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By Andrea K. Walker | November 29, 2012
A simple automated telephone call may be enough to convice people to take their medicine, a study by Kasier Permanente has found. As part of the study, an automated telephone call was made to patients on cholesteral-reducing drugs who hadn't picked up their medicine two weeks after it was prescribed. A letter was sent a week later if patients still hadn't filled their prescriptions. The calls and letters informed people about the importance of taking the medication and encouraged them to have prescription filled or to call their doctor.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
John G. Schisler, the longtime spokesman and director of public relations for the old Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., died Sept. 12 at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. He was 85. "Through and through, it was C&P and what was best for the community," said Betsy Nelson, who retired in 2012 as president of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers. "He was diligent and a pragmatist, but had a heart of gold. " The son of J. Harry Schisler, executive vice president of the Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland, and Mildred Hawkins Schisler, a homemaker, John Gardner Schisler was born in Baltimore and raised in Cedarcroft.
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NEWS
By Andrea K. Walker | August 29, 2012
Cigna's behavioral health unit is offering free telephone counseling to Baltimore County residents in wake of the school shooting at Perry Hall High on Monday. The counseling is for those having a hard time coping with the shooting and will be offered for a week. Fifteen-year-old Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. has been charged with shooting a classmate on the first day of school Monday.  Cigna said the counselors are qualified clinicians trained in helping people deal with traumatic events.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Henry B. Mann Jr., a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. marketing manager and World War II veteran, died Aug. 4 of complications from dementia at Envoy of Denton, a nursing home. He was 93. The son of Henry B. Mann Sr., an attorney, and Amelia R. Mann, a homemaker, Henry Bond Mann Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Evergreen Avenue in Hamilton. After graduating in 1938 from Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Mann began working for C&P Telephone. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served with Company B, 53rd Signal Battalion in Europe.
NEWS
August 10, 1995
FIRE Manchester: Manchester investigated a 911 telephone call in the 4600 block of Wantz Road at 11:49 a.m. Tuesday. Units were out 18 minutes.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2003
For those of us who know how to save a buck and more efficiently use technology, caller identification boxes seem like a mighty waste of money. After all, an answering machine allows you to screen calls without having to squint at a little box with a telephone number on it to figure out whether you want to pick up or not. Nevertheless, the Olympia OL3000 InfoGlobe ($50) was such a neat gadget that I went ahead and sprang for Caller ID on my home telephone just to see it in action. With a brilliant floating LED display that shows telephone numbers, time and date of calls, current date and day, the Globe made Caller ID worthwhile for my middle-aged eyes.
BUSINESS
January 30, 1992
More than 70 percent of callers to SUNDIAL, or 201 out of 284 responses, say they are using the new telephone area code 410. Eighty-three callers (29 percent) say they're not.
NEWS
December 12, 1997
Just who does George Balog work for?The city's director of public works, George Balog, was quoted ("Rush-job on the Wyndham," Dec. 8) as justifying his decision to spend city funds to relocate a major sewer main, without seeking authorization of the Board of Estimates, on the basis that it would "make (the property) more desirable for development."I'm sure the private owners appreciate Mr. Balog's generosity with the taxpayers' money. Several public works projects that would increase the value of my property come quickly to mind.
NEWS
By Diane Mullaly | March 27, 1991
50 Years Ago (week of March 23-March 29, 1941): Ellicott City policerounded up a dozen youths this week, ranging in age from 16 to 20, who were believed to have been responsible for a series of automobile accessory thefts that had been plaguing Howard County communities since the beginning of the year. More than 50 allegedly stolen articles were recovered, including five gasoline tank caps, seven radiator caps, three rearview mirrors, four fog lights and a car radio, among other items.25 Years Ago (week of March 20-March 26, 1966)
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | February 10, 1993
In the first transaction of its kind, a telephone company has acquired a cable television system, signaling the start of a race between the two industries to dominate the delivery of communication services of all kinds to the home.Both industries want to use their elaborate networks to provide movies on demand, hundreds of channels of television programming and on-line electronic libraries. And advances in technologies, blurring the distinctions between what the two industries can do, have set off a Darwinian contest.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Thomas M. Gibbons, former president and CEO of Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Cos. who also served on boards of business and educational institutions, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at The Terraces of Bonita Springs Retirement Community in Bonita Springs, Fla. The former Roland Park resident was 88. "Tom was one of the best executives I ever met or worked for in my life," said John Henry "Hank" Butta, a former president and CEO...
