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June 25, 2012
I am constantly amazed by either the naiveté of The Sun or its deliberate attempt to obfuscate the reality of Baltimore City politics. I have read several times now that the city solicitor and the inspector general are somehow reviewing the charges made by Comptroller Joan Pratt that MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blakecircumvented the purchasing process in "phone-gate," and I can't help but chuckle. The solicitor is, by design, a political hack and mayoral appointee whose sole responsibility is to give legal cover to whatever it is that his boss does or does not do. The inspector general was created by executive order by then-Mayor Martin O'Malley and, once again, he or she is appointed by and responsible to the mayor.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
A phone number for filing complaints about Baltimore police officers connected callers this week instead to an adult chat line advertising "hot ladies. " The toll-free 800 number listed on the site until earlier this week was supposed be a 24-7 hot line for an internal investigations detective. But that's not what greeted callers. "Welcome to America's hottest talk line," a recorded female voice said. "Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk with you. " The Web page was dated April 28, 2008, at 4:24 a.m. but a note at the bottom said it was updated on Dec. 18, 2012, at 11:39 p.m. It listed only the Public Affairs Office as its author.
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By Donna Beth Joy Shapiro | October 23, 2011
My family had scarcely moved into our northwest Baltimore City home forty-some years ago when C+P Telephone decreed our 358 (FLeetwood 8) phone number would be changed to a number bearing a brand new, 578 exchange. Much worse than the impossibility of turning JKL (5) and PQRS (7) into a word was the utter unfamiliarity and rootlessness of a new exchange - one that wouldn't immediately convey a sense of place. I've always had a thing for numbers; the black and whiteness of 2 plus 2 always equaling 4 was a childhood comfort amid daily shades of gray, and it's something I still cling to in adulthood.
FEATURES
By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
Date: Dec. 7 Her story: Lauren Fischer, 27, grew up in Perry Hall. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2008, she moved to Alexandria, Va., for a marketing job with O'Keefe & Company, a technology public relations firm. She now works in marketing for Deloitte Consulting's financial services subsidiary. Her parents, Carol and Michael Fischer, live in Perry Hall. His story: Pete Wallace, 30, was born in London but moved to the United States at age 2 when his father, Tony Wallace, accepted a State Department job in Arlington, Va. He is a federal lobbyist for the American College of Cardiology in Washington.
HEALTH
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
Critics said Saturday that the latest problem to hit Maryland's online health exchange - an incorrect help-line number that directed hundreds of callers to a Seattle-based pottery business - was another symptom of the poorly operating website. "You can't make this stuff up, and I guess if it wasn't so serious, it could be funny," said Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley, a Frederick County Republican. The website mistakenly listed a 1-800 number that sent some Marylanders attempting to pick a health insurance provider to Seattle Pottery Supply instead of Maryland's call center.
FEATURES
By Bill Laitner and Bill Laitner,Knight-Ridder | September 4, 1991
DETROIT -- Even if you love TV sitcoms, would you watch a show as zany as this?Harvard Business grad crunching numbers in suburban Detroit dials wrong number in Los Angeles, gets recording telling how to apply for TV comedy writer, goes home, knocks off script, lands contract and starts packing with large grin and stars in her eyes.Ridiculous, huh?Yet this is happening to Jacque Edmonds, a Yellow Pages manager at Ameritech Publishing in Troy, Mich., until last week.Edmonds soon will be wearing beach clothes in a job where jeans are formal attire.
NEWS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | February 8, 1996
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were blushing yesterday after learning they had published a wrong number in a news release about federal aid for flood victims that had callers reaching a recorded advertisement for a phone sex line.The incorrect number was listed as a TTD number for the hearing-impaired and was printed in Wednesday's Carroll County Times."It was our mistake," said Mary Margaret Walker, a FEMA spokeswoman.The correct number for hearing-impaired people who need information about disaster relief is 1-800-462-7585.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | June 22, 1993
The phone rang around 10 o'clock. I'd just returned home fo the night."Who's this?" the voice on the other end demanded."What do you mean, who's this?" I shot back. "Who're you?""You paged me, man.""No, I didn't page you. You must have the wrong number.""You sure you didn't page me?""Yeah, I'm sure. I didn't page you. OK?""OK."End of conversation."That's been happening all night," my wife said.It comes and goes, the calls from an anonymous young man answering a page. We get them in spurts -- about twice a year -- and sometimes the spurts last several days.
NEWS
By James M. Coram | February 2, 1992
Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. told 126 Columbia residents last week that as far as it's concerned, the Kendall Ridge neighborhood in the Village of Long Reach is in Ellicott City.But not to worry, the phone company says. It will change Columbia numbers to EllicottCity numbers for free. Or if people want to keep the numbers they now have, they can do so for $207 more a year.For three customers with a "foreign" 854 exchange and 13 customers with a "foreign" 596 exchange, the cost is a little more.
NEWS
By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | September 28, 2003
It was a proud day, as Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. dedicated a new, much-needed juvenile detention center in Hagerstown with a speech and handshakes all around. Proud, that is, until somebody realized that a commemorative bookmark distributed to dozens of elected officials and other guests inadvertently contained the number for a telephone pornography line instead of the Department of Juvenile Services switchboard. "Call the talk line ... for exciting people nationwide," says a woman's recorded voice at the number that appears above the names, in stylized cursive, of Ehrlich, Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and Juvenile Services Secretary Kenneth C. Montague Jr. The recording directs callers to a second 800 number where jazzy music plays and men are invited to leave their credit card information and "go one-on-one with hot ... girls."
