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By Dan Thanh Dang | November 9, 2008
The Federal Reserve is cracking down on scams targeting distressed homeowners that mimic mailings sent out by mortgage industry alliance HOPE NOW, a group brought together under the arm of the U.S. Treasury to modify mortgages for people at risk of losing their homes. Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the Federal Reserve reached out to the Federal Communications Commission last month to warn homeowners about a Web site that copied the alliance's site. The scam site has been shut down. But HOPE NOW says that "copycat" mailings have also been sent to homeowners.
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By Justin George and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
The teenager who led a deadly January assault at The Mall in Columbia did not target his victims, but planned a killing spree inspired by the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, Howard County police revealed Wednesday. In a wide-ranging news conference that provided new details about the crime, police said Darion Marcus Aguilar was torn between violent impulses and efforts to treat his psychiatric problems. For months before the Jan. 25 incident, the 19-year-old had been frequenting websites that promoted violence and researching mass shootings on the Internet.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | August 22, 1997
When Mira Sorvino won an Oscar a couple of years back, instead of a golden statuette, someone should have handed her a can of Raid. It could've been a useful reminder: "Mira, baby, you just won an Academy Award. You don't have to make Grade B horror movies about human-sized roaches anymore."Hard to figure what Sorvino ("Mighty Aphrodite") is doing in "Mimic," let alone the estimable Charles Dutton, the exotic Giancarlo Giannini or the exquisite F. Murray Abraham (also an Oscar winner). "Mimic" is not a movie that exactly showcases acting talent (although Dutton, as an MTA cop, comes closest with an energetic, comic turn)
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2012
Days after undergoing gastric bypass surgery, Brenda Maker's diabetes was gone — her body producing enough of the hormone insulin to turn sugar into fuel. It's a phenomenon seen in recent years by doctors who increasingly are using the operation not only to help patients lose weight and improve their health generally but specifically to address the national epidemic of Type 2 diabetes. Now some researchers at the University of Maryland believe their work may explain why the surgery succeeds, and how a common drug may be used to induce similar effects.
NEWS
By THE BALTIMORE ZOO | August 8, 2001
do you KNOW? Where is Bali? Answer: Bali is a small island in the Indo-Pacific region of the world. 1. There are fewer than 30 of these birds left in the world. 2. This bird was first "discovered" by scientists in 1913. 3. The Bali Mynah can mimic human speech! learn MORE! Visit the Bali Mynah at the Baltimore Zoo. Read The Amazing Book of Bird Records by Samuel G. Woods.
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By Knight-Ridder | March 8, 1991
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- In one of the first efforts nationwide to mimic a new federal law, a bill has been introduced in the state legislature that would force pharmaceutical firms to give $40 million the first year in price breaks to the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly program."
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By Diego Ribadeneira and Diego Ribadeneira,BOSTON GLOBE | December 17, 1995
File this one under the category of "who cares?"In next month's Spin, Madonna tells us she was "devastated" by the O. J. Simpson verdict, thinks Mario Cuomo would make an "incredible" president and would "fly into a rage" if she ever got into a room with the pope.Madonna tries to come off as an introspective, philosophical artist in a lengthy interview with Bob Guccione Jr. But her insights into O. J., race relations and Catholicism sound contrived and fatuous and are undermined by her relentless use of epithets.
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By Robert Cooke and Robert Cooke,NEWSDAY | March 11, 1998
An extra helping of prestige with your chocolate?According to food consultant Maricel Presilla, it won't be long before Venezuelan cacao bean growers offer "estate grown" chocolates, which she said have "incredible chocolate flavor."The improvements in chocolate are expected because of better scientific understanding of chocolate itself, better growing practices for cacao trees, more attention to the varieties of cacao beans and control over quality and processing.At a recent symposium on "the science of chocolate," Presilla said that Venezuela is already producing regional types of chocolate -- and they have "enormous flavor differences."
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April 6, 2005
Sorvino is bugged in `Mimic' There's a new, deadly kind of vermin on the loose in Mimic (8 p.m.-10 p.m., TMC). Mira Sorvino stars as the researcher who accidentally developed the creatures and now needs to invent the ultimate bug spray, quick. At a glance The West Wing (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) - Santos, Russell and Hoynes fight over Democratic Convention delegates. NBC. Kevin Hill(9 p.m.-10 p.m., WUTB, Channel 24) - Kevin defends his mentor against a sexual harassment lawsuit.
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By Renee Tawa and Renee Tawa,Los Angeles Daily News | December 4, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- Children of the '60s, where have you gone?For 17 years, UCLA professor Thomas S. Weisner and his colleagues followed more than 200 families -- those with "hippie" parents -- and their children.The UCLA team wanted to see the effects of the parents' lifestyles and values on their junior high school-age kids. They studied single moms and unmarried couples living together -- common today but unusual in those days -- and families in communes.Weisner, 47, an anthropology professor, said, "There were concerns they might have health problems because of different diets, not do well in school because of different lifestyles of their parents, or they might be stigmatized . . . and in addition, these families were performing social experiments."
