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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
The Associated Press Stylebook  sent out a tweet today with which I find myself forced to disagree:* "AP Style tip: Capitalize publisher when used as a formal title before a name: Publisher Isaiah Thomas of the Massachusetts Spy. " No, no, no. This is the sort of thing that allows publishers to exaggerate their importance in the great scheme of things. General  is a title; archbishop  is a title; senator  is a title.  Publisher , like editor , is a job description, not a title.  The distinction can get a little blurry, particularly because people like to give their dreary jobs the dignity of capitalization, and sycophants can be counted on to lay on the capitals whenever possible.
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NEWS
May 20, 2014
Have all those in the news media forgotten that soldiers follow orders without question and that all military graduates are commissioned officers with little or no experience in management? They do not know how to manage civilian employees who have union protection and question whether their orders fit their job descriptions ( "Md.'s House delegation demands fixes at Baltimore VA office from Shinseki," April 24). The problems with the Veterans Administration have been going on for more than 20 years.
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NEWS
June 25, 2013
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is concerned that once his team is trained, a certain number of police officers leave Baltimore City for other Maryland jurisdictions paying higher salaries ("A smaller, smarter force," June 21). Commissioner Batts should establish a study group to compare the police officers' jobs titles, salaries and job descriptions to those of the surrounding counties with the goal of establishing a regional pay scale for each position. Jake Mohorovic, Dundalk
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
The Associated Press Stylebook  sent out a tweet today with which I find myself forced to disagree:* "AP Style tip: Capitalize publisher when used as a formal title before a name: Publisher Isaiah Thomas of the Massachusetts Spy. " No, no, no. This is the sort of thing that allows publishers to exaggerate their importance in the great scheme of things. General  is a title; archbishop  is a title; senator  is a title.  Publisher , like editor , is a job description, not a title.  The distinction can get a little blurry, particularly because people like to give their dreary jobs the dignity of capitalization, and sycophants can be counted on to lay on the capitals whenever possible.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer | March 21, 1993
Stung when one secretary received a raise and promotion while the rest were told to wait, city workers in Annapolis have sent a petition to the mayor and aldermen expressing their dismay.The March 12 memorandum, signed by 11 members of an "employee feedback committee," questions the fairness of awarding one secretary a raise while the others have been told to wait until the city reviews all job descriptions.Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins gave a Fire Department secretary a promotion without the City Council's approval last month.
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By Brian Sullam and Brian Sullam,Staff writer | March 25, 1992
The decision to combine the Public Works and Planning Departments has created a rift in the City Council.Council President William F.Haifley complained Monday night that the speed of the reorganizationand the number of meetings taking place about it behind closed doorsis "troubling" and "not an ethical way of conducting city business."The council gave preliminary approval to a bill that would combine the two departments and put them under the control of a single director. In addition, the council approved the job descriptions and gavepermission for three new positions to be advertised.
NEWS
May 20, 2014
Have all those in the news media forgotten that soldiers follow orders without question and that all military graduates are commissioned officers with little or no experience in management? They do not know how to manage civilian employees who have union protection and question whether their orders fit their job descriptions ( "Md.'s House delegation demands fixes at Baltimore VA office from Shinseki," April 24). The problems with the Veterans Administration have been going on for more than 20 years.
NEWS
By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,Sun Staff Writer | September 12, 1994
The Annapolis City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on an employee reclassification plan that would cost the city $380,000 next year.Employees have been pushing for the change for several years, complaining that their job descriptions no longer fit the work they do.Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins has proposed reclassifying employees next year on their employment anniversary days.A majority of the city's 425 workers would be affected by the plan.A committee formed last year to study the personnel system recommended updating job descriptions, requiring management training for all supervisors and reducing the number of contract employees.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2000
Some instructional assistants, media specialists and secretaries in the Howard County school district are angry about a study being done by independent consultants that recommends only one group of support employees be considered for a job upgrade and a raise. Educational support employees include health and science assistants, guidance office secretaries, principals' secretaries, teachers' secretaries, media specialists and instructional assistants. Of those groups, consultants from Human Resources Systems Group Inc. have recommended that principals' secretaries be upgraded from a Grade 8 to a Grade 10 on the school district's salary scale.
