Articles by Jamie Smith Hopkins

Jamie Smith Hopkins can be reached at jamie.smith.hopkins@baltsun.com.

1st Mariner buyers see value in local brand

April 20, 2014

1st Mariner buyers see value in local brand

The founder of 1st Mariner launched the Baltimore bank as an alternative to big, faceless, out-of-state institutions at a time when banks based elsewhere had rapidly gobbled up 30 percent of the Maryland market.

Conflict-of-interest questions raised in 1st Mariner fight

2:00 PM EDT, April 19, 2014

Conflict-of-interest questions raised in 1st Mariner fight

High finance is a small world, just as Baltimore is a small town, and it showed as potential conflicts of interest cropped up during a fight over ownership of the city's biggest local bank.

11:28 AM EDT, April 19, 2014

Five questions for Jenny Morgan

Jenny Morgan headed a health care IT company for years before jumping to private equity, but she realized her passion wasn't investing in firms — it was being in the trenches, running one.

Group with local ties wins battle to buy 1st Mariner

7:58 PM EDT, April 15, 2014

Group with local ties wins battle to buy 1st Mariner

In a surprising reversal, last week's losing bidder for 1st Mariner Bank got approval Tuesday to buy it — preserving the city's largest independent bank as a Baltimore-based institution.

Advocates seek to help trade school students burned by debts

April 6, 2014

Advocates seek to help trade school students burned by debts

Janice Peete-Bey didn't stay long at the Baltimore trade school where she enrolled 25 years ago, leaving after the class seemed useless. But the student loan debt from her noneducation haunts her to this day.

Recycling plant to be built in Baltimore County this year

5:39 PM EDT, April 4, 2014

Recycling plant to be built in Baltimore County this year

A local company said Friday that it is teaming up with another firm to build a Baltimore County recycling plant expected to employ about 50 people.

Md. regulators launch investigation into rate increases by energy suppliers

6:36 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

Md. regulators launch investigation into rate increases by energy suppliers

Maryland regulators have launched an investigation into the practices of several energy suppliers in the wake of winter rate spikes that drew howls of complaints from customers.

Bidders battle over 1st Mariner Bank

10:24 AM EDT, April 15, 2014

Bidders battle over 1st Mariner Bank

An all-out battle over Baltimore's last major independent bank broke out Monday in federal bankruptcy court, leaving a judge to decide — potentially later this week — whether the institution is sold to an investment group with local ties or to a Pennsylvania bank.

NSA, Homeland Security seals are fair game for poking fun

April 4, 2014

NSA, Homeland Security seals are fair game for poking fun

Dan McCall sells a lot of T-shirts, coffee cups and other products that tweak the government, so his designs parodying the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security were pretty typical fare.

Kevin Plank offers Cupid's Cup contest winner an extra $25 grand

6:47 PM EDT, April 4, 2014

Kevin Plank offers Cupid's Cup contest winner an extra $25 grand

Under Armour founder Kevin Plank was so impressed with Friday's winner of the nationwide entrepreneur competition he runs with the University of Maryland, he offered the graduate student $25,000 in exchange for a stake in his company.

Cove Point opponents, supporters flood state with comments

6:25 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

Cove Point opponents, supporters flood state with comments

Opponents and supporters of plans to export liquefied natural gas from a Southern Maryland facility flooded state regulators with more than 60,000 letters Wednesday, the deadline for public comments on one aspect of the proposal.

Federal cuts pinch Marylanders' income

March 30, 2014

Federal cuts pinch Marylanders' income

Tammy Woodard lost pay and paid time off last year to federal budget tightening, which meant she had to tighten her family's budget — and continues to do so now in fear of future cuts.

Maryland personal-income growth among the nation's slowest in 2013

12:36 PM EDT, March 25, 2014

Maryland personal-income growth among the nation's slowest in 2013

Maryland's growth in personal income last year was one of the smallest in the nation, a regionwide problem as federal furloughs and other cutbacks pinched earnings, the Department of Commerce said Tuesday.

Google Glass eyed for new assembly facility

7:32 PM EDT, March 24, 2014

Google Glass eyed for new assembly facility

A new eyeglass assembly lab in Halethorpe is poised to make prescription lenses for Google Glass after the wearable-computer product launches later this year.

Under Armour doubled Kevin Plank's pay last year

6:46 PM EDT, March 21, 2014

Under Armour doubled Kevin Plank's pay last year

Under Armour paid CEO Kevin Plank almost $3.2 million last year, more than double his compensation in 2012, the company disclosed Friday.

For consumers, more ways to complain

8:47 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

For consumers, more ways to complain

When the company Maggie Argent hired to make her mother's headstone didn't do the work, she turned to the forum that gives aggrieved customers an outlet — in the court of public opinion, if nothing else: the Internet.

Trying to bloom: Buyers hoping more homes hit the market this spring

10:31 AM EDT, March 28, 2014

Trying to bloom: Buyers hoping more homes hit the market this spring

Stephanie and Jake Martin didn't have to wait long to sell their rowhouse in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood — they had a contract in three days. But buying a new place proved a bit more difficult.

Across from Harbor Point, an unofficial air-monitoring effort

10:20 PM EDT, March 23, 2014

Across from Harbor Point, an unofficial air-monitoring effort

Ana Rule stepped onto a balcony outside the Inn at the Black Olive Sunday morning to check the first results of an unusual air-monitoring effort — one intended to make sure official monitoring across the street is accurate.

Daily Record parent Dolan to file for bankruptcy-law protection

10:46 AM EDT, March 21, 2014

Daily Record parent Dolan to file for bankruptcy-law protection

Dolan Co., which owns The Daily Record, plans to file for bankruptcy-law protection next week, the Minneapolis-based company announced Thursday.

Five questions for Trevor Simm, tech recruiter

11:41 AM EDT, March 17, 2014

Five questions for Trevor Simm, tech recruiter

Trevor Simm and his staff spend their days hunting sometimes-elusive prey: tech workers — particularly with security clearances — who'd like to switch employers.

Energy-bill shocks follow cold weather

1:49 PM EDT, March 22, 2014

Energy-bill shocks follow cold weather

Matt Kumpar paid $622 for the electricity his auto shop used in January, so he thought the February charge — a whopping $3,192 — was a mistake.

Maryland lost 9,800 jobs in January, Labor Department says

7:26 PM EDT, March 17, 2014

Maryland lost 9,800 jobs in January, Labor Department says

Maryland's employment base shrank by nearly 10,000 jobs in January and grew at a much weaker pace last year than originally estimated, the federal government said Monday.

Tough job market for young adults

5:29 PM EDT, March 15, 2014

Tough job market for young adults

Simone Knighten is hunting for a job. Hunting and hunting.

Verizon Wireless to add 100-plus jobs in Maryland

3:29 PM EDT, March 21, 2014

Verizon Wireless to add 100-plus jobs in Maryland

Verizon Wireless said Friday that it is adding more than 100 retail and customer service jobs in Maryland, a move that comes on the heels of plans to cut about 380 jobs at a Hanover call center.

Calvert Cliffs inspection finds no violations

7:30 PM EDT, March 14, 2014

Calvert Cliffs inspection finds no violations

Federal inspectors found no violations as they delved into the reactor shutdowns in January at Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday.

1st Mariner Bank auction set for April

5:35 PM EDT, March 10, 2014

1st Mariner Bank auction set for April

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.

Solar firm's problems radiate to customers

8:04 PM EST, February 28, 2014

Solar firm's problems radiate to customers

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.

Can manufacturer gets $535,000 in Md. help to expand

6:44 PM EST, February 28, 2014

Can manufacturer gets $535,000 in Md. help to expand

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.

BGE's new CEO settles in after a demanding few years

March 2, 2014

BGE's new CEO settles in after a demanding few years

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.

W.R. Grace to pay executives bankruptcy-exit bonuses

4:48 PM EST, February 27, 2014

W.R. Grace to pay executives bankruptcy-exit bonuses

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.

Upfront, monthly fees required to opt out of smart meters

7:18 PM EST, February 26, 2014

Upfront, monthly fees required to opt out of smart meters

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.

Md. high court finds ground-rent law unconstitutional

9:47 PM EST, February 26, 2014

Md. high court finds ground-rent law unconstitutional

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.

Eastern Shore encouraged to cash in on Wallops Flight Facility

7:41 PM EST, February 24, 2014

Eastern Shore encouraged to cash in on Wallops Flight Facility

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.

Pikesville man sues BGE for $1 billion over power outages

4:11 PM EST, February 21, 2014

Pikesville man sues BGE for $1 billion over power outages

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.

Hundreds rally to oppose Cove Point project

9:05 PM EST, February 20, 2014

Hundreds rally to oppose Cove Point project

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.

Dominion says it will bid in Md. offshore wind auction

4:55 PM EST, February 18, 2014

Dominion says it will bid in Md. offshore wind auction

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.

Long road to a deal for 1st Mariner purchasers

February 16, 2014

Long road to a deal for 1st Mariner purchasers

The deal to buy 1st Mariner Bank started with an irresistible offer — to two men who had nothing to do with the company.

Connecting startup firms, bright graduates

6:12 PM EST, February 17, 2014

Connecting startup firms, bright graduates

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.

Md. regulators launch utility bill review

11:46 AM EST, February 12, 2014

Md. regulators launch utility bill review

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.

Sun Products to close Baltimore manufacturing plant

9:09 PM EST, February 11, 2014

Sun Products to close Baltimore manufacturing plant

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.

1st Mariner Bank to be sold to investors

7:12 PM EST, February 10, 2014

1st Mariner Bank to be sold to investors

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.

Five questions for Suzy Ganz, Lion Brothers CEO

4:56 PM EST, February 14, 2014

Five questions for Suzy Ganz, Lion Brothers CEO

Happenstance brought Suzy Ganz from Wall Street to a Baltimore County manufacturer. A deep interest in the work kept her there.

Ron Spencer, 67, artist

3:17 PM EST, February 10, 2014

Ron Spencer, 67, artist

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.

Final power outages from storms fixed overnight

11:38 AM EST, February 10, 2014

Final power outages from storms fixed overnight

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said the last lingering power outages from Wednesday's ice storm and Thursday's winds were repaired overnight.

Regulators approve BGE gas surcharge

7:57 PM EST, January 29, 2014

Regulators approve BGE gas surcharge

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.

State says Constellation owes $2.5m in taxes, interest

3:50 PM EST, February 7, 2014

State says Constellation owes $2.5m in taxes, interest

The state comptroller's office says Baltimore-based Constellation Energy owes more than $2.5 million in back taxes, interest and penalties.

