Articles by Jamie Smith Hopkins
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5:35 PM EDT, March 10, 2014
A bankruptcy judge approved First Mariner Bancorp's request to auction off its Baltimore bank quickly, a process that drew heated objections from creditors and the U.S. trustee.
8:04 PM EST, February 28, 2014
When Ben Benokraitis bought a solar-powered water heater for his Baltimore County home two years ago, the installation company told him he'd get about $800 a year in payments to help offset the cost.
6:44 PM EST, February 28, 2014
An expanding Harford County can manufacturer will receive $535,000 from the state — a loan that will convert to a grant if job-growth conditions are met — to upgrade its plant, state officials said Friday.
March 2, 2014
Calvin G. Butler Jr. came to Baltimore nearly three years ago with one foot here and the other in Chicago, flying west on weekends to his wife and two teenagers.
4:48 PM EST, February 27, 2014
Columbia's W.R. Grace & Co. said Thursday that it will give CEO Fred E. Festa a $1.5 million cash payment, part of a package of "emergence" bonuses in the wake of its exit from a nearly 13-year-long bankruptcy case.
7:18 PM EST, February 26, 2014
Maryland regulators said Wednesday that utility customers who don't want a smart meter will need to pay both upfront and monthly to forgo the technology, though the fees are lower than utilities sought.
9:47 PM EST, February 26, 2014
Maryland's highest court tossed out Wednesday the heart of an ambitious legislative effort to stop homeowners from losing their property over unpaid rent on the ground beneath their houses.
7:41 PM EST, February 24, 2014
Maryland officials should get more economic bang from the Wallops Flight Facility — just over the line in Virginia — by capitalizing on space tourism and the potential from unmanned aircraft, according to a new study.
4:11 PM EST, February 21, 2014
Ralph Jaffe, a perennial candidate for governor, said he is suing Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for $1 billion over a power outage response he called illegally slow.
9:05 PM EST, February 20, 2014
An estimated 500 people rallied Thursday in Baltimore against plans to export liquefied natural gas from a Southern Maryland facility, chanting and carrying signs past the office tower where state regulators were considering one aspect of that proposal.
4:55 PM EST, February 18, 2014
Virginia-based Dominion said Tuesday that it has applied to bid in the auction that will determine who will build Maryland's first offshore wind turbines, part of the state's push to increase local sources of renewable energy.
6:12 PM EST, February 17, 2014
Peter DiPrinzio interviewed for jobs with big finance and consulting firms in his senior year of college in Vermont. Then he heard about a fledgling effort to send talented new graduates in a different direction — to jobs at startup companies in cities those grads might otherwise pass over.
February 16, 2014
The deal to buy 1st Mariner Bank started with an irresistible offer — to two men who had nothing to do with the company.
11:46 AM EST, February 12, 2014
Maryland regulators say they will review the extent that customers are past due on bills to electric and gas utilities, fearing that sharply cold temperatures this winter will get more people into trouble.
4:56 PM EST, February 14, 2014
Happenstance brought Suzy Ganz from Wall Street to a Baltimore County manufacturer. A deep interest in the work kept her there.
9:09 PM EST, February 11, 2014
Household products maker Sun Products Corp. said Tuesday that it will close its nearly 90-year-old Baltimore manufacturing plant in June, laying off almost 300 workers and adding another name to the region's long list of former factories.
7:12 PM EST, February 10, 2014
The parent company of 1st Mariner Bank said Monday that it has signed a deal to sell the bank after years of regulatory demands that it increase its capital, potentially ending the company's long struggle to right itself after the mortgage crisis.
3:17 PM EST, February 10, 2014
Ron Spencer, an artist who twice restored the painted designs on a Linthicum church's ceiling and walls, died Wednesday of bone cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 67.
11:38 AM EST, February 10, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said the last lingering power outages from Wednesday's ice storm and Thursday's winds were repaired overnight.
7:57 PM EST, January 29, 2014
Maryland regulators said Wednesday that they will allow Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. to charge gas customers a monthly fee to pick up the pace of replacing aging pipes — the first such surcharge in the state.
3:50 PM EST, February 7, 2014
The state comptroller's office says Baltimore-based Constellation Energy owes more than $2.5 million in back taxes, interest and penalties.
11:38 AM EST, February 10, 2014
Separate stabbing incidents in Baltimore and in Baltimore County overnight left one man dead and four people injured, police in both jurisdictions said Sunday.
5:14 PM EST, February 1, 2014
Chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. is about to go where it hasn't been for nearly 13 years: out of bankruptcy.
7:35 PM EST, January 29, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is offering accelerated enrollment in a 12-month billing plan to allow customers to smooth out spikes in utility costs caused by the frigid winter weather.
4:00 PM EST, February 9, 2014
Rescue crews rescued two boys stuck on ice in open water in Pasadena, the Anne Arundel County fire department said Sunday afternoon.
6:45 PM EST, January 28, 2014
Maryland employers added 7,300 jobs in December, a strong end to a year with the most job creation since 2004, the federal government estimated Tuesday.
7:50 PM EST, January 27, 2014
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Monday that it is conducting a special inspection at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Southern Maryland after an electrical malfunction caused the two reactors there to shut down.
January 26, 2014
The way energy company Dominion sees it, exporting liquefied natural gas from its Southern Maryland complex wouldn't be that big of a shift from the importing it does now. Same pipes, same storage tanks, same terminal.
5:14 PM EST, January 23, 2014
Energy supplier Constellation said Thursday that it added 38 megawatts of solar generation last year for business and government customers, including 3.6 megawatts in Maryland.
January 26, 2014
The value of contracts at Aberdeen Proving Ground plummeted 13 percent last year, but businesses with Maryland locations ended up with roughly as much as the year before.
7:16 PM EST, January 20, 2014
Chestertown officials have been interested in energy conservation for a long time — they started tracking usage levels during the 1970s energy crisis.
5:13 PM EST, January 23, 2014
The state's utility regulators are asking Marylanders to conserve energy as demand caused by the cold snap puts extra pressure on the region's power grid.
7:24 PM EST, January 17, 2014
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers refused to roll over and play dead after the recent hostile takeover offer from Men's Wearhouse.
January 19, 2014
When Kathleen T. Snyder retires from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce in June, it will be a decided shift after years of running — and turning around — business organizations.
January 12, 2014
Maryland employers could pick up the pace of job creation to 40,000 positions this year, according to some forecasts, but one local economist expects a slowdown instead.
7:42 PM EST, January 14, 2014
The Dolan Co., owner of The Daily Record in Baltimore, has signaled financial distress by hiring a restructuring officer, deciding against paying a dividend and disclosing that it received a warning from the New York Stock Exchange over its low stock price.
12:36 PM EST, January 8, 2014
A coalition that advocates for cuts to military spending is calling on Maryland to establish a military downsizing commission to help the state deal with the result of reductions already underway.
5:03 PM EST, January 7, 2014
Clothing firm Tom James Co. has opened a national distribution center in Carroll County and is expanding another operation there, the state said Tuesday.
12:34 PM EST, January 9, 2014
2014 Real Estate Forecast
Prepare for a year of more in the real estate industry — more improvement, mostly, but also more expense as mortgage rates, prices and rents rise.
5:35 PM EST, January 6, 2014
The head of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce will retire this summer after nearly 15 years at the helm, the business group said Monday.
9:34 AM EST, January 4, 2014
The air is alive with perhaps a dozen sweet scents at Kahuna Vapor in Ellicott City, customers adding to the aroma with every vaporous exhalation.
8:01 PM EST, January 1, 2014
Debbie Lamperti and Lorna Patrick of New Market decided to observe the new year from one of their favorite places — a hiking trail.
9:25 AM EST, December 29, 2013
Even as the manufacturing industry sheds jobs overall, a number of firms in Maryland want to hire — and aren't having an easy time of it.
5:00 AM EST, January 14, 2014
A Sparks-based insurance company that was seized by Delaware regulators faces possible liquidation in a wild case — one with dueling allegations of fraud, forgery and a vendetta, plus a sanction involving an Aston Martin sports car.
11:43 AM EST, January 9, 2014
Scammers targeting commercial property owners are claiming the businesses need to immediately pay a several-hundred-dollar charge to their electric utility, Maryland's attorney general warned Thursday.
3:43 PM EST, January 1, 2014
The Baltimore region's likely first baby of the year is a girl born seven minutes after midnight Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson.
7:36 PM EST, December 27, 2013
Emergency unemployment benefits will expire Saturday for more than 25,000 out-of-work Marylanders, with thousands more projected to run out in the first half of next year unless Congress decides to reverse course and approve an extension.
6:57 PM EST, December 23, 2013
Columbia-based W.R. Grace & Co. cleared the last major hurdle Monday to its exit from nearly 13 years of bankruptcy protection, settling the final remaining appeal to its reorganization plan.
5:00 AM EST, December 27, 2013
Home values in Baltimore rose more than 4 percent in the most recent round of property assessments, one of the largest increases in Maryland as the state saw some overall growth for the first time in five years.
2:46 PM EST, December 21, 2013
To understand how unevenly the recession and recovery rippled across Maryland, consider its economic extremes.
9:01 PM EST, December 13, 2013
Customers of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. will start paying more for the delivery of electricity and natural gas after Maryland regulators approved this year's second rate increase Friday and also OK'd a monthly surcharge on electric bills over the protests of consumer advocates.
7:10 PM EST, December 20, 2013
Maryland gained 8,900 jobs in November, the federal government estimated Friday — a decidedly up month in an up-and-down year held back by Washington budget cuts.
12:02 PM EST, December 18, 2013
Legg Mason's Bill Miller is launching a new fund — an eponymous one.
4:42 PM EST, December 13, 2013
Gary Skulnik's environmental work history includes stints at Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. These days he's selling electricity — the renewable kind.
December 15, 2013
The moment Fred and Kimberly Clark waited for since planting firs, pines and other evergreens eight years ago finally arrived last weekend.
5:30 PM EST, December 11, 2013
Worthington Industries warned state officials Wednesday that it will close its 54-employee steel processing plant in Essex next year, a move that follows the collapse last year of the nearby Sparrows Point steel mill.
6:00 PM EST, December 12, 2013
A Columbia mobile web software firm said Thursday that it will accept payments in Bitcoin — the digital currency that shot up in value this year — and will give a 5 percent discount to customers who use it.
7:46 PM EST, December 10, 2013
A new solar array built for a Baltimore County retirement community is among the metro area's largest, the installation firm said Tuesday.
December 8, 2013
Few companies watch their bottom line with more anxiety than startup firms, but the ones who want to move into a new business accelerator in Columbia will need to think beyond revenue and expenses.
6:24 PM EST, December 9, 2013
Heidi Lieske's business idea came while shelling out more than $300 for a wedding-suitable outfit — for her 1-year-old son.
8:09 PM EST, December 5, 2013
A Baltimore startup said Thursday that it received a $100,000 investment from the Maryland Technology Development Corp.
11:37 AM EST, December 5, 2013
Revenue surged at Maryland's casinos in November as they collectively pulled in $66.8 million, largely on the strength of a more than 50 percent increase year-over-year at Maryland Live Casino, the state said Thursday.
5:15 PM EST, December 6, 2013
NRG Energy Inc. said Friday that it notified the region's grid operator of plans to retire all coal-fired generation units at two of its Maryland power plants, facilities that are the subject of a water-pollution suit by state regulators.
1:29 PM EST, December 6, 2013
Apparel retailer DTLR Holding Inc. of Hanover said Friday that it has canceled its plans for an initial public offering, citing an unspecified "business development" as the reason.
5:00 AM EST, December 3, 2013
Popping in to check out the newest store in Canton, Tony Vasiliades got a taste of what its founders hope will be commonplace in the near future.
8:53 PM EST, November 25, 2013
Columbia Gas Transmission said Monday that it expects to begin work on a 21-mile pipeline through Baltimore and Harford counties next year after winning federal approval for the $180 million project, which drew heated opposition from neighbors.
3:09 PM EST, December 6, 2013
Owings Mills-based Medifast Inc. said Friday that it plans to close eight "under-performing" weight loss centers by the end of the month and sell some of its other centers next year, part of a push toward franchising as the performance of its company-owned locations declines.
4:43 PM EST, December 2, 2013
Exelon Corp. said Monday that it plans to retire one of its electric generation units in Baltimore County within two-and-a-half years, citing the equipment's age as a key reason.
7:46 PM EST, November 29, 2013
Opposed to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, Betty Allen of West Friendship waited until midnight to head to Walmart in Ellicott City for $2 DVDs and then shopped through the night without crowds to buy boots and clothing for her four children with stops at Kohl's, Target, Macy's and J.C. Penney.
5:00 AM EST, December 1, 2013
Brie Daugherty doesn't object to the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. replacing a gas line in her Arbutus neighborhood.
9:12 PM EST, November 14, 2013
Most of the federal workers calling financial planner Stephen Zelcer have an observation and a question.
