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Big Company Joins ACORN Group

In an unusual alliance, a big mortgage company has joined with a community group that recently denounced it to provide $360 million in home loans for thousands of low-income families in 10 cities.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Officials of Ameriquest Mortgage Co. and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a combative group known as ACORN, announced the three-year pilot program.

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<b>William O. Lynerd Jr.</b><br>Vice President of University Advancement<br>University of Baltimore<@SM><@SM><TAB>William O. Lynerd Jr. recently has been named vice president of university advancement for the University of Baltimore. In this capacity, Lynerd will oversee UB

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The Judiciary: Becker’s a Bar Leader

Judge <b>Louis A. Becker III</b> received the American Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section’s 2000 GP Link Bar Leader of the Year at the <b>Solo and Small Firm Day 2000</b> Awards Luncheon held in New York during the ABA’s Annual Meeting earlier this month. Becker, 56, has been an associate judge of the District Court of Maryland, Howard County, since September 1989, and chair of the 1999/2000 Maryland State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Practice Section. The judge was recognized for his leadership and commitment to small firm lawyers throughout Maryland in the past year, which included his coordination of the MSBA’s “Solo Day”; contributions to the section’s newsletter, The Law Clerk; and critical support on issues impacting the practice of law in small firms.

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<b><u>THE WORKPLACE</u></b><@SM><@SM><b>What? Me Worry?</b><@SM><@SM><i>No Policy? No Problem, Say Startups</i><@SM><@SM><TAB>More than 70 percent of dot-com executives recently said they plan to increase their staffs by about two-thirds in the upcoming year, but they could be extremely vulnerable to workplace harassment claims by employees, a recent survey found.

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