Recent stories by Lorraine Mirabella

Dollar Tree/Family Dollar merger could create Wal-Mart rival but hurt consumers

7:23 PM EDT, July 28, 2014

Dollar Tree/Family Dollar merger could create Wal-Mart rival but hurt consumers

An $8.5 billion merger creating North America's biggest dollar store chain could mean increased competition for mass discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. but less choice for shoppers.

Pandora's Baltimore workforce smaller than announced

11:21 AM EDT, July 26, 2014

Pandora's Baltimore workforce smaller than announced

Danish retailer Pandora Jewelry announced last week it will move its regional headquarters for the Americas into a large chunk of a Baltimore tower and showcase its brand along the downtown skyline.

Sinclair plans Aug. 1 closing on $1 billion Allbritton deal

11:28 AM EDT, July 25, 2014

Sinclair plans Aug. 1 closing on $1 billion Allbritton deal

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. plans to close Aug. 1 on its $1 billion deal to acquire television stations from Allbritton Communications, now that federal regulators have cleared the way, the company said Friday.

Under Armour sales up 34 percent in second quarter

6:02 PM EDT, July 24, 2014

Under Armour sales up 34 percent in second quarter

Years of investing in global expansion and footwear is starting to pay off, Under Armour said Thursday after the Baltimore-based company reported a 34 percent jump in second-quarter sales that sent shares soaring.

Sinclair arranges funding for Allbritton deal

2:40 PM EDT, July 23, 2014

Sinclair arranges funding for Allbritton deal

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said Wednesday it has arranged funding for its planned $1 billion deal to buy seven ABC affiliates and a Washington-based cable news network from Allbritton Communications.

Despite fighting, moving to Israel

11:27 PM EDT, July 20, 2014

Despite fighting, moving to Israel

Ever since spending their honeymoon in Israel in 2000, David and Helaine Brenner had dreamed about returning to live and raise a family in what they believe to be their ancestral Jewish homeland.

Comfortable weather, late hours draw big crowds to Artscape

6:38 PM EDT, July 20, 2014

Comfortable weather, late hours draw big crowds to Artscape

People at Artscape stared at the group of dancers in a small pocket park. A man in a tucked-in checkered shirt twirled his fingers, a woman in a red bandana danced the hula and a boy in an Outkast T-shirt moved his hips.

Supermarkets boost sustainable seafood offerings

7:25 PM EDT, July 18, 2014

Supermarkets boost sustainable seafood offerings

The specialized market for sustainable seafood has gone mainstream. Even Wal-Mart is promoting its environmental credentials in the seafood aisle.

Sinclair Broadcast will launch college sports network

5:37 PM EDT, July 17, 2014

Sinclair Broadcast will launch college sports network

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. plans to launch a college sports network to be broadcast on television stations it owns, the Hunt Valley-based company said Thursday.

Under Armour, Samsung may explore wearable fitness devices

6:58 PM EDT, July 16, 2014

Under Armour, Samsung may explore wearable fitness devices

Under Armour might start collaborating with smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co. on wearable fitness devices, according to a South Korean news report.

Retailers eye Baltimore area for expansion

July 12, 2014

Retailers eye Baltimore area for expansion

Consumers can expect to see unfamiliar store brands cropping up in the Baltimore area as a handful of retailers eye the market for expansion.

Maryland casinos see 8 percent revenue increase in June

6:24 PM EDT, July 7, 2014

Maryland casinos see 8 percent revenue increase in June

Maryland's four casinos brought in $72 million in revenue in June, an 8 percent jump over the month a year earlier, lottery officials said Monday.

Glen Burnie man arrested after knife fight at shopping center ATM

9:08 PM EDT, July 5, 2014

Glen Burnie man arrested after knife fight at shopping center ATM

A Glen Burnie man was charged with attempted homicide and assault after police said he stabbed and slashed a man with a knife during an altercation at an automatic teller machine Saturday at Glen Burnie Town Center.

STX signs endorsement with Boston Cannons lacrosse player

12:48 PM EDT, July 7, 2014

STX signs endorsement with Boston Cannons lacrosse player

STX LLC, the Baltimore-based maker of equipment for lacrosse and other sports, has signed a two-year endorsement deal with Major League Lacrosse star Will Manny, the company said Monday.

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore to debut first bald eagle in a decade

6:43 PM EDT, July 5, 2014

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore to debut first bald eagle in a decade

Will it be Scout? Sioux? Vega?

Annapolis boat accident injures three

5:45 PM EDT, July 5, 2014

Annapolis boat accident injures three

Two boats collided Friday near the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, injuring three boaters, the Coast Guard said Saturday.

Swimmers, one surfer, rescued from rip currents along beaches in Ocean City

8:24 PM EDT, July 5, 2014

Swimmers, one surfer, rescued from rip currents along beaches in Ocean City

A half dozen swimmers were rescued by lifeguards Friday evening along the beach in Ocean City as rip currents formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Arthur, an Ocean City Beach Patrol official said Saturday.

Five Questions for business author Richie Frieman

1:56 PM EDT, July 5, 2014

Five Questions for business author Richie Frieman

Business author Richie Frieman has studied fine arts at the University of Maryland, launched a music-focused Internet magazine, written children's books, invented a device that keeps shirt collars crisp and created a pop culture-inspired children's clothing line — Charm City Babies.

Sinclair Broadcast will sell two TV stations to pave way for $1 billion Allbritton deal

2:41 PM EDT, June 23, 2014

Sinclair Broadcast will sell two TV stations to pave way for $1 billion Allbritton deal

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. plans to sell two television stations to help the company move ahead with a $1 billion planned purchase of seven ABC affiliates and a Washington-based cable news network.

In Maryland, smoking could cost you job

6:37 PM EDT, July 5, 2014

In Maryland, smoking could cost you job

Anyone who wants a job next year at Anne Arundel Medical Center — whether as a surgeon or security guard — will have to prove they don't smoke or use tobacco.

$250 million mixed-use project proposed for Sharp-Leadenhall

8:21 PM EDT, June 10, 2014

$250 million mixed-use project proposed for Sharp-Leadenhall

A Baltimore County developer has assembled three blocks of industrial buildings, empty lots and homes in the Sharp-Leadenhall neighborhood, with plans to build a $250 million project with apartments, offices and stores between Federal Hill and M&T Bank Stadium.

Biotech investors vie for $12 million in state tax credits

7:36 PM EDT, July 1, 2014

Biotech investors vie for $12 million in state tax credits

More than 100 applicants are vying for $12 million worth of Maryland tax credits available to biotechnology investors in fiscal 2015, state economic development officials said.

Developers of White Marsh outlet mall face opposition campaign from rivals

12:02 PM EDT, June 14, 2014

Developers of White Marsh outlet mall face opposition campaign from rivals

Open retail strife has broken out in White Marsh as the owners of the area's mall and other established retail centers foment opposition to a proposed upscale outlet mall along Interstate 95.

Insurer, beauty products maker plan to relocate headquarters to Baltimore

6:58 PM EDT, June 9, 2014

Insurer, beauty products maker plan to relocate headquarters to Baltimore

Two companies announced plans Monday to relocate to Baltimore from the suburbs, bringing more than 300 jobs to downtown and Locust Point.

Under Armour joins forces with Fight For Children

4:25 PM EDT, May 27, 2014

Under Armour joins forces with Fight For Children

Under Armour has agreed to a multi-year partnership with Fight For Children, a non-profit working to improve early childhood and K-12 education.

Ikea expands rooftop solar panel system atop Perryville distribution center

12:39 PM EDT, July 1, 2014

Ikea expands rooftop solar panel system atop Perryville distribution center

Ikea has expanded the solar energy system at its Perryville distribution center, making it by far the largest rooftop array in the state.

McCormick reports strong sales in second quarter

5:40 PM EDT, June 26, 2014

McCormick reports strong sales in second quarter

McCormick & Co. saw its profit jump nearly 8 percent in the second quarter amid higher sales to consumers as well as to food manufacturers and restaurants, the Sparks-based spice maker said Thursday.

Jos. A. Bank posts quarterly loss related to merger with Men's Wearhouse

9:07 PM EDT, June 6, 2014

Jos. A. Bank posts quarterly loss related to merger with Men's Wearhouse

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc., likely a few weeks away from finalizing a $1.8 billion deal to be acquired by Men's Wearhouse, posted a $37.1 million first-quarter loss stemming from merger-related expenses.

Fast growing brand Tessemae's started with family recipe

6:09 PM EDT, June 2, 2014

Fast growing brand Tessemae's started with family recipe

The idea for the business came to Greg Vetter shortly after a friend swiped a two-liter bottle of his mom's homemade lemon-garlic salad dressing from his refrigerator.

Working to help veterans start businesses

3:59 PM EDT, May 26, 2014

Working to help veterans start businesses

Military veterans have a knack for building successful businesses, professionals say, but they have more trouble than non-veterans attracting investors.

Under Armour hopes to hit its stride in footwear with ClutchFit rollout

June 7, 2014

Under Armour hopes to hit its stride in footwear with ClutchFit rollout

Under Armour, which has wooed consumers with sweat-wicking T-shirts and other innovations, is banking on a new fabric that conforms to the foot like a second skin to help the company break into the crowded athletic shoe market.

Students learn art of dealing at Horseshoe Casino academy

10:02 PM EDT, May 28, 2014

Students learn art of dealing at Horseshoe Casino academy

Zachary Roselle has never gambled in a casino, but by late July he hopes to snag one of the better-paying jobs on the floor of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.

Maryland tourist destinations prepare for a boost in business

8:20 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

Maryland tourist destinations prepare for a boost in business

Visitors trying to shake off a particularly snowy winter and rainy spring could give a boost to Maryland's tourist destinations this summer.

Five Questions for banking industry veteran Scott Wilfong

3:48 PM EDT, May 17, 2014

Five Questions for banking industry veteran Scott Wilfong

Banking industry veteran and native Baltimorean Scott Wilfong got involved with the Living Classrooms Foundation to help improve lives in some of East Baltimore's neediest neighborhoods, including Perkins Homes, the Fayette Street corridor and McElderry Park.

Under Armour to give $10 million to Hopkins for breast-health center

5:15 PM EDT, May 8, 2014

Under Armour to give $10 million to Hopkins for breast-health center

Under Armour will give $10 million to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital to create the Under Armour LiveWell Center, marking the Baltimore-based sports brand's largest gift ever to any group.

STX goes global, expands into ice hockey

6:00 AM EDT, May 20, 2014

STX goes global, expands into ice hockey

Athletes associate STX with lacrosse, but the Baltimore-based brand began appearing last month in stores on ice hockey sticks and plans to launch a line of men's field hockey sticks in the United Kingdom.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquires Cockeysville-based children's website

10:14 AM EDT, May 24, 2014

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquires Cockeysville-based children's website

The publisher of the "Curious George" children's books expanded its presence in the fast-growing early-childhood education market with the acquisition of Cockeysville-based children's learning website Curiosityville.

In a switch, more moms opt to stay home with kids

2:56 PM EDT, May 10, 2014

In a switch, more moms opt to stay home with kids

Megan Mocik never envisioned herself as a stay-at-home mother.

Women directors are increasing on Maryland corporate boards, study finds

6:00 AM EDT, May 7, 2014

Women directors are increasing on Maryland corporate boards, study finds

The number of women on corporate boards in Maryland increased last year, and for the first time, all businesses that joined the state's publicly traded companies had at least one woman board member, Network 2000 said in a report released Wednesday.

6:27 PM EDT, May 9, 2014

Jos. A. Bank CEO Black earned $2.9 million last year

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. said its CEO and president, R. Neal Black, earned $2.92 million last year, up slightly from 2012.

Baltimore Visitor Center unveils high-tech video

12:55 PM EDT, May 6, 2014

Baltimore Visitor Center unveils high-tech video

The Baltimore Visitor Center on Tuesday launched "The Baltimore Experience," a new 10-minute interactive video using projection mapping technology to give visitors a multi-dimensional view of the city.

Under Armour looks to women, running to propel brand in race with rivals

6:32 PM EDT, May 13, 2014

Under Armour looks to women, running to propel brand in race with rivals

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is far from alone in believing the relatively young Baltimore-based company has a shot at becoming the world's biggest sports brand.

Gains from Super Bowl and Olympics boost Sinclair's revenue

6:18 PM EDT, May 7, 2014

Gains from Super Bowl and Olympics boost Sinclair's revenue

Sinclair Broadcast Group boosted profit and revenue in the first quarter, citing better-than-expected spending on political advertising, strong gains from Super Bowl and Olympics ads, and lower expenses at many of the company's television stations.

TheraPearl to sell products at Target

9:52 PM EDT, April 28, 2014

TheraPearl to sell products at Target

If your back aches or your ankle swells, managers of a Columbia-based company want you to forgo the ice pack and grab a TheraPearl instead.

Under Armour will outfit Seton Hall University varsity teams

3:29 PM EDT, April 25, 2014

Under Armour will outfit Seton Hall University varsity teams

Under Armour will outfit the varsity athletic teams at Seton Hall University starting in July, the company said Friday, continuing a string of deals this year with high-profile Division 1 schools.

Fuchs North America launches new line of ethnic seasonings

4:50 PM EDT, April 23, 2014

Fuchs North America launches new line of ethnic seasonings

Baltimore-based spice and seasonings maker Fuchs North America said Wednesday it has launched a new line of ethnic seasonings, marinades and flavor bases to sell to food service and food manufacturing customers.

New company names join Baltimore's evolving skyline

April 26, 2014

New company names join Baltimore's evolving skyline

In a sign of renewed interest in Baltimore's downtown business district, more companies are looking to boost their visibility by splashing names and logos atop prominent Inner Harbor office towers.

Convicted Allfirst trader seeks redemption hiring others

3:01 PM EDT, April 12, 2014

Convicted Allfirst trader seeks redemption hiring others

John M. Rusnak was preparing to open a ZIPS dry cleaning business in Pasadena when a job seeker walked in from a nearby drug recovery house. The applicant had little experience, was recovering from a heroin addiction and had a misdemeanor charge on his record. But he needed a job and wanted a second chance.

Five questions for equal pay advocate Deborah Eisenberg

11:50 AM EDT, April 12, 2014

Five questions for equal pay advocate Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg started her law career as a litigator who loved the "thrill of the battle," standing up for the disadvantaged and less powerful. But when it comes to resolving disputes, sometimes she says it's better to talk it out.

Strong apparel, footwear sales send Under Armour profits soaring

5:20 PM EDT, April 24, 2014

Strong apparel, footwear sales send Under Armour profits soaring

Under Armour saw profit and sales soar in the first quarter, beating analysts' estimates, but the market punished the athletic wear brand's stock, which fell more than 7 percent on Thursday.

7:22 PM EDT, April 11, 2014

Md. regulators offer some relief to customers after energy bill spikes

Responding to utility bill spikes that accompanied this winter's extreme cold, Maryland regulators took steps Friday to bring customers some relief.

Former Baltimore Behavioral Health CEO ordered to pay more than $60,000 in unpaid worker contributions

7:14 PM EDT, April 10, 2014

Former Baltimore Behavioral Health CEO ordered to pay more than $60,000 in unpaid worker contributions

The former CEO of Baltimore Behavioral Health Inc. was ordered to pay $60,750 for failing to deposit workers' contributions in the organization's retirement plan, the Department of Labor announced Thursday.

6:28 PM EDT, April 10, 2014

Columbia medical practice owners must pay $142,600 restitution

The owner of a Columbia medical practice was ordered to pay more than $142,600 in restitution and other costs for failing to remit employee contributions and loan repayments to the company's 401K plan, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.

Two bidders will vie for 1<sup>s</sup><sup>t</sup> Mariner Bank

7:34 PM EDT, April 9, 2014

Two bidders will vie for 1st Mariner Bank

1st Mariner Bank, Baltimore's largest independent bank, will go to auction Thursday morning with two bidders vying for the bank.

Annapolis-based McDonald's franchisee agrees to back wages for 138 workers

8:55 PM EDT, April 8, 2014

Annapolis-based McDonald's franchisee agrees to back wages for 138 workers

Operators of nine McDonald's in the Baltimore area and on the Eastern Shore agreed to pay more than $250,000 in back wages and damages to 138 workers for violations of minimum wage, overtime and child labor provisions, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday.

Epic Pharmacies of Cockeysville will seek new CEO

4:43 PM EDT, April 9, 2014

Epic Pharmacies of Cockeysville will seek new CEO

Cockeysville-based Epic Pharmacies Inc. said Wednesday it is searching for a CEO and president to replace Angelo Voxakis, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

Regulators order sale or merger of NBRS Financial Bank

7:23 PM EDT, April 10, 2014

Regulators order sale or merger of NBRS Financial Bank

NBRS Financial Bank, an independent community bank serving Cecil and Harford counties, has been given 60 days to sell itself or combine with another bank and increase equity by selling shares, federal regulators said.

1st Mariner Bank heads to auction

8:30 PM EDT, April 7, 2014

1st Mariner Bank heads to auction

The future of 1st Mariner, Baltimore's largest independent bank, could be decided this week.

Pandora looks to expand presence, brand

3:34 PM EDT, April 5, 2014

Pandora looks to expand presence, brand

Shoppers have come to know the Pandora name for glittering displays of customized sterling bracelets and gemstone charms sold by jewelers or the company's own retailers.

5:16 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

Jos. A. Bank earnings slip on costs related to takeover

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers saw its earnings slide in the fourth quarter as the menswear retailer attempted to fight off a takeover by Men's Wearhouse.

Judges announced for Kevin Plank's Cupid's Cup business competition

7:11 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Judges announced for Kevin Plank's Cupid's Cup business competition

Under Armour CEO and founder Kevin Plank and celebrity judges will pick from six finalists Friday in the annual Cupid's Cup national entrepreneurship competition.

Broadstripe cable subscribers could lose Viacom-owned networks

7:18 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Broadstripe cable subscribers could lose Viacom-owned networks

Nearly 17,000 Broadstripe cable TV subscribers could lose channels such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1 and BET if the Anne Arundel County cable provider and Viacom fail to reach an agreement by Tuesday.

McCormick explores relocating headquarters from Sparks

9:27 PM EDT, March 26, 2014

McCormick explores relocating headquarters from Sparks

Spice giant McCormick & Co. Inc. is considering moving its corporate headquarters from Sparks in northern Baltimore County to blend administrative offices at a single site elsewhere in Maryland or southern Pennsylvania, the company said Wednesday.

McCormick shares surge on rise in profits

5:38 PM EDT, March 25, 2014

McCormick shares surge on rise in profits

Shares in McCormick & Co. Inc. surged nearly 5.5 percent Tuesday after it announced that its profit rose nearly 9 percent in the first quarter as the spice company used digital marketing to build its brand and launched new products around the world.

Jos. A. Bank earnings slip on costs related to takeover

8:58 AM EDT, April 2, 2014

Jos. A. Bank earnings slip on costs related to takeover

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers saw its earnings slide in the fourth quarter as the menswear retailer attempted to fight off a takeover by Men's Wearhouse.

Men's Wearhouse hires advisory firm to help merge Jos. A. Bank chain

5:41 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Men's Wearhouse hires advisory firm to help merge Jos. A. Bank chain

The Men's Wearhouse Inc. hired a business advisory firm to help it merge with Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. once it acquires the rival retailer in a $1.8 billion deal announced earlier this month.