6:08 PM EST, December 4, 2013
Saks Inc. warned state regulators Wednesday that it plans to lay off 191 employees in Aberdeen starting Jan. 3, a move the company said comes as a result of its November acquisition by Hudson's Bay Co.
4:56 PM EST, November 25, 2013
SolarCity will unveil three solar installations in Queen Anne's County this week that the company said are collectively the largest in the state not owned by a utility.
6:21 PM EST, November 22, 2013
Maryland employers cut 8,900 jobs in September and October, almost entirely before the partial federal shutdown, according to data released Friday.
10:54 AM EST, November 17, 2013
The General Motors factory in Baltimore, the Solo Cup plant in Owings Mills and the steel mill at Sparrows Point all made things for decades. And all closed in the past 10 years.
12:33 PM EST, November 4, 2013
Baltimore biotech firm Alba Therapeutics said Monday that it has promoted its president to CEO.
10:08 PM EST, November 15, 2013
Media ratings firm Nielsen Holdings plans to lay off 333 workers in Columbia — more than one-third of the workforce at what had been Arbitron Inc.'s headquarters — as the two former rivals combine their businesses.
6:03 PM EST, November 12, 2013
Maryland regulators approved about $95 million in funding requests Tuesday for energy-efficiency programs run by utilities, including nearly $47 million aimed at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers.
6:05 PM EST, November 11, 2013
E-commerce giant Amazon will provide Sunday package delivery at no extra cost in two key cities and plans to expand the program dramatically next year.
November 10, 2013
Netflix changed the way people rent movies. Amazon upended the big-box bookstore. Other online retailers grabbed market share in niches as diverse as contact lenses and pet medications.
9:16 PM EST, November 3, 2013
William C. Stanley, a cardiovascular physiologist who made connections around the world for his research and loved outdoor exercise, died Oct. 21 in Australia of a heart attack. He was 56.
7:45 AM EST, November 3, 2013
A man was shot in the back in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood late Saturday, city police said.
7:39 PM EST, November 11, 2013
Baltimore-area home prices continued to rise in October, prompting an uptick in would-be sellers putting their houses on the market, according to a report released Monday.
6:13 AM EST, November 3, 2013
About 140 workers who lost their jobs when the ESPN Zone restaurant in Baltimore abruptly closed in 2010 will split $230,000 in a settlement over back pay if a federal judge approves the deal.
5:49 PM EDT, November 1, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Friday that it anticipates its natural gas prices for residential customers will be slightly higher this winter than they were last year — about $2 more over the entire five-month heating season if temperatures are normal.
November 3, 2013
James Malaro Jr. bought electricity from a company other than his utility for the first time last fall. The deal quickly went bad.
11:33 PM EDT, October 25, 2013
When Osiris Therapeutics disclosed an agreement last week resolving concerns from federal regulators, the Columbia biotech firm pitched it as a win.
1:52 PM EDT, November 1, 2013
State regulators are holding a series of meetings next week to get public feedback about Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s pending requests for a rate increase and monthly surcharges on gas and electric customers.
6:28 PM EST, November 7, 2013
Men's Wearhouse disclosed Thursday that its largest shareholder has demanded the company negotiate with Jos. A. Bank Clothiers over the Hampstead-based retailer's acquisition offer.
5:29 PM EDT, November 1, 2013
Beach mainstay Grotto Pizza will open its first Maryland location beyond the shore next year, the first step of a long-term plan to expand in the Baltimore-Washington area.
4:06 PM EDT, October 31, 2013
If you want to get the best price for your home, should you:
6:19 AM EDT, October 23, 2013
The Baltimore-area job market is largely split between high-skill, higher-pay work and low-skill, low-paying positions, but opportunities exist to help workers without a college education navigate to jobs in the middle that pay the bills, a new study suggests.
5:22 PM EST, November 7, 2013
Maryland had the fifth-highest rate of new foreclosure cases in the nation during the summer, the number increasing from the spring even as many other states improved, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Thursday.
5:55 PM EST, November 6, 2013
Maryland retained its ninth-best ranking on a national comparison of states' energy efficiency efforts, but a separate report also out Wednesday said Maryland must up the ante if it doesn't want to fall short of its own goals.
7:31 PM EST, November 4, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s third request for higher rates in as many years brought out zero customers — angry or otherwise — to offer their opinions to state regulators Monday night.
November 3, 2013
Vince Marucci and Joe DiGangi were in the same class at the U.S. Military Academy, went to Stanford University for master's degrees, returned to West Point to teach and later ended up working at the same Columbia tech firm.
October 27, 2013
Jason Perkail of Baltimore and Dimitri Furman of Gaithersburg are audiophiles, former DJs with a passion for high fidelity. They never thought they'd be manufacturers.
6:59 PM EDT, October 23, 2013
Chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. said Wednesday that its income in the third quarter fell 8 percent from a year earlier as it continues to deal with challenges in its catalysts business, which includes products used in oil refining.
7:34 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
As the city's manufacturing base and population shrank, the Greater Baltimore Committee decided it needed to train leaders to replace the ones the region was losing — people energized to help with increasingly complex local problems.
October 20, 2013
New solar panels unveiled last week at a real estate developer's Laurel headquarters come with an unusual twist — an energy storage system, the first such commercial setup in the state and one of the first in the country.
12:13 PM EDT, October 18, 2013
The Volvo Group is expanding its 1,340-worker Hagerstown plant and plans to add more than 100 jobs there, the company announced Friday.
6:19 PM EDT, October 30, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. warned Wednesday that scammers are targeting some customers, claiming their power will be shut off unless they make an immediate payment.
October 13, 2013
"Robotic parking" might conjure up images of a far-off future. Wes Guckert is trying to make it a lot more common now.
6:21 PM EDT, October 14, 2013
TIC Gums in Harford County is perhaps the biggest privately owned player in an invisible part of the food industry.
7:00 PM EDT, October 17, 2013
Verizon's Maryland residential customers now face a $1.99-a-call charge for directory assistance after the first two free requests to 411 each month, the state Office of People's Counsel warned Thursday.
8:13 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
State regulators are now deep into the details of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s request for higher rates, a case expected to wrap up by the end of the year — 10 months after the last increase went into effect.
October 13, 2013
Nothing says Halloween like a pumpkin, and dozens of Maryland farmers are grateful for that.
5:02 PM EDT, October 11, 2013
Columbia-based W.R. Grace & Co. said Friday that it has agreed to buy a Dow Chemical Co. division for $500 million.
1:55 PM EDT, October 10, 2013
Employer groups can begin applying next week for grants from a new state program aimed at increasing workforce training.
5:27 PM EDT, October 10, 2013
Home sales in the Baltimore region continued to rise at a double-digit pace in September, numbers released Thursday show.
5:27 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
Exelon agreed to pay about $646,000 to settle a federal regulator's allegations that its Baltimore-based Constellation energy commodities group gave wrong information to a grid operator, an error the company called inadvertent.
October 6, 2013
At least 100 federal workers usually crowd the Salsa Grill in Woodlawn for lunch. By Friday, the fourth day of the partial federal government shutdown, their numbers dwindled to three.
6:43 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional an arrangement approved by state regulators to allow construction of a new power plant in Southern Maryland, an effort to increase locally produced electricity before tight supply causes reliability problems.
10:49 AM EDT, October 3, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Thursday that it will close lanes on Russell Street and nearby city roads beginning Oct. 14 rather than Monday to move underground utilities, work it said is needed to accommodate construction of the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.
6:18 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Tuesday that it will close lanes on Russell Street and nearby city roads beginning Oct. 7 to move underground utilities, work it says is needed to accommodate construction of the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.
6:33 PM EDT, September 25, 2013
MGM Resorts International presented an early look Wednesday at the design for its proposed $800 million casino and resort at National Harbor in Prince George's County — a glassy echo of Washington monuments atop a 1,600-foot-long stepped pedestal.
3:36 PM EDT, October 9, 2013
Maryland retained its tenth-worst ranking in the Tax Foundation's latest study of state tax climates for businesses.
September 29, 2013
Glen Burnie food products company Allied International Corp. might have a global-infused name, but it sold nothing outside the country before 2008.
3:51 PM EDT, October 4, 2013
Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin said Friday that it will furlough about 3,000 employees across the company beginning Monday and warned that more workers would likely be sent home in later weeks if the federal government's partial shutdown continues.
10:12 AM EDT, September 22, 2013
TESSCO Technologies supplies 30,000 different products to the wireless industry, the vast majority of them the sort that the nation's cellphone users don't see or hardly notice. Antennas. Cable. Industrial surge protectors. Ceiling tile enclosures that hide wireless access points.
6:38 AM EDT, September 27, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. plans to announce today that it will pay $350,000 to a group of African-American job candidates to resolve hiring-diversity concerns raised by the federal government.
3:17 PM EDT, September 17, 2013
Baltimore has won a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to launch a minority business development center, the agency said.
4:54 PM EDT, October 8, 2013
Federal regulators investigating Exelon's Constellation commodities group say they have "preliminarily determined" that the division violated market-behavior rules.
6:58 PM EDT, September 20, 2013
Maryland's job base is finally back to the size it was half a decade ago — before the deep recession gouged a big chunk out of it.
6:56 PM EDT, September 30, 2013
An energy company that wanted to build a terminal in Sparrows Point to import liquefied natural gas and an 88-mile pipeline into Pennsylvania has scrapped those plans after a seven-year fight over safety and environmental concerns.
11:17 AM EDT, October 1, 2013
In a world of tanks and fighter jets, chemical hazard detection devices aren't exactly high profile. But nothing brings them into the light like a sarin gas attack.
7:03 PM EDT, September 15, 2013
More than 400 cyclists traversed scenic, rural Baltimore County roads on Sunday to raise money for bicycle safety, paying tribute to a cyclist killed on one of those byways.
3:10 PM EDT, September 5, 2013
Maryland Live's August revenue spiked 64 percent compared with a year earlier, a nearly $21 million increase in a month that saw the debut of the casino's 52-table poker room, the state said Thursday.
7:32 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
Kohl's Department Stores said Thursday that it will hire about 1,400 workers at its Edgewood distribution center as it temporarily staffs up for holiday shopping.
September 15, 2013
Alan and Lois Elkin's business has a big anniversary coming up next year: 50.
6:37 PM EDT, September 3, 2013
Baltimore ad agency Carton Donofrio Partners is closing after nearly 50 years, blaming industry changes and family matters affecting the majority owner.
September 3, 2013
Earth Starter is having the sort of year startups dream of.
12:36 PM EDT, September 15, 2013
John A. Kinnaird backed his truck-mounted crane toward the monument that has stood at the side of Dundalk Avenue for two decades, a black-granite tribute "in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice."
2:05 PM EDT, September 5, 2013
A wind-energy project in Western Maryland has been given more time by state regulators to start construction — the second deadline extension for the proposed 25-turbine development on Dan's Mountain in Allegany County.
September 1, 2013
Sick of $450-a-month gas and electric bills for their Baltimore County rowhouse, James and JoAnn Allis replaced their old, inefficient air conditioner. And their windows and doors. Then they added insulation in their home's many leaky spots and coated their roof to keep the house cooler in the summer.
September 14, 2013
— Until recently, Paul Reed Smith Guitars sold only American-made instruments for more than $2,000 and Korean-made guitars retailing for about $700.
3:07 PM EDT, September 14, 2013
Kristina and Anthony Pannone spent eight months looking for a house. The ones they liked kept getting snapped up, until they finally topped three other would-be buyers for a place in Columbia — by offering $5,100 more than the asking price.
6:29 PM EDT, August 28, 2013
CVS Caremark has agreed to pay $250,000 as part of a settlement resolving allegations that its pharmacy stores left products on shelves after they passed their sell-by dates and tossed customer records into open dumpsters, the Maryland attorney general's office said Wednesday.
9:06 PM EDT, August 24, 2013
In 1982, Mayor William Donald Schaefer persuaded state lawmakers to try a different approach to urban revitalization. To lure companies to poorer parts of Baltimore and elsewhere in Maryland, the government would dangle a 10-year property tax discount and hiring rebates.
11:14 AM EDT, August 17, 2013
Two men were shot in front of a gas station near the city-county line early Saturday morning, according to Baltimore County police.
10:29 PM EDT, August 26, 2013
The owner of the Baltimore City Paper said Monday that it's looking to sell as it focuses on the media market closer to its Pennsylvania base.
8:15 PM EDT, August 16, 2013
Zuly Gonzalez and Beau Adkins used to work at the National Security Agency. Now they run a cybersecurity firm in Catonsville, helping companies defend against online threats.
3:27 PM EDT, September 6, 2013
RS&F, an Owings Mills accounting and business consulting firm, has expanded its geographic and industry reach by acquiring the assets of a D.C.-area company specializing in print and media businesses.
