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  • Patent pool abuse deserves scrutiny [Commentary]

    Patent pool abuse deserves scrutiny [Commentary]
    As Congress considers legislation aimed at limiting lawsuits filed by so-called patent "trolls" — those who collect patents solely so they can sue others for infringing upon them — there is another kind of intellectual property abuse that...
  • Black Friday stretches into long weekend of buying

    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. The student employment manager at Stevenson University will pass up Thanksgiving specials to focus...
  • Passion grows for oyster farming

    Passion grows for oyster farming
    — Oysters may or may not be an aphrodisiac, but they sure bring out passion in those who raise them for a living. Tim Devine barely knew from oysters when he was growing up in Easton, not far from the Chesapeake Bay. Now he's growing them on 10...
  • 'Shop Small' gives merchants a big boost

    'Shop Small' gives merchants a big boost
    Even hard-core shoppers might not know the Saturday after Thanksgiving has an official retail-related name. But scores of independent merchants in the Baltimore area did their part Saturday to get the "Shop Small" message out for the fourth annual Small...
  • Shoppers to get weeklong break on state sales tax

    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. Now in its fourth year, the annual tax holiday gives consumers a break on the...
  • Despite more time to shop, Black Friday weekend customers spend less

    Despite more time to shop, Black Friday weekend customers spend less
    Despite extra time to shop as more retailers opened for business on Thanksgiving Day, consumers spent less money this year during the first four days of the official start of the holiday shopping season, according to a survey released Sunday by the...
  • Shop wisely for electricity, gas

    Shop wisely for electricity, gas
    Letter writer Joel Bright did consumers a service by highlighting the value of shopping for electricity and natural gas service from the many competitive energy providers active in Maryland ("Consumers should shop around for the best gas and electricity...
  • Maryland goes after payday lenders' banks to stop illegal loans

    Maryland goes after payday lenders' banks to stop illegal loans
    Maryland's financial regulator is trying to stop illegal online payday loans by going after the banks that help make the loans possible. "Without the payday lender's bank, the payday lender can't operate in my state," said Mark Kaufman, commissioner with...
  • Diesel's day has arrived

    Diesel's day has arrived
    One hundred and twenty years ago this summer — in 1893 — Rudolf Diesel fired up a single-cylinder engine attached to a flywheel. The contraption was fueled by peanut oil. He must have been relieved as the engine sputtered to life because...
  • Md. colleges have mixed reaction to Obama plan

    Md. colleges have mixed reaction to Obama plan
    Some Maryland education officials lauded a presidential plan to make colleges more affordable by assigning them value ratings tied to federal financial aid, yet others feared the state's historically black colleges and universities would suffer. The...
  • Five Questions for Frank Gunion

    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. Today, the small wood hut he called South Moon Under has grown into an upscale...
  • Cracking down on payday loans

    Cracking down on payday loans
    Fear not, boardwalk vacationers. Labor Day may be approaching, but one of summer's favorite pastimes, the Whac-A-Mole game, is getting an extended run. We speak, of course, of Maryland's unceasing efforts to protect consumers from unscrupulous payday...