Articles by Jamie Smith Hopkins
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7:51 PM EDT, May 24, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of people die of malaria every year, most of them in Africa. Dr. Eddy C. Agbo wants people to get diagnosed quickly and easily — right in their homes — so they can seek treatment.
5:47 PM EDT, May 24, 2013
Two unions said Friday that they have ended a nearly six-year call to boycott the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, a move that came as workers ratified a new bargaining agreement with management.
9:21 PM EDT, May 20, 2013
More people live in poverty in Baltimore's suburbs than in the city itself, part of a nationwide shift that is challenging the largely urban assistance network built up over decades.
8:42 PM EDT, May 17, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. asked Friday for another rate increase, three months after winning approval for higher charges, and company officials said they expect to seek more in the future.
7:16 PM EDT, May 17, 2013
Maryland employers slashed 6,200 jobs in April, cutting short a string of gains, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday, as the state began feeling the pinch of federal budget sequestration and cutbacks in consumer spending.
6:27 PM EDT, May 13, 2013
The fight over the federal minimum wage is coming to Baltimore.
May 17, 2013
The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training's Baltimore complex is full of neatly made beds and shining-clean floors, a military-like environment for homeless former service members working to get their lives back on track.
6:15 PM EDT, May 8, 2013
Hunt Valley-based Tessco Technologies Inc. said Wednesday that revenue and profits both fell about 18 percent in its most recent quarter compared with a year earlier, driven by its exit from a high-revenue business it considered too low margin.
5:16 PM EDT, May 16, 2013
The Maryland Tax Court has frequently failed to rule on residential property assessment cases as promptly as the law requires, according to a state audit made public Thursday.
7:16 PM EDT, May 7, 2013
W.R. Grace CEO Fred E. Festa sold shares of newly exercised stock options for a nearly $1.3 million profit, the Columbia chemical maker said Tuesday.
3:57 PM EDT, May 9, 2013
Greg Cantori plans to downsize when he retires. Really, really downsize.
May 5, 2013
Rep. Donna F. Edwards slipped into the F-35 cockpit — a stationary demonstration model — and gave the jet a simulated spin, trying out the controls, shooting down enemy aircraft over the Chesapeake Bay and executing a celebratory roll.
5:49 PM EDT, May 10, 2013
Baltimore-area home sales rose 15 percent in April compared with a year earlier, and newly pending deals soared as buyers kicked the spring housing market into higher gear, according to data released Friday.
1:55 PM EDT, May 2, 2013
Constellation said Thursday that it is giving Teach For America $1 million for efforts in Baltimore over the next four years, from training teachers to helping program alumni fight poverty.
6:01 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
Aramark warned state regulators that it will lay off about 200 dining-service workers in Baltimore as a result of a lost contract, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Tuesday.
5:41 PM EDT, April 30, 2013
FLIR Systems' government-contracting arm is more than doubling its space in Howard County as it prepares to start assembling threat-detection devices.
6:55 PM EDT, May 1, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. expects to ask for a rate increase within the next two months, less than half a year after it won approval for its last one.
2:20 PM EDT, April 26, 2013
Bethesda-based Marriott International warned the state that it will lay off 35 employees in June, and potentially several hundred others later in the year, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Friday.
9:11 PM EDT, April 25, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Thursday that energy prices will rise $6 a month for the typical residential electricity customer who doesn't use an outside power supplier, the first jump in energy prices in four years.
3:50 PM EDT, April 25, 2013
Household-product maker Sun Products said it will lay off 53 people next month at its manufacturing plant on Holabird Avenue in Southeast Baltimore.
3:50 PM EDT, April 25, 2013
Maryland regulators have approved a 24-turbine "wind farm" project to be built near Frostburg, the third land-based project in the state.
5:47 PM EDT, April 24, 2013
Chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. said Wednesday that its net income in the first quarter fell about 13 percent from the year-earlier period, in line with its warning to investors and analysts earlier in the month.
6:47 AM EDT, April 18, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley's chief of staff will step down in May to head the Goldseker Foundation in Baltimore, the nonprofit plans to announce today.
April 28, 2013
Data entry is repetitive and hard to do well — that is, quickly and accurately. Shane Foley is great at it.
