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March 3, 2014
It's disheartening and downright shameful Baltimore City can't account for almost $40 million in grant money ( "Mayor to create a post to oversee city grant dollars," Feb. 27). If I ran my life that way, I'd be out of a job and on the street! However, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake doesn't need to create a post to oversee grant money, she has a management group already in place, namely the Office of CitiStat. It's on the Baltimore website, by the way, and it looks like a perfect place to investigate mismanagement of funds.
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HEALTH
Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
A database in Kentucky that has tracked potentially dangerous and addictive prescriptions dispensed in the state for the past 15 years has become a national model by helping significantly reduce so-called doctor-shopping for pain drugs. Federal data show the state has dropped from the second-highest abuser of prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Percocet to 31st. But what it and other states cannot show is that such programs cut down on overdose deaths from all legal and illegal drugs, a lesson not lost on Maryland as its joins every other state in launching its own prescription drug monitoring system.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Dan Gillmor and Dan Gillmor,SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS | June 11, 2001
IF YOU'RE READING this in a newspaper, you're using a medium that's been centuries in the making and doesn't have all that much room for technical improvement. But if you're reading it on a screen - a standard video or liquid-crystal display - the best is definitely ahead. Displays are a relatively unsung, though vital, piece of the technology world. The industry has given us better products at lower prices in recent years. But displays don't improve at the pace of Moore's Law, which helps double processing power on a regular basis, so we don't see the jaw-dropping changes that mark so many other technology products.
NEWS
By Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Some foster children were placed in the care of relatives with a history of alleged abuse or neglect because Maryland's social services agency did not properly monitor local agencies, according to a new audit. State auditors found that 16 children, ranging in age from 2 months to nearly 5 years old, were put in the care of relatives despite "credible evidence of abuse or neglect" by them before or during the placements. The Office of Legislative Audits, which released the report this week, reviewed records from July 2010 to January 2013.
NEWS
By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer | November 24, 1994
Monitoring the Baltimore County schools' $580 million budget is good business, not an attempt to micro-manage the schools, said County Executive-elect C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III.That's why Mr. Ruppersberger has appointed Robin L. Churchill, an accountant in the county auditor's office, to his staff specifically to be a $60,000-a-year "watchdog" over the school budget, which accounts for about half of all the money the county spends annually."
BUSINESS
By MICHAEL J. HIMOWITZ | August 23, 1993
The outraged letter from Bob was typical of several I've received lately:"I just bought a computer with a 14-inch monitor. When I got it home, I thought the screen looked a little small. So I measured it, and it was only 12 1/2 inches across. I thought maybe someone had made a mistake, so I called the store, and they said that's what you get when you buy a 14-inch monitor. Am I getting ripped off, or what?"Welcome to the fuzzy world of cathode ray tubes, an anomaly in a computer universe defined by precise specifications for just about everything else.
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,Sun Reporter | May 21, 2008
A report released yesterday by the state's independent juvenile justice monitor says that conditions are worsening at the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center and that programming is lacking at the Victor Cullen Center, a new secure facility in Western Maryland. The monitor's findings are the latest in a string of reports critical of conditions in the 144-bed Baltimore center, where observers have documented youth-on-youth violence and assaults on staff members. Department of Juvenile Services officials say improving safety there is a priority, but yesterday's report suggests that more could be done.
ENTERTAINMENT
By MIKE HIMOWITZ | March 15, 1999
Not long ago, I got a new computer at work, and it was an eye-opener -- literally. Sure, the new IBM Pentium II machine was a much faster computer than the creaky, 133-MHz system that it replaced, but what really impressed me was the monitor -- a bright, crisp, beautiful 17-inch display that made working a pleasure.The strange thing was that I'd never had any complaints about the old monitor. Over the years, I'd just grown used to the gradual decline in its sharpness -- a phenomenon that afflicts all heavily used cathode ray tubes.
NEWS
March 20, 2002
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to monitor fish passages at various sites in Maryland, including Sawmill Creek in Glen Burnie. Volunteers will ensure that passages for migratory fish swimming upstream are clear of debris. They also will monitor water temperature and track fish species and volume. A workshop for volunteers will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation headquarters in Annapolis. Information: 443-482-2155.
