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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUNS STAFF | December 23, 2003
Naming state buildings after politicians isn't uncommon, but Maryland's bureaucrats have far fewer monuments to their efforts. Yesterday, however, former State Highway Administration chief Hal Kassoff of Columbia emerged from the pack. The state's 8-year-old Statewide Operations Center south of Baltimore-Washington International Airport was renamed for Kassoff in ceremonies held at the Anne Arundel County building. Kassoff, who served all of his 25 years in the agency under Democratic governors, was fired as SHA administrator in 1996 by then-Gov.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
A decade-old loan forgiveness program with Morgan Stanley will move forward Wednesday after Baltimore's spending panel agreed to give the company more time to meet its job-creation goals. The Board of Estimates, controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, approved modifications to the plan without discussion. The city and the New York-based investment bank agreed in 2003 to expand an operations center in Baltimore based on economic development incentives. The city agreed to loan the company $3.25 million - half of which could be forgiven - on the condition that Morgan Stanley created 1,500 jobs by 2018.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | December 24, 1999
The computer screens are blank, and the glass-walled strategy room is empty. The cavernous amphitheater is cold and silent.But in a few days, the tan masonry building on a country road in Reisterstown will hum to life as the year 2000 dawns, providing the first real test of the new Maryland Emergency Operations Center.Opened last month to replace a 50-year-old underground bunker in Pikesville, the $4.5 million facility features all the tools government officials need to handle a disaster: an array of computers tied to fiber-optic lines, backup power and enough food, water and fuel to maintain workers for two weeks.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
Calvert Center, a 17-story office building between Mercy Medical Center and Battle Monument Park, is set to go to auction in October, the auctioneer announced. The roughly 412,000-square-foot high-rise, which formerly housed Bank of America's local operations center, is to be sold at auction on Oct. 11. Bids must be at least $14 per square foot, according to CBRE Auction Services. Seven percent of the building, located at 225 N. Calvert St., is currently occupied, auction materials say. Several major downtown office buildings have been put up for sale recently.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | February 4, 1994
Carroll County's Emergency Services Operations, working to upgrade its antiquated radio dispatch system to a new 800 megahertz, high-tech communication system for police, fire and medic units, hopes to have the new frequencies assigned within a month, the county commissioners were told yesterday.Howard S. "Buddy" Redman, chief of the Bureau of Emergency Services Operations, said the Federal Communications Commission is expected approve the new frequencies.The new frequencies have been approved by Region 20 of the FCC.J.
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By David Conn and David Conn,Staff Writer Staff writer Kim Clark contributed to this article | October 6, 1993
NationsBank Corp. plans to eliminate about 1,200 jobs in the Baltimore-to-Virginia region as it merges with MNC Financial Inc. over the next 18 months.The company said yesterday that more than half of the cuts would stem from the closing of its Hyattsville operations center, whose functions would be split between Baltimore and Richmond.The Charlotte, N.C.-based NationsBank said the lost jobs, which amount to 10 percent to 12 percent of the positions in the region, represent all of the reductions expected from the acquisition of MNC. That deal was completed Friday.
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By David Conn and David Conn,Staff Writer Staff writer Kim Clark contributed to this article | October 6, 1993
NationsBank Corp. plans to eliminate about 1,200 jobs in the Baltimore-to-Virginia region as it merges with MNC Financial Inc. over the next 18 months.The company said yesterday that more than half of the cuts would stem from the closing of its Hyattsville operations center, whose functions would be split between Baltimore and Richmond.The Charlotte, N.C.-based NationsBank said the lost jobs,which amount to 10 percent to 12 percent of the positions in the region, represent all of the reductions expected from the acquisition of MNC. That deal was completed Friday.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN STAFF | February 26, 1996
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When the MARC commuter train slammed into Amtrak's Capitol Limited in a deadly spiral of fire and twisted steel, a dispatcher some 800 miles to the south witnessed the disaster in an antiseptic, futuristic fashion.Inside the operations center of CSX Transportation Inc., the dispatcher, like dozens of others in this large, circular and windowless room, wore a headset and sat behind two computer terminals, monitoring the movement of Baltimore-area trains on a 9-foot-tall screen, a multicolored patchwork of lines and numbers encircling the room.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,Washington Bureau | December 3, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Congress is expanding a probe triggered b the State Department's search of Bill Clinton's passport file to find out if there was a more pervasive and systemic violation of privacy than has already been uncovered.The General Accounting Office, the congressional investigative arm, was asked this week to broaden a probe into secret monitoring of phone calls made by State Department employees.While the department insists that steps have been taken to correct the abuses, Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif.
BUSINESS
By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Evening Sun Staff | November 22, 1991
Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker see more than new jobs when they look at the Ford Motor Credit Co.'s plans to build an operations center in Columbia."
