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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER | March 3, 2006
A Baltimore school employee plots to steal $4.2 million from the school system's facilities department and is sentenced to five years in prison. School systems around the state are accused of mismanaging Medicaid funding and could end up paying $19.9 million back to the federal government. With hefty budgets and a thicket of complex programs to administer, school systems can be tempting targets for theft and mismanagement - and Howard County now has a watchdog to guard against that. John J. Connors, a longtime resident of Columbia with more than three decades of auditing experience, has just taken over as the school system's first internal auditor, in charge of monitoring more than a half-billion dollars in capital and operating funds in a system with more than 7,000 employees.
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By MELISSA HARRIS and MELISSA HARRIS,SUN REPORTER | February 11, 2006
EMMITSBURG -- In a mock command center at a former Catholic women's college, leaders of "Central City" hustle to respond after a hurricane sends the "Roaring River" into downtown, flooding businesses and the city's 911 center. Frazzled town managers pick up ringing phones, knowing that callers want the impossible. Irate business owners chide officials on television for incompetence, and residents complain on a radio talk show about everything from the overflowing sewer system to the washed-out veterans' cemetery.
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September 12, 2005
Anne M. Murray, a retired government worker and homemaker, died from complications of dementia Sept. 5 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The former Towson resident was 90. She was born Anne M. Dokovich in Homestead, Pa. She moved to East Lombard Street in the 1920s and graduated in 1937 from Seton High School. Mrs. Murray's 30-year career with the federal government included serving at the Pentagon, where she was a member of Gen. Omar N. Bradley's staff when he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2005
The morning sun is still low in the sky when Mike Huber of the Baltimore County Fire Department tops off the tank in Truck 91. The Towson fire company's backup ladder truck has to be fully gassed up so it can, if needed, answer emergency calls from far beyond the county seat. No matter that it gets all of about 4 miles to the gallon. No matter that the price of gas is higher than ever. "We're not going to go out and drive less because of fuel costs," says county Fire Chief John J. Hohman, "and no one would want us to."
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 9, 2004
A former Defense Department manager pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore's federal court to possession of child pornography - pictures and movie images stored on his government-issued laptop computer, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced. The defendant, 41-year-old Jose Medina, was indicted Sept. 1 - five days after leaving his job as an information security manager with a defense agency in Alexandria, Va. - on a charge of possessing materials depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
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By Joe Eaton and Adam M. Rosen and Joe Eaton and Adam M. Rosen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 26, 2004
Sydney Brice, 16, is too young to receive a Social Security check, but like many others in western Baltimore County, she benefits from the federal agency in her backyard. The Woodlawn High School junior made $5.25 an hour this summer serving shaved ice at Summer Snow, a seasonal stand across Security Boulevard from the Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn. Most of her customers were agency employees. "On a hot day, there might be 20 of them standing in line waiting," she said.
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January 19, 2004
Deborah Marie "Debi" Messier, an office administrator for state government, died Jan. 12 of a suspected heart attack at her home in Brooklyn Park. She was 49 and had previously lived in Glen Burnie for more than 20 years. Born in Riverdale, Ms. Messier was educated in Prince George's County schools and earned a community college certificate as a medical assistant. She worked in various state offices, primarily in Baltimore, including the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, said a sister, Carol Fachet of Roseland, N.J. Ms. Messier was an active member of the Chesapeake Christian Fellowship, and enjoyed gospel and country music, sewing, reading and her family.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | November 7, 2003
Workers at Fort Meade lost a last-ditch effort yesterday to save more than 220 jobs, clearing the way for a private contractor to take over the positions by early next year. The Department of the Army announced that it had denied all three appeals to its decision in August that granted Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. a five-year, $33 million contract to manage Fort Meade's logistics and public works departments. The workers' appeals came from Local 1622 of the American Federation of Government Employees and a group of logistics employees, and the decisions in both of those cases are final.
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