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April 20, 2011
Why should anyone listen to what the Standard & Poor's rating agency has to say ("Grading the outlook on debt," April 20)? They did a great job by rating all of the junk collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) during the financial crisis, and look what happened. What they told Congress is only their opinion, not based on any real evidence, so they could avoid any legal repercussions. What a joke. C.H. Webster, Randallstown
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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The infant mortality rate has dropped by 15 percent in Maryland in the past decade, but tick upward slightly in 2013, state officials reported Friday. The rate increased to 6.6 per 1,000 live births last year, up from 6.3 per 1,000 in 2012. No single cause was identified, according to a statement from Gov. Martin O'Malley and the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The main causes include low birth weight, congenital abnormalities, sudden infant death syndrome and maternal complications of pregnancy.
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BUSINESS
March 16, 2010
The United States and Britain are more likely than Germany and France to witness an embarrassing downgrade of their top debt ratings, agency Moody's Investors Service said Monday. In a quarterly report assessing the prospects of the triple-A-rated countries, Moody's warned that economic recovery remained fragile in many advanced economies. Governments and central banks are looking at when and how to unwind their massive stimulus measures. Some experts warn that exiting these policies too early risks creating a new economic downturn, but they are also straining government finances.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Richards and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
It's shortly after 1 p.m. on a Saturday in Druid Hill Park. Several dozen young people, many decked out in trim-fitting athletic gear, gather under a pavilion. A plastic storage bin is stocked with cans of Miller Lite and Bud Light. Two grills are smoking burgers and hot dogs. Justin Timberlake's song "Mirrors" mixes with picnic table chatter as a Frisbee zings back and forth during a game of Polish horseshoes. These people have all volunteered to have a good time. Since last February, Volunteering Untapped has held a volunteering event every month with a nonprofit, immediately followed by drinks and networking.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
For the fourth consecutive year, the Port of Baltimore's six public terminals received an "excellent" security assessment from the Coast Guard. The annual review grades security operations at the Dundalk, Seagirt, North Locust Point, South Locust Point, Fairfield and Masonville terminals managed by the Maryland Port Administration. Captain of the Port Mark O'Malley said the continued excellent rating was due to continued training for security and law enforcement officers and upgrades in facilities, including better credentials for workers, a state-of-the-art entry system for trucks and tighter perimeter controls.
NEWS
January 16, 1991
The Farmers and Merchants Bank has been awarded a five-star rating by Bauer Financial Reports Inc., a Coral Gables, Fla., research firm.The five-star rating identifies the bank as one of the safest, most creditworthy banks in the U.S.The award is based on a zero-to-five-star rating assigned by BFR,based on its analysis of the June 30, 1990 financial data as filed with federal regulators.The high rating indicates that the bank's tangible capital exceeds 9 percent of tangible assets; that there areno excessive delinquencies or repossessed assets; and that the bank is profitable.
BUSINESS
By Bloomberg Business News | November 13, 1992
NEW YORK -- Standard & Poor's Corp. said yesterday that it will lower its rating on Marriott Corp.'s $2.7 billion of bonds six notches, to the category of junk bonds, if it becomes clear that the hotel company will proceed with its controversial restructuring plan.After the hotel company announced last month that it planned to split in two, S&P said it would downgrade Marriott's bonds but didn't say by how much.Marriott's restructuring would leave Marriott International Inc., including the company's lodging, food, facilities management and senior living service operations, with a clean balance sheet.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | February 5, 1993
Barry Levinson's "Homicide" is hot in Baltimore, but the rest of the country was decidedly cool to the new show Wednesday night.Those are the results of the first major ratings test for "Homicide," as it took its regular spot in NBC's weekly lineup and went head-to-head with ABC's hit sitcoms "Home Improvement" and "Coach."Assessing the early returns, Emily Barr, director of broadcast operations at WMAR (Channel 2), said, "I think its future looks good, but only if NBC can keep it in a consistent time period . . . and sticks with it until it catches on like [NBC']
BUSINESS
By JANE BRYANT QUINN and JANE BRYANT QUINN,Washington Post Writers Group | June 21, 1992
New York -- If you're buying an insurance policy or an annuity, it's important to check the company's safety ratings. But you can't always rely on your insurance agent to tell the whole story -- or even to know what the story is.As an example, consider Jackson National Life based in Lansing, Mich. In 1991, Moody's, one of the nation's four major rating services, gave Jackson National a financial-strength rating of A2. On Moody's scale, that's sixth from the top.But Jackson National never disseminated that information to the 82,000 agents who sell its policies.
SPORTS
By PHIL JACKMAN | November 18, 1994
The TV Repairman:Considering sections of heaven, earth and a programming schedule had to be moved and altered, the least local fans could do Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:30 is set their TV dials on Channel 2 for the CFL Eastern Division title game between our Team With No Nickname and Winnipeg. Even if you're going out, turn all the TVs on.Baltimore prides itself on being a hot sports town, so prove it. The competition consists of Redskins-Cowboys on Fox, women's tennis (Virginia Slims final)
NEWS
Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
University System of Maryland schools have had mixed success in improving the graduation rates of minority and low-income students, according to an annual progress report released this week. Some colleges, including the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, have been able to boost minority and low-income achievement. But at other schools, the gaps between those students and middle-class whites have increased in recent years. "I was shocked to see the numbers," said Frank M. Reid III, a university system regent and pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore.
