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  • Comptroller stops processing tax returns from 11 more preparers

    Comptroller stops processing tax returns from 11 more preparers

    Comptroller Peter Franchot on Tuesday said his office has stopped processing electronic and paper tax filings from 11 more tax preparation businesses at 14 locations in Maryland, citing "a high volume of questionable returns." Franchot's office said the suspensions were based on the presence of...

  • Troubled teen turned savvy business owner expands her Mount Vernon salon

    Troubled teen turned savvy business owner expands her Mount Vernon salon

    Her family torn apart by drugs, Rosalind Holsey learned to fend for herself early on, separated from her mother as a child in West Baltimore, living in a foster home, bouncing from place to place as a teenage runaway. Shut out of cosmetology at a high school vocational center, she found herself...

  • Robotic, pre-fab homebuilding manufacturer brings plant, jobs to Baltimore

    Robotic, pre-fab homebuilding manufacturer brings plant, jobs to Baltimore

    Blueprint Robotics is a new Baltimore company with small, temporary offices, just 13 employees and big ambitions to use technology to revolutionize the homebuilding industry. So far, so start-up. But the firm, led by former executives at the Rouse Co. and Crate & Barrel, plans to employ more than...

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  • Stoop Storytelling at 10: Revisiting three impactful Baltimore stories

    Stoop Storytelling at 10: Revisiting three impactful Baltimore stories

    If you've sat in the audience and listened to the stranger-than-fiction stories, chances are you'll never forget them. There's the medical intern who witnessed her first death. The man who "fished" for rats in Baltimore alleys. The Baltimore business owner, a new U.S. citizen — and former illegal...

  • Catching up with violinist Joshua Bell, the BSO's centennial guest artist

    Catching up with violinist Joshua Bell, the BSO's centennial guest artist

    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is, quite rightly, the primary star of Thursday's centennial concert at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall — 100 years to the day since the ensemble debuted. But a little extra star power doesn't hurt. Joining music director Marin Alsop and the BSO will be one of the most...

  • D.C.'s 9:30 Club gets a variety TV show

    D.C.'s 9:30 Club gets a variety TV show

    In April, Washington's 9:30 Club — one of the most celebrated music venues in the country — will bring its take on a modern music variety show to public television for "Live at 9:30," the venue announced in a release. The first season, to be broadcast on PBS and online, will consist of 12 one-hour...

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  • Don't dismiss paid sick leave

    Don't dismiss paid sick leave

    At a recent gathering of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Republican state Sen. J.B. Jennings urged business leaders to help him fight legislation pending in Annapolis that would require businesses with 10 employees or more to offer paid sick leave. At least one GBC member stood up to reinforce...

  • Why Democrats must keep trying

    Why Democrats must keep trying

    Instead of "Yes we can," many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: "We shouldn't even try." We shouldn't try for a single-payer health care system, they say. We'll be lucky if we prevent Republicans from repealing Obamacare. We shouldn't try for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The...

  • Black History Month: still necessary after all these years

    Black History Month: still necessary after all these years

    President Barack Obama, like each of his predecessors since Gerald Ford, has recognized February as Black History Month, or more formally, National African American History Month. I actually dislike this designation. But I absolutely recognize its necessity in a nation that seems to take special...

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  • O'Malley campaign secures public cash before dropping out

    O'Malley campaign secures public cash before dropping out

    When Martin O'Malley decided in November to rely on public financing for his struggling presidential campaign, he was tossing a Hail Mary with a federal program that watchdog groups say is in need of a major overhaul. The former Maryland governor was also ensuring he could pay off his debts when...

  • Washington suburbs dominated record Powerball drawing sales

    Washington suburbs dominated record Powerball drawing sales

    A beer and wine store in Montgomery County sold the most tickets of any of Maryland's 4,481 lottery retailers during the Powerball roll that ended with a record jackpot, according to state records. Retailers in the Washington suburbs dominated state sales as players sought a share of a jackpot...

  • Senator's second bite at veto apple called legal

    Senator's second bite at veto apple called legal

    When the House of Delegates voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to speed restoration of felons' voting rights last month, Del. Craig Zucker of Montgomery County cast one of the 85 votes needed. When the same bill comes up in the state Senate this week, Zucker — sworn in as a senator...

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