March 29, 2010
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposal to close more than half of the city's recreation centers in order to balance her budget ("Worst-case city budget cuts police, fire, recreation," March 25) is an unfortunate case of being penny-wise but pound-foolish. Last summer, dozens of recreation centers partnered with the city school system to provide day-long, comprehensive summer learning programs. The partnership was an excellent way to keep our young people engaged and safe, while providing meaningful summer learning opportunities that will last a lifetime.
June 22, 2014
In one of the most consequential matters considered by the Maryland General Assembly this year, lawmakers approved a bill sponsored by Gov. Martin O'Malley to raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. Though the final measure was substantially weaker than the governor's initial proposal - its implementation was pushed back by two years to the summer of 2018, for example, and it contains no automatic adjustment for inflation - it at least recognized that the present standard is wholly inadequate to keep low-wage workers out of poverty or do much to stimulate the economy with their spending power.
By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,Staff Writer | July 24, 1993
The name of the designer of the Lincoln penny was reported incorrectly Saturday in an article about this week's American Numismatics Association convention in Baltimore. The designer was Victor David Brenner.The Sun regrets the errors.When is a penny worth more than one cent, or worth anything at all these days?In Baltimore the answer is: When it was minted in San Francisco in 1909, has an "S" below the date beside Lincoln's profile and the initials V.D.B. between the wheat stalks on the back.
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
At a noisy warehouse off Veterans Highway in Millersville, a young woman concentrates as she pokes black shoelaces into cardboard packaging. In another room, workers slowly count tiny bottles of hair products, placing them in plastic bags that will end up as samples in salons. To some, these workers with developmental disabilities are getting valuable on-the-job-training and the self-respect that comes with employment. Others say they're being exploited - because wages in the facility, run by a nonprofit, are as low as 25 cents an hour.
January 24, 2006
On Sunday, January 22, 2006, of Bethesda, MD, beloved husband of Toba Seltzer Penny, loving father of Joanna Penny (Nathaniel) Holzman and Dina Penny, devoted son of Joseph (Rachel) Penny and the late Helene Penny. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 24 at 10 A. M at Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec Street, N.W, Washington, DC. Interment United Hebrew Cemetery, Baltimore, MD. Family observing Shiva Tuesday thru Sunday with the exception of Friday at 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Adas Israel Congregation or Tzedakah of your choice.
May 2, 2012
I've got another annoyance that Dan Rodricks can add to his list ("Overpriced popcorn, O's early-season tease and other annoyances," April 26). It's when I go to the gas station to fill up and I see the price of $4.05 and 9/10 per gallon. Give me a break! Come on, already and lose the 9/10! Do they think we're all stupid? Why not just go $4.05 and 99/100 or $4.05 and 999/1000. Sheesh! The first gas station that I see that loses the 9/10ths of a cent will get all my business.
September 24, 2009
On September 18, 2009, NORVICE RACHEL GOODWIN PENNY Family will receive friends at the family owned WYLIE FUNERAL HOME P.A. OF BALTIMORE COUNTY
November 24, 2004
On Tuesday, November 23, 2004, MARY "Penny" (nee Schell) JACOBSON of Selbyville, DE formerly of Baltimore. Beloved wife of Raymond "Jake" A. Jacobson; devoted mother of Roger T. Falsis of Baltimore; sister of Janet Reisman and Pamela Parlier. Private Service and interment in Selbyville, De. Arrangements by Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center.
July 3, 2005
On June 29, 2005, PENNY ELLEN (nee Stockbridge) LATIMER: loving wife of Timothy Latimer, beloved mother of Lisa Duke, James Moore and Rebecca Moore; admiring grandmother of Amanda, Jessica, Alyssa and Kathleen. Also survived by her canine companions Mitzi and Buddy. Visitation to be held at the HUBBARD FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4107 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD on Tuesday 1 to 3 and 7 to 9 P.M. and where services will be held on Wednesday at 11 A.M. Interment in Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway, Millersville, MD 21108.
