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September 17, 2011
The best policy regarding police escorts for VIPs is to eliminate them entirely, except in cases of extreme emergency ("A case-by-case stance on city police escorts," Sept. 15). I live on President Street and have noticed in increase in vehicles, buses and the like being escorted by police cars and motorcycles with sirens blaring. Not only do they disrupt traffic and waste of police manpower, they are also an ear splitting annoyance. Retired Baltimore Police Lt. Col. Michael Andrew acknowledged that "everybody and his brother wants one," so clearly police escorts have become issue of vanity.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
In the casino industry, they are known as "whales. " At Maryland Live, they are plied with personal parties, guaranteed seating at concerts, free tickets to sporting events and even quarterly car detailing. Helena Wong, a former VIP host at the Hanover casino, specialized in catering to those high rollers. So when her former employer suspected she had copied a list of its 1,000 best customers before taking at job a dozen miles away at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Maryland Live sued.
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SPORTS
Sports Digest | October 18, 2012
Boxing Perry Hall students are VIPs for anti-bullying card Jake Smith 's Baltimore Boxing Promotions announced that it has donated a first-row VIP table to Perry Hall High School students for Saturday's "Bully Beatdown" fight card at Du Burns Arena. A shooting on the first day of school there Aug. 27 critically injured student Daniel Borowy ; a Baltimore County grand jury has indicted 15-year-old Robert W. Gladden Jr. on 29 counts in the incident. All the guests from Perry Hall will be seated ringside for a special evening of Olympic-style boxing and anti-bullying awareness.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
Dan Naor got his start in Baltimore 20 years ago, when he found a 16-acre waterfront property for sale and decided to make the leap into the local marina business. Today, the Inner Harbor is a vastly different place than it was in 1994, and Naor's Baltimore Marine Centers operates five marinas in the surrounding area. "In the beginning it was a little rough," said Naor, a native of Israel whose company now acts as an intermediary between Baltimore and some of its most well-heeled guests.
FEATURES
By SYLVIA BADGER | September 17, 1993
Flags were flying, champagne's flowing, and stretch limos with diplomatic tags were lining the drive way of the HarborView Condominiums. It was just enough fanfare to make the grand opening of the complex seem quite grand. And if that didn't do it, walking in and being greeted by concierge Roland Goodwin, did. Old-timers will remember Roland from his days at the Belvedere Hotel, many moons ago. Without question, Roland knows the names and faces of more Maryland people than I do, which is saying a lot.He whisked me off to the private party being held in an 11th floor condo.
NEWS
By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | February 3, 2002
When President Bush called on Americans to volunteer in their communities during his State of the Union address, phones at the Anne Arundel County Police Department started ringing almost immediately. Within hours of Bush's speech Tuesday night, county residents responding to Bush's message had followed links from the White House Web site to the county Police Department's Volunteers in Police Service program. "We've gotten dozens of calls for people interested in volunteering," said Sgt. James B. Cifala, head of the county police crime prevention unit.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun Reporter | August 12, 2008
Towson-based ViPS Inc., a health software company that was acquired by General Dynamics Information Technology Inc. last month, is keeping its headquarters in Towson and hopes to expand there during coming years as part of the redevelopment of that area, Baltimore County economic development officials said yesterday. The company, which employs 600 people, more than 500 of them in Towson, signed a seven-year lease extension for its offices at 1 W. Pennsylvania Ave. The owner of the office tower, Towson Commons LLC, will receive business retention loans totaling $700,000 - $250,000 from the county's Department of Economic Development and $450,000 from the state's Department of Business and Economic Development.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN REPORTER | June 5, 2008
Towson-based ViPS, a health software company and unit of HLTH Corp., will be sold to General Dynamics Information Technology Inc. for $225 million in cash, HLTH Corp. said yesterday. ViPS, which employs 600 people, will remain at its headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson and is not expected to face job layoffs, said Mark Meudt, a spokesman for the buyer, which is a subsidiary of Falls Church, Va.-based defense company General Dynamics Corp. "At this point we don't anticipate any significant changes," Meudt said yesterday.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | October 9, 1998
VIPS Healthcare Information Solutions, a Towson software and consulting firm, became a free-standing company yesterday after being sold sold by its parent, First Data Corp.Jenny G. Morgan, president and chief executive officer of VIPS, said she and all 240 employees will remain. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Cornerstone Equity Investors LLC, of New York, acquired a controlling interest in VIPS. "Our intention is to keep the company independent and use it as a base for growth," said Stephen Larson, a managing director of Cornerstone.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | July 13, 2004
ViPS Inc., a Towson health software firm, is being sold to WebMD Corp. for $160 million, the New Jersey firm announced yesterday. While WebMD said it could not discuss its plans in detail until the deal closes, the sale is expected to have minimal impact on privately held ViPS' management and its nearly 400 employees. The purchase is expected take 30 days, including an antitrust review. The acquisition would join two companies in the business of processing and analyzing medical claims for insurers and doctors.
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2013
Baltimore and its environs are home to plenty of animals that are at least as compelling as a months-old panda. Sure, there was plenty of wailing and gnashing of teeth when Washington's National Zoo, blaming the government shutdown, was forced to turn off the camera it has trained on its resident giant pandas, Mei Xiang and her 2-month-old cub. Thank goodness the Panda Cam is back on. But Baltimoreans, for one, should have been able to take...