6:13 PM EDT, April 24, 2013
Four Maryland organizations won the right to raise $135 million for community development projects by selling federal tax credits, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.
4:19 PM EDT, April 23, 2013
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative said Tuesday that it will seek approval from Maryland regulators to build an electric power plant in Cecil County.
7:51 PM EDT, April 16, 2013
General Motors officially launched its new electric motor in White Marsh Tuesday, a milestone in U.S. manufacturing — and a key part of the company's bet that the electric-vehicle market is poised to grow.
5:49 PM EDT, April 12, 2013
In the year since Exelon Corp. acquired Baltimore's Constellation Energy Group, the company has donated more than $300,000 to first-responders in the region. It is handing out thousands of free trees to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers. It is helping fund energy-efficient homes for low-income residents.
4:40 PM EDT, April 23, 2013
Exelon Corp. said Tuesday that its executive compensation package received an advisory OK from three-quarters of shareholder votes during the annual meeting, which the Chicago energy company held in Baltimore.
6:54 PM EDT, April 19, 2013
Maryland employers added 4,700 jobs in March, gains driven by the private sector, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated Friday.
2:58 PM EDT, April 15, 2013
As federal agencies pull back on spending, 7Delta's strategy is thinking big.
9:59 PM EDT, April 15, 2013
A pharmaceutical company, a corporate-data analytics firm and a lighting company learned Monday night that they won the top prizes at the state's inaugural competition for start-up firms — $100,000 each.
April 7, 2013
Helping companies save money on postage can bring in the big bucks.
8:26 PM EDT, April 2, 2013
A quarter of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers had three or more outages last year, a rough stretch that included the damaging derecho windstorm and Superstorm Sandy.
6:23 PM EDT, April 3, 2013
The executives whom RG Steel's unsecured creditors want to sue for allegedly mismanaging the bankrupt company said in court filings this week that the claims are baseless.
6:44 PM EDT, April 1, 2013
Maryland's competition for startup companies — with three grand prizes of $100,000 each — was narrowed to nine finalists Monday.
6:15 PM EDT, April 3, 2013
About 900 McCormick & Co. investors packed into a Hunt Valley ballroom Wednesday to hear about the company's performance, applaud its stock price gains and see how it is marketing its spices, recipe mixes and other goods worldwide.
1:15 PM EDT, March 27, 2013
Average personal income rose slightly more in Maryland last year than in the nation as a whole, but not as much as in 2011, the U.S. Department of Commerce said Wednesday.
4:19 PM EDT, April 2, 2013
Sparks-based McCormick & Co. said Tuesday that it increased profits 2 percent in the three months ending in February, compared with the year-earlier period.
3:16 PM EDT, March 25, 2013
Abe Bortz, the Social Security Administration's first historian and a voracious book collector and reviewer, died Tuesday of lymphoma at his home in Pikesville. He was 93.
1:09 PM EDT, March 31, 2013
Big Huge Games in Timonium closed last May, taking nearly 100 jobs with it. Nine months later, a local studio that was launched from the ashes of the video game-maker shut down, too. And Zynga, which created FarmVille and Words with Friends, closed its Baltimore County office several weeks ago.
8:03 PM EDT, March 29, 2013
Maryland employers punched the accelerator on job creation in February, adding 10,500 positions and bringing the state much closer to recovering its recessionary losses five years after they began.
7:50 PM EDT, March 21, 2013
Add the Internal Revenue Service to the list of Berger cookies' woes.
9:28 PM EDT, March 24, 2013
Winter is not quite ready to leave Baltimore.
4:12 PM EDT, March 22, 2013
Concerns about utility smart meters are frequently dismissed as tinfoil-hat paranoia. But it's not so easy to dismiss Jonathan Libber.
6:36 PM EDT, March 18, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Monday that it will hand out 9,000 free trees to customers — first come, first served — to help cut down on energy use.
6:35 PM EDT, March 18, 2013
Maryland employers added 6,700 jobs in January, picking up the pace from the end of last year, the U.S. Department of Labor said Monday.
7:50 PM EDT, March 14, 2013
Legislators heard an outpouring of complaints Thursday about smart meters from Maryland utility customers who want to be allowed to opt out without charge.