More craft beer brews are on tap for Maryland

9:06 PM EDT, March 28, 2014

More craft beer brews are on tap for Maryland

Maryland's craft beer business is growing rapidly — at a rate of 35 percent a year — as consumers increasingly seek out independent brewers' new-style yet traditionally made beers.

Baltimore students compete in a financial Olympics

7:50 PM EDT, March 17, 2014

Baltimore students compete in a financial Olympics

It's an Olympics of sorts for financial analysts in training, and five business students from the University of Baltimore will compete.

Five questions for Under Armour's man overseas

4:29 PM EDT, March 22, 2014

Five questions for Under Armour's man overseas

Under Armour liked the work Karl-Heinz "Charlie" Maurath had done for one of its competitors when the brand tapped him to lead its international growth.

Sinclair Broadcast could be forced to sell assets, revise acquisitions under proposed FCC rules

11:42 AM EDT, March 26, 2014

Sinclair Broadcast could be forced to sell assets, revise acquisitions under proposed FCC rules

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. is one of several large broadcasters that could be forced to sell television stations or other assets or rethink future acquisitions under new media ownership rules the Federal Communications Commission is set to consider later this month.

Sinclair Broadcast Group plans $150M share buyback

8:16 PM EDT, March 20, 2014

Sinclair Broadcast Group plans $150M share buyback

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. offered to restructure its nearly $1 billion planned acquisition of seven ABC affiliates and a Washington-based cable news network, changes it says will satisfy cross-ownership concerns recently raised by the Federal Communications Commission.

Jos. Bank chairman to get up to $5.8 million payout in sale to Men's Wearhouse

8:51 PM EDT, March 14, 2014

Jos. Bank chairman to get up to $5.8 million payout in sale to Men's Wearhouse

The chairman of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. will receive a payout of up to $5.8 million as part of the chain's acquisition by Men's Wearhouse in a $1.8 billion deal.

Under Armour splits stock as company soars on Wall Street

11:59 AM EDT, March 17, 2014

Under Armour splits stock as company soars on Wall Street

Under Armour announced a two-for-one stock split Monday of its outstanding common stock.

Former NAACP CEO Benjamin Jealous to join West Coast venture capital firm

5:53 PM EST, March 4, 2014

Former NAACP CEO Benjamin Jealous to join West Coast venture capital firm

Former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous, who stepped down in December, is joining a West Coast venture capital firm specializing in startups that diversify the tech industry and aim to have a positive social impact.

Jos. A. Bank and Men's Wearhouse to retain identities in business marriage

March 15, 2014

Jos. A. Bank and Men's Wearhouse to retain identities in business marriage

They both sell suits to the American middle class, but in consumers' minds, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers and the Men's Wearhouse occupy distinctive niches.

Jos. Bank to be acquired by Men's Wearhouse for $1.8 billion

10:06 PM EDT, March 11, 2014

Jos. Bank to be acquired by Men's Wearhouse for $1.8 billion

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers finally liked the look of Men's Wearhouse's takeover offer as the Hampstead-based retailer accepted a $1.8 billion buyout Tuesday.

Jos. A. Bank takeover could mean job loss for Carroll County

8:26 PM EDT, March 11, 2014

Jos. A. Bank takeover could mean job loss for Carroll County

The purchase of Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers by Men's Wearhouse will likely mean fewer jobs in Carroll County, where the suit company is the fourth-largest employer.

Sharp drop in federal employment expected

11:54 PM EDT, March 10, 2014

Sharp drop in federal employment expected

Federal employment is expected to drop sharply in the span of a decade, government projections show, as budget cuts and retirements begin to reshape the workforce.

Baltimore-based rug designer has grown to top importer from Nepal

6:03 PM EST, March 8, 2014

Baltimore-based rug designer has grown to top importer from Nepal

Steve Cibor loaded his Ford Explorer with a few samples of Tibetan rugs and drove for days along the East Coast in 1994, trying to persuade retailers to sell the expensive hand-woven pieces.

Mississippi-based beer distributor buys Winner Distributing Co. in Baltimore County

6:10 PM EST, February 26, 2014

Mississippi-based beer distributor buys Winner Distributing Co. in Baltimore County

A Mississippi-based Anheuser-Busch wholesaler has agreed to purchase Winner Distributing Co., the Anheuser-Busch distributor for Baltimore and parts of Baltimore County, and an interest in F. P. Winner Ltd., a distributor in Maryland for brands such as Corona, Pabst and Sierra Nevada.

Under Armour's Plank soared in billionaire ranking

6:58 PM EST, March 4, 2014

Under Armour's Plank soared in billionaire ranking

Kevin Plank soared up Forbes' list of the world's top billionaires.

Legg Mason to acquire QS Investors

6:01 PM EST, March 4, 2014

Legg Mason to acquire QS Investors

Legg Mason Inc. has agreed to acquire QS Investors, a New York-based investment firm with $4.1 billion in assets under management and nearly $100 billion in assets under advisory.

Former Towson broker found liable for clients' retirement losses

5:38 PM EST, March 5, 2014

Former Towson broker found liable for clients' retirement losses

A former Towson-based financial advisor for Signator Investors Inc. was found liable, along with the firm, for losses of elderly clients' retirement funds, according to a decision Tuesday by arbitrators for a securities industry regulator.

Jos. A. Bank, Men's Wearhouse to exchange confidential information

6:22 PM EST, March 3, 2014

Jos. A. Bank, Men's Wearhouse to exchange confidential information

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers moved a big step closer toward merging with rival Men's Wearhouse, with an announcement Monday that the two men's apparel chains agreed over the weekend to exchange confidential information and evaluate a potential business marriage.

Under Armour CEO backs bid to turn Recreation Pier into hotel

8:46 PM EST, February 27, 2014

Under Armour CEO backs bid to turn Recreation Pier into hotel

A development group backed by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank could breathe new life into a stalled plan to transform the landmark and long-vacant Recreation Pier in Fells Point into a luxury hotel.

Five questions with Bob Leffler, president of the Leffler Agency

1:22 PM EST, February 22, 2014

Five questions with Bob Leffler, president of the Leffler Agency

As the Baltimore Colts were leaving the city in early 1984, the team's director of sales recalled sitting at the Rusty Scupper bar at the Inner Harbor, wondering what he should do next.

U.Md. program awards $4.1 million to companies and faculty developing tech products

12:43 PM EST, February 26, 2014

U.Md. program awards $4.1 million to companies and faculty developing tech products

A University of Maryland program that matches researchers with companies has awarded $4.1 million to 15 teams working to bring technology products to market.

Jos. A. Bank starts buyback of up to $300 million shares at $65 each

11:45 AM EST, February 19, 2014

Jos. A. Bank starts buyback of up to $300 million shares at $65 each

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. said Wednesday it has started buying back up to $300 million worth of its shares at $65 each, a step toward its planned acquisition of retail chain Eddie Bauer.

Men's Wearhouse ready to meet with Jos. A. Bank to discuss merger

7:05 PM EST, February 28, 2014

Men's Wearhouse ready to meet with Jos. A. Bank to discuss merger

Men's Wearhouse said Friday it is ready to meet with Jos. A. Bank Clothiers to discuss a merger, a day after Hampstead-based Bank said it's willing to hear how much more the larger chain would boost its acquisition bid.

Jos. A. Bank to acquire Eddie Bauer in deal worth $825 million

9:33 PM EST, February 14, 2014

Jos. A. Bank to acquire Eddie Bauer in deal worth $825 million

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers said Friday it plans to buy outdoor retailer Eddie Bauer, a move the company said sets a path for long-term growth and analysts said increases Bank's options as it faces a hostile takeover bid by rival Men's Wearhouse.

Sinclair will buy back $100 million of its stock

6:25 PM EST, February 18, 2014

Sinclair will buy back $100 million of its stock

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. plans to buy back up to $100 million of its common shares.

Jos. A. Bank rejects latest Men's Wearhouse bid

9:19 PM EST, February 27, 2014

Jos. A. Bank rejects latest Men's Wearhouse bid

The first crack in Jos. A. Bank Clothier's resolve to remain independent emerged Thursday as the menswear retailer rejected Men's Wearhouse's increased hostile takeover offer but said it would meet with its rival to discuss a merger.

U.S. speedskaters will debut high-tech Under Armour suits at Olympics

6:41 PM EST, January 31, 2014

U.S. speedskaters will debut high-tech Under Armour suits at Olympics

When they race this month at the Olympics, U.S. speedskaters will suit up in skin-tight, high-tech uniforms that research shows could make a measurable difference in their speed.

Men's Wearhouse ups bid for Jos. A. Bank by 10 percent

7:33 PM EST, February 24, 2014

Men's Wearhouse ups bid for Jos. A. Bank by 10 percent

Men's Wearhouse sweetened its hostile bid for Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. on Monday, raising its price more than 10 percent in a deal that hinges on Bank dropping its plans to buy Eddie Bauer.

Online retailer bambeco wants to make the world a greener place, one room at a time

February 15, 2014

Online retailer bambeco wants to make the world a greener place, one room at a time

Susan Aplin worked behind the scenes for two decades helping run some of the biggest retail stores around — Williams-Sonoma, Sports Authority, Staples, The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Pottery Barn.

380 Verizon Wireless employees will lose call center jobs in Hanover

7:31 PM EST, February 12, 2014

380 Verizon Wireless employees will lose call center jobs in Hanover

About 380 Verizon Wireless employees will lose their jobs at a Hanover call center as part of a national restructuring in which five centers will close and 3,000 workers will need to transfer to new offices or apply for new company jobs, the carrier told workers Wednesday.

Sinclair earnings drop as broadcaster pays off debt

7:26 PM EST, February 12, 2014

Sinclair earnings drop as broadcaster pays off debt

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. capped a year of strong broadcast revenue growth and station acquisitions with a 33 percent jump in fourth-quarter sales but a drop in profit as the Hunt Valley company paid off debt.

Under Armour vaults to bigger playing field with Notre Dame, Naval Academy deals

10:56 AM EST, January 25, 2014

Under Armour vaults to bigger playing field with Notre Dame, Naval Academy deals

Under Armour took on Nike and Adidas — and won.

Under Armour, US Speedskating renew contract for eight years

10:02 PM EST, February 21, 2014

Under Armour, US Speedskating renew contract for eight years

Under Armour acted swiftly to move beyond the controversy over whether the brand's high-tech skinsuits were responsible for U.S. speedskaters' lackluster run at the Sochi Olympics.

Jos. Bank shareholder accuses retailer of 'desperate tactics' in bid for Eddie Bauer

7:35 PM EST, February 18, 2014

Jos. Bank shareholder accuses retailer of 'desperate tactics' in bid for Eddie Bauer

Eminence Capital LLC, a shareholder that's suing Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. for rejecting a $1.6 billion takeover bid from rival Men's Wearhouse, accused the Hampstead-based men's retailer Tuesday of resorting to "desperate tactics" to protect management jobs by planning to buy outdoor clothing retailer Eddie Bauer.

NeighborCare shifting away from retail pharmacies

7:09 PM EST, February 10, 2014

NeighborCare shifting away from retail pharmacies

The closing of five Baltimore-area NeighborCare Pharmacies on Friday was part of parent company Omnicare Inc.'s move away from retail pharmacies to focus on its core business serving institutions, an Omnicare spokesman said Monday.

Students embrace King tenets on <br>nonviolence to resolve conflict

11:00 PM EST, January 19, 2014

Students embrace King tenets on
nonviolence to resolve conflict

Eighth grader Danyelle Taylor has learned about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in school, but she got an up-close peek at King-era mementos Sunday — including a 1957 letter the civil rights leader wrote his literary agent and a program from the 1962 March on Washington.

Glen Burnie-based Haines, top U.S. flooring distributor, acquires rival

6:09 PM EST, February 10, 2014

Glen Burnie-based Haines, top U.S. flooring distributor, acquires rival

Glen Burnie-based J.J. Haines & Co. Inc. cemented its spot as the nation's largest floor covering distributor with the recent acquisition of the third-largest distributor, CMH Space.

Retail experts see benefits to a potential Jos. A. Bank deal with Eddie Bauer

7:41 PM EST, February 2, 2014

Retail experts see benefits to a potential Jos. A. Bank deal with Eddie Bauer

A marriage of suit-seller Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. and the smaller Eddie Bauer casual clothing and outerwear chain could give a boost to both retailers, offering complementary merchandise and customers for each and room to grow online and into new categories, experts said a day after reports of a possible deal surfaced.

Winner Distributing Co. will lay off 125 workers in Baltimore County

6:37 PM EST, February 5, 2014

Winner Distributing Co. will lay off 125 workers in Baltimore County

Winner Distributing Co., the Anheuser-Busch distributor for Baltimore and parts of Baltimore County, will lay off 125 workers at the end of the month, the company said in a notice to Maryland's labor department.

Baltimore County merchants tap into county revitalization program

6:15 PM EST, February 7, 2014

Baltimore County merchants tap into county revitalization program

Plans for redevelopment in downtown Towson have prompted area merchants to consider face-lifts of their own, spurring renewed interest in a Baltimore County program for commercial revitalization.

Maryland firm designs skate blade sharpener for U.S. Olympic speedskaters

6:53 PM EST, February 7, 2014

Maryland firm designs skate blade sharpener for U.S. Olympic speedskaters

Aerospace firm Sigma Space Corp. has joined fellow Maryland companies Under Armour and Lockheed Martin in developing technology to help the U.S. Speedskating team at the Winter Olympics.

Jos. Bank headquarters town hopes for best in takeover battle

3:18 PM EST, January 11, 2014

Jos. Bank headquarters town hopes for best in takeover battle

Consumers know Jos. A. Bank Clothiers for deals such as buy-one-get-two men's suits, but to residents of Hampstead, it's the good corporate citizen that spared the town as Black & Decker withered.

Prospects for Jos. A. Bank and Men's Wearhouse merger dim

8:12 PM EST, February 3, 2014

Prospects for Jos. A. Bank and Men's Wearhouse merger dim

As the prospect of a $1.6 billion merger between Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. and Men's Wearhouse dimmed, investors retrenched Monday, pushing down shares of both retailers much further than the broader market decline.

Renewable energy provider Clean Currents discontinues service

7:15 PM EST, January 31, 2014

Renewable energy provider Clean Currents discontinues service

Clean Currents, a Silver Spring-based provider of renewable energy for residents and businesses, said Friday it has stopped serving customers after rising wholesale electricity prices in the recent cold snap caused the company to default on payments to its supplier, electricity grid operator PJM Interconnection.

Under Armour stock surges as strong sales drive profit

8:13 PM EST, January 30, 2014

Under Armour stock surges as strong sales drive profit

Under Armour finished 2013 with "eye-popping" quarterly results that beat sales and profit expectations and sent its stock price surging Thursday nearly $20 a share to over $100.

6:32 PM EST, January 27, 2014

Gmart International Foods will open in former Santoni's in Highlandtown

Gmart International Foods, a five-store supermarket chain with two Maryland locations, will open in the next 60 days in the former Santoni's Super Market site in Highlandtown, the shopping center's landlord said Monday.

McCormick profits down nearly 13% in fourth quarter

7:38 PM EST, January 29, 2014

McCormick profits down nearly 13% in fourth quarter

Net income fell nearly 13 percent at McCormick & Co. Inc. during the fourth quarter, sending its shares sliding more than 6 percent Wednesday.

Jos. Bank moves to protect itself from Men's Wearhouse takeover

7:36 PM EST, January 3, 2014

Jos. Bank moves to protect itself from Men's Wearhouse takeover

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. has taken steps to protect itself from a hostile takeover after having rejected an acquisition bid by rival Men's Wearhouse.

Employers invest more in workplace wellness

12:08 PM EST, January 18, 2014

Employers invest more in workplace wellness

Janis Smith feels a lot healthier — and more confident — since shedding 65 pounds in six months, and that has helped in her job leading employee training for 1st Mariner Bank.

Arenacross amateur day brings jolt of adrenaline

7:09 PM EST, January 12, 2014

Arenacross amateur day brings jolt of adrenaline

Seth Wallace knew early on he wanted to race dirt bikes, just like he saw on YouTube.

New Year's revelers trade up to French champagne as economy improves

8:13 PM EST, December 30, 2013

New Year's revelers trade up to French champagne as economy improves

More people are likely to toast this New Year with a glass of French champagne, industry observers say, an optimistic economic sign as consumers look beyond cheaper sparkling wines.

Jos. Bank shareholder to nominate two directors in push for merger with Men's Wearhouse

2:49 PM EST, January 14, 2014

Jos. Bank shareholder to nominate two directors in push for merger with Men's Wearhouse

A large shareholder that is pushing Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. to negotiate with suitor Men's Wearhouse plans to nominate two company directors at Bank's annual shareholder meeting.

Jos. Bank rejects Men's Wearhouse bid

5:32 PM EST, December 23, 2013

Jos. Bank rejects Men's Wearhouse bid

Just as its offer to buy its rival was rejected, Jos A. Bank Clothiers Inc. spurned a $1.2 billion turn-table acquisition bid by Men's Wearhouse Inc. on Monday, but most observers still believe a merger is inevitable.

Mars Super Market to close Baltimore warehouse and lay off 78 workers in March

5:37 PM EST, January 13, 2014

Mars Super Market to close Baltimore warehouse and lay off 78 workers in March

Baltimore-based Mars Super Markets Inc. plans to close its Edison Highway distribution center on March 9 and lay off 78 workers, the company said Monday.

Federal Reserve official sees continued slow recovery

7:55 PM EST, January 3, 2014

Federal Reserve official sees continued slow recovery

The economy is likely to continue dragging in a slow recovery this year, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond told a Maryland bankers group Friday.

Furby, Barbie and other old-school toys a hit for holidays

2:39 PM EST, December 21, 2013

Furby, Barbie and other old-school toys a hit for holidays

Straight from the '90s, Furby is back on store shelves this holiday season, along with classic toys that never left: Barbie, Hot Wheels and Elmo, to name a few.

Five Questions for John Ciambruschini

9:41 AM EST, January 4, 2014

Five Questions for John Ciambruschini

John Ciambruschini began learning to handcraft garments as a teenage apprentice to his father in Rome, tailoring made-to-order suits, slacks, dresses and skirts.

Shareholder moves to force Jos. A. Bank to negotiate with Men's Wearhouse

7:23 PM EST, January 13, 2014

Shareholder moves to force Jos. A. Bank to negotiate with Men's Wearhouse

A New York hedge fund's push to force Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. to negotiate with suitor Men's Wearhouse could make it more difficult for Bank to fight off the rival chain's $1.61 billion hostile takeover attempt.

Men's Wearhouse launches hostile takeover of Jos A. Bank

7:52 PM EST, January 6, 2014

Men's Wearhouse launches hostile takeover of Jos A. Bank

Men's Wearhouse moved Monday to pin Jos. A. Bank Clothiers in a corner with a hostile $1.6 billion bid for its smaller rival.

Under Armour goes for Olympic gold

9:59 AM EST, January 4, 2014

Under Armour goes for Olympic gold

When the winter Olympics gets underway next month in Sochi, Russia, Under Armour's logo will be seen by millions of viewers around the globe as the Baltimore-based brand sponsors two U.S. teams and another from Canada.

Giant and Safeway workers ratify three-year contract

7:39 PM EST, December 17, 2013

Giant and Safeway workers ratify three-year contract

Workers for Giant Food and Safeway stores in the Baltimore-Washington region voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ratify a three-year labor contract that preserves health benefits and raises wages over three years.

