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Letter to The Aegis | August 2, 2012
Editor: It was with some confusion, I found myself upon reading about Mr. Craig's opinion concerning government jobs. Was it not he smiling at those photo ops sometimes with shovel in hand promoting all those opportunities from BRAC? Were those smiles genuine or phony? I now see the Exec opposes the Plumtree expansion of Walmart because of traffic and public safety concerns, but he supports 400 trucks a day operating on a one lane road in Joppa. He has no concern what so ever for traffic or safety concerns of that public.
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Lorraine Mirabella | August 12, 2014
Walmart now has an app that says its prices really are the lowest. The discount giant has launched a web and mobile app that compares prices at rival stores and, if a competitor's price is lower, gives shoppers electronic gift cards for the difference. Walmart calls it the Savings Catcher. Here's how it works: -Go to www.walmart.com/savingscatcher or the Walmart app. -Enter the receipt number  at the bottom of your Walmart receipt. -Enter the date of the shopping trip.
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Lorraine Mirabella | October 15, 2012
Walmart is continuing to grow in Baltimore, opening its newest store Wednesday in Randallstown and planning to unveil an expansion of its Ellicott City store later this month. The retailer has hired 300 workers to staff the 150,000-square foot Randallstown location, at 8730 Liberty Road, which will offer a full line of groceries, including a bakery, a deli, meat and dairy products and a produce department. Subway restaurant and SmartStyle Family Hair Salon are leasing space in the 24-hour-a-day location.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
An $8.5 billion merger creating North America's biggest dollar store chain could mean increased competition for mass discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. but less choice for shoppers. In the Baltimore area and elsewhere, retail experts said, Dollar Tree Inc.'s planned purchase of Family Dollar Stores Inc., announced Monday, likely will lead to some store closings, though the companies have not identified any locations. Dollar Tree, which runs mostly suburban stores and sells a mix of consumables as well as items such as gifts, party goods and greeting cards for $1 or less, has about 55 stores in the Baltimore area.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | April 23, 2013
A Harford County Council bill designed to block the proposed move of Walmart's Abingdon store about two miles to the north to a plot near the intersection of Route 924 and Plumtree Road came to strange end last week. The bill, which initially seemed to have strong support as it was co-sponsored by four of the seven members of the county council, came up for action last week in a legislative session and died a procedural death. A motion for action on the legislation was made, even as dozens of people in favor of it were in attendance to monitor what promised to be tumultuous legislative session.
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September 23, 2012
Rick Berman, a highly paid lobbyist for animal abuse industries, is deceiving consumers again ("Pregnant pigs treated humanely," Sept. 20). Numerous investigations at Walmart pork suppliers reveal pregnant pigs condemned to lives of misery inside metal cages so small they can't even turn around or lie down comfortably. These torture boxes have been widely criticized by animal welfare experts as one of the cruelest factory farming practices in the world. Gestation crates are so inhumane they have been banned in nine U.S. states and the entire European Union.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
A Maryland judge barred Walmart protesters on Tuesday from company property in advance of widespread demonstrations planned for Black Friday. Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul Harris also ordered activists to post a $10,000 bond, which they would forfeit if they violate the injunction before the trespassing case brought by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in September goes to trial. "This is yet another move from Walmart to try to bend the law to its liking. Walmart has made it a practice to pursue over-the-top legal maneuvers to try to avoid hearing the real concerns of workers and community members," said Derrick Plummer, spokesman for the organizer, Making Change at Walmart, in a statement.
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February 19, 2010
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, has seen sales at its U.S. Walmart stores fall for the first time, as price-cutting competitors lure away bargain-hunters. The 0.5 percent sales decline reported Thursday covered the three months ending Jan. 31. It was the first year-over-year quarterly decline since Wal-Mart went public in 1969. And it was a remarkable stumble for an institution revered and reviled for its relentless expansion and economic power. Overall, Wal-Mart's overseas growth and a concerted cost-cutting campaign pushed profit up 22 percent in the fourth quarter.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | September 5, 2013
It is necessary to look no farther than a high school civics book to come up with the basic idea that majority rule, unchecked, is nothing more than mob rule. For a society to be a democracy, it must abide by the rule of law and respect the rights of the minority. It's a simple idea and one that should sound familiar to every American. The simple idea is the reason the Bill of Rights was appended to the original U.S. Constitution, and the idea of being treated equal under the law is one of the many things that makes this country appealing to so many people who come from places that don't have such an ingrained sense of fair play.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2012
Red anti-Walmart signs dot a stretch of Route 924 in Harford County, where people have packed public meetings and organized protests. Petitions are circulating through housing developments, and residents are writing to politicians. But it's not corporate labor practices or the impact of discount pricing on nearby mom-and-pop stores — issues that have triggered protests in other communities — that have many residents in an uproar. They're upset over a three-mile move planned by the giant retailer, from Abingdon to Bel Air, where it wants to build a bigger store that offers more groceries.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | July 15, 2014
The Harford County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in identifying a person believed to be responsible for a recent theft of a wallet from a shopper at the Abingdon Walmart. The victim was at the Walmart on Constant Friendship Boulevard on July 2 when a man asked her to help him get something from a shelf, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release Friday. When she finished helping the man, she realized her wallet had been stolen from her purse. The victim's credit cards were used at the Abingdon Target later that morning, the Sheriff's Office said.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation said Monday its cash and in-kind donations in Maryland totaled more than $7 million in the last fiscal year. The retailer, which earned $16 billion in net income for the year, donated more than $1.3 billion to non-profit groups globally. The Maryland donations included 3.2 million pounds of food - the equivalent of 2,672,968 meals, according to the company. Money raised by the company through its employees and customers totaled an additional $1.3 million, Walmart said in a news release.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
On Sunday night, Walmart aired a commercial promoting watermelon during the BET Awards, one of the most popular TV programs among African-American households. The commercial features a grower who says "summertime is watermelon time. " The farmer extols the virtues of tending his crop and also of his relationship with Walmart, which offers a money-back guarantee that its watermelon will be fresh. With the Fourth of July right around the corner, consumption of the luscious red fruit is reaching its peak.