8:31 PM EDT, March 15, 2013
Mayo A. Shattuck III, who coordinated the sale of two Baltimore institutions to out-of-state concerns and ran the region's power company for a volatile decade, has retired from the parent of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
5:39 PM EDT, March 13, 2013
Sparrows Point's landowner turned down a Maryland Port Administration offer to use part of the property for containing dredge material, but both sides said Wednesday that it's not the final word.
7:38 PM EDT, March 11, 2013
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission upheld a decision Monday preventing a French company from building a third reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in southern Maryland, but it offered glimmers of hope for the project's proponents.
11:49 PM EDT, March 17, 2013
More than 1,300 young, single soldiers, sailors and other service members drive to Fort Meade every work day because they don't live on post — can't, actually, because the barracks are full and other homes there are for families.
2:36 PM EST, March 2, 2013
Joshua Polanowski was one of the first to go. He drove south in his 15-year-old GMC pickup truck, leaving behind freezing cold and a forever-closed steel mill for a balmy winter and a choice of manufacturing jobs.
8:12 PM EST, March 1, 2013
A Bel Air company that handled payrolls for many employers in the area is being sued by clients for allegedly stealing years of tax payments rather than sending them on to the tax collectors as required — leaving the companies on the hook.
7:25 PM EST, February 27, 2013
State regulators investigating widespread, long-lasting outages from the derecho last summer ordered Maryland utilities Wednesday to take steps to improve reliability — and signaled a willingness to add penalties for "sub-standard performance."
February 24, 2013
Maryland's business leaders are increasing efforts to speak with a louder, more unified voice to state officials, seeing in looming federal budget cuts the necessity — or opportunity — to focus more attention on the private sector.
7:53 PM EST, February 20, 2013
The vast majority of civilian defense employees face a 20 percent pay cut from April through September if looming federal budget reductions aren't averted, a move that will hit Maryland harder than almost every other state, the Pentagon warned Wednesday.
8:18 PM EST, February 22, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers will be paying higher rates this year, with the average bills rising by several dollars a month, to cover the cost of upgrading the utility's infrastructure.
6:08 PM EST, February 19, 2013
Laid-off Hostess Brands workers, including 192 in Maryland, are eligible for federal trade assistance benefits, the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday.
5:10 PM EST, February 21, 2013
Nearly 400 people packed a conference room Thursday to hear conservative leaders argue that Maryland is in critical need of a better business climate as big federal spending cuts loom.
7:32 PM EST, February 18, 2013
No idea what sort of job might suit you? A Middle River software company that fuses applications and psychology has a personality test for that — one built around images rather than questions.
February 24, 2013
Maryland's approximately 30,000 nonprofits range from the smallest all-volunteer organizations to the largest private employer in the state. Greg Cantori loves them all.
6:24 PM EST, February 21, 2013
Jill Sorensen's basement flooded after a winter storm knocked out her power, then again in 2011 during Hurricane Irene.
5:12 PM EST, February 19, 2013
Maryland is one of the states most "vulnerable" to sequestration cuts, given its dependence on federal spending, Wells Fargo said Monday.
February 17, 2013
When Maryland utilities replace their gas pipelines, customers have had to fork out extra money afterward — not during. But that's poised to change.
5:44 PM EST, February 6, 2013
KEYW Holding Corp., a Hanover cybersecurity company, said Wednesday that it had $1 million in profit last year, nearly double its profit of $535,000 in 2011.
12:55 AM EST, February 4, 2013
Ravens fans had waited 12 years for another Super Bowl victory, and they packed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, dwarfing 49ers rooters in both numbers and volume.
5:02 PM EST, February 6, 2013
Three in every 10 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers are buying their electricity through third-party suppliers, continuing a steady trend of increases in recent years, the company said Wednesday.
12:29 PM EST, February 6, 2013
Columbia chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. reported profits Wednesday of $94.1 million last year, a big slide from 2011 that was driven by the company's $365 million non-cash charge for asbestos liabilities.
7:38 PM EST, February 7, 2013
As federal budget cuts loom, a state task force is suggesting how Maryland might get more bang from the bucks spent by federal agencies in the state.