Man stabbed to death inside strip club on The Block

11:38 AM EST, February 10, 2014

Man stabbed to death inside strip club on The Block

Separate stabbing incidents in Baltimore and in Baltimore County overnight left one man dead and four people injured, police in both jurisdictions said Sunday.

For Grace, a long road out of bankruptcy court

5:14 PM EST, February 1, 2014

For Grace, a long road out of bankruptcy court

Chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. is about to go where it hasn't been for nearly 13 years: out of bankruptcy.

With spike in energy bills, BGE opens payment program

7:35 PM EST, January 29, 2014

With spike in energy bills, BGE opens payment program

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.

Md. gains 7,300 jobs in December

6:45 PM EST, January 28, 2014

Md. gains 7,300 jobs in December

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.

Nuclear regulators send inspectors to Calvert Cliffs

7:50 PM EST, January 27, 2014

Nuclear regulators send inspectors to Calvert Cliffs

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.

Two boys rescued from frozen creek in Pasadena

4:00 PM EST, February 9, 2014

Two boys rescued from frozen creek in Pasadena

Rescue crews rescued two boys stuck on ice in open water in Pasadena, the Anne Arundel County fire department said Sunday afternoon.

Cove Point project opponents raise safety concerns

January 26, 2014

Cove Point project opponents raise safety concerns

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.

Constellation solar projects last year totaled 38 MW

5:14 PM EST, January 23, 2014

Constellation solar projects last year totaled 38 MW

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.

APG contracting dollars fell 13% last year

January 26, 2014

APG contracting dollars fell 13% last year

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.

Eastern Shore project aims to help towns save energy, money

7:16 PM EST, January 20, 2014

Eastern Shore project aims to help towns save energy, money

Chestertown officials have been interested in energy conservation for a long time — they started tracking usage levels during the 1970s energy crisis.

Jos. A. Bank gives thumbs down to offer

7:24 PM EST, January 17, 2014

Jos. A. Bank gives thumbs down to offer

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers refused to roll over and play dead after the recent hostile takeover offer from Men's Wearhouse.

Md. regulators urge customers to conserve energy

5:13 PM EST, January 23, 2014

Md. regulators urge customers to conserve energy

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.

January 19, 2014

Five questions for Kathleen T. Snyder

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.

Economists' forecasts for Maryland vary — from better growth to worse

January 12, 2014

Economists' forecasts for Maryland vary — from better growth to worse

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.

Pinched Daily Record owner faces restructuring

7:42 PM EST, January 14, 2014

Pinched Daily Record owner faces restructuring

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.

Coalition suggests military downsizing commission

12:36 PM EST, January 8, 2014

Coalition suggests military downsizing commission

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.

Clothier expands in Westminster, to add 75 jobs

5:03 PM EST, January 7, 2014

Clothier expands in Westminster, to add 75 jobs

Clothing firm Tom James Co. has opened a national distribution center in Carroll County and is expanding another operation there, the state said Tuesday.

The forecast for housing in 2014: Higher prices, rates

12:34 PM EST, January 9, 2014

2014 Real Estate Forecast

The forecast for housing in 2014: Higher prices, rates

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.

Maryland Chamber of Commerce CEO to retire in June

5:35 PM EST, January 6, 2014

Maryland Chamber of Commerce CEO to retire in June

The head of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce will retire this summer after nearly 15 years at the helm, the business group said Monday.

'Vapor' shops multiply as e-cigarette use grows

9:34 AM EST, January 4, 2014

'Vapor' shops multiply as e-cigarette use grows

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.

Taking a hike to kick off the new year

8:01 PM EST, January 1, 2014

Taking a hike to kick off the new year

Debbie Lamperti and Lorna Patrick of New Market decided to observe the new year from one of their favorite places — a hiking trail.

Putting employers in the driver's seat for job training

9:25 AM EST, December 29, 2013

Putting employers in the driver's seat for job training

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.

Md. insurer, seized by regulators, could be liquidated

5:00 AM EST, January 14, 2014

Md. insurer, seized by regulators, could be liquidated

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.

Scammers target commercial property owners, attorney general says

11:43 AM EST, January 9, 2014

Scammers target commercial property owners, attorney general says

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.

Region's (likely) first baby of 2014: It's a girl

3:43 PM EST, January 1, 2014

Region's (likely) first baby of 2014: It's a girl

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.

Extended unemployment benefits expire for more than 25,000 Marylanders

7:36 PM EST, December 27, 2013

Extended unemployment benefits expire for more than 25,000 Marylanders

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.

Grace settles final appeal to its reorganization plan

6:57 PM EST, December 23, 2013

Grace settles final appeal to its reorganization plan

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.

Home values rise in city, some counties

5:00 AM EST, December 27, 2013

Home values rise in city, some counties

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.

In Maryland, jobs recovery uneven

2:46 PM EST, December 21, 2013

In Maryland, jobs recovery uneven

To understand how unevenly the recession and recovery rippled across Maryland, consider its economic extremes.

Md. approves BGE rate increase, surcharge

9:01 PM EST, December 13, 2013

Md. approves BGE rate increase, surcharge

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.

Md. gains 8,900 jobs in November, Labor Dept. says

7:10 PM EST, December 20, 2013

Md. gains 8,900 jobs in November, Labor Dept. says

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.

Bill Miller to launch new fund with Legg Mason

12:02 PM EST, December 18, 2013

Bill Miller to launch new fund with Legg Mason

Legg Mason's Bill Miller is launching a new fund — an eponymous one.

Five questions for Gary Skulnik

4:42 PM EST, December 13, 2013

Five questions for Gary Skulnik

Gary Skulnik's environmental work history includes stints at Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. These days he's selling electricity — the renewable kind.

For Christmas tree farmers, a long wait for sales

December 15, 2013

For Christmas tree farmers, a long wait for sales

The moment Fred and Kimberly Clark waited for since planting firs, pines and other evergreens eight years ago finally arrived last weekend.

Essex steel-processing plant to close next year

5:30 PM EST, December 11, 2013

Essex steel-processing plant to close next year

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.

Columbia firm gives discount for Bitcoin payments

6:00 PM EST, December 12, 2013

Columbia firm gives discount for Bitcoin payments

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.

Balt. Co. retirement community adds solar array

7:46 PM EST, December 10, 2013

Balt. Co. retirement community adds solar array

A new solar array built for a Baltimore County retirement community is among the metro area's largest, the installation firm said Tuesday.

A call for 'responsible' entrepreneurs

December 8, 2013

A call for 'responsible' entrepreneurs

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.

Timonium startup offers children's couture — for rent

6:24 PM EST, December 9, 2013

Timonium startup offers children's couture — for rent

Heidi Lieske's business idea came while shelling out more than $300 for a wedding-suitable outfit — for her 1-year-old son.

Baltimore tech startup gets $100,000 Md. investment

8:09 PM EST, December 5, 2013

Baltimore tech startup gets $100,000 Md. investment

A Baltimore startup said Thursday that it received a $100,000 investment from the Maryland Technology Development Corp.

Md. Live Casino sees big increase in Nov. revenue

11:37 AM EST, December 5, 2013

Md. Live Casino sees big increase in Nov. revenue

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.

Coal-fired units at 2 Md. power plants slated to retire

5:15 PM EST, December 6, 2013

Coal-fired units at 2 Md. power plants slated to retire

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.

Retailer DTLR scraps plans for IPO

1:29 PM EST, December 6, 2013

Retailer DTLR scraps plans for IPO

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.

3D store pops up for holidays in Baltimore

5:00 AM EST, December 3, 2013

3D store pops up for holidays in Baltimore

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.

Gas pipeline project wins federal approval

8:53 PM EST, November 25, 2013

Gas pipeline project wins federal approval

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.

Medifast to close 8 weight loss centers, sell more

3:09 PM EST, December 6, 2013

Medifast to close 8 weight loss centers, sell more

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.

Exelon wants to retire generation unit in Baltimore County

4:43 PM EST, December 2, 2013

Exelon wants to retire generation unit in Baltimore County

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.

Shoppers come out for calmer Black Friday

7:46 PM EST, November 29, 2013

Shoppers come out for calmer Black Friday

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.

Property damage by utilities aggravates customers

5:00 AM EST, December 1, 2013

Property damage by utilities aggravates customers

Brie Daugherty doesn't object to the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. replacing a gas line in her Arbutus neighborhood.

Financial planners field anxious queries from federal workers

9:12 PM EST, November 14, 2013

Financial planners field anxious queries from federal workers

Most of the federal workers calling financial planner Stephen Zelcer have an observation and a question.

Saks plans 191 layoffs in Aberdeen

6:08 PM EST, December 4, 2013

Saks plans 191 layoffs in Aberdeen

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.

Three Eastern Shore solar installations unveiled

4:56 PM EST, November 25, 2013

Three Eastern Shore solar installations unveiled

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.

Labor Department says Maryland lost 8,900 jobs in September, October

6:21 PM EST, November 22, 2013

Labor Department says Maryland lost 8,900 jobs in September, October

Maryland employers cut 8,900 jobs in September and October, almost entirely before the partial federal shutdown, according to data released Friday.

Md. manufacturing job losses outstrip most of U.S.

10:54 AM EST, November 17, 2013

Md. manufacturing job losses outstrip most of U.S.

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.

Alba Therapeutics names new CEO

12:33 PM EST, November 4, 2013

Alba Therapeutics names new CEO

Baltimore biotech firm Alba Therapeutics said Monday that it has promoted its president to CEO.

Nielsen to lay off 333 in Md.

10:08 PM EST, November 15, 2013

Nielsen to lay off 333 in Md.

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.

$95 million in energy-efficiency funding approved

6:03 PM EST, November 12, 2013

$95 million in energy-efficiency funding approved

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.

Amazon's Sunday delivery to spread next year

6:05 PM EST, November 11, 2013

Amazon's Sunday delivery to spread next year

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.

Local startup in the battle for razor customers

November 10, 2013

Local startup in the battle for razor customers

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.

William C. Stanley, 56, cardiovascular physiologist

9:16 PM EST, November 3, 2013

William C. Stanley, 56, cardiovascular physiologist

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.

Man shot in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood

7:45 AM EST, November 3, 2013

Man shot in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood

A man was shot in the back in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood late Saturday, city police said.

Price increases tempt Baltimore-area homeowners

7:39 PM EST, November 11, 2013

Price increases tempt Baltimore-area homeowners

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.

ESPN Zone workers, employer reach settlement

6:13 AM EST, November 3, 2013

ESPN Zone workers, employer reach settlement

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.

BGE forecasts natural gas costs for winter

5:49 PM EDT, November 1, 2013

BGE forecasts natural gas costs for winter

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.