6:32 PM EDT, September 4, 2013
The Greater Baltimore Committee said Wednesday that it will organize a private-sector commission to study Maryland's tax structure after dozens of local CEOs named tax reform the top priority for making the state more business friendly.
6:31 PM EDT, August 28, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. warned Wednesday that it will turn off PeakRewards customers' air conditioning compressors during some or all of a three-hour stretch Thursday, part of a required test.
6:31 PM EDT, August 17, 2013
Inez Taylor of Belair-Edison sat in the midst of the city's bustling back-to-school rally Saturday afternoon, waiting patiently for the backpacks with school supplies to be handed out for free.
6:28 PM EDT, August 5, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and other utilities in Maryland will make the case to state regulators Tuesday that customers who don't want smart meters should pay an upfront charge and a monthly fee — anywhere from $15 to $87 — to opt out.
6:57 PM EDT, July 29, 2013
A new manufacturing documentary that will get an advance screening in Baltimore this week suggests that average Americans aren't powerless to stop job loss in the sector.
11:29 AM EDT, August 17, 2013
Four Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center supervisors are being investigated after two detainees facing drug charges were wrongly released on Thursday and Friday, Maryland's correctional agency said.
8:32 PM EDT, July 21, 2013
The Maryland Port Administration wants to build an auto terminal at the former Sparrows Point steel mill in the next few years, speeding plans to bring jobs to an area hungry for them.
12:08 PM EDT, August 4, 2013
The 10-foot-tall cylinders glow neon yellow and orange, looking like something out of a futuristic dance club. They're actually an experiment with global implications — an effort to see how well algae can wipe out pollution belched by power plants.
August 3, 2013
In an industry with a lot of new competition, Belcamp-based SafeNet is a cybersecurity old hand: It's celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
9:55 PM EDT, July 14, 2013
The Baltimore-based NAACP and the pastor of a city mega-church were among those calling Sunday for a federal civil rights case against George Zimmerman after the Florida man was acquitted in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.
6:08 PM EDT, July 29, 2013
Regulators said Monday that they will hear about the performance of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group power plants next week — including Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland — in a public meeting in Baltimore.
11:40 AM EDT, August 17, 2013
Emergency workers rescued a 69-year-old man who suffered life-threatening injuries after falling down a 300-foot slope in Arnold, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said Saturday.
4:25 PM EDT, July 13, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city has nothing to lose and much to gain by borrowing $107 million to pay for new roads, parks and other infrastructure at Harbor Point, a now-empty tract envisioned as a glittering mini-city on Baltimore's waterfront.
5:44 PM EDT, July 25, 2013
Columbia chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. said Thursday that it took a hit to sales in the second quarter as a price increase prompted customers to jump ship.
4:16 PM EDT, July 30, 2013
French energy firm Electricite de France outlined an exit strategy Tuesday from its stake in three of Exelon's nuclear power plants, including Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland.
3:43 PM EDT, July 26, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Friday that it expects to spend more than $15 million to inspect, maintain and replace utility poles in parts of the region this year.
7:55 PM EDT, July 23, 2013
A marquee name in the technology industry said Tuesday that it is buying Columbia-based Sourcefire — a homegrown player in the hot cybersecurity field — for $2.7 billion cash.
8:16 PM EDT, August 2, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. asked Friday for a monthly surcharge on gas customers to cover part of the cost of replacing old pipes, a request that comes in addition to the rate increase and electric surcharge it is seeking.
6:52 PM EDT, July 17, 2013
A new report suggests that a substantial number of U.S. nuclear reactors — including one or both at Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland — are at risk of early retirement.
11:29 AM EDT, July 21, 2013
Water gushes over Domino Sugar's packaging building, washing off grit, fly ash and other gunk — so much of it that the cleaned-up facade is a noticeably lighter shade of brown.
2:22 PM EDT, July 16, 2013
The Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute said Tuesday that it has awarded $3.8 million to 17 teams trying to bring technology products to market, seven of them involving companies in the Baltimore region.
8:11 PM EDT, July 10, 2013
The Baltimore Sun's owner said Wednesday that it plans to spin off its newspapers as a separate company, the latest move in the Tribune Co.'s effort to focus on the more profitable broadcasting industry.
8:11 PM EDT, July 9, 2013
Maryland utilities participating in a voluntary program that encourages the use of suppliers owned by minorities, women or disabled veterans spent 11 percent less on contracts with such businesses last year even as total contracting grew modestly.
July 28, 2013
Who would have guessed 15 years ago that Martin Roesch's free computer network-security program would turn into a $2.7 billion deal?
4:08 PM EDT, July 5, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor said Friday that it is suing a Columbia medical practice for allegedly failing to forward more than $100,000 in employee contributions and loan repayments to a 401(k) retirement plan.
June 30, 2013
All options are on the table, including a sale, as Baltimore officials review ways to improve the finances of the city's money-losing convention center hotel — and brace for the likelihood of tapping the city's general fund to cover debt payments next year.
10:45 AM EDT, July 1, 2013
Kirk Bloodsworth celebrated his 20th year of freedom Friday after he was wrongfully convicted of murder in Maryland and sentenced to death.
6:23 PM EDT, June 24, 2013
In the bowels of a building where a long-gone manufacturer once made fine silver, the Johns Hopkins University cultivates fledgling firms.
July 7, 2013
You might not have heard of Intelect Corp., but you can hear FM radio in Baltimore's Fort McHenry and Harbor tunnels thanks to the company's engineering.
2:15 PM EDT, June 26, 2013
The Columbia-based Universities Space Research Association said Wednesday that it has bought a new headquarters building for $12.5 million and will remain in Howard County after considering a move.
4:20 PM EDT, July 3, 2013
Pop quiz: What's the home-improvement project that comes closest to paying for itself when you sell?
6:50 PM EDT, June 17, 2013
An Indiana university said Monday that it gave Maryland a "D" for its manufacturing-industry health, adding that tax levels are likely a turnoff for companies in the sector.
June 30, 2013
Three orange engines sit in a building on the sprawling grounds of the Back River wastewater treatment plant, producing a steady din. And about 20 percent of the electricity the facility needs.
5:51 PM EDT, May 28, 2013
Exelon Corp. said Tuesday that it has promoted the head of its Baltimore-based Constellation arm and named a new chief executive for the local operation.
6:52 PM EDT, June 17, 2013
Create a fragrance that smells heroic with a touch of villainy — that's what Andrew Levine's Lutherville company set out to do.
7:28 PM EDT, June 21, 2013
Maryland employers made up most of April's lost ground with a gain of 4,600 jobs in May, but the state's unemployment rate still rose to 6.7 percent, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.
June 9, 2013
Men and women wearing hairnets, hard hats, safety glasses and bright-orange vests wended their way through Domino Sugars' Baltimore refinery Tuesday — there to look, not work.
10:32 PM EDT, June 11, 2013
The state-owned Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay resort in Cambridge continues to deplete a reserve fund to cover its semiannual debt payments because it is not making enough money.
2:20 PM EDT, April 26, 2013
Bethesda-based Marriott International warned the state that it will lay off 35 employees in June, and potentially several hundred others later in the year, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Friday.
10:22 AM EDT, June 23, 2013
When the Sparrows Point steel mill closed, Deborah S. Barkley felt sorry for the laid-off workers — she didn't want that to happen. But she knew her life would get better.
7:51 PM EDT, May 24, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of people die of malaria every year, most of them in Africa. Dr. Eddy C. Agbo wants people to get diagnosed quickly and easily — right in their homes — so they can seek treatment.
6:27 PM EDT, May 13, 2013
The fight over the federal minimum wage is coming to Baltimore.
9:45 PM EDT, June 10, 2013
An intelligence contractor's disclosure of covert National Security Agency surveillance programs reopened a debate Monday over how much the government relies on private companies for spy work and whether those firms must do more to vet employees and protect secret information.
6:19 PM EDT, June 6, 2013
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday that it has ordered a venting upgrade for nearly a third of the reactors in the country, including ones at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station just north of Harford County.
3:50 PM EDT, April 25, 2013
Household-product maker Sun Products said it will lay off 53 people next month at its manufacturing plant on Holabird Avenue in Southeast Baltimore.
5:47 PM EDT, April 24, 2013
Chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. said Wednesday that its net income in the first quarter fell about 13 percent from the year-earlier period, in line with its warning to investors and analysts earlier in the month.
3:40 PM EDT, June 3, 2013
A British defense contractor said Monday that it has decided not to close its Baltimore facility after all, though it expects to lay off about 35 employees there.
6:01 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
Aramark warned state regulators that it will lay off about 200 dining-service workers in Baltimore as a result of a lost contract, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Tuesday.
5:41 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
FLIR Systems' government-contracting arm is more than doubling its space in Howard County as it prepares to start assembling threat-detection devices.
9:21 PM EDT, May 20, 2013
More people live in poverty in Baltimore's suburbs than in the city itself, part of a nationwide shift that is challenging the largely urban assistance network built up over decades.
7:16 PM EDT, May 7, 2013
W.R. Grace CEO Fred E. Festa sold shares of newly exercised stock options for a nearly $1.3 million profit, the Columbia chemical maker said Tuesday.
5:47 PM EDT, May 24, 2013
Two unions said Friday that they have ended a nearly six-year call to boycott the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, a move that came as workers ratified a new bargaining agreement with management.
May 5, 2013
Rep. Donna F. Edwards slipped into the F-35 cockpit — a stationary demonstration model — and gave the jet a simulated spin, trying out the controls, shooting down enemy aircraft over the Chesapeake Bay and executing a celebratory roll.
9:11 PM EDT, April 25, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Thursday that energy prices will rise $6 a month for the typical residential electricity customer who doesn't use an outside power supplier, the first jump in energy prices in four years.
6:15 PM EDT, May 8, 2013
Hunt Valley-based Tessco Technologies Inc. said Wednesday that revenue and profits both fell about 18 percent in its most recent quarter compared with a year earlier, driven by its exit from a high-revenue business it considered too low margin.
6:47 AM EDT, April 18, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's chief of staff will step down in May to head the Goldseker Foundation in Baltimore, the nonprofit plans to announce today.
12:48 PM EDT, June 13, 2013
Defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman said Thursday that they've won a $91 million contract for radars to be used on Saudi Arabia's Apache attack helicopters.
6:13 PM EDT, April 24, 2013
Four Maryland organizations won the right to raise $135 million for community development projects by selling federal tax credits, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.
4:49 PM EDT, May 30, 2013
Three industry groups from Baltimore and Washington said Thursday that they've banded together to "solidify" the region as the top place for cyber-related business growth.
5:16 PM EDT, May 16, 2013
The Maryland Tax Court has frequently failed to rule on residential property assessment cases as promptly as the law requires, according to a state audit made public Thursday.
4:19 PM EDT, April 23, 2013
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative said Tuesday that it will seek approval from Maryland regulators to build an electric power plant in Cecil County.
3:56 PM EDT, June 8, 2013
The closing of the steel mill at Sparrows Point overwhelmed Bob Jennings. Too young to retire at 59, he faced a gloomy job market for local manufacturing workers and a bureaucracy that couldn't get him timely training help. He felt like a failure.
6:54 PM EDT, April 19, 2013
Maryland employers added 4,700 jobs in March, gains driven by the private sector, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated Friday.
3:57 PM EDT, May 9, 2013
Greg Cantori plans to downsize when he retires. Really, really downsize.
9:59 PM EDT, April 15, 2013
A pharmaceutical company, a corporate-data analytics firm and a lighting company learned Monday night that they won the top prizes at the state's inaugural competition for start-up firms — $100,000 each.
3:50 PM EDT, April 25, 2013
Maryland regulators have approved a 24-turbine "wind farm" project to be built near Frostburg, the third land-based project in the state.
7:51 PM EDT, April 16, 2013
General Motors officially launched its new electric motor in White Marsh Tuesday, a milestone in U.S. manufacturing — and a key part of the company's bet that the electric-vehicle market is poised to grow.
5:49 PM EDT, April 12, 2013
In the year since Exelon Corp. acquired Baltimore's Constellation Energy Group, the company has donated more than $300,000 to first-responders in the region. It is handing out thousands of free trees to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers. It is helping fund energy-efficient homes for low-income residents.
April 7, 2013
Helping companies save money on postage can bring in the big bucks.
6:44 PM EDT, April 1, 2013
Maryland's competition for startup companies — with three grand prizes of $100,000 each — was narrowed to nine finalists Monday.
8:42 PM EDT, May 17, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. asked Friday for another rate increase, three months after winning approval for higher charges, and company officials said they expect to seek more in the future.
2:58 PM EDT, April 15, 2013
As federal agencies pull back on spending, 7Delta's strategy is thinking big.
8:26 PM EDT, April 2, 2013
A quarter of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers had three or more outages last year, a rough stretch that included the damaging derecho windstorm and Superstorm Sandy.
