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By Andrea K. Walker | July 19, 2013
 Maryland has joined with 44 other states and the federal government in a $33.5 million fraud settlement case with the maker of an anti-inflammatory drug used after cataract surgery, according to Maryland Attorney General Doug F. Gansler's office. The Maryland Medicaid Program will receive $9,796.51 in the case that accuses ISTA Pharmaceuticals Inc. of marketing the drug Xibrom for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drugmaker is also accused of paying doctors kickbacks to write presciptions for the medication.
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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
Late last year, medical device maker Zimmer Holdings Inc. made two large payments to Dr. Andrew N. Pollak, chair of the University of Maryland Medical System's orthopedics department. The payments, one for $47,225 and the other for $45,902, were royalties paid to Pollak for work he did at Maryland Shock Trauma Center starting seven years ago in helping develop a clamp known as a fixator that could hold trauma patient's broken bones straight until they were ready for surgical repair.
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NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
Edward P. Bugnaski, a retired tool and die maker who was also a World War II veteran, died Oct. 28 of pneumonia at Menno Village, a Chambersburg, Pa., retirement community. He was 96. The son of Polish immigrants, Edward Paul Bugnaski was born in Baltimore and spent his early years in Fells Point, before moving with his family to Bradshaw in Baltimore County. He attended St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church and parochial school in Bradshaw, and in 1937, went to work as a machinist at Black & Decker in Towson.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
A Glen Burnie man who admitted to building bombs in his home was sentenced in federal court Thursday to nearly four years in prison. Todd Dwight Wheeler Jr., 28, wasn't the "next mad bomber," according to his attorney. Laura Robinson described Wheeler as a man with a troubled history, drug addiction and a fascination with explosives. Police and fire officials began investigating Wheeler after he was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie on New Year's Day with a burned hand.
NEWS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2010
A Hanover-based maker of components for power transmissions, oil rigs and steel mills said Monday it will shut its manufacturing operation in the next 12 months to 15 months and lay off 125 hourly and salaried workers. Kop-Flex Inc., a division of St. Louis-based Emerson Electric Co., will phase out manufacturing at the Anne Arundel County location on Harmans Road, a decision based on "global economic and competitive pressures," Dave Baldridge, an Emerson spokesman, said Monday. Baldridge said the shutdown, expected by September 2011, will affect 87 hourly and 38 salaried employees.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2011
AAI Corp., the Hunt Valley company most known for its Shadow spy plane, is being split into three separate units by its parent company. Textron Inc., which has owned AAI since 2007, said it was dividing the company to make it more efficient and to better serve customers. The new units are: AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, AAI Test & Training and AAI Logistics & Technical Services. Each unit will be headed by separate senior vice presidents and general managers. Ellen Lord, AAI's current senior vice president and general manager, will now lead Textron Defense Systems.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Pixelligent Technologies, a maker of miniscule crystal additives used in electronics and plastics products, said Friday it has raised more than $5.1 million in new funding from the Abell Foundation and others. The funding will allow the Baltimore company to increase manufacturing capacity and hire application, engineering and business development employees, Pixelligent said. The company, which got its start in a College Park incubator, now has more than 30 commercial customers and hopes to open additional plants in Baltimore, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | November 3, 2000
Charles L. Maker Sr., a retired United Parcel Service manager and longtime community activist, died Monday of prostate cancer at his Forest Park home. He was 57. Mr. Maker spent 26 years at UPS and retired in 1995 as employee relations manager at the company's Baltimore regional office near Baltimore-Washington International Airport. At UPS, he had a reputation as a dynamic motivational speaker and as someone who relished his role as mentor to fellow workers, helping them to attain job satisfaction and realize their dreams.