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
Visitors to Hollywood Casino in Perryville can now walk through the door with hopes of winning more than a big slots score or lucrative poker jackpot. The casino, owned by Penn National, is offering a series of contests and events in partnership with the Aberdeen IronBirds, a minor league affiliate of the Orioles'. Starting Monday, casino goers can enter to win merchandise signed by IronBirds owner and Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr. There is, of course, something of a catch: Getting an entry form requires getting a Club Hollywood Card, which enters you in the company's sophisticated tracking and communication program.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Anne Arundel County officials on Monday issued a statement denying what they said were "allegations" that former county executive John R. Leopold was receiving special treatment in the county jail, where he is incarcerated for misconduct in office. County Executive Laura Neuman said in a press release that Leopold, 70, who was been jailed since Thursday, was not afforded treatment and accommodations beyond what other inmates can have. "John Leopold has been treated in the same custodial manner as his fellow inmates and has not received preferential treatment," she said.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | October 18, 2012
Boxing Perry Hall students are VIPs for anti-bullying card Jake Smith 's Baltimore Boxing Promotions announced that it has donated a first-row VIP table to Perry Hall High School students for Saturday's "Bully Beatdown" fight card at Du Burns Arena. A shooting on the first day of school there Aug. 27 critically injured student Daniel Borowy ; a Baltimore County grand jury has indicted 15-year-old Robert W. Gladden Jr. on 29 counts in the incident. All the guests from Perry Hall will be seated ringside for a special evening of Olympic-style boxing and anti-bullying awareness.
FEATURES
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 13, 2012
One of the best kept secrets of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has to be the VIP treatment received by American Express card members. Let's start with the American Express Skybox. Card members are escorted through a door in front of show guests - you can almost see them drool as you walk by - and up a flight of stairs to the opulent suite, which is perched above the top row of the actual runway show. The suite features a fully stocked bar, a mini stage where Q and A sessions are held between shows, and comfy seats for guests to watch each sashay and swivel on the runway.
FEATURES
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
Still thirsting for more couture? Twitter has set up #DayInTheLife of New York Fashion Week's VIPs. The following folks are live tweeting about their experiences during the event. Read about the best parties, what's sashaying down the runway, the mayhem of backstage and more. Enjoy! @StylewatchMag - PEOPLE Magazine editors Kate Hogan, Alex Apatoff, Catherine Dash, Zoe Ruderman, Andrea Lavinthal and Jennifer Cress @BadgleyMischka - Famed red carpet designer duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka @WhoWhatWear - Editorial Director & Co-Founder Hillary Kerr @MatchbookMag - Editorial Director Katie Armour @JosephinSkriver - A model who's walked 50+ shows in Milan, Paris and New York @Barbara_Fialho - Brazilian model who hit the big time after modeling for Rio Fashion Week @Jess_Stam - Forbes named this Canadian supermodel as one of the “World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels” in 2007 @missjourdandunn - British model known for her Prada runway debut @DariaStrokous -  Daria tweets about her adventures as a model, actress and photographer @GintaLapina89 - Rap, swim and volleyball enthusiast Ginta shares her supermodel adventures
NEWS
By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,Staff Writer | September 18, 1993
You can still get a good seat for last July's All-Star game -- and it will set you back only a little more than $200.For $199.95, plus $13.95 in shipping and handling, you get a vinyl-padded folding chair touted in the most recent Hammacher-Schlemmer catalog as one of the "actual guest chairs that were used to seat VIPs during baseball's annual All-Star game at Baltimore's Camden Yards . . . in a limited edition of 300."But before you dial the toll-free order number, you might want to know that, while Major League Baseball licensed 300 chairs for the 64th All-Star game, the Orioles used only 160 on the field, according to Roy Sommerhof, director of stadium operations at Camden Yards.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | June 16, 1997
Reaching the age of adulthood this year, VIPS, a Towson health software company, has experienced three transition milestones this spring: A major line of business, Medicare claims processing, switched from contractors choosing software to a government bid process, and VIPS won a four-year, $24 million contract to provide software for durable medical equipment claims.VIPS shipped its first managed-care software, entering a new and very different market.Wilson T. Gildee, who founded the company in 1979, retired -- two weeks short of his 50th birthday -- and Jenny G. Morgan, who had been the company's chief operating officer, replaced him as president.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2012
Red Tomato Pizza in Dubai is readying a new device that will let customers order a pizza delivery with one push of a button attached to their refrigerator by a magnet. It's called the VIP Fridge Magnet. And it will change everything. How does it work? It's magic. Seen on Eater    
EXPLORE
November 29, 2011
Magician Eric Henning , of Laurel, will perform for VIPs during the ceremony to mark the lighting of the National Christmas Tree Dec. 1 on the Ellipse in Washington. Henning, a full-time professional magician and speaker, has performed at two pre-Inaugural candlelight dinners for President George W. Bush and at two Easter egg rolls for Laura Bush. Last year, he performed for the family of President Barack Obama at the White House Halloween party.
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