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By Alec Matthew Klein and Shirley Leung and Alec Matthew Klein and Shirley Leung,SUN STAFF Paul McCardell of the research desk contributed to this article | November 24, 1995
Israel Cohen, a visionary who once drove the only truck in his family's grocery business and later turned Giant Food Inc. into the region's dominant chain, died Wednesday night, leaving a legacy of supermarket innovations but uncertainty about who will control the 59-year-old company.Mr. Cohen, known in the supermarket industry as Izzy, was 83 when he died about 11:30 p.m. at his home in Northwest Washington, surrounded by his family, after a long bout with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The hit that broke open the National League Wild Card Game on Wednesday night revealed an almost unbelievable baseball postseason statistic. Brandon Crawford's fourth-inning grand slam for the San Francisco Giants was the first four-run homer hit by a shorstop in the postseason. Ever. Crawford -- the 24-year-old infielder who has hit 26 home runs in 511 regular season games -- has more postseason grand slams than one guy who most Orioles fans love (Cal Ripken Jr.) and another they begrudgingly grew to respect over a frustrating 20 years (Derek Jeter)
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April 20, 2011
Alas! Even giants can't live forever ("William Donald Schaefer dies," April 19). Our loss. Tom Maze, Baltimore
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By Ellen Nibali and For The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
A plant shot up about 6 feet in our yard recently. I never saw flowers, but the seeds remind me of ragweed. The leaf is not lacy like ragweed, though. It looks more like a stork footprint. What am I dealing with? There is a bumper crop of ragweed this year, and you have a species known as giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida), as opposed to common ragweed (Ambrosia artemissiifolia). Unfortunately, giant ragweed pollen causes highly allergic reactions, just like the more familiar species.
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November 29, 2010
I am a long-time customer of Giant supermarkets who was very disappointed at the chain's decision to limit the time that bell ringers can collect funds for the good work of the Salvation Army ( "Hear them ring," Nov. 26). At a time that the media, if not our own experiences, tells us that many people are having difficulty as a result of a struggling economy, more time should be given to allow those trying to help collect needed funds. Dropping a donation in the kettle is quicker than writing a check and can put loose change to work for others.
SPORTS
By Arda Ocal | August 5, 2013
A new graphic novel on the life of Andre the Giant will be published by  Lion Forge Comics , written by Brandon Easton. Above is the cover that the company has released. There is no release date as of yet. For pro wrestling graphic novel enthusiasts, WWE recently published a history of wrestling comic books on their website .   [Editor's note: A previous version of this blog post incorrectly identified the comic book author's first name. The Sun regrets the error.]
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ian Zelaya | November 5, 2012
Portland. Phuket. Jorge Garcia. Tallahassee (the title of this episode). Kitsis and Horowitz, we get it. You guys wrote for "Lost" and you created "Once Upon a Time,"  and you want to remind everyone of the magnificence that "Lost" was. As much of a die-hard "Lost" fan I was, I feel as though the references to the landmark series are starting to get overused. I get that "Lost" was epic and indeed deserves to be referenced. But if "Once" wants to branch out and really become its own show, or even become the next "Lost," it should probably cut down on the connections.
BUSINESS
March 26, 1991
This Landover-based supermarket chain, Maryland's largest, posted a 2 percent increase in net income for its fourth quarter, which ended Feb. 23, compared with the same period a year ago. For the year, earnings were up nearly 10 percent higher than in fiscal 1990.David B. Sykes, Giant treasurer and senior vice president, said that the modest increases in sales and earnings for the fourth quarter were on line with the company's projections because "things have been slow since early 1990."Same-stores sales -- revenues of stores open a year or more -- were virtually flat, according to Giant, due in part to newer Giant stores competing for the same customers.
NEWS
October 5, 1994
Intercontinental acquisitions of major businesses are no longer unusual in this global marketplace. Control of huge corporations cross the oceans almost as quickly as their products. Thus, the large interest in Giant Food bought by a British food chain, J. Sainsbury, caused hardly a ripple in the investment world. To shoppers in the Baltimore and Washington areas, however, it's a major event.For the moment, nothing will change in the grocery aisles. Sainsbury's $325 million investment in Giant buys it only a minority interest.
