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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2010
A former UMBC employee pleaded guilty to stealing $9,800 from the university so he could decorate his Catonsville home with oriental rugs, the attorney general's office announced Tuesday. Francis P. Nunoo-Quarcoo, former director of the university's visual arts department, created fake invoices for repairs to silk screening equipment, the attorney general's office said, but used the money to buy rugs from an Ellicott City shop. As a director, he had the authority to approve the invoices.
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By Colin Campbell and Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
A pair of people drunkenly stole an empty Anne Arundel County school bus, crashed it twice, smashed out the windows and tried to torch it before ditching it in the woods in Davidsonville Tuesday morning, police said. The motive? Travis Edward Champagne and Nicole Jo-Ann Adams, charged in the incident, were "looking for change to purchase cigarettes," police said. During a search, the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Aviation Unit spotted the bus badly damaged under power lines near Governor's Bridge and Strawberry Run roads just before 9 a.m., police said.
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Yvonne Wenger | May 18, 2012
Baltimore has a gem online that's worth exploring for a few minutes the next time you're info-snacking on the web. CityView is Baltimore's online database that lets you plug in your address, or any other address you're interested in, and search for crab houses that are nearby, local food trucks or libraries within walking distance. The site is a map-based portal that plots addresses by neighborhood. The city bills the site as being useful for residents, visitors, researchers and businessmen and women.
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July 25, 2013
When it comes to accessing public information, the Free State isn't all that free. The law requires state and local government agencies to make records of all kinds available to the public, and although it is allowed certain exceptions, the government is supposed to err on the side of disclosure. But in practice, requests under Maryland's Public Information Act are routinely subject to delays, responses are frequently incomplete and the fees charged for accessing material every Marylander is supposed to have a right to see are often arbitrary and excessive.
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by Annie Linskey | October 22, 2012
Two of the state's most visible supporters of Maryland's same-sex marriage law will lead weekly rallies at the Gallaudet University campus starting Thursday to urge the reinstatement Angela McCaskill , who was suspended from her job there for signing a petition to put the law on the ballot. "It is the height of hypocrisy for an institution that claims to support individual choice and freedom of expression to deprive that freedom to someone they assume has a different opinion with respect to this policy issue,” said Delman Coates , of Mt. Enon Baptist Church in Prince George's County and Donte Hickman, of Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore in a joint statement.
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By Colin Campbell and Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
A pair of people drunkenly stole an empty Anne Arundel County school bus, crashed it twice, smashed out the windows and tried to torch it before ditching it in the woods in Davidsonville Tuesday morning, police said. The motive? Travis Edward Champagne and Nicole Jo-Ann Adams, charged in the incident, were "looking for change to purchase cigarettes," police said. During a search, the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Aviation Unit spotted the bus badly damaged under power lines near Governor's Bridge and Strawberry Run roads just before 9 a.m., police said.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2013
Baltimore County residents: Feel free to get nosy about your neighbors' property taxes. A new online database from The Baltimore Sun allows users to find the assessed value and the amount of tax paid for any Baltimore County home or commercial property . The database contains numbers from the tax year that ended June 30, 2012, and gives users multiple search options. In addition to looking up a property by address, users can search by the property owner's name, the assessed value, the tax amount or the credit amount.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | June 1, 2012
"Dragon's Dogma" Xbox 360/PS3 Capcom Rating: 3 stars out of 4 “Dragon's Dogma” has the elements of everything you'd expect from an open-world action role-playing game with a fantasy setting. Even the box art smacks of a “Dungeons and Dragons” guide. Once you get inside “Dragon's Dogma,” you realize that it is unlike any fantasy RPG (or almost any) game you've played before. The key feature of “Dragon's Dogma” is the “pawn” system, a format that allows the player to create one “main pawn,” a character that follows you perpetually, and two other pawns that are sourced from an online database of other players' pawns.
NEWS
July 25, 2013
When it comes to accessing public information, the Free State isn't all that free. The law requires state and local government agencies to make records of all kinds available to the public, and although it is allowed certain exceptions, the government is supposed to err on the side of disclosure. But in practice, requests under Maryland's Public Information Act are routinely subject to delays, responses are frequently incomplete and the fees charged for accessing material every Marylander is supposed to have a right to see are often arbitrary and excessive.
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By Jason Felch, Kim Christensen and Kevin Rector, Tribune Newspapers | October 18, 2012
The veil was lifted Thursday on decades of confidential sexual-abuse allegations in the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America with the court-ordered release of more than 1,200 of the organization's "perversion files. " The files offer the public an unprecedented look at how suspected molestations were handled by one of the nation's leading youth organizations from the early 1960s through 1985, a time when awareness of sexual abuse was evolving rapidly. The files are from all over the country, including Baltimore and across Maryland.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2013
Baltimore County residents: Feel free to get nosy about your neighbors' property taxes. A new online database from The Baltimore Sun allows users to find the assessed value and the amount of tax paid for any Baltimore County home or commercial property . The database contains numbers from the tax year that ended June 30, 2012, and gives users multiple search options. In addition to looking up a property by address, users can search by the property owner's name, the assessed value, the tax amount or the credit amount.