August 31, 2011
I just read a quote from a woman who said that she was told by Baltimore Gas & Electric that the company couldn't afford to give out dry ice to people without power. Why doesn't CEO Mayo Shattuck give up some of his millions for dry ice? If he and his cronies weren't milking the company dry, BGE could afford dry ice for its customers. Pat Harcarik, Baltimore
April 10, 2014
The Maryland General Assembly has shown that funding for the arts is more precarious than a house of cards ( "How the 'House of Cards' film tax credit shrank ," April 8). Our homegrown nonprofit arts groups simply cannot compete in glamour with the decidedly for-profit Netflix and HBO projects shot in the state, yet lawmakers recently considered dipping into the tiny, $2.5 million Special Fund for the Preservation of Cultural Arts in order to lure Netflix into staying in Maryland.
By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 28, 2013
A few words about the McBudget. Perhaps you've heard of it. As fast-food workers around the country protest for higher wages, we learn that McDonald's offers advice to help them live on the wages they make that, while not technically bupkes, do amount to a paycheck you can pretty much have the driver cash for you on the bus ride home. In December, for example, Bloomberg profiled a Chicago man who, after 20 years with the burger giant, earns $8.25 an hour -- and doesn't get 40 hours a week.
By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
Bonnie Bessor's job can take its toll after a while. As executive director of Rebuilding Together, she's responsible for finding ways to help low-income Baltimore residents with home repair, maintenance projects and money to pay for the heat. But when work starts to pile up and her stress levels rise, all she has to do is head into her office for a quick snuggle. There she'll find her pit bull mix, Iggy, resting in his dog bed. "It definitely gives you somebody with unconditional love to go to when you're feeling kind of down," she says.
December 29, 2012
Students at Parr's Ridge Elementary School, in Mount Airy, recently raised $1,351 to donate to the American Red Cross in support of victims of Superstorm Sandy victims. Students raised the money by participating in "Penny Wars," which had grade levels competing against each other to see which grade could collect the most money. First grade won and earned extra play time. Fifth-grade math classes and a fourth-grade class at Mount Airy Elementary School helped count the money.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2012
Esther "Penny" Love, a Baltimore public school guidance counselor for nearly 40 years who was an outspoken advocate for emotionally challenged and dyslexic students, died Monday of lung cancer at Sinai Hospital. She was 89. Esther Shulman, whose parents owned a dry-goods store in the 2900 block of O'Donnell St., was born and raised in Canton. She graduated from Patterson High School in 1941. The summer after graduating from high school, she took a job washing test tubes in the detection laboratory at Edgewood Arsenal, under the direction of Solomon "Sol" Love, and earned his ire when she dipped the wrong end of a pipette in bleach.
EXPLORE | September 20, 2012
Mayan legend that explains how these beautiful birds were created from spare parts left over when the other birds were created by the Mayan sun god. The plumage of a ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) shimmered in the early-morning sunlight as it darted back and forth while sipping nectar from the blossoms of a red-flowered rosebush. Plus, it was so preoccupied with feeding, my presence didn't appear to disturb it, even though I was a mere 3 feet away.
By Thomas Easton and Thomas Easton,Tokyo Bureau of The Sun | June 28, 1994
TOKYO -- Japan, already gripped by political turmoil, now faces a full-blown currency crisis.The yen became more valuable than the penny yesterday for the first time since World War II, as financial markets shrugged off strong central bank intervention. The losing struggle between the Bank of Japan and the market became evident early in the day, with the yen steadily rising despite the bank's purchase of billions of U.S. dollars."The fear," said David Snoddy, a financial analyst at Jardine Fleming, an investment bank, "is that nobody knows why this is happening."
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2012
Federal workers are in the trenches daily, so they're likely to be the first to spot waste - and to come up with ways to save taxpayer dollars. That's the theory behind the Obama administration's Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award, a contest in which federal workers submit ideas to reduce costs. The prize: a meeting with the president in the Oval Office to present the money-saving idea. Matt Ritsko, a financial manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, won last year with a suggestion to create a "library" for unused tools and materials that could be checked out like books.
By Dave Gilmore | July 13, 2012
"The future belongs to crowds. "  - Don DeLillo, Mao II If the 20th century version of video game marketing is attempting to observe what customers wanted, than the 21st has become a time about flat-out asking them. Steam, Valve's online gaming store and community hub, announced "Greenlight," a crowdsourcing-inspired move aimed at letting the users have more say in what games are available to buy and play on the service. "The community should be deciding what gets released," Valve announced.
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