomenon. " It was, she wrote, a neurosis that exists in perfectionists who can never live up to their own high standards. Some men suffer from it, of course. But it reminds me of just about every woman I know, from the high-powered lawyer and lobbyist to the mom every other mother admires.
NEWS
January 4, 2006
Add another new hangout for South B-more's newer residents. The old Sean Bolan's Irish Pub is no longer. But Clayton's Tavern has popped up in its place. "There are a ton of people in this neighborhood with two incomes who would like to go out a couple of times a week," says Matt Daneker, who owns Clayton's with partner Amy Wright. "But the places are either really casual or upscale. So, we're trying to bridge that gap a little." s opening, closing or major changes, please e-mail that information to sloane@sloanebrown.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2002
The Howard County school system says one of its top priorities is the elimination of the so-called "achievement gap" between groups of district students aiming to reach state standards of success. The system's Office of Academic Support's sole purpose is to deal with that issue - and, during the past three years, has expanded its efforts and earned high praise. But neither board members nor Superintendent John R. O'Rourke have added money to next year's proposed operating budget to help that office.
NEWS
April 14, 2014
City school officials facing a $31 million budget shortfall next year have proposed dipping into the system's rainy day fund to close the gap. But that's not what those dollars are supposed to be for. The whole point of setting aside emergency funds is to cushion the impact of major unanticipated disruptions, from natural disasters to sudden economic crises. They're not a backstop for the kind of foreseeable, year-to-year budgetary ups and downs that ought to be part of the routine planning process, and using them that way would set a terrible precedent for the future.
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