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By Katie V. Jones | December 16, 2012
The dance floor was rocking and an elegant spread of crab cakes, shrimp, a chocolate fountain and an open bar kept spirits merry at Friday night's holiday party for employees at the Random House Distribution Center in Westminster. But the buffet at Martin's of Westminster couldn't top the company's CEO, Markus Dohle, who came from Random House's Manhattan office to toast his Carroll County employees — and make an announcement: "Each and every one of you will receive a very special Random House thank you payment ... in the amount of $5,000," Dohle said, smiling from ear to ear. Any other words were drowned out in screams, applause and whistles from the packed ballroom.
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By Katie V. Jones | December 16, 2012
The dance floor was rocking and an elegant spread of crab cakes, shrimp, a chocolate fountain and an open bar kept spirits merry at Friday night's holiday party for employees at the Random House Distribution Center in Westminster. But the buffet at Martin's of Westminster couldn't top the company's CEO, Markus Dohle, who came from Random House's Manhattan office to toast his Carroll County employees — and make an announcement: "Each and every one of you will receive a very special Random House thank you payment ... in the amount of $5,000," Dohle said, smiling from ear to ear. Any other words were drowned out in screams, applause and whistles from the packed ballroom.
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By Mike Nortrup and Mike Nortrup,Contributing Writer | August 30, 1992
TC ELDERSBURG -- What started as a crucial error for Random House wound up costing Danny's Raiders dearly at Springfield State Hospital on Wednesday night.Random House used a boo-boo-turned-bonanza and a four-run fifth-inning rally to win, 7-4, and take the Carroll County Women's Softball League's postseason tournament title.Random House's players may have been a little uncertain about their chances earlier in the evening when they took to the field against Danny's in the final winners' bracket game.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 30, 2012
Baltimore author Anne Tyler granted a rare interview to NPR , and it was aired today -- giving fans a look at her writing life. (It also included a charming map and photographs that dovetail with her writing.) Tyler's novels often evoke scenes of Roland Park, where she lived for years. Her 20th, "The Beginner's Goodbye," scheduled for release Tuesday, also is set among the neighborhood's Victorian homes and leafy streets. It's described by publisher Random House as "a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances - in their house, on the roadway, in the market.
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By New York Times | June 11, 1991
Now appearing on bookstore shelves is a new dictionary, the Random House Webster's College Dictionary, which is, Random House contends, notable for several reasons: It has far more entries than any of its competitors (180,000) and many new words and phrases, from acquaintance rape to zouk (a #i Caribbean style of dance music).But the most publicized features of the new dictionary are, first, its claim to have eliminated sexist language from its definitions and, second, the scrupulous attention it pays to the potential of words to give offense.
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November 18, 1996
Random House Inc. broke ground last week for an $8 million annex at its distribution center on Route 27 north of Westminster, scheduled for August completion.The 100,000-square-foot addition will encompass just one story -- but that one story will be 70 feet high, said William E. Gavin, director of administration. The height will more than double the number of vertical storage racks that the existing buildings can hold.The facility initially will hold 25,000 pallets, each containing about 700 books, and can expand to store 35,000.
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November 20, 2007
Ella Mae Bauerlien, a retired publishing house worker and community volunteer, died of cancer Sunday at Carroll Hospice in Westminster. The Westminster resident was 82. Born Ella Mae Esworthy in the Carroll County community of Gist, she attended Carroll County public schools. She worked at Butte Knits, later Westminster Knit Co., a clothing manufacturer, and at the Black & Decker plant in Hampstead. She retired from the book-return department at Random House in Westminster. She was a member of the Westminster Church of the Brethren, where she was a deacon, choir member and soup kitchen volunteer.
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August 23, 1999
COMMON SENSE and a sense of common purpose could clear up the complicated embroglio over Random House's $30 million expansion plans and the book distributor's need for added water and sewer services from the city of Westminster.To provide extended utilities to the site, Westminster wants to annex it. Random House objects to paying city property taxes, estimated at more than $100,000 a year. But the firm would get lower rates on water and sewer service than it now pays.Random House got $3.5 million in state and county aid this year to put its sole national distribution center in Carroll County.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | July 7, 1999
A public hearing on a petition to rezone 38 acres on a farm owned by Westminster Rescue Mission is scheduled Tuesday.The rezoning from residential to industrial is necessary for plans by Random House Inc. to turn Westminster into its sole national distribution center. The company is planning to build a 325,000-square-foot warehouse next year.The hearing, to be conducted by the county commissioners, will be at 9 a.m. in the Carroll County Office Building.The warehouse is planned for a portion of the Rescue Mission Farm at Lucabaugh Mill Road near Route 27 outside Westminster.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | July 14, 1999
The county commissioners heard no opposition yesterday to a request to rezone a 39-acre farm owned by Westminster Rescue Mission, a step necessary for a major expansion by Random House Inc.With the rezoning of Shalom Farm from residential to industrial, Random House Inc. can proceed with its plans to turn Westminster into its sole national distribution center.A handful of people attended a public hearing yesterday in a small conference room at the County Office Building to hear testimony about the proposed land-use change.
