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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2011
Rosina D. Squires, a retired Montgomery Ward catalog worker who liked to garden, died Wednesday of vascular dementia at Ellicott City Rehabilitation Center. The longtime Elkridge resident was 87. The daughter of an immigrant Italian construction worker and a seamstress, Rosina Delores DePinto was born in Baltimore and raised on High Street in Little Italy. She attended a business school, family members said, where she studied to be a secretary. She later worked for 15 years in the mail order department of the old Montgomery Ward store on Monroe Street until retiring in the early 1980s.
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By Luke Broadwater and Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
After decades of manufacturing decline in Baltimore, city officials say they believe industry is poised to bounce back — and they want to promote a new education track in city schools to train students for the field. The Computer Numerical Control Manufacturing program, being offered this year at Carver Vocational-Technical High School, will train high school students for hard-to-fill skilled machinist jobs. Despite years of job losses, more than 12,000 people worked at more than 440 manufacturing companies last year in Baltimore.
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By Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2011
A worker was stabbed in the shoulder when two men tried to rob a KFC on Pulaski Highway in Edgewood around closing time Saturday night, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said Sunday. Three workers were cleaning up about 10:45 p.m. when the two men, one of them masked, forced their way past an employee attempting to lock the restaurant door. One man wielded a large knife, the other carried a handgun. Workers told detectives the man with the knife stabbed a female worker in the left shoulder before fleeing on foot with his accomplice and no cash.
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October 3, 2014
If America needed another reason to press ahead with rules requiring corporations to be more forthcoming about executive pay, it arrived recently in the form of a study from the Harvard Business School. Researchers asked ordinary folks: How much more do you think a CEO earns compared to the average worker? Regular people, being somewhat sensible by nature, reckoned a chief executive officer made about 30 times the average worker - not the entry level, mind you, but the average. Bless their little generous-but-aspirational hearts, that sounded pretty good.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Charles Sandlass, a retired computer instruments worker who competed in numerous wheelchair sports competitions, died Wednesday at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Family members said no cause of death has been determined. He was 74 and lived in Essex. Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, he attended City College. Family members said he lost the use of his legs in an accident and later enrolled at the Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking and Repair at Woodside in Queens, N.Y., where he lived in the 1960s and 1970s.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2013
Harriet S. Frenkil, a retired social worker who worked in foster care, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. The Owings Mills resident was 84. Born Harriet Schwartzman in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Jean David and Henry Schwartzman, a manager of the Goucher Garment Co. She attended Forest Park High School and after moving to Florida graduated in 1946 from Miami Beach High School. She enrolled at the University of Florida in Gainesville and studied for a year before her marriage to Erwin "Buddy" Frenkil, an attorney she had known in Baltimore.
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June 15, 2010
The U.S. Census is a good bureau to work for, but on June 14, Spencer Williams was shot and killed while taking a coworker home. This young man worked for the U.S. census and was a team leader. It's sad that this happened to him, but crime is everywhere these days. People who live in Baltimore just don't say "B-more careful!" for no reason. My sympathy goes out to his family. He just celebrated his 23rd birthday a couple of days before he was gunned down. I hope police find the person or persons who did this and punish them to the full extent.