Electricity market brings choices, deals — and scams

November 3, 2013

Electricity market brings choices, deals — and scams

James Malaro Jr. bought electricity from a company other than his utility for the first time last fall. The deal quickly went bad.

A difference of opinion about Osiris' FDA agreement

11:33 PM EDT, October 25, 2013

A difference of opinion about Osiris' FDA agreement

When Osiris Therapeutics disclosed an agreement last week resolving concerns from federal regulators, the Columbia biotech firm pitched it as a win.

Public feedback sought at meetings about BGE cases

1:52 PM EDT, November 1, 2013

Public feedback sought at meetings about BGE cases

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.

Top Men's Wearhouse investor demands negotiations

6:28 PM EST, November 7, 2013

Top Men's Wearhouse investor demands negotiations

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.

Grotto Pizza to expand into Baltimore area

5:29 PM EDT, November 1, 2013

Grotto Pizza to expand into Baltimore area

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.

Think twice before setting asking price

4:06 PM EDT, October 31, 2013

Think twice before setting asking price

If you want to get the best price for your home, should you:

Study points to fields offering lower-skill workers a leg up

6:19 AM EDT, October 23, 2013

Study points to fields offering lower-skill workers a leg up

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.

State's foreclosure-start rate among nation's highest

5:22 PM EST, November 7, 2013

State's foreclosure-start rate among nation's highest

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.

Md. ninth on energy efficiency, may fall short of goal

5:55 PM EST, November 6, 2013

Md. ninth on energy efficiency, may fall short of goal

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.

Public a no-show at first BGE rate case hearing

7:31 PM EST, November 4, 2013

Public a no-show at first BGE rate case hearing

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.

Five questions with Trusant Technologies' founders

November 3, 2013

Five questions with Trusant Technologies' founders

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.

Manufacturing startup gets a fast start

October 27, 2013

Manufacturing startup gets a fast start

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.

Grace reports falling income

6:59 PM EDT, October 23, 2013

Grace reports falling income

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.

GBC leadership program turns 30, ramps up scholarship efforts

7:34 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

GBC leadership program turns 30, ramps up scholarship efforts

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.

Solar projects 'more mainstream' as costs fall

October 20, 2013

Solar projects 'more mainstream' as costs fall

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.

Volvo to add over 100 jobs in Hagerstown expansion

12:13 PM EDT, October 18, 2013

Volvo to add over 100 jobs in Hagerstown expansion

The Volvo Group is expanding its 1,340-worker Hagerstown plant and plans to add more than 100 jobs there, the company announced Friday.

Five questions with Wes Guckert

October 13, 2013

Five questions with Wes Guckert

"Robotic parking" might conjure up images of a far-off future. Wes Guckert is trying to make it a lot more common now.

BGE warns of telephone scam

6:19 PM EDT, October 30, 2013

BGE warns of telephone scam

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.

TIC Gums expands in Harford County

6:21 PM EDT, October 14, 2013

TIC Gums expands in Harford County

TIC Gums in Harford County is perhaps the biggest privately owned player in an invisible part of the food industry.

Verizon now charges for 411 calls after two a month

7:00 PM EDT, October 17, 2013

Verizon now charges for 411 calls after two a month

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.

Md. regulators hear arguments in BGE rate case

8:13 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

Md. regulators hear arguments in BGE rate case

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.

For Md. pumpkin farms, the rush is on

October 13, 2013

For Md. pumpkin farms, the rush is on

Nothing says Halloween like a pumpkin, and dozens of Maryland farmers are grateful for that.

Grace buys Dow polypropylene division for $500M

5:02 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Grace buys Dow polypropylene division for $500M

Columbia-based W.R. Grace & Co. said Friday that it has agreed to buy a Dow Chemical Co. division for $500 million.

Md. to begin taking applications for training program

1:55 PM EDT, October 10, 2013

Md. to begin taking applications for training program

Employer groups can begin applying next week for grants from a new state program aimed at increasing workforce training.

Baltimore-area home sales, prices rise in September

5:27 PM EDT, October 10, 2013

Baltimore-area home sales, prices rise in September

Home sales in the Baltimore region continued to rise at a double-digit pace in September, numbers released Thursday show.

Exelon to pay $646k to settle FERC allegations

5:27 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

Exelon to pay $646k to settle FERC allegations

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.

In Md., government shutdown buffets businesses

October 6, 2013

In Md., government shutdown buffets businesses

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.

Deal for new power plant ruled unconstitutional

6:43 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Deal for new power plant ruled unconstitutional

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.

BGE delays start of Russell St. work for a week

10:49 AM EDT, October 3, 2013

BGE delays start of Russell St. work for a week

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.

BGE to start utility roadwork on Russell St. next week

6:18 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

BGE to start utility roadwork on Russell St. next week

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.

MGM unveils design of proposed Prince George's casino

6:33 PM EDT, September 25, 2013

MGM unveils design of proposed Prince George's casino

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.

Md. ranks 41<sup>s</sup><sup>t</sup> on Tax Foundation list of state tax climates for businesses

3:36 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

Md. ranks 41st on Tax Foundation list of state tax climates for businesses

Maryland retained its tenth-worst ranking in the Tax Foundation's latest study of state tax climates for businesses.

A push for more exports from the Baltimore region

September 29, 2013

A push for more exports from the Baltimore region

Glen Burnie food products company Allied International Corp. might have a global-infused name, but it sold nothing outside the country before 2008.

Lockheed Martin to furlough 3,000 employees

3:51 PM EDT, October 4, 2013

Lockheed Martin to furlough 3,000 employees

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.

TESSCO's behind-the-scenes wireless work

10:12 AM EDT, September 22, 2013

TESSCO's behind-the-scenes wireless work

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.

BGE to pay $350,000 to resolve racial hiring concerns

6:38 AM EDT, September 27, 2013

BGE to pay $350,000 to resolve racial hiring concerns

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.

Baltimore wins $900,000 grant for business center

3:17 PM EDT, September 17, 2013

Baltimore wins $900,000 grant for business center

Baltimore has won a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to launch a minority business development center, the agency said.

FERC alleges violations by Constellation division

4:54 PM EDT, October 8, 2013

FERC alleges violations by Constellation division

Federal regulators investigating Exelon's Constellation commodities group say they have "preliminarily determined" that the division violated market-behavior rules.

Md.'s job base returns to pre-recession levels

6:58 PM EDT, September 20, 2013

Md.'s job base returns to pre-recession levels

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.

Plans for Sparrows Point LNG terminal scrapped

6:56 PM EDT, September 30, 2013

Plans for Sparrows Point LNG terminal scrapped

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.

Syria conflict brings attention to chemical detection

11:17 AM EDT, October 1, 2013

Syria conflict brings attention to chemical detection

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.

Ride raises money, awareness for bicycle safety

7:03 PM EDT, September 15, 2013

Ride raises money, awareness for bicycle safety

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.

Maryland Live casino's revenue up 64% in August

3:10 PM EDT, September 5, 2013

Maryland Live casino's revenue up 64% in August

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.

Kohl's to hire 1,400 temporary workers in Edgewood

7:32 PM EDT, September 19, 2013

Kohl's to hire 1,400 temporary workers in Edgewood

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.

Five questions with Alan and Lois Elkin

September 15, 2013

Five questions with Alan and Lois Elkin

Alan and Lois Elkin's business has a big anniversary coming up next year: 50.

Ad agency Carton Donofrio to close

6:37 PM EDT, September 3, 2013

Ad agency Carton Donofrio to close

Baltimore ad agency Carton Donofrio Partners is closing after nearly 50 years, blaming industry changes and family matters affecting the majority owner.

Firm's gardening kits win contest, funding and sales

September 3, 2013

Firm's gardening kits win contest, funding and sales

Earth Starter is having the sort of year startups dream of.

Monument to Sparrows Point's casualties lives on at new home

12:36 PM EDT, September 15, 2013

Monument to Sparrows Point's casualties lives on at new home

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."

Western Md. wind project gets extension

2:05 PM EDT, September 5, 2013

Western Md. wind project gets extension

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.

Pushing down energy use &#8212; and bills

September 1, 2013

Pushing down energy use — and bills

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.

PRS Guitars strikes a mid-market chord

September 14, 2013

PRS Guitars strikes a mid-market chord

— Until recently, Paul Reed Smith Guitars sold only American-made instruments for more than $2,000 and Korean-made guitars retailing for about $700.

CVS settles with Md. attorney general over expired items

6:29 PM EDT, August 28, 2013

CVS settles with Md. attorney general over expired items

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.

Shrinking choices for homebuyers in Baltimore area

3:07 PM EDT, September 14, 2013

Shrinking choices for homebuyers in Baltimore area

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.

Enterprise zone tax breaks flow to Baltimore waterfront, other prosperous neighborhoods

9:06 PM EDT, August 24, 2013

Enterprise zone tax breaks flow to Baltimore waterfront, other prosperous neighborhoods

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.

Two shot early Saturday near city-county line

11:14 AM EDT, August 17, 2013

Two shot early Saturday near city-county line

Two men were shot in front of a gas station near the city-county line early Saturday morning, according to Baltimore County police.

Baltimore City Paper up for sale

10:29 PM EDT, August 26, 2013

Baltimore City Paper up for sale

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.

In 'cyber' Maryland, a bid for business growth

8:15 PM EDT, August 16, 2013

In 'cyber' Maryland, a bid for business growth

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.

Accounting firm RS&amp;F acquires D.C. company

3:27 PM EDT, September 6, 2013

Accounting firm RS&F acquires D.C. company

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.

GBC launching group to study, recommend tax reform

6:32 PM EDT, September 4, 2013

GBC launching group to study, recommend tax reform

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.

BGE warns of PeakRewards test on Thursday

6:31 PM EDT, August 28, 2013

BGE warns of PeakRewards test on Thursday

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.

Back-to-school rally draws families with promise of free supplies

6:31 PM EDT, August 17, 2013

Back-to-school rally draws families with promise of free supplies

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.

Utilities propose charges to opt out of smart meter

6:28 PM EDT, August 5, 2013

Utilities propose charges to opt out of smart meter

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.

A new generation of 'Buy American' efforts

6:57 PM EDT, July 29, 2013

A new generation of 'Buy American' efforts

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.

Port wants to build auto terminal at Sparrows Point

8:32 PM EDT, July 21, 2013

Port wants to build auto terminal at Sparrows Point

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.

State investigating after two detainees mistakenly released from Baltimore central booking

11:29 AM EDT, August 17, 2013

State investigating after two detainees mistakenly released from Baltimore central booking

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.

Calls for civil rights case follow Zimmerman verdict

9:55 PM EDT, July 14, 2013

Calls for civil rights case follow Zimmerman verdict

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.

