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Eileen Ambrose | November 8, 2011
Gift cards have taken hassle of holiday shopping for the folks who have everything. But as we learn every year, not all gift cards are alike. Bankrate.com paired up with CreditCards.com to survey the 63 most popular cards and their features. According to the survey, 8 percent of cards had expiration dates and one in seven have a purchase fee. (Both features sound bad and something to avoid.) Nine out of 10 did not charge a dormancy or maintenance fee. (None of them should.)
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Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Dickey's Barbecue Pit, a Dallas-based barbecue chain, will open a location in Abingdon on Thursday. Former Harford County Public Schools teacher and administrator Mark Buzminsky will operate the fast-casual restaurant on Emmorton Road. He plans to open several more locations in the area. Dickey's was picked this year as a Top 10 growth chain by Nation's Restaurant News. Buzminsky has been looking at potential franchises for three years and thought the Dickey's concept would be a good fit near schools and military bases.
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By Jean Marbella jean.marbella @baltsun.com | November 15, 2009
I 'm afraid to use the gift cards in my wallet. I fear they'll land me on the witness stand in Courtroom 234, explaining how I happened to buy something, no doubt an embarrassing box of double creme Twinkies or Norah Jones CD, with a gift card from Sheila Dixon. Just to be clear, the mayor of Baltimore has never handed me a gift card. But given that one of the revelations during her trial last week is that Dixon and some who received cards from her are apparent regifters, I think we have our own version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon going on right here.
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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.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2012
Cheryl Knauer has a restaurant gift card in mind for her in-laws, a massage gift card planned for another family member and intends to pick up cards in smaller dollar amounts to Chick-fil-A and Starbucks for kids' stockings and teachers' gifts. The Parkville mother of three told family members seeking ideas for her hard-to-shop-for 11-year-old to buy him gift cards too - maybe from Target or GameStop. Knauer, director of media relations at McDaniel College in Westminster, said she's feeling less rushed this Christmas season because she can easily grab the gifts, even at the last minute.
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December 12, 2012
Laurel Police will be joining the NAACP in supporting the Prince George's County Police Department's Gift Cards for Guns program in Laurel this weekend. The gun collection will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 601 Eighth St. The program, the third of three held by county police, allows gun owners to anonymously turn in a weapon - new or used, functional or not - and in return, get a gift card of up to $100. Firearms should be unloaded and left in the trunk of participants' vehicles.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
The purloined gift cards. The fur coats. The bicycling tours of the city with staffers.  And, of course, the famous shoe incident. Former mayor Sheila Dixon's tenure in City Hall is ripe with material for comedians.  On Thursday, seven comics and local media personalities will be poking fun of  Dixon -- to her face-- at a "Roast and Toast" at the Baltimore Comedy Factory. Why would Dixon, who resigned in 2010 as part of a plea deal to settle criminal charges, agree to a such a thing?
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
A former postal worker admitted Friday that she stole mail and the money inside those envelopes at a Linthicum postal facility, victimizing more than 250 people, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore. Dorothy Jean Gibson, 56, of Windsor Mill, who worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 13 years, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to theft of mail by a postal employee, officials said. When sentenced Jan. 11, Gibson could receive a maximum sentence of five years in prison plus three years of supervised release, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2010
Meg Gardner thought she bought her tech-savvy husband, Bill Bafford, the perfect gift — a Sony Internet television. But when he unwrapped the present Christmas morning, his reaction was less than enthusiastic. "When I saw it, I looked at her and said 'Thanks, but did you keep the receipt?' " the Phoenix resident said with a chuckle. "It was the right concept, but the wrong one. I wasn't explicit enough with my instructions. " Twenty-four hours later, the pair stood in the customer service line with a dozen others at Best Buy in Timonium to exchange Gardner's purchase for the Logitech Revue with Google TV, a model $150 cheaper that Bafford wanted.
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By Annie Linskey and Julie Bykowicz and Baltimore Sun reporters | November 29, 2009
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's theft case, which remains before a jury this week, has shed light on little-known charitable efforts she ran from City Hall with few controls over solicitations and vague guidelines for who should benefit. As City Council president, Dixon requested or distributed donations for needy families, frequently in the form of gift cards, courtroom testimony and grand jury records show. Others who have held that office say they did not handle or seek donations in the same way. Dixon, a Democrat, is accused by State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh of stealing some of the gift cards intended for charity and using them for personal items.
