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  • Port of Baltimore extends contract with paper company through 2026

    Port of Baltimore extends contract with paper company through 2026

    The Finnish forest industry giant UPM has agreed to continue shipping its paper products through the port of Baltimore for 10 years under a contract extension announced Tuesday by the Maryland Port Administration. UPM has been shipping its paper through Baltimore for nearly 20 years. The port handled...

  • Cybersecurity firm led by former Sourcefire execs raises $12 million

    Cybersecurity firm led by former Sourcefire execs raises $12 million

    ThreatQuotient, a cyber security firm led by former executives of Columbia-based Sourcefire, raised $12 million to boost product development and expand international sales. The Reston, Va., company's threat intelligence platform, ThreatQ, is designed to provide customized security threat data,...

  • For some companies, Zika means business

    For some companies, Zika means business

    When Maryland health officials began planning a defense against Zika months ago, one of the first calls was to Summit Chemical Co. for supplies of a long-acting larvicide to stop virus-carrying mosquitoes from breeding in standing water. The Baltimore company's bacteria-based larvicide — available...

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  • 'American Ninja Warrior' veteran Geoff Britten advances to national finals

    'American Ninja Warrior' veteran Geoff Britten advances to national finals

    “American Ninja Warrior” veteran and Olney resident Geoff Britten has advanced to the NBC show’s national finals in Las Vegas after competing in the Philadelphia city finals. But it wasn’t without a fall. Britten breezed through most of the round in Monday night’s episode with his wife, Jessica...

  • Flying Dog's latest collaboration results in pumpkin-beer chocolate bar

    Flying Dog's latest collaboration results in pumpkin-beer chocolate bar

    Frederick’s Flying Dog Brewery is no stranger to collaborations resulting in new beers. But next month, they’ll debut something new and unexpected: a pumpkin-beer-and-sea-salt chocolate bar. Flying Dog teamed with Carroll County’s Salazon Chocolate Co., which claims to be the first brand to launch...

  • 'Bachelor in Paradise' recap: Newcomers no one recognizes put relationships to the test

    'Bachelor in Paradise' recap: Newcomers no one recognizes put relationships to the test

    Welcome back to "Bachelor in Paradise!" On Monday night's episode, we return to the cocktail party, where Ashley I., the virgin who cries a lot and loves Jared in a really creepy way, is still in hysterics because watching Jared, “Love Man” from Kaitlyn’s season, be with Caila, the almost Bachelorette...

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  • Outdoor rooms for dining, entertaining grow in popularity

    Outdoor rooms for dining, entertaining grow in popularity

    Debbie Mays realized a long-held dream in July, when she and partner Neil Miller opened up their brand new outdoor kitchen and bar to friends and family for a party. "That morning, the doors were put in, and the party began, and it was spectacular," she said. "Having an outdoor kitchen was something...

  • Baltimore's 'Blue Book,' a relic of 19th-century elite, persists today

    Baltimore's 'Blue Book,' a relic of 19th-century elite, persists today

    With her 18th birthday approaching, it was nearly time for Margaret Van der Spiegel Penniman to make her debut in the adult world. Her mother went to the stationery store on Charles Street to register her debutante reception at the Engineers Club in the Baltimore Society Visiting List book. "It...

  • 'Poe Mansion' for sale for $2.5 million in Ruxton

    'Poe Mansion' for sale for $2.5 million in Ruxton

    The house at 1818 Ruxton Road was once owned by Philip Livingston Poe, a cousin of Edgar Allan Poe, who lived in it for almost 60 years. It became known as the Poe Mansion and is now on the market for $2,499,999. The current owners hired a structural engineer and have lovingly restored the home,...

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  • Relief for 'deadbeat dads'

    One of the biggest hurdles many inmates recently released from prison face is the accumulated debt of child support payments they were unable to pay while behind bars. The courts generally issue child support orders based on the parents' income and ability to pay when their case is heard. But if...

  • Bathroom breakdown

    Bathroom breakdown

    Transgender individuals have been using their choice of bathrooms — yes, including school bathrooms — for decades, but thanks to a U.S. District Court judge, their ability to do so has once again been compromised. Monday's ill-timed injunction granted by Judge Reed O'Connor of Northern Texas will,...

  • Parallel dimensions

    Parallel dimensions

    Last year, officials at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration decided they would no longer test prospective drivers for parallel parking skills. A lot of folks immediately assumed this would substantially increase the pass rate. Guess what? They were right. Newly-released statistics show that...

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  • With Republican Gov. Larry Hogan at convention, GOP fundraising gets boost

    With Republican Gov. Larry Hogan at convention, GOP fundraising gets boost

    For the first time since he took office, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan attended the annual conference of local government officials in Ocean City this week, and his arrival ushered in more robust GOP fundraising. The three-day annual Maryland Association of Counties' summer conference has always...

  • Hatewatch blog led city to fire an attorney, but what is it?

    Hatewatch blog led city to fire an attorney, but what is it?

    When a team of researchers in Alabama published a blog last week, they effectively ousted a veteran attorney working for the City of Baltimore. On Wednesday, team leader Heidi Beirich wrote online that Glen Keith Allen had been a dues-paying member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance. On Thursday,...

  • Maryland public defenders juggle heavy caseloads; critics say indigent clients suffer

    Maryland public defenders juggle heavy caseloads; critics say indigent clients suffer

    The Annapolis district courts have not been gaveled into session for the day, but already more than a dozen criminal defendants and their relatives are milling around in the hallway when a public defender arrives, a stack of thick manila folders under his arm. He calls out a list of names. One...

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