A bid to clean the air with algae

12:08 PM EDT, August 4, 2013

A bid to clean the air with algae

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.

Five questions with Dave Hansen, SafeNet CEO

August 3, 2013

Five questions with Dave Hansen, SafeNet CEO

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.

Constellation nuclear plants to be discussed in public meeting

6:08 PM EDT, July 29, 2013

Constellation nuclear plants to be discussed in public meeting

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.

Harbor Point financing has backers &#8211; and critics

4:25 PM EDT, July 13, 2013

Harbor Point financing has backers – and critics

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.

Man rescued after fall down 300-foot Arnold slope

11:40 AM EDT, August 17, 2013

Man rescued after fall down 300-foot Arnold slope

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.

Grace says sales fell in 2Q after a price increase

5:44 PM EDT, July 25, 2013

Grace says sales fell in 2Q after a price increase

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.

EDF details exit strategy from nuclear plant stake

4:16 PM EDT, July 30, 2013

EDF details exit strategy from nuclear plant stake

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.

BGE said it will spend millions to check, replace poles

3:43 PM EDT, July 26, 2013

BGE said it will spend millions to check, replace poles

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.

Cisco to buy Columbia's Sourcefire for $2.7B

7:55 PM EDT, July 23, 2013

Cisco to buy Columbia's Sourcefire for $2.7B

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.

BGE asks for monthly gas-bill surcharge

8:16 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

BGE asks for monthly gas-bill surcharge

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.

Report: Calvert Cliffs, other nuclear reactors at risk of early retirement

6:52 PM EDT, July 17, 2013

Report: Calvert Cliffs, other nuclear reactors at risk of early retirement

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.

Domino Sugar spruces up Baltimore plant

11:29 AM EDT, July 21, 2013

Domino Sugar spruces up Baltimore plant

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.

Md. program funds 17 tech commercialization projects

2:22 PM EDT, July 16, 2013

Md. program funds 17 tech commercialization projects

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.

Tribune Co. plans to spin off newspapers

8:11 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

Tribune Co. plans to spin off newspapers

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.

Utility contracting drops among firms with diverse ownership

8:11 PM EDT, July 9, 2013

Utility contracting drops among firms with diverse ownership

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.

Sourcefire founder: Cisco deal is 'a good match'

July 28, 2013

Sourcefire founder: Cisco deal is 'a good match'

Who would have guessed 15 years ago that Martin Roesch's free computer network-security program would turn into a $2.7 billion deal?

Labor Dept. sues Columbia practice over 401(k)

4:08 PM EDT, July 5, 2013

Labor Dept. sues Columbia practice over 401(k)

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.

City-owned Hilton Baltimore under review

June 30, 2013

City-owned Hilton Baltimore under review

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.

Death-penalty opponents gather to press cause

10:45 AM EDT, July 1, 2013

Death-penalty opponents gather to press cause

Kirk Bloodsworth celebrated his 20th year of freedom Friday after he was wrongfully convicted of murder in Maryland and sentenced to death.

Hopkins accelerator aims to give startups a jump start

6:23 PM EDT, June 24, 2013

Hopkins accelerator aims to give startups a jump start

In the bowels of a building where a long-gone manufacturer once made fine silver, the Johns Hopkins University cultivates fledgling firms.

Five questions with Rohit Patel

July 7, 2013

Five questions with Rohit Patel

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.

Space research group buys new HQ building in Columbia

2:15 PM EDT, June 26, 2013

Space research group buys new HQ building in Columbia

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.

When it comes to home improvement, simple upgrades can pay off

4:20 PM EDT, July 3, 2013

When it comes to home improvement, simple upgrades can pay off

Pop quiz: What's the home-improvement project that comes closest to paying for itself when you sell?

Report gives Md. a 'D' for manufacturing health

6:50 PM EDT, June 17, 2013

Report gives Md. a 'D' for manufacturing health

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.

Saving energy, money with 'mini' power plants

June 30, 2013

Saving energy, money with 'mini' power plants

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.

Exelon names Constellation CEO to new job, picks replacement

5:51 PM EDT, May 28, 2013

Exelon names Constellation CEO to new job, picks replacement

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.

 Lutherville company makes Stan Lee cologne

6:52 PM EDT, June 17, 2013

Lutherville company makes Stan Lee cologne

Create a fragrance that smells heroic with a touch of villainy — that's what Andrew Levine's Lutherville company set out to do.

Md. employers add 4,600 jobs, but jobless rate rises

7:28 PM EDT, June 21, 2013

Md. employers add 4,600 jobs, but jobless rate rises

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.

Baltimore shows off its manufacturing for visiting engineers

June 9, 2013

Baltimore shows off its manufacturing for visiting engineers

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.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake dips into reserves to pay debt

10:32 PM EDT, June 11, 2013

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake dips into reserves to pay debt

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

Marriott plans 35 layoffs in June, several hundred later

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.

Legacy of pollution haunts Sparrows Point neighbors

10:22 AM EDT, June 23, 2013

Legacy of pollution haunts Sparrows Point neighbors

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.

Five questions with &#8230; Dr. Eddy C. Agbo

7:51 PM EDT, May 24, 2013

Five questions with … Dr. Eddy C. Agbo

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.

Labor official brings minimum-wage push to Baltimore

6:27 PM EDT, May 13, 2013

Labor official brings minimum-wage push to Baltimore

The fight over the federal minimum wage is coming to Baltimore.

NSA leaks shift focus to intel contractors

9:45 PM EDT, June 10, 2013

NSA leaks shift focus to intel contractors

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

Upgraded vent systems ordered for 31 nuclear reactors, including two at Peach Bottom

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.

Sun Products to lay off 53 in Baltimore

3:50 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

Sun Products to lay off 53 in Baltimore

Household-product maker Sun Products said it will lay off 53 people next month at its manufacturing plant on Holabird Avenue in Southeast Baltimore.

W.R. Grace says income dropped 13% in first quarter

5:47 PM EDT, April 24, 2013

W.R. Grace says income dropped 13% in first quarter

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

Defense contractor reverses course, keeps Baltimore location

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.

Aramark says it will lay off 202 dining workers

6:01 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

Aramark says it will lay off 202 dining workers

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.

FLIR Systems expands in Elkridge

5:41 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

FLIR Systems expands in Elkridge

FLIR Systems' government-contracting arm is more than doubling its space in Howard County as it prepares to start assembling threat-detection devices.

More poverty in Baltimore's suburbs than in Baltimore

9:21 PM EDT, May 20, 2013

More poverty in Baltimore's suburbs than in Baltimore

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.

W.R. Grace CEO sells stock for nearly $1.3 million gain

7:16 PM EDT, May 7, 2013

W.R. Grace CEO sells stock for nearly $1.3 million gain

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.

Sheraton workers agree to new contract, lift boycott

5:47 PM EDT, May 24, 2013

Sheraton workers agree to new contract, lift boycott

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.

F-35's manufacturers put civilians in 'cockpit'

May 5, 2013

F-35's manufacturers put civilians in 'cockpit'

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.

BGE says energy prices on the rise for electricity customers

9:11 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

BGE says energy prices on the rise for electricity customers

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.

Tessco profit falls 18 percent in its fourth quarter

6:15 PM EDT, May 8, 2013

Tessco profit falls 18 percent in its fourth quarter

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.

O'Malley chief of staff to lead Goldseker Foundation

6:47 AM EDT, April 18, 2013

O'Malley chief of staff to lead Goldseker Foundation

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.

Lockheed, Northrop win $91 million contract

12:48 PM EDT, June 13, 2013

Lockheed, Northrop win $91 million contract

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.

$135 million in New Markets tax credits to Md. groups

6:13 PM EDT, April 24, 2013

$135 million in New Markets tax credits to Md. groups

Four Maryland organizations won the right to raise $135 million for community development projects by selling federal tax credits, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.

Cyber task force formed for Baltimore-Washington region

4:49 PM EDT, May 30, 2013

Cyber task force formed for Baltimore-Washington region

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.

Cases lingering in Maryland Tax Court, state auditors say

5:16 PM EDT, May 16, 2013

Cases lingering in Maryland Tax Court, state auditors say

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.

Old Dominion says it will ask to build a new power plant

4:19 PM EDT, April 23, 2013

Old Dominion says it will ask to build a new power plant

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative said Tuesday that it will seek approval from Maryland regulators to build an electric power plant in Cecil County.

A year after bankruptcy, lives unsettled still

3:56 PM EDT, June 8, 2013

A year after bankruptcy, lives unsettled still

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.

Md. employers add 4,700 jobs in March, Labor Dept. says

6:54 PM EDT, April 19, 2013

Md. employers add 4,700 jobs in March, Labor Dept. says

Maryland employers added 4,700 jobs in March, gains driven by the private sector, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated Friday.

Thinking small: Compact, cheaper living in 'tiny houses'

3:57 PM EDT, May 9, 2013

Thinking small: Compact, cheaper living in 'tiny houses'

Greg Cantori plans to downsize when he retires. Really, really downsize.

Three companies win $100,000 prizes in Md. start-up contest

9:59 PM EDT, April 15, 2013

Three companies win $100,000 prizes in Md. start-up contest

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.

PSC approves wind-farm project in Western Md.

3:50 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

PSC approves wind-farm project in Western Md.

Maryland regulators have approved a 24-turbine "wind farm" project to be built near Frostburg, the third land-based project in the state.

General Motors unveils its new electric motor in White Marsh

7:51 PM EDT, April 16, 2013

General Motors unveils its new electric motor in White Marsh

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.

Exelon donations in Maryland made as agreed

5:49 PM EDT, April 12, 2013

Exelon donations in Maryland made as agreed

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.

Five questions with ... John Kennedy

April 7, 2013

Five questions with ... John Kennedy

Helping companies save money on postage can bring in the big bucks.

6:44 PM EDT, April 1, 2013

Finalists named in Maryland's startup contest

Maryland's competition for startup companies — with three grand prizes of $100,000 each — was narrowed to nine finalists Monday.

BGE requests rate increase on heels of last case

8:42 PM EDT, May 17, 2013

BGE requests rate increase on heels of last case

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.

Aiming high in federal contracting

2:58 PM EDT, April 15, 2013

Aiming high in federal contracting

As federal agencies pull back on spending, 7Delta's strategy is thinking big.

One-fourth of BGE customers had at least three outages in 2012

8:26 PM EDT, April 2, 2013

One-fourth of BGE customers had at least three outages in 2012

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.

Md. personal income rises 3.6% in 2012

1:15 PM EDT, March 27, 2013

Md. personal income rises 3.6% in 2012

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.