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Howard Homer Walters, a retired civil engineer and former president of Bell Atlantic Properties, died of kidney failure April 1 at the BayWoods of Annapolis. The longtime Cape St. Claire resident was 83. Born in Baltimore and raised in West Baltimore on Belmont Avenue, he was the son of Howard Walters, a Western Union telegrapher, and Marie Hefner Walters, a homemaker. He was a 1948 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland in 1952.
NEWS
By C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger | March 24, 2014
As congressman of the 2nd District of Maryland, I am proud to represent the men and women of the National Security Agency. They serve and sacrifice for our country every day, often in dangerous situations, and I applaud them for their work. As the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, I am also proud to oversee the intelligence community on behalf of the American people as a whole, ensuring that our intelligence organizations get the tools necessary to keep us, and our allies safe, while ensuring the highest levels of civil liberty and privacy protection.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, plans to introduce bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. telephone and email data - the surveillance program that has drawn fire from privacy advocates, civil libertarians and some lawmakers since it was revealed last year. Under a proposal developed by Ruppersberger and Rep. Mike Rogers , the Republican chairman of the intelligence committee, the government would have to rely on records kept by private telecommunications companies for information now gathered by the National Security Agency.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2013
Amid criticism of a nearly $8 million projected shortfall in their overtime budget, Baltimore police say they have found one solution to troubling staffing shortages: a new unit that handles some 911 calls by phone so patrol officers can concentrate on emergencies. The Telephone Reporting Unit carries an additional benefit, police say. Officers restricted from street duties by injuries or health problems can use their experience to handle many calls, including those about property damage or stolen vehicles.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. warned Wednesday that scammers are targeting some customers, claiming their power will be shut off unless they make an immediate payment. The callers, who say they represent BGE, instruct consumers to pay by telephone via a Green Dot Visa prepaid card. BGE said customers should ask any callers claiming to be from the utility for the name on the account, the account address and the precise past-due balance. BGE said it is launching an anti-impostor educational campaign to help customers avoid scams.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kevin Washington | June 19, 2003
Plantronics offers quality, mobility Finding a compact telephone with a headset and caller identification capabilities for home use isn't particularly easy. Pulling all of those features together in a 2.4 GHz telephone that will allow you to talk continuously for 5.5 hours on a battery is even tougher. But Plantronics Laboratories' CT12 ($130) cordless telephone fits the bill with its tiny, back-lit monochrome LCD display for caller identification and storage of information on up to 100 calls.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Staff Writer | May 14, 1993
"Press 1 if you got a job last week . . ."The computerized telephone machines that allow Marylanders to pay their bills and check their train schedules are coming to the state's unemployment insurance system.Officials from the state's Department of Economic and Employment Development (DEED) announced yesterday that they are developing an automated computer system that will allow jobless Marylanders to file for unemployment insurance checks by making a telephone call.The jobless would feed information about themselves and their status directly into a state computer by punching telephone buttons in response to automated questions.
NEWS
paf1@patuxent.com | September 12, 2013
One of my readers named Ed, who lives in Howard County, alerted me by email to a robocall scam targeting the elderly in the area. In his email, he directed me to a complaint he had left online at whocalled.us, and to links for "The Today Show" and Better Business Bureau stories about these "rogues" as he called them. He wrote, "Government fines don't seem to stop them but maybe word-of-mouth and media awareness will slow them down. " This particular scam deals with a medical alert device and is coming from a local phone number.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police on Thursday arrested a Ferndale man who they said called 911 and threatened a bomb attack similar to that of Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and left almost 200 others injured. Police officials said in a release that at approximately 12:38 p.m. on Wednesday a person called 911 and said, "I'm from Boston and I'm going to blow some more stuff up. " The caller then hung up, officials said. The dispatcher began researching calls in the area where the call originated - the 1300 block of Broadview Road, police said.
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