NEWS
August 28, 2014
We read with interest Baltimore City schools CEO Gregory Thornton's commentary about the challenges ahead for the city's schools ( "Much work to be done," Aug. 25). As he indicates, one of the greatest barriers to student achievement is attendance, where there is still substantial work to do. Baltimore continues to suffer from rampant truancy and chronic absenteeism. What can we do to address this crisis? Since 2005, the University of Baltimore School of Law and its partners have worked with the schools to operate a Truancy Court Program, an early intervention, non-adversarial, non-punitive approach to truancy that aims to identify why children are not attending school and then attempts to resolve the underlying problems or causes.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
An ESPN poll of NFL front office personnel and coordinators had good things to say about Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who checks in among the top quarter of NFL head coaches. Harbaugh came in ninth in the poll conducted by ESPN's Mike Sando , which asked 30 NFL industry sources to rate the coaches on a 1-5 scale, with one being best and five being the worst. The scores were then averaged, with the lowest average number being the best. Harbaugh's score placed him firmly in the second-tier of NFL coaches and one spot behind his brother, Jim, who coaches the San Francisco 49ers.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday is set to approve parking rate increases at two downtown garages. Rates for those parking between four and 12 hours at the Arena Garage, near the Baltimore Arena, will increase from $14 to $15. "Early bird" parking rates at the Market Garage, near Lexington Market, will increase from $6 to $7 while the fee charged to those who park between four and 24 hours will increase from $8 to $9. The Parking Authority...
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
The dominant carrier on Maryland's health exchange, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, will raise premiums beginning in January, though not nearly as much as the company wanted, state regulators announced Friday. CareFirst won approval to raise rates as much as 16 percent on the three plans it offers, while the Maryland Insurance Administration agreed to reduced rates requested from the three other companies that sell policies on the exchange — Evergreen Health Cooperative, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare's All Savers Insurance Co. The companies made their pitches, and won approvals, based on information from the first open enrollment on the state's exchange, formed under the federal Affordable Care Act. The rates would not apply to most Marylanders, who get health insurance through their employers.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
It's a big week over at Forbes, which has released both its NFL franchise value rankings and its fan base rankings. The Ravens' checked in at a respectable 10th in the franchise valuation rankings, but fared much better when it comes to fan support. The Ravens were fifth in the league in the best-fans ranking, were the highest-ranked AFC North fans and the third-best AFC fans - all respectable showings for Ravens Nation. According to Forbes, the rankings were compiled based on five things: - Hometown reach, which they defined as percentage of the metropolitan area that watched, attended, or listened to a game in the last year.
FEATURES
June 26, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- CBS won the latest ratings battle with a boost from its Monday night comedy lineup and a rerun of a made-for-television movie about the real-life Aloha Airlines disaster.CBS earned a 9.5 average rating for last week, followed by ABC's 9.2 and NBC's 8.4, according to figures released Tuesday by the A.C. Nielsen Co. Each ratings point represents 931,000 homes.CBS' "Evening Shade," a homespun comedy series about small-town life, was the No. 2 show. The network's smart-talking TV journalists of "Murphy Brown" placed third.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | November 30, 2007
Baltimore's long-running tug-of-war continues, as WBAL, Channel 11, and WJZ, Channel 13, once again staked competing claims for TV dominance in November. For the November sweeps period, which ended Wednesday, WJZ emerged as the region's top-rated TV station for total viewers, thanks in no small part to the large number of football fans who continue watching the Ravens, in spite of the team's five-game losing streak. Measured from 6 a.m.-2 a.m., the average rankings for each quarter-hour were: 1. WJZ: 5.7 rating, 13.3 share 2. WBAL: 4.7 rating, 10.9 share 3. WMAR, Channel 2: 2.5 rating, 5.9 share 4. WBFF, Channel 45: 2.3 rating, 5.4 share.
HEALTH
By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Robin Ann Wolfender was infected with Lyme disease in 1979, when she was a 19-year-old summer camp counselor at Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont. Just five years earlier, the tick-borne disease had been named for the Connecticut town where children were developing odd target-shaped rashes and arthritis. Two more years would pass before researchers would link the symptoms to ticks that latched on to human bodies, secreting poisons as they consumed blood. Wolfender, now 54, developed a fever of 105. It took a week for the fever to break, she says, and 11 years for doctors to diagnose her worsening health as Lyme disease.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Physicians, public health officials and mental health advocates hope the death of Robin Williams will bring new attention to suicide, the little-discussed and less-understood phenomenon that now ranks among the top 10 causes of death in the United States. The public might consider it a concern chiefly for teens and the elderly. But adults ages 45 to 64 - the Academy Award-winning actor was 63 - now account for the largest number of suicides and have the fastest-growing suicide rate.
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