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By Dave Rosenthal | September 13, 2012
Sad to see that University of Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun is retiring today. As a Connecitcut native, I've had hours and hours of fun watching the team -- especially during the three national championship years. You have to live in a state without major league sports to appreciate the fanatacism of Connecticut fans, and the university's basketball teams command the most loyalty. On the Hartford Courant website, for example, the sports section offers the choices of "UConn Men" and UConn Women," and everyone in the state knows that refers to the basketball teams.
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
The longtime head of the Mayor's Office of Employment Development plans to retire in January. Karen Sitnick, 64, who has worked for the city for more than 30 years, was appointed director of the $24.9 million, 191-person agency in 2000. During her tenure, the department worked with the city school system and the Johns Hopkins University to establish schools with a focus on careers and equipping students with work experience. She launched Baltimore's Youth Opportunity program in 2000, focused on connecting at-risk youth with a suite of services, from academic support and job training to health care.
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By June Arney, For The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
When Gary and Mary Beth Bassford first talked to a financial planner six years before they retired, they were shocked. "I looked at him, and I said, 'How in the world are we going to do that?' " recalled Mary Beth Bassford when she was told how much money they needed to save. But the former Timonium residents, now both 67, took the advice and put together a detailed budget to build the savings, and they tried to live on their anticipated retirement income even before they retired.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
DETROIT -- As left-handed reliever Andrew Miller spoke to the media in the clubhouse hallway Sunday night after the Orioles' American League Division Series clincher in Detroit, he was interrupted by a bellow. "You did it, Andrew," said the excited voice. "You did it. " Miller smiled and shook hands with the giddy man to his right: Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, who acquired Miller in a July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline deal with the Boston Red Sox. Whether you're an Orioles fan or you just happen to run the organization, it's hard not to be pumped about what Miller has done in his two-plus months in Baltimore.
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August 1, 2011
Thomas Firey of the Maryland Policy Institute offers a libertarian approach to economic security in retirement ("Better pension reform," July 27). Mr. Firey argues that because some Illinois teachers chose in 1998 not to take a "buy-in" for increasing their eventual pension benefits, Maryland state employees should be able to "buy-back" future pension benefits. The employees would receive cash now in exchange for benefits they would otherwise be entitled to when they retire, thereby reducing the state's long-term pension obligations.
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October 2, 2013
It is a shame that an elected leader fails to tell the complete truth on retirement benefits for Baltimore County employees ( "Balto. Co. is seeking to make retirement benefits sustainable," Sept. 30). True, there is a health care review committee. False, the committee doesn't set the cost of health care. The county does and then sends it to the committee for approval. Since at least four of bargaining groups have a proven record of not challenging the county, the committee is a rubber stamp.
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By Dan Connolly | December 29, 2011
According to a report out of Venezuela, former longtime Oriole Melvin Mora announced his retirement from major league baseball Thursday while in his home country. Mora, who will turn 40 in February, was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks last June after hitting .228 in 127 at-bats for the Diamondbacks. He said earlier this winter that he wanted to play again if he could find the right opportunity, but apparently that did not happen. Mora was traded to the Orioles by the New York Mets in July 2000 as part of then-GM Syd Thrift's fire sale.
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By Jamison Hensley and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2008
Jonathan Ogden said he will likely decide before next month's NFL draft whether to retire. The 11-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle said yesterday that his toe injury remains a problem and that he won't be participating in the Ravens' first minicamp April 17. The draft begins April 26. "If I can't play football the way I'm used to [playing], then I'm not going to [return]," Ogden said at yesterday's 5-35 autograph event honoring the city's two Super Bowl championship teams.
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March 20, 2012
Eileen Ambrose delaying Social Security from 66 to 70 to boost benefits after 70 by about a third ("Here's what you should know about Social Security," March 11) advocates. But there are factors this conventional wisdom overlooks. If one forgoes 100 percent of benefits for four years, he or she must live 12 years after 70 to break even. Will one live to and after 82, and how active one will one be after 82 to enjoy the extra funds? Taxable IRAs and 401(k)s are subject to Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)
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February 19, 2012
I read with interest Eileen Pollock's essay about retiring to Baltimore ("Why I'm thinking about retiring to Baltimore," Feb. 17). My hat's off to her for espousing Baltimore's strengths instead of the usual (and frankly, tiresome) complaint about the city's high taxes. Look at what downtown Baltimore alone has to offer: Four colleges and universities, easy proximity via MARC train to the District of Columbia, museums, symphony, wonderful restaurants, two major sports stadiums, four Circulator bus routes providing free transportation (see if you can find that in Manhattan)
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By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
For some thoroughbreds at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, it had been mere months since their last race. Now, as the ex-racehorses trotted onto the track, they were asked by riders not to run like the wind, but do something entirely different - circle barrels, leap hurdles or prance precisely in dressage, an Olympic equestrian sport. The horses at the second annual Thoroughbred Makeover: A Marketplace & National Symposium resisted the urge to take off when they heard the boom of an announcer's voice.
