| Jul 29, 2014
| 5:05 PM
Howard County is staking out nutrition as an arena of government involvement to an unusual degree.
In May, the county unveiled its Roving Radish food delivery system. This is a refrigerated truck that delivers fresh food to participating families at...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Does the recent uptick in consumer confidence indicate that the agendas of the White House and Congress are misaligned with middle class aspirations? The U.S. consumer confidence index jumped to 90.9 in July, marking the highest level in seven years...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 4:23 PM
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.
In the Baltimore area and elsewhere, retail experts said, Dollar...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 2:25 PM
Farmers Market Week begins Aug. 3, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and an independent public health organization wants consumers to remember a few things about food safety.
Uncooked produce is twice as likely to make you sick than...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 5:40 AM
Originally, mobile phones were the size, shape and heft of your average brick. People would walk down the street yelling, "Guess where I'm calling from!" into the mouthpiece.
Now we have "smartphones." Ironically, it's the user who has to be smart to...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 7:00 AM
How competent is your 18-year old? Do you trust him or her with your credit card? How about the brand new family car? Better yet, do you think he is competent enough to take out several thousands of dollars of debt with a few pen strokes?
| Jul 15, 2014
| 6:42 PM
Coding problems that led to coverage and billing troubles for thousands of consumers using Connecticut's online insurance marketplace will be fixed in Maryland's version of the technology, officials said today.
Maryland officials had been preparing to...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 11:01 AM
On July 2, for the fourth consecutive year, Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. asked the Public Service Commission to approve a rate distribution increase for citizens, who receive both gas and electric service.
For each of the past three years, BGE has...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 2:37 PM
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.
The American Sports Network, or ASN, will show live events, including football,...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 4:25 PM
The specialized market for sustainable seafood has gone mainstream. Even Wal-Mart is promoting its environmental credentials in the seafood aisle.
More supermarket shoppers are demanding to know they are buying from operations that don't threaten fragile...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 4:30 AM
More and more smart people are opting out of so-called smart meters. They know the opt out fees, dreamed up out of thin air by BGE and PEPCO, are a punitive device to try and force us into submission. Smart people know that the time-of-use rates we will...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 6:53 AM
Maryland officials are poised to again review their Medicaid rolls for those who no longer qualify.
The state ceased such reviews for six months as it worked to open the new online marketplace for people to buy public and private insurance plans and...