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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2012
The organizers of last year's Baltimore Grand Prix made their final payment on their overdue city tax bill this week, the state comptroller's office said Thursday. The payment comes as the city prepares for this year's three-day open-wheel racing festival from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, which is being organized by a new group of local investors and racing promoters. Baltimore Racing Development put on the inaugural IndyCar racing festival over Labor Day weekend last year. City officials expressed confidence in the racing group in the lead-up to the race, but soon afterward acknowledged that the group had fallen behind in hundreds of thousands of dollars of payments to the city and state.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1998
The Anne Arundel Trade Council and the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce merged yesterday to become one of the largest business networking groups in the state, which they hope will give them additional legislative influence.The new Annapolis and Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce has a membership of 1,300, which makes it the same size as the Maryland and Harford County chambers of commerce. The three groups are the biggest of the 64 chambers in Maryland, said Joan Hatfield of the state group.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | December 17, 1992
WASHINGTON -- If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Bil Clinton and his middle-road Democratic colleagues who pulled their party to the center this year should feel highly flattered by the latest development in the opposition party.The formation of a new Republican Majority Coalition by a notable group of GOP moderates and fiscal conservatives to rescue the GOP from religious-right excesses is much like the creation by Clinton and others of the Democratic Leadership Council to counter the excesses of New Deal liberalism.
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May 10, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakesays the new organizers she has selected for September's Baltimore Grand Prix - including a member of the legendary Andretti family - "have what it takes to move forward and make this world-class sporting event successful for Baltimore. " Isn't that what she said about the last group of people she brought in to save the race? That the lead promoter, Dale Dillon, was a race-savior who would make sure everything went smoothly this year? (Unless, as it happened, he stopped talking to his Baltimore-based partners and dropped off the face of the Earth?
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August 8, 1992
Does Baltimore need another group of businessmen to examine the city's business climate? Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke apparently believes the current organizations are not doing the job. He appointed a 40-member group -- called the Development Incentives Task Force -- to examine what programs are needed to retain and attract business and improve the city's general business conditions. This group may be just what is needed at this time.These are unhappy times for city companies. It may be a result of the nation's weak economy, but a sense of malaise permeates the city.
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April 25, 1993
There's no other way to describe it: The Butta commission was massacred by the 1993 General Assembly. Out of 42 bills submitted to streamline and economize government, virtually lTC everything of substance was rejected. So much for the concern of senators and delegates for making state government more efficient and less costly to taxpayers.Lawmakers were in no mood to rock the boat. Public employee unions effectively opposed the bills. So did other affected interest groups. Since there was no countervailing public clamor for government overhaul, the Butta bills never had a chance.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1996
A group of 12 Hispanic business people and community activists has begun meeting in hopes of creating a nonprofit corporation that could help provide technical assistance and low-interest loans to Latino entrepreneurs in Baltimore.Participants say they hope the corporation will replace the Hispanic Business Association, a group of Hispanic business people that has been criticized as ineffective and divided since its founding a year ago.Five of the 12 participants in the discussions were members of that association.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer | December 3, 1993
When a story lumps Thomas Jefferson, Renaissance madrigals, a world-renowned master illusionist, African drumming, Irish folk songs, ice dancing and Russian choral music together in the same paragraph, it can only mean one thing: First Night is back.For the fourth straight New Year's Eve, downtown Annapolis, from the West Street corridor to St. John's College to the City Dock, will play host to a diverse, family-oriented, nonalcoholic celebration of the arts to usher in the new year.As in the past, a single $8 button ($12 if purchased after Dec. 15)
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2003
Carroll County's volunteer emergency workers approved yesterday a proposal designed to strengthen their political power by uniting three groups representing firefighters, fire chiefs and paramedics. The move to combine the organization representing the county's 14 fire chiefs and one for paramedics with the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association was approved by a 51-13 vote at the association's 80th annual convention in Union Bridge. After a brief discussion in which John Korman, a Hampstead delegate and former association president, argued unsuccessfully that the vote ran against bylaws, outgoing association President C. Douglas Bostian called for a vote by secret ballot.
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By Dolly Merritt and Dolly Merritt,Contributing Writer | February 17, 1993
Sylvia Kaplan resisted when her daughter first encouraged her in 1989 to attend a meeting of the Insighters, a support group for the visually impaired."
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