NEWS
By Pat McDonough | July 18, 2010
The myths, misinformation and misleading rhetoric directed at Arizona's new immigration law are overwhelming. The Arizona law is nothing more than a duplication of portions of the existing federal Immigration Act, which has been in power for many years. However, that power has not been executed by numerous presidents, both Democrat and Republican. As a result, the states have had to enact their own legislation in order to protect citizens from the burdens created by illegal aliens. The federal Immigration Act has been challenged numerous times and found to be constitutionally sound.
BUSINESS
By Dan Thanh Dang | November 9, 2008
The Federal Reserve is cracking down on scams targeting distressed homeowners that mimic mailings sent out by mortgage industry alliance HOPE NOW, a group brought together under the arm of the U.S. Treasury to modify mortgages for people at risk of losing their homes. Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the Federal Reserve reached out to the Federal Communications Commission last month to warn homeowners about a Web site that copied the alliance's site. The scam site has been shut down. But HOPE NOW says that "copycat" mailings have also been sent to homeowners.
SPORTS
By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter | February 1, 2007
MIAMI -- Rex Grossman's parents live 45 minutes south of Indianapolis and own Colts season tickets. But the family tree of the Chicago Bears quarterback has roots reaching to when the Colts played in Baltimore. Grossman's grandfather, Rex Grossman Sr., played three seasons (1948 to 1950) for the Baltimore Colts. "My grandfather died right before I was born, but my dad told me stories about him," said Grossman, whose grandfather died of a heart attack in 1980 at age 56. "I was raised ... to always play tough and be intense and have a lot of fun."
NEWS
September 3, 2006
Abolish parole for sex offenders According to a Study by the U.S. Department of Justice titled "Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released from Prison in 1994," 9,691 male sex offenders were released from 15 states, including Maryland. Of this population, 4,295 were documented as released child molesters. Some of the facts gleaned from that study are as follows: Released sex offenders were 4 times more likely to be rearrested for a sex crime compared to non-sex offenders released from State prisons.
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By LYNN UNDERWOOD and LYNN UNDERWOOD,MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE | August 5, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brett Hanson wanted the "look of an old European courtyard" in his backyard. So instead of putting in a concrete slab, the paver distributor hired a landscape designer to create an "outdoor room" -- complete with a patio, seating area and circular fire pit. The material of choice? Cobblestone pavers. Made of tumbled concrete, the newest generation of pavers gives the illusion of weathered stone. Hanson is among the growing number of homeowners who are rejecting cold, concrete slabs for warmer, more sophisticated alternatives to outfit the outdoor rooms they use for entertaining and relaxing.
BUSINESS
By TRICIA BISHOP and TRICIA BISHOP,SUN REPORTER | April 9, 2006
A three-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, two-level condo in Federal Hill with parking, storage, a rooftop deck, washer/dryer and central air for $1,200 per month? Could it be? Nope. The March 29 advertisement for an apartment on craigslist.org - fabulous pictures and all - seemed too good to be true. In the end, it was. It turns out that the ad, originally placed by homeowner Les Kollegian with a much higher monthly rent, had been temporarily hijacked by a prankster. Its amenities were embellished, rent discounted and a new contact name and number stuck at the bottom, urging readers to call someone named Josh.
NEWS
By LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 10, 2004
PROVIDENCE, R.I . - A veteran TV reporter was sentenced yesterday to six months' home confinement for refusing to disclose who had provided him with an FBI videotape showing a local politician taking a bribe. Chief U.S. District Judge Ernest C. Torres said the only reason he was not sending Jim Taricani, 55, to prison was that he has serious health problems, including a compromised immune system resulting from a 1996 heart transplant. "I am very saddened and disappointed by what has happened in this case," Torres said, adding that he disliked "sentencing a reporter whom I have admired and respected for many years."
FEATURES
By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC | November 30, 2002
New York art dealer Leo Castelli had it. So did museum founders Henry Walters and Duncan Phillips. And both of Baltimore's Cone sisters, Etta and Claribel, had it, too. It's an "eye," of course: a combination of intuition, sensibility, training and personal experience that allows art lovers to spot a work of quality. And if you've ever doubted the utility of a good eye in appreciating contemporary art, a visit to the current show at Gallery International ought to convince you there's still a place for this time-honored faculty.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | July 2, 2005
NEW YORK - Morgan Stanley Chief Executive Officer John J. Mack may consider selling the company's asset-management business as he takes over the world's largest securities firm that he helped create eight years ago. Mack told analysts during a conference call Thursday that Citigroup Inc.'s announced sale of its fund unit to Legg Mason Inc. may be worth mimicking. "You have to question now your ability to gather assets with your own in-house funds, so that right there is a strategic question," he said.
FEATURES
April 6, 2005
Sorvino is bugged in `Mimic' There's a new, deadly kind of vermin on the loose in Mimic (8 p.m.-10 p.m., TMC). Mira Sorvino stars as the researcher who accidentally developed the creatures and now needs to invent the ultimate bug spray, quick. At a glance The West Wing (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) - Santos, Russell and Hoynes fight over Democratic Convention delegates. NBC. Kevin Hill(9 p.m.-10 p.m., WUTB, Channel 24) - Kevin defends his mentor against a sexual harassment lawsuit.
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