1:15 PM EDT, March 27, 2013
Average personal income rose slightly more in Maryland last year than in the nation as a whole, but not as much as in 2011, the U.S. Department of Commerce said Wednesday.
1:55 PM EDT, May 2, 2013
Constellation said Thursday that it is giving Teach For America $1 million for efforts in Baltimore over the next four years, from training teachers to helping program alumni fight poverty.
7:16 PM EDT, May 17, 2013
Maryland employers slashed 6,200 jobs in April, cutting short a string of gains, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday, as the state began feeling the pinch of federal budget sequestration and cutbacks in consumer spending.
6:23 PM EDT, April 3, 2013
The executives whom RG Steel's unsecured creditors want to sue for allegedly mismanaging the bankrupt company said in court filings this week that the claims are baseless.
May 17, 2013
The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training's Baltimore complex is full of neatly made beds and shining-clean floors, a military-like environment for homeless former service members working to get their lives back on track.
3:16 PM EDT, March 25, 2013
Abe Bortz, the Social Security Administration's first historian and a voracious book collector and reviewer, died Tuesday of lymphoma at his home in Pikesville. He was 93.
5:49 PM EDT, May 10, 2013
Baltimore-area home sales rose 15 percent in April compared with a year earlier, and newly pending deals soared as buyers kicked the spring housing market into higher gear, according to data released Friday.
4:19 PM EDT, April 2, 2013
Sparks-based McCormick & Co. said Tuesday that it increased profits 2 percent in the three months ending in February, compared with the year-earlier period.
6:36 PM EDT, March 18, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Monday that it will hand out 9,000 free trees to customers — first come, first served — to help cut down on energy use.
April 28, 2013
Data entry is repetitive and hard to do well — that is, quickly and accurately. Shane Foley is great at it.
7:50 PM EDT, March 21, 2013
Add the Internal Revenue Service to the list of Berger cookies' woes.
7:50 PM EDT, March 14, 2013
Legislators heard an outpouring of complaints Thursday about smart meters from Maryland utility customers who want to be allowed to opt out without charge.
1:09 PM EDT, March 31, 2013
Big Huge Games in Timonium closed last May, taking nearly 100 jobs with it. Nine months later, a local studio that was launched from the ashes of the video game-maker shut down, too. And Zynga, which created FarmVille and Words with Friends, closed its Baltimore County office several weeks ago.
8:03 PM EDT, March 29, 2013
Maryland employers punched the accelerator on job creation in February, adding 10,500 positions and bringing the state much closer to recovering its recessionary losses five years after they began.
4:40 PM EDT, April 23, 2013
Exelon Corp. said Tuesday that its executive compensation package received an advisory OK from three-quarters of shareholder votes during the annual meeting, which the Chicago energy company held in Baltimore.
7:38 PM EDT, March 11, 2013
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission upheld a decision Monday preventing a French company from building a third reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in southern Maryland, but it offered glimmers of hope for the project's proponents.
4:12 PM EDT, March 22, 2013
Concerns about utility smart meters are frequently dismissed as tinfoil-hat paranoia. But it's not so easy to dismiss Jonathan Libber.
5:39 PM EDT, March 13, 2013
Sparrows Point's landowner turned down a Maryland Port Administration offer to use part of the property for containing dredge material, but both sides said Wednesday that it's not the final word.
6:55 PM EDT, May 1, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. expects to ask for a rate increase within the next two months, less than half a year after it won approval for its last one.
7:53 PM EST, February 20, 2013
The vast majority of civilian defense employees face a 20 percent pay cut from April through September if looming federal budget reductions aren't averted, a move that will hit Maryland harder than almost every other state, the Pentagon warned Wednesday.
11:49 PM EDT, March 17, 2013
More than 1,300 young, single soldiers, sailors and other service members drive to Fort Meade every work day because they don't live on post — can't, actually, because the barracks are full and other homes there are for families.
6:15 PM EDT, April 3, 2013
About 900 McCormick & Co. investors packed into a Hunt Valley ballroom Wednesday to hear about the company's performance, applaud its stock price gains and see how it is marketing its spices, recipe mixes and other goods worldwide.
9:28 PM EDT, March 24, 2013
Winter is not quite ready to leave Baltimore.
2:36 PM EST, March 2, 2013
Joshua Polanowski was one of the first to go. He drove south in his 15-year-old GMC pickup truck, leaving behind freezing cold and a forever-closed steel mill for a balmy winter and a choice of manufacturing jobs.
8:18 PM EST, February 22, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers will be paying higher rates this year, with the average bills rising by several dollars a month, to cover the cost of upgrading the utility's infrastructure.
6:08 PM EST, February 19, 2013
Laid-off Hostess Brands workers, including 192 in Maryland, are eligible for federal trade assistance benefits, the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday.
8:12 PM EST, March 1, 2013
A Bel Air company that handled payrolls for many employers in the area is being sued by clients for allegedly stealing years of tax payments rather than sending them on to the tax collectors as required — leaving the companies on the hook.
8:31 PM EDT, March 15, 2013
Mayo A. Shattuck III, who coordinated the sale of two Baltimore institutions to out-of-state concerns and ran the region's power company for a volatile decade, has retired from the parent of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
February 17, 2013
When Maryland utilities replace their gas pipelines, customers have had to fork out extra money afterward — not during. But that's poised to change.
6:35 PM EDT, March 18, 2013
Maryland employers added 6,700 jobs in January, picking up the pace from the end of last year, the U.S. Department of Labor said Monday.
12:55 AM EST, February 4, 2013
Ravens fans had waited 12 years for another Super Bowl victory, and they packed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, dwarfing 49ers rooters in both numbers and volume.
7:25 PM EST, February 27, 2013
State regulators investigating widespread, long-lasting outages from the derecho last summer ordered Maryland utilities Wednesday to take steps to improve reliability — and signaled a willingness to add penalties for "sub-standard performance."
7:32 PM EST, February 18, 2013
No idea what sort of job might suit you? A Middle River software company that fuses applications and psychology has a personality test for that — one built around images rather than questions.
6:51 PM EST, January 29, 2013
A British defense contractor said Tuesday that it will close its locations in Baltimore and Hunt Valley this year and lay off nearly 140 employees in reaction to a tightening market for military purchases.
5:10 PM EST, February 21, 2013
Nearly 400 people packed a conference room Thursday to hear conservative leaders argue that Maryland is in critical need of a better business climate as big federal spending cuts loom.
5:02 PM EST, February 6, 2013
Three in every 10 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers are buying their electricity through third-party suppliers, continuing a steady trend of increases in recent years, the company said Wednesday.
12:29 PM EST, February 6, 2013
Columbia chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. reported profits Wednesday of $94.1 million last year, a big slide from 2011 that was driven by the company's $365 million non-cash charge for asbestos liabilities.
5:12 PM EST, February 19, 2013
Maryland is one of the states most "vulnerable" to sequestration cuts, given its dependence on federal spending, Wells Fargo said Monday.
6:23 PM EST, January 31, 2013
The team picked to redevelop the 62-acre O'Donnell Heights public housing project in Southeast Baltimore has started construction after closing on $20 million in funding for the rental homes in phase one.
February 24, 2013
Maryland's business leaders are increasing efforts to speak with a louder, more unified voice to state officials, seeing in looming federal budget cuts the necessity — or opportunity — to focus more attention on the private sector.
6:02 PM EST, January 24, 2013
Spicemaker McCormick & Co.'s stock price swooned by more than $4 a share Thursday after the company's earnings forecast for the year fell short of what Wall Street analysts anticipated.
5:44 PM EST, February 1, 2013
Unsecured creditors in the RG Steel bankruptcy case withdrew Friday their request to sue the company's billionaire founder.
February 24, 2013
Maryland's approximately 30,000 nonprofits range from the smallest all-volunteer organizations to the largest private employer in the state. Greg Cantori loves them all.
10:14 AM EST, February 3, 2013
A man was shot and killed overnight in the unit block of N. Wheeler Ave. in Southwest Baltimore, police said Sunday morning.
6:09 PM EST, January 31, 2013
An information-security company expects to add 180 jobs in the next two years as part of an expansion in Howard County, the company said Thursday.
6:06 PM EST, January 24, 2013
The Hyatt Regency Baltimore has settled a federal complaint alleging unfair labor practices, the hotel and a local union said Thursday.
6:24 PM EST, February 21, 2013
Jill Sorensen's basement flooded after a winter storm knocked out her power, then again in 2011 during Hurricane Irene.
5:44 PM EST, February 6, 2013
KEYW Holding Corp., a Hanover cybersecurity company, said Wednesday that it had $1 million in profit last year, nearly double its profit of $535,000 in 2011.
8:28 PM EST, January 23, 2013
Hundreds of people gathered on site and online Wednesday for the first public opportunity to buy the silenced remains of the Sparrows Point steel mill — from forklifts and slab haulers to cabinets and snowblowers.
10:38 PM EST, February 1, 2013
Dr. Luis Diaz is an oncologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a researcher with patented findings and the co-founder of a small, fast-expanding company.
2:35 PM EST, January 17, 2013
Tax-break Enterprise Zones in Baltimore and the Eastern Shore will expand after getting an OK from Maryland's economic development agency, the state said Thursday.
7:38 PM EST, February 7, 2013
As federal budget cuts loom, a state task force is suggesting how Maryland might get more bang from the bucks spent by federal agencies in the state.
8:19 PM EST, February 2, 2013
Catonsville-based Alpha Omega Technologies performs work for one federal agency, and it wants more contracts — a daunting goal for a small company in a time of tight budgets.
10:22 AM EST, January 22, 2013
Valorie Cooley was "in a really bad place" a year ago, with a broken furnace and past-due heating bills she couldn't pay.
1:02 PM EST, January 15, 2013
Veolia Transportation warned state officials that it will be laying off 78 employees in Baltimore as it stops servicing a portion of an unspecified contract, but added that most could be hired by the new contractor.
5:15 PM EST, January 11, 2013
Karen L. Sitnick's job is jobs — helping people find them.
6:56 PM EST, January 29, 2013
The federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. is suing the Renco Group — parent of bankrupt RG Steel — for allegedly attempting to "evade liability" for the steelmaker's pension obligations.
8:29 PM EST, January 18, 2013
Maryland gained about 22,000 jobs in 2012, the smallest annual increase since the recession, underscoring the challenges facing the state in a year dominated by the federal budget and the collapse of a major employer.
3:59 PM EST, January 6, 2013
A suspicious-looking gadget that turned out to be an inert grenade — not capable of exploding — prompted a temporary evacuation in Catonsville Sunday.
3:14 PM EST, January 16, 2013
The home has plenty to recommend it — five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two sunrooms and a big kitchen — but the primary selling point is outside.
5:19 PM EST, January 10, 2013
Baltimore is a hotbed of cybersecurity jobs, with more than 13,000 job postings last October alone, according to a report funded by the Abell Foundation.
5:39 PM EST, January 7, 2013
The Maryland Public Service Commission said Monday that it will give energy customers a choice on smart meters, but it hasn't decided yet whether to allow a total opt-out or to make the alternative a smart meter installed in a way to limit radio-frequency emissions.
9:20 PM EST, January 7, 2013
State regulators considering Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s request for higher rates will hear this week and next from the people least likely to agree: BGE's ratepayers.
4:09 PM EST, January 8, 2013
RG Steel has filed more than 280 "clawback" suits aimed at getting companies to repay money received from the steel company in the three months before its bankruptcy.
7:10 PM EST, December 21, 2012
Maryland's economy shed 3,100 jobs in November, the latest U-turn in a bumpy year overshadowed by the fast-approaching "fiscal cliff," according to federal data released Friday.
7:18 PM EST, January 18, 2013
Bankrupt RG Steel's unsecured creditors are seeking permission to sue Ira Rennert — the billionaire who created the company to buy Sparrows Point — for allegedly worsening the steel mill owner's financial situation in order to improve his own.
January 13, 2013
Some Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers — Del. Glen Glass of Harford County included — are convinced that they don't want a smart meter wirelessly sending data about their energy usage day in and out.
9:22 PM EST, December 17, 2012
Several hundred former Sparrows Point workers gathering late Monday afternoon for details of their steel mill's demise heard from union leaders that at least two groups had wanted to restart the plant but weren't given the chance.
3:04 PM EST, December 13, 2012
Deatrice S. Besong says it feels like winning the lottery: Her mortgage servicer recently agreed to reduce her loan by $249,000 next year, saving her $300 a month and erasing the debt overhang that has her owing far more than her house is worth.
4:52 PM EST, January 7, 2013
The state's technology development arm said Monday that it has changed key investment programs, will be managing new funds and has launched a program to help companies seeking patents.
8:31 PM EST, January 14, 2013
A hearing into allegations of unfair labor practices filed against the Hyatt Regency Baltimore began late Monday after hours of ultimately fruitless discussion about settling the complaint.
