February 20, 1996
WASHINGTON -- It sounds simple enough: Every time a business makes a hire, the employer first dials a toll-free telephone number to verify the immigration status of the new worker.Just like the process that occurs at the cash register when a customer hands over a credit card, a central computer would instantly relay back a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.Computer verification of immigration status is being described by proponents as a virtually foolproof method of determining who can and cannot legally work in the United States, one offering far more reliability than the easily forged work-authorization documents now reviewed by employers.
June 28, 1992
Eating at the ballpark isn't getting any cheaper, but it is getting easier.Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a pioneer in accepting credit cards for concessions, is expanding the system that eventually will have 70 percent of the concession stands equipped for charge cards.MasterCard and VISA have been accepted at the stadium's novelty stands since Opening Day. In recent weeks, customers at the Pastimes cafeteria and club-level seating areas have been able to use them.Selected registers on the upper and lower deck are being outfitted to accept credit cards.
March 11, 2002
In addition to a tough job market and depressed conditions throughout the photo industry, Polaroid Corp.'s thousands of former employees face an unusual challenge as they seek new jobs. Prospective employers must pay a fee and negotiate a complicated voice-prompt phone menu just to verify the employment history of former Polaroid staffers. For two years the company - which filed for bankruptcy protection in October - has outsourced the service to a Massachusetts firm, Employ- ment Verification Service.
December 1, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The University of California will begin checking college applications for lies and embellishments next year, as it acknowledges public concern that high school seniors may be tempted to distort their records to gain a competitive edge. The university will randomly select applications for fall 2003 admission and verify personal statements as well as the honors achievements and community service. The change comes on the heels of the University of California's year-old "comprehensive review" admissions policy.
January 24, 2004
The Sun is compiling statistics for boys and girls basketball to be published on Mondays. Call 1-800-829- 8000, ext. 6786 anytime Friday through 11 p.m. Saturdays. Please, start each call with "boys or girls basketball," school name, your name and phone number for verification or questions.
November 12, 2005
NEXT QUESTION Are the Philadelphia Eagles better off without Terrell Owens? Selected responses to today's question will be printed Monday on The Kickoff page. Please e-mail your answer (about 25 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 p.m. tomorrow. Include your name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification purposes.