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Sports Digest | October 1, 2014
Major League Lacrosse Bayhawks' Dixon retires after eight years Veteran midfielder and All-Pro Kyle Dixon has announced that he is retiring from Major League Lacrosse. Dixon spent eight seasons in MLL, all with the Bayhawks. He played high school lacrosse for Archbishop Spalding and college lacrosse at Virginia, where he was a first-team All-American his senior season and won national championships in 2003 and 2006. Dixon was selected second overall in the 2006 MLL college draft by the then-Baltimore Bayhawks.
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September 22, 2014
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sept. 15 for Chapel Springs, a new senior community to be built behind the Safeway at the Perry Hall Marketplace Shopping Center. The project includes 127 one- and two-bedroom apartments with a range of affordable units.   Tenants will be seniors aged 62 years and older.  The $23 million project will include a multipurpose community room, health suite, billiards and game room, internet cafe, fitness room, beauty salon, outdoor patio and dog park.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
As a band played during his New Orleans-themed 45th birthday party Saturday night at Pimlico Race Course, Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance smiled as he enjoyed the festivities. Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerocis in 2007, the retired former Ravens linebacker is upbeat about the success of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge and the money and awareness it's raising for ALS research. ALS is a degenerative motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Boys' Latin is seeking a new varsity lacrosse coach, beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Veteran coach Bob Shriver announced in June he would step down following the spring 2015 season. Boys' Latin said the ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree with experience coaching at the high school level or higher and will also work full-time at the school. The successful applicant will have the overall responsibility for leading the school's lacrosse program, including varsity, under squad, and middle school teams.
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From Sun staff reports | September 4, 2014
Michael Phelps , the most-decorated Olympian of all time, is among seven North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers named Wednesday to the 2014-15 USA Swimming national team roster. Phelps, who is returning from retirement, made the team in the (100-meter freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. He's joined by Chase Kalisz (200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM); Conor Dwyer (200 free, 200 IM); Matt McLean (200 free, 400 free); Allison Schmitt (200 free); Cierra Runge (400 free, 800 free)
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
When Joe Marsala was a kid in Texas, an excitable neighbor would call him over regularly to see a special new plant she had found. After a career as a computer scientist and a mathematician, primarily for the Department of Defense, the Lothian retiree can correct his neighbor. "All plants are pretty special," the master gardener said. Carol Youmans was working in an Annapolis framing store when someone from a local theater group came in to get a poster framed. What were the requirements to work at the Colonial Players, the former teacher asked idly.
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January 2, 2013
What our reporters and columnists are saying about Ray Lewis announcing his retirement today: Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The timing on Ray Lewis' announcement, to me, is overblown. After 17 mostly dominant seasons, he has earned the right to go out however he wants to go out. And if there is anybody that deserves the ovation and the adulation that Lewis will get the rest of the week and especially on Sunday, it is Lewis. Was Lewis' career is Baltimore spotless? No. Any summation of his career has to include his legal issues in Atlanta.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has appointed a three-member panel to distribute up to $3 million to the owners of historic properties whose tax bills in coming years will be higher than what government officials told them to expect. Retired Baltimore City Circuit Judge  John M.  Glynn, City Auditor Robert McCarty, and City Solicitor George Nilson will decide which owners will get the checks, which will cover portions of up to nine years of future tax bills. About 75 property owners submitted applications that could make them eligible to receive the checks, city officials said.
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Dan Rodricks | September 1, 2014
Nobody asked me, but… A judge who orders an electric shock to silence a criminal defendant who refuses to shut up during a court proceeding has relinquished his eligibility for retirement duty on the bench. This is alleged to have happened when Charles County Circuit Judge Robert C. Nalley, who hit mandatory retirement a year ago, told a deputy sheriff to zap a chatterbox defendant with the "stun cuff" he was wearing at the time. (A few years ago, the same judge admitted to a Southern Maryland newspaper that he had deflated a tire of a car parked near the courthouse in La Plata.
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