5:18 PM EST, January 6, 2013
Dr. Ellen G. McDaniel, whose distinguished career in psychiatry spanned more than 40 years and influenced patients, medical students and even juries, died of lung cancer Thursday at her home in Highland. She was 71.
December 22, 2012
No one seemed to know who owned the unhealthy trees in the alley behind Rexmere Road in Baltimore, the ones growing amid the electrical lines, but there was no mystery about the cause of every power outage around there.
1:27 PM EST, December 15, 2012
The effort to connect former Sparrows Point workers with training for new careers gained more urgency last week as the final hopes of the steel mill reopening were dashed — and as the deadline to apply for the help or forever lose it fast approaches for hundreds.
6:09 PM EST, January 10, 2013
The multiple-day outages might have enraged some customers, but Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s power restoration work after the derecho and Superstorm Sandy last year won it an industry award for "outstanding efforts."
3:02 PM EST, December 3, 2012
Sinclair Broadcast Group said Monday that it has closed on eight television stations it expected to acquire in December and — in a new move — purchased an additional station in New York.
5:30 PM EST, December 19, 2012
Maryland's second-in-command on economic development matters will step into the top job in January when the current secretary leaves for the private sector, state officials announced Wednesday.
8:41 PM EST, December 13, 2012
The possibility that the Tribune Co. will sell its newspapers after an imminent exit from bankruptcy has set off a new round of speculation about The Baltimore Sun's future ownership — along with expressions of interest from potential buyers.
5:19 PM EST, November 30, 2012
Drew Greenblatt's company has grown every year for the past six years — something many other firms, buffeted by the sharp recession, can't claim.
11:54 AM EST, December 2, 2012
If the federal government's job application process seems impenetrable to you, take heart: There are people whose own jobs revolve around demystifying it.
6:31 PM EST, November 27, 2012
Protenergy Natural Foods Corp. expects to add as many as 100 workers to its Eastern Shore operations by next spring, the state announced Tuesday.
7:15 PM EST, November 20, 2012
Maryland employers turned in a third consecutive month of job growth with a large gain of 14,000 positions in October, the federal government said Tuesday — a much better trend after five months of losses.
6:27 AM EST, November 30, 2012
Baltimore's economic performance over the last year ranks it 179th among the 300 largest metropolitan economies worldwide, according to a new report that describes the region as "partially recovered" from the last recession.
4:44 PM EST, November 27, 2012
An Anne Arundel County company that specializes in highway excavation and vegetation control warned Maryland regulators that it will lay off 75 employees because a contract was not renewed, the state said Tuesday.
4:45 PM EST, November 27, 2012
The Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant shut down one of its reactors Tuesday after employees at the southern Maryland facility detected problems with a control rod.
November 25, 2012
The priciest home to sell in Baltimore in September came with plenty of the usual upscale touches, plus some less typical ones.
12:25 PM EST, January 6, 2013
A 22-year-old man who attempted suicide at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup over the weekend is back at the facility and under 24-hour watch, officials said Sunday.
5:33 PM EST, November 18, 2012
Two dozen volunteers were on their hands and knees Sunday morning, harvesting abundant greens or bagging them to give away in a Baltimore neighborhood where both healthy food and money are in short supply.
2:09 PM EST, December 7, 2012
Maryland's utility regulator Friday criticized a decision that could alter electricity bidding rules in the region, saying the change would hurt consumers.
2:02 PM EST, December 30, 2012
Aberdeen Proving Ground has a lot more money to spend on contracts than it once did but not as much as in the very recent past.
5:23 PM EST, January 4, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers with opinions about the utility's request for higher rates can air them at public hearings beginning Monday.
7:43 PM EST, December 20, 2012
One of the Sparrows Point owners broke its silence on the bidding process Thursday to rebut charges that it blocked potential operators from bidding on the steel mill, saying it "seriously considered" all companies with the means to make such a purchase.
December 2, 2012
Hearings begin Monday in a case that will decide whether Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers can expect higher distribution charges next year.
7:29 PM EST, December 13, 2012
An out-of-state steelmaker has bought the most valuable piece of the Sparrows Point plant to use as spare parts, a move that could kill the last hopes that the steel mill might be purchased by an operator and reopened.
5:56 PM EST, November 28, 2012
Baltimore is opening four "community job hubs" to help residents looking for employment, the city said Wednesday.
7:09 PM EST, November 20, 2012
A federal bankruptcy judge approved RG Steel's $767,000 "retention" plan for 21 employees Tuesday over the sharp objections of the United Steelworkers.
November 25, 2012
Ellen Reich's business — run out of her Butcher's Hill rowhouse — has international reach.
2:00 PM EST, November 14, 2012
Renovation work at Clyde's of Columbia will displace 195 employees for about two months next year, but the restaurant's management said Wednesday that it will find jobs for the workers at other Clyde's locations — or at local competitors.
6:29 PM EST, November 8, 2012
The $113.5 million that Exelon Corp. agreed to make available for innovative projects — a condition of regulatory approval for its purchase of Constellation Energy in Baltimore — was awarded Thursday to groups planning to help low-income customers, small businesses and others lower their energy bills.
7:09 PM EDT, October 23, 2012
Northrop Grumman will cut up to 350 jobs from its electronics systems sector, with most of the reductions likely in the Baltimore area, the defense giant said Tuesday.
October 20, 2012
Keeping your opinions to yourself at work might not be easy in today's supercharged political climate.
3:44 PM EST, December 24, 2012
The five-pointed star, made of stainless steel and dozens of heavy-duty light bulbs, looks deceptively simple. Its symbolism is anything but.
7:20 PM EDT, October 22, 2012
About 25,000 Baltimore homeowners who received the Homestead Property Tax Credit this year will lose the sometimes-large break if they don't apply for it by Dec. 31, the Baltimore City Council warned Monday.
4:34 PM EST, November 26, 2012
A group formed by a Maryland businessman argued in a report released Monday that the state's Department of Business and Economic Development is a political marketing organization rather than the job-creation agency it should be.
8:07 PM EST, November 12, 2012
Glass bottles moved briskly along new manufacturing lines — some filling with rum, others with tequila — as the plant manager explained just how groundbreaking this was for a site used to a more sedate pace.
6:25 PM EST, November 23, 2012
Diane Townes waited in line for 12 hours to get her door-buster deals — printers, a laptop and a 50-inch television — so imagine her chagrin when it looked like she wouldn't be able to squeeze it all into her car Friday morning.
9:10 PM EST, December 4, 2012
The state agency that holds Maryland Public Television's broadcast licenses didn't solicit bids for a $2.55 million contract it awarded and mistakenly paid $72,000 more than had been authorized to another contractor, a state audit found.
5:41 PM EDT, October 26, 2012
The United Steelworkers called a request by RG Steel to pay 21 of its remaining employees $767,000 in bonuses and health-insurance stipends "an inappropriate, unfair and outrageous effort."
4:09 PM EDT, October 14, 2012
A Southern Maryland man fell to his death after climbing a tree to get to his hunting stand, Maryland Natural Resources Police said Sunday.
5:25 PM EST, November 16, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Friday that winter heating bills for its residential natural gas customers will likely rise 11 percent over last year due to colder weather — still low enough to be the second-cheapest winter of the past decade.
5:20 AM EST, November 4, 2012
Looming federal budget cuts make a whole lot of Marylanders nervous because a whole lot of Maryland depends on Uncle Sam for a paycheck — directly or indirectly.
6:44 PM EDT, October 18, 2012
Baltimore's weeklong Star-Spangled Sailabration in June drew more than 1.5 million people — some 435,000 from out of state — and had an estimated $166 million in economic impact on the metro area, according to a study released Thursday by the event organizers.
7:19 PM EST, November 13, 2012
Unite Here — a labor union trying to organize workers at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore — gathered outside the hotel Tuesday to publicize a federal agency's decision to take the company to trial over alleged unfair labor practices.
October 14, 2012
Online listings offered the Northeast Baltimore home for rent at a bargain price. The problem? It's not for rent — it's for sale. And the owners had nothing to do with those ads.
4:31 PM EDT, October 14, 2012
Many Maryland employers will see the tax they pay for unemployment insurance drop by more than half next year.
8:14 PM EDT, October 14, 2012
Before she joined the sea of pink-clothed people who turned out for a breast cancer walk in Baltimore Sunday morning, Janet Warren filled out a medical history and gave a blood sample. It was a different way to show her commitment to the cause — one that will last for years.
12:05 PM EDT, October 30, 2012
Power outages hit a plateau early Tuesday morning and began creeping downward, with about 186,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers without electricity at noon, according to the company.
7:44 PM EDT, September 21, 2012
A five-month stretch of job losses in Maryland ended in August with a small gain, too meager to keep the state's unemployment rate from ticking up to 7.1 percent, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.
2:44 PM EST, November 16, 2012
Exelon Corp. will pay $692,000 — including $151,000 to Maryland regulators — to settle alleged violations of a Justice Department agreement that had allowed the company to acquire Baltimore's Constellation Energy Group.
October 9, 2012
The number of manufacturing jobs in Maryland seems to go in only one direction — down. The state lost 21,000 positions in the past five years. More than 40,000 in the past decade. Nearly 70,000 in the past two decades.
7:41 PM EDT, October 10, 2012
Maryland's Public Service Commission objected Wednesday to "clandestine" negotiations over a possible change in electricity bidding rules in the region, saying states and consumer advocates had been left out of discussions on a proposal that could drive up prices and hurt reliability.
September 20, 2012
The City Arts Apartments are full of artists who live and work in the Baltimore complex, built on what long had been a vacant lot in a very vacant neighborhood. But a sudden gap in its development financing almost kept the project from getting off the ground.
5:44 PM EDT, October 1, 2012
Baltimore-based Premier Rides said it will design and build the world's tallest and fastest- looping roller coaster at a California theme park.
6:26 PM EDT, September 10, 2012
Anxiety over federal budget cuts has big U.S. defense contractors slimming down, but an Israeli aerospace company is counting on expansion here.
7:03 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
An Owings Mills man has pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud after prosecutors alleged he took money from at least 48 homeowners to help them get loan modifications, then stole the monthly payments they thought were going to their lenders, the state said Thursday.
September 9, 2012
No one in Tracie Edmondson's immediate family is in the military, but they live on an Army base.
September 2, 2012
Forrest Martin is looking at the same help-wanted listings as all the other Sparrows Point workers, the jobs with wages of $10 an hour, $13, $15. The jobs that could mean a pay cut of half — or more — from his steel mill days.
3:32 PM EDT, October 29, 2012
Fort Meade's rapid growth in the past few years has made it the state's largest employer, but getting a foot in the door — or, rather, inside the guarded fence line — can be daunting.
November 4, 2012
General Motors' manufacturing plant in White Marsh lost about a day and a half to Cyclone Sandy. But it sustained no damage, missed no shipping deadlines and expected to quickly make up for lost time.
3:20 PM EST, November 5, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., which fixed the last of its Cyclone Sandy power outages Friday, sent workers to harder-hit regions over the weekend and on Monday.
6:57 PM EDT, October 16, 2012
A Baltimore woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a scheme to steal more than $400,000 in Maryland unemployment benefits, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.
4:43 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
The Maryland District Court said Thursday that its chief judge has dismissed 3,168 debt-collection cases against state residents and ordered that any liens associated with those cases be released.
8:08 AM EDT, October 31, 2012
Dale Lucas' horse farm in Baltimore County lost power during Hurricane Irene last year. It lost power for six days when the derecho blew through in June. And it lost power again Monday night.
October 7, 2012
LaTavia Little, executive director of Treatment Resources for Youth, has her hands full.
5:48 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
A trade group predicted Thursday that Maryland would lose just over 50,000 small-business jobs in the early stages of automatic federal budget cuts — the fifth-largest reduction in the country.
5:05 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
A convenience-store supplier warned Maryland regulators that it will lay off 112 employees in Baltimore, the state said Friday.
October 7, 2012
As pay raises go, it's hard to beat a fivefold increase.
7:11 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
Laid-off Sparrows Point workers and retirees from the steel mill should soon be able to sign up for health insurance through a plan set up in another steelmaking region.
6:26 PM EDT, September 17, 2012
Maryland's new labor secretary will be Leonard Howie, an official at the state Department of Human Resources, the state said Monday.
6:57 PM EDT, September 7, 2012
Cosmetics firm Revlon Inc. says it is ending manufacturing operations in Maryland as part of a global reorganization that will eliminate about 250 jobs.
10:30 AM EDT, November 1, 2012
The Baltimore area is getting back to normal after Sandy — government offices are open, trains are running again and the lights are on at 95 percent of the homes and businesses that lost power.
2:20 PM EDT, August 28, 2012
Harborside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore told state regulators that it had laid off 71 workers, the state said Tuesday.
9:03 PM EDT, October 19, 2012
Maryland employers added 9,800 jobs in September, a gain that came almost entirely from the private sector, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated Friday.
