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Ship may pose toxic threat

A former World War II hospital ship that is moored in Baltimore will soon be towed to Greece, under a plan that's raising legal questions and pollution concerns. A Seattle environmental group claims the Sanctuary contains toxic polychlorinated biphenyls and that towing it abroad would violate federal rules barring the export of PCBs.

Sparrows Point deal doubted

The local that represents workers at Sparrows Point is questioning the sale of the plant to an investment group led by Chicago-based Esmark Inc. John Cirri, president of United Steelworkers Local 9477, sent a letter to the international union body asking it to reconsider its support of the sale to E2 Acquisition Corp.

McCormick adds Lawry's

After more than a decade of pursuit, McCormick & Co. Inc. has struck a deal for the Lawry's and Adolph's brands of seasonings and marinades. The local spice maker agreed to pay Unilever PLC $605 million in cash for the Lawry's business. The deal, which is subject to federal regulatory approval, is expected to close in 2008.

Charity slims grant process

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is launching a grants program that is designed to quickly give up to $100,000 apiece to nonprofits across Maryland. Nonprofit advocates say the Maryland Small Grants Program will offer an unusual twist on grant making because it simplifies and speeds up the application process.

Cronkite back on TV

Walter Cronkite, the widely known and respected TV newsman, will join the Columbia-based Retirement Living TV channel Tuesday as a weekly commentator. Cronkite, 91, who was anchor of CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981, will offer commentaries every Tuesday on the Daily Cafe, a noontime program.

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