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March 9, 2007
MARYLAND Expert kills self after dispute A high-ranking police ballistics expert who testified in courts throughout Maryland and neighboring states killed himself after being confronted with evidence that he had lied about his credentials - a revelation that defense attorneys say could force new trials for some of the hundreds of people he helped convict. pg 1A Md. man linked to German case More than 20 years after a young nursing apprentice at an American Army base in Germany was raped and murdered, DNA evidence has brought the arrest of a suspect in the Baltimore area.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,Sun reporter | February 15, 2007
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said yesterday that it expects to almost double to $48 million this year the revenue it receives from cable operators and others who pay to retransmit its local television signals, providing what could become a steady profit stream for a company that has led the industry in fighting for retransmission fees. Those figures emerged as Hunt Valley-based Sinclair announced its fourth-quarter earnings. Sinclair shares reached a 52-week high yesterday, climbing 4.7 percent to close at $14 on Nasdaq.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,Sun reporter | February 3, 2007
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and a New York cable operator agreed on a price yesterday to carry Sinclair's local broadcast stations. The agreement ends a nearly four-week stalemate that left 2 million viewers in the Midwest and South without major networks on their cable systems. The deal, reached two days before the Super Bowl, resolved a bitter standoff between Sinclair, of Hunt Valley, and Mediacom Communications Corp. of Middletown, N.Y. The dispute caught the attention of the industry because of its potential effects on similar negotiations and cable rates.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,Sun reporter | February 1, 2007
Leaders of a Senate committee that oversees the Federal Communications Commission urged the agency to resolve an impasse that has left 2 million cable viewers in the South and Midwest without major networks. The FCC's intercession was sought in a letter from Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the Hawaii Democrat who chairs the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Sen. Ted Stevens, of Alaska, the panel's Republican vice chair- man. The action comes more than three weeks after Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. of Hunt Valley blocked programming from its 22 TV stations from being aired on cable systems in 13 states.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,Sun reporter | January 20, 2007
Time Warner Cable reported last night that it had reached an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. that allows the cable provider to continue carrying Sinclair-owned local network affiliates on its systems. Details of the agreement were not released. But in a programming notice posted on a Time Warner Web site for its mid-Ohio division, which includes Columbus, the cable company said it reached a three-year agreement with Hunt Valley-based Sinclair "for continued carriage of Sinclair-owned stations in former Adelphia [Communications Corp.
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By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,Sun Columnist | January 14, 2007
Every media company desperately wants to reverse the slide in income from music, video, news and other traditional content. Sinclair Broadcast Group is doing something about it. Last week the Hunt Valley television station owner stared down a cable company called Mediacom Communications and yanked Sinclair major-network stations from almost two dozen Mediacom systems in the heart of the football playoffs and just ahead of American Idol's season launch....
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,Sun reporter | January 10, 2007
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. warned thousands of cable customers in the Midwest and South yesterday that it expects to keep blocking network affiliates such as Fox and ABC for a "long time" because of a dispute over how much local programming is worth. Hunt Valley-based Sinclair yanked 22 stations from cable systems in 13 states over the weekend after negotiations failed with a New York-based company on a price to carry the local network affiliates.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,Sun reporter | January 6, 2007
On the eve of the NFL playoffs, 500,000 cable subscribers in several states, including those in the Midwest and South, were poised at midnight yesterday to lose major network affiliates owned or programmed by Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. Sinclair has been fighting with cable company Mediacom Communications Corp. over how much Mediacom should pay to air local stations in part of a growing battle among broadcasters nationwide over transmission fees. Mediacom executives said late last night that Sinclair had directed the Middletown, N.Y.-based company to stop carrying 22 network affiliates, mostly Fox and ABC stations, in 13 states as of midnight.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,Sun reporter | December 16, 2006
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., the Hunt Valley television station owner, and its former Washington bureau chief have decided to end a two-year legal battle over his dismissal during the 2004 presidential election campaign. Sinclair fired Jonathan S. Leiberman in October 2004 after he publicly criticized Sinclair's decision to pre-empt normal programming at 40 of the company's stations to air what he called "an extremely one-sided and negative" documentary about Democratic nominee John Kerry.
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By Bloomberg News | November 30, 2006
Hunt-Valley based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said yesterday that talks with cable operator Mediacom Communications Corp. were unlikely to end in an agreement and that Mediacom would probably stop carrying some Sinclair television stations as of tomorrow. The two companies were unable to agree on price, Sinclair Chief Executive Officer David Smith said in a statement. Sinclair said it is offering Mediacom subscribers rebates to switch their service to satellite TV provider DirecTV Group Inc. Markets affected include those in Des Moines, Ames and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Peoria, Ill./Bloomington, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Madison, Wis.; Nashville, Tenn.
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