4:54 PM EDT, September 26, 2012
U.S. and state labor officials will cut the ribbon Thursday on a new workforce center for job seekers and employers.
7:08 PM EST, November 12, 2012
Raquel Rojas has never worked for a company that gave her paid sick leave. Sometimes even unpaid leave isn't on offer.
5:23 PM EDT, September 19, 2012
Bank of America said Wednesday that an executive with 31 years at the company will step up as president of the institution's Baltimore and Maryland markets.
7:14 PM EDT, September 10, 2012
RG Steel is asking for U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval for a settlement with Maryland that lowers its Sparrows Point property assessment, reducing its Baltimore County bill for the past three tax years.
6:08 PM EDT, August 18, 2012
Elmer Hall grew up in a small town with tree-lined streets, stores, churches and schools — and the largest steel mill in the world, which ran it all.
4:54 PM EDT, September 12, 2012
Some of the Sparrows Point steelworkers who took their employer up on an offer to retire in August and get a $10,000 bonus have been told they won't receive the money after all, their union says.
7:45 PM EDT, October 29, 2012
As much of the Baltimore region shut down, some businesses made sure they could stay open — come hurricane and high water.
1:06 PM EDT, September 29, 2012
Federal workers aren't the only ones anxious about looming budget cuts. Federal contractors — plentiful in Maryland — have a lot at stake, too.
6:50 PM EDT, August 23, 2012
A settlement agreement ending health benefits for Sparrows Point workers Aug. 31 was approved Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del.
5:29 PM EDT, October 24, 2012
Chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. said Wednesday that its third-quarter profit fell 7.1 percent to $75.5 million as revenue shrank, in part due to unfavorable exchange rates.
6:00 PM EDT, September 26, 2012
The Maryland Food Bank said it handed out food Wednesday to hundreds of families affected by the mass layoffs at Sparrows Point.
6:24 PM EDT, September 25, 2012
Sparrows Point's new owners are setting a three-month deadline for interested parties to bid on the idled steel mill complex — in whole or in pieces.
12:58 PM EDT, August 17, 2012
Sparrows Point workers age 60 and older have until the end of today to retire if they want a $10,000 bonus.
10:53 PM EDT, August 10, 2012
Steel from Sparrows Point built the Golden Gate Bridge, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, hundreds of ships for World War II and livelihoods for tens of thousands of Baltimore-area families.
4:21 PM EDT, October 5, 2012
The house that ranks as the Baltimore region's priciest sale in August is, in the words of the sellers' real estate agent, "understated" — the sort of home that doesn't smack you in the eye with its high-end glitz.
6:45 PM EDT, August 8, 2012
A liquidation firm won the bidding for Sparrows Point, offering $72 million for the Baltimore County steel mill — less than a tenth of what the complex sold for just four years earlier — and realizing the worst fears of its roughly 2,000 employees.
7:56 PM EDT, September 14, 2012
The massive Sparrows Point complex changed ownership Friday for the fifth time in less than a decade, potentially its last sale as a steel mill.
9:06 PM EDT, August 20, 2012
About 1,500 Sparrows Point workers overflowed a union hall Monday with urgent questions about the future of the recently sold steel mill — questions that mostly don't have answers yet.
3:45 PM EDT, September 5, 2012
Rockville-based Human Genome Sciences has warned state regulators that it plans to cut 114 jobs beginning in October, three months after striking a deal to be acquired by GlaxoSmithKline.
August 19, 2012
The home Azam Khan sold on Fairbank Road in Northwest Baltimore last month strikes the real estate agent as a prime example of market shift. It changed hands for about $25,000 more than each of the similar Cape Cods that sold on the street last year — and it's smaller to boot.
11:48 AM EDT, August 19, 2012
Patricia O'Connor lives in Aberdeen. Or, by a certain way of thinking, New Jersey.
12:29 AM EDT, September 8, 2012
Debbie Hurd sees it in the parking lots along North Point Boulevard — the answer to what life would be like if the steel mill that fueled the tight-knit communities near Sparrows Point never reopens.
9:07 AM EDT, August 29, 2012
Unemployed workers with a high school education or less are locked out of three-quarters of the job openings in the Baltimore region.
August 26, 2012
You can see why a state might require minors to have a parent's OK before they receive medical care. But Maryland law has made life especially difficult for homeless teenagers who have no adults watching out for them.
4:17 PM EDT, August 6, 2012
Exelon Corp. cut about 170 jobs in Maryland earlier this summer, just over half through layoffs and the rest through voluntary buyouts, the energy company said Monday.
7:23 PM EDT, August 10, 2012
Court records filed Friday show that the high bidder for the Sparrows Point steel mill is a Missouri redevelopment firm called Environmental Liability Transfer.
7:50 PM EDT, September 4, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said it is offering new incentives for nonresidential electric customers' "combined heat and power" projects — up to $2 million apiece.
7:27 PM EDT, August 30, 2012
A CSX Corp. coal pier in Baltimore is out of service for the foreseeable future as the railroad assesses the "substantial" damage caused by a ship that hit the structure.
6:29 PM EDT, September 4, 2012
More than 700 people turned out for workshops Tuesday connecting laid-off Sparrows Point workers with information about health insurance, training and other aid.
7:34 PM EDT, August 14, 2012
The United Steelworkers union warned laid-off Sparrows Point workers Tuesday to brace for an imminent loss of benefits.
7:00 PM EDT, July 20, 2012
Bank of America warned state regulators Friday that it expects to lay off 55 employees in Baltimore County.
10:14 PM EDT, July 30, 2012
Faith Loudon plans to eat at as many local Chick-fil-A restaurants as she can manage on Wednesday — at least six. Other Marylanders, meanwhile, are vowing to donate the amount it would have cost them to get a chicken meal from the fast-food chain to gay-rights groups.
8:19 PM EDT, August 15, 2012
— A federal bankruptcy judge approved Wednesday night the sale of the Sparrows Point steel mill for $72.5 million to a redevelopment firm working with a liquidation company, but the buyers said the plant might not be dismantled.
6:13 PM EDT, August 6, 2012
An auction for RG Steel's Sparrows Point mill, delayed last week, remains scheduled for Tuesday — at least as of early Monday evening.
6:16 PM EDT, August 27, 2012
Baltimore County will hold sessions next week for Sparrows Point workers and others affected by the steel mill owner's bankruptcy.
1:12 PM EDT, July 31, 2012
The auction for RG Steel's Sparrows Point steel mill, expected today, will be delayed by a week.
8:28 PM EDT, July 20, 2012
Maryland's unemployment situation took a turn for the worse this spring and hasn't bounced back, with new estimates suggesting that the state lost 11,000 jobs in June — among the worst performances in the country.
7:03 PM EDT, July 18, 2012
A federal judge approved Wednesday a potentially multi-million-dollar bonus package for 10 RG Steel executives after the Baltimore County steelmaker modified the proposal in response to objections.
6:08 PM EDT, July 6, 2012
An unlicensed driveway paver working in the Annapolis area was ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in fines and restitution after the Maryland Attorney General's office found that he "preyed" on customers, charging them far more than he said he would.
9:46 PM EDT, August 7, 2012
The Sparrows Point steel mill was auctioned off Tuesday, but no one — not the company, not its attorneys, not the union — would say who bought it.
2:35 PM EDT, July 16, 2012
A national homebuilder paid almost $20 million for land in two Anne Arundel County locations that are both approved for development, a local land brokerage said Monday.
July 22, 2012
Nothing makes a generator look more tempting than a days-long power outage in a 100-degree heat wave.
12:39 PM EDT, July 15, 2012
Two luxury condominium complexes alongside Baltimore's waterfront will have to pay nearly $2.3 million in additional property taxes this year, thanks to new assessed values that acknowledge — four years after the first residents moved in — that the buildings' empty units actually exist.
6:02 PM EDT, July 31, 2012
The auction for RG Steel's Sparrows Point steel mill, expected Tuesday, will be delayed by a week.
7:33 PM EDT, July 10, 2012
Baltimore-area homeowners trying to sell are having the easiest time of it in six years, with the balance of power — though not price — back to where it was before the market crashed.
6:04 PM EDT, July 9, 2012
Homeowners hoping to see benefits from a national mortgage settlement — and others struggling with their payments — can attend a workshop in Baltimore Tuesday for information and assistance.
9:51 PM EDT, June 24, 2012
The Rev. Edward Meeks and his flock attended to a "million and one details" last week in the run-up to a momentous day for their church. People to talk to. Flowers to arrange. Food to cook. And, of course, the new sign.
July 1, 2012
With all the upheaval in the eurozone and the promise of more to come, what's an investor to do? Kick anything vaguely European out of the 401(k)?
6:31 PM EDT, July 11, 2012
Maryland's District Court has tossed out nearly 3,600 debt-collection cases against state residents — with about $7.8 million in claims — as a result of a settlement with regulators over alleged violations.
6:24 PM EDT, July 18, 2012
The last of the luxury townhomes in a project built on piers in Baltimore's Inner Harbor has finally sold, six years after the first buyers moved in.
5:06 PM EDT, July 3, 2012
Laid-off Sparrows Point steelworkers will have access to federal aid for retraining and other benefits, the state said Tuesday.
12:39 PM EDT, June 17, 2012
As law firms across the country cut back, Offit Kurman has grown. Rapidly.
9:55 AM EDT, July 8, 2012
Amber Barner has had a summer job through the city's YouthWorks program seven times, every year since she was 14. But this time is different. This time her job will outlast the summer.
5:01 PM EDT, July 3, 2012
Maryland is offering a new mortgage program that gives discounts to military families and veterans.
10:29 AM EDT, July 14, 2012
Air Force Maj. Justice Sakyi's change-of-station orders to Germany came with a built-in dilemma: what to do about his family's home in Maryland.
4:33 PM EDT, June 25, 2012
The Sparrows Point steel mill will have more time to find buyers — two to four weeks extra — under an agreement hammered out Thursday in the bankruptcy case.
3:32 PM EDT, June 12, 2012
Two Baltimore-area banks have changed their charters so that they will be regulated by the state rather than the federal government, their new regulator said Tuesday.
7:43 PM EDT, June 15, 2012
The state outlined Friday how it proposes to spend the $113.5 million that Exelon Corp. agreed to put in a "customer investment fund" as part of its merger with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s parent.
6:04 PM EDT, June 14, 2012
Three Baltimore residents were indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a scheme to claim at least $409,000 in Maryland unemployment benefits, prosecutors said Thursday.
7:21 PM EDT, June 26, 2012
Mike Hartnett is one of hundreds laid off from Sparrows Point this month as the steel mill's owner looks for a buyer. He came back Tuesday in search of a Plan B: What to do if the Baltimore County plant closes for good.
8:51 PM EDT, June 19, 2012
The speedy bankruptcy auction planned for the Sparrows Point steel mill and other assets held by its cash-strapped owner has come under fire from unsecured creditors, who say the timeline is so short that it reduces the possibility of a buyer paying fair value and restarting the facilities now standing idle.
3:05 PM EDT, July 9, 2012
The federal agency that oversees bankruptcy cases is objecting to proposed bonuses for RG Steel executives that could add up to more than $20 million.
8:29 PM EDT, June 8, 2012
The first big wave of layoffs hit Sparrows Point on Friday after the steel mill's owner essentially shut down its critically important blast furnace.
7:03 PM EDT, June 11, 2012
Home sales ratcheted up in May even as buying choices continued to shrink in the Baltimore area, leaving sellers with more leverage than they've had in five years — at least for now.
May 20, 2012
David D. Igla lost out on three Ellicott City homes in the past few months before he finally beat the competition and had an offer accepted.
1:18 PM EDT, June 6, 2012
The University of Maryland Extension is holding an eviction-prevention workshop Friday in Baltimore that will cover energy cost reduction, basic financial planning and other subjects.
1:16 PM EDT, June 6, 2012
A Massachusetts company is building about 940 apartment units in and near the Baltimore area, with plans to start construction on about 460 more units this year.
12:56 AM EDT, May 21, 2012
Baltimore police identified the man fatally shot by an officer Saturday afternoon as 31-year-old Maurice Holloman of Belair-Edison, though a relative said his name was Maurice Donald Johnson.
7:56 PM EDT, June 15, 2012
Maryland shed 7,500 jobs in May, as the state posted one of the largest losses in the country for the second month in a row, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.
6:00 PM EDT, June 27, 2012
A Crofton man was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in prison for redirecting about $5 million in mortgage payoffs on 17 Maryland properties to himself and a co-defendant, according to federal prosecutors.
8:17 PM EDT, May 21, 2012
Kristina Suson's home wasn't part of the city's tax sale Monday, but it was a close call.
7:04 PM EDT, June 1, 2012
A new merry-go-round — possibly with Maryland-themed figures such as a blue crab and Baltimore oriole — could be brought in to replace the antique carousel that for a generation entertained children visiting Baltimore's Inner Harbor but was ordered out this year.
