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  • Tax assessment appeals persist in Baltimore

    Tax assessment appeals persist in Baltimore

    As the state deadline to file appeals of property assessments looms, officials are preparing for a flood of petitions — particularly in Baltimore, where property owners routinely appeal their tax assessments at rates double or triple the statewide average. Baltimore property owners filed about...

  • Casinos weather the winter storm; revenues are modestly up

    Casinos weather the winter storm; revenues are modestly up

    Maryland's casinos reported another month of revenue gains in January, but the increases were slowed by the recent weekend snowstorm, according to figures released Friday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Revenue from the five casinos totaled $88.3 million, a 4 percent increase...

  • Five minutes with Andy Jones, managing director of the Maryland Venture Fund

    Five minutes with Andy Jones, managing director of the Maryland Venture Fund

    Andy Jones has seen the business of venture capital-backed startups from all angles. He started at regional investing firms Grotech Ventures and Boulder Ventures, backing entrepreneurs during the dot-com boom years of the late 1990s and early 2000s. When the economy slowed and it became harder...

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  • BMA to open show of 200 artworks acquired for the institution's centennial

    BMA to open show of 200 artworks acquired for the institution's centennial

    The Baltimore Museum of Art is opening an exhibit on Feb. 7 of more than 200 of the dazzling, quirky, enigmatic and enchanting artworks that it has acquired in celebration of the institution's centennial. "What you'll see in these galleries is just the tip of the iceberg," said Jay Fisher, the...

  • Super Bowl specials, viewing parties at Baltimore bars

    Super Bowl specials, viewing parties at Baltimore bars

    The only Super Bowl question more pressing than "Panthers or Broncos?" this Sunday is "Watch at home or head out to the bar?" For those still searching for Super Bowl plans, Baltimore bars and restaurants will offer viewing-party packages and discounted specials. Here’s a roundup (and feel free...

  • On its 100th birthday, a look back at the birth of the BSO

    On its 100th birthday, a look back at the birth of the BSO

    It all started with a sort of "Kumbaya" moment. A municipal band founded by the city of Baltimore in 1914 played outdoor concerts in the summer months at the base of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon. In June 1915, Frederick Huber, manager of the summer school program at Peabody, approached...

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  • 'One American family'

    'One American family'

    It was predictable that President Barack Obama would get slammed for speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore this week. The president's critics have taken the position that whatever Mr. Obama does must be wrong, including things Republicans themselves have done. President George W. Bush visited...

  • 29 years, 3 children and 5 beloved dogs

    29 years, 3 children and 5 beloved dogs

    Last month's storm reminded me of the weekend my wife and I got married at Saints Phillip and James Church near Johns Hopkins University: a lot of snow on the ground, a little panic and a lot of good will despite the circumstances. There were high hopes for the newlyweds and a lot of food and laughter...

  • Conservatives shouldn't throw around 'Republican Obama' label lightly

    Conservatives shouldn't throw around 'Republican Obama' label lightly

    "The Republican Obama." That's the new hot attack on Sen. Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz leveled the epithet at Mr. Rubio just days before the Iowa caucuses, which is a little ironic since Mr. Cruz has been called the same thing in the past. But the leader of the opposition to Mr. Rubio, at least when it...

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