5:44 PM EST, February 1, 2013
Unsecured creditors in the RG Steel bankruptcy case withdrew Friday their request to sue the company's billionaire founder.
10:14 AM EST, February 3, 2013
A man was shot and killed overnight in the unit block of N. Wheeler Ave. in Southwest Baltimore, police said Sunday morning.
6:23 PM EST, January 31, 2013
The team picked to redevelop the 62-acre O'Donnell Heights public housing project in Southeast Baltimore has started construction after closing on $20 million in funding for the rental homes in phase one.
6:51 PM EST, January 29, 2013
A British defense contractor said Tuesday that it will close its locations in Baltimore and Hunt Valley this year and lay off nearly 140 employees in reaction to a tightening market for military purchases.
6:02 PM EST, January 24, 2013
Spicemaker McCormick & Co.'s stock price swooned by more than $4 a share Thursday after the company's earnings forecast for the year fell short of what Wall Street analysts anticipated.
10:38 PM EST, February 1, 2013
Dr. Luis Diaz is an oncologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a researcher with patented findings and the co-founder of a small, fast-expanding company.
6:09 PM EST, January 31, 2013
An information-security company expects to add 180 jobs in the next two years as part of an expansion in Howard County, the company said Thursday.
8:28 PM EST, January 23, 2013
Hundreds of people gathered on site and online Wednesday for the first public opportunity to buy the silenced remains of the Sparrows Point steel mill — from forklifts and slab haulers to cabinets and snowblowers.
6:56 PM EST, January 29, 2013
The federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. is suing the Renco Group — parent of bankrupt RG Steel — for allegedly attempting to "evade liability" for the steelmaker's pension obligations.
8:19 PM EST, February 2, 2013
Catonsville-based Alpha Omega Technologies performs work for one federal agency, and it wants more contracts — a daunting goal for a small company in a time of tight budgets.
10:22 AM EST, January 22, 2013
Valorie Cooley was "in a really bad place" a year ago, with a broken furnace and past-due heating bills she couldn't pay.
6:06 PM EST, January 24, 2013
The Hyatt Regency Baltimore has settled a federal complaint alleging unfair labor practices, the hotel and a local union said Thursday.
8:29 PM EST, January 18, 2013
Maryland gained about 22,000 jobs in 2012, the smallest annual increase since the recession, underscoring the challenges facing the state in a year dominated by the federal budget and the collapse of a major employer.
2:35 PM EST, January 17, 2013
Tax-break Enterprise Zones in Baltimore and the Eastern Shore will expand after getting an OK from Maryland's economic development agency, the state said Thursday.
3:14 PM EST, January 16, 2013
The home has plenty to recommend it — five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two sunrooms and a big kitchen — but the primary selling point is outside.
1:02 PM EST, January 15, 2013
Veolia Transportation warned state officials that it will be laying off 78 employees in Baltimore as it stops servicing a portion of an unspecified contract, but added that most could be hired by the new contractor.
7:18 PM EST, January 18, 2013
Bankrupt RG Steel's unsecured creditors are seeking permission to sue Ira Rennert — the billionaire who created the company to buy Sparrows Point — for allegedly worsening the steel mill owner's financial situation in order to improve his own.
5:15 PM EST, January 11, 2013
Karen L. Sitnick's job is jobs — helping people find them.
5:19 PM EST, January 10, 2013
Baltimore is a hotbed of cybersecurity jobs, with more than 13,000 job postings last October alone, according to a report funded by the Abell Foundation.
January 13, 2013
Some Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers — Del. Glen Glass of Harford County included — are convinced that they don't want a smart meter wirelessly sending data about their energy usage day in and out.
9:20 PM EST, January 7, 2013
State regulators considering Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s request for higher rates will hear this week and next from the people least likely to agree: BGE's ratepayers.
5:39 PM EST, January 7, 2013
The Maryland Public Service Commission said Monday that it will give energy customers a choice on smart meters, but it hasn't decided yet whether to allow a total opt-out or to make the alternative a smart meter installed in a way to limit radio-frequency emissions.
8:31 PM EST, January 14, 2013
A hearing into allegations of unfair labor practices filed against the Hyatt Regency Baltimore began late Monday after hours of ultimately fruitless discussion about settling the complaint.
