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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 8, 2000
MIDLAND, Texas - Scott Dufford's wife loves to tell the story. It was 1993, and her wildcatter husband who had left his job at Marathon Oil to venture out on his own had been drilling well after well. Eight, nine, 10 of them by now. All dry as the dusty, parched terrain here where trees have to be imported and lawns have been known to be spray-painted in pursuit of the elusive yet fiercely coveted green. Dufford came home one night and told his wife to use whatever was in the pantry; they couldn't afford any more groceries.
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September 18, 2013
Damon Vinciguerra and Lindsay MacKenzie announce their engagement. The bride-to-be, daughter of Tim and Mary MacKenzie of Hinsdale, Ill., is a 2012 graduate of Bucknell University. She is an elementary school teacher at Storm Elementary in San Antonio, Texas. The prospective groom, son of Tony and Linda Vinciguerra of Forest Hill, is a 2007 graduate of Fallston High School and a 2011/2012 graduate of Bucknell University. He is an asset engineer for DCP Midstream in Midland, Texas.
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By William Patalon III and William Patalon III,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1999
Municipal Mortgage & Equity LLC, a local investment firm specializing in tax-free real estate bonds, will join the billion-dollar club after it finalizes an acquisition deal announced late yesterday.The publicly held firm, better known as MuniMae, said it is buying Midland Cos., of Clearwater, Fla., in a cash-and-stock deal worth $45 million. When completed by mid-month, the combination will vault MuniMae from a company with $800 million in assets under management to one that tips the scales at $1.7 billion, said Mark K. Joseph, MuniMae's chairman and chief executive officer.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2011
A Maryland District Court judge dismissed more than 10,000 debt-collection cases against Maryland consumers Thursday, part of the terms of a settlement in a federal class action lawsuit against debt collector Midland Funding LLC. Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn signed a motion to dismiss 10,168 cases of consumers who were sued in state court over unpaid credit card and other debt. Midland Funding, buyer and collector of debt, was accused in the U.S. District Court case of working as a debt collector without a state license.
SPORTS
November 5, 1993
Baseball California Angels -- Named John Morris field and hitting coach of Double-A Midland.New York Rangers -- Agreed to terms with D Jeff Beukeboom.Horse racing Ladbroke Racing Corp. -- Announced the sale of Canterbury Downs to Irwin Jacobs.
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September 18, 2013
Damon Vinciguerra and Lindsay MacKenzie announce their engagement. The bride-to-be, daughter of Tim and Mary MacKenzie of Hinsdale, Ill., is a 2012 graduate of Bucknell University. She is an elementary school teacher at Storm Elementary in San Antonio, Texas. The prospective groom, son of Tony and Linda Vinciguerra of Forest Hill, is a 2007 graduate of Fallston High School and a 2011/2012 graduate of Bucknell University. He is an asset engineer for DCP Midstream in Midland, Texas.
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March 30, 1998
FireTaneytown: Firefighters assisted state police at 11: 10 a.m. Thursday, responding to a suspected pipe bomb on the Maryland Midland Railway tracks at Crouse Mill Road. The object turned out to be part of a bong used to smoke drugs. Units were out one hour.Pub Date: 3/30/98
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March 31, 2006
On Wednesday, March 29, 2006, THOMAS A. WHILES; beloved husband of Rev. Clare Petersberger. Also survived by his children Richard Whiles, of Houston, TX and Megan Whiles and granddaughter Kinsey Hodge, both of Midland, TX. Also survived by his brother David Whiles, of Midland, TX. A Memorial Service will be held at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville, on Saturday, April 8, at 4 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations...
NEWS
April 4, 2006
Thomas A. Whiles, an artist and former oil company geologist, died of spinal melanoma Wednesday at his Towson home. He was 58. Mr. Whiles was born in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in Midland, Texas. In 1969, he earned a bachelor's degree in music from North Texas State University in Denton. During the 1980s, he earned a bachelor's degree in earth geology, and in the 1990s, a bachelor's degree in mathematics, both from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa. In the 1970s, Mr. Whiles began working in the drafting department of Conoco Oil Co., and in the early 1980s took a similar post at Union Texas Petroleum.
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October 17, 2006
Look no further than the proposed development of 89 acres on the outskirts of tiny St. Michaels for an example of the reckless regard we muster in the name of appreciating our natural resources. The Midland Cos. wants to build a stylish neighborhood of 279 homes, a performing arts center and a pool on farmland adjacent to the town, which boasts of fooling the British in the War of 1812 by hanging lanterns in trees outside the village so a nighttime naval bombardment would miss its mark.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2011
Midland Funding LLC will drop more than 10,000 debt-collection cases against Maryland consumers under a class action settlement approved Wednesday in Baltimore federal court. The dismissed claims, mostly for unpaid credit card debt that Midland bought from creditors, total at least $10.2 million, according to a court document filed Wednesday by the plaintiffs. Consumers filed suit against Midland, a buyer and collector of debt, in September 2009, alleging "prolonged, illegal, and systematic abuse of thousands of Maryland residents.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | October 23, 2007
Maryland Midland Railway Inc., a 70-mile short-line railroad that primarily serves Lehigh Cement Co. in Carroll County, is being sold for about $29.1 million to Greenwich, Conn.-based Genesee & Wyoming Inc., operator of close to 50 short-line and regional freight railroads worldwide. Situated near the York Railway that Genesee & Wyoming already owns, Maryland Midland could eventually link up with that southeastern Pennsylvania line, executives from Maryland Midland and Lehigh, its biggest shareholder, said yesterday.
