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By Walter Shapiro | October 30, 1998
TUESDAY'S Wall Street Journal lead editorial, "Glenn's Reward," bravely described John Glenn's space spectacular as "one of the most cynical political transactions of the Clinton years." What the Journal was referring to was Mr. Glenn's all-but-forgotten 1997 efforts to scuttle Fred Thompson's investigation of the Clinton fund-raising scandals.The Journal rightly suggests that Mr. Glenn's liftoff yesterday has every appearance of a payoff for the lift that the Ohio Democrat gave the White House during the campaign hearings.
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NEWS
March 21, 2014
The number of jobs in Maryland decreased by 9,800 in January. The statewide unemployment rate remains high at around 6 percent (compared to 3.6 percent at the start of 2008), and projected state tax revenues have recently been adjusted downward by $238 million. Balancing next year's budget has required some "creative" accounting in Annapolis, including dipping into money that was supposed to be set aside for state pensions. Under those circumstances, a tax break might even be in order, but surely lawmakers would want it focused on creating new jobs, particularly for communities like Baltimore or the lower Eastern Shore where the unemployment rates still hover near the double-digit mark.
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SPORTS
By Marty McGee | August 10, 1991
LAUREL -- Those show mutuels on yesterday's Laurel Race Course simulcast of the Sanford Stakes from Saratoga are no misprint.Laurel publicity director Damon Thayer said one bettor at the Pimlico intertrack facility wagered "about $11,000" to show on heavily favored Salt Lake. After the colt was eased in the stretch, the Tote board flashed big payoffs on the top three finishers.Caller I.D., the race winner, paid $7.20 to win -- and $19.60 to show. And the 2-3 finishers, Pick Up the Phone and Money Run, paid $21.80 and $28.60 to show, respectively.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
The $1 billion Harbor Point development would reap a profit of $124 million for its investors without government financing to pay for its infrastructure, according to recently released city documents. That may seem like a huge payoff, but it's not enough to attract the large investors the Harbor Point Development Group LLC needs, according to the Baltimore Development Corp., the city's quasi-public development arm. That's why the BDC has asked the City Council to approve issuing $107 million in city bonds to pay for the infrastructure.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2005
My problem is that I have a private-mortgage holder and I am refinancing and want to pay off this bill. But I have been unable to get him to send me a payoff amount. My lender and I sent requests but we have not received a response. During the 10 years I have had the mortgage, I have never received any type of balance or amortization schedule. I also have never received a statement of interest paid at the end of each tax year. I have had to rely on my own calculations. Do you know how this will be handled if he has not provided the information by my settlement date?
NEWS
March 22, 1996
WHO SAID THIS? "I think the president has served the nation in a very ill fashion by saying he's going to veto a very balanced product liability bill. . . Twice when he was governor [of Arkansas] President Clinton voted for uniform standards of product liability. In those days he was a professor of law. I think these days he's become a professor of rather raw politics."Answer: Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Democrat of West Virginia, with an 85 percent support record for administration proposals in 1995.
NEWS
By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | September 12, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Amid the latest twist in the Paula Jones sexual-harassment case against President Clinton -- the pullout of her two top lawyers because of ''fundamental differences'' with her -- one intriguing factor continues to float in the ether, undenied by the White House or the president's lawyers.That is the report that a settlement of $700,000 to Mr. Clinton's accuser was under consideration in talks between her lawyers and his. Robert S. Bennett, Mr. Clinton's top lawyer, has commented only that ''there is no settlement offer on the table,'' which dodges the question of whether there ever was.A spokeswoman for Gilbert Davis, one of the two Jones lawyers who quit her case, says the attorney-client relationship prohibits him from either confirming or denying that the offer was made.
SPORTS
March 25, 1992
Jordan's loan is called gambling debt payoffThe Royal Dutch Skating Federation denied the allegations.
SPORTS
By Stan Olson and Stan Olson,Knight-Ridder | November 1, 1990
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Orange Bowl and the Florida Citrus Bowl are engaging in a rapidly escalating war of words as each pushes to create a national championship matchup in its arena.The Citrus is the interloper, a previously "minor" bowl and no threat to the powerful Orange in the past. But things have changed abruptly. The Citrus is in the third year of a working agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference, and this year it is required to take the ACC champion.This year, that champion might be No. 1 Virginia.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker | March 23, 1992
An unidentified racing fan held the only winning ticket in the Double Triple yesterday and received a Laurel Race Course-record payoff of $375,350.40. It was the second-highest windfall ever paid in Maryland, topped only by the $414,243 in the Double Triple at Pimlico Race Course last April 4. The Double Triple was previously hit March 3 and had gone unsolved for 13 racing days. After the third race, where the 3-2-1 combination paid $278.40, there were 323 live tickets.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | March 15, 2013
If you want to understand what the Ravens have been doing over the past week - other than dismantling a Super Bowl champion - it might be instructive to look back at the final week of the regular season. The Ravens had a longshot opportunity to improve their seeding for the playoffs, but chose instead to play a pared-down roster against the Cincinnati Bengals to gather their strength for what would turn out to be a wildly successful postseason run. Did they tank the Bengals game?