Under Armour will sponsor South American Colo-Colo soccer club

5:25 PM EST, January 2, 2014

Under Armour will sponsor South American Colo-Colo soccer club

Under Armour took a step toward gaining greater global recognition for its brand Thursday, announcing a sponsorship of South American soccer club Colo-Colo, part of Chile's Primera Division.

Google's pop-up store uses technology to tempt shoppers

6:15 PM EST, December 16, 2013

Google's pop-up store uses technology to tempt shoppers

The igloo-like snow globe in the middle of the Annapolis mall caught the eye of James Soni.

Holiday shoppers are feeling time-crunched

5:27 PM EST, December 15, 2013

Holiday shoppers are feeling time-crunched

With a shortened holiday season punctuated by weekend winter storms, holiday shoppers in Maryland are feeling the pressure.

Effective leadership can boost federal employee satisfaction, partnership finds

10:42 PM EST, December 25, 2013

Effective leadership can boost federal employee satisfaction, partnership finds

Leadership, more than any other factor, shapes how federal employees view their workplaces, says Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service.

Winter weather comes in milder

9:00 PM EST, December 14, 2013

Winter weather comes in milder

Lighter-than-expected precipitation and an early arrival of warm air limited snowfall across the Baltimore area Saturday, with less than 2 inches falling in parts of Carroll and northern Baltimore counties.

Grocery workers union reach agreement with Giant and Safeway

11:38 AM EST, December 11, 2013

Grocery workers union reach agreement with Giant and Safeway

Union leaders representing 28,000 Giant Food and Safeway workers reached a tentative agreement with both supermarket chains on a new labor contract, which will be presented to members Dec. 17 for a vote.

Jos. Bank considers options for growth

12:13 PM EST, December 7, 2013

Jos. Bank considers options for growth

Men's Wearhouse's $1.2 billion turnabout offer for Jos. A. Bank Clothiers might have painted the smaller men's retailer into a corner.

Under Armour completes $150 million purchase of MapMyFitness

5:44 PM EST, December 6, 2013

Under Armour completes $150 million purchase of MapMyFitness

Under Armour completed its planned $150 million purchase of fitness technology firm MapMyFitness Inc. Friday, marking the Baltimore-based sports apparel maker's first-ever acquisition.

Men's Wearhouse wants to buy Jos. A. Bank for $1.2 billion

8:51 PM EST, November 26, 2013

Men's Wearhouse wants to buy Jos. A. Bank for $1.2 billion

Men's Wearhouse suddenly likes the way Jos. A. Bank Clothiers looks.

Delaney urges business leaders to help shape minimum wage proposal

6:27 PM EST, December 12, 2013

Delaney urges business leaders to help shape minimum wage proposal

With momentum building for higher hourly pay in Maryland, Rep. John Delaney, a co-sponsor of a federal minimum wage bill and a former CEO, urged Baltimore-area business leaders Thursday to have a voice in a measure he said is long overdue.

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers continues to review Men's Wearhouse offer

5:44 PM EST, December 5, 2013

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers continues to review Men's Wearhouse offer

It could be a while before Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. formally responds to the takeover offer from its rival Men's Wearhouse Inc., as executives focus on the key holiday retail selling season and other potential acquisitions.

Sinclair Broadcast finalizes $370 million Barrington TV station deal

5:46 PM EST, November 25, 2013

Sinclair Broadcast finalizes $370 million Barrington TV station deal

Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said Monday it finalized its planned purchase of 18 television stations owned by Barrington Broadcasting Group for $370 million.

Sysco to buy US Foods, former Columbia-based company, for $3.5 billion

9:29 PM EST, December 9, 2013

Sysco to buy US Foods, former Columbia-based company, for $3.5 billion

A merger of the top two U.S. food distributors, Sysco and US Foods, could mean cutbacks at facilities in Severn and Jessup that employ hundreds of workers and sit fewer than 10 miles apart as a combined company consolidates operations across the United States.

Cyber Monday, while less significant, could account for $2 billion in sales

7:49 PM EST, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday, while less significant, could account for $2 billion in sales

Consumers went in search of cyber deals Monday amid a barrage of emails and Web offers from retailers.

'Shop Small' gives merchants a big boost

5:44 PM EST, November 30, 2013

'Shop Small' gives merchants a big boost

Even hard-core shoppers might not know the Saturday after Thanksgiving has an official retail-related name.

McCormick CEO helps find 5-year-old customer's favorite, but discontinued, spice

5:00 AM EST, December 1, 2013

McCormick CEO helps find 5-year-old customer's favorite, but discontinued, spice

As parents of picky eaters know, there's no getting around deeply ingrained eating habits.

Temps dip Sunday, some snow in mountains possible close to Thanksgiving

3:19 PM EST, November 24, 2013

Temps dip Sunday, some snow in mountains possible close to Thanksgiving

Forecasters are keeping an eye on storms in several regions of the U.S. that could dump cold rain or even some snow in the Baltimore-Washington area in the days just before Thanksgiving, potentially complicating plans during the busiest travel time of the year.

Black Friday stretches into long weekend of buying

4:25 PM EST, November 23, 2013

Black Friday stretches into long weekend of buying

Although the traditional start to the holiday shopping season is still days away, Morgan Somerville has already mapped out her bargain-hunting strategy.

Giant, Safeway workers to picket outside new Giant Food in Washington

4:33 PM EST, November 20, 2013

Giant, Safeway workers to picket outside new Giant Food in Washington

Giant Food and Safeway workers, who are negotiating with management over a labor contract that expires Dec. 20, plan to picket Thursday outside a new Giant store in northwest Washington.

Five Questions for Ed Sloman

November 16, 2013

Five Questions for Ed Sloman

Ed Sloman spends a lot of time at work playing games.

Men's Wearhouse may now review potential merger with Jos. A. Bank

8:39 PM EST, November 12, 2013

Men's Wearhouse may now review potential merger with Jos. A. Bank

Jos. A Bank Clothier's bid for Men's Wearhouse gained new life Tuesday.

Under Armour to supply the National Lacrosse League

7:50 PM EST, November 25, 2013

Under Armour to supply the National Lacrosse League

Under Armour will become the National Lacrosse League's exclusive supplier of apparel, footwear and equipment under a deal announced Monday.

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.

Man fatally stabbed Friday on Sinclair Lane

6:00 PM EST, November 23, 2013

Man fatally stabbed Friday on Sinclair Lane

A 23-year-old man was fatally stabbed Friday night in the 5000 block of Sinclair Lane, Baltimore police said Saturday.

Jos. A. Bank drops $2.3 billion bid for Men's Wearhouse

7:39 PM EST, November 15, 2013

Jos. A. Bank drops $2.3 billion bid for Men's Wearhouse

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. withdrew its $2.3 billion offer for Men's Wearhouse on Friday, but it left the door open for future merger talks.

Under Armour to acquire MapMyFitness

7:47 PM EST, November 14, 2013

Under Armour to acquire MapMyFitness

Under Armour took a huge leap forward in the fast-emerging fitness technology market Thursday with plans for a $150 million acquisition of MapMyFitness, creator of the MapMyRun and MapMyRide mobile applications and websites.

Giant Food, Safeway workers authorize strike against chains

7:18 PM EST, November 13, 2013

Giant Food, Safeway workers authorize strike against chains

Workers for Giant Food and Safeway in parts of Maryland, Virginia and Washington voted Wednesday to authorize a strike against the supermarket chains, saying management has refused to offer a fair labor contract.

Under Armour opens retail store, promotional venue in China

9:50 AM EDT, October 18, 2013

Under Armour opens retail store, promotional venue in China

Under Armour, in a race to expand its brand globally, opened its first-ever Under Armour Experience, a blend of retail store and promotional venue, in Shanghai, China.

Jos. A. Bank has no update on Men's Wearhouse offer with deadline imminent

7:03 PM EST, November 14, 2013

Jos. A. Bank has no update on Men's Wearhouse offer with deadline imminent

Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. had issued no update as of late Thursday on whether Men's Wearhouse would reconsider Bank's $2.3 billion acquisition bid.

Local spice makers defend safety after FDA report

7:13 PM EST, November 4, 2013

Local spice makers defend safety after FDA report

Spice makers in Baltimore defended their food handling practices after a Food and Drug Administration report said that 12 percent of imported spices were contaminated with insects, animal hair and other things over a two-year period.

6:07 PM EST, November 23, 2013

Pedestrian struck and killed in Edgewood

A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a vehicle early Saturday morning in Edgewood, fire officials said Saturday.

Former stripper on The Block is owed back wages under labor laws, judge rules

5:37 PM EST, November 8, 2013

Former stripper on The Block is owed back wages under labor laws, judge rules

A federal judge ruled Thursday that an exotic dancer at a nightclub on The Block, Baltimore's strip-club district, worked as an employee, not an independent contractor, and should be paid back wages.

Men's Wearhouse rejects Jos. A. Bank's latest bid

8:04 PM EST, November 4, 2013

Men's Wearhouse rejects Jos. A. Bank's latest bid

Men's Wearhouse rejected Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc.'s latest effort to acquire it, denying the Hampstead-based retailer's request to review nonpublic company information.

Sinclair Broadcast profits up 38 percent in third quarter

5:58 PM EST, November 6, 2013

Sinclair Broadcast profits up 38 percent in third quarter

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. saw profit for the third quarter jump 38 percent, benefiting from strength in television advertising and growth in revenue from fees broadcasters charge cable TV companies to carry their signals.

Environmental Recovery Corp. expands into Baltimore

5:00 PM EDT, October 17, 2013

Environmental Recovery Corp. expands into Baltimore

Environmental Recovery Corp., a residual waste-processing facility based in Lancaster, Pa., is expanding into the Baltimore area with the acquisition of two Rosedale companies.

Sale of Allen Edmonds could boost Jos. A. Bank's bid for Men's Wearhouse

11:56 AM EST, November 5, 2013

Sale of Allen Edmonds could boost Jos. A. Bank's bid for Men's Wearhouse

The sale of upscale men's shoemaker Allen Edmonds Corp. to a private equity firm could help Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. in its so-far unsuccessful bid for The Men's Wearhouse, which rejected Bank's proposal and instead reportedly was considering buying Edmonds.

Under Armour CEO Plank sells 94,500 shares

6:38 PM EDT, November 1, 2013

Under Armour CEO Plank sells 94,500 shares

Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin A. Plank sold 94,500 shares of company stock in a transaction reported late Thursday for a total value of $7,670,407.

Employers face health reform uncertainties

7:05 PM EDT, October 25, 2013

Employers face health reform uncertainties

Even though employers won't be required to offer health insurance under Obamacare for more than a year, many already are fretting about the uncertainties raised by the law.

Men's Wearhouse shareholder hires adviser to help push for talks with Jos. A. Bank

7:07 PM EST, November 20, 2013

Men's Wearhouse shareholder hires adviser to help push for talks with Jos. A. Bank

The largest shareholder of The Men's Wearhouse Inc. is once again calling for the retailer to resume merger talks with Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. and hired a strategic adviser to help the effort.

Five Questions for Frank Bonsal III

5:11 PM EDT, October 25, 2013

Five Questions for Frank Bonsal III

Towson University is getting more serious about entrepreneurship on campus, and Frank Bonsal III will play a big role in that new focus.

Omega Healthcare to sell $75 million of new stock

2:15 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

Omega Healthcare to sell $75 million of new stock

Hunt Valley-based Omega Healthcare Investors has announced a public offering of 2.5 million shares of common stock priced at $30 per share.

Under Armour profit up 27 percent in third quarter

6:58 PM EDT, October 24, 2013

Under Armour profit up 27 percent in third quarter

Under Armour's profits jumped 27 percent in the third quarter, with higher athletic apparel sales led by products designed to be worn during workouts in cold or rainy weather.

The Shops at Canton Crossing opens Tuesday

11:30 AM EDT, October 8, 2013

The Shops at Canton Crossing opens Tuesday

The Shops at Canton Crossing, a sprawling $105 million shopping center on Boston Street in Canton, has been years in the making.

Amazon's Baltimore distribution center means sales tax for its Md. shoppers

9:49 PM EDT, October 23, 2013

Amazon's Baltimore distribution center means sales tax for its Md. shoppers

When Amazon.com opens a huge distribution center next year in Southeast Baltimore, consumers across the state who buy books, electronics, toys or anything else from the online seller will no longer be able to avoid the state's 6 percent sales tax.

Penn National raises stakes in fight for P.G. Co. casino license

10:15 PM EDT, October 21, 2013

Penn National raises stakes in fight for P.G. Co. casino license

Raising the stakes among the three companies vying to build a casino in Prince George's County, Penn National Gaming promised Monday to plow nearly $320 million into the county's health and educational systems if it secures the license.

Giant, Safeway and union agree to extend workers contract through Dec. 20

5:46 PM EST, November 12, 2013

Giant, Safeway and union agree to extend workers contract through Dec. 20

Giant Food and Safeway and the union representing grocery workers in the Baltimore-Washington area agreed Tuesday to extend the labor contract through Dec. 20, while negotiators wrangle over issues such as health benefits.

Giant and Safeway workers may consider labor contract Wednesday

5:55 PM EST, November 11, 2013

Giant and Safeway workers may consider labor contract Wednesday

Workers for Giant Food and Safeway supermarkets in the Baltimore-Washington area could vote on a new labor contract as early as Wednesday.

Jos. A Bank may raise Men's Wearhouse offer

6:55 PM EDT, October 31, 2013

Jos. A Bank may raise Men's Wearhouse offer

Firing another shot in its attempt to buy Men's Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. said Thursday it would consider sweetening its $2.3 billion offer to buy its rival.

Jos. A. Bank projects 3<sup>r</sup><sup>d</sup> quarter earnings increase

12:42 PM EST, November 12, 2013

Jos. A. Bank projects 3rd quarter earnings increase

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. expects earnings per share to rise from 4 percent to 9 percent in the third quarter, the Hampstead-based retailer said Tuesday.

Five questions for Lydia Diaz

September 28, 2013

Five questions for Lydia Diaz

Lydia Diaz went to work for Target right out of college more than a decade ago, helping to open, then manage a new store in Louisiana. Now she oversees several dozen stores and thousands of workers as Target's senior group director of stores for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Jos. A. Bank presses on with pursuit of Men's Wearhouse

November 2, 2013

Jos. A. Bank presses on with pursuit of Men's Wearhouse

A war of words between Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. and Men's Wearhouse has only complicated a potential deal between the clothing titans.

Second vendor files lawsuit against Santoni's

6:00 PM EDT, October 18, 2013

Second vendor files lawsuit against Santoni's

A second vendor has filed a lawsuit against Santoni's Supermarket, a Highlandtown institution that said earlier this week it will be forced to close because of Baltimore's bottled-beverage tax.

Golden years grow dimmer as workers labor longer

5:00 AM EDT, September 23, 2013

Golden years grow dimmer as workers labor longer

Before the recession, Madie Green's home daycare was normally full. As parents lost their jobs and pulled kids out, the 55-year-old District Heights woman spent through her savings to keep up on her mortgage and auto payments.

Sinclair Broadcast closes on $115 million Titan TV station deal

1:11 PM EDT, October 3, 2013

Sinclair Broadcast closes on $115 million Titan TV station deal

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has closed on its planned purchase of four television stations owned by Titan Television Broadcast Group for $115.35 million.

Shoppers spend more on Halloween

6:47 PM EDT, October 28, 2013

Shoppers spend more on Halloween

Thomas Gallagher tried to steer his daughter toward one of the less-pricey costumes at Spirit Halloween in Glen Burnie. But then the 5-year-old spied the Snow White get-up.

FDA moving to ban trans fat from processed foods

7:26 PM EST, November 7, 2013

FDA moving to ban trans fat from processed foods

After buying Fractured Prune Doughnuts in January, Dan Brinton switched to an oil without trans fats to fry the chain's hand-dipped glazed doughnuts.

Health care tax credit promoted to small businesses in Arundel

2:43 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

Health care tax credit promoted to small businesses in Arundel

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and the Maryland Health Care For All Coalition are encouraging small businesses in Anne Arundel County to use federal tax credits available through the Affordable Care Act to cover some of the costs of providing employee health insurance.

Men's Wearhouse shuns acquisition offer from Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

10:03 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

Men's Wearhouse shuns acquisition offer from Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

Struggling men's retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. is bidding to secure its future with the $2.3 billion offer it made for larger rival Men's Wearhouse.

Under Armour director Piper to step down

5:13 PM EDT, October 8, 2013

Under Armour director Piper to step down

Under Armour Inc. board member Brenda Piper will resign Nov. 1, the Baltimore-based sports apparel maker said Tuesday.

BWI restaurant workers file lawsuit over wages

5:33 PM EDT, October 24, 2013

BWI restaurant workers file lawsuit over wages

Three restaurant workers at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport have filed a collective action lawsuit that accuses the operator of five airport restaurants of failing to pay minimum and overtime wages.

Gen Y shoppers, raised on e-commerce, still prefer in-store experience

September 7, 2013

Gen Y shoppers, raised on e-commerce, still prefer in-store experience

Liz Derubertis browsed stores at Arundel Mills mall Wednesday in search of a dress to wear to a wedding. The 26-year-old bartender and University of Maryland, Baltimore County student never shops for clothes online.

Developer plans mixed-use project for long-vacant Inner Harbor lot

7:34 PM EDT, August 26, 2013

Developer plans mixed-use project for long-vacant Inner Harbor lot

A new tower, possibly of apartments, could rise on the East Pratt Street parking lot across from Harborplace in the next four to six years, filling one of the most prominent vacant lots in downtown Baltimore.

Five Questions for Frank Gunion

August 24, 2013

Five Questions for Frank Gunion

Frank Gunion was studying international relations in college in 1968 when he decided to open a small surf shack at the beach. He sold handmade surfboards and a few swimsuits.

Obamacare supporters, critics united against requirement for Congress, staff

10:38 PM EDT, October 30, 2013

Obamacare supporters, critics united against requirement for Congress, staff

During the debate over the Affordable Care Act, critics in Congress warned that the law would mean that many Americans would lose their existing employer-provided insurance coverage.

Poker tables open at Rocky Gap Casino

5:08 PM EDT, October 4, 2013

Poker tables open at Rocky Gap Casino

Poker tables opened Friday at Rocky Gap Casino Resort near Cumberland in Western Maryland, state lottery officials said.

Lax World, under new ownership, charts path to growth

7:53 PM EDT, September 9, 2013

Lax World, under new ownership, charts path to growth

The new owners of Lax World plan to ride the sport's mushrooming popularity to rapidly expand the small retail chain and establish it as the go-to brand for lacrosse gear nationwide.

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers faces challenges in pursuit of Men's Wearhouse chain

October 12, 2013

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers faces challenges in pursuit of Men's Wearhouse chain

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. faces a difficult fight in its $2.3 billion quest to acquire rival Men's Wearhouse, experts say.

IWIF changing name and structure

3:17 PM EDT, September 25, 2013

IWIF changing name and structure

IWIF is changing its name and corporate structure on Oct. 1, the workers' compensation insurer said Tuesday.

Jos. A. Bank reports 38% drop in quarterly profit

6:29 PM EDT, September 5, 2013

Jos. A. Bank reports 38% drop in quarterly profit

Difficulties continued in the second quarter for Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc., but shareholders reacted well to steps the men's retailer took to address their concerns.

Solo Cup warehouse sells for $44 million

4:05 PM EDT, August 28, 2013

Solo Cup warehouse sells for $44 million

A Carroll County distribution center used by Solo Cup has sold for $44 million, a broker involved in the sale said Wednesday.