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | October 22, 2012
Two of the state's most visible supporters of Maryland's same-sex marriage law will lead weekly rallies at the Gallaudet University campus starting Thursday to urge the reinstatement Angela McCaskill , who was suspended from her job there for signing a petition to put the law on the ballot. "It is the height of hypocrisy for an institution that claims to support individual choice and freedom of expression to deprive that freedom to someone they assume has a different opinion with respect to this policy issue,” said Delman Coates , of Mt. Enon Baptist Church in Prince George's County and Donte Hickman, of Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore in a joint statement.
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By Jason Felch, Kim Christensen and Kevin Rector, Tribune Newspapers | October 18, 2012
The veil was lifted Thursday on decades of confidential sexual-abuse allegations in the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America with the court-ordered release of more than 1,200 of the organization's "perversion files. " The files offer the public an unprecedented look at how suspected molestations were handled by one of the nation's leading youth organizations from the early 1960s through 1985, a time when awareness of sexual abuse was evolving rapidly. The files are from all over the country, including Baltimore and across Maryland.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | June 19, 2012
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been accepting consumer complaints about credit cards for close to a year. Today, the agency made a database of those complaints available online. You can see the names of the card issuers griped about, the gist of the complaint and company's response and the consumer's zip code. The CFPB says it has received 16,840 credit card complaints, with the most common complaint involving billing disputes. The agency sent 84 percent of those complaints to the card issuers, while the rest went to other regulators or were incomplete.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | June 1, 2012
"Dragon's Dogma" Xbox 360/PS3 Capcom Rating: 3 stars out of 4 “Dragon's Dogma” has the elements of everything you'd expect from an open-world action role-playing game with a fantasy setting. Even the box art smacks of a “Dungeons and Dragons” guide. Once you get inside “Dragon's Dogma,” you realize that it is unlike any fantasy RPG (or almost any) game you've played before. The key feature of “Dragon's Dogma” is the “pawn” system, a format that allows the player to create one “main pawn,” a character that follows you perpetually, and two other pawns that are sourced from an online database of other players' pawns.
BUSINESS
Yvonne Wenger | May 18, 2012
Baltimore has a gem online that's worth exploring for a few minutes the next time you're info-snacking on the web. CityView is Baltimore's online database that lets you plug in your address, or any other address you're interested in, and search for crab houses that are nearby, local food trucks or libraries within walking distance. The site is a map-based portal that plots addresses by neighborhood. The city bills the site as being useful for residents, visitors, researchers and businessmen and women.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | June 19, 2012
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been accepting consumer complaints about credit cards for close to a year. Today, the agency made a database of those complaints available online. You can see the names of the card issuers griped about, the gist of the complaint and company's response and the consumer's zip code. The CFPB says it has received 16,840 credit card complaints, with the most common complaint involving billing disputes. The agency sent 84 percent of those complaints to the card issuers, while the rest went to other regulators or were incomplete.
NEWS
By Mary Umberger and Mary Umberger,Chicago Tribune | April 29, 2007
Ron Simmons is part of a team slogging its way from California to Chicago, one photograph at a time. As the real estate appraiser and his colleagues inch down the streets of suburban San Francisco, they pause in front of every home and take its picture. One recent day, he photographed 900 buildings in seven hours. "It was a good day," said Simmons, though he added that his feet hurt. Simmons and a half-dozen employees of his appraisal team in Antioch, Calif., have been on Northern California streets since February as part of a cross-country journey undertaken by the Zaio Corp.
NEWS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2010
A former UMBC employee pleaded guilty to stealing $9,800 from the university so he could decorate his Catonsville home with oriental rugs, the attorney general's office announced Tuesday. Francis P. Nunoo-Quarcoo, former director of the university's visual arts department, created fake invoices for repairs to silk screening equipment, the attorney general's office said, but used the money to buy rugs from an Ellicott City shop. As a director, he had the authority to approve the invoices.
NEWS
By Mary Umberger and Mary Umberger,Chicago Tribune | April 29, 2007
Ron Simmons is part of a team slogging its way from California to Chicago, one photograph at a time. As the real estate appraiser and his colleagues inch down the streets of suburban San Francisco, they pause in front of every home and take its picture. One recent day, he photographed 900 buildings in seven hours. "It was a good day," said Simmons, though he added that his feet hurt. Simmons and a half-dozen employees of his appraisal team in Antioch, Calif., have been on Northern California streets since February as part of a cross-country journey undertaken by the Zaio Corp.
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