HEALTH
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
Hundreds of people who got stuck on Maryland's glitch-ridden health exchange have ended up on the phone with Sue Lunz. And her pottery supply business. In Seattle. The state mistakenly listed her company's 1-800 number on the website, directing some people who couldn't pick a health insurance provider not to the state's call center, but to a West Coast business that manufactures specialty kilns. Some days, Lunz said, she gets a handful of frustrated health insurance shoppers, but more often several dozen bombard her small company each day, desperate for assistance navigating an exchange whose technical problems have made it among the worst in the nation.
HEALTH
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
Critics said Saturday that the latest problem to hit Maryland's online health exchange - an incorrect help-line number that directed hundreds of callers to a Seattle-based pottery business - was another symptom of the poorly operating website. "You can't make this stuff up, and I guess if it wasn't so serious, it could be funny," said Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley, a Frederick County Republican. The website mistakenly listed a 1-800 number that sent some Marylanders attempting to pick a health insurance provider to Seattle Pottery Supply instead of Maryland's call center.
NEWS
June 25, 2012
I am constantly amazed by either the naiveté of The Sun or its deliberate attempt to obfuscate the reality of Baltimore City politics. I have read several times now that the city solicitor and the inspector general are somehow reviewing the charges made by Comptroller Joan Pratt that MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blakecircumvented the purchasing process in "phone-gate," and I can't help but chuckle. The solicitor is, by design, a political hack and mayoral appointee whose sole responsibility is to give legal cover to whatever it is that his boss does or does not do. The inspector general was created by executive order by then-Mayor Martin O'Malley and, once again, he or she is appointed by and responsible to the mayor.
NEWS
By Donna Beth Joy Shapiro | October 23, 2011
My family had scarcely moved into our northwest Baltimore City home forty-some years ago when C+P Telephone decreed our 358 (FLeetwood 8) phone number would be changed to a number bearing a brand new, 578 exchange. Much worse than the impossibility of turning JKL (5) and PQRS (7) into a word was the utter unfamiliarity and rootlessness of a new exchange - one that wouldn't immediately convey a sense of place. I've always had a thing for numbers; the black and whiteness of 2 plus 2 always equaling 4 was a childhood comfort amid daily shades of gray, and it's something I still cling to in adulthood.
EXPLORE
By Katie V. Jones | September 19, 2011
The Carroll Players are taking the show on the road. For the group's latest production, the community theater troupe will perform two 1940s-style radio shows — one a suspense/mystery, "Sorry, Wrong Number," the other a romance, "The Shop Around the Corner. " The troupe will kick off the first of nine performances Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m., at Baldwin's Station, 7618 Main St., Sykesville. The restaurant is offering a three-course meal and a show ticket for $55. "We've always been fond of theater," said Christopher Santiago, events coordinator and assistant general manager at Baldwin's.
EXPLORE
July 3, 2011
WESTMINSTER — Carroll Players will hold auditions for its traveling fall production of "Sorry, Wrong Number" and "The Shop Around the Corner" on July 12 and July 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main St., Westminster. The plays will be performed as 1940s-style radio plays. Actors and crew will travel to various locations in Baltimore and Carroll counties to perform in fall 2011. Musicians as well as sound effects people will be needed for the stage in addition to actors.
SPORTS
By Bob Mieszerski and Bob Mieszerski,Los Angeles Times | November 11, 1993
ARCADIA, Calif. -- A mistake turned into a million-dollar windfall for one bettor on Breeders' Cup day last Saturday at Santa Anita.The 51-year-old engineer from Ventura County, Calif., who did not want to be identified, punched out a wrong number on his National Pick Seven ticket, which cost $16. That wrong number turned out to be Arcangues, who won the Breeders' Cup Classic at $269.20 and gave the longtime horseplayer one of two perfect tickets in the Pick Seven. It paid $1,598,310.80.The other winning ticket was sold at Remington Park in Oklahoma.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
A phone number for filing complaints about Baltimore police officers connected callers this week instead to an adult chat line advertising "hot ladies. " The toll-free 800 number listed on the site until earlier this week was supposed be a 24-7 hot line for an internal investigations detective. But that's not what greeted callers. "Welcome to America's hottest talk line," a recorded female voice said. "Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk with you. " The Web page was dated April 28, 2008, at 4:24 a.m. but a note at the bottom said it was updated on Dec. 18, 2012, at 11:39 p.m. It listed only the Public Affairs Office as its author.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2011
Towson University basketball coach Pat Kennedy, whose contract expired with a first-round loss in the Colonial Athletic Association, resigned after a seven-year run that produced 144 losses and no winning seasons. Mike Waddell, Towson's athletic director, made the announcement in a release Monday and said a national search will begin immediately. Waddell said he hoped to have the new coach in place "soon after the Final Four is complete in Houston, sometime during the first week in April or thereabout.
BUSINESS
By EILEEN AMBROSE | April 15, 2008
You have less than 24 hours to make good with the Internal Revenue Service if you haven't already. Filing under deadline pressure could lead to mistakes. And it is usually the small stuff that trips you up. The forgotten document. The missing signature. The transposed figure. A lot of common errors can be avoided if you use a tax software program or the IRS Free File program at www.irs.gov. Paper is more prone to blunders, although millions of filers still prefer it. So here are some landmines to sidestep in your rush: ONE PLUS TWO EQUALS FOUR: Math errors are common.
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