Sinclair plans to buy eight TV stations in Pa., Fla. for $90 million

7:32 PM EDT, September 25, 2013

Sinclair plans to buy eight TV stations in Pa., Fla. for $90 million

Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to buy eight television stations from New Age Media for $90 million, continuing a string of recent station acquisitions.

Shareholders wage campaign against Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

August 17, 2013

Shareholders wage campaign against Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers faces a growing shareholder revolt as demonstrated by an institutional investor's open letter last week calling for the Hampstead-based retailer to return its growing cash reserve to owners of its stock.

Baltimore-area home prices rose 5.6 percent in July

6:15 PM EDT, August 12, 2013

Baltimore-area home prices rose 5.6 percent in July

Baltimore-area home prices rose in July to their highest level in five years as buyers competed for a limited supply of homes on the market, the region's multiple listing service said Monday.

Hard Rock Cafe reinvents brand with remodel and live music focus

6:18 PM EDT, September 30, 2013

Hard Rock Cafe reinvents brand with remodel and live music focus

Guitars still line the red walls at the Hard Rock Cafe in Baltimore, sharing space with rock stars' jackets, autographed records, suede boots worn by Prince and Madonna's purple sequined shorts.

Natural Products Expo, one of city's biggest trade shows, returns Thursday

7:16 PM EDT, September 23, 2013

Natural Products Expo, one of city's biggest trade shows, returns Thursday

The Natural Products Expo, one of Baltimore's biggest trade shows, has been good for business for Eldersburg-based Salazon Chocolate Co.

Career Connections in Park Heights offers the jobless training and hope

6:32 PM EDT, September 16, 2013

Career Connections in Park Heights offers the jobless training and hope

When Toni Coleman walked into Career Connections in Baltimore's Park Heights a month ago, she saw the rows of computers and training classrooms she'd expected of a new employment center.

Jos. A. Bank appoints former department store head to board

5:15 PM EDT, September 4, 2013

Jos. A. Bank appoints former department store head to board

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. has appointed a former Bon-Ton Stores executive to its board of directors, the Hampstead-based men's apparel chain said Wednesday.

Shoppers to get weeklong break on state sales tax

7:14 PM EDT, August 9, 2013

Shoppers to get weeklong break on state sales tax

Organizers of Maryland's tax-free shopping week are aiming to give back-to-school buying in August the kind of boost that Black Friday gives to holiday spending each fall.

Medifast trims workforce by less than 3 percent

6:29 PM EDT, September 11, 2013

Medifast trims workforce by less than 3 percent

Owings Mills-based Medifast Inc. has laid off 24 employees, less than 3 percent of its 860-person workforce, over the past few weeks as the weight loss system company reviewed staffing levels, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Giant Food president Anthony Hucker will resign

2:28 PM EDT, September 9, 2013

Giant Food president Anthony Hucker will resign

Giant Food's president, Anthony Hucker, will resign effective Friday after two years at the helm of the Baltimore area's biggest supermarket chain, Ahold USA announced Monday.

Jos. A. Bank stock climbs 12 percent as shareholders call for new direction

6:36 PM EDT, August 13, 2013

Jos. A. Bank stock climbs 12 percent as shareholders call for new direction

Shares of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. jumped 12.5 percent Tuesday after investment manager BeaconLight Capital LLC urged the Hampstead-based men's apparel chain to change direction by reorganizing its board and returning cash to shareholders.

Protesters of minimum wage target downtown McDonald's

5:59 PM EDT, July 24, 2013

Protesters of minimum wage target downtown McDonald's

About 20 protesters calling for a higher minimum wage marched into McDonald's on East Baltimore Street during Wednesday's lunch rush, performed a parody skit with "Ronald McDonald," handed fliers to customers and chanted "raise the wage."

Jos. A. Bank issues profit warning

6:29 PM EDT, August 15, 2013

Jos. A. Bank issues profit warning

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. expects profits to drop in the second quarter, the Hampstead-based retailer announced Thursday.

OSHA orders back pay for pilot fired after emergency landing

5:49 PM EDT, September 9, 2013

OSHA orders back pay for pilot fired after emergency landing

Charter pilot Martin Campanella said he thought he was doing the right thing when he refused to fly a plane he believed was unsafe.

'Red Light District' sign for adult store in Salisbury is illegal, mayor says

1:03 PM EDT, August 13, 2013

'Red Light District' sign for adult store in Salisbury is illegal, mayor says

A new sign for the adult-themed "Red Light District" store in Salisbury is illegal and the business is in poor taste, the Eastern Shore town's mayor said Tuesday.

Sinclair plans to create 'hybrid' cable TV news channel

7:04 PM EDT, July 30, 2013

Sinclair plans to create 'hybrid' cable TV news channel

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. plans to create a new cable television news channel with a blend of local and national programming and bring it to cities across the United States over the next couple of years, CEO David Smith said Tuesday.

9:09 PM EDT, June 24, 2013

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers considering acquisitions

When reports surfaced that Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. had bid for a designer jeans maker, CEO R. Neal Black said the company's board decided it had to go public with plans to pursue potential acquisitions.

A fix for the cracked-screen smartphone

3:19 PM EDT, July 13, 2013

A fix for the cracked-screen smartphone

Some people drop them. Others leave their mobile phone on the roof of the car and drive off. Or they slip the device into a purse or pocket and miss.

Sinclair Broadcast Group net income down 41 percent

7:09 PM EDT, August 7, 2013

Sinclair Broadcast Group net income down 41 percent

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s second-quarter net income fell 41 percent, to $17.8 million, or 19 cents a share, from $30.1 million, or 37 cents a share, in the same period a year earlier but beat Wall Street's expectations.

Sinclair Broadcast buying eight stations for nearly $1B

5:15 PM EDT, July 29, 2013

Sinclair Broadcast buying eight stations for nearly $1B

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s buying spree continued Monday when the Hunt Valley broadcaster announced its largest deal to date at nearly $1 billion.

Officials promote health insurance tax credit to small businesses

7:07 PM EDT, July 22, 2013

Officials promote health insurance tax credit to small businesses

State and local officials are trying to promote public awareness of a little-known federal tax credit to help small businesses cover some of the costs of providing health insurance to their workers.

Northeast Baltimore residents fight to block Royal Farms store and gas station

5:33 PM EDT, August 14, 2013

Northeast Baltimore residents fight to block Royal Farms store and gas station

Northeast Baltimore residents are appealing a city zoning decision allowing a Royal Farms store and gas station to be built in Hamilton, saying the store would create traffic hazards and disrupt the residential neighborhood.

Maryland gained jobs in June, but unemployment rises to 7%

8:42 PM EDT, July 18, 2013

Maryland gained jobs in June, but unemployment rises to 7%

For the second straight month, Maryland added jobs but saw its unemployment rate go up.

Maryland politicians throw support behind raising minimum wage

4:49 PM EDT, September 2, 2013

Maryland politicians throw support behind raising minimum wage

Momentum appears to be building to raise the minimum wage in Maryland, with key politicians recently announcing support to increase hourly pay to at least $10 an hour.

50 years later, desegregation of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park celebrated

9:58 PM EDT, July 7, 2013

50 years later, desegregation of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park celebrated

The wooden roller coaster and the Dixie Ballroom are long gone.

Md. biotech companies and investors have until Friday to apply for tax credits, state says

2:18 PM EDT, June 26, 2013

Md. biotech companies and investors have until Friday to apply for tax credits, state says

Early-stage Maryland biotechnology companies and investors must apply by Friday to be considered for the first-round of up to $10 million in state biotechnology investment tax credits, the state department of Business and Economic Development said Wednesday.

Maryland Life magazine to cease publication

8:08 PM EDT, July 8, 2013

Maryland Life magazine to cease publication

Maryland Life's June issue will be its last because of insufficient advertising sales, the publisher of the Frederick-based tourism magazine said Monday.

Health care provides more jobs than a decade ago, report says

1:38 PM EDT, July 1, 2013

Health care provides more jobs than a decade ago, report says

Health care now accounts for a bigger share of jobs than before the recession in all major metro areas, including Baltimore, the Brookings Institution said Monday.

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.

Artscape's '10,000 brushes' project makes artists of everyone

9:19 PM EDT, July 20, 2013

Artscape's '10,000 brushes' project makes artists of everyone

About a half-dozen people at a time pitched in Saturday to help Baltimore artist Wilson Kemp complete a mural during Artscape. They crouched near the bottom of the canvas, perched on a step stool or squeezed in somewhere in the middle, ignoring the heat as they gripped paint brushes and zeroed in on their own small corners of a bigger picture.

Five questions for Anthony Ashton

July 13, 2013

Five questions for Anthony Ashton

Before he was a lawyer, Anthony Ashton was a high school guidance counselor and a middle school teacher before that.

Bank buys Inn at the Black Olive for $3.9 million

7:46 PM EDT, June 13, 2013

Bank buys Inn at the Black Olive for $3.9 million

The Inn at the Black Olive, a boutique hotel in Fells Point, was sold at auction for $3.9 million Thursday to mortgage holder 1st Mariner Bank.

S.D. lender that claimed tribal immunity ordered to stop making loans in Md.

12:59 PM EDT, June 13, 2013

S.D. lender that claimed tribal immunity ordered to stop making loans in Md.

State regulators have ordered a South Dakota-based payday lender to stop making consumer loans in Maryland after finding the company used predatory tactics and charged excessive interest rates.

Mother of teen who died after dental surgery advocates for dental safety

9:30 PM EDT, June 30, 2013

Mother of teen who died after dental surgery advocates for dental safety

The mother of a Howard County teenager who died after dental surgery wants to see all pediatric dental procedures that use general anesthesia take place in hospitals someday.

Veterans get help translating military skills to civilian jobs

4:21 PM EDT, August 6, 2013

Veterans get help translating military skills to civilian jobs

Teresa Hicks' career in the Navy stretches back 24 years, with assignments on land and sea, and deployments around the world as both an enlisted sailor and an officer.

Jos. A. Bank first-quarter earnings fall 45 percent

5:19 PM EDT, June 5, 2013

Jos. A. Bank first-quarter earnings fall 45 percent

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. said Wednesday its first-quarter earnings slid 45 percent as store sales slowed, inventory costs rose and the men's apparel chain sold more items at clearance prices.

Regus 'flexible workplace' centers expand in Maryland

8:50 PM EDT, June 3, 2013

Regus 'flexible workplace' centers expand in Maryland

Technology company Hope LoanPort could have signed a conventional lease for its new headquarters in Baltimore.

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.

Job turnover increases in recovering market

12:49 PM EDT, June 22, 2013

Job turnover increases in recovering market

Patrick McAvoy knew his job had some drawbacks. As a contract employee at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, he lacked benefits and long-term stability, but he stayed on as an events coordinator for three years, hoping to be hired full time and seeing little opportunity elsewhere.

Sinclair envisions new cable news channel across U.S.

6:00 PM EDT, August 3, 2013

Sinclair envisions new cable news channel across U.S.

Sinclair Broadcast Group's billion-dollar bet on seven ABC affiliates and a regional news network in Washington, D.C., hinges on a plan to transform that network into a national enterprise.

Sinclair Broadcast agrees to buy Titan Television for $115 million

12:16 PM EDT, June 4, 2013

Sinclair Broadcast agrees to buy Titan Television for $115 million

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. announced Tuesday it has agreed to buy Titan Television Broadcast Group, owner of four television stations in three markets, for $115.35 million.

Harris Teeter to be acquired by Kroger in $2.5 billion deal

7:49 PM EDT, July 9, 2013

Harris Teeter to be acquired by Kroger in $2.5 billion deal

Kroger Co.'s planned acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. will allow it to capitalize on Harris Teeter's growing presence in the Baltimore-Washington market, but consumers will see few, if any, changes in existing stores.

Convenience store competition heats up

July 6, 2013

Convenience store competition heats up

Call it the battle of fried chicken versus made-to-order hoagies, both served with a side of gasoline.

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.

Gay marriage law boosting wedding-related business in Maryland

8:26 PM EDT, May 17, 2013

Gay marriage law boosting wedding-related business in Maryland

The gay couples who've booked Rouge Fine Catering in Hunt Valley for their weddings have appreciated not only good food and stylish events, but something less tangible.

Five questions for Toby Bozzuto

6:09 PM EDT, June 1, 2013

Five questions for Toby Bozzuto

Toby Bozzuto seemed headed for a career in the music industry.

Professionals buying into perfect jobs

6:03 PM EDT, June 1, 2013

Professionals buying into perfect jobs

Annette Walter was chief operating officer of a fast-growing Baltimore real estate company. Her husband, Shawn, a former construction project manager, had launched a successful career in sales.

With Michael Phelps on hand, Under Armour pledges new jobs, growth

8:25 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

With Michael Phelps on hand, Under Armour pledges new jobs, growth

Under Armour plans to hire hundreds of workers at its Locust Point headquarters this year, expand facilities on its campus and bring its brand of sports apparel and footwear to new markets in the U.S. and around the world.

Comcast starts charging monthly fee for digital adapters

10:00 AM EDT, May 4, 2013

Comcast starts charging monthly fee for digital adapters

Comcast Corp. cable TV subscribers might have noticed a small new charge in their bills recently.

Micros Systems says third-quarter net income rose 2.4 percent

8:04 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

Micros Systems says third-quarter net income rose 2.4 percent

Micros Systems Inc., a maker of software for the hospitality and retail industries, reported third-quarter net income of $44.3 million Thursday, a 2.4 percent increase compared with the same period in 2013 and a record for a third quarter.

Protesters oppose possible sale of The Baltimore Sun to Koch brothers

6:31 PM EDT, May 21, 2013

Protesters oppose possible sale of The Baltimore Sun to Koch brothers

Ten protesters gathered Tuesday morning in front of The Baltimore Sun's office on North Calvert Street, rallying against a possible sale of the newspaper to Koch Industries.

H&amp;S plans expanded Whole Foods, department store, apartments for Central Avenue sites

8:10 PM EDT, May 10, 2013

H&S plans expanded Whole Foods, department store, apartments for Central Avenue sites

H&S Properties Development Corp. plans to push its Harbor East development east across Central Avenue with an expanded Whole Foods Market, a possible department store and apartments on two sites, baker-turned-developer John Paterakis Sr. said Friday.

M&amp;T Bank executive named chair of Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board

1:16 PM EDT, May 20, 2013

M&T Bank executive named chair of Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board

M&T Bank Corp. executive Atwood "Woody" Collins III has succeeded Edwin F. Hale Sr. as chair of the Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board, city officials said Monday.

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers' CEO earned $2.9 million in 2012

12:14 PM EDT, May 20, 2013

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers' CEO earned $2.9 million in 2012

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc.'s top executive, R. Neal Black, earned $2.9 million last year, a decrease from the $4 million in compensation Black earned in 2011, the Hampstead-based men's apparel retailer said.

Employers face deadline to use new worker eligibility form

6:31 PM EDT, May 6, 2013

Employers face deadline to use new worker eligibility form

Employers in Maryland and across the United States face a deadline Wednesday that some may not know exists but that could prove costly if ignored.

Federal and state taxes due today

4:50 PM EDT, April 15, 2013

Federal and state taxes due today

At some Baltimore-area tax preparation offices, deadline day was proving anticlimactic.

Sinclair Broadcast reports lower first-quarter profit as expenses rose

5:35 PM EDT, April 29, 2013

Sinclair Broadcast reports lower first-quarter profit as expenses rose

Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. reported a 42 percent drop in profit for the first quarter, as operating and interest costs rose and revenue increased but fell short of analysts' expectations.

Mikulski to propose bill in wake of alleged Harford payroll firm tax fraud

9:38 PM EDT, April 27, 2013

Mikulski to propose bill in wake of alleged Harford payroll firm tax fraud

Small businesses would be protected from the type of fraud allegedly committed by Harford County payroll firm AccuPay Inc. under legislation being proposed by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

Jos. A. Bank expects drop in 1Q earnings per share

1:51 PM EDT, May 13, 2013

Jos. A. Bank expects drop in 1Q earnings per share

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. expects first quarter earnings of 27 cents to 30 cents per diluted share, down from 53 cents per share in the first quarter of 2012, the Hampstead-based retailer said Monday.

Barcoding Inc. has acquired Illinois technology company

1:03 PM EDT, May 1, 2013

Barcoding Inc. has acquired Illinois technology company

Baltimore-based technology company Barcoding Inc. said Wednesday it has acquired Lake Zurich, Ill.,-based Miles Technologies Inc. for an undisclosed amount in a move to increase its presence in the central United States.

Unions focus organizing efforts on service sector workplaces

6:48 PM EDT, April 1, 2013

Unions focus organizing efforts on service sector workplaces

After spending three decades at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Kevin Hux eagerly joined efforts this past year to unionize his workplace.

Five questions ... for Bill Burwell

4:19 PM EDT, April 14, 2013

Five questions ... for Bill Burwell

Bill Burwell wants to see more Maryland firms competing globally.

New college grads face difficult job market

7:26 PM EDT, May 10, 2013

New college grads face difficult job market

Jackie Carter had it all mapped out. She would attend college year-round and graduate early, land a job in criminal justice, start paying off student loans, move into her own apartment and invest in her first smartphone.

Hannon Armstrong aims to raise $250 million in IPO

5:56 PM EDT, April 12, 2013

Hannon Armstrong aims to raise $250 million in IPO

An Annapolis-based financier of clean energy infrastructure amended its plans to sell stock to the public, more than doubling its target to $250 million.

Fire at Perdue Farms research facility kills 8,000 chicks

2:39 PM EDT, March 28, 2013

Fire at Perdue Farms research facility kills 8,000 chicks

Officials in Worcester County are investigating the cause of a fire at a Perdue Farms research facility that destroyed two poultry houses and killed 8,000 chicks.

Synagro Technologies' bankruptcy will bring jobs to Baltimore

8:16 PM EDT, April 24, 2013

Synagro Technologies' bankruptcy will bring jobs to Baltimore

A Wednesday bankruptcy filing by Synagro Technologies Inc. means growth and new jobs for the Baltimore area as the waste recycler consolidates its headquarters in White Marsh.

Workshops set for Arundel unemployed

12:35 PM EDT, March 25, 2013

Workshops set for Arundel unemployed

Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp. is planning a month-long series of free workshops and networking events designed to help the county's unemployed residents find jobs.

Payroll firm AccuPay is investigated for allegedly stealing clients' tax payments

10:18 PM EST, March 4, 2013

Payroll firm AccuPay is investigated for allegedly stealing clients' tax payments

Police investigating whether Harford County payroll company AccuPay stole years of tax payments rather than sending them to tax collectors on behalf of clients warned Monday that potential victims might number in the hundreds.

Sinclair Broadcast to become country's largest TV station owner

April 20, 2013

Sinclair Broadcast to become country's largest TV station owner

When Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. completes three deals announced in the past two months, it will own more television stations across the country than any other company.

Some 2,000 diners sip soup to benefit the homeless

8:58 AM EDT, March 24, 2013

Some 2,000 diners sip soup to benefit the homeless

Richard Bell hardly had time to look up during the first hour of ladling rich cream of crab soup into bowl after bowl at a fundraiser to benefit Baltimore residents struggling with homelessness, hunger and poverty.

Sinclair will acquire Fisher Communications for $373.3 million

8:00 PM EDT, April 11, 2013

Sinclair will acquire Fisher Communications for $373.3 million

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s shopping spree continued Thursday with the announcement of a $373.3 million deal that extends its television reach to a third of U.S. viewing households.

