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By New York Times News Service | April 27, 1991
NEW YORK -- The General Cinema Corp. said yesterday that it had ended its effort to acquire Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc. after failing to come to terms with Harcourt's bondholders.General Cinema had been negotiating with the bondholders for several months to complete its proposed acquisition of Harcourt, the financially troubled publishing and insurance company.General Cinema had reportedly raised its bid twice, to $1.5 billion, to meet bondholders' demands."Despite our concerted efforts over the past two months to negotiate in good faith with bondholders, and despite the efforts of a large number of bondholders who believe the transaction was in the best interests of all bondholders, certain significant holders continued to make demands which we believe ignore the economic realities of this transaction," Richard A. Smith, General Cinema's chairman and chief executive, said in a statement.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
The publisher of the "Curious George" children's books expanded its presence in the fast-growing early-childhood education market with the acquisition of Cockeysville-based children's learning website Curiosityville. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which publishes children's books and develops educational assessments, curriculum supplements and professional training for K-12 education, announced the purchase this week but did not disclose the purchase price. "We have looked for market extensions, and the most natural one is early childhood, served by special education and pre-K," said John Dragoon, chief marketing officer for Boston-based Houghton Mifflin.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF Bloomberg News contributed to this article | April 18, 1997
Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. said yesterday that it will pursue its plan to acquire National Education Corp. of California, despite a higher bid from a competitor."
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By From Sun news services | March 8, 2009
Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object By Kathleen Rooney University of Arkansas Press / 200 pages / $22.50 Aside from the thrill (and chill) of getting naked, there's not much to nude modeling. And yet for Kathleen Rooney, this experience has become the basis of a compelling memoir that blends observation, personal revelation and scholarly inquiry. A poet, professor and author of four other books, Rooney supplemented her income for six years as a nude model. As we watch her pose, Rooney examines nude modeling from every angle: historical, sociological and biographical.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | October 28, 2000
LONDON - Reed Elsevier PLC, the world's largest publisher of scientific journals, agreed yesterday to buy Harcourt General Inc. for $5.65 billion in cash and assumed debt and then sell a big part of the U.S. textbook publisher to Thomson Corp. of Canada. Reed Elsevier will pay $59 a share for Harcourt, the largest publisher of medical textbooks and journals, or 13 percent more than its closing share price Thursday. It also will take over $1.2 billion of Harcourt's debt. Thomson will pay $2.06 billion for Harcourt's college textbook publishing and some professional training units.
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By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1997
Sylvan Learning System Inc.'s plan to merge with National Education Corp. collapsed yesterday when NEC announced it had accepted an $800 million offer from another suitor.But the news that NEC, a vocational training outfit in Irvine, Calif., would merge with Harcourt General Inc., an international publisher and specialty retailer, wasn't all bad for Baltimore's Sylvan.For one, Sylvan, which launched its bid to merge with NEC in March in a deal worth more than $600 million, will be paid a $30 million breakup fee. The directors of NEC and Sylvan had agreed in March to merge.
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June 4, 2003
On June 3, 2003, HAROLD EDWARD RODGERS beloved husband of Jane K. Rodgers, loving stepfather of Katherine Miegel, Christine Harcourt and Mary Beth Pedersen. Also survived by two grandsons. Services private.
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May 4, 2008
The Reluctant Fundamentalist By Mohsin Hamid Harcourt / 208 pages / $13 This finalist for the Man Booker Prize, Britain's most prestigious literary award, tells the story of Changez, a middle-class Pakistani living in New York. He has graduated from the top of his class at Princeton University, been hired by a prestigious valuation firm and is romancing the beautiful Erica. But then come the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, throwing his life into disarray and causing him to realize there are allegiances stronger than money, power and, perhaps, even love.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | March 26, 2003
When Kay Hayes plans reading lessons for her third-graders at Mount Airy Elementary School, the 29-year teaching veteran frequently ends up on something of a scavenger hunt while rummaging for instructional materials. "Now you have to go searching," she said. "You go to the reading books in the school storage room. Each grade level also has a storage site. And then we each have our own supply of materials we've collected over the years. We kind of beg and borrow from each other." But a new collection of books introduced at the school this week - nearly $94,000 worth of teacher guidebooks, lesson planners, pupils' textbooks, intervention handbooks and books targeted for children reading on, below and above grade level - is changing that, teachers and administrators said.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | March 26, 2003
When Kay Hayes plans reading lessons for her third-graders at Mount Airy Elementary School, the 29-year teaching veteran frequently ends up on something of a scavenger hunt while rummaging for instructional materials. "Now, you have to go searching," she said. "You go to the reading books in the school storage room. Each grade level also has a storage site. And then we each have our own supply of materials we've collected over the years. We kind of beg and borrow from each other." But a new collection of books introduced at the school this week - nearly $94,000 worth of teacher guidebooks, lesson planners, pupils' textbooks, intervention handbooks and books targeted for children reading on, below and above grade level - is changing that, teachers and administrators said.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | July 13, 2008
A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann Knopf Books for Young Readers / $15.99 / ages 4-8 It's hot and sticky outside, so reading this book about four kittens in the snow might make you wish for winter. Three playful kittens are fearful about the impending snow, and one can't wait to play in it. A beautifully illustrated story about curiosity and overcoming fear is a winner any time of the year. A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee Harcourt / $16 / ages 4-8 A tongue-in-cheek story about summertime fun based on Frazee's son's adventures with his best pal as they stay at his grandparents' house and go to nature camp.