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December 11, 2012
I was pleased when the U.S. won its war against Iraq, which hopefully meant the establishment of the first democratic nation in the Middle East. That would be an accomplishment for the whole world to behold. The outcome placed Iraq in the category with earlier battle victims — Germany after World War I, Japan after World War II and South Korea after the Korean Conflict — where she was subject to having a U.S. standing army to assure and protect the establishment of a government by and for the people.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
When the Ravens signed suspended safety Will Hill a week ago, skepticism surrounded his past conduct, not his football skills. Since his arrival, Hill has been impressive enough that Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees has lamented that the former New York Giants starter is suspended for the first six games for his third violation of NFL drug policies. "[I wish] he was eligible for the first game," Pees said. "I'll tell you what: That guy is really a good, good football player.
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By Ethan Renner and For The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
It's Vegas, baby! Our ragtag foursome arrives at the 1983 COMDEX in Sin City to sell their Giant, only to find that their reserved hotel suite, where much of their wheeling and dealing was to go down, has been given away. The pending criminal investigation into Cardiff has frozen the company's accounts, leaving Joe, Cameron, Donna and Gordon scrambling to find a solution. They could do what I once did and sleep in a hotel lobby there, but that wouldn't lend itself to throwing a lavish party for potential clients.
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Thomas F. Schaller | July 22, 2014
Is there a way to actually unite economic populists on the liberal left and libertarian right? Maybe not. But one promising possibility is the prioritization of American small businesses over powerful, multinational corporate dominance. The events of September 29, 2008, certainly provided a brief glimmer of hope that a hybrid ideological alliance might push back against big business. That day, the U.S. House of Representatives stunned Washington and Wall Street by rejecting the Bush Administration's $700 billion bank bailout, 228 to 205. The Dow Jones Industrial index fell 778 points in a single afternoon, a 7 percent drop.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
After agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with the New York Giants last Thursday, Jameel McClain went to his Facebook page to say goodbye to the only NFL organization that he had ever known. He thanked Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh. He saluted his former teammates, and then he paid homage to Ravens fans, vowing to remain active in the Baltimore community and to "continue my commitment to change and to improve the lives of others.
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By Aaron Wilson and Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Two weeks after being let go by the Ravens, linebacker Jameel McClain has found a new home. McClain, who went from an undrafted free agent to the Ravens' starting linebacker, has agreed to a new contract with the New York Giants, confirmed league sources. Terms of his new deal aren't immediately known.   McClain also had offers from the Buffalo Bills and the Minnesota Vikings and visited both places as well as the Giants. McClain is traveling to the Giants facility to sign his contract on Friday.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
Workers for Giant Food and Safeway stores in the Baltimore-Washington region voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ratify a three-year labor contract that preserves health benefits and raises wages over three years. Leaders with the United Food and Commercial Workers characterized the contract as one of the best in the grocery business at a time when companies are scaling back benefits and offering one-time bonuses instead of wage increases. Giant and Safeway, the Baltimore area's biggest supermarket chains, said the agreement will enable them to stay competitive in the changing retail landscape.
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The Washington Post | August 26, 2013
For a few terrifying minutes Saturday night, keepers at the National Zoo thought their precious day-old giant panda cub might be dead. The zoo's panda cameras appeared to show the vibrant, squirming cub of Friday now lying silent and unresponsive on the abdomen of its mother, Mei Xiang. Memories of the death of the zoo's six-day-old panda cub last September came flooding back. Then the keepers heard robust squealing coming from elsewhere. They realized - to their joy and sorrow - that what they were seeing on camera wasn't the first cub, but the stillborn body of a second cub. "In the circle of life there are always joys and sadnesses," Don Moore, the zoo's associate director of animal care sciences, said Sunday.
BUSINESS
February 7, 1997
Consumers who have Giant-branded Visa credit cards must apply for new cards this month to continue receiving rebates when they purchase items at Giant Food Inc.The grocery store chain said it has reached an agreement with Chevy Chase Bank to offer new Visa credit cards to customers, replacing the M&T Bank of Buffalo's cards.M&T said last fall it was pulling out of its contract with Giant. Giant sued M&T to stop it from dropping the card in December. At a court hearing, M&T agreed to continue offering the rebates until Chevy Chase takes over.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Union leaders representing 28,000 Giant Food and Safeway workers reached a tentative agreement with both supermarket chains on a new labor contract, which will be presented to members Dec. 17 for a vote. A collective bargaining agreement for Local 400 and Local 27 of the United Food & Commercial Workers would take effect immediately if approved, union leaders said. The impact of health reform on workers' health coverage had been the biggest sticking point in negotiations, union leaders have said.
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