BDC recommends Harbor Point's $107 million tax increment financing request

7:09 PM EDT, March 28, 2013

BDC recommends Harbor Point's $107 million tax increment financing request

The board of the Baltimore Development Corp. is recommending the city approve a developer's request for $107 million in tax increment financing to pay for roads, utilities and parks for the $1 billion mixed-use Harbor Point development on the waterfront between Harbor East and Fells Point.

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.

AccuPay president refuses to testify in bankruptcy court

7:24 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

AccuPay president refuses to testify in bankruptcy court

The nearly two dozen creditors of payroll firm AccuPay Inc. who jammed a hearing room in Baltimore's federal courthouse Tuesday left with no more answers than when they arrived.

Inn at the Black Olive slated for auction Thursday

9:16 PM EDT, March 18, 2013

Inn at the Black Olive slated for auction Thursday

The Inn at the Black Olive, a 12-suite boutique hotel in Fells Point known for eco-friendly amenities, will be offered for sale at a foreclosure auction Thursday.

Baltimore nanocrystals maker raises $5.1 million in funding

2:16 PM EDT, May 3, 2013

Baltimore nanocrystals maker raises $5.1 million in funding

Pixelligent Technologies, a maker of miniscule crystal additives used in electronics and plastics products, said Friday it has raised more than $5.1 million in new funding from the Abell Foundation and others.

T-Mobile launches 4G LTE network in Baltimore, six other metro areas

6:27 PM EDT, March 26, 2013

T-Mobile launches 4G LTE network in Baltimore, six other metro areas

T-Mobile USA Inc. launched its 4G LTE network in seven metropolitan areas Tuesday, including Baltimore and Washington.

T. Rowe Price CEO earned $8.4 million in 2012

4:46 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

T. Rowe Price CEO earned $8.4 million in 2012

The top executives of T. Rowe Price Group Inc. saw their compensation rise last year, the Baltimore-based investment firm reported.

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank earned $1.53 million in 2012

4:36 PM EDT, March 19, 2013

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank earned $1.53 million in 2012

Under Armour CEO and president Kevin Plank earned $1.53 million in total compensation last year, a 35 percent jump over 2011, the Baltimore-based sports apparel company reported Tuesday.

Sinclair Broadcast closes on four Cox Media TV stations for $99 million

6:08 PM EDT, May 2, 2013

Sinclair Broadcast closes on four Cox Media TV stations for $99 million

Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said Thursday it has closed on the planned purchase of four television stations owned by Cox Media Group for $99 million in cash.

Transit-oriented development concept proposed for Penn Station

8:01 PM EDT, March 13, 2013

Transit-oriented development concept proposed for Penn Station

Homes, offices and shops would sprout around Baltimore's Penn Station under a preliminary plan developed for Amtrak for the midtown site.

5 questions&#8230;

11:36 PM EST, March 8, 2013

5 questions…

Joe Mechlinski, CEO and co-founder of Canton-based management consulting firm entreQuest, has worked with more than 400 businesses since starting the company 12 years ago.

W.R. Grace announces preliminary 1st-quarter net income of $52M to $53M

7:24 PM EDT, April 10, 2013

W.R. Grace announces preliminary 1st-quarter net income of $52M to $53M

Chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. on Wednesday announced preliminary first-quarter net income of $52 million to $53 million, or 68 cents to 69 cents per diluted share.

Columbia tech company Lotame Solutions gets $5.5 million loan

6:56 PM EDT, March 26, 2013

Columbia tech company Lotame Solutions gets $5.5 million loan

Columbia-based technology company Lotame Solutions Inc. has been awarded a $5.5 million venture loan that's expected to help boost sales and marketing.

Bill proposes regulating payroll service companies in state

8:13 PM EDT, March 21, 2013

Bill proposes regulating payroll service companies in state

A bill introduced in the Maryland Senate Thursday would create a commission to look into regulating payroll service companies in the wake of allegations of fraud at AccuPay of Bel Air.

Jos. A. Bank stock downgraded by Zacks

7:45 PM EDT, March 25, 2013

Jos. A. Bank stock downgraded by Zacks

With Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. likely poised to announce year-end and fourth-quarter results this week, investors and analysts wonder just how bad it will be.

Shoe company accuses Under Armour of trademark infringement

6:32 PM EDT, March 25, 2013

Shoe company accuses Under Armour of trademark infringement

California footwear maker Gravity Defyer Corp. accused Baltimore-based Under Armour of trademark infringement in a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court.

4:32 PM EDT, March 20, 2013

Amvets awarded $250,000 grant to open veterans career centers

Lanham-based veterans group Amvets has been awarded a $250,000 grant to bring veterans' job services to 20 new markets around the country.

BGE warns customers about phone scam

1:39 PM EDT, April 12, 2013

BGE warns customers about phone scam

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is warning customers about scams in which people pose as BGE employees in person or over the telephone to steal money, valuables or credit card information.

Auction of The Inn at the Black Olive canceled as business files for bankruptcy

6:57 PM EDT, March 21, 2013

Auction of The Inn at the Black Olive canceled as business files for bankruptcy

The family owners of The Inn at the Black Olive in Fells Point hope a bankruptcy filing Thursday will give them time to try to attract investors and keep operating the 2-year-old boutique hotel, their bankruptcy attorney said.

Mikulski urges IRS to help potential small-business victims of Harford payroll firm AccuPay

8:21 PM EST, March 5, 2013

Mikulski urges IRS to help potential small-business victims of Harford payroll firm AccuPay

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski urged the Internal Revenue Service to quickly investigate the potential fraud at a Harford County payroll company and called for the agency to protect "honest small businesses" that might have had their payroll tax payments misdirected or delayed.

Maryland exports reach record $11.8 billion

1:21 PM EST, February 26, 2013

Maryland exports reach record $11.8 billion

Exports of Maryland merchandise rose 9 percent last year to a record $11.8 billion, the International Trade Administration said Tuesday.

AT&T rolls out 4G network in Catonsville and Ellicott City

6:33 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

AT&T rolls out 4G network in Catonsville and Ellicott City

AT&T has upgraded a mobile Internet cell site in Catonsville that will expand 4G LTE mobile coverage for Catonsville and Ellicott City residents and businesses.

Sinclair to acquire 18 TV stations for $370 million

4:31 PM EST, March 1, 2013

Sinclair to acquire 18 TV stations for $370 million

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s stock soared a day after it announced plans to buy 18 television stations owned by Barrington Broadcasting Group for $370 million.

Sinclair Broadcast says profits soared in fourth quarter

5:31 PM EST, February 6, 2013

Sinclair Broadcast says profits soared in fourth quarter

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said profits soared in the fourth quarter, capping a presidential election year in which the Hunt Valley TV station owner saw record levels of political advertising, a rebound in auto advertising sales and rapid growth through acquisitions.

Bel Air payroll company AccuPay files for bankruptcy protection

12:20 PM EDT, March 14, 2013

Bel Air payroll company AccuPay files for bankruptcy protection

A Bel Air payroll company under investigation for allegedly not forwarding clients' tax payments to tax collectors has filed for bankruptcy.

8:03 PM EST, January 24, 2013

W.R. Grace adjusts asbestos-related settlement costs to $2 billion

Chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. said Thursday it will adjust the estimated cost of settling its asbestos-related liabilities to $2 billion from the previous estimate of $1.7 billion.

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.

Yahoo's ban on working from home prompts criticism

5:09 PM EST, March 1, 2013

Yahoo's ban on working from home prompts criticism

It didn't take long for the talk at this week's national work-life conference in Baltimore to turn to Yahoo Inc.

 Gas prices post big jump since last month

7:32 PM EST, February 25, 2013

Gas prices post big jump since last month

As gas prices soared toward $4 per gallon, Fred Price has sought out the best deals at the pump.

Maryland and 29 states reach $29 million consumer protection settlement with Toyota

1:04 PM EST, February 15, 2013

Maryland and 29 states reach $29 million consumer protection settlement with Toyota

Attorneys General in Maryland and 29 other states have reached a $29 million settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. designed to strengthen protections for consumers impacted by safety defects and prevent miscommunication over faulty equipment.

Retailers may charge fee to customers paying with credit cards

February 24, 2013

Retailers may charge fee to customers paying with credit cards

Customers at Towson Hot Bagels usually pay with credit, not cash, when buying a bagel or a bottle of water, triggering fees the merchant must pay to process each transaction.

Fox 45 and The CW may disappear from DirectTV

2:32 PM EST, February 20, 2013

Fox 45 and The CW may disappear from DirectTV

Sinclair Broadcast Group is warning DirecTV customers in Baltimore and other markets they could lose access to Sinclair-owned stations starting March 1 because of an inability to reach agreement over the amount the satellite company pays to carry the stations and their programs.

Jos. A. Bank profit will fall 20 percent in fiscal 2012

7:22 PM EST, January 28, 2013

Jos. A. Bank profit will fall 20 percent in fiscal 2012

Shares of men's retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. fell nearly $7 per share on Monday after the Hampstead company said its profit for the current fiscal year will be down 20 percent.

Four Baltimore-area companies among nation's best workplaces

10:04 AM EST, January 31, 2013

Four Baltimore-area companies among nation's best workplaces

Four companies in the Baltimore area are among the best places to work in the nation, according to a list released Thursday.

BWI food, retail workers protest wages, benefits

6:32 PM EST, February 13, 2013

BWI food, retail workers protest wages, benefits

Food and retail workers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport protested working conditions on Wednesday and attempted to deliver a proposed "Bill of Rights," to AirMall USA, BWI's concessions manager.

After years of debate, Sparks poultry farm wins approval to build farmer's stand

6:00 AM EST, February 18, 2013

After years of debate, Sparks poultry farm wins approval to build farmer's stand

For 17 generations, members of Catherine Webb's family have worked or lived on Springfield Farm in northern Baltimore County, where chickens and turkeys roam the hilly ground and, three days a week, Webb sells eggs and chicken meat from a farmhouse garage-turned-store.

National Aquarium sees first attendance increase since recession

9:02 PM EST, January 23, 2013

National Aquarium sees first attendance increase since recession

Attendance at the National Aquarium's Inner Harbor and Washington venues rose 2.4 percent last year, the first increase since the recession, thanks to an improving economy and a more interactive aquarium experience, CEO John Racanelli said.

Home Depot plans to hire 750 temporary workers at Baltimore stores

4:07 PM EST, February 6, 2013

Home Depot plans to hire 750 temporary workers at Baltimore stores

The Home Depot is hiring 750 workers to fill seasonal spring jobs at Baltimore-area stores.

10:57 AM EST, January 3, 2013

Flooring distributor Haines acquires Allied Products of Baltimore

Haines, a national floor covering distributor based in Glen Burnie, said Thursday it has acquired Allied Products of Baltimore, a 72-year-old flooring supplies distributor.

Retailers see big boost from Valentine's Day candy sales

1:33 PM EST, February 13, 2013

Retailers see big boost from Valentine's Day candy sales

Customers lined up outside Rheb's Candy early Monday, even before owner Wynn Harger opened the doors of the Southwest Baltimore shop his family has run for three generations. People, mostly men, crammed into the tiny, cottage-like store for much of the morning for one purpose — securing the handmade chocolates for Valentine's Day.

Carroll plumber ordered to pay $1 million had history of violations

7:44 PM EST, January 21, 2013

Carroll plumber ordered to pay $1 million had history of violations

When the water heater went out at his Pasadena home, Steven Stafford called his home warranty company, which sent a plumber from All State Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to replace it. Stafford paid the plumber $175 in cash to obtain a permit. When the plumber asked for more money, Stafford began to sense something was amiss.

Workplaces offer electric car charging for employees

8:19 PM EST, February 18, 2013

Workplaces offer electric car charging for employees

Employees at General Motors' plant in White Marsh have an unusual workplace benefit. Anyone who drives an electric car can plug it in to charge while they work.

Paid sick-leave bill unveiled in Annapolis

8:14 PM EST, January 31, 2013

Paid sick-leave bill unveiled in Annapolis

Workers in Maryland would be guaranteed seven paid sick days a year under a bill introduced Thursday in Annapolis, eliminating what advocates say is an "impossible choice" that thousands of mostly low-wage employees are forced to make between preserving their health or their jobs.

7:01 PM EST, January 23, 2013

Towson physical therapy center must pay $29,000 to the company 401 (k) plan, court judgment says

Towson Rehabilitation Center LLC, a Towson physical, occupational and speech therapy provider, must restore more than $29,000 in interest to the company's 401(k) retirement plan, according to a consent judgment obtained in federal court by the U.S. Labor Department.

Five questions for &#8230; Terry F. Hickey

6:00 PM EST, January 18, 2013

Five questions for … Terry F. Hickey

As a University of Maryland law student in the late 1990s, Terry F. Hickey looked for ways to reach troubled teens before they ended up in the juvenile justice system. In 1997, he took a course that had been created to determine whether lawyers and law students, who typically work with children after they get in trouble, could help youths improve their neighborhoods. Hickey and a group of high school students in Park Heights began mapping vacant houses in their community and presenting findings to city leaders. More than 20 houses identified by the students were demolished.

A taste of victory with free burgers offered after Ravens win

7:07 PM EST, January 13, 2013

A taste of victory with free burgers offered after Ravens win

To get a free hamburger, cheeseburger, turkey burger, bacon burger or veggie burger at Z-Burger in White Marsh, all a customer had to say was "Super Bowl."

Panel approves preliminary design of Exelon's proposed Harbor East headquarters

8:04 PM EST, January 10, 2013

Panel approves preliminary design of Exelon's proposed Harbor East headquarters

Energy giant Exelon Corp.'s regional headquarters in Harbor Point would rise 23 stories and 350 feet, reshaping Baltimore's skyline with a futuristic glass tower, under a preliminary design approved Thursday by a city advisory panel.

Sinclair will buy four Cox Media TV stations for $99 million

12:30 PM EST, February 26, 2013

Sinclair will buy four Cox Media TV stations for $99 million

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has agreed to buy four small-market television stations owned by Cox Media Group for $99 million, the latest deal for Sinclair in a string of acquisitions over the past year and a half.

Harris Teeter, Old Navy, Loft to open with Target at Canton Crossing

7:34 AM EST, February 5, 2013

Harris Teeter, Old Navy, Loft to open with Target at Canton Crossing

The Target opening this fall in Canton at one of the city's largest new retail developments will be joined by a Harris Teeter grocery store and a lineup of stores and restaurants that includes Old Navy, Michaels, Loft, ULTA Beauty and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

Local pizzeria expects Super Bowl boost

February 2, 2013

Local pizzeria expects Super Bowl boost

Growing up in the industrial city of Gujrat in Pakistan, Khawar Ghafoor played cricket but knew little about American football.

David B. Simon, former editor at The Gazette in Gaithersburg, will become editor of The Daily Record

4:19 PM EST, January 3, 2013

David B. Simon, former editor at The Gazette in Gaithersburg, will become editor of The Daily Record

The publisher of The Daily Record announced Thursday that a former editor at several Maryland newspapers will become editor of the Baltimore-based business and legal affairs newspaper on Jan. 14.

7:33 PM EST, December 12, 2012

Raytheon acquires SafeNet's government solutions business

Defense contractor Raytheon Co. said Wednesday it has acquired the government solutions business of Harford County-based SafeNet Inc., a cyber security company that had previously announced the sale of that piece of the business to an undisclosed buyer.

1:47 PM EST, January 14, 2013

Force 3 of Crofton names new CEO

Crofton technology company Force 3 said Monday that founder and CEO Rocky Cintron is stepping down after two decades and will be replaced by the company's chief operating officer.

Gift card sales booming during the holidays

6:24 PM EST, December 10, 2012

Gift card sales booming during the holidays

Cheryl Knauer has a restaurant gift card in mind for her in-laws, a massage gift card planned for another family member and intends to pick up cards in smaller dollar amounts to Chick-fil-A and Starbucks for kids' stockings and teachers' gifts.

Retailers test new formats during holidays

8:33 PM EST, December 3, 2012

Retailers test new formats during holidays

At GameStop Kids at White Marsh Mall, shoppers will find plush Mario book bags and Angry Birds hats mixed in with the Lego Star Wars and other kid-friendly video games, a mix meant to attract both serious "gamers" as well as those who've never played but want some gift-giving advice.

Harbor East developer splits into two companies

7:44 PM EST, January 9, 2013

Harbor East developer splits into two companies

The developer of the Harbor East neighborhood on Baltimore's waterfront has split into two companies, one that will focus on building at the adjacent Harbor Point and a second company that will manage Harbor East properties.

Workers, lacking time or money, leave vacation days unused

January 12, 2013

Workers, lacking time or money, leave vacation days unused

Tisa L. Silver-Canady, who counsels University of Maryland, Baltimore students about loan repayments and runs other financial education programs at the school, realized toward the end of last year that she had not used about a third of her vacation time.

5:38 PM EST, December 20, 2012

Mind Over Machines acquires The Seva Group

Mind Over Machines Inc., an Owings Mills-based consulting and information technology firm, announced Thursday it has acquired the assets of technology firm The Seva Group, making the combined company one of the largest IT consulting firms in the mid-Atlantic.

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.

Annapolis takes back the tug

6:42 PM EDT, November 3, 2012

Annapolis takes back the tug

It came down to the final round of the world's longest tug-of-war over water, but the city of Annapolis delivered Saturday on its vow to save face against rival Eastport and win the annual match billed as the "Slaughter Across the Water."

UPS holiday rush is fueled by technology with local roots

9:07 PM EST, December 17, 2012

UPS holiday rush is fueled by technology with local roots

When Keith Short began delivering packages for UPS in Glen Burnie 23 years ago, he used bulky pads of paper to track parcels and pens that froze in the cold. Today, Short scans packages on and off his truck with a handheld computer that tells him what to deliver where and when, and can even direct him turn-by-turn.

Hostess shutdown prompts snack cake buying binge

7:58 PM EST, November 16, 2012

Hostess shutdown prompts snack cake buying binge

Soon after hearing that Hostess Brands Inc. was shutting down for good, Lisa Renee Clark wasted no time dashing out to the Wonder Hostess Bakery Thriftshop in Glen Burnie.

2:50 PM EDT, October 24, 2012

Harborplace sold to New York real estate firm

The Baltimore waterfront's iconic Harborplace is being sold to a New York real estate investment firm that has a reputation for purchasing distinctive retail centers, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday.

2:53 PM EST, December 8, 2012

Driver of SUV killed after hitting tractor and trailer on I-95

The driver of an SUV was killed after the vehicle hit a tractor and trailer on I-95 near Aberdeen, Maryland State Police said.

In aftermath of Sandy, some stores, businesses reopen

11:25 AM EDT, October 30, 2012

In aftermath of Sandy, some stores, businesses reopen

As the Baltimore area deals with the loss of power and closed and flooded roads in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, some stores and businesses plan to reopen Tuesday but others remain closed.

5:30 PM EST, December 7, 2012

Maryland 'B' corp. formed to help site search for proposed gay heritage museum

Organizers of a proposed Washington, D.C., museum focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender heritage have formed a benefit limited liability corporation in Maryland that will work to find a museum site.

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. profits down in 3rd quarter

6:22 PM EST, November 28, 2012

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. profits down in 3rd quarter

Men's retailer Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. said profits took a more than 11 percent dive in the third quarter, hurt by extra markdowns that drove the apparel sales and by Hurricane Sandy's strike to the East Coast.

