August 8, 1991
The recent signing of a four-part pact on Chesapeake Bay protection was an important step forward. The fact that differences remain between the approaches of Pennsylvania's and Virginia's governors on one one side and Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer and the Environmental Protection Agency's William Reilly on the other is less significant than the fact of an agreement.To be sure, neither Robert Casey nor Douglas Wilder has to deal with the outrage of Eastern Shore farmers and developers fighting any and all attempts to restrict land development moves.
January 31, 1992
Throughout its history, Finland has been a borderland in battles between the East and West. For 600 years it was part of Sweden. An 1809 Russian victory turned it into an autonomous czarist grand duchy. Independence came a century later -- only to be followed by two devastating wars against the Soviet Union. Yet Finland persisted in defending its values and sovereignty.A milestone on this historical journey was reached last week, when Russia and Finland signed a package of three treaties governing their future state and economic relations.
November 30, 1991
Baltimore firefighters and fire officers voted overwhelmingly last night to accept an agreement with the city that will save the jobs of 252 firefighters.By a margin of 967 to 400, the union agreed in essence to give up a 6 percent pay increase it won through binding arbitration earlier this year and which was to have gone into effect last July 1.In exchange, the city agreed to funnel more than $3 million it had set aside to cover the pay increase into the fire department budget, thereby avoiding the job cutbacks.
September 18, 1990
Baltimore-based Nova Pharmaceutical Corp. said yesterday that it has signed an agreement with Finland-based Orion Corp. Farmos for exclusive marketing rights in Scandinavian countries to the gliadel implant, a treatment for primary brain cancer that Nova is developing.In a news release, Nova said Orion will conduct supplemental clinical trials of the product and will seek marketing approval in Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. After approval by government regulators, Nova will manufacture the product for sale by Orion.
March 16, 1993
BONN, Germany -- Germany's political leaders reached a "solidarity pact" over the weekend, seeking to resolve questions of how to divide the huge financial burden of rebuilding eastern Germany. But the agreement's most immediate effect may be to open the way for the Bundesbank to lower interest rates to try to bolster the flagging economy.Many analysts expect two important rates to be lowered Thursday at a meeting of the policy council of the Bundesbank, Germany's powerful central bank.The Bundesbank had been pressing Chancellor Helmut Kohl's government for months to come up with a comprehensive plan to pay for rebuilding the formerly Communist eastern part of the country.
October 3, 2000
LEXINGTON, Mass. - Raytheon Corp. said yesterday that its second-largest union had approved a four-year contract, ending a five-week strike by about 3,000 manufacturing workers in Massachusetts. Members of Local 1505 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers walked off the job Aug. 27 after a dispute over wages and benefits. The strikers accounted for 3.2 percent of Raytheon's work force. Raytheon, the third-largest defense contractor, gave the members of the union a 14.7 percent pay raise over the next four years and will increase its contribution to their pensions, said David Polk, a company spokesman.