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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | May 29, 1991
By refusing to sell 12 condominiums to Omni House, a Glen Burnie developer is costing the rehabilitation program for the mentally ill more than $8,000 in lost fees, housing subsidies and expenses every two months, its finance director testified yesterday.John F. Cuddy, chief accountant and financial director for Omni House, predicted thateven a two-month delay in moving 24 clients into the condominiums would prove expensive. But he didn't put a price on the biggest loss toOmni House -- its hopes of building a better life for people branded"crazy" and banished to mental institutions.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2011
Two companies are warning state regulators that they will collectively be laying off about 150 employees, the state said Monday. Capital One Financial Corp. told the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation that it planned to cut 54 jobs from its information technology department in Laurel, with layoffs starting in October and continuing into January. The company is based in McLean, Va. Separately, federal contractor Omni Corp., which provides property maintenance, repair and other services, said it would lay off 97 employees in the Frederick County community of Emmitsburg Oct. 1. New Mexico-based Omni told the state that its contract to provide services at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg would not be renewed because the work is moving in-house.
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December 26, 1990
The 11th annual Baltimore Sun Foreign Policy Panel is to be held Jan. 10 in the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, starting at 6 p.m. The Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs is the sponsor.Reservations are required. Membership in the council is open to the public. For more information, call 727-2150.
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | October 30, 2005
With a nod to a popular TV series, Omni Hotels has come up with a "Housewives on Hiatus / Girlfriends Getaway Package" featuring a one-night stay at any Omni property, a bottle of wine and various slumber-party games, including one themed to Desperate Housewives. Each girlfriend gets a bag of amenities with slippers and a one-use camera. Although costs vary, we sampled package prices for Nov. 18 and came up with room rates of $229 at the Omni Severin in Indianapolis, $144 at the Omni Majestic in St. Louis and $469 at the Omni Berkshire Place in New York.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | April 17, 1992
A federal judge has ordered a prominent Glen Burnie developer to pay$10,000 in damages to a program for the mentally ill that won a housing discrimination suit against him.U.S. District Judge Marvin J.Garbis also told developer Frank J. Scott to pay legal fees stemmingfrom the suit over 12 two-bedroom condominiums in Cromwell Fountain,a 900-unit complex under construction off New Ordnance Road.The judge ruled in June that Scott had violated fair housing lawsby canceling a $1.4 million sales agreement with Omni House, a rehabilitation program for mentally ill people.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer | February 11, 1993
Westinghouse Electric Corp. has put Baltimore's Omni Inner Harbor Hotel up for sale as part of a plan to liquidate Westinghouse Financial Services, the company's troubled investment arm.The Omni was advertised for sale yesterday in The Sun, the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers. Sealed bids for the hotel are due April 16, and the buyer, if any, would be announced about five days later, said Jim Peterson, executive vice president of Kenney-Wilson Inc., a Santa Monica, Calif.-based broker.
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer | June 5, 1993
The Omni Inner Harbor Hotel is to be sold to a group led by a Dallas investment advisory firm for about $18 million, with a closing likely to occur in August.Hotel general manager Joseph Kane said Patriot American Acquisition Corp. signed a contract Wednesday to buy the hotel from Westinghouse Electric Corp.Westinghouse put the twin-towered hotel up for sale as part of a plan to liquidate its troubled real estate portfolio held by its investment arm, Westinghouse Financial Services.Although the hotel's approximately 450 workers got a 60-day notice of prospective layoffs Thursday, Mr. Kane said few have anything to worry about.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts | September 25, 1990
Baltimore's Omni Inner Harbor Hotel has gained two new restaurants, a multilevel bar, an expanded ballroom, a centralized gift shop and other revamped public spaces as part of a $10 million renovation that is nearing completion this fall.The work has resulted in the creation of 80 to 90 jobs at the Omni, which has more than 500 employees in all.But the greatest change may be that it has enabled the 702-room hotel at 101 W. Fayette St., the largest in the state, "to look and act like the largest hotel in the state," said general manager Joseph R. Kane.
