| Apr 17, 2014
| 6:30 AM
When Rick Levitan opened his two gas stations in close succession about 15 years ago, he didn't know what the future would bring.
When he started his business in 1999, Levitan reflects, "nobody knew what a hybrid was."
Today, car manufacturers are...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 11:53 AM
Half a dozen people who live around a Bel Air-area farm slated for extensive development once again pleaded with members of the Harford County Council Tuesday evening to either stop the project, reduce its scope, or repeal three changes to the zoning...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 11:37 AM
Cash or credit?
Cash: At the Hot Stove restaurant on Cape Cod, which I visit every summer vacation for one of their tasty burgers served on English muffins, patrons must pay their tab in cash or by check. A few years ago, the pub stopped taking credit...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 12:01 PM
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...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 10:06 AM
In an effort to fill vacant storefronts with businesses that residents want, community associations in Charles Village and Old Goucher are partnering with Spotmojo, a California-based 'crowd-sourcing' company that does neighborhood-based market research,...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 2:38 PM
Do you have the charisma of Oprah, the peppiness of Katie Couric and the wit of Letterman?
Ok, um.... well, do you at least have the Mr. Rogers' knack for popping in businesses with his television neighbor?
The city's local access cable channel is...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 8:59 PM
There will be no "Third Fridays" for Havre de Grace.
The city council struck down a proposal Monday to expand the highly-popular First Fridays downtown event, citing concerns about diluting the brand and wasting resources.
Councilman Joe Smith, who...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Are Marylanders aware that the General Assembly (our state senators and delegates) are part-time representatives who only work for 90 days? To deal with more important complex issues, such as public health and safety, they do not have the time. Apparently...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 12:24 PM
President Barack Obama was in Prince George's County today to tout a new $7 million federal initiative to expand programs that help high school graduates prepare for jobs in the region. In a state whose prosperity depends on a highly educated workforce,...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 4:52 PM
The vast majority of people who bought health insurance through the state's new online marketplace chose plans offered by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the state's dominant insurer. Even more called the carrier and enrolled directly, according to data...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 5:40 AM
Few things surprise me anymore, especially when it comes to our leaders in Annapolis.
Still, the brazenness demonstrated this legislative session by politicians seeking to recast themselves as "pro-business" after years of supporting anti-business...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 8:04 PM
Even as the housing market recovers nationwide, echoes of the mortgage lending crisis continue to reverberate in Maryland, home to the nation's second-highest foreclosure rate last month.
One in every 527 housing units in the state was touched by a...