Five questions with&#8230;Patrick Donoho

December 29, 2012

Five questions with…Patrick Donoho

Retailers have had a difficult few years, especially the small shops that make up the bulk of the Maryland Retailers Association's membership. As the trade group's president since June 2010, Patrick Donoho has seen the effects of the recession as many longtime members were forced to close shop. Now with about 250 members, including hardware stores and other independent merchants, grocers, department stores and national chains representing 1,200 locations, the trade group is rebuilding.

Small toy shops expect bright holiday

November 25, 2012

Small toy shops expect bright holiday

Just as Tom and Claudia Towles were opening their second Baltimore toy shop four years ago, the recession hit. The owners of aMuse Toys decided to cut back — not on staff or selling space — but on the number of manufacturers whose products they carry.

Sinclair Broadcast sees third-quarter profit up 33 percent

8:36 PM EDT, November 1, 2012

Sinclair Broadcast sees third-quarter profit up 33 percent

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. saw its profit grow 33 percent in the third quarter as political campaigns and automakers ramped up spending on advertising, the Hunt Valley-based company said Thursday.

8:27 PM EDT, October 25, 2012

Under Armour sees 25% jump in third-quarter earnings

Booming Under Armour Inc. announced Thursday that it earned $57 million in the third quarter, a 25 percent jump over the year-earlier period that was driven by strong demand for men's, women's and youth apparel and growing acceptance of the brand's footwear.

Annapolis waterfront home sells for $1.77 million

October 27, 2012

Annapolis waterfront home sells for $1.77 million

The Annapolis waterfront house with a $1.77 million price tag, the second-most-expensive property sold in the Baltimore region in September, was under contract after just one week.

5:27 PM EDT, October 10, 2012

Business owner pleads guilty to failing to pay employment taxes

A Landover business owner pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to failing to account for and pay employment taxes, leading to a more than $2.2 million tax loss, federal authorities said.

House on Annapolis waterfront sells for $4.4 million

December 15, 2012

House on Annapolis waterfront sells for $4.4 million

The contemporary home overlooking Weems Creek in Annapolis was packed with custom touches, thanks to its former owner, a builder.

Stores entice Black Friday shoppers with earlier openings, more sales

9:19 AM EST, November 17, 2012

Stores entice Black Friday shoppers with earlier openings, more sales

Consumers have come to expect the deep discounts that define Black Friday, but retailers hope to entice shoppers this year with more choices in how and when they buy.

Research finds money isn't everything when it comes to choosing a workplace

3:26 PM EST, November 19, 2012

Research finds money isn't everything when it comes to choosing a workplace

Asked what makes a great place to work, employees focus a lot less on pay and benefits than you might think.

6:23 PM EDT, October 30, 2012

Marshalls plans to open Inner Harbor store in early 2013

Discount retailer Marshalls plans to open in the former Filene's Basement spot at the Inner Harbor early next year.

Harborplace sold to New York real estate firm

9:14 PM EDT, October 23, 2012

Harborplace sold to New York real estate firm

The Baltimore waterfront's iconic Harborplace has been sold to a New York real estate investment firm that has a reputation for purchasing distinctive retail centers, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday.

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.

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.

Same-sex marriage law good for business, employers say

November 10, 2012

Same-sex marriage law good for business, employers say

As a longtime Federal Hill business owner, Penny Troutner cheered the passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law.

Baltimore TV stations get boost from gambling ads

6:44 PM EDT, October 15, 2012

Baltimore TV stations get boost from gambling ads

Baltimore television stations expected little in the way of political advertising this election year. Then the fight over expanded gambling in Maryland erupted, pitting deep-pocketed casino companies against each other.

7:39 PM EDT, October 11, 2012

Vertis Holdings files for bankruptcy reorganization, agrees to sell firm

Baltimore-based Vertis Holdings Inc., at one time the largest U.S. producer of advertising inserts in newspapers, plans to sell itself to a Wisconsin printing company for $258.5 million through an auction in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

McCormick appoints Lilly executive to board

3:56 PM EDT, September 26, 2012

McCormick appoints Lilly executive to board

McCormick & Co. Inc. has appointed an Eli Lilly and Co. executive to its board of directors, the Hunt Valley spice and flavoring company said Wednesday.

Out of service? Online hiring systems frustrate applicants

September 15, 2012

Out of service? Online hiring systems frustrate applicants

The emailed rejection came as no surprise to Bill Skibinski, though the Abingdon resident believed he was more than qualified for the entry-level job he'd applied for online.

9:16 PM EDT, September 24, 2012

Giant Food puts Jessup warehouse on the market

Giant Food has put its former dry goods warehouse in Jessup on the market, the real estate firm handling the listing said Monday.

August 28, 2012

Online grocer Relay Foods launches service in Baltimore

Online grocer Relay Foods of Charlottesville, Va., is rolling out service Tuesday in Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia and plans to offer groceries from local suppliers and farms through home delivery and, eventually, at pick-up sites.

5 questions

5:28 PM EDT, October 12, 2012

5 questions

Anthony Hucker became president of Giant Food just over a year ago, taking the reins of the Baltimore area's biggest supermarket chain.

8:10 PM EDT, August 14, 2012

Online post about refusal to pay fatal accident claim goes viral

An online rant by a man whose sister was killed in a car crash in Baltimore went viral this week after he accused Progressive Advanced Insurance Co. of siding with the driver whose car hit his sister's vehicle in June 2010.

Shoppers flock to reopened Boscov's at White Marsh Mall

5:20 PM EDT, October 5, 2012

Shoppers flock to reopened Boscov's at White Marsh Mall

Hundreds of Baltimore-area shoppers packed into the newly reopened Boscov's on Friday morning, welcoming back the department store as if they were greeting an old friend.

Exelon agrees to sell 3 Md. coal plants for $400 million

6:19 PM EDT, August 9, 2012

Exelon agrees to sell 3 Md. coal plants for $400 million

Exelon Corp. plans to sell its three Maryland coal-fired power plants for $400 million to a subsidiary of private equity firm Riverstone Holdings LLC, the Chicago-based energy giant said Thursday.

Smyth Jewelers will manage Bailey Banks &amp; Biddle chain

3:26 PM EDT, September 10, 2012

Smyth Jewelers will manage Bailey Banks & Biddle chain

Baltimore-based Smyth Jewelers has been hired to manage the Bailey Banks & Biddle Group jewelry chain, which has nine locations in seven states, the retailers announced Monday.

West Baltimore family of seven braces for Tuesday eviction

8:48 PM EDT, August 6, 2012

West Baltimore family of seven braces for Tuesday eviction

Even after Jean Thomas lost her job and her husband, Sherman, became ill, she said she never missed paying the rent on the West Baltimore house the couple shares with their daughter and four young grandchildren.

4:57 PM EDT, September 28, 2012

Marquardt, head of Capital Gazette Communications, will retire after 35 years at Annapolis newspaper

The editor and publisher of Capital Gazette Communications, which publishes The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, will retire at the end of the year after more than 35 years at the daily, the publishing company's owner said Friday.

Monkton Colonial on 160-acre spread sells for $3.1 million

September 8, 2012

Monkton Colonial on 160-acre spread sells for $3.1 million

A brick Colonial in Monkton set on 160 acres with an historic stone guest house sold for $3.1 million in June.

Visit Baltimore reports healthy hotel bookings last year

8:15 PM EDT, August 23, 2012

Visit Baltimore reports healthy hotel bookings last year

City convention officials booked the third-highest number of convention room nights ever over the past fiscal year, Visit Baltimore, the city's tourism and convention bureau, announced Thursday. The room nights are reserved for future years.

Under Armour executive J. Scott Plank retires

12:43 PM EDT, September 24, 2012

Under Armour executive J. Scott Plank retires

Under Armour executive J. Scott Plank has left the Baltimore-based sports apparel company founded by his brother Kevin Plank, the company said Monday.

5:53 PM EDT, September 6, 2012

Vision Technologies of Glen Burnie acquires Government Telecommunications Inc.

Vision Technologies Inc., a Glen Burnie-based information technology firm, said Thursday it had acquired Government Telecommunications Inc. in a move to strengthen the company's IT telecommunications services to the federal government.

6:17 PM EDT, July 23, 2012

Ex-Wings to Go CEO pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

The former CEO of Severna Park-based Wings to Go pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud for embezzling more than $885,000 from the franchise company to pay for prostitutes and phone sex, the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore announced.

The Interview: Roxie Herbekian of Unite Here

6:27 PM EDT, August 31, 2012

The Interview: Roxie Herbekian of Unite Here

Getting fired propelled Roxie Herbekian into three decades of work as a labor organizer.

Boscov's reopens in White Marsh Mall

10:00 AM EDT, October 5, 2012

Boscov's reopens in White Marsh Mall

Boscov's department store returned to its former spot in Baltimore on Friday as an anchor of White Marsh Mall.

5:33 PM EDT, September 27, 2012

McCormick profit up more than 13 percent in third quarter

Spice maker McCormick & Co. Inc. said Thursday that its profit grew more than 13 percent in the third quarter, thanks to new products, acquisitions and strength in emerging markets.

Sinclair will buy six TV stations for $412.5 million

1:27 PM EDT, July 19, 2012

Sinclair will buy six TV stations for $412.5 million

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. announced an agreement Thursday to buy six television stations from Kansas City, Mo.-based Newport Television for $412.5 million.

7:12 PM EDT, August 13, 2012

Agreement between Sinclair, Dish Network set to expire

Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said Monday that it was continuing to negotiate with Dish Network over a soon-to-expire agreement that allows the satellite TV provider to carry dozens of Sinclair-owned television stations.

12:06 PM EDT, July 13, 2012

Sports drink maker sued by Under Armour calls trademark lawsuit "ridiculous"

A Beverly Hills sports drink maker being sued by Baltimore-based Under Armour Inc. says the trademark infringement lawsuit is without merit, according to court documents filed Thursday.

West Baltimore family moves out on eviction deadline

8:46 PM EDT, August 7, 2012

West Baltimore family moves out on eviction deadline

As Jean Thomas helped her husband load furniture and boxes into a U-Haul truck parked outside their West Baltimore home Tuesday afternoon, she worried that she'd run out of time.

McCormick World of Flavors opens at Harborplace

6:50 PM EDT, August 29, 2012

McCormick World of Flavors opens at Harborplace

At McCormick & Co.'s new Inner Harbor store — the first retail venture by the spice maker — shoppers can stock up on Old Bay and grilling marinades, learn their personal "flavor profile" and discover an array of international spices.

With plan for new hotel, Harbor East glitters even more brightly

9:16 PM EDT, August 22, 2012

With plan for new hotel, Harbor East glitters even more brightly

Plans to create an upscale hotel with shops and restaurants on the edge of Baltimore's Harbor East neighborhood are reinforcing city leaders' belief that the thriving waterfront community will continue to spur growth east of the Inner Harbor.

Retailers hope back-to-school season will boost spending

July 15, 2012

Retailers hope back-to-school season will boost spending

It's the height of summer, but inside many Baltimore-area stores, fall has arrived.

Sales of RVs rise as consumers seek vacation homes on wheels

6:51 PM EDT, July 30, 2012

Sales of RVs rise as consumers seek vacation homes on wheels

After slumping during the recession, sales of recreational vehicles are on the rise as U.S. consumers give in to the lure of the open road — with amenities — and are once again able to get credit to buy what many consider an affordable second home.

7:28 PM EDT, August 1, 2012

Political advertising boosts Sinclair earnings

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. saw its second-quarter income jump 61 percent and raised its quarterly dividend as political advertising far exceeded company expectations, the Hunt Valley broadcaster said Wednesday.

A global helium shortage leaves businesses deflated

3:28 PM EDT, July 21, 2012

A global helium shortage leaves businesses deflated

The second most-abundant element in the universe is in short supply.

4:03 PM EDT, July 16, 2012

Industrial employment in Baltimore-Washington area falls 2.3%

Industrial employment in Maryland and Washington, D.C., fell 2.3 percent in a year-over-year period ending in May, with layoffs at defense contractor AAI Corp. and the closure of the Solo Cup plant in Owings Mills contributing to job losses, Manufacturers' News Inc. reported Monday.

Roadside vendors, a sign of summer, fill demand for locally grown produce

7:46 PM EDT, July 9, 2012

Roadside vendors, a sign of summer, fill demand for locally grown produce

Cars pulled off Ruxton Road, one after another Monday morning, almost as soon as the first crates of fruits and vegetables were unloaded from the large white truck parked on the shoulder.

New Perry Hall Giant to serve as a prototype for chain

8:52 PM EDT, August 20, 2012

New Perry Hall Giant to serve as a prototype for chain

Giant Food's newest Baltimore-area store offers a glimpse of the future for the region's dominant grocer, when shoppers increasingly rely on technology, demand more organic foods and expect a wide selection of prepared meals.

Political advertising boosts Sinclair earnings

6:56 PM EDT, August 1, 2012

Political advertising boosts Sinclair earnings

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. saw its second-quarter income jump 61 percent and raised its quarterly dividend as political advertising far exceeded company expectations, the Hunt Valley broadcaster said Wednesday.

Jos. A. Bank to expand chain to 800 locations

6:22 PM EDT, August 29, 2012

Jos. A. Bank to expand chain to 800 locations

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc.'s stock surged Wednesday after the retailer announced a nearly 13 percent increase in second-quarter profit and plans to expand the chain to 800 locations.

Franchot kicks off Maryland sales tax holiday

7:34 PM EDT, August 8, 2012

Franchot kicks off Maryland sales tax holiday

After two years of enjoying a break on the state sales tax every August, many Maryland consumers now plan theirback-to-schoolshopping around the weeklong event.

Towson mall's luxury wing to get influx of tenants

7:29 PM EDT, June 20, 2012

Towson mall's luxury wing to get influx of tenants

The luxury wing of Towson Town Center will get its biggest influx of new or relocated stores since the upscale addition opened nearly four years ago, with cooking shop Sur La Table and resort-wear retailer Lilly Pulitzer among those planning to open by late August.

6:29 PM EDT, July 12, 2012

Shoppers Food workers at some Maryland stores ratify two-year contract

Shoppers Food & Pharmacy workers at some Maryland and Virginia stores ratified a new, two-year contract Thursday that increases wages, maintains pension benefits and funds health benefits without raising workers' costs, the union local representing the workers said Thursday.

4:33 PM EDT, September 10, 2012

White Marsh Distribution will shut down, lay off 120

A White Marsh retail distribution center is to close and will lay off 120 workers beginning Nov. 30, the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation reported Monday.

5:19 PM EDT, July 23, 2012

STX forms partnership with USA Field Hockey

Lacrosse equipment maker STX LLC has formed a one-year partnership with USA Field Hockey, the Baltimore-based company said Monday.

Under Armour reports earnings gain, beats Wall St. estimates

7:12 PM EDT, July 24, 2012

Under Armour reports earnings gain, beats Wall St. estimates

Under Armour Inc. scored a touchdown Tuesday with its second-quarter profit rising 7 percent, which sent its stock soaring.

The Interview: Robert L. Wallace on minority entrepreneurs

3:17 PM EDT, July 28, 2012

The Interview: Robert L. Wallace on minority entrepreneurs

Robert L. Wallace, CEO of Baltimore-based Bithgroup Technologies, has spent more than two decades building a minority-owned business into a multimillion-dollar success and writing and lecturing about entrepreneurship.

City opposes conversion of Tremont Plaza to Embassy Suites

5:13 PM EDT, July 5, 2012

City opposes conversion of Tremont Plaza to Embassy Suites

A new owner's planned conversion of the Tremont Plaza Hotel in downtown Baltimore to an Embassy Suites, a Hilton Worldwide brand, would threaten the city-owned Hilton Baltimore hotel as it struggles to reach stability following the recession, city development officials have told Hilton executives.

4:52 PM EDT, July 3, 2012

11 Md. firms make list of top-grossing black-owned companies

Eleven Maryland companies rank among the nation's top-grossing black-owned businesses, according to Black Enterprise magazine.

Artscape ends with weekend's biggest crowds

7:09 PM EDT, July 22, 2012

Artscape ends with weekend's biggest crowds

The city's three-day Artscape festival came to a close Sunday as the rain held off and the biggest crowds of the weekend jammed streets transformed into galleries, performance space and picnic areas.

7:45 PM EDT, July 2, 2012

Baltimore grocers, restaurants cope with power outage losses

Patrons at Tark's Grill were eating in the dining room and drinking at the bar when the ferocious storm struck Friday night and the Brooklandville restaurant went dark.

Furniture retailers see opportunity in Baltimore market

9:31 PM EDT, June 25, 2012

Furniture retailers see opportunity in Baltimore market

When Kevin Luskin decided to fill a vast, long-vacant spot in a shopping center he owns in Towson, he envisioned a "category killer" store that would specialize in sofas and other seating — a store that would defy customers to leave without finding what they wanted.

3:07 PM EDT, June 26, 2012

Shoppers Food workers' union files suit against grocer

Shoppers Food & Pharmacy workers at some Maryland and Virginia stores have filed unfair labor practice charges against the grocer, accusing store managers of retaliating against workers whose union is negotiating a labor contract.

5:55 PM EDT, June 27, 2012

Under Armour appoints two new members to its board

Under Armour Inc. has appointed a Turner Broadcasting System executive and a top retired naval officer to its board of directors, the Baltimore-based sports apparel company said Wednesday.

Logo artist files copyright lawsuits against Ravens, NFL

8:01 PM EDT, July 2, 2012

Logo artist files copyright lawsuits against Ravens, NFL

All Frederick E. Bouchat says he wanted years ago was recognition for his idea for the Ravens team logo.

Grocery retailers compete with mobile shopping tools

June 16, 2012

Grocery retailers compete with mobile shopping tools

Plenty of shoppers at a Baltimore Safeway have started checking their cell phones while pushing carts and scanning shelves.

7:48 PM EDT, June 11, 2012

Under Armour approves first stock split

Baltimore-based Under Armour Inc. approved a two-for-one split of its outstanding common stock, the first since the sports apparel maker went public in November 2005, the company said Monday.

5:42 PM EDT, July 18, 2012

Rawlings-Blake creates minority business advisory council

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has created an advisory council to help improve the city's minority and women-owned business enterprise program, the mayor's office announced Wednesday.

RG Steel has until July 27 to sell Sparrows Point, agreement with lenders says

7:22 PM EDT, June 1, 2012

RG Steel has until July 27 to sell Sparrows Point, agreement with lenders says

The owner of the struggling Sparrows Point steel mill faces a tight deadline — late July — to sell the plant and other assets under the terms of an interim loan for up to $50 million that a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved Friday.

6:51 PM EDT, June 6, 2012

EBDI protesters appear in court as their allies picket outside

Three of four protesters arrested during a jobs march this spring at the site of a $1.8 billion East Baltimore urban renewal project appeared in Baltimore District Court Wednesday as demonstrators outside demanded charges be dropped against the "East Baltimore 4."

Sparrows Point mill owner files for bankruptcy

7:51 PM EDT, May 31, 2012

Sparrows Point mill owner files for bankruptcy

The Sparrows Point steel mill stumbled into bankruptcy for the second time in 11 years as its owner filed Thursday for Chapter 11 protection from creditors as it prepares to idle operations and cut nearly 2,000 jobs at the plant next week.

Block party breaks down West Baltimore boundaries

7:17 PM EDT, May 12, 2012

Block party breaks down West Baltimore boundaries

A grass-roots idea to bridge the gaps among racially divided neighborhoods has blossomed into an annual block party in West Baltimore that drew hundreds Saturday to a triangular park in Upton.