Constellation donates $1 million to Teach For America

1:55 PM EDT, May 2, 2013

Constellation donates $1 million to Teach For America

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.

RG Steel creditors' lawsuit request is flawed, executives say

6:23 PM EDT, April 3, 2013

RG Steel creditors' lawsuit request is flawed, executives say

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.

Md. sheds 6,200 jobs in April, Labor Department says

7:16 PM EDT, May 17, 2013

Md. sheds 6,200 jobs in April, Labor Department says

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.

May 17, 2013

Veterans, advocates brace for cutbacks

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.

Abe Bortz, historian, teacher, book reviewer

3:16 PM EDT, March 25, 2013

Abe Bortz, historian, teacher, book reviewer

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.

Baltimore-area home sales rise 15% in April

5:49 PM EDT, May 10, 2013

Baltimore-area home sales rise 15% in April

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.

McCormick's profits rise 2 percent in first quarter

4:19 PM EDT, April 2, 2013

McCormick's profits rise 2 percent in first quarter

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.

BGE offering 9,000 free trees to customers

6:36 PM EDT, March 18, 2013

BGE offering 9,000 free trees to customers

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.

Connecting workers on the autism spectrum with tech jobs

April 28, 2013

Connecting workers on the autism spectrum with tech jobs

Data entry is repetitive and hard to do well — that is, quickly and accurately. Shane Foley is great at it.

IRS files tax lien against Berger cookies maker

7:50 PM EDT, March 21, 2013

IRS files tax lien against Berger cookies maker

Add the Internal Revenue Service to the list of Berger cookies' woes.

Smart-meter foes ask for free opt-out

7:50 PM EDT, March 14, 2013

Smart-meter foes ask for free opt-out

Legislators heard an outpouring of complaints Thursday about smart meters from Maryland utility customers who want to be allowed to opt out without charge.

Not all fun and (video) games

1:09 PM EDT, March 31, 2013

Not all fun and (video) games

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.

Maryland adds 10,500 jobs in February

8:03 PM EDT, March 29, 2013

Maryland adds 10,500 jobs in February

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.

Nuclear regulators uphold ruling on Calvert Cliffs reactor project

7:38 PM EDT, March 11, 2013

Nuclear regulators uphold ruling on Calvert Cliffs reactor project

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.

Chicago's Exelon holds annual meeting in Baltimore

4:40 PM EDT, April 23, 2013

Chicago's Exelon holds annual meeting in Baltimore

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.

Trying to change minds in smart-meter debate

4:12 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

Trying to change minds in smart-meter debate

Concerns about utility smart meters are frequently dismissed as tinfoil-hat paranoia. But it's not so easy to dismiss Jonathan Libber.

Sparrows Point owner says no to Coke Point for dredge containment

5:39 PM EDT, March 13, 2013

Sparrows Point owner says no to Coke Point for dredge containment

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.

BGE to ask for a rate increase soon

6:55 PM EDT, May 1, 2013

BGE to ask for a rate increase soon

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.

Big pay cut contemplated for civilian defense workers

7:53 PM EST, February 20, 2013

Big pay cut contemplated for civilian defense workers

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

Fort Meade apartments a first — probably not a last

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.

McCormick's shareholder meeting draws a crowd &#8212; as always

6:15 PM EDT, April 3, 2013

McCormick's shareholder meeting draws a crowd — as always

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.

Baltimore area readies for messy commute Monday morning

9:28 PM EDT, March 24, 2013

Baltimore area readies for messy commute Monday morning

Winter is not quite ready to leave Baltimore.

Leaving Sparrows Point for jobs in other states

2:36 PM EST, March 2, 2013

Leaving Sparrows Point for jobs in other states

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.

BGE customers to see rate increase

8:18 PM EST, February 22, 2013

BGE customers to see rate increase

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.

Laid-off Hostess workers eligible for federal aid

6:08 PM EST, February 19, 2013

Laid-off Hostess workers eligible for federal aid

Laid-off Hostess Brands workers, including 192 in Maryland, are eligible for federal trade assistance benefits, the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday.

Bel Air payroll firm sued for allegedly keeping clients' tax payments

8:12 PM EST, March 1, 2013

Bel Air payroll firm sued for allegedly keeping clients' tax payments

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.

Former Constellation CEO Shattuck retires from Exelon &#8212; but remains on its board

8:31 PM EDT, March 15, 2013

Former Constellation CEO Shattuck retires from Exelon — but remains on its board

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.

Surcharges likely for gas pipeline replacement

February 17, 2013

Surcharges likely for gas pipeline replacement

When Maryland utilities replace their gas pipelines, customers have had to fork out extra money afterward — not during. But that's poised to change.

Ravens hold on to win Super Bowl, 34-31

12:55 AM EST, February 4, 2013

Ravens hold on to win Super Bowl, 34-31

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.

Maryland gained 6,700 jobs in January; unemployment unchanged

6:35 PM EDT, March 18, 2013

Maryland gained 6,700 jobs in January; unemployment unchanged

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.

Maryland regulators say utilities must improve reliability

7:25 PM EST, February 27, 2013

Maryland regulators say utilities must improve reliability

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."

Personality-test app suggests career choices

7:32 PM EST, February 18, 2013

Personality-test app suggests career choices

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

Cobham to close two Baltimore-area locations, lay off 138

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.

30% of BGE customers buy electricity elsewhere

5:02 PM EST, February 6, 2013

30% of BGE customers buy electricity elsewhere

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.

Md. business climate must be improved, speakers say

5:10 PM EST, February 21, 2013

Md. business climate must be improved, speakers say

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.

Grace's asbestos charge pushes profits down in 2012

12:29 PM EST, February 6, 2013

Grace's asbestos charge pushes profits down in 2012

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.

Md. among the most at risk from federal cuts

5:12 PM EST, February 19, 2013

Md. among the most at risk from federal cuts

Maryland is one of the states most "vulnerable" to sequestration cuts, given its dependence on federal spending, Wells Fargo said Monday.

O'Donnell Heights redevelopment to begin

6:23 PM EST, January 31, 2013

O'Donnell Heights redevelopment to begin

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.

Md. businesses hope for more influence in Annapolis

February 24, 2013

Md. businesses hope for more influence in Annapolis

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.

McCormick shares fall as earnings forecast disappoints

6:02 PM EST, January 24, 2013

McCormick shares fall as earnings forecast disappoints

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.

RG Steel creditors withdraw request to sue Rennert

5:44 PM EST, February 1, 2013

RG Steel creditors withdraw request to sue Rennert

Unsecured creditors in the RG Steel bankruptcy case withdrew Friday their request to sue the company's billionaire founder.

Man shot, killed in Southwest Baltimore overnight

10:14 AM EST, February 3, 2013

Man shot, killed in Southwest Baltimore overnight

A man was shot and killed overnight in the unit block of N. Wheeler Ave. in Southwest Baltimore, police said Sunday morning.

Five questions for &#8230; Greg Cantori

February 24, 2013

Five questions for … Greg Cantori

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.

6:09 PM EST, January 31, 2013

Accuvant to expand Maryland operations, add 180 jobs

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.

Hyatt settles complaint alleging unfair labor practices

6:06 PM EST, January 24, 2013

Hyatt settles complaint alleging unfair labor practices

The Hyatt Regency Baltimore has settled a federal complaint alleging unfair labor practices, the hotel and a local union said Thursday.

Preparing your home for storms

6:24 PM EST, February 21, 2013

Preparing your home for storms

Jill Sorensen's basement flooded after a winter storm knocked out her power, then again in 2011 during Hurricane Irene.

KEYW says 2012 profits rise to $1 million

5:44 PM EST, February 6, 2013

KEYW says 2012 profits rise to $1 million

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.

Sparrows Point auction brings hundreds to buy mill's pieces

8:28 PM EST, January 23, 2013

Sparrows Point auction brings hundreds to buy mill's pieces

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.

In nationwide innovation battle, Baltimore area lags on patents

10:38 PM EST, February 1, 2013

In nationwide innovation battle, Baltimore area lags on patents

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.

Enterprise Zones in Baltimore, Salisbury area expanded

2:35 PM EST, January 17, 2013

Enterprise Zones in Baltimore, Salisbury area expanded

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.

Focus on federal agencies, panel advises Maryland

7:38 PM EST, February 7, 2013

Focus on federal agencies, panel advises Maryland

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.

Help for firms vying for a piece of the federal budget

8:19 PM EST, February 2, 2013

Help for firms vying for a piece of the federal budget

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.

City ramps up battle against energy costs, overuse

10:22 AM EST, January 22, 2013

City ramps up battle against energy costs, overuse

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 warns that it will lay off 78

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.

Five questions with &#8230; Karen L. Sitnick

5:15 PM EST, January 11, 2013

Five questions with … Karen L. Sitnick

Karen L. Sitnick's job is jobs — helping people find them.

Pension agency sues Renco Group over RG Steel deal

6:56 PM EST, January 29, 2013

Pension agency sues Renco Group over RG Steel deal

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.

Md. employers add 22,000 jobs in 2012

8:29 PM EST, January 18, 2013

Md. employers add 22,000 jobs in 2012

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

'Suspicious device' in Catonsville was inert grenade

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

Rooms with a view on Anne Arundel island

The home has plenty to recommend it — five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two sunrooms and a big kitchen — but the primary selling point is outside.

Report: Baltimore area has thousands of cybersecurity job openings

5:19 PM EST, January 10, 2013

Report: Baltimore area has thousands of cybersecurity job openings

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

Md. regulators to provide a smart-meter option

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.

PSC holds first hearing on BGE request to raise rates

9:20 PM EST, January 7, 2013

PSC holds first hearing on BGE request to raise rates

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.

RG Steel files 'clawback' suits to get money repaid

4:09 PM EST, January 8, 2013

RG Steel files 'clawback' suits to get money repaid

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.

Md. loses 3,100 jobs in November, Labor Department says

7:10 PM EST, December 21, 2012

Md. loses 3,100 jobs in November, Labor Department says

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.

RG Steel's creditors want Rennert to pay over $238 million

7:18 PM EST, January 18, 2013

RG Steel's creditors want Rennert to pay over $238 million

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.

Md. panel ponders smart-meter alternative

January 13, 2013

Md. panel ponders smart-meter alternative

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.

Sparrows Point workers hear  union account of their steel mill's death

9:22 PM EST, December 17, 2012

Sparrows Point workers hear union account of their steel mill's death

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.

Mortgage settlement gets mixed reviews

3:04 PM EST, December 13, 2012

Mortgage settlement gets mixed reviews

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.