8:03 PM EDT, May 30, 2012
Maryland will direct most of the nearly $60 million it controls from the national mortgage settlement to housing counseling, legal help for homeowners and anti-blight work, state officials said Wednesday.
5:44 PM EDT, May 14, 2012
A federal judge in Maryland sentenced a Washington woman to 29 months in prison Monday for her role in what prosecutors called a "massive mortgage fraud scheme" — one that ensnared more than 1,000 victims and took in $78 million.
May 13, 2012
Keith Losoya thinks a terrible thing to waste is waste itself.
7:18 PM EDT, May 17, 2012
Maryland's deputy secretary of labor stepped up Thursday as interim secretary, filling a job emptied when Alexander M. Sanchez left this week to become chief of staff to Baltimore's mayor.
7:54 PM EDT, June 7, 2012
Maryland Live Casino's opening night drew such a crowd that thousands didn't make it inside before the doors closed early Thursday morning, and traffic slowed to a crawl for miles on nearby highways.
4:09 PM EDT, May 7, 2012
Maryland's casinos brought in $14.5 million in April, with both locations increasing revenue compared with a year earlier, the state said Monday.
6:37 PM EDT, May 10, 2012
The Baltimore region saw a double-digit jump in average home sale prices in April, the most in six years — but the gain was driven by a shrinking supply of cheap foreclosures rather than a resurgence in value.
1:40 PM EDT, May 20, 2012
Fire and police officials are investigating an East Baltimore fire as a possible arson after finding evidence of a Molotov cocktail at the scene.
6:52 PM EDT, May 16, 2012
The share of Maryland homeowners newly behind on mortgage payments fell to the lowest level for March in four years — an important milestone because the state's new-delinquency figure is now better than its pre-crisis average.
6:52 PM EDT, May 20, 2012
At first glance, Pimlico Race Course's infield didn't look quite as trash-filled as Yolanda Wade is used to seeing it the Sunday morning after the Preakness, despite record crowds this year.
4:11 PM EDT, May 2, 2012
Baltimore's Department of Finance said Wednesday that its year-old "billing integrity" effort to ferret out unwarranted tax breaks has turned up just over $4 million in extra property taxes due the city.
8:29 PM EDT, June 4, 2012
They know massive layoffs loom, but Sparrows Point steelworkers who gathered at Micky's Bar after work Monday — the expected start of cuts — hadn't been told if or when they'd be out of a job. State and local officials trying to ramp up efforts to help them were similarly in the dark.
4:12 PM EDT, May 31, 2012
Maryland's state retirement system said Thursday that it would once again vote against the election of Wal-Mart Stores' board because it isn't confident in the independence of the directors.
7:10 PM EDT, May 11, 2012
A 78-year-old Annapolis man who said he was duped into getting unsuitable mortgages — sending the home he had owned for decades into foreclosure — was awarded $342,000 by an Anne Arundel County jury this week.
May 10, 2012
If you're aiming to be upwardly mobile, living in Maryland might help.
7:13 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
In the Anne Arundel community of Berrywood, neighbors talk to each other daily. Could you recommend a plumber? Anyone want my piano? Hey, we have a hobby in common!
5:55 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
Payment and marketing services company Harland Clarke says it will cut 125 jobs at its Glen Burnie facility, leaving 70 to 80 employees there as it moves printing and production work out of state.
6:07 PM EDT, April 8, 2012
Over the past two years, Maureen Coyle has received $5,700 in property tax breaks that the city admits she never requested for her Patterson Park rowhouse. Now the city is demanding full repayment by month's end.
6:53 PM EDT, May 3, 2012
A Baltimore home builder pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with a construction investment scheme that defrauded victims of more than $14 million, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.
5:24 PM EDT, May 17, 2012
More than 4.9 million commercial passengers flew through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in the first three months of the year, a first-quarter record, the airport said Thursday.
6:59 PM EDT, May 9, 2012
FTI Consulting Inc.'s stock price hit a 12-month low Wednesday after the business services company fell short of financial analysts' expectations for first-quarter earnings.
8:43 PM EDT, March 21, 2012
The number of city workers charged with rooting out property tax fraud and errors would triple — from one employee to three — under Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's budget proposal for next fiscal year.
7:59 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
State economic development officials have launched an online tool to help companies interested in relocating to Maryland or local businesses in need of new space.
8:37 PM EDT, May 7, 2012
Baltimore made the newest Fortune 500 list by the skin of its teeth — with a company that was based here last year but is now part of an out-of-state concern.
3:23 PM EDT, May 20, 2012
A teenager was shot in the left buttock late Saturday night after an argument between two groups of men escalated in East Baltimore, police said Sunday.
7:58 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
A Severna Park woman was sentenced Tuesday to just over three years in prison after pleading guilty to a mortgage scam involving $4.7 million in fraudulent loans, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.
6:59 AM EDT, May 9, 2012
The molten metal pouring from the foundry at Danko Arlington Inc. in Baltimore harks back to the early industrial era. But across the street in one of the company's other buildings, workers operate an X-ray machine, a laser probe and a 3D printer that seems plucked straight from science fiction.
1:33 PM EDT, May 7, 2012
Seafood company Phillips Foods Inc. will be closing its Baltimore manufacturing and distribution facility in July and cutting 100 jobs, about 13 percent of its Maryland workforce.
7:43 PM EST, March 4, 2012
Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien, speaking Sunday at a Mass of Thanksgiving in Baltimore after his recent elevation ceremony in Rome, alluded to political battles in Maryland as he said the church must always stand up for its values.
2:00 PM EDT, March 19, 2012
Health care services company McKesson Corp. warned state regulators Monday that it would close its Landover facility this spring and lay off 106 employees.
1:41 AM EDT, April 26, 2012
A new report being released today calls on the Baltimore region to rethink economic development, pointing to a worrying trend: a mounting share of low-wage jobs shutting more and more residents out of the middle class.
6:12 PM EDT, April 26, 2012
The Annie E. Casey Foundation and other Baltimore institutions are organizing to help accelerate the growth of well-paying jobs and make sure more residents are qualified to land them, building on the recommendations of a new study that envisions the region's "next economy."
7:42 PM EDT, March 23, 2012
Maryland's attorney general said Friday that the nearly $60 million from the national mortgage settlement that the state controls would be used to help people "victimized by the egregious conduct of the banks," in contrast with some states that intend to use their shares to plug budget holes.
4:31 PM EDT, March 12, 2012
A Lanham-based company warned state regulators Monday that it could lay off more than 100 employees if a federal contract isn't renewed this spring.
8:29 PM EDT, April 27, 2012
A North Carolina nonprofit group launched an ambitious affordable housing program Friday to rehabilitate 500 vacant or foreclosed homes in Baltimore near Johns Hopkins Hospital — an area with desolate stretches in the shadow of the world-renowned institution that the city has long sought to redevelop.
7:41 PM EDT, March 22, 2012
General Growth Properties will spend $1.8 million improving a seven-building office complex in Columbia's town center, its leasing agent said Thursday.
4:42 PM EST, February 24, 2012
Baltimore-based FTI Consulting Inc. said it increased profits by more than 50 percent last year, driven in part by strong growth in its business consulting divisions in Latin America and Asia.
8:49 PM EST, March 2, 2012
Harford County homeowner Roy Whiteley, a vocal critic of the state's property assessment process, has been pushing for years to get a bill passed that would put in place a task force to review the system and suggest improvements. He's hoping the seventh time is the charm.
1:55 PM EST, March 2, 2012
Jason Berkowitz wants to sell his family's townhouse and get a place nearby with more room, but there's a lot less on offer than you'd expect in a buyer's market.
12:30 PM EDT, May 4, 2012
Wells Fargo borrowers potentially eligible for mortgage rate reductions under the national settlement with big banks are being notified this month, Maryland's attorney general said Friday.
1:33 PM EDT, April 28, 2012
They're some of the priciest condos in the city, but they're taxed like empty lots.
March 25, 2012
Mike Posko was building a house with Habitat for Humanity International — in Nepal — when the Baltimore-area affiliate emailed him late last year to ask him to come in for an interview.
6:26 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
The sharp and likely temporary drop in the number of foreclosed homes for sale in the Baltimore region is making life easier for owners trying to find a buyer.
6:51 PM EST, March 4, 2012
Peyton Skipwith Cochran Jr., a longtime Rouse Co. executive who helped develop shopping centers but was deeply interested in land preservation, died Thursday at Springwell Senior Living in Baltimore from complications of Alzheimer's and a stroke. He was 85.
11:03 AM EDT, April 3, 2012
Tens of thousands of Maryland homeowners who haven't already applied for the Homestead Property Tax Credit have until the end of the year to do so or lose the often-valuable break.
6:56 PM EDT, May 18, 2012
Maryland shed 6,000 jobs in April, the federal government said Friday — the largest monthly loss in the country during a month when most states gained, but one that might have been overstated.
9:48 PM EDT, April 30, 2012
It's been about a year and a half since former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager and her husband, Henry, reportedly left their South Baltimore rowhouse for new digs in Manhattan. But Henry Hager still owns the Baltimore place — and the couple still enjoys a property tax break that's supposed to be available only to owner-occupants.
3:38 PM EST, March 1, 2012
The Carroll Independent Fuel Co. acquired Hanover-based High's of Baltimore Inc. on Thursday, the companies said.
4:20 PM EST, February 2, 2012
Adventist Behavioral Health said it will close its residential treatment facilities and school in Crownsville later this year, moving the teen-agers it serves to locations in Rockville and in Cambridge on the Eastern Shore.
8:03 PM EST, March 5, 2012
Farmers Insurance is opening an agent recruiting and training center in Owings Mills as it breaks into the Maryland market.
5:53 PM EDT, April 20, 2012
Maryland employers added 1,500 jobs in March — thanks entirely to growth in the private sector — but the state's unemployment rate inched up as the pool of would-be workers expanded more rapidly.
7:00 PM EST, February 16, 2012
The number of Maryland homeowners behind on their mortgage payments but not yet in foreclosure inched downward in 2011, numbers released Thursday showed.
11:26 AM EDT, April 3, 2012
Tens of thousands of Maryland homeowners who haven't already applied for the Homestead Property Tax Credit have until the end of the year to do so or lose the often-valuable break.
8:46 PM EST, February 12, 2012
A 27-year-old man died after being shot multiple times in Northeast Baltimore, one of three people shot in the city on Sunday, according to police.
8:42 PM EST, January 29, 2012
The imposing three-story home on the 200 block of E. Montgomery St.stands out from its more modest Federal Hill neighbors. The edifice, with 15 front windows and a gated driveway, is noticeably bigger and no doubt much pricier.
6:34 AM EDT, March 21, 2012
A Columbia-based affordable housing organization will announce today that it is merging a mortgage division with a Cleveland firm and will own a majority of the new company.
12:34 PM EST, February 24, 2012
Baltimore-based Yerman Witman Gaines & Conklin Realty said Friday that it has been acquired by a Pennsylvania residential real estate company for an undisclosed amount.
11:58 AM EST, March 4, 2012
Five young men were stabbed late Saturday in Edgewood, the Harford County sheriff's office said Sunday.
6:02 PM EDT, April 26, 2012
The Annie E. Casey Foundation and other Baltimore institutions are organizing to help accelerate the growth of well-paying jobs and make sure more residents are qualified to land them, building on the recommendations of a new study that envisions the region's "next economy."
6:22 PM EST, January 25, 2012
A group of state legislators has proposed new ground rent rules that would prevent owners from collecting payments if they don't register properties with the state, an attempt to deal with an appeals court ruling that left an earlier registration law in limbo.
9:24 PM EST, February 1, 2012
Facebook filed paperwork Wednesday to allow it to go public this spring, a deal being closely watched internationally — and especially at Baltimore's T. Rowe Price Group, which holds a stake of about $400 million in the social-networking behemoth through its mutual funds.
8:32 PM EST, February 3, 2012
Affordable-housing provider Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake said its new chief executive — who brings a construction and finance background — will come on board this month.
8:29 PM EST, February 2, 2012
Ryan Carr's home was reassessed by the state in December, but that wasn't quite the final word.
5:40 PM EST, January 2, 2012
Riley William Davis, whose sunny personality and quick wit sustained him and his family through his four-year battle with leukemia, died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. He was 13.
6:14 PM EST, January 28, 2012
A class-action lawsuit over alleged foreclosure "robo-signing" was thrown out of federal court in Greenbelt last week when a judge ruled that the plaintiffs could have raised those complaints during their foreclosure cases.
12:04 AM EST, March 5, 2012
Three men were shot in separate incidents in Baltimore — one fatally — in the early hours of Sunday morning, police said.
8:47 PM EST, January 23, 2012
As state attorneys general across the country consider whether to settle with big banks over shoddy and illegal foreclosure practices, some Marylanders are urging Douglas F. Gansler not to sign on the dotted line.