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | July 26, 2012
Temperatures in the 90s returned to Harford County Thursday and were expected through Friday, if not longer, prompting the county to take steps to protect residents. With the heat index expected to reach nearly 105 degrees on Thursday, Harford County government, in cooperation with Harford County Public Library and the Harford County Health Department, once again used local libraries as cooling centers for the public. One incident involving heat exposure was reported on the opening day of the Harford County Farm Fair in Bel Air Thursday afternoon.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,michael.dresser@baltsun.com | November 26, 2008
From a starkly utilitarian building lodged between the coal heaps and salt piles of industrial Canton, Rebecca Pindell will have the best seat in town today to view the traffic mess on Maryland's highways on the busiest travel day of the year. Pindell will be watching the passing parade at the state's toll facilities and other roads on a bank of TV screens at the Maryland Transportation Authority's operations center at the Fort McHenry Tunnel. And if anything interrupts the free flow of traffic on the three bay crossings around Baltimore, she will be poised to send help instantly.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | June 3, 2007
Scott McNutt's first six months as a call-taker in the county emergency operations center have been busier than he could have imagined. The 21-year-old Bel Air resident has assisted in the births of two babies (both in the same week), consoled a man who had attempted suicide, and dispatched police and firefighters to emergencies ranging from fires and car accidents to water main breaks and gas leaks. None of that includes being injured in a fire last month in his other job. McNutt works from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., answering 911 calls at the EOC. By day, he switches roles and responds to calls as a volunteer firefighter for the Bel Air company.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUNS STAFF | December 23, 2003
Naming state buildings after politicians isn't uncommon, but Maryland's bureaucrats have far fewer monuments to their efforts. Yesterday, however, former State Highway Administration chief Hal Kassoff of Columbia emerged from the pack. The state's 8-year-old Statewide Operations Center south of Baltimore-Washington International Airport was renamed for Kassoff in ceremonies held at the Anne Arundel County building. Kassoff, who served all of his 25 years in the agency under Democratic governors, was fired as SHA administrator in 1996 by then-Gov.
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By Gus Sentementes and Liz F. Kay and Gus Sentementes and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | September 21, 2003
As the sun began to set Thursday, Tropical Storm Isabel began to pummel Central Maryland. Thus began a nerve-wracking vigil for Howard County residents, particularly those with homes and businesses in low-lying areas such as lower Main Street in Ellicott City, and in Elkridge and Savage. County officials stayed up all night, monitoring the storm from an emergency operations center in the basement of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City. On nearby Main Street, denizens of a bar near the rising Patapsco River kept their own, more jovial, vigil.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | February 17, 2003
Tucked inside a nondescript brick building alongside the Jones Falls Expressway is the heart of Baltimore's efforts to battle the snow's assault on city streets - the Transportation Emergency Operations Center. Here, in a large room, city workers dispatched snowplows, tracked the storm's progress and gave special attention to people with serious medical conditions. "We brought in our full force, and we've been around for three consecutive days," Adrienne D. Barnes, spokeswoman for the city's Office of Transportation, said yesterday morning as the snow fell steadily outside.
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By Peter Dujardin and Peter Dujardin,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | November 23, 2000
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - When the Air Force set up a remote air command center during Operation Desert Storm, it took 2,000 people to staff it. It took three C-141 transport planes to carry all the computers and other equipment to the Middle East. But the Air Force - specifically its Air Combat Command based at Langley Air Force Base - wants to drastically reduce the size of such centers, so they can be set up more quickly. It wants them to be staffed by 300 to 350 people, with all equipment fitting on one plane.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
Calvert Center, a 17-story office building between Mercy Medical Center and Battle Monument Park, is set to go to auction in October, the auctioneer announced. The roughly 412,000-square-foot high-rise, which formerly housed Bank of America's local operations center, is to be sold at auction on Oct. 11. Bids must be at least $14 per square foot, according to CBRE Auction Services. Seven percent of the building, located at 225 N. Calvert St., is currently occupied, auction materials say. Several major downtown office buildings have been put up for sale recently.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2001
Locked away in a basement hallway of the George Howard Building, Howard County's Emergency Operations Center looks more like an abandoned computer lab than the brains of county emergency services. Most days, the Acer computers sit idle, the dozens of phones collect dust and the room is as quiet as a library. But when a county emergency occurs - from an ice storm to a terrorist attack - dozens of police, fire and government officials flock to the Ellicott City center to coordinate emergency relief efforts.
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By Michael Scarcella and Michael Scarcella,SUN STAFF | November 22, 2001
The state warned yesterday that it might shut down Victor Cullen Center, a juvenile jail in Frederick County, because of contractual failures by the private company that operates the facility. Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, in a statement released yesterday, said she has asked the state Department of Juvenile Justice to send a 24-hour monitoring team to the center for delinquent boys in rural Sabillasville. She also has ordered the department to prepare an operational plan by the end of the year, a strategy that could include closing the institution.
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