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Louis B. Weckesser, Applied Physics Laboratory engineer, dies

Louis B. Weckesser, Applied Physics Laboratory engineer, dies

Louis B. Weckesser, a retired Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory engineer and food bank volunteer, died Jan. 1 from complications of dementia at Harmony Hall Assisted Living in Columbia. The Ellicott City resident was 90. Louis Benjamin Weckesser was born in Baltimore, the son of Louis B....

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  • IRS ordering 46,000 employees back to work — unpaid — to handle tax refunds

    IRS ordering 46,000 employees back to work — unpaid — to handle tax refunds

    The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown — nearly 60 percent of its workforce — to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. The employees won't be paid during the shutdown. With the official start of the tax filing season coming...

  • McDonald's Big Mac trademark rights under attack in Europe

    McDonald's Big Mac trademark rights under attack in Europe

    McDonald's said it plans to appeal after losing some European Union trademark rights to the Big Mac name after a challenge by smaller Irish rival Supermac's. The EU's Intellectual Property Office in a Friday decision said McDonald's failed to prove "genuine use" of the trademark across the EU over...

  • Rising drug prices strain hospitals, force budget cuts, U. of C. study says

    Rising drug prices strain hospitals, force budget cuts, U. of C. study says

    Rising costs of prescription drugs have strained hospital budgets and operations, forcing health systems to cut costs by reducing staff, a new study found. Hospital drug spending increased by 18.5 percent between 2015 and 2017, a rate far exceeding medical inflation for the period, according to...

  • Netflix raising prices up to 18 percent, biggest increase since it began streaming

    Netflix raising prices up to 18 percent, biggest increase since it began streaming

    Netflix is raising its U.S. prices across the board in its biggest increase since the company launched its video streaming service 12 years ago. Its most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11. That option offers high-definition streaming on up to two different internet-connected...

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  • Ejji Ramen restaurant in Belvedere Square offering free dish to federal employees during government shutdown

    Ejji Ramen restaurant in Belvedere Square offering free dish to federal employees during government shutdown

    The Ejji Ramen restaurant in Belvedere Square is offering free meals to federal workers during the ongoing partial government shutdown. Federal workers with a valid government ID will be able to order a free Rice Bowl dish at the North Baltimore eatery, as well as at a second Ejji Ramen location...

  • Playing to win: Gaming community hub grows in Laurel

    Playing to win: Gaming community hub grows in Laurel

    As kids, Isaac Carr and Israel Thomas grew up playing the same video game: Super Smash Bros. Melee on the Nintendo GameCube. To win, a player must knock his or her opponent off a virtual stage using kicks, jabs, jumps and other moves that the gamers dictate with nothing but their fingers. On a...

  • Garden & Gun names Bluebird Cocktail Room one of the South's best new bars

    Garden & Gun names Bluebird Cocktail Room one of the South's best new bars

    Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood is home to one of the South’s best new bars, according to Garden & Gun magazine. The Bluebird Cocktail Room, the dimly lit bar known for artisanal drinks, literary references and elevated food, was the only Maryland establishment on the magazine’s list, published...

  • Legendary Broadway actress Carol Channing dead at 97

    Legendary Broadway actress Carol Channing dead at 97

    Legendary Broadway actress Carol Channing, who also starred on TV and on the big screen, died Tuesday. She was 97. Channing passed away at her home in California of natural causes, her publicist Harlan Boll said. The Seattle native won a Tony Award in 1964 for her performance of the lead role in...

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