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By BILL ATKINSON | May 17, 1998
WHAT investor could pass up the Phoenix Mid Cap mutual fund? It cranked out a 30.84 percent return last year.But that's not good enough for mutual fund expert Douglas Fabian.The way he sees it, Phoenix Mid Cap is a "lemon," and investors should sell their stakes "immediately."Most investors probably would be patting Phoenix's fund manager on the back for a job well done, but Fabian says the mutual fund not only trailed the performance of competing funds in its peer group last year, but it has lagged for the past five years.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2011
Parents start worrying about the power of peer pressure the moment their child angrily demands the same treat another child has. From then on, we never stop wondering who is calling the shots in our children's lives. The child? Or the group? But we console ourselves — a little, anyway — if we are able to arrange for a peer group we approve of. I paid my reluctant musician of a son $5 to play in the middle-school orchestra because I felt comfortable with the kids sitting at the music stands next to him — and with the parents driving to rehearsal.
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By Jerdine Nolen | January 10, 1999
Editor's note: In her biweekly column, Jerdine Nolen discusses the reading skills of students in the fourth and fifth grades. By the time they are in fourth and fifth grades, students are attaining a greater independence in their reading skill. Peer group acceptance is becoming more important. They tend to want to read and talk about things that relate to their personal lives and experiences. Some may prefer to read for uninterrupted blocks of time. Others may still need support and guidance.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2010
Patrick V. Murphy, an attorney who fought a long struggle with schizophrenia and volunteered with the National Alliance for Mental Illness, died May 21 in North Baltimore. He was 37. Family members said he ended his own life and had spent two decades in medical treatment for his condition. "Patrick struggled with mental and emotional problems most of his life," said the Rev. William Au at a funeral Tuesday at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church. "He waged a battle with depression and anger that most people could not understand."
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By Ronald R. Peterson | December 13, 2001
FOR 30 YEARS, the state's Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) has successfully set hospital rates that have saved Maryland citizens millions of dollars, ensured medical treatment for everyone and promoted quality care. It has done so by placing hospitals together in so-called peer groups so that similar hospitals should have similar costs and be allowed similar rates. Members of one peer group aren't supposed to be compared with members of dissimilar groups. But when it comes to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the commission's methodology breaks down.
BUSINESS
By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,Tribune Media Services | September 3, 1993
Back up the truck.Sometimes it's best to unload an investment, rather than hang on until the bitter end. In the current period of record market highs, more and more investors are wondering whether it's time to take profits and get out while they're ahead.Here are primary considerations behind deciding whether to sell an investment:* Your individual situation has changed. This could mean you need to convert your holdings into cash for an important purchase or that your overall financial condition now requires different goals.
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By CHARLES JAFFE | March 23, 2003
IN PROFESSIONAL sports, if a team is not winning, the manager or coach is the first to catch the blame. But it hasn't always been that way in mutual funds. Management companies often hang on to money managers for all the same reasons investors do: They did well once upon a time, it's not their fault the market is working against them or they aren't at the absolute bottom of their peer group. Bunk. If managers can't consistently make a fund competitive in its peer group, there is little reason for them to keep their jobs.
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By BEVERLY MILLS | April 30, 1995
Q: My husband won't allow our 11-year-old son to wear anything to school except jeans and polo shirts. The other kids wear big T-shirts and baggy styles, and they're making fun of him. I'm afraid it's going to hurt his school performance and his self-esteem. Am I right, and if so, how can I convince my husband?M.S., Virginia Beach, Va.A: As long as there are no underlying problems or hidden agendas, the child will most likely benefit from being allowed to ,, blend in with the other kids."Being teased by one's peers is terribly embarrassing and makes going to school a horrible experience," says P.L., a reader from San Antonio, Texas.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2011
Parents start worrying about the power of peer pressure the moment their child angrily demands the same treat another child has. From then on, we never stop wondering who is calling the shots in our children's lives. The child? Or the group? But we console ourselves — a little, anyway — if we are able to arrange for a peer group we approve of. I paid my reluctant musician of a son $5 to play in the middle-school orchestra because I felt comfortable with the kids sitting at the music stands next to him — and with the parents driving to rehearsal.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 5, 1998
The first anniversary of one of golf's most transcendent moments will be celebrated this week. It will mark a year since Tiger Woods became the first person of color to win the Masters, making history and setting the record for the lowest-ever four-round score at Augusta National.Perhaps Woods will revive some of those memories when he returns there for the 62nd Masters beginning Thursday. Perhaps he will, as many have predicted, add another green jacket to what most expect to be a closetful over the course of his career.