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March 14, 2011
As a federal government retiree, I have long become accustomed to opinion columns and letters to the editor denigrating government employees at all levels. Unfortunately, the fact is that in some cases such criticism is warranted, especially since civil service regulations often make it difficult, if not impossible, to terminate those employees who abuse the system. Are there such employees who abuse the system? Of course. But that is no different than private industry where certain individuals seem to lack any semblance of a work ethic.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
William Nathaniel Tate, a retired concrete worker and Korean War combat veteran, died of heart disease Feb. 16 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. The former Park Heights resident was 83. Born in Baltimore and raised on Division Street, he attended Booker T. Washington Junior High School. As a young man, he played sandlot football and boxed at gyms in the Pennsylvania Avenue neighborhood. He served in the Army from 1951 to 1953, and was assigned to Korea and fought in an infantry unit.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
Madge R. Cannon, a retired Social Security Administration worker and longtime member of Fulton Baptist Church, died Oct. 22 of heart failure at Envoy of Pikesville nursing home. She was 86. The daughter of Willie Rice, a factory worker, and Clara Fernandez Rice, a housekeeper, Madge Rice was born in Baltimore and then moved to Jonesville, S.C. In 1937, she and her family moved back to Baltimore. She attended Frederick Douglass High School, from which she graduated in 1947. She attended what is now Coppin State University and later Baltimore City Community College.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
A man who was operating a mini steamroller that rolled over and trapped him Wednesday afternoon has died, Baltimore County authorities said Thursday. Michael Ray Mathews, 64, of Freeland, was using the mini steamroller to flatten out a pile of dirt when the pile collapsed, causing the steamroller to roll over and trap him underneath, county police said. Another worker at the site, in the 600 block of Belfast Road in Sparks, used another piece of equipment to lift the steamroller so that Mathews could be pulled out. Mathews was taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center, where he later died.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Brandon Finney worked at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for only a few months, but he had quickly earned a reputation as hardworking and motivated. His hospital colleagues came Tuesday — some in pink scrubs— along with other mourners to the chapel at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral home in Randallstown to pay their respects to the young father. Finney died last week after he was fatally shot on his way home from work as he waited at a Saratoga Street bus stop. Police said Finney was an innocent bystander who was used as a human shield amid a gang fight between the rival Black Guerrilla Family and the Bloods.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Thomas L. Kitchner Jr., a recently retired Baltimore Sun employee who had worked previously at Westinghouse Electric Corp., died Sept. 21 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of complications from a fall. He was 66. Thomas Leonard Kitchner Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Brooklyn Park. He graduated in 1966 from Merganthaler Technical-Vocational High School and enlisted in the Army in 1968. He served with an infantry unit and saw combat in Vietnam. He was discharged in 1968 and later earned an associate's degree from what is now the Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Several months ago, Baltimore Inspector General Robert H. Pearre Jr. quietly decided to dedicate an agent solely to investigating workers' compensation and disability fraud within Baltimore's police and fire departments — and this week investigators announced charges against a former city officer accused of bilking taxpayers out of more than $30,000. It's an effort Pearre plans to continue in future months, city officials said. Pearre has negotiated a deal with the police and fire departments to fund a full-time position in his office digging into what he calls "uniform fraud" — a move he expects to "bear significant fruit," he wrote in a recent report.
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By Dana Stein | September 24, 2014
AmeriCorps, which engages over 75,000 Americans in service projects annually, turned 20 this month. Since the program's inception, over 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed over 1 billion hours in service - including 4,000 AmeriCorps members in Baltimore through Civic Works, a non-profit I founded in 1993 to strengthen Baltimore's communities through education, skills development and community service. Too many young people in Baltimore struggle to stay on track in school and build the essential workplace skills needed to gain meaningful employment.
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Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
A Maryland Shock Trauma Center technician was waiting for a bus home after work Sunday night when he was "used as a human shield" and killed during a gang shooting, Baltimore police said. Police said Tuesday that they have arrested two members of the Black Guerrilla Family in the death of Brandon Finney, a 25-year-old father who was saving up for his first car. The intended target - a Bloods gang member, Christopher Camphor, 20 - was also killed in the attack, police said. Finney's death drew dozens - some who barely knew him - for a vigil Tuesday night at the bus stop where he died at Saratoga and North Paca streets.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A licensed social worker who counsels teenagers was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography this week in Baltimore County. Detectives monitoring the sharing of child pornography online found a home in the 2300 block of Turkey Point Road in Essex that was a source for explicit images. Police say the investigation led them to believe James Patrick Tinker II, 46, was responsible for sharing the child pornography. Tinker told detectives he is a licensed social worker and counsels teens at Turning Point in Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counseling in Glen Burnie.
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Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they have trust in federal employees , a spike in public confidence that some are attributing to last year's partial government shutdown. In a recent Battleground Poll by George Washington University, 22 percent of registered voters surveyed said they had "a lot" of confidence in federal workers , and 51 percent said they had "some. " The public's confidence in the federal workforce waned in 2012 and 2013 after scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service and the General Services Administration but rebounded after the shutdown last October.
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Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A Maryland Shock Trauma Center worker was among two people shot to death Sunday night in downtown Baltimore, police and hospital officials said. Surgical-support technician Brandon Finney, 25, and Christopher Camphor, 20, were both killed in the 400 block of W. Saratoga St., about four blocks north of Shock Trauma and just north of Lexington Market. Hospital officials confirmed Finney's death Monday afternoon. "This is a shocking and terrible loss, and we extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and colleagues during this extremely difficult time," the hospital said in a statement.
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