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Harford council approves business loan opposed by Campaign for Liberty

Spurred by a Campaign for Liberty drive, a handful of residents opposed a Harford County Council bill giving an Edgewood company a loan, calling it "crony capitalism." By a 5-1 vote, the council Tuesday night approved a $750,000 economic development opportunity loan to British-based Smiths Detection Inc., whose U.S. headquarters are on Lakeside Boulevard in Edgewood. The bill includes a workplace training grant of $100,000 for the company. Jim Richardson, Harford County's Economic Development Director, said the company primarily creates chemical and biological detection systems and has been operating in Harford County since 2002. An e-mail sent by the Campaign for...