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
Kevin Spacey calls “House of Cards” “the new television series that isn't on television.” And therein lies one of the biggest media stories of the year: Whether spending $100 million to hire an Oscar-winning star and one of the most gifted feature film directors in Hollywood can lead to a TV series compelling enough to change the way viewers have been watching television most or all of their lives. In one of the biggest media gambles of the decade, Spacey, David Fincher, Netflix and a production company you probably never heard of named Media Rights Capital are betting that the 13 episodes of a political drama they created in and around Baltimore last year can alter the basic TV business model that's essentially been in place since the 1950s.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2012
A Crofton man was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in prison for redirecting about $5 million in mortgage payoffs on 17 Maryland properties to himself and a co-defendant, according to federal prosecutors. Todd R. Bettin, 42, was assistant manager of At Home Mortgage when he conspired with the owner of a Gambrills settlement company to illegally benefit from money intended to pay off clients' mortgages, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said. Starting in 2007, Bettin and co-defendant Gary Pierce — now sentenced to six years in prison — diverted or held onto payoff funds from mortgage closings for days, weeks or years, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2012
Wanted: new mascot for 137-year-old racing event. Must appeal to the young and Web-savvy. Social media experience required. That's the premise of an anonymous marketing campaign unveiled this month to unseat the tweeting centaur Kegasus as the mascot of the Preakness Stakes infield party. The new candidates? A leprechaun and the Easter Bunny. The marketing firm hired by the Maryland Jockey Club is presumably behind the campaign, coming as it does as the Preakness advertising season starts to get under way. But it's not taking credit.
SPORTS
August 25, 2011
The FedEx Cup begins its fifth edition of its "playoff" series this week, signaling open season for critics of the PGA Tour's attempt to give its season a meaningful finish. The points system is too wonky. The four-event series is weighted too heavily. One could win two playoff events but not the FedEx Cup. It's all worth examining. But one can't say players don't take it seriously. Why else would Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and other top names have added their names to last week's stop in Greensboro?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Laura Vozzella | July 15, 2011
Ever since I heard some enterprising Baltimoreans used pit bulls to try to shake down "The Wire" crew for money, I've wondered: Did the scheme actually work? In case you missed it, I reported earlier this week that an online travel show visiting parts of Baltimore featured in "The Wire" turned up a tale about the HBO series and a pit bull . The dog kept barking during filming at the old East Baltimore skate park that served as Marlo's hideout, so somebody with the show eventually gave the owner $20 to take the animal inside.
SPORTS
March 23, 1992
One unidentified racing fan held the single winning ticket in yesterday's Double Triple at Laurel. The 3-6-2 combination in the fifth race, the second half of the Double Triple, paid $375,350,40, a Laurel record single-ticket payoff.The previous Laurel record was $314,366, set in 1987.After the mandatory 20 percent federal tax, the ticket is worth $300,280.The Laurel ticket office had no information on the winner, who did not immediately come forth, but said the ticket was purchased at the track.
NEWS
December 15, 2002
School board gives lesson to children Although representative democracy government can be a big pain at times, the Howard County School Board had it under control. Guaranteeing a payoff to the current superintendent checks the power of the voters and elected board members in the future. And the board tried to make it a very expensive proposition for voters in Howard County to disagree with them should voters dare elect new board members, with different opinions, in the next election. When the school board hired its own lawyer to circumvent the intent of the law and saddle the taxpayers of Howard County with a liability, they knew exactly what they were doing.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | May 23, 2011
Certainly, by now, there are more exotic bets than the exacta, but none that seem to be both practical (if anything in the world of betting can be considered practical) and exciting, especially to the pari-mutuel tourist. I hit my first exacta in 1978, and my latest in Saturday's Preakness. I'm no expert, and I've lost plenty of bets over the years. But exacta wins make you forget about the losses. Indeed, scoring $114.80 on a modest bet carries a lingering sweetness. Plus, you get bragging rights from having picked the two top finishers in a big horse race.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2010
In the NFL's uncapped summer of risk and reward, rosters have been reworked, depth charts gutted and fortunes undeniably altered. Now we find out who made the best moves of the offseason. In a league in which passing is king, here are six potentially high-impact players on offense who changed teams this summer, and what the effect of those changes might be WR Anquan Boldin, Ravens Itinerary: Boldin was traded from the Arizona Cardinals to the Ravens on March 8. The risk: He was the No. 2 receiver in Arizona behind Larry Fitzgerald.
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