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May 24, 2014
I am a junior dancer at Baltimore School for the Arts, and I did not appreciate the way op-ed writer Patricia Schultheis portrayed my school because she do not have proper knowledge of what BSA is ( "Who is responsible for Jabril?" May 19). My mother also attended this school, and during her years, a homeless boy attended. He kept it hidden from them, but once they found out, they did everything in their power to help him, and now he is very successful. My best friend is also struggling.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Four Maryland employees made about $255,000 in improper purchases - including guitars, plane tickets and toy soldiers - with state credit cards intended for business spending, a state audit of the program found. The audit concluded that agencies could prevent workers from abusing the 17-year-old, $260 million credit card program by using more comprehensive data to better monitor the purchases. Rather than viewing only where purchases were made, like a bank statement, state officials should regularly monitor data that shows exactly what was bought, said Thomas Barnickel, the legislative auditor.
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February 14, 2014
Regarding your article on the relocation of Sun Products Corp., you state that Baltimore "has lost two-thirds of its manufacturing jobs in the last 20 years" ( "Sun Products to close Baltimore manufacturing plant," Feb. 11). I couldn't help but notice who was running the city then. First it was former Mayor Martin O'Malley, who served a couple of terms on his way to The White house, then his sidekick, Sheila "I need some gift cards" Dixon, until she got convicted. Which brings us to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who seems more concerned with the murder rate than our economic state.
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By Laura Barnhardt Cech, For The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2013
The confessions from moms on the Scary Mommy blog are often funny: the spoon kept in the glovebox for eating Ben & Jerry's in the store parking lot, letting ketchup count as a "vegetable," going to the gym to read magazines instead of work out. But as Thanksgiving approached two years ago, ScaryMommy.com founder Jill Smokler saw despair from her readers: the mother who swallowed her pride to get a food box, only to be told she made too...
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
A Baltimore woman who led a scheme to steal women's wallets as they were using public restrooms was sentenced Monday to more than 21 years in prison. The U.S. Attorney's office said Ida Mae Snipe, 29, who also goes by Ida Mae Weathers, was an experienced pickpocket who would steal wallets from women's purses hung on restroom stall doors. She would also often use accomplices who would distract the women from the theft by asking for toilet paper. Using stolen credit cards, Snipe and her co-conspirators would buy personal items, or gift cards or expensive merchandise to resell.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
The annual Hampdenfest is this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Co-sponsored by Hampden Village Merchants Association and the Hampden Community Council, the showcase for the Hampden business community unfolds on 36th Street between Falls Road and Keswick Avenue. Yes, there will be toilet races, and the Hampden Idol contest. There will also be performances on three stages, organized by Benn Ray of Atomic Books . Food vendors include Blacksauce Kitchen, Gypsy Queen Food Truck, Hula Honeys Hawaiian Shave Ice and B-More Alive (the falafel people from the Baltimore farmers' market)
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay | May 19, 2011
We've told you before about the option of buying and selling gift cards online , which is a  alternative to dispense with cards for stores that you aren't likely to use, or score a greater discount for those you plan to patronize. I was a little leery, however, because of the time delay for cards to be mailed to you --- I don't necessarily plan my shopping trips two weeks in advance. And, there's the potential that the card wouldn't actually carry the promised value --- though some sites offer a money-back guarantee.
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Lorraine Mirabella | February 14, 2013
  Arts and crafts retailer Michaels will give out more than $100,000 in gift cards Sunday at its stores in honor of "Random Acts of Kindness Day. " The Irving, Texas, -based chain, which has 1,100 stores in the U.S. and Canada, handed out the freebies at random last year too, in hopes of encouraging customers to "craft it forward" with their own random act of kindness. The store asks customers to visit Michaels Facebook page this week and share acts of kindness. And they can check Michaels Random Acts of Kindness Pinterest board for ideas for craft projects to give to others.
NEWS
September 6, 2013
I followed with interest Andrea K. Walker's article concerning Sinai Hospital's incentive discharge program ( "Sinai's incentive discharge program raises questions," Aug. 30). However, I was dismayed by Maryland Nurses Association President Neysa Ernst's comment that hospitals need to do a better job of explaining the discharge process to patients so they understand why it may seem to take longer than it should if they don't realize nurses are waiting on such things as blood test results.
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August 15, 2013
You cannot begin to imagine how disappointed I was to see former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon not only included in The Sun Magazine special edition "50 Women to Watch," but listed as number eight! Perhaps you might have included her as No. 51 with the caveat that she is a "woman to watch (out for)" following her 2009 conviction of embezzlement for stealing gift cards intended for poor residents! "A misdemeanor conviction" - really ! And, following her conviction she barely avoided prosecution in 2012 on charges of probation violation.
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