NEWS
November 4, 1992
The man who steered Bill Clinton's winning political strategy says he hopes the president-elect tells him to "get out of here" now that the race is over.James Carville, Mr. Clinton's top image-maker, says he has no interest in working for a Clinton administration."I wouldn't live in a country whose government would hire me," he declared to reporters the day before the voting."I've had two experiences with the government. One was with the Marine Corps, and the other is April 15th [tax-filing day]
NEWS
By Heather Tepe and Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 6, 2002
JOHN SCHMIDT could best be described as a Renaissance man. With degrees in physics and psychology, the Town Center resident works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But it's his hobby that truly defines him. Schmidt, 55, is passionate about making violins. Making violins appeals to Schmidt on many levels. "There's the artistic aspect and the historical aspect," he said. "There is mathematics involved, and the physics of sound. In the varnish, you've got the chemistry.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
STX LLC has become an official equipment supplier to the US Lacrosse Women's National Team, the Baltimore-based company said Tuesday. STX, maker of lacrosse, hockey and golf equipment, signed a agreement to supply the team with sticks, heads, goggles, gloves and bags through 2017 and to sponsor team events, including the 2017 FIL Women's World Cup in Surrey, England. STX said it will also supply the U.S. Women's National Under-19 team. Team USA athletes Alyssa Murray, Sloane Serpe and Taylor D'Amore, who all recently signed with STX, will train and compete with STX equipment on Team USA. "With three First Team All-Americans already representing STX on the global stage, this new sponsorship will put STX equipment front and center with the women playing the game at the highest level," Kadie Stamper, women's lacrosse brand manager, said in the announcement.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
David Klein, a well-known Baltimore artist who turned found materials into high-end pieces of furniture that captured the gritty eccentricity of his hometown, died of colon cancer June 6 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. He was 71. "He was always in and around Baltimore. Everybody knew him. He was like Gertrude Stein. He had his studio and exhibits, and everybody always visited," said Anita Klein, his wife of 49 years. "He was a one-of-a-kind of Baltimore. " "His pieces, without question, are museum quality," said David Hayden, a close childhood friend and one of the largest collectors, along with his wife, JoAnn, of Mr. Klein's work.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Two companies announced plans Monday to relocate to Baltimore from the suburbs, bringing more than 300 jobs to downtown and Locust Point. The Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund will move its headquarters from Annapolis to the expanding McHenry Row mixed-use project in Locust Point by fall 2015, bringing its 240-person workforce. And Kao USA Inc., a unit of a Japanese beauty products company, will move from Hanover to offices at One Charles Center, with 70 workers. MAIF, a state-created entity that insures drivers who can't get private-market coverage, will lease two floors to be built atop the Phillips Seafood headquarters building on Fort Avenue.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
No one writes a love song like Future. The 30-year-old, born Nayvadius Wilburn, hinted at his prowess on earlier mixtapes, but the Atlanta artist set himself apart from peers on his 2012 debut album, “Pluto.” In particular, Future won a legion of fans with the hit ballad-meets-banger, “Turn on the Lights,” which found him tenderly singing, through amplified Auto-Tune, “I wanna tell the world about you just so they can get jealous.” His...
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
If your back aches or your ankle swells, managers of a Columbia-based company want you to forgo the ice pack and grab a TheraPearl instead. The maker of therapeutic pearl-filled packs that can be chilled in the freezer or heated in the microwave want their brand to be to ice packs what Kleenex is to tissues. The company appears on its way. After less than six years, the brand that started with an idea and three employees has grown to $10 million in sales at some of the nation's biggest retailers.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
Baltimore-based spice and seasonings maker Fuchs North America said Wednesday it has launched a new line of ethnic seasonings, marinades and flavor bases to sell to food service and food manufacturing customers. Fuchs' Ethnic Inspirations Collection will include products inspired by Asian, Latin and African styles of cuisine, including African Barbecue Marinade, Gochuiang Seasoning, Kashmiri Lamb Seasoning, Mojo Dressing Base and Vietnamese Dressing Base. The collection was designed to build on traditional elements of national cuisines, and will be used to develop custom products for food service customers and processed foods to be sold at retail.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | June 11, 2003
WASHINGTON - Nestle SA, the world's largest food maker, reached an agreement with U.S. antitrust enforcers to let it complete its $2.8 billion acquisition of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Inc., people familiar with the matter said yesterday. The two companies signed an agreement Thursday to sell three Dreyer's ice-cream brands and Nestle distribution networks in a dozen cities to CoolBrands International Inc. of Canada, the sources said. The signing clears the way for the Federal Trade Commission staff lawyers to recommend approval.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | June 9, 1998
PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Nabisco Holdings Corp., the biggest U.S. cookie and cracker maker, said yesterday that it will take a second-quarter charge of about $268 million -- three times estimated earnings -- to slash costs by firing about 3,100 workers and closing nine factories.The maker of Oreo and Ritz snacks will take another $118 million in pretax charges over the next year as it pares its work force by 6 percent. Chief Executive James Kilts will use the $100 million in annual savings to boost ad spending by a third to try to regain sales lost to rival Keebler Foods Co.The restructuring is Nabisco's second in two years aimed at reducing expenses, costing more than $1 billion in pretax charges.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
John Ostrowski, a renowned Southeast Baltimore sausage maker who refused to sell his product to supermarkets for wider distribution, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Wednesday at Somerford Place Assisted Living in Columbia. The Lutherville resident was 72. "As soon as you step through the front door of 524 S. Washington St., it hits you: the spicy, smoky, garlicky and altogether unmistakable smell of tradition," said a 2005 Baltimore Sun article about Mr. Ostrowski and his family business, Ostrowski's Famous Polish Sausage.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
Blake Wollman has gone from a food processor in his kitchen at home to a commercial kitchen in Randallstown. He's progressed from selling his product at farmers markets to two distributors placing it in 50 locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Now, Wollman is poised for a major expansion. By the end of 2014, he plans to triple the number of locations for his product, an all-natural, kosher hummus. "I want to saturate the Maryland market and penetrate the New York market," Wollman said of his company, The Wild Pea Hummous.
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