3:59 PM EST, January 6, 2013
A suspicious-looking gadget that turned out to be an inert grenade — not capable of exploding — prompted a temporary evacuation in Catonsville Sunday.
4:09 PM EST, January 8, 2013
RG Steel has filed more than 280 "clawback" suits aimed at getting companies to repay money received from the steel company in the three months before its bankruptcy.
4:52 PM EST, January 7, 2013
The state's technology development arm said Monday that it has changed key investment programs, will be managing new funds and has launched a program to help companies seeking patents.
6:09 PM EST, January 10, 2013
The multiple-day outages might have enraged some customers, but Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s power restoration work after the derecho and Superstorm Sandy last year won it an industry award for "outstanding efforts."
7:10 PM EST, December 21, 2012
Maryland's economy shed 3,100 jobs in November, the latest U-turn in a bumpy year overshadowed by the fast-approaching "fiscal cliff," according to federal data released Friday.
9:22 PM EST, December 17, 2012
Several hundred former Sparrows Point workers gathering late Monday afternoon for details of their steel mill's demise heard from union leaders that at least two groups had wanted to restart the plant but weren't given the chance.
5:18 PM EST, January 6, 2013
Dr. Ellen G. McDaniel, whose distinguished career in psychiatry spanned more than 40 years and influenced patients, medical students and even juries, died of lung cancer Thursday at her home in Highland. She was 71.
December 22, 2012
No one seemed to know who owned the unhealthy trees in the alley behind Rexmere Road in Baltimore, the ones growing amid the electrical lines, but there was no mystery about the cause of every power outage around there.
3:04 PM EST, December 13, 2012
Deatrice S. Besong says it feels like winning the lottery: Her mortgage servicer recently agreed to reduce her loan by $249,000 next year, saving her $300 a month and erasing the debt overhang that has her owing far more than her house is worth.
5:23 PM EST, January 4, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers with opinions about the utility's request for higher rates can air them at public hearings beginning Monday.
5:30 PM EST, December 19, 2012
Maryland's second-in-command on economic development matters will step into the top job in January when the current secretary leaves for the private sector, state officials announced Wednesday.
1:27 PM EST, December 15, 2012
The effort to connect former Sparrows Point workers with training for new careers gained more urgency last week as the final hopes of the steel mill reopening were dashed — and as the deadline to apply for the help or forever lose it fast approaches for hundreds.
8:41 PM EST, December 13, 2012
The possibility that the Tribune Co. will sell its newspapers after an imminent exit from bankruptcy has set off a new round of speculation about The Baltimore Sun's future ownership — along with expressions of interest from potential buyers.
12:25 PM EST, January 6, 2013
A 22-year-old man who attempted suicide at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup over the weekend is back at the facility and under 24-hour watch, officials said Sunday.
3:02 PM EST, December 3, 2012
Sinclair Broadcast Group said Monday that it has closed on eight television stations it expected to acquire in December and — in a new move — purchased an additional station in New York.
2:02 PM EST, December 30, 2012
Aberdeen Proving Ground has a lot more money to spend on contracts than it once did but not as much as in the very recent past.
2:09 PM EST, December 7, 2012
Maryland's utility regulator Friday criticized a decision that could alter electricity bidding rules in the region, saying the change would hurt consumers.
5:19 PM EST, November 30, 2012
Drew Greenblatt's company has grown every year for the past six years — something many other firms, buffeted by the sharp recession, can't claim.
11:54 AM EST, December 2, 2012
If the federal government's job application process seems impenetrable to you, take heart: There are people whose own jobs revolve around demystifying it.
6:31 PM EST, November 27, 2012
Protenergy Natural Foods Corp. expects to add as many as 100 workers to its Eastern Shore operations by next spring, the state announced Tuesday.
3:44 PM EST, December 24, 2012
The five-pointed star, made of stainless steel and dozens of heavy-duty light bulbs, looks deceptively simple. Its symbolism is anything but.
6:27 AM EST, November 30, 2012
Baltimore's economic performance over the last year ranks it 179th among the 300 largest metropolitan economies worldwide, according to a new report that describes the region as "partially recovered" from the last recession.