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May 4, 2008
The Reluctant Fundamentalist By Mohsin Hamid Harcourt / 208 pages / $13 This finalist for the Man Booker Prize, Britain's most prestigious literary award, tells the story of Changez, a middle-class Pakistani living in New York. He has graduated from the top of his class at Princeton University, been hired by a prestigious valuation firm and is romancing the beautiful Erica. But then come the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, throwing his life into disarray and causing him to realize there are allegiances stronger than money, power and, perhaps, even love.
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March 9, 2008
The Age of Shiva By Manil Suri Norton / 455 pages / $25 The second novel from University of Maryland Baltimore County mathematics professor Manil Suri follows Meera Sawhney from her unhappy 1950s marriage to aspiring singer Dev Arora through to her own son's coming of age. After an impulsive act forces Meera's marriage at 17, her complex, controlling father decries her tying herself (and her family) to the provincial, lower-class Aroras. Meera soon finds herself pulled in different directions by her in-laws' religious orthodoxy, her father's progressivism, her husband's alcoholism and her resentment.
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By Beth Kephart | November 4, 2007
The Florist's Daughter By Patricia Hampl Harcourt / 227 pages / $24 In the middle - "middle-class, Midwestern, midcentury - middle everything" - that was Patricia Hampl's lot in life. The second of two children born to a Czech florist and his Irish wife and raised in St. Paul, Minn., Hampl grew up the way so many of us did - looking for escape, circling right back round to home. She went fishing with her father. She whisked across slicked ice rinks. She listened to her mother's stories.
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By Victoria A. Brownworth and Victoria A. Brownworth,[Special to The Sun] | September 23, 2007
The Theory of Clouds By Stephane Audeguy Harcourt / 272 pages / $24 In the midst of our rat-race lives, we are constantly told to remember to stop and smell the roses. But what about stopping to watch the clouds go by? Just as with the perfume of the perfect tea rose or floribunda - which can never be cut and brought indoors without losing both their heady scent and their silken petals - no one can capture the essence of the fleeting cloud. But in his lyric novel, The Theory of Clouds, French historian Stephane Audeguy does his utmost to put that diaphanous sensuality into a context that is almost touchable.
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By HUMBERTO CRUZ and HUMBERTO CRUZ,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | September 2, 2007
Your good thoughts on saving keep rolling in. One comes from Daniel Harcourt II, a banker in Schaumburg, Ill., who got the idea from a client he described as "an avid bargain hunter and coupon clipper." "My client had saved a tidy sum, and when I asked how, she told me the story," Harcourt said. By regularly depositing in her savings account the money saved with coupons and discounts, and having the interest compound for more than 10 years, her balance had grown to more than $30,000.
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By HUMBERTO CRUZ and HUMBERTO CRUZ,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | September 2, 2007
Your good thoughts on saving keep rolling in. One comes from Daniel Harcourt II, a banker in Schaumburg, Ill., who got the idea from a client he described as "an avid bargain hunter and coupon clipper." "My client had saved a tidy sum, and when I asked how, she told me the story," Harcourt said. By regularly depositing in her savings account the money saved with coupons and discounts, and having the interest compound for more than 10 years, her balance had grown to more than $30,000.
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By Mary C. Johnson and Mary C. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 2, 1999
At Chesapeake Music Hall, a cruise ship is about to dock with colorful passengers, including a couple of escaped convicts, some members of the clergy, debutantes, Wall Street moguls, a nobleman and a nightclub singer turned evangelist with her own set of angels.This 1930s-style luxury love boat, the S.S. American, is anchored to a golden decade of classy tunes."Anything Goes" has an incomparable score, often described as Cole Porter's best. The year was 1934, a time when Broadway was jammed with genius and plots existed only to amuse, not challenge, the audience.
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By M.G. Lord | August 19, 2007
An Ocean of Air Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere By Gabrielle Walker Harcourt / 272 pages / $25 In the opening pages of An Ocean of Air, author Gabrielle Walker plunges the reader into the subject of her book - literally. A test pilot hurls himself from the gondola of a helium balloon floating on the black edge of space. As he plummets, he passes through layers of atmosphere: the ionosphere, the stratosphere, the ozone layer, the troposphere. Walker keeps the tension high.
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By Bernard Cooper and Bernard Cooper,Los Angeles Times | November 12, 2006
Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime Patricia Hampl Harcourt / 216 pages / $22 In 1972, while rushing through the Art Institute of Chicago to meet a friend in the cafeteria, Patricia Hampl was stopped in her tracks by Henri Matisse's Femme et poissons rouges (or, as it's known in English, Woman Before an Aquarium). Until then, the young literature student considered herself singularly unqualified to make or even look at paintings. Her early attempts at drawing were so abysmal that her elementary school nuns gave her lettering assignments during art period.
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