7:13 PM EDT, June 12, 2012

Safeway unveils "Just for U" mobile app

Safeway, with 30 Baltimore-area stores, is launching a new online and mobile shopping tool Wednesday that offers customers access access to hundreds of digital coupons and weekly specials and allows them to download personalized deals to their Safeway rewards card.

May 28, 2012

Lacrosse stick maker STX invests in new ideas

Inside a converted warehouse in Pigtown, off limits to most company emplyees, designers and engineers dream up and test equipment for one of the nation's fastest growing sports.

Merchants set records as Sailabration boosts city business

3:06 PM EDT, June 19, 2012

Merchants set records as Sailabration boosts city business

Jimmy's Restaurant in Fells Point ran out of hot dogs, potato salad and macaroni salad and scrambled to replenish all weekend as hordes of hungry Sailabration visitors jammed the popular diner.

Boscov's will reopen at White Marsh Mall

6:43 PM EDT, May 17, 2012

Boscov's will reopen at White Marsh Mall

Boscov's department store will return to White Marsh Mall Oct. 7, filling the empty anchor spot the regional chain vacated nearly four years ago after it filed for bankruptcy.

8:14 PM EDT, May 8, 2012

Reisterstown synagogue facility to be sold

Leaders of a Reisterstown synagogue facing foreclosure said Tuesday that they had reached an agreement with lender Susquehanna Bank to allow the sale of the building on Cockeys Mill Road.

3:49 PM EDT, June 4, 2012

Jos. A. Bank customers file suit, claiming deceptive marketing

Two customers of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Hampstead-based men's apparel chain, accusing the retailer of using deceptive marketing by claiming merchandise is on sale when it is actually being offered at regular price.

9:53 AM EDT, May 30, 2012

Jos. A. Bank reports 17 percent drop in 1Q net income

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. reported a nearly 17 percent drop in net income during the first quarter, prompting the Hampstead-based retailer to alter its marketing strategy, the company said Wednesday.

BGE will seek distribution rate increase

9:52 PM EDT, June 7, 2012

BGE will seek distribution rate increase

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. plans to ask Maryland regulators later this year to allow it to raise rates for the distribution of electricity and natural gas, Chicago-based Exelon Corp., the utility's new owner, said Thursday.

Sinclair renews Fox affiliations, has option to buy local station

7:44 PM EDT, May 15, 2012

Sinclair renews Fox affiliations, has option to buy local station

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. will renew Fox Broadcasting Co. affiliations with 19 of its television stations in an agreement that also allows Sinclair to purchase a Fox-owned station in Baltimore.

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.

2:39 PM EDT, April 23, 2012

Superblock tax subsidy bill to come before City Council

A bill authorizing a tax subsidy for developers of a west side revitalization project is expected to be introduced during Monday's Baltimore City Council meeting.

3:09 PM EDT, May 5, 2012

Groceries seeking ways around wine sales ban

Unlike most other states, Maryland shoppers have to make one extra stop for a cabernet to go with that steak they bought on sale at the supermarket —grocery stores in the state are generally banned from selling alcohol.

7:34 PM EDT, April 30, 2012

Reisterstown synagogue faces foreclosure

A Reisterstown synagogue facing foreclosure is one of an increasing number of U.S. houses of worship suffering in the continuing financial slump.

C&amp;S shuts down dry goods operation in Jessup

7:47 PM EDT, April 25, 2012

C&S shuts down dry goods operation in Jessup

A dry-goods warehouse in Jessup that supplies Giant Food grocery stores and employs about 250 people will close in June, the operator, Jessup Logistics LLC, said Wednesday.

6:30 PM EDT, June 11, 2012

Giant Food lays off 20 warehouse support workers in Jessup

Twenty Giant Food workers will be laid off by the end of the month after a dry-goods warehouse in Jessup that supplies Giant stores closes, union locals representing workers said Monday.

12:45 PM EDT, May 29, 2012

Under Armour retail VP resigns

The vice president of retail for sports apparel maker Under Armour has resigned, the Baltimore-based company said Tuesday.

5:50 PM EDT, June 4, 2012

Lottery approves operations license for Arundel casino

The Maryland Lottery approved the operations license for the Maryland Live casino late Monday, allowing the slots facility to open its first phase at 10 p.m. Wednesday as scheduled.

8:43 PM EDT, June 5, 2012

Baltimore among areas hardest hit by organized retail crime

Baltimore is among the regions hardest-hit by organized retail crime, a growing national problem in which gangs steal and sell goods, a retail trade group reported Tuesday.

1:58 PM EDT, April 2, 2012

COPT CEO sees compensation fall by nearly half in 2011

Annual compensation dropped by nearly half last year for Randall M. Griffin, who retired last month as chief executive of Corporate Office Properties Trust. Griffin earned $3.04 million in 2011, down from $6.05 million in 2010, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission showed.

4:02 PM EDT, April 4, 2012

Pompeian Inc. becomes first olive oil maker to get USDA approval

Baltimore-based Pompeian Inc. has become the first olive oil maker to have the quality of its products backed by the United States Department of Agriculture, the company announced.

6:27 AM EDT, March 27, 2012

BDC plans Tuesday hearing on Enterprise Zone change

City economic development officials will hear from the public Tuesday night on a proposal to reduce the size of a city zone in which businesses or developers get property tax breaks for making investments.

Gender-based wage gaps persist in state and nation

April 22, 2012

Gender-based wage gaps persist in state and nation

Women make considerably less money than men in Maryland: 83 cents to the dollar, according to a study released last week.

2:26 PM EDT, April 16, 2012

AT&T to be top sponsor of Md.'s War of 1812 bicentennial

AT&T has signed on as the top sponsor of Maryland's upcoming bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 with a more than $1 million contribution, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday.

Under Armour poised for greater growth with new products

7:16 PM EDT, May 1, 2012

Under Armour poised for greater growth with new products

The Under Armour brand is poised for continued growth with a soon-to-be-released football cleat that's expected to drive footwear sales, as well as plans to keep expanding into international markets, executives told stockholders Tuesday.

Cordish/Giants team to redevelop San Francisco waterfront

7:22 PM EDT, April 13, 2012

Cordish/Giants team to redevelop San Francisco waterfront

The Cordish Cos., known for pairing urban-style entertainment districts with sports venues, will work with the San Francisco Giants to build a $1.6 billion waterfront development near the club's ballpark and is planning three more sports-anchored projects in Las Vegas, Portland, Ore., and St. Louis.

2:09 PM EDT, June 12, 2012

Manekin, Chicago firm join forces in Mid-Atlantic area

Manekin LLC, a Columbia-based real estate firm, has formed a partnership with Chicago-based Brennan Investment Group to acquire, develop and manage industrial properties in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Interview: Kerry Stackpole on Maryland's printing industry

March 4, 2012

The Interview: Kerry Stackpole on Maryland's printing industry

To anyone who might believe printing is a dying industry in a digital age, Kerry Stackpole says this: Look in your cupboard.

East Baltimore delegation calls for stop to EBDI project

9:42 PM EDT, May 30, 2012

East Baltimore delegation calls for stop to EBDI project

Elected officials from East Baltimore want to block the $1.8 billion urban renewal project in Middle East until more neighborhood residents and minority contractors are hired and displaced residents can benefit from the revitalization.

5:53 PM EDT, March 27, 2012

Aramark to lay off 64 conference center workers

Aramark will lay off 64 workers in Silver Spring in May when it stops managing the Kirkland Conference Center at the National Labor College, the company told state officials Tuesday.

Pigtown resident launches electronic Rohous Magazine

May 20, 2012

Pigtown resident launches electronic Rohous Magazine

Pigtown resident Daryl Landy believes he's one of a growing number of Americans striving for better, not bigger, living quarters, and last week he launched a new online magazine devoted to living, working and playing in small spaces.

Under Armour sues Beverly Hills sports drink maker

3:11 PM EDT, May 7, 2012

Under Armour sues Beverly Hills sports drink maker

Baltimore-based Under Armour Inc. is accusing Beverly Hills sports drink maker Body Armor Nutrition LLC of trademark infringement for using a brand name and logo that confuses consumers, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

4:36 PM EDT, May 11, 2012

Jos. A. Bank CEO earned $4 million last year

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. said Friday its CEO and president, R. Neal Black, earned $4 million last year, with nearly half the compensation in stock awards.

5:57 PM EDT, June 4, 2012

More sponsors join War of 1812 commemoration effort

Nearly two dozen companies will sponsor Maryland's bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812, contributing more than $5 million, the nonprofit group planning the events said Monday.

April 1, 2012

City considers shrinking size of tax-break zone by one-third

Harbor East, Harbor Point and most of Locust Point would be removed from a state enterprise zone that offers businesses tax breaks under new maps drawn up by the Baltimore Development Corp.

Sparrows Point owner considers selling plant

8:32 PM EDT, May 21, 2012

Sparrows Point owner considers selling plant

The struggling Sparrows Point steel mill could be sold within the next six months, mill owner RG Steel said Monday.

3:56 PM EDT, April 17, 2012

Under Armour expansion proposal goes to mayor

Under Armour's proposal to double the size of its Locust Point headquarters in South Baltimore has been sent to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for final approval.

Balto. firm to build world's tallest indoor roller coaster in China

7:58 PM EDT, March 12, 2012

Balto. firm to build world's tallest indoor roller coaster in China

When it opens next year, the Great Mall of China near Beijing will be the biggest retail and entertainment center in the world, with 15 million square feet of shops, a theme park, a water park — and the world's tallest indoor roller coaster, imported from Baltimore.

7:07 PM EST, February 14, 2012

$40 million Fells Point project gets new developer

A Massachusetts-based apartment developer has taken over a $40 million project to transform the blocks around Broadway Market in Fells Point into new housing and shops.

German gummi bear maker aims for bigger share of U.S. market

4:34 PM EDT, April 7, 2012

German gummi bear maker aims for bigger share of U.S. market

Chew on this: Adults — not children — account for 65 percent of gummi candy consumption in the United States.

3:18 PM EDT, May 7, 2012

COPT sells two office buildings in Rockville for $48.7 million

Corporate Office Properties Trust said Monday that it had sold two office buildings and land in Rockville for about $48.7 million, part of the Columbia-based real estate investment trust's strategy of selling off non-core assets.

6:01 PM EST, March 7, 2012

Village of Cross Keys sold to retail and property investor

The Village of Cross Keys, an upscale North Baltimore shopping center and one of the earliest projects of Columbia founder James W. Rouse, has been sold by General Growth Properties to Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., a retail and office property investor, according to a notice to tenants delivered Wednesday.

City economic development chief Brodie to retire

9:00 PM EST, February 23, 2012

City economic development chief Brodie to retire

M.J. "Jay" Brodie, who has headed Baltimore's economic development agency under four mayors and helped shepherd projects such as the Harbor East redevelopment, said Thursday he plans to retire.

West Side apartment tower proposal sent to mayor

8:18 PM EDT, April 26, 2012

West Side apartment tower proposal sent to mayor

Developers have proposed building a $19 million apartment tower in an area slated for revitalization on downtown's west side that would include 92 affordable and market-rate rentals but would require city and state tax subsidies.

Mega Millions: Mega jackpot sparks buying frenzy

6:52 PM EDT, March 28, 2012

Mega Millions: Mega jackpot sparks buying frenzy

Luck was on Grantland Jackson's side.

As tax deadline looms, last-minute filers finally buckle down

7:52 PM EDT, April 17, 2012

As tax deadline looms, last-minute filers finally buckle down

On deadline day at Liberty Tax Service on Harford Road, a young woman in a green Statue of Liberty costume stood out front waving frantically at passing cars.

9:35 PM EST, March 5, 2012

Study: New arena, larger convention center would transform city

A $900 million proposal to build a downtown sports and entertainment arena linked to an expanded Baltimore Convention Center would appeal to national and international convention planners seeking a "destination package" and could transform the city, according to a Maryland Stadium Authority study released Monday.

The Interview: Catherine Mahan

April 1, 2012

The Interview: Catherine Mahan

Catherine Mahan founded a landscape architecture firm in 1983 on the first floor of a Mount Vernon rowhouse. She had four employees and scraped by at first doing jobs for local architects and designing backyards for homeowners.

Ship delivers largest sugar cargo ever to Domino plant

12:34 AM EDT, April 10, 2012

Ship delivers largest sugar cargo ever to Domino plant

With the wind whipping granules through the sweet-smelling air, Monday could have been just another day on the Domino Sugars docks in South Baltimore.

2:17 PM EST, February 9, 2012

COPT posts $87.2 million fourth-quarter loss

Columbia-based office developer Corporate Office Properties Trust, or COPT, posted an $87.2 million loss in the fourth quarter, the company reported Thursday, blaming a weak economic recovery and uncertainty over federal budget cuts.

March 11, 2012

Sinclair aims to provide local TV news on the go

The head of Sinclair Broadcast Group has a definite idea about television's future: It will be a mobile medium. And he doesn't need industry research to tell him so.

1:55 PM EST, February 21, 2012

Towson Social Security office to move in March

The Towson Social Security office will move on March 6 to 28 Allegheny Ave., the Social Security Administration said Tuesday.

7:30 PM EDT, April 23, 2012

Under Armour: Missing data was in auditing firm's hands

A computer thumb drive that was lost in the mail with the names, Social Security numbers and salaries of some Under Armour employees was being sent between two offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers, an auditing firm used by the Baltimore-based sports apparel company, an Under Armour official said Monday.

6:23 PM EDT, April 11, 2012

PSC rejects taxi company's request to use security cameras

The Maryland Public Service Commission turned down a request Wednesday that would have allowed taxi companies to put security cameras instead of bullet-resistant shields in Baltimore cabs as a form of protection.

Life after college: high unemployment and depressed wages

May 12, 2012

Life after college: high unemployment and depressed wages

They're facing high unemployment, depressed wages and loads of debt — and they're only in their 20s. Welcome to life after college.

1:58 PM EDT, April 4, 2012

COPT sells office suburban Baltimore buildings

Corporate Office Properties Trust said it sold office buildings in White Marsh, Hunt Valley and Hanover as part of $61 million in property and land sales in the first three months of the year.

Mayor to consider $35M financing tied to Under Armour project

5:47 PM EDT, March 22, 2012

Mayor to consider $35M financing tied to Under Armour project

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will consider a request for up to $35 million in city tax increment financing for infrastructure projects related to the proposed doubling of Under Armour's Locust Point headquarters in South Baltimore.

2:57 PM EST, March 8, 2012

Mall owner to increase stake in two Mills shopping centers

Mall owner Simon Property Group said Thursday it would increase its ownership in Arundel Mills Mall and Arundel Mills Marketplace in Hanover as part of a $1.6 billion deal to acquire its joint venture partner's stake in 26 Mills malls and shopping centers nationwide.

Planned BWI-Cuba flights delayed until October

6:11 PM EST, February 21, 2012

Planned BWI-Cuba flights delayed until October

Plans to begin weekly flights to Cuba from Baltimore have been pushed back to October because of lack of demand, the head of the travel company offering the service said Tuesday. The flights were to begin next month.

Groceries seeking ways around wine sales ban

2:46 PM EDT, May 5, 2012

Groceries seeking ways around wine sales ban

Unlike most other states, Maryland shoppers have to make one extra stop for a cabernet to go with that steak they bought on sale at the supermarket —grocery stores in the state generally are banned from selling alcohol.

6:43 PM EST, March 8, 2012

Waesche to become COPT's CEO at end of March

Columbia-based Corporate Office Properties Trust, an office developer that specializes in government and defense tenants, said Thursday that President Roger A. Waesche Jr. would become chief executive officer at the end of the month. The transition plan was previously announced.

3:04 PM EST, March 8, 2012

Big Lots opening stores in Middle River and Hanover

Big Lots Inc. plans to open two Baltimore-area stores on Friday, the retailer announced Thursday.

5:28 PM EST, March 6, 2012

Sparrows Point to restart galvanizing line in April

RG Steel Sparrows Point plans to restart the No. 2 galvanizing line in early April, expanding the plant's product offerings, the steelmaker said Tuesday.

5:19 PM EDT, April 17, 2012

Sinclair CEO's compensation rose 16 percent

Sinclair Broadcast Group's chief executive, David D. Smith, earned $4.2 million last year, a 16 percent increase that included more than $2 million in stock option awards, the Hunt Valley-based broadcaster reported.

Council panel passes Under Armour expansion bill

6:07 PM EDT, March 15, 2012

Council panel passes Under Armour expansion bill

The Baltimore City Council's Land Use and Transportation Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would enable sports apparel maker Under Armour to double the size of its Locust Point headquarters, hire hundreds more workers and help retain the city's last major corporate headquarters.

Compensation for Under Armour CEO fell 14 percent last year

1:55 PM EDT, March 19, 2012

Compensation for Under Armour CEO fell 14 percent last year

Total compensation for Under Amour CEO Kevin A. Plank fell 14 percent last year after the company failed to significantly improve its operating efficiency, the company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

M.J. "Jay" Brodie: Economic development chief will retire after 16 years

February 25, 2012

M.J. "Jay" Brodie: Economic development chief will retire after 16 years

When asked 16 years ago to head Baltimore's economic development agency, M.J. "Jay" Brodie really didn't want the job.

6:38 PM EDT, April 11, 2012

PSC rejects taxi company's request to use security cameras

The Maryland Public Service Commission turned down a request Wednesday that would have allowed taxi companies to put security cameras instead of bullet-resistant shields in Baltimore cabs as a form of protection.

4:44 PM EST, March 6, 2012

Asian market to open in Catonsville this summer

Lotte Plaza, an Asian market, will open a store this summer in the One Mile West Shopping Center in Catonsville in a former Toys "R" Us space, the shopping center owner said Tuesday.

4:48 PM EST, March 6, 2012

Tryko Partners buys 253-unit apartment complex in city

Tryko Partners LLC, a Brick, N.J.-based private equity real estate group, said Tuesday it purchased the 253-unit Park Raven apartments in Baltimore from Continental Realty Corp.

9:03 AM EST, February 8, 2012

Sinclair's quarterly income falls 31%, earnings miss estimates

Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group said net income fell 31 percent in the fourth quarter, with earnings missing analysts' estimates by 4 cents per share.

Developers vie to restore Parkway Theatre in Charles North

7:33 PM EDT, April 10, 2012

Developers vie to restore Parkway Theatre in Charles North

The Maryland Film Festival would transform the historic and long-shuttered Parkway Theatre into a venue for small independent films and concerts under one of three proposals to enliven a key intersection in Baltimore's Charles North neighborhood.

New GM plant will bring jobs from Mexico to Baltimore County

7:47 AM EST, February 16, 2012

New GM plant will bring jobs from Mexico to Baltimore County

Workers peered through safety goggles as they fitted together parts of the electric motors they were building on a General Motors assembly line in White Marsh.

3:57 PM EST, February 29, 2012

City set to demolish skywalk at Hopkins Plaza

Baltimore City officials will start a long-planned, $2 million demolition of a skywalk over Baltimore Street at Hopkins Plaza as part of an effort to make downtown plazas more inviting and to attract office and retail tenants.

Downtown loses jobs, while demand for offices, housing grows, report shows

6:50 AM EDT, March 22, 2012

Downtown loses jobs, while demand for offices, housing grows, report shows

Downtown Baltimore lost 9.4 percent of its jobs in 2011, according to a study to be released today by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.