7:15 PM EST, November 20, 2012
Maryland employers turned in a third consecutive month of job growth with a large gain of 14,000 positions in October, the federal government said Tuesday — a much better trend after five months of losses.
5:33 PM EST, November 18, 2012
Two dozen volunteers were on their hands and knees Sunday morning, harvesting abundant greens or bagging them to give away in a Baltimore neighborhood where both healthy food and money are in short supply.
7:43 PM EST, December 20, 2012
One of the Sparrows Point owners broke its silence on the bidding process Thursday to rebut charges that it blocked potential operators from bidding on the steel mill, saying it "seriously considered" all companies with the means to make such a purchase.
7:29 PM EST, December 13, 2012
An out-of-state steelmaker has bought the most valuable piece of the Sparrows Point plant to use as spare parts, a move that could kill the last hopes that the steel mill might be purchased by an operator and reopened.
December 2, 2012
Hearings begin Monday in a case that will decide whether Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers can expect higher distribution charges next year.
4:45 PM EST, November 27, 2012
The Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant shut down one of its reactors Tuesday after employees at the southern Maryland facility detected problems with a control rod.
4:44 PM EST, November 27, 2012
An Anne Arundel County company that specializes in highway excavation and vegetation control warned Maryland regulators that it will lay off 75 employees because a contract was not renewed, the state said Tuesday.
November 25, 2012
The priciest home to sell in Baltimore in September came with plenty of the usual upscale touches, plus some less typical ones.
9:10 PM EST, December 4, 2012
The state agency that holds Maryland Public Television's broadcast licenses didn't solicit bids for a $2.55 million contract it awarded and mistakenly paid $72,000 more than had been authorized to another contractor, a state audit found.
5:56 PM EST, November 28, 2012
Baltimore is opening four "community job hubs" to help residents looking for employment, the city said Wednesday.
7:09 PM EST, November 20, 2012
A federal bankruptcy judge approved RG Steel's $767,000 "retention" plan for 21 employees Tuesday over the sharp objections of the United Steelworkers.
4:34 PM EST, November 26, 2012
A group formed by a Maryland businessman argued in a report released Monday that the state's Department of Business and Economic Development is a political marketing organization rather than the job-creation agency it should be.
2:00 PM EST, November 14, 2012
Renovation work at Clyde's of Columbia will displace 195 employees for about two months next year, but the restaurant's management said Wednesday that it will find jobs for the workers at other Clyde's locations — or at local competitors.
6:29 PM EST, November 8, 2012
The $113.5 million that Exelon Corp. agreed to make available for innovative projects — a condition of regulatory approval for its purchase of Constellation Energy in Baltimore — was awarded Thursday to groups planning to help low-income customers, small businesses and others lower their energy bills.
November 25, 2012
Ellen Reich's business — run out of her Butcher's Hill rowhouse — has international reach.
8:07 PM EST, November 12, 2012
Glass bottles moved briskly along new manufacturing lines — some filling with rum, others with tequila — as the plant manager explained just how groundbreaking this was for a site used to a more sedate pace.
5:41 PM EDT, October 26, 2012
The United Steelworkers called a request by RG Steel to pay 21 of its remaining employees $767,000 in bonuses and health-insurance stipends "an inappropriate, unfair and outrageous effort."
7:20 PM EDT, October 22, 2012
About 25,000 Baltimore homeowners who received the Homestead Property Tax Credit this year will lose the sometimes-large break if they don't apply for it by Dec. 31, the Baltimore City Council warned Monday.
6:25 PM EST, November 23, 2012
Diane Townes waited in line for 12 hours to get her door-buster deals — printers, a laptop and a 50-inch television — so imagine her chagrin when it looked like she wouldn't be able to squeeze it all into her car Friday morning.
5:25 PM EST, November 16, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Friday that winter heating bills for its residential natural gas customers will likely rise 11 percent over last year due to colder weather — still low enough to be the second-cheapest winter of the past decade.
7:19 PM EST, November 13, 2012
Unite Here — a labor union trying to organize workers at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore — gathered outside the hotel Tuesday to publicize a federal agency's decision to take the company to trial over alleged unfair labor practices.