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By Dave Rosenthal | February 29, 2012
Every Baby Boomer parent has spent hours reading the adventures of the Berenstain Bears , so I was saddedned to hear that co-creator Jan Berenstain had died at age 88. She and her husband Stan, who died in 2005, created the bear family that provided lessons in  coping with kid-sized issues such as bad habits, a new baby and moving away. The team authored more than 200 books, and built the bears into a multi-media conglomerate, before handing over the reins to son Mike. Here's an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times' obit : "Born Janice Grant in Philadelphia on July 26, 1923, she met Stan in a first-year drawing class at the Philadelphia Museum of Industrial Art in 1941.
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February 25, 2012
A movie, workshops and visits by several national Random House authors will all be part of the annual Random House Book Fair, to be held Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.. The book fair draws visitors of all ages to hear author presentations and obtain signings, buy discounted books, and participate in a silent auction and children's activities. A kick-off to the fair will be held Friday, March 2, from 1 to 5 p.m., when seniors are invited to take part in discounted book sales, workshops and exhibitors.
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By Diane Evans and Diane Evans,McClatchy-Tribune | September 14, 2008
If "summer reading" implies light and breezy, it follows that fall reading, especially in a presidential election, would be heavy at times and windy. Here are a few of this season's election books: * A new paperback edition of Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics (Random House, $15) by Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden outlines the "guiding principles" he learned early in life, including the importance of keeping promises, according to Random House. * Of six titles that list John McCain as an author, the book that offers the most background on the Republican nominee is Faith Of My Fathers (Harper, $8)
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By Glenn C. Altschuler and Glenn C. Altschuler,[Special to The Sun] | February 3, 2008
The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World By Tim Harford Random House / 254 pages / $25.95 On speed dates, 20 young men and 20 young women gather together, usually at a bar. Each of them gets a name badge, a pen and a checklist. When the host rings a bell, the strangers pair up on a first date, which lasts no longer than three minutes. After half an hour, all the guys and girls have met each other. The next day, they log on to their Internet accounts to learn who has chosen them for a second date.
NEWS
December 1, 2007
RICHARD LEIGH, 64 Best-selling author Richard Leigh, a writer of speculative history who unsuccessfully sued for plagiarism over themes in Dan Brown's blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code, died Nov. 21 in London of complications from a heart condition, his agent said. The U.S.-born Mr. Leigh, who had lived in Britain for three decades, was co-author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail, a work of nonfiction that claimed Jesus Christ fathered a child with Mary Magdalene and that the bloodline continues.
NEWS
November 20, 2007
Ella Mae Bauerlien, a retired publishing house worker and community volunteer, died of cancer Sunday at Carroll Hospice in Westminster. The Westminster resident was 82. Born Ella Mae Esworthy in the Carroll County community of Gist, she attended Carroll County public schools. She worked at Butte Knits, later Westminster Knit Co., a clothing manufacturer, and at the Black & Decker plant in Hampstead. She retired from the book-return department at Random House in Westminster. She was a member of the Westminster Church of the Brethren, where she was a deacon, choir member and soup kitchen volunteer.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | June 30, 1999
Clearing the way for Random House Inc. to turn Westminster into its sole national distribution center, the county Planning and Zoning Commission approved a package of rezoning and site plan changes yesterday for expanding the publisher's facilities. In a unanimous decision, the seven-member commission approved plans for a 325,000-square-foot warehouse -- 47,000 square feet larger than originally planned -- at Random House Inc.'s facility on the northeast edge of Westminster. Construction is expected to be completed early next year.
BUSINESS
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | November 7, 1998
The expanded Random House Inc. facility on the edge of Westminster is poised to become the sole national distribution center for all of its titles by mid-2000."
NEWS
By David Wood and David Wood,[Sun Reporter] | November 11, 2007
Curveball Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War By Bob Drogin Random House / 343 pages / $26.95 You knew the case for going to war in Iraq was shaky, that Saddam Hussein's "weapons of mass destruction," which President Bush, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and the CIA swore existed, never existed. You may not have realized just how cravenly eager they all were, in the months before Bush launched the war, to swallow a shoddy, half-baked story told by a two-bit Iraqi who defected to Germany hoping for a Mercedes and a nice apartment.
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By Glenn C. Altschuler and Glenn C. Altschuler,Special to the Sun | May 20, 2007
FDR By Jean Edward Smith Random House / 859 pages / $35 At the conclusion of the conference at Casblanca, Morocco, in January 1943, Winston Churchill accompanied Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the airport. The prime minister watched as the president was helped up the runway. He then returned to his limousine and told the driver to depart before the plane took off. "It makes me far too nervous," he sighed. "If anything ever happened to that man, I couldn't stand it. He is the truest friend; he has the farthest vision; he is the greatest man I have ever known."
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