| Jul 29, 2014
| 9:35 AM
Harford County residents are being approached by scammers posing as IRS agents threatening to throw them in jail, if they don't pay what the criminals falsely claim are unpaid back taxes. In Baltimore over the weekend, criminals posed as BGE officials and...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The best state in the nation for innovation and entrepreneurship three years in a row is Maryland. This is according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (hardly a mouthpiece for the Maryland Democratic Party), which also ranks Maryland No. 1 for STEM...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 2:49 PM
Howard County's Office of Consumer Affairs unveiled an online tool for residents to learn about scams. A new webpage, Scam Alert, includes a list of recent scams, tips for identifying scams, and a tool for reporting scams to county officials.
| Jun 12, 2014
| 3:59 PM
Microsoft's first specialty retail store in Maryland opened Thursday morning inside the Columbia mall to a queue of approximately 100 eager shoppers.
The open air kiosk-style store, which is one of 93 across North America, is located in the mall's center...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 4:18 PM
The head of the Mayor's Office of Information Technology has resigned amid an investigation into allegations that the department paid contractual employees for work they may not have performed.
Christopher Tonjes, who denies any wrongdoing, expressed...
| May 29, 2014
| 2:19 PM
Microsoft will open its first permanent specialty stores in Maryland this summer at The Mall in Columbia and Towson Town Center.
Other new stores coming to the Towson mall include lululemon athletica, Tommy Bahama and Sperry, the center announced...
| May 2, 2014
| 2:17 PM
Best Buy plans to overhaul its home theater section, carving out shops-within-a-shop for Sony and Samsung, the chain announced.
In a move to boost TV sales, the retailer will begin rolling out its latest redesign in mid-May. The Sony Experience at...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:27 AM
The new book by French economist Thomas Piketty, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," has rocketed to the top of the Amazon.com bestseller list. It accomplished this feat by offering yet another apocalyptic vision of capitalism in the tradition of...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 3:00 AM
How odd is it that the two contenders in the Super Bowl -- the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos -- hail from the two states in the union that have legalized sale and use of marijuana? Are there two activities more different than the amped-up...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:34 AM
The proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner highlights the vast gap between the imagined world the broadband industry's critics and the real world in which these companies must compete.
For years, the critics have advocated forcing companies...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Scams are on my mind again. I hope you aren't getting tired of me passing on this kind of information but scams are constantly evolving. If I can prevent just one person from being scammed, it's worth doing.
I mentioned in a previous column that I...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Popping in to check out the newest store in Canton, Tony Vasiliades got a taste of what its founders hope will be commonplace in the near future.
He smiled for the cameras — four of them, all going off at the same time. Now he has three-...