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Editorial from The Aegis | March 25, 2014
Commentary is absolutely in order on last week's decision by the powers that be in the management of the high school athletics programs in Harford and Cecil counties to do away with the upper vs. lower division so-called title games. But what to say? One possibility: It's about time. After all, had the practice been done away with after the first season or two of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, maybe the odd custom could have been chalked up to a paperwork mistake in devising the league.
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SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
Newly-minted Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith is due $9.5 million in total compensation this year, according to league sources. Smith is due $5 million from the Carolina Panthers: $3 million in guaranteed salary and another $2 million in deferred bonuses. The 34-year old five-time Pro Bowl selection gets $4.5 million from the Ravens in the first year of his three-year, $11 million contract. That includes a $1 million base salary and a $3.5 million signing bonus. Smith has a $2.166 million first-year salary-cap figure for the 2014 league year.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Bus drivers, dispatchers and other public transit employees in Baltimore will vote for a new local union president next week, following the ouster of their elected president by national union officials. Union officials said Janice Murray was removed as president of the 2,600-member Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300 because she owed the organization $200 in travel expenses from six years ago. Murray's victory was appealed by a rival candidate, the local's former president, who said unpaid travel expenses invalidated her candidacy.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
Last April, Kip Berman was in Baltimore, playing his first-ever set without his indie-pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart behind him. It had been two years since the release of “Belong,” Pains' scope-widening second album, and a nervous Berman was unsure how the solo set would go. To his surprise, that Baltimore performance returned Berman to his simpler songwriting roots. “The best songs are the ones you can play by yourself on stage,” Berman said on the phone last week from his Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Developers of the Foundry Row retail project in Owings Mills say they are on track to start construction this summer on a $140 million shopping center featuring Baltimore County's second Wegmans grocery store. In an opinion issued this week, the county Board of Appeals upheld an administrative law judge's earlier decision to approve the development at the site of the former Solo Cup plant on Reisterstown Road. And Thursday, officials at Greenberg Gibbons, the center developer, said their company has settled a lawsuit that Solo Cup filed against it involving damage to energy plant equipment on the 50-acre property.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | February 26, 2014
Owings Mills-based The Great Cookie is hoping to sell cookies and cookie cakes nationally through a newly launched, redesigned website that expands the assortment and ability to customize cakes. The company, founded in Ocean City in 1979, expects online shopping to play a big role in its national growth. It's also considering expanding locally beyond the seven stores it operates mostly in Baltimore-area malls. Online customers can choose from more than 30 predesigned cookie cakes or customize a cake with a personalized message.
NEWS
February 20, 2014
The debate over the minimum wage, both in Maryland and nationally, and related concerns over income inequality have provoked some unpleasant and ongoing side effects. The recent trend of billionaires flaunting their perceived superiority over the less-economically-well-endowed while simultaneously decrying "class warfare" and even invoking a comparison to Nazi persecution being among the worst. Yet the very parameters of the conversation seem flawed. Many people assume, for instance, that raising the standard of living for the working class necessarily takes away from those on the highest rung of the ladder.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
Happenstance brought Suzy Ganz from Wall Street to a Baltimore County manufacturer. A deep interest in the work kept her there. Before she was CEO and chairman of Lion Brothers Co., an Owings Mills maker of brand logos, uniform insignia, Girl Scout badges and similar products, Ganz was an international equities trader and bond specialist. Her only connection to Lion was that her father had acquired it with a group of investors. Then he died unexpectedly. Her mother asked her to take a look at the business so they could figure out what to do. What started as a 90-day commitment at age 28 grew into a career that's already lasted more than a quarter-century.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | February 13, 2014
Kenny Sherrod made two free throws in the closing 52 seconds as No. 7 New Town rallied in the second half to beat host Owings Mills, 50-48, Wednesday night. Koran Ford had a game-high 20 points for the Eagles (9-9). The Eagles led 23-20 at the half and 48-46 with less than a minute to go. Sherrod, Danny Shand and Devon Smith each had 10 points for the Titans (17-4). No. 8 Randallstown 80, Towson 42: Jerell Cooke had a game-high 29 points and the host Rams (17-3) never trailed.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
The state comptroller's office says Baltimore-based Constellation Energy owes more than $2.5 million in back taxes, interest and penalties. The comptroller's office filed a lien in December for money it says the energy company owes for the 2006 and 2008 tax years. Most of the amount is interest - the taxes claimed come to just under $440,000. "It hasn't been paid, and this is part of our normal process, to file a lien," said Christine Feldmann, a spokeswoman for the comptroller's office.
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