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By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer | January 11, 1994
Vista Chemical Co., a Houston-based chemical company, announced yesterday it was launching a $100 million, three-year project to upgrade its Baltimore plant on Fairfield Road.The improvements will allow the plant, which employs 170 workers, to use less costly raw materials as part of a cost-cutting program, company spokeswoman Gretchen Weis said. The project, scheduled to be completed in late 1996, will employ an additional 200 people for two years starting next year, she said.Vista is the nation's largest producer of linear alkylbenzene (LAB)
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Dan Rodricks | August 14, 2013
A smart, progressive event gets under way in Frederick County in about a week - a farm-to-fork promotion in 13 restaurants there. Starting Aug. 23, the participating establishments will offer home-grown food and wine; they'll buy enough products from county farmers and vintners to make their menus 60 percent local. That's an oh-so-trendy concept and at the same time old-fashioned, a throwback to the days when chefs bought their meats and produce out the back door. Farm-to-Fork Frederick gets chefs acquainted with local farmers, and it challenges locavores to put their money where their mouths have been - demanding regionalization of the food supply.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Staff Writer | December 3, 1993
VISTA, the 1960s-flavored anti-poverty agency, is coming to the West Baltimore neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester to aid a 1990s-style assault on urban problems.The Enterprise Foundation and Volunteers in Service to America are to announce in Washington today a partnership that would bring 17 VISTA volunteers to Sandtown, a community of 10,000 people beset by poverty, joblessness and crime. Seven other cities would receive two volunteers each under the plan.Most or all of the Sandtown volunteers would be recruited from people already living in the neighborhood, said F. Barton Harvey III, chairman of Enterprise, the Columbia-based nonprofit group founded by developer James W. Rouse.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | August 13, 2013
While looking for a job earlier this year, Shareki Chaney, 26, kept busy by volunteering at her son's public charter school. Now Chaney has a new job as a Volunteer in Service to America. She is one of 17 AmeriCorps VISTAs who are newly assigned to community groups, schools, nonprofits and government agencies throughout Baltimore. Technically, VISTAs aren't volunteers, because they get a stipend of $13,300 for 12 months, or 105 percent of the poverty level in Baltimore. The pay isn't much, but for Chaney, it's all good.
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October 31, 1995
The Mago Vista Area Civic Association will hold a Community Fall Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.Meet at the Belvedere Elementary School parking lot, 360 Broadwater Road, Arnold. Wear comfortable clothes and bring gloves.Information: 647-3417.5 area soloists to sing at Woods MemorialWoods Memorial Presbyterian Church will present a concert Sunday by five local soloists.The free 4 p.m. concert features soprano Marty Clayton, mezzo-soprano Margie Weidneer, contralto Nancy Bishop, tenor Tom Magette and baritone Bob Kennedy.
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By Mike Himowitz and Mike Himowitz,Sun Columnist | December 7, 2006
If Christmas were six weeks later this year, my annual how-to-buy-a-computer column would be a lot easier to write. That's because every PC on the shelves right now uses a version of Microsoft Windows that will be gone by Jan. 30, when Microsoft releases Vista - the latest update to its flagship operating system. Normally, I'd advise readers to wait till the new version of Windows comes out. But 'tis the season, and some shoppers need a PC right now. Still others think this is a great time to pick up a bargain computer as retailers sell off their inventory of perfectly good machines running Windows XP or Media Center Edition - both of which are debugged and reliable.
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By Jim Coates and Jim Coates,Chicago Tribune | April 19, 2007
My teenager's computer with the Windows XP version of Microsoft Office has died. We purchased a new computer for her and could not find one with Windows XP, so we ended up getting one with Vista. No one seems to know if we can load the Windows XP Office onto her computer or if I have to go out and buy Office 2007 for Vista. - Jackie Hall On the upside, there is no trouble loading earlier versions of Microsoft Office such as Office 2003 on computers running the Vista operating system, which as you note are just about the only ones available in stores anymore.
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By Bill Husted and Bill Husted,Atlanta Journal-Constitution | July 12, 2007
I have now read your last two columns on Windows Vista and continue to have a relevant question. What are the benefits of migrating to Vista, other than helping Microsoft make money? As a computer user, what will I gain? I understand Vista has fancier icons. I don't know how I lived without them all these years. - Michael Schmidt, Colorado Springs, Colo. Let's start with a given: You will probably move to Vista sooner or later - no matter whether Vista is a significant upgrade or not. Microsoft will eventually drop XP support, and new programs will be written with Vista in mind.
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By Robert Kuttner | June 28, 1993
WITHIN a few weeks, President Clinton will add another legislative notch to his belt. The House and Senate committees have just completed action on what Mr. Clinton likes to call his "signature program" -- the National Service Initiative. The president hopes national service will symbolize the youthful idealism of his presidency in the same way the Peace Corps stood for the spirit of John Kennedy's New Frontier.The program combines practical help to people in need, with stimulus to a national ethic of voluntarism.