7:10 PM EST, January 30, 2012
First Mariner Bancorp said Monday that it lost almost $4 million during the three months ending Dec. 31, about the same as a year earlier after accounting for a one-time tax charge in the fourth quarter of 2010.
5:31 PM EST, February 12, 2012
Adeline Ogier Bracken, a multi-talented athlete who earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics when few women attended college and went on to raise 10 children, died Tuesday of heart failure at Mercy Ridge Retirement Community in Timonium. She was 96.
3:47 PM EST, February 17, 2012
Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. warned state regulators Friday that it will be laying off 224 employees across the country, including dozens based at Fort Meade, after losing a contract to provide security for a government agency.
7:17 PM EST, December 30, 2011
First Mariner Bancorp's newly retired chief executive told regulators that he sold just over 1 million shares of company stock this week — for a grand total of $21,084.
6:32 PM EDT, March 12, 2012
Baltimore-area home buyers picked up the pace in February ahead of the important spring selling season, helped along by unseasonably mild weather.
8:12 PM EST, January 19, 2012
State officials have revoked tax breaks from more than 550 homes in Baltimore after a Baltimore Sun analysis showed that hundreds of owners have been receiving the homestead property tax credit on multiple houses in apparent violation of state law.
5:58 PM EST, February 29, 2012
Baltimore-based Civil Justice, a nonprofit heavily involved in efforts to get homeowners better legal protections and representation, has a new executive director.
1:12 PM EST, February 13, 2012
Someone in New England is — knowingly or not — $336.4 million richer.
8:34 PM EST, February 27, 2012
Two Baltimore City Council members are planning campaigns to get the word out about property tax assistance for homeowners with modest incomes, reacting to a Baltimore Sun article that showed the pool of apparently eligible city homeowners is far larger than the number of people actually receiving the help.
6:44 PM EST, January 10, 2012
The Baltimore region's housing market posted the fourth straight year of average price declines in 2011 as the number of home sales hit a low not seen in at least a decade and a half.
7:06 PM EST, February 28, 2012
Two companies have warned state regulators that they're planning layoffs in Baltimore County.
January 29, 2012
If you don't make a lot of money, the Baltimore CASH Campaign thinks you shouldn't be forking any of it over to get your tax returns prepared.
8:18 PM EST, January 24, 2012
Maryland employers added nearly 25,000 jobs last year, according to new estimates — the best performance since 2006, but one that still leaves the state with more than 80,000 jobs to make up, given the recession's losses.
2:16 PM EST, February 25, 2012
Vera Artis would seem to be a perfect fit for the state program created decades ago to ease the property tax burden on homeowners with modest incomes.
7:27 PM EST, December 23, 2011
Sparrows Point has shut down steelmaking operations as the Baltimore County plant struggles to pay its bills and win back customers, workers said Friday.
4:25 PM EST, January 7, 2012
When the city sends Tom Clancy his property tax bill, finance officials might want to tuck in a thank-you note.
7:38 PM EST, January 18, 2012
A state task force is recommending a raft of changes to give Maryland homeowners a better shot at avoiding foreclosure and — when foreclosures do happen — to give neighborhoods a greater chance at recovering.
7:24 PM EST, January 9, 2012
Responding to growing demand for more apartments in downtown Baltimore, owners of the Tremont Plaza Hotel will start converting the all-suites property later this year into a mix of rental units and long-term guest suites, the hotel's developer said Monday.
8:14 PM EST, December 18, 2011
A state lawmaker who helps set tax policy is calling for an overhaul of Maryland's property tax cap law, after a Baltimore Sun investigation documented how the costly program has resulted in homeowners across Baltimore paying vastly different amounts for similarly valued houses.
7:14 PM EST, December 19, 2011
Corporate Office Properties Trust said Monday that it had sold land and buildings in Baltimore County business parks for almost $49 million.
7:27 PM EST, December 27, 2011
Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. is warning state officials that it could lay off as many as 35 employees at Maryland locations starting in mid-February, but it hopes workers in disappearing jobs will be able to switch to other positions in the company.
January 1, 2012
About 20 of High Street Partners' employees are based at its Annapolis headquarters. The rest of its 160 workers are spread around the world, from California to London to Shanghai — which makes sense, considering its niche.
4:15 PM EST, December 13, 2011
While for-profit companies shed jobs in Maryland last year, nonprofit organizations kept on expanding, according to a new study.
6:11 PM EST, January 26, 2012
An airport food company warned state regulators Thursday that it is laying off 112 employees as it hands off the management of restaurants and bars at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to another firm — which could decide to hire all the same workers.
8:24 PM EST, December 17, 2011
Since 2009 Patrick Tong has received "homestead" property tax breaks worth $18,000 on three rowhouses he owns in East Baltimore.
4:58 PM EST, January 17, 2012
The state is kicking off a $150,000 campaign to advertise financing help for small businesses in Maryland.
7:28 PM EST, December 19, 2011
The Fuel Fund of Maryland said BGE customers will now be able to donate money online to help residents who can't afford their energy bills.
6:33 AM EST, December 28, 2011
Home values in Maryland communities reassessed by the state this year have fallen an average of 17 percent since 2008, a sizable drop but smaller than in the last two rounds of property evaluations.
4:07 PM EST, January 2, 2012
Fans can get letters delivered to the Baltimore Ravens by dropping them off in purple mailboxes at local Giant Food grocery stores, a promotion kicking off Tuesday as the football team prepares to head into the playoffs.
5:27 PM EDT, October 28, 2011
Maryland financial regulators said Friday that they have suspended the debt-collection licenses of two affiliated companies and ordered them to stop attempting to collect on consumer debts.
6:25 PM EST, November 22, 2011
Maryland's unemployment rate improved in October as employers added 3,100 jobs, a bit of good news for residents to chew on heading into Thanksgiving and — retailers hope — holiday shopping.
7:06 PM EST, December 12, 2011
A modest increase in average home prices in November is the first upturn for the Baltimore region in more than a year, but beleaguered homeowners shouldn't cheer just yet.
4:50 PM EDT, November 1, 2011
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake's chief executive plans to step down mid-month after almost nine years at the helm of the nonprofit.
9:04 PM EST, December 19, 2011
Several Baltimore-area homeowners are suing the largest residential real estate team in the state, alleging a "scheme of fraud and misrepresentations" involving home purchases, sales and financing.
6:46 PM EST, November 28, 2011
You know those banners towed by airplanes over beaches and stadiums? Old hat. Prepare yourself for airborne advertising 2.0.
6:55 PM EST, December 6, 2011
Just over 100 rowhouses in the Patterson Park area were auctioned off Tuesday, but the high bidders must wait to see if the selling company will accept their $4.2 million offer.
8:28 PM EST, December 23, 2011
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 to save it from failure.
9:22 PM EST, December 17, 2011
Along with some of his neighbors, the chairman of the Baltimore City Council's taxation committee is getting a remarkable tax break on his home: He pays just 16 percent of the bill. The Homestead Property Tax Credit picks up the rest.
9:22 PM EST, December 17, 2011
Jeff Burdick and his next-door neighbors have nearly identical two-story rowhouses, on the same block of East Clement Street with the same public schools and the same city trash pickup. But one striking difference is the $5,300 he pays in yearly property taxes — more than both his neighbors combined.
9:53 PM EST, December 20, 2011
Maryland's employment picture continued to improve in November, and local economists are hopeful that 2012 will be an improvement over this year — but they aren't expecting much.
7:20 PM EST, December 19, 2011
Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole has closed on a $135 million refinancing of its construction loan.
8:49 PM EST, November 25, 2011
This year, the packed-house madness that is Black Friday had petered out well before dawn.
6:12 PM EST, December 12, 2011
Employment in the Baltimore area has held up better in the last few difficult years than it has in other, similar regions, thanks largely to the strength of the education, health care and government sectors, according to a new study.
2:50 PM EST, November 7, 2011
Filene's Basement warned state regulators Monday that it expected to close its Baltimore and Rockville stores in January, laying off 68 people.
6:07 PM EST, December 15, 2011
A uniform manufacturer warned state regulators Thursday that it planned to lay off 59 workers at its Western Maryland plant.
9:49 PM EDT, November 4, 2011
City officials are calling the Baltimore Grand Prix an economic success, but a new study conducted for the city's tourism arm suggests that it funneled far less money to local businesses than race organizers predicted.
6:49 PM EST, December 10, 2011
Kirk-Habicht Co. in Essex doesn't do much business in Europe, but problems on the continent are buffeting the manufacturer all the same.
7:27 PM EST, November 10, 2011
Nerve-wracking economic conditions and more stringent mortgage requirements helped push home sales in the Baltimore region to their lowest level for the month of October in at least 13 years, putting more downward pressure on prices.
November 27, 2011
Columbia-based Merkle is adding jobs at a breakneck pace — 200 this year and hundreds more in the past few years, during a time when many employers have held the line or cut back.
5:47 PM EST, November 28, 2011
A Canadian company is launching a food manufacturing operation on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the state announced Monday.
October 30, 2011
Jo Anne Schneider studies marginalized groups: refugees, the poor, people with disabilities — and, lately, Americans who have been unemployed for months and months, which includes a lot of people who never would have considered themselves on the fringe before.
3:14 PM EDT, November 2, 2011
Maryland's District Court said Wednesday that it had frozen nearly 3,900 debt-collection lawsuits because the state suspended the licenses of the affiliated companies that filed them.
7:02 PM EST, November 15, 2011
Maryland regulators said Tuesday that a Virginia law firm must pay a $489,000 penalty for charging homeowners upfront fees to help them seek loan modifications — in violation of state law — and blanketing Maryland with advertisements despite having no state license.
7:50 PM EST, November 21, 2011
An Anne Arundel County hotel is laying off employees and a defense-contracting operation in Southern Maryland will follow suit by the end of the year, Maryland regulators said Monday.
8:33 PM EST, November 17, 2011
Mortgage servicers have started the countdown to foreclosure on more than 18,000 Maryland homes so far this month, a big uptick that is worrying state officials and could signal an end to about a year of delays related to robo-signing.
4:48 PM EST, November 9, 2011
State regulators said Wednesday that they have ordered a large mortgage broker to stop making loans to Marylanders after federal investigators alleged the company had violated lending rules.
8:09 PM EDT, October 14, 2011
Maryland employers will continue paying the maximum rates for the state's unemployment-insurance tax next year but could see improvement in 2013, state officials say.
7:28 PM EST, November 8, 2011
Pillar Hotels & Resorts warned state regulators Tuesday that it would lay off more than 150 employees in Frederick and Cumberland as it ends a management contract with Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express locations.
8:24 PM EDT, September 16, 2011
Maryland lost 2,500 jobs in August, reversing some of the gains made earlier in the summer and pushing the state unemployment rate to 7.3 percent, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.
5:37 PM EDT, October 31, 2011
Transamerica Tower in downtown Baltimore now has Transamerica employees working in it — with more to come.
7:36 PM EST, November 10, 2011
The owner of a company that defrauded more than 1,000 homeowners — most from Maryland — in an "egregious" $78 million investment scheme was convicted Thursday in federal court in Greenbelt of conspiracy to commit money laundering and related crimes.
7:35 PM EDT, September 29, 2011
State housing officials are working feverishly to beat a heck of a deadline: Finish processing enough applications by the end of Friday to make nearly $57 million in emergency loans to homeowners facing foreclosure — or give whatever they can't spend back to Uncle Sam.
6:21 PM EDT, October 7, 2011
A Severna Park mortgage broker pleaded guilty Friday in a mortgage fraud case that left lenders with more than $940,000 in losses, robbed homeowners of at least $1.2 million in home equity and pushed 16 homes into foreclosure, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.
7:42 PM EDT, October 20, 2011
Baltimore officials are asking the state to strip more than $1.3 million in property-tax credits they say were improperly granted to 2,157 homes, an early example of what city officials vow will be a continuing battle against tax-credit scofflaws.
8:34 PM EDT, September 30, 2011
As many as 58,000 Marylanders could be eligible next week for a new federally funded extension of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, state labor officials said Friday.
7:06 PM EDT, September 15, 2011
Under Armour is hoping to double the size of its Baltimore headquarters to accommodate additional employees, a retail store and a company museum.
6:09 PM EDT, October 13, 2011
Two political leaders, an advocate for seniors and a community activist are to receive consumer-rights awards this month.
8:28 PM EDT, September 30, 2011
State housing officials were preparing to work late into the night Friday as the deadline loomed to get federal mortgage help to struggling Maryland homeowners.
4:46 PM EDT, August 31, 2011
The city's Board of Estimates approved two deals Wednesday aimed at redeveloping portions of Pennsylvania Avenue in Druid Heights and Washington Boulevard in Pigtown, the Baltimore Development Corp. said.
11:07 PM EDT, October 6, 2011
Housing vacancies increased at a faster rate along much of Maryland's Eastern Shore over the last decade than in the nation as a whole, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.