Md. adds 5,000 jobs in Jan. as unemployment hits 3-year low

7:50 PM EDT, March 13, 2012

Md. adds 5,000 jobs in Jan. as unemployment hits 3-year low

Maryland's unemployment rate in January fell to the lowest level in three years, reflecting an improving economy that spurred the state's employers to add 5,000 jobs during the month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday.

New apartments planned for Barclay

7:10 PM EDT, April 12, 2012

New apartments planned for Barclay

A developer working to transform vacant, city-owned properties in a North Baltimore neighborhood into hundreds of new and rehabbed homes received city design approval Thursday for 69 new apartments that will get under way this fall.

5:32 PM EST, February 27, 2012

St. John has started new building in APG office park

Baltimore developer St. John Properties Inc. has started work on the 10th building in an office park at Aberdeen Proving Ground to meet strong demand driven by the federal base realignment process.

9:36 PM EDT, March 16, 2012

Bankruptcy judge appoints trustee to run Alter

A trustee will run Alter Communications Inc., publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge ordered late Friday after determining the company had exhausted all avenues to reorganize under Chapter 11.

Under Armour reports earnings boost in fourth quarter

12:41 PM EST, January 26, 2012

Under Armour reports earnings boost in fourth quarter

Sports apparel maker Under Armour Inc. reported a 42 percent gain in fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday and said the company experienced its highest overall annual growth rate since 2007 as it continues to roll out new products.

Valentine's Day helps drive sales of luxury goods

6:09 PM EST, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day helps drive sales of luxury goods

It's no longer taboo to spend money lavishly if sales of high-end goods are any indicator. And that bodes well for retailers this Valentine's Day.

7:07 PM EST, March 8, 2012

Nine Maryland billionaires on Forbes list

The world's billionaires include nine from Maryland, according to Forbes magazine's latest ranking of the world's richest people.

5:28 PM EST, February 8, 2012

BGE heating bills expected to decrease from last winter

Customers ofBaltimore Gas and Electric Co.can expect to pay $100 to $200 less to heat their homes this winter if the warmer-than-normal weather continues, the utility said Wednesday.

7:43 PM EDT, March 15, 2012

Parkville woman accused of insurance fraud

A 35-year-old Parkville woman has been charged with three counts of insurance fraud stemming from allegations that she filed three fraudulent claims and was paid a total of $21,563, the office of the Maryland attorney general said Thursday.

7:42 PM EST, February 14, 2012

Audit: Md. firms got state tax credits without documenting costs

Eight Maryland businesses approved for $34 million in tax credits for job creation from 2007 to 2010 failed to document their project or startup costs, a legislative audit of the state's economic development agency has found.

2:37 PM EST, February 17, 2012

Verizon Wireless workers get bonuses

Maryland's more than 2,500 Verizon Wireless workers have been given bonuses of 6 percent to 10 percent of their base salaries in their Friday paychecks, the company said. The yearly bonuses, which are paid to employees companywide, are based on the annual performance of both the company and individual workers.

7:45 PM EST, December 14, 2011

Blockbuster to pay $2 million to settle discrimination suit

Blockbuster Inc. has agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle a lawsuit in which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused the retailer of subjecting female employees to sexual harassment, the agency's Baltimore office said Wednesday.

Second Chance moving to a new home of its own

1:32 AM EST, January 24, 2012

Second Chance moving to a new home of its own

Things have always been a bit uncertain for Second Chance, a salvage depot and nonprofit organization that has built a loyal following among homeowners, interior designers, commercial builders and art students seeking one-of-a-kind home items — bathtubs, shutters, mantelpieces, you name it — from old structures.

Ravens' win could mean big bucks in endorsements

8:32 PM EST, January 19, 2012

Ravens' win could mean big bucks in endorsements

The American Football Conference championship and a trip to the Super Bowl are at stake for the Baltimore Ravens this weekend, but a win could also mean big bucks for players seeking endorsements.

7:25 PM EST, December 14, 2011

State Center foes argue state lawsuit violates their rights

Opponents of the $1.5 billion State Center project asked a Circuit Court judge Wednesday to dismiss the state's legal action against them, arguing that they have a First Amendment right to go to court to protest plans to redevelop the aging government office complex in midtown Baltimore.

9:12 PM EST, January 26, 2012

Developer seeks tax break to lure Exelon

The owner of one of the last undeveloped sites at the Inner Harbor is seeking a property tax break from the city to allow it to compete with the developers of four other sites that have proposed or considered building a downtown headquarters for Exelon Corp.

Expansion planned for Hopkins' Bayview campus

5:58 PM EST, December 22, 2011

Expansion planned for Hopkins' Bayview campus

Johns Hopkins Health System plans to open a $35 million expanded emergency department at Bayview Medical Center by January 2014, followed by a new oncology wing for its lung cancer treatment program.

Early start to Black Friday for shoppers, stores

8:49 PM EST, November 25, 2011

Early start to Black Friday for shoppers, stores

This year, the packed-house madness that is Black Friday had petered out well before dawn.

8:16 PM EST, January 4, 2012

Sparrows Point to restart some steelmaking operations

A letter from the owner of the idled Sparrows Point steel mill assuring customers that some operations are to resume will be welcome news, at least in the short term, an industry observer said Wednesday.

The Interview: Dianna Wilhelm

9:35 PM EST, January 7, 2012

The Interview: Dianna Wilhelm

Dianna Wilhelm, a developer based in Annapolis Junction, was elected this month to head the Maryland chapter of NAIOP, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

Unemployed workers train to rebuild E. Balto. &#8212; and their lives

1:16 PM EST, February 4, 2012

Unemployed workers train to rebuild E. Balto. — and their lives

Just north of the Johns Hopkins medical campus, in the Middle East section of East Baltimore — an area where hundreds of families were moved out and hundreds of homes were razed as part of a $1.8 billion urban renewal project — a new neighborhood is beginning to sprout.

6:31 PM EST, January 17, 2012

Northrop Grumman to lay off 90 in Maryland

Northrop Grumman Corp. will lay off 90 workers in Maryland as part of a nationwide cutback of 400 workers in the company's Electronic Systems sector, the company reported Tuesday. Plans to eliminate as many as 800 jobs nationwide were announced in October.

Ripley's Believe it or Not! lease at Harborplace finalized

6:31 PM EST, February 28, 2012

Ripley's Believe it or Not! lease at Harborplace finalized

Ripley's Believe It or Not! has finalized plans to open an "odditorium" museum at the Inner Harbor by June.

Baltimore suburbs rank third lowest in suburban office vacancy rates

11:47 PM EST, January 30, 2012

Baltimore suburbs rank third lowest in suburban office vacancy rates

Thanks to demand from the defense sector, the vacancy rate for office space in Baltimore's suburbs is lower than anywhere else in the United States except for two suburban markets in California, a new commercial real estate report shows.

7:28 PM EST, December 16, 2011

Court dismisses state's challenge to State Center lawsuit

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge dismissed a legal challenge Friday filed against opponents of the $1.5 billion State Center project, allowing the court fight to continue against the midtown Baltimore redevelopment.

6:43 PM EST, January 25, 2012

Frederick News-Post to revive Monday edition

The Frederick News-Post plans to revive its Monday edition, which was suspended nearly three years ago in a cost-cutting move, and will return next month to seven-day publication, the newspaper announced Wednesday.

The Interview: Robin Budish, community organizer for Baltimore Streetcar Campaign

1:26 PM EST, February 4, 2012

The Interview: Robin Budish, community organizer for Baltimore Streetcar Campaign

Robin Budish spends her days rallying support for an idea she says will make downtown Baltimore more livable — building a streetcar line along Charles Street.

City gets decked out for what may be purplest Friday yet

8:20 PM EST, January 12, 2012

City gets decked out for what may be purplest Friday yet

For months, Ravens fans have been trading in their Friday business attire, work uniforms and school clothes for purple-hued garments — flaunting their support for the team. But this Purple Friday could be the most extreme yet.

Baltimore's downtown public spaces get a face-lift

7:14 PM EST, January 9, 2012

Baltimore's downtown public spaces get a face-lift

A vision for the "greening" of downtown Baltimore is taking shape after city leaders proposed ambitious steps to keep and attract businesses and residents by making public areas more inviting.

Wegmans to begin hiring for new Columbia store

4:40 PM EST, January 6, 2012

Wegmans to begin hiring for new Columbia store

Wegmans Food Markets has started hiring to fill about 250 full-time jobs for its new Columbia supermarket, which is set to open in mid-June, Wegmans announced Thursday.

McCormick to open store at Inner Harbor this summer

8:18 PM EST, February 7, 2012

McCormick to open store at Inner Harbor this summer

More than 20 years after it left the Baltimore waterfront, McCormick and Co. plans to open a store this summer at the Inner Harbor that will sell spices as well as an updated image of the homegrown company.

3:38 PM EST, December 13, 2011

Under Armour, NBA deal allows use of uniforms in ad campaigns

NBA players sponsored by Baltimore-based Under Armour will be sporting their professional jerseys in upcoming ad campaigns for Under Armour footwear, under a partnership between the company and the National Basketball Association.

6:30 PM EST, January 3, 2012

Sinclair buys Four Points Media TV stations for $200 million

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has finalized a planned purchase of Four Points Media for $200 million, the Hunt Valley-based broadcaster said Tuesday.

6:45 PM EST, January 5, 2012

Wells Fargo agrees to pay restitution to mortgage borrowers

Under an agreement announced Thursday by the Maryland Attorney General's Office, Wells Fargo has agreed to make loan modifications and pay nearly $1 million in restitution to customers of two lenders acquired by the bank.

6:38 PM EST, November 7, 2011

Stalled Baltimore hotel project to be auctioned Nov. 30

A former downtown Baltimore office building that was being converted to a Staybridge Suites Hotel is scheduled to go on the auction block Nov. 30.

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.

Most of Owings Mills Mall to be demolished, redeveloped

8:39 PM EST, November 10, 2011

Most of Owings Mills Mall to be demolished, redeveloped

Most of the long-struggling Owings Mills Mall will be torn down starting in 2013 to make room for a $65 million retail development, a move that Baltimore County officials hope will complement other burgeoning projects in an area targeted for growth.

Church group urges construction jobs for E. Balto. residents

8:08 PM EST, December 8, 2011

Church group urges construction jobs for E. Balto. residents

A job advocacy group in East Baltimore plans to demand that the developer of a $1.8 billion redevelopment project north of Johns Hopkins medical campus hire more local residents for the next phase of construction, including work on a new public school and a state public health laboratory.

West side's story: A new approach to development

November 6, 2011

West side's story: A new approach to development

From his 14th-floor office on West Saratoga Street, Jay A. Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, surveys the urban campus on downtown's west side and envisions the future.

FedEx predicts busiest shipping day in its history

7:25 PM EST, December 12, 2011

FedEx predicts busiest shipping day in its history

On a day expected to be the busiest in FedEx's 40-year history, Diane Maleski got to work extra early — at 4:30 a.m. That was long before the first trucks arrived from the airport bearing parcels that would be piled onto conveyor belts, sorted by code number, and then reloaded into delivery trucks heading for Baltimore-area homes and businesses.

6:41 PM EST, January 3, 2012

Mission Place apartments completed in Howard County

Developers have finished work on a $53 million apartment and retail complex that is expected to help revitalize the Route 1 corridor in Howard County.

1:59 PM EST, November 29, 2011

Columbia office complex sells for $16.1 million

First Potomac Realty Trust has bought two fully occupied office buildings in Columbia for $16.1 million, commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley said Tuesday.

7:44 PM EST, December 23, 2011

COPT plans to sell non-core office buildings

Corporate Office Properties Trust plans to sell an additional $312 million worth of properties over the next three years under a previously announced strategy to shed non-core holdings.

Survey: Grand Prix fell short of spending projections

1:41 AM EDT, October 19, 2011

Survey: Grand Prix fell short of spending projections

Baltimore Grand Prix attendees spent as much as $25 million — far short of the $70 million projected by race organizers, according to an economic impact survey released this week.

October 4, 2011

Report: Agency failed to stop foreclosure abuses

The federal agency overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failed to stop abuses by the mortgage giants' network of foreclosure attorneys for years before problems surfaced in news accounts, according to a report released Tuesday.

The Interview: Randall M. Griffin has overseen growth of COPT

November 19, 2011

The Interview: Randall M. Griffin has overseen growth of COPT

He's led the Columbia-based company through two recessions and overseen its growth into a nationally known developer with $5 billion in assets and a specialty in high-security buildings for defense agency and defense contractor tenants.

6:02 PM EST, January 10, 2012

Maryland builders pay penalties to settle violation claims

More than two dozen Maryland home builders have agreed to pay penalties totaling $26,000 to settle allegations that they violated state building laws, Maryland's Attorney General said Tuesday.

7:19 PM EST, January 5, 2012

Wells Fargo agrees to pay restitution to mortgage borrowers

Under an agreement announced Thursday by the Maryland attorney general's office, Wells Fargo has agreed to make loan modifications and pay nearly $1 million in restitution to customers of two lenders acquired by the bank.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! plans for Harborplace draw concern

9:08 PM EDT, October 26, 2011

Ripley's Believe It or Not! plans for Harborplace draw concern

If Ripley's Believe It or Not! opens a proposed "odditorium" museum at the Inner Harbor, it will be hard to miss.

Anthropologie unveils design for Harbor East store

6:49 PM EST, December 8, 2011

Anthropologie unveils design for Harbor East store

Architects for apparel and home décor retailer Anthropologie have been asked to return to the Baltimore Planning Department with revised preliminary designs for a store slated to open next year at the base of the Four Seasons Hotel in Harbor East.

Under Armour's growth worries some neighbors

3:22 PM EDT, October 14, 2011

Under Armour's growth worries some neighbors

On a sunny fall day in Locust Point, neighborhood residents are out in force. Toddlers frolic in Latrobe Park's playground as tennis players trade volleys on a nearby court. Joggers thread through narrow streets lined with Formstone facades and renovated rowhouses with rooftop decks, while bicyclists pedal along the waterfront promenade outside Under Armour's Tide Point office complex.

Retail development heats up in Baltimore

4:54 PM EST, December 5, 2011

Retail development heats up in Baltimore

The shelves have been stocked and the cash registers tested for Wednesday's opening of Harris Teeter's upscale supermarket in Locust Point — part of a broader development push that is likely to bring Baltimore as much retail space as a regional shopping mall.

9:48 PM EDT, October 17, 2011

Lowe's drops plans to build store in Remington

Lowe's, the national home improvement chain, has pulled out as an anchor of the proposed 25th Street Station, a retail and housing development in Remington that won Baltimore City approval nearly a year ago but has been stalled by court challenges.

7:20 PM EDT, October 10, 2011

Group to seek state funding for convention center, arena project

Backers of a proposed Inner Harbor arena linked to an expanded convention center expect to ask the state to provide funds for preliminary planning and design for the project's $420 million public portion.

5:54 PM EDT, August 17, 2011

Home builder ordered to pay more than $124,000

The office of the state attorney general ordered an Anne Arundel County home builder on Wednesday to pay more than $124,000 in refunds to customers who were building a home in Baltimore County, penalties and costs.

9:41 PM EST, November 9, 2011

East Baltimore residents criticize nonprofit development at hearing

The nonprofit group leading the $1.8 billion redevelopment of 88 acres north of the Johns Hopkins medical campus has failed to deliver on promises of jobs and housing after razing most of the neighborhood and relocating hundreds of families, a Baltimore City Council panel was told Wednesday night.

Court battle over State Center intensifies

8:46 PM EDT, September 7, 2011

Court battle over State Center intensifies

A court battle over the State Center development, a $1.5 billion project that would put offices, apartments and shops in midtown Baltimore, has intensified with a series of legal volleys in recent days.

9:03 PM EDT, October 27, 2011

Design panel reviews new vision for East Baltimore redevelopment

A new vision for the redevelopment of 88 acres north of Johns Hopkins Hospital moves the East Baltimore project in the right direction but should focus more on attracting families and improving community life for existing as well potential new residents, members of a city design panel and area residents said Thursday.

1:02 PM EDT, October 7, 2011

Hackerman proposes retail or warehouse project at former incinerator site

The former site of a waste incinerator in Northeast Baltimore could be developed into a big-box store or warehouses or a combination under a plan being proposed by construction magnate Willard Hackerman, who has a contract to purchase the vacant, 19-acre site on Pulaski Highway from the city for more than $1 million.

Students help dream facelift for Cross Street Market

September 24, 2011

Students help dream facelift for Cross Street Market

The cardboard models showed what a new town hall near Cross Street Market in Federal Hill could look like.

6:52 PM EDT, October 7, 2011

North Baltimore apartment high-rise sold for $26.1 million

An affiliate of Harbor Group International LLC has purchased a 234-unit apartment tower on the northern edge of Baltimore City for $26.1 million, the Norfolk-based real estate firm said Friday.

RTKL wins contest to design iconic building in China

August 14, 2011

RTKL wins contest to design iconic building in China

Baltimore-based RTKL Associates Inc. recently beat two international rivals to win a contract to design an iconic structure for a city along the Yangtze River in China.

7:38 PM EDT, September 8, 2011

Sinclair agrees to buy 7 TV stations for $200 million

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has agreed to buy the television station assets of Four Points Media for $200 million, the Hunt Valley-based broadcaster said Thursday.

Officials: Grand Prix boosted hotel, parking revenue

9:36 PM EDT, September 8, 2011

Officials: Grand Prix boosted hotel, parking revenue

The inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix gave the local economy much of the boost officials hoped for — though organizers say they will seek to spread the benefits to more businesses next year.

6:42 PM EDT, September 9, 2011

Exelon-Constellation announces leadership team for merged firm

Several top Constellation Energy executives would hold senior leadership positions in the combined company if its planned merger with Exelon Corp. is approved, Exelon said Friday.

A vision for North Avenue

8:10 PM EDT, August 18, 2011

A vision for North Avenue

Where the passengers on the tour bus rolling west on North Avenue saw blocks of crumbling and abandoned buildings and overgrown lots, Lou Fields envisioned another Pratt Street in the making.

Grand Prix boosts some businesses, disappoints others

2:18 AM EDT, September 7, 2011

Grand Prix boosts some businesses, disappoints others

Profits and losses have yet to be counted. But among the businesses that had hoped to capitalize on the crowds at the first Baltimore Grand Prix, it's clear that there have been winners and losers.

Four Seasons Baltimore offers luxury, boost for tourism

8:14 PM EST, November 14, 2011

Four Seasons Baltimore offers luxury, boost for tourism

As the Four Seasons Baltimore opened to its first guests Monday, the city's newest waterfront hotel looked forward to many more.

3:29 PM EDT, August 8, 2011

Design panel reviews Canton shopping center proposal

A city design panel reviewed plans Monday for a proposed 500,000-square-foot shopping center at the Canton Crossing mixed-used development.

Irene's impact on Md. businesses mixed

8:22 AM EDT, August 30, 2011

Irene's impact on Md. businesses mixed

Hurricane Irene did not inflict as much damage in Maryland as officials and residents had feared. But the storm came at a bad time for many businesses.

2:28 PM EDT, September 9, 2011

Local builder embarks on new apartment construction

An Owings Mills group is launching work on five new apartment complexes in the mid-Atlantic at a cost of $186.5 million, all in areas it says have high demand but little new construction.

5:41 PM EDT, July 13, 2011

Judge denies state's motion to dismiss State Center suit

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Althea M. Handy on Wednesday denied a state motion to dismiss a lawsuit over the $1.5 billion State Center proposal, a controversial redevelopment of a state government complex in midtown Baltimore.

2:55 PM EST, November 7, 2011