TEDCO adds investment funds, makes other changes

4:52 PM EST, January 7, 2013

TEDCO adds investment funds, makes other changes

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.

Labor-practices case against Hyatt Regency begins

8:31 PM EST, January 14, 2013

Labor-practices case against Hyatt Regency begins

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, psychiatrist

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.

Trees draw scrutiny in battle to keep the lights on

December 22, 2012

Trees draw scrutiny in battle to keep the lights on

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.

Deadline looms for Sparrows Point workers to seek help

1:27 PM EST, December 15, 2012

Deadline looms for Sparrows Point workers to seek help

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.

BGE wins industry award for power-outage efforts

6:09 PM EST, January 10, 2013

BGE wins industry award for power-outage efforts

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 purchases nine TV stations

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.

New economic development chief named for Md.

5:30 PM EST, December 19, 2012

New economic development chief named for Md.

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.

Possibility of Baltimore Sun sale brings interest from investors

8:41 PM EST, December 13, 2012

Possibility of Baltimore Sun sale brings interest from investors

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.

Fast-growing local manufacturer? Yes, it is possible

5:19 PM EST, November 30, 2012

Fast-growing local manufacturer? Yes, it is possible

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.

Federal jobs 101: Getting through the application process

11:54 AM EST, December 2, 2012

Federal jobs 101: Getting through the application process

If the federal government's job application process seems impenetrable to you, take heart: There are people whose own jobs revolve around demystifying it.

Protenergy to add up to 100 jobs on Eastern Shore by April, state says

6:31 PM EST, November 27, 2012

Protenergy to add up to 100 jobs on Eastern Shore by April, state says

Protenergy Natural Foods Corp. expects to add as many as 100 workers to its Eastern Shore operations by next spring, the state announced Tuesday.

Maryland gained 14,000 jobs in Oct.; unemployment fell

7:15 PM EST, November 20, 2012

Maryland gained 14,000 jobs in Oct.; unemployment fell

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.

Baltimore area 'partially recovered' from recession

6:27 AM EST, November 30, 2012

Baltimore area 'partially recovered' from recession

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.

Mercier's Inc. warns of layoffs after loss of contract

4:44 PM EST, November 27, 2012

Mercier's Inc. warns of layoffs after loss of contract

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.

Calvert Cliffs takes one of two nuclear reactors offline

4:45 PM EST, November 27, 2012

Calvert Cliffs takes one of two nuclear reactors offline

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.

North Baltimore home sells for $1.25 million

November 25, 2012

North Baltimore home sells for $1.25 million

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

Howard County inmate attempts suicide, is put on 24-hour watch

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.

Gathering healthy food for the hungry, not just at Thanksgiving

5:33 PM EST, November 18, 2012

Gathering healthy food for the hungry, not just at Thanksgiving

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.

Md. utility regulator decries electricity proposal

2:09 PM EST, December 7, 2012

Md. utility regulator decries electricity proposal

Maryland's utility regulator Friday criticized a decision that could alter electricity bidding rules in the region, saying the change would hurt consumers.

The push and pull of spending for Aberdeen contractors

2:02 PM EST, December 30, 2012

The push and pull of spending for Aberdeen contractors

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.

Public hearings to begin on BGE rate-increase case

5:23 PM EST, January 4, 2013

Public hearings to begin on BGE rate-increase case

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers with opinions about the utility's request for higher rates can air them at public hearings beginning Monday.

Sparrows Point co-owner disputes that it blocked bidders

7:43 PM EST, December 20, 2012

Sparrows Point co-owner disputes that it blocked bidders

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.

BGE, seeking rate increase, to make case to regulators

December 2, 2012

BGE, seeking rate increase, to make case to regulators

Hearings begin Monday in a case that will decide whether Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers can expect higher distribution charges next year.

Sparrows Point's cold mill to be used for spare parts

7:29 PM EST, December 13, 2012

Sparrows Point's cold mill to be used for spare parts

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

'Job hubs' open in Baltimore to help job seekers

Baltimore is opening four "community job hubs" to help residents looking for employment, the city said Wednesday.

7:09 PM EST, November 20, 2012

RG Steel gets judge's OK for $767,000 in bonuses, stipends

A federal bankruptcy judge approved RG Steel's $767,000 "retention" plan for 21 employees Tuesday over the sharp objections of the United Steelworkers.

Five questions with &#8230; Ellen Reich

November 25, 2012

Five questions with … Ellen Reich

Ellen Reich's business — run out of her Butcher's Hill rowhouse — has international reach.

Clyde's of Columbia to close for two months for renovation

2:00 PM EST, November 14, 2012

Clyde's of Columbia to close for two months for renovation

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.

Exelon merger-fund millions go to projects to lower energy costs

6:29 PM EST, November 8, 2012

Exelon merger-fund millions go to projects to lower energy costs

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.

Northrop Grumman plans cuts of up to 350 jobs

7:09 PM EDT, October 23, 2012

Northrop Grumman plans cuts of up to 350 jobs

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.

Talking politics at work

October 20, 2012

Talking politics at work

Keeping your opinions to yourself at work might not be easy in today's supercharged political climate.

'Star of Bethlehem' lights up steel mill one final time

3:44 PM EST, December 24, 2012

'Star of Bethlehem' lights up steel mill one final time

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

City Council urges homeowners to apply for tax break

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.

Change Maryland argues for change at state's economic development agency

4:34 PM EST, November 26, 2012

Change Maryland argues for change at state's economic development agency

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.

Upgrades hailed at Baltimore County bottling plant

8:07 PM EST, November 12, 2012

Upgrades hailed at Baltimore County bottling plant

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.

Black Friday brings out crowds, some slopping over from Thursday

6:25 PM EST, November 23, 2012

Black Friday brings out crowds, some slopping over from Thursday

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.

United Steelworkers union objects to RG Steel pay plan

5:41 PM EDT, October 26, 2012

United Steelworkers union objects to RG Steel pay plan

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."

9:10 PM EST, December 4, 2012

Audit of Maryland Public Broadcasting finds several issues

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.

4:09 PM EDT, October 14, 2012

Charles County man dies after fall from a tree

A Southern Maryland man fell to his death after climbing a tree to get to his hunting stand, Maryland Natural Resources Police said Sunday.

BGE gas customers likely to see 11% increase in winter bills

5:25 PM EST, November 16, 2012

BGE gas customers likely to see 11% increase in winter bills

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

Strong federal ties leave Md. vulnerable to sudden cuts

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.

Sailabration drew more than 1.5 million visitors

6:44 PM EDT, October 18, 2012

Sailabration drew more than 1.5 million visitors

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.

Hyatt Regency hotel faces federal labor complaint

7:19 PM EST, November 13, 2012

Hyatt Regency hotel faces federal labor complaint

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.

Beware the pernicious rental scam

October 14, 2012

Beware the pernicious rental scam

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

Maryland unemployment-insurance tax to drop in 2013

Many Maryland employers will see the tax they pay for unemployment insurance drop by more than half next year.

Walking &#8212; and sharing life details &#8212; to fight cancer

8:14 PM EDT, October 14, 2012

Walking — and sharing life details — to fight cancer

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.

Power returning to parts of the region, but 186,000 BGE customers still out

12:05 PM EDT, October 30, 2012

Power returning to parts of the region, but 186,000 BGE customers still out

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.

Md. employers add jobs, but unemployment rate rises

7:44 PM EDT, September 21, 2012

Md. employers add jobs, but unemployment rate rises

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.

Exelon to pay $692,000 to settle alleged merger-related violations

2:44 PM EST, November 16, 2012

Exelon to pay $692,000 to settle alleged merger-related violations

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.

Raising Md. manufacturing's profile &#8212; and perhaps its job base, too

October 9, 2012

Raising Md. manufacturing's profile — and perhaps its job base, too

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

Md. regulators protest 'secret' talks over electricity-auction rules

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.

'Huge drop' in funding for community development

September 20, 2012

'Huge drop' in funding for community development

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.

Premier Rides to build tallest, fastest-looping roller coaster

5:44 PM EDT, October 1, 2012

Premier Rides to build tallest, fastest-looping roller coaster

Baltimore-based Premier Rides said it will design and build the world's tallest and fastest- looping roller coaster at a California theme park.

Israeli radar maker sets up in Howard County

6:26 PM EDT, September 10, 2012

Israeli radar maker sets up in Howard County

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

Owings Mills man pleads guilty in mortgage-scam case

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.

On-base living without military orders

September 9, 2012

On-base living without military orders

No one in Tracie Edmondson's immediate family is in the military, but they live on an Army base.

Long, uncertain future ahead for younger Sparrows Point workers

September 2, 2012

Long, uncertain future ahead for younger Sparrows Point workers

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

A primer on landing one of Fort Meade's jobs

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.

Sandy's economic impact on Baltimore area likely modest

November 4, 2012

Sandy's economic impact on Baltimore area likely modest

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

BGE sends employees out of state to help with outage work

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

Baltimore woman pleads guilty in unemployment fraud case

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

Maryland court dismisses 3,168 debt-collection cases

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.

BGE works to restore power to thousands of residents

8:08 AM EDT, October 31, 2012

BGE works to restore power to thousands of residents

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.

Five questions with &#8230; LaTavia Little

October 7, 2012

Five questions with … LaTavia Little

LaTavia Little, executive director of Treatment Resources for Youth, has her hands full.

5:48 PM EDT, September 20, 2012

Trade group sees loss of 50,000 small-business jobs in Md.

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

Convenience-store supplier, transportation provider plan layoffs

A convenience-store supplier warned Maryland regulators that it will lay off 112 employees in Baltimore, the state said Friday.

Health insurance plan offered for Sparrows Point

7:11 PM EDT, September 6, 2012

Health insurance plan offered for Sparrows Point

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.

CEO pay rises at most local public companies

October 7, 2012

CEO pay rises at most local public companies

As pay raises go, it's hard to beat a fivefold increase.

New labor secretary is tapped for Maryland

6:26 PM EDT, September 17, 2012

New labor secretary is tapped for Maryland

Maryland's new labor secretary will be Leonard Howie, an official at the state Department of Human Resources, the state said Monday.

Revlon to close Maryland manufacturing facility

6:57 PM EDT, September 7, 2012

Revlon to close Maryland manufacturing facility

Cosmetics firm Revlon Inc. says it is ending manufacturing operations in Maryland as part of a global reorganization that will eliminate about 250 jobs.

Md. mops up, but Garrett Co. is still in midst of the storm

10:30 AM EDT, November 1, 2012

Md. mops up, but Garrett Co. is still in midst of the storm

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 in Baltimore lays off 71, state says

Harborside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore told state regulators that it had laid off 71 workers, the state said Tuesday.