BUSINESS
By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | June 26, 2008
I just purchased a new Nikon professional-quality digital camera that allows interchangeable lenses. My old camera produced great pictures right off the storage card. But now I usually need to adjust my pictures using Photoshop Elements before they look right to me. Do I have a defective camera? - Debra McCarthy I can't know, but I can offer some possibilities. First, there are more settings with a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex), so it could be that you need to spend more time with the manual and experimenting - always a good idea before shooting big moments.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
State health officials are urging Marylanders to be wary of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus and, now, the dengue-like virus chikungunya - raising concerns after it was reported in a Florida man Thursday. The chikungunya case is believed to be the first that was contracted in the U.S.; other cases had been reported in people who had recently traveled to areas where the virus is prevalent. That is raising concern over the possible spread of the virus, which is not usually fatal but can cause fever and debilitating joint pain and cannot be treated.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | July 14, 2014
Federal environmental officials may be overestimating farm pollution reductions in the Chesapeake Bay, contends a Washington environmental group, which also finds that phosphorus and algae concentrations in rivers on Maryland's Eastern Shore have shown no real improvement over the last decade Those are the conclusions of a pair of reports released Monday by the Environmental Integrity Project. State monitoring data showed no reduction in phosphorus levels in eight waterways on the Shore from 2003 to 2013, while concentrations actually worsened in three rivers: the Nanticoke, the Sassafras, and the Transquaking.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
With the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline three weeks away, the Orioles are pursuing trade options, including an upgrade of their starting rotation. According to industry sources, the Orioles have been closely monitoring and gathering background information on Colorado Rockies veteran left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa, 33, is not a stranger to Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, who was in charge of the Boston Red Sox in 2001 when the club signed De La Rosa out of the Mexican League.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
A plan by Anne Arundel County school officials to realign an office that monitors minority achievement prompted tense moments during Wednesday's school board meeting, heightened by a former school board member referring to interim Superintendent Mamie Perkins as "Aunt Jemima. " Last week, Perkins announced plans to reorganize the system's Office of Equity and Human Relations, an office that has been a liaison between the school system and the community on issues related to achievement and discipline gaps for minority students.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Sen. Ben Cardin will join a congressional delegation headed to Ukraine this weekend to monitor the country's presidential election, which is taking place amid that country's tense standoff with Russia. The Maryland Democrat and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will join Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, and other lawmakers taking part in an international effort to ensure voters are allowed to choose the country's new leader without intimidation. "We're there to support the Ukrainians -- that's the message we'll carry with our physical presence," said Cardin.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
Ana Rule stepped onto a balcony outside the Inn at the Black Olive Sunday morning to check the first results of an unusual air-monitoring effort - one intended to make sure official monitoring across the street is accurate. The hotel in Baltimore's Fells Point overlooks Harbor Point, the planned $1.8 billion mixed-use development on land where a factory once processed chromium. Contaminated soil - capped years ago to keep the toxic chemicals under control - would be temporarily exposed during the early part of the work there.
NEWS
By Martin C. Evans | July 18, 1991
Baltimore, which for years has been criticized by federal officials for lax oversight of city programs receiving federal block grants, yesterday agreed to hire 10 auditors to ensure that expenditures are properly monitored.Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development officials yesterday acknowledged that the present eight monitors are inadequate to oversee the spending of 83 groups that get block grants in the city. Block grant rules require the city to monitor the groups, which provide a range of non-profit services from low-income housing development to community block-watch programs, quarterly.
BUSINESS
By Phillip Robinson and Phillip Robinson,Knight-Ridder News Service | May 3, 1993
Choosing the right PC monitor is like choosing the right wine. There are some clear differences, and you can get lots of "you've gotta do it this way" advice, but in the end, the choice comes down to your own tastes.But before revealing my favorites, let's take a quick detour to consider some technical specifications you'll encounter along the way:* Multifrequency: this means the monitor can work with many different graphics adapters and computers, something you want.* Super VGA: SVGA, as it's commonly known, means it works with today's typical programs; you'll want that.
NEWS
March 3, 2014
It's disheartening and downright shameful Baltimore City can't account for almost $40 million in grant money ( "Mayor to create a post to oversee city grant dollars," Feb. 27). If I ran my life that way, I'd be out of a job and on the street! However, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake doesn't need to create a post to oversee grant money, she has a management group already in place, namely the Office of CitiStat. It's on the Baltimore website, by the way, and it looks like a perfect place to investigate mismanagement of funds.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
A week after the University of Maryland learned it was the target of a sophisticated data breach, President Wallace D. Loh said Tuesday that the university would extend free credit protection services to the 309,000 students, alumni and employees affected from the one year it had previously announced to five years. The university discovered last week that the Social Security numbers, birth dates and names of all students, faculty and staff issued a university ID card at College Park and at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville since 1998 had been stolen.
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