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By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | January 10, 2008
I intend to purchase a new laptop soon. Several people have recommended that I get Windows XP rather than Vista because Vista still has problems. It will be used for home and business with a lot of use with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. What would you advise? - Dick Spehalski I disagree about sticking with XP. Vista is a safer and better version of Windows. It's sure not perfect, but that's true for XP as well. Vista is memory-hungry. Make sure you get at least 2 gigabytes of RAM and be sure the laptop has a good video card.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
When officials in Washington evaluate the consequences of the sequester, Tiara Bland wants them to consider the sixth-grade girls at Mother Seton Academy. Bland, a 22-year-old AmeriCorps member at the Baltimore academy for low-income children, said the decision by government leaders to impose across-the-board spending cuts will shortchange the urban youths who turn to her for advice on math problems and life. Bland, who aspires to be a school psychologist, is one of 17 AmeriCorps members performing education and literacy work in Baltimore for the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2012
The Loyola men's lacrosse team will face the U.S. national team in the exhibition Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The game will pit the defending NCAA and Federation of International Lacrosse champions in a game that will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Further details about the event, including a game time, will be released at a later date. "We are very excited about the opportunity to go down to Florida to play against the best of what the United States has to offer," Loyola  ooach Charley Toomey said.
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October 11, 2011
Editor: Pay attention, folks. We are trashing the world and hurricanes and the ensuing floods are throwing it back at us. Making a wreck of our world is not like making a wreck of our childhood bedrooms; Mother Nature, unlike our own mothers, cannot pick up the garbage we strew and the municipal, county, state and federal services are either unwilling or unable to take care of the mess.  Delighted by the perfect autumn weather this past...
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com | January 8, 2010
Baltimore's downtown would include designated districts that are defined by unique building structures, and regulations would prohibit blocking views of the city's iconic structures under a proposed vision for future development. City planners offered preliminary ideas on Thursday for new rules and guidelines to replace downtown's zoning regulations, which haven't been updated in nearly 40 years. The new zoning also would prohibit any new surface parking lots. The proposals will be incorporated into a new zoning code for the entire city through the Transform Baltimore initiative.
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By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2009
It was not until Tom and Cheryl Atkins steamed off 25 layers of wallpaper in their Butchers Hill home that they discovered, on one of those walls, the exact age of the property they were renovating. "There was a hand-drawn vase and a date [of] 1862," said Cheryl Atkins, who, along with her husband, Tom, own Tomcat Enterprises Inc., a real estate investment firm. The couple bought the house in 1996. Since it had been divided into three apartments, it took two full years to renovate.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | September 20, 2009
Surrounded by lush green vines laden with clusters of grapes ripening in a Harford County vineyard, officials and vintners announced the creation of the Piedmont Wine Trail as Maryland's fourth pathway to fine wines. The trail meanders through scenic areas of northern Baltimore and Harford counties and, if experience from the popularity of other trail ventures proves true, could bring thousands of visitors annually to the eight sites, officials said. The trail will allow vintners to show off their vineyards, offer tastes and give guests insight into the intricacies of winemaking.
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By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer | June 29, 1993
Fearful that a proposed chemical plant near Montreal would undercut its Baltimore factory, Vista Chemical Co. asked U.S. trade officials yesterday to block possible Canadian subsidies to the proposed factory.Vista, a Houston-based chemical company, is the largest producer of linear alkylbenzene (LAB), an essential ingredient of household detergents and industrial cleaning products.The company's Baltimore plant on Fairfield Road employs 180 people and produces about 300 million pounds of LAB a year.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | November 26, 1998
In a gesture of "neighborliness," the chemical manufacturer Condea Vista Co. announced yesterday that its South Baltimore plant would contribute to the relocation of residents in heavily industrial Wagner's Point.The announcement, which surprised residents and South Baltimore's petrochemical industry, made Condea Vista the first business to commit publicly to relocating the neighborhood's 270 people.And while Condea Vista specified no amount of funding and has not acknowledged wrongdoing, the news seemed to encourage local residents.
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By Catharine Hamm and Catharine Hamm,Los Angeles Times | March 29, 2009
I am a 22-year-old college student who decided it would be wonderful to go to Cancun, Mexico, for spring break. In light of the recent events (kidnappings and murders), I have since decided that Cancun is not the ideal destination and have begun the process of canceling this trip. I would love a refund for my airline ticket. How do I do that? You probably don't. The least expensive airline tickets generally are nonrefundable (and nontransferable), so if you have to cancel you usually can get a credit, which can be good for as long as a year.
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