NEWS
By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | May 9, 1991
To keep 24 mentally ill people out of his condominium complex, a prominent Glen Burnie developer canceled a $1.4 million sales agreement and even offered to build them homes elsewhere, witnesses testified in federal court yesterday.Developer Frank J. Scott said he didn'trealize he was selling 12 condominiums to house the "severely" mentally ill when he signed a contract with Omni House last winter. The non-profit rehabilitation program and one of its clients have charged Scott's company, Cromwell Fountain Associates, with housing discrimination.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Staff Writer | January 21, 1993
Omni House Inc., a nonprofit rehabilitation program for the mentally ill, is planning to open a facility in Glen Burnie for senior citizen clients.Omni House has filed an application with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to finance construction of a 12-unit condominium building in the Oakleaf Villas subdivision at 301 Juneberry Way. The building would house 24 mentally ill senior citizens.For the application for state money to be approved, a resolution approving the land use must be passed by the County Council.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2002
Omni House, the struggling Glen Burnie mental health care provider, has received an emergency grant of $49,000 from state health officials to keep its doors open - at least temporarily - and hold off additional service cutbacks. The community-based clinic is one of many around the state trying to cope with a lack of funding and with administrative problems, such as delays in payment, in the state's public mental health system. Several clinics have closed, including two in Anne Arundel, and financial pressures forced Omni House to shut down two of its programs in December.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2002
State and Anne Arundel County officials reached a tentative agreement yesterday to provide emergency funding to Omni House, a Glen Burnie mental health provider that is one of many throughout Maryland reeling from the state's mental health crisis. Under the arrangement - the details of which are being worked out - the county agency that oversees and monitors public mental health service would provide the clinic with a grant to remain open for at least the next few months, the agency's director said.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2002
State and Anne Arundel County officials reached a tentative agreement yesterday to provide emergency funding to Omni House, a Glen Burnie mental health provider that is one of many throughout Maryland reeling from the state's mental health crisis. Under the arrangement - the details of which are being worked out - the county agency that oversees and monitors public mental health service would provide the clinic with a grant to remain open for at least the next few months, the agency's director said.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | February 1, 2002
Feeling the effects of the state's growing mental health crisis, Omni House - a provider of services to Anne Arundel County's poor mentally ill for 20 years - is struggling to remain open after closing two of its clinics. The Glen Burnie facility joins the list of community-based mental health providers across the state that are trying to cope with lack of funding and administrative problems in the state's public mental health system. Financial pressures forced Omni House to close its mental health clinic for children and adolescents two months ago, as well as its substance abuse clinic.
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2000
NAACP President Kweisi Mfume urged travelers yesterday to avoid patronizing the Omni, Radisson, Wyndham and Starwood hotel chains - an action that could have a substantial economic impact on those corporations. African-Americans spend more than $4.6 billion annually in travel and tourism, Mfume said at a news conference at the headquarters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Northwest Baltimore, where he issued grades for 11 of the hotel industry's major chains.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | September 21, 2000
The Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, owned by Wyndham International, will operate under the Wyndham flag next week. "We as a corporation have long thought that Baltimore was a critical market for Wyndham," said Fred H. Stern, vice president of communications for Wyndham International Inc., based in Dallas. "We've always wanted to be part of the downtown hotels." The flag change at the 707-room hotel, which is the largest in the state, coincides with a $6 million upgrade to the West Fayette Street property.
NEWS
By Deidre Nerreau McCabe and Deidre Nerreau McCabe,Staff Writer | October 24, 1992
A state investigation into an Anne Arundel County program for the seriously mentally ill, which was treating a client who held 11 hostages at knifepoint in a Glen Burnie bank last month, has found the program did not violate state regulations and will not be penalized.However, the 13-page report concluded that the state should review its regulations for such community-based programs, "to ensure that the needs of the evolving patient population are met and . . . the community is adequately protected."
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By Deidre Nerreau McCabe and Deidre Nerreau McCabe,Staff Writer | September 28, 1992
Two weeks ago, a 26-year-old mental patient from a Glen Burnie rehabilitation program walked into a local bank and held 11 people hostage at knifepoint for four hours.Four weeks earlier, a patient from Omni House who had once been charged with child sexual assault was forced by police to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after allegedly offering neighborhood boys money to accompany him into nearby woods.Omni House is now being investigated by the state and could lose its license to operate, but some mental health activists and professionals say the blame may lie with the state and courts, which release unfit patients to community-based programs.
BUSINESS
By Amanda J. Crawford and Mark Guidera and Amanda J. Crawford and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2000
Credit card giant Visa and Aether Systems Inc., the fast-growing wireless applications company, said yesterday that they plan to jointly develop a way for people to make credit-card transactions over their cell phones, pagers and other hand-held devices. The new services could be unveiled as early as this summer, Owings Mills-based Aether said. Also yesterday, OmniSky Corp., a joint venture of Aether and California-based 3Com Corp., announced the launch of a wireless Internet service.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chicago Tribune | February 7, 2000
OmniPage Pro 10 could be the best software on the planet when it comes to the nuts and bolts of scanning documents into a PC and accurately converting their words into readable text. The reason is that OCR (optical character recognition) giant Caere merged with two other OCR powers, Calera Recognition Systems and Recognita, and also merged these companies' features into its own product. The result: What Caere misses, Calera or Recognita often catches. When the software is set for maximum accuracy rather than top speed, the performance is downright awesome, churning out 99 percent accurate conversions of simple black text on white paper documents.
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