NEWS
July 9, 2007
INSIDE TODAY WHAT THEY'RE SAYING TODAY'S SUN COLUMNISTS Bring links to Baltimore Maybe Tiger Woods would consider taking his golf tournament - which debuted this weekend in Bethesda - for a ride up the parkway to Baltimore. Sports baltimoresun.com/steele Labelle kicks back A review of the performance by soul sister Patti Labelle, Saturday night's headliner at the African-American Heritage Festival. TODAY baltimoresun.com/criticalmass OTHER VOICES Edward Gunts on architectureToday Michael Dresser on traffic troublesMaryland 5 THINGS TO DO TODAY FAIR TO MIDLAND -- The Dallas quintet, which recently released the CD Fables from a Mayfly, plays at the Recher Theatre, 512 York Road, Towson, at 7 p.m. 69 Eyes, Wednesday 13 and Night Kills the Day also perform.
BUSINESS
By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,Tribune Media Services | December 24, 2006
I have heard Archer Daniels Midland Co. mentioned as a good play on ethanol. What does this stock look like now? - R.C., via the Internet It is a company fueled by fuel. As the largest U.S. producer of ethanol, representing nearly one-third of the industry's output, it has gained powerful momentum from the corn-derived fuel's popularity. It seems destined for continued dominance in that field as it expands capacity to pursue opportunities as a gasoline additive and in the production of biodiesel fuel to reduce global warming.
NEWS
October 17, 2006
Look no further than the proposed development of 89 acres on the outskirts of tiny St. Michaels for an example of the reckless regard we muster in the name of appreciating our natural resources. The Midland Cos. wants to build a stylish neighborhood of 279 homes, a performing arts center and a pool on farmland adjacent to the town, which boasts of fooling the British in the War of 1812 by hanging lanterns in trees outside the village so a nighttime naval bombardment would miss its mark.
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By DAVID P. GREISMAN and DAVID P. GREISMAN,SUN REPORTER | July 16, 2006
A lifelong fascination with trains took Paul Denton on an extended journey, from managing traffic at a New Jersey glass plant to running a Carroll County-based rail company. After working for more than four decades in the transportation industry, Denton reached his last stop: retirement. Denton stepped down on June 30 as president and chief executive officer of Maryland Midland Railway Inc. after spending 20 years with the Union Bridge-based company. With his career of 44 years over, Denton said his dreams have been accomplished.
NEWS
July 31, 1997
The Riviera Beach Spirit, the Riviera Girls Softball League's 12 and under team, is to represent Maryland as the Central Atlantic Champion in the American Softball Association national championships Aug. 4-10 in Midland, Texas.But the team needs to raise about $20,000 to get there.The team will send a letter of appreciation acknowledging donations for tax purposes or its Federal Tax ID No. 31004865 can be used.Information: 410-787-0052.Pub Date: 7/31/97
SPORTS
By Los Angeles Times | July 11, 1991
Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, released last Friday by the California Angels, will report to their Double A farm club at Midland, Texas, Friday, according to Valenzuela's agent, Tony DeMarco.Valenzuela, 30, was 0-2 with a 12.15 earned run average in two attempts at winning the fifth spot in the starting rotation. He was placed on the disabled list June 13, a day after his second start, when an abnormality was found in his cardiogram.Further tests found "crimping" in an artery leading to his heart, a condition that was not deemed serious.
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By LAURA DEMANSKI and LAURA DEMANSKI,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 30, 2006
Black Swan Green David Mitchell Random House / 304 pages / $24.95 English novels named for places tend to emphasize not the particularity but the typicality of those places: See, for instance, George Eliot's Middlemarch and Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford. David Mitchell's glorious fourth novel, Black Swan Green, observes this tradition and does it justice. The West Midlands village has an exotic-sounding name, like words torn from an imagist poem, but the place itself is anything but. It's small, dull, lacking swans of any color, and a brutal setting in which to lead the life of a sensitive, stammering schoolboy.
NEWS
April 4, 2006
Thomas A. Whiles, an artist and former oil company geologist, died of spinal melanoma Wednesday at his Towson home. He was 58. Mr. Whiles was born in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in Midland, Texas. In 1969, he earned a bachelor's degree in music from North Texas State University in Denton. During the 1980s, he earned a bachelor's degree in earth geology, and in the 1990s, a bachelor's degree in mathematics, both from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa. In the 1970s, Mr. Whiles began working in the drafting department of Conoco Oil Co., and in the early 1980s took a similar post at Union Texas Petroleum.
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