NEWS
By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,special to the sun | August 26, 2007
Two at a time, cars piled high with boxes and bins pulled into a spot near one of the dormitories. "Welcome to McDaniel College," Christine Frieman said to the occupants in the Jeep Cherokee. "We're about to swarm on your car, could you please open the doors and the trunk?" As if on cue, the doors opened and students dressed in yellow T-shirts descended upon the Jeep. In about two minutes, the contents were on their way to the designated dorm room. "This is our first gift to the freshman class," said Frieman, a senior who is in her second year as a peer mentor at the college.
BUSINESS
By CHARLES JAFFE | March 23, 2003
IN PROFESSIONAL sports, if a team is not winning, the manager or coach is the first to catch the blame. But it hasn't always been that way in mutual funds. Management companies often hang on to money managers for all the same reasons investors do: They did well once upon a time, it's not their fault the market is working against them or they aren't at the absolute bottom of their peer group. Bunk. If managers can't consistently make a fund competitive in its peer group, there is little reason for them to keep their jobs.
NEWS
By Ronald R. Peterson | December 13, 2001
FOR 30 YEARS, the state's Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) has successfully set hospital rates that have saved Maryland citizens millions of dollars, ensured medical treatment for everyone and promoted quality care. It has done so by placing hospitals together in so-called peer groups so that similar hospitals should have similar costs and be allowed similar rates. Members of one peer group aren't supposed to be compared with members of dissimilar groups. But when it comes to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the commission's methodology breaks down.
NEWS
By T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. and T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.,NEW YORK TIMES SPECIAL FEATURES | January 28, 2001
Q. I just finished reading your response to the woman who lost her 3 1/2 -year-old son in a hit-and-run accident. You were right on the money. I lost a 7-month-old daughter. Having to bury a child is devastating, but there is some wonderful help available. I highly recommend a support group for parents and siblings called Compassionate Friends (www.compassionatefriends. com). It was an incredible help to me. Today, as I watch my son excel in academics and music, I can only imagine how my daughter would be. I comfort myself with the faith and knowledge that God called her to a higher good.
NEWS
By Jerdine Nolen | January 10, 1999
Editor's note: In her biweekly column, Jerdine Nolen discusses the reading skills of students in the fourth and fifth grades. By the time they are in fourth and fifth grades, students are attaining a greater independence in their reading skill. Peer group acceptance is becoming more important. They tend to want to read and talk about things that relate to their personal lives and experiences. Some may prefer to read for uninterrupted blocks of time. Others may still need support and guidance.
BUSINESS
By BILL ATKINSON | May 17, 1998
WHAT investor could pass up the Phoenix Mid Cap mutual fund? It cranked out a 30.84 percent return last year.But that's not good enough for mutual fund expert Douglas Fabian.The way he sees it, Phoenix Mid Cap is a "lemon," and investors should sell their stakes "immediately."Most investors probably would be patting Phoenix's fund manager on the back for a job well done, but Fabian says the mutual fund not only trailed the performance of competing funds in its peer group last year, but it has lagged for the past five years.
NEWS
By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,special to the sun | August 26, 2007
Two at a time, cars piled high with boxes and bins pulled into a spot near one of the dormitories. "Welcome to McDaniel College," Christine Frieman said to the occupants in the Jeep Cherokee. "We're about to swarm on your car, could you please open the doors and the trunk?" As if on cue, the doors opened and students dressed in yellow T-shirts descended upon the Jeep. In about two minutes, the contents were on their way to the designated dorm room. "This is our first gift to the freshman class," said Frieman, a senior who is in her second year as a peer mentor at the college.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2010
Patrick V. Murphy, an attorney who fought a long struggle with schizophrenia and volunteered with the National Alliance for Mental Illness, died May 21 in North Baltimore. He was 37. Family members said he ended his own life and had spent two decades in medical treatment for his condition. "Patrick struggled with mental and emotional problems most of his life," said the Rev. William Au at a funeral Tuesday at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church. "He waged a battle with depression and anger that most people could not understand."
SPORTS
By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 5, 1998
The first anniversary of one of golf's most transcendent moments will be celebrated this week. It will mark a year since Tiger Woods became the first person of color to win the Masters, making history and setting the record for the lowest-ever four-round score at Augusta National.Perhaps Woods will revive some of those memories when he returns there for the 62nd Masters beginning Thursday. Perhaps he will, as many have predicted, add another green jacket to what most expect to be a closetful over the course of his career.
FEATURES
By BEVERLY MILLS | April 30, 1995
Q: My husband won't allow our 11-year-old son to wear anything to school except jeans and polo shirts. The other kids wear big T-shirts and baggy styles, and they're making fun of him. I'm afraid it's going to hurt his school performance and his self-esteem. Am I right, and if so, how can I convince my husband?M.S., Virginia Beach, Va.A: As long as there are no underlying problems or hidden agendas, the child will most likely benefit from being allowed to ,, blend in with the other kids."Being teased by one's peers is terribly embarrassing and makes going to school a horrible experience," says P.L., a reader from San Antonio, Texas.
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