Maryland gains 9,800 jobs in September

9:03 PM EDT, October 19, 2012

Maryland gains 9,800 jobs in September

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

New workforce center opens in Laurel

U.S. and state labor officials will cut the ribbon Thursday on a new workforce center for job seekers and employers.

Paid sick leave urged in Maryland

7:08 PM EST, November 12, 2012

Paid sick leave urged in Maryland

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 names head of Baltimore and Md. markets

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, state agree on lower property-tax assessment

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.

Company town is gone, but it lives on in its residents

6:08 PM EDT, August 18, 2012

Company town is gone, but it lives on in its residents

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.

Some steelworkers won't get $10K retirement bonus after all

4:54 PM EDT, September 12, 2012

Some steelworkers won't get $10K retirement bonus after all

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.

Sandy prompts many closures, but some are open for business

7:45 PM EDT, October 29, 2012

Sandy prompts many closures, but some are open for business

As much of the Baltimore region shut down, some businesses made sure they could stay open — come hurricane and high water.

Federal contractor? Brace yourself

1:06 PM EDT, September 29, 2012

Federal contractor? Brace yourself

Federal workers aren't the only ones anxious about looming budget cuts. Federal contractors — plentiful in Maryland — have a lot at stake, too.

Judge OKs pact ending health benefits for Sparrows Point workers

6:50 PM EDT, August 23, 2012

Judge OKs pact ending health benefits for Sparrows Point workers

A settlement agreement ending health benefits for Sparrows Point workers Aug. 31 was approved Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del.

W.R. Grace's profit falls 7.1 percent in third quarter

5:29 PM EDT, October 24, 2012

W.R. Grace's profit falls 7.1 percent in third quarter

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.

Maryland Food Bank hands out food to hundreds affected by Sparrows Point shutdown

6:00 PM EDT, September 26, 2012

Maryland Food Bank hands out food to hundreds affected by Sparrows Point shutdown

The Maryland Food Bank said it handed out food Wednesday to hundreds of families affected by the mass layoffs at Sparrows Point.

Sparrows Point steel mill up for sale &#8212; again

6:24 PM EDT, September 25, 2012

Sparrows Point steel mill up for sale — again

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.

Retiring Sparrows Point workers face deadline to get $10K bonus

12:58 PM EDT, August 17, 2012

Retiring Sparrows Point workers face deadline to get $10K bonus

Sparrows Point workers age 60 and older have until the end of today to retire if they want a $10,000 bonus.

With new buyer, Sparrows Point faces a possible end to decades of steelmaking

10:53 PM EDT, August 10, 2012

With new buyer, Sparrows Point faces a possible end to decades of steelmaking

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

Top sale in August changes hands for more than $3.1 million

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.

Sparrows Point purchased for $72 million by plant liquidator

6:45 PM EDT, August 8, 2012

Sparrows Point purchased for $72 million by plant liquidator

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.

For Sparrows Point workers, many questions, few answers

9:06 PM EDT, August 20, 2012

For Sparrows Point workers, many questions, few answers

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.

After years of losses, price increases creep back into the Baltimore-area housing market

August 19, 2012

After years of losses, price increases creep back into the Baltimore-area housing market

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.

Sparrows Point sale closes; buyers say they will look for steelmakers

7:56 PM EDT, September 14, 2012

Sparrows Point sale closes; buyers say they will look for steelmakers

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.

For some at Aberdeen Proving Ground, New Jersey is still home

11:48 AM EDT, August 19, 2012

For some at Aberdeen Proving Ground, New Jersey is still home

Patricia O'Connor lives in Aberdeen. Or, by a certain way of thinking, New Jersey.

3:45 PM EDT, September 5, 2012

Human Genome Sciences announces plan to lay off 114

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.

Sparrows Point ripple effect leaves few untouched

12:29 AM EDT, September 8, 2012

Sparrows Point ripple effect leaves few untouched

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.

Helping homeless children, teens get medical care

August 26, 2012

Helping homeless children, teens get medical care

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.

9:07 AM EDT, August 29, 2012

Local, U.S. job openings require more education than many workers have

Unemployed workers with a high school education or less are locked out of three-quarters of the job openings in the Baltimore region.

4:17 PM EDT, August 6, 2012

Exelon cut 170 Md. jobs, moved others in from Pa.

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.

New company emerges as Sparrows Point's high bidder

7:23 PM EDT, August 10, 2012

New company emerges as Sparrows Point's high bidder

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

BGE offers incentives for combined heat and power projects

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

CSX coal pier damaged by ship, out of service

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.

Sparrows Point assistance events draw hundreds

6:29 PM EDT, September 4, 2012

Sparrows Point assistance events draw hundreds

More than 700 people turned out for workshops Tuesday connecting laid-off Sparrows Point workers with information about health insurance, training and other aid.

Sparrows Point workers told to brace for end to benefits

7:34 PM EDT, August 14, 2012

Sparrows Point workers told to brace for end to benefits

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 to lay off 55 workers in Hunt Valley

Bank of America warned state regulators Friday that it expects to lay off 55 employees in Baltimore County.

Chick-fil-A president's words on gay marriage spark tempest

10:14 PM EDT, July 30, 2012

Chick-fil-A president's words on gay marriage spark tempest

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.

Judge allows sale of Sparrows Point to winning bidders

8:19 PM EDT, August 15, 2012

Judge allows sale of Sparrows Point to winning bidders

— 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.

Sparrows Point auction still set for Tuesday &#8212; apparently

6:13 PM EDT, August 6, 2012

Sparrows Point auction still set for Tuesday — apparently

An auction for RG Steel's Sparrows Point mill, delayed last week, remains scheduled for Tuesday — at least as of early Monday evening.

Sessions to offer help for Sparrows Point workers, others

6:16 PM EDT, August 27, 2012

Sessions to offer help for Sparrows Point workers, others

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

Sparrows Point auction to be delayed by a week

The auction for RG Steel's Sparrows Point steel mill, expected today, will be delayed by a week.

Maryland lost 11,000 jobs in June, labor report says

8:28 PM EDT, July 20, 2012

Maryland lost 11,000 jobs in June, labor report says

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

RG Steel bonuses approved by federal judge

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

Driveway paver ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in fines, restitution

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.

Sparrows Point steel mill goes to auction

9:46 PM EDT, August 7, 2012

Sparrows Point steel mill goes to auction

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

Homebuilder pays almost $20 million for Anne Arundel Co. land

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

After storm, a big uptick in requests for generators

Nothing makes a generator look more tempting than a days-long power outage in a 100-degree heat wave.

Baltimore condos' tax bills increase in a big way

12:39 PM EDT, July 15, 2012

Baltimore condos' tax bills increase in a big way

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.

Auction for Sparrows Point mill delayed

6:02 PM EDT, July 31, 2012

Auction for Sparrows Point mill delayed

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

Home sales rise in Baltimore area for fifth straight month

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

Workshop offered on mortgage-settlement help

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.

Anglican parish in Towson switches to Catholicism

9:51 PM EDT, June 24, 2012

Anglican parish in Towson switches to Catholicism

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

Money managers confront turmoil in eurozone

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

District Court dismisses debt cases against Marylanders

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

Inner Harbor townhouse project sells out after six years

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

Federal help approved for Sparrows Point workers

Laid-off Sparrows Point steelworkers will have access to federal aid for retraining and other benefits, the state said Tuesday.

'Explosive' growth for local law firm

12:39 PM EDT, June 17, 2012

'Explosive' growth for local law firm

As law firms across the country cut back, Offit Kurman has grown. Rapidly.

Summer jobs program encourages businesses to Hire One Youth

9:55 AM EDT, July 8, 2012

Summer jobs program encourages businesses to Hire One Youth

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

Md. launches mortgage-discount program for military

Maryland is offering a new mortgage program that gives discounts to military families and veterans.

Underwater on the mortgage, stationed away from home

10:29 AM EDT, July 14, 2012

Underwater on the mortgage, stationed away from home

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.

Court gives Sparrows Point mill more time to find a buyer

4:33 PM EDT, June 25, 2012

Court gives Sparrows Point mill more time to find a buyer

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 local banks switch to local regulator

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

Maryland proposes how it would spend $113.5 million in BGE fund

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 indicted in unemployment-benefits scheme

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.

Laid-off Sparrows Point workers return to mill for job-search help

7:21 PM EDT, June 26, 2012

Laid-off Sparrows Point workers return to mill for job-search help

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

Auction for Sparrows Point and related assets comes under fire

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

U.S. trustee objects to proposed RG Steel bonuses

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.

With blast furnace down, Sparrows Point layoffs begin

8:29 PM EDT, June 8, 2012

With blast furnace down, Sparrows Point layoffs begin

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.

Baltimore-area home sales rose 13 percent in May

7:03 PM EDT, June 11, 2012

Baltimore-area home sales rose 13 percent in May

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.

Baltimore-area housing market sees bidding wars return as buyers' choices shrink

May 20, 2012

Baltimore-area housing market sees bidding wars return as buyers' choices shrink

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

Eviction-prevention event to be held Friday

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

Dolben Co. builds hundreds of apartment units in Balto. area

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

Man fatally shot by Baltimore police identified

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.

Labor Dept.: Md. employers cut 7,500 jobs in May

7:56 PM EDT, June 15, 2012

Labor Dept.: Md. employers cut 7,500 jobs in May

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

Mortgage scheme nets Crofton man a prison sentence

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

Baltimore homeowner almost ends up in tax sale after city loses check

Kristina Suson's home wasn't part of the city's tax sale Monday, but it was a close call.

Inner Harbor carousel could be replaced with another

7:04 PM EDT, June 1, 2012

Inner Harbor carousel could be replaced with another

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

Md. to spend most of its settlement funds on housing-related efforts

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

Mortgage fraud scheme nets 29-month sentence for D.C. woman

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.

Turning food scraps into compost

May 13, 2012

Turning food scraps into compost

Keith Losoya thinks a terrible thing to waste is waste itself.

7:18 PM EDT, May 17, 2012

Maryland names interim labor secretary

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.

Maryland Live Casino crowds meant long lines, snarled traffic on opening night

7:54 PM EDT, June 7, 2012

Maryland Live Casino crowds meant long lines, snarled traffic on opening night

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 two casinos bring in $14.5 million in April

Maryland's casinos brought in $14.5 million in April, with both locations increasing revenue compared with a year earlier, the state said Monday.

Baltimore area home prices jump in April thanks to fewer foreclosures

6:37 PM EDT, May 10, 2012

Baltimore area home prices jump in April thanks to fewer foreclosures

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

Baltimore fire may have been set with Molotov cocktail

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

Maryland's new mortgage delinquencies improve

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.