NEWS
March 1, 1993
Secretary's pay raise prompts political fightAn Annapolis Fire Department secretary who was given a raise at the mayor's urging has become embroiled in a political squabble.A city alderman requested a legal opinion after learning that Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins had awarded the secretary a raise without the City Council's approval and while the city is reviewing all of its job descriptions.City Attorney Jonathan A. Hodgson has determined that secretary Pam Como's salary was increased because her position was reclassified, which requires a new or revised job description.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2013
The Baltimore school board will launch the first public phase of its search for the next schools CEO —a community input campaign that will allow city residents and school communities to weigh in on issues and the characteristics and qualifications they believe are important for the next superintendent to have. The campaign, announced Tuesday, will begin with an online survey that will be available through Oct. 15. Additionally, the school board will hold a series of forums across the city in early October.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
On Thursday morning, I read a Page 1 article in The Baltimore Sun that featured Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake saying how sad she was about the “state of our community.” She was referring to the shocking run of 29 shootings and 10 deaths in a six-day span in Baltimore. The article also included quotes from Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts saying the department's initial “messaging” about the crimes had been “terrible.” I don't cover crime, but I do cover messaging.
NEWS
June 25, 2013
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is concerned that once his team is trained, a certain number of police officers leave Baltimore City for other Maryland jurisdictions paying higher salaries ("A smaller, smarter force," June 21). Commissioner Batts should establish a study group to compare the police officers' jobs titles, salaries and job descriptions to those of the surrounding counties with the goal of establishing a regional pay scale for each position. Jake Mohorovic, Dundalk
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | August 14, 2012
The Ravens lost two defensive starters in outside linebacker Jarret Johnson and defensive end Cory Redding and will be without outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, a five-time Pro Bowler and the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, for a good portion of the upcoming season. That would seem to put the burden on standouts like 13-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker Ray Lewis, eight-time Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed and three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to maintain the defense's level of success over the years.
NEWS
June 7, 2012
As an educator, certified Maryland public librarian and member of the Harford County community, I am disappointed and embarrassed by the Harford County Public Library's decision to censor the "50 Shades of Grey" series by E. L. James ("Too hot for Harford, librarian concludes," May 31). County library director Mary Hastler has denied censoring the book. However, by the American Library Association's own definition, censorship is "the suppression of ideas and information that certain persons - individuals, groups or government officials - find objectionable or dangerous.
EXPLORE
December 20, 2011
A quarter-century seems like a long time to do anything — except when it's something you love, and when every day is new and inspiring, and fuels your curiosity and creativity. This week, the Towson Times is experiencing a milestone as Loni Ingraham, whose name has graced these pages since 1987 as a reporter, editor, columnist, correspondent, community representative … and even occasional photographer, hangs up her pen and paper with us. Those are the titles, but the job Loni has accomplished most completely is that of storyteller, whose tales of local residents, events and issues have chronicled the lives, times, struggles, setbacks and victories of the greater Towson community.
NEWS
By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | July 26, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- Marada Industries Inc. needed expert help to comply with new federal laws that prohibit job discrimination against disabled workers.Rewriting job descriptions and figuring out what changes are needed to make certain jobs accessible is a time-consuming process, said Bryon J. Joganich, safety coordinator for the auto parts maker.The company hired Work Bench to help. Work Bench, a year-old company in the Air Business Park, provides physical therapy and retraining for injured workers.
BUSINESS
April 27, 1992
WHO:Employers with 15 or more employees. (But the law doesn't make this definition quite so simple. Technically, the law applies to any business with 15 or more employees for each working day 20 weeks or more in the current or preceding year.)WHEN:July 26 for employers with 25 or more employees. Those with 15 to 25 employees can wait an extra two years.WHAT:Employers must not discriminate against disabled workers and applicants. The law requires that they make "reasonable accommodations" for all workers with disabilities.
NEWS
By Olivia Bobrowsky and Olivia Bobrowsky,olivia.bobrowsky@baltsun.com | August 9, 2009
Laurie Sears Deppa always wanted to be a diplomat. She studied in France, lived in five different states and has visited about 35 countries. She speaks French, Spanish and a little Italian, and she regularly hosts international students. But the 12-year Annapolis resident said she's fallen in love with the town, and for once in her life, she's staying put. "I really think the best place is Annapolis," said Deppa, a Democrat who jumped into the mayoral race in late July. Her political ambitions, she said, fall in line with her international expertise.
NEWS
By Stephen Kiehl and Jamie Smith Hopkins and and Stephen Kiehl and Jamie Smith Hopkins and and,stephen.kiehl@baltsun.com and jamie.smith.hopkins@baltsun.com | October 20, 2008
The knowledge economy that Maryland is pushing as its future - a promised land filled with high-paying jobs in health care, defense, biotechnology and professional services - is shutting out tens of thousands of the region's residents. As lab coats replace work shirts, the underside of the new economy becomes clear: The more dominant it becomes, the harder it is for people without specialized training to participate. That disconnect could become even more pronounced in a state that has made the pursuit of biotechnology official policy.
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