NEWS
May 8, 2014
Maryland State Police and Harford Sheriff's Office report: Aberdeen Trevor Bryant Lilley, 25, of the 400 block of Plaza Court, was arrested Tuesday on a bench warrant in a case in which he is charged speeding, driving while his license was suspended and driving without a license. A caller in the 200 block of Spesutia Road reported hearing shots fired Saturday. Siblings were fighting in the 400 block of Stepney Road Sunday. Aberdeen Police report: Property was stolen from a yard and a vehicle was vandalized in the 700 block of Rand Street Tuesday.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
Walmart is moving into organic foods with the relaunch of the Wild Oats brand, the retailer announced Thursday. The mass discounter is promising more affordable prices -- 25 percent savings compared to national brand organic products -- on everything from chicken broth to salsa and pasta sauce. Wild Oats, which was first introduced in 1987, will unveil nearly 100 products in the initial rollout in 2,000 Walmart stores, including stores in the Baltimore area.  The Wild Oats Marketplace Organic line adheres to USDA guidelines for organic certification on products such as canned vegetables, spices.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
Maryland State Police and Harford Sheriff's Office report: Aberdeen Someone was trespassing in the 1000 block of Warwick Drive Wednesday. A phone was stolen at Walmart in the 600 block of South Philadelphia Boulevard Wednesday. A car was vandalized in the first block of Defense Drive Wednesday. A customer refused to leave the 7-Eleven in the 600 block of South Philadelphia Boulevard. Four to five men were seen with weapons in a car in the 200 block of Mayberry Drive Wednesday.
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July 27, 2012
Think zoning is boring? About 800 angry people at last week's Walmart Community Input Meeting used to think so, too ("Plan for Walmart meets opposition from residents," July 22). They've been rudely awakened. The property where Walmart will be built was zoned R4 residential. However, in 2009, the owner asked for B3 business zoning during Harford's Comprehensive Zoning. Friends of Harford, an all-volunteer citizens' group working for responsible land use, opposed the change saying that "additional commercially-zoned land is unneeded, and intense business uses would be incompatible with surrounding homes and small businesses.
NEWS
November 8, 2013
The argument that requiring voters to produce identification is racial discrimination is absolutely absurd. My niece recently went to Walmart to exchange an item of clothing that didn't fit properly. She wasn't asking for a refund, just to exchange it for an identical item at the same price in a different size which she found in the store. She was told that without a photo identification they would not exchange it. Should we assume from this that minorities don't patronize Walmart, or at least never have to exchange purchases from there?
NEWS
January 28, 2014
Aberdeen Jason Richard Carpenter, 22, of the 700 block of West Bel Air Avenue, was charged Saturday with possessing narcotics with intent to distribute, possessing a drug other than marijuana, second-degree assault and obstructing and hindering police. Marcus Allan Johnson, 22, of the 400 block of Baltimore Street, was charged Friday with first-degree burglary, vandalism and theft between $1,000 and $10,000. Alonzo Lawayne Bell, 36, of the first block of West Aztec Street, was charged Friday with second-degree assault.
NEWS
January 23, 2014
The following is compiled from police reports. The Columbia Flier includes descriptions of perpetrators only when the description makes identification possible. East Columbia Dobbin Road, 6400 block, 3:34 a.m. Jan. 20. Entry gained to Walmart by breaking glass door. Bicycle stolen. In other news from the Crime Log: Calm Sunset, between 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18 and 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Entry gained to residence by breaking basement window. Electronics stolen. Phelps Luck Drive, 5300 block, between 6 p.m. Jan. 18 and 9:55 a.m. Jan. 19. Entry gained to Grandfather's Garden Center by prying lock on rear door.
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