| Dec 1, 2011
| 7:17 PM
Disregarding White House opposition, the Senate unanimously approved new sanctions on Iran as part of its defense bill Thursday night, then passed the bill -- which already faced a veto threat because it requires military custody for certain detainees...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 6:45 AM
With each passing day, I regret more and more having voted for President Obama. One can't judge a book by its cover, nor can one judge a politician by his speeches, no matter how articulate.
In August, Mr. Obama told the Justice Department to ignore...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 5:28 PM
Edwin F. Hale Sr., the Baltimore trucking magnate and developer, said Friday that he has retired as chief executive and chairman of First Mariner Bancorp — the banking company he built, only to scramble in the housing market collapse and recession...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 7:19 AM
Thank cost-cutting for this change to the U.S. savings bond program:
Starting next year, you won’t be able to buy paper savings bonds at banks and other financial institutions. Getting rid of this paper work is expected to save taxpayers more than...
| Sep 18, 2011
| 3:01 PM
On the day last week that Bank of America announced sweeping cost-cuts, including the elimination of 30,000 jobs, executives at BlueRidge Bank celebrated a milestone for the three-year-old financial company.
The Frederick-based community bank opened a...
| Jan 10, 2012
| 1:01 PM
Baltimore Gas & Electric has upgraded its website and customer interface software. As often happens in these matters, not all seems to be going smoothly. I've heard from several customers who are having problems with the site. Says one:
"Have you tried...
| Oct 10, 2011
| 4:57 PM
Ken Rose is a Bank of America customer, but he has also done business for years with Destinations Credit Union in Parkville. Now, with the bank's announcement that it will charge many debit-card users a $5 monthly fee, the Edmondson Village resident...
| Oct 16, 2011
The first reports of big banks instituting new fees for using debit cards and for certain checking accounts really riled customers. Clifford Rossi, a professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, is well suited to...
| Nov 12, 2011
| 2:52 PM
Local credit unions are reporting a flood of new members during October as the Occupy movement and recent Bank Transfer Day drive customers away from corporate institutions.
First Entertainment Credit Union, which has two branches in Burbank and seven...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 3:32 PM
The state Board of Public Works is expected to put 22 companies on notice Wednesday that they must show they are not investing in Iran's energy sector or be disqualified from doing business with the state.
The companies are the first to be targeted under...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 9:41 AM
When Crunch Fitness took over the Bally's Total Fitness gym location in Newport News, Mickey Marcella, of Newport News, wanted a refund on his contract since the new owners removed the swimming pool and sauna facilities.
Joseph David, of Virginia Beach,...