Preakness mess takes a lot of people to clean up

6:52 PM EDT, May 20, 2012

Preakness mess takes a lot of people to clean up

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

City: Removal of unwarranted tax breaks means $4M extra due

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.

4:12 PM EDT, May 31, 2012

Md. retirement system to vote against electing Wal-Mart directors

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.

Expected layoffs at Sparrows Point hang over workers

8:29 PM EDT, June 4, 2012

Expected layoffs at Sparrows Point hang over workers

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.

7:10 PM EDT, May 11, 2012

Annapolis retiree awarded $342,000 in bad-mortgage case

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

Maryland's economic mobility is among the best in U.S.

If you're aiming to be upwardly mobile, living in Maryland might help.

Websites aim to make neighborhoods more neighborly

7:13 PM EDT, April 23, 2012

Websites aim to make neighborhoods more neighborly

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

Harland Clarke to cut 125 jobs in Glen Burnie

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.

City homeowners given 30 days to repay tax credits they didn't request

6:07 PM EDT, April 8, 2012

City homeowners given 30 days to repay tax credits they didn't request

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

Builder pleads guilty in investment scheme

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

Passenger traffic hits first-quarter record at BWI

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's stock falls on first-quarter earnings miss

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

Mayor wants to expand property-tax effort

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

Online tool lets businesses search for Md. location

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.

One Baltimore company on Fortune 500 list &#8212; for last time

8:37 PM EDT, May 7, 2012

One Baltimore company on Fortune 500 list — for last time

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

Teenager shot after late-night argument in East Baltimore

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

Severna Park resident sentenced in mortgage fraud case

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.

Baltimore area has high share of high-tech manufacturing jobs

6:59 AM EDT, May 9, 2012

Baltimore area has high share of high-tech manufacturing jobs

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

Phillips, Capital One warn of layoffs in Baltimore area

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

Md. Catholics come to celebrate with O'Brien

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 firm warns of closure, layoffs in Landover

Health care services company McKesson Corp. warned state regulators Monday that it would close its Landover facility this spring and lay off 106 employees.

'Next economy' envisioned for Baltimore region

1:41 AM EDT, April 26, 2012

'Next economy' envisioned for Baltimore region

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

Institutions organize to boost Baltimore's 'next economy'

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

No plan to 'divert' mortgage settlement money away from Md. homeowners, officials say

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

Lanham company warns of possible layoffs

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.

Nonprofit plans to rehab 500 city homes

8:29 PM EDT, April 27, 2012

Nonprofit plans to rehab 500 city homes

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 to improve Columbia office complex

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

FTI Consulting says profits rose 57% in 2011

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

Property assessment critics say review is needed

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.

Fewer homes for sale as discouraged owners sit on the sidelines

1:55 PM EST, March 2, 2012

Fewer homes for sale as discouraged owners sit on the sidelines

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 mails mortgage-rate reduction offers to borrowers

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.

At pricey condos, developers pay just hundreds in tax

1:33 PM EDT, April 28, 2012

At pricey condos, developers pay just hundreds in tax

They're some of the priciest condos in the city, but they're taxed like empty lots.

Joining the affordable-housing movement

March 25, 2012

Joining the affordable-housing movement

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

With fewer foreclosures for sale, home sellers get boost

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.

Peyton Skipwith Cochran Jr., Rouse Co. executive

6:51 PM EST, March 4, 2012

Peyton Skipwith Cochran Jr., Rouse Co. executive

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

Homeowners must apply for property-tax credit or lose it

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.

Maryland sees biggest job loss in nation in April

6:56 PM EDT, May 18, 2012

Maryland sees biggest job loss in nation in April

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.

Jenna Bush Hager, husband still get homestead tax credit after moving away

9:48 PM EDT, April 30, 2012

Jenna Bush Hager, husband still get homestead tax credit after moving away

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

Carroll Independent Fuel acquires High's of Baltimore

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 to close Crownsville campus

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 launching Md. operations in Owings Mills

Farmers Insurance is opening an agent recruiting and training center in Owings Mills as it breaks into the Maryland market.

Md. employers added 1,500 jobs in March

5:53 PM EDT, April 20, 2012

Md. employers added 1,500 jobs in March

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.

11:26 AM EDT, April 3, 2012

Homeowners must apply for property-tax credit or lose it

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.

7:00 PM EST, February 16, 2012

Md. mortgage distress appeared to ease slightly in 2011

The number of Maryland homeowners behind on their mortgage payments but not yet in foreclosure inched downward in 2011, numbers released Thursday showed.

8:46 PM EST, February 12, 2012

Man killed in N.E. Balto.; two others shot in city hours later

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.

Botched Federal Hill valuation highlights shrinking number of assessors

8:42 PM EST, January 29, 2012

Botched Federal Hill valuation highlights shrinking number of assessors

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

Enterprise to merge mortgage division with Cleveland firm

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 real estate firm acquired by Pa. company

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 stabbed in Harford County

Five young men were stabbed late Saturday in Edgewood, the Harford County sheriff's office said Sunday.

6:02 PM EDT, April 26, 2012

Institutions organize to boost Baltimore's 'next economy'

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

Ground rent bill would set penalty for failing to register

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.

Facebook files to go public

9:24 PM EST, February 1, 2012

Facebook files to go public

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

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake names new CEO

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

Some property owners receive revised assessments

Ryan Carr's home was reassessed by the state in December, but that wasn't quite the final word.

Riley William Davis

5:40 PM EST, January 2, 2012

Riley William Davis

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

Md. 'robo-signing' case thrown out of federal court

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 shot, one killed in Baltimore early Sunday

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

Gansler urged not to sign foreclosure settlement

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 loses nearly $4 million in fourth quarter

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.

Adeline Ogier Bracken, athlete and mother

5:31 PM EST, February 12, 2012

Adeline Ogier Bracken, athlete and mother

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

Northrop Grumman to lay off at Fort Meade, elsewhere

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

Retired First Mariner CEO sells 1 million shares of stock

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.

Baltimore-area home sales, contracts rose in February

6:32 PM EDT, March 12, 2012

Baltimore-area home sales, contracts rose in February

Baltimore-area home buyers picked up the pace in February ahead of the important spring selling season, helped along by unseasonably mild weather.

Hundreds of city homeowners lose invalid tax breaks

8:12 PM EST, January 19, 2012

Hundreds of city homeowners lose invalid tax breaks

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

Civil Justice gets new executive director

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

Powerball winner is $336.4 million richer

Someone in New England is — knowingly or not — $336.4 million richer.

8:34 PM EST, February 27, 2012

City officials want to spread word about homeowners' tax credit

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.

Another down year for Baltimore-area housing market

6:44 PM EST, January 10, 2012

Another down year for Baltimore-area housing market

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 warn of layoffs in Baltimore County

Two companies have warned state regulators that they're planning layoffs in Baltimore County.

Free tax preparation, plus a lot more

January 29, 2012

Free tax preparation, plus a lot more

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.

Labor Department: Maryland added 25,000 jobs in 2011

8:18 PM EST, January 24, 2012

Labor Department: Maryland added 25,000 jobs in 2011

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.

Many don't know about tax break for lower-income homeowners

2:16 PM EST, February 25, 2012

TAXING BALTIMORE

Many don't know about tax break for lower-income homeowners

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.

Sparrows Point steel mill shuts down suddenly

7:27 PM EST, December 23, 2011

Sparrows Point steel mill shuts down suddenly

Sparrows Point has shut down steelmaking operations as the Baltimore County plant struggles to pay its bills and win back customers, workers said Friday.

Top property tax bills in Baltimore add up to big bucks

4:25 PM EST, January 7, 2012

Top property tax bills in Baltimore add up to big bucks

When the city sends Tom Clancy his property tax bill, finance officials might want to tuck in a thank-you note.

Changes suggested to stave off foreclosure and its ill effects

7:38 PM EST, January 18, 2012

Changes suggested to stave off foreclosure and its ill effects

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.

Tremont Plaza Hotel to become apartments

7:24 PM EST, January 9, 2012

Tremont Plaza Hotel to become apartments

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.

Key state lawmaker calls for property tax cap overhaul

8:14 PM EST, December 18, 2011

Key state lawmaker calls for property tax cap overhaul

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.

4:15 PM EST, December 13, 2011

Nonprofits added jobs in Maryland in 2010 as companies cut back

While for-profit companies shed jobs in Maryland last year, nonprofit organizations kept on expanding, according to a new study.

7:14 PM EST, December 19, 2011

Corporate Office Properties Trust sells buildings, land in Balto. Co.

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 could lay off 35

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.

The Interview: Larry Harding, president of High Street Partners

January 1, 2012

The Interview: Larry Harding, president of High Street Partners

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.

Sun analysis finds 17 owners with three or four homestead credits, hundreds of double-dippers

8:24 PM EST, December 17, 2011

Sun analysis finds 17 owners with three or four homestead credits, hundreds of double-dippers

Since 2009 Patrick Tong has received "homestead" property tax breaks worth $18,000 on three rowhouses he owns in East Baltimore.

6:11 PM EST, January 26, 2012

Changes at BWI eateries, bars create uncertainty for workers

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.

4:58 PM EST, January 17, 2012

Md. advertises its financing help for small businesses

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

Online-donation option available, Fuel Fund of Md. says

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.

Home values fell 17% in three years, state assessors say

6:33 AM EST, December 28, 2011

Home values fell 17% in three years, state assessors say

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.

5:27 PM EDT, October 28, 2011

State suspends licenses of affiliated debt-collection firms

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.

4:07 PM EST, January 2, 2012

Ravens 'mailboxes' to appear at Giant Food stores

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.

Md. unemployment rate improves as employers add jobs

6:25 PM EST, November 22, 2011

Md. unemployment rate improves as employers add jobs

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.

Area home prices up or down in Nov.? Depends on the measure

7:06 PM EST, December 12, 2011

Area home prices up or down in Nov.? Depends on the measure

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 CEO to step down

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

Lawsuit alleges fraud in real estate transactions

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.

Up in the sky: Not a bird or a plane &#8212; a helicopter with ads

6:46 PM EST, November 28, 2011

Up in the sky: Not a bird or a plane — a helicopter with ads

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

103 rowhouses in Patterson Park draw bid of $4.2 million

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.

First Mariner's Hale retires

8:28 PM EST, December 23, 2011

First Mariner's Hale retires

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.

Maryland sees improvement in jobs picture

9:53 PM EST, December 20, 2011

Maryland sees improvement in jobs picture

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.

City councilman presses for property-tax overhaul

9:22 PM EST, December 17, 2011

City councilman presses for property-tax overhaul

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.