5:20 AM EST, November 4, 2012
Looming federal budget cuts make a whole lot of Marylanders nervous because a whole lot of Maryland depends on Uncle Sam for a paycheck — directly or indirectly.
2:44 PM EST, November 16, 2012
Exelon Corp. will pay $692,000 — including $151,000 to Maryland regulators — to settle alleged violations of a Justice Department agreement that had allowed the company to acquire Baltimore's Constellation Energy Group.
7:09 PM EDT, October 23, 2012
Northrop Grumman will cut up to 350 jobs from its electronics systems sector, with most of the reductions likely in the Baltimore area, the defense giant said Tuesday.
6:44 PM EDT, October 18, 2012
Baltimore's weeklong Star-Spangled Sailabration in June drew more than 1.5 million people — some 435,000 from out of state — and had an estimated $166 million in economic impact on the metro area, according to a study released Thursday by the event organizers.
4:09 PM EDT, October 14, 2012
A Southern Maryland man fell to his death after climbing a tree to get to his hunting stand, Maryland Natural Resources Police said Sunday.
October 20, 2012
Keeping your opinions to yourself at work might not be easy in today's supercharged political climate.
4:31 PM EDT, October 14, 2012
Many Maryland employers will see the tax they pay for unemployment insurance drop by more than half next year.
8:14 PM EDT, October 14, 2012
Before she joined the sea of pink-clothed people who turned out for a breast cancer walk in Baltimore Sunday morning, Janet Warren filled out a medical history and gave a blood sample. It was a different way to show her commitment to the cause — one that will last for years.
October 14, 2012
Online listings offered the Northeast Baltimore home for rent at a bargain price. The problem? It's not for rent — it's for sale. And the owners had nothing to do with those ads.
12:05 PM EDT, October 30, 2012
Power outages hit a plateau early Tuesday morning and began creeping downward, with about 186,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers without electricity at noon, according to the company.
October 9, 2012
The number of manufacturing jobs in Maryland seems to go in only one direction — down. The state lost 21,000 positions in the past five years. More than 40,000 in the past decade. Nearly 70,000 in the past two decades.
3:20 PM EST, November 5, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., which fixed the last of its Cyclone Sandy power outages Friday, sent workers to harder-hit regions over the weekend and on Monday.
8:08 AM EDT, October 31, 2012
Dale Lucas' horse farm in Baltimore County lost power during Hurricane Irene last year. It lost power for six days when the derecho blew through in June. And it lost power again Monday night.
7:41 PM EDT, October 10, 2012
Maryland's Public Service Commission objected Wednesday to "clandestine" negotiations over a possible change in electricity bidding rules in the region, saying states and consumer advocates had been left out of discussions on a proposal that could drive up prices and hurt reliability.
7:08 PM EST, November 12, 2012
Raquel Rojas has never worked for a company that gave her paid sick leave. Sometimes even unpaid leave isn't on offer.
November 4, 2012
General Motors' manufacturing plant in White Marsh lost about a day and a half to Cyclone Sandy. But it sustained no damage, missed no shipping deadlines and expected to quickly make up for lost time.
10:30 AM EDT, November 1, 2012
The Baltimore area is getting back to normal after Sandy — government offices are open, trains are running again and the lights are on at 95 percent of the homes and businesses that lost power.
3:32 PM EDT, October 29, 2012
Fort Meade's rapid growth in the past few years has made it the state's largest employer, but getting a foot in the door — or, rather, inside the guarded fence line — can be daunting.
6:57 PM EDT, October 16, 2012
A Baltimore woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a scheme to steal more than $400,000 in Maryland unemployment benefits, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.
October 7, 2012
As pay raises go, it's hard to beat a fivefold increase.
5:44 PM EDT, October 1, 2012
Baltimore-based Premier Rides said it will design and build the world's tallest and fastest- looping roller coaster at a California theme park.
7:44 PM EDT, September 21, 2012
A five-month stretch of job losses in Maryland ended in August with a small gain, too meager to keep the state's unemployment rate from ticking up to 7.1 percent, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.
7:45 PM EDT, October 29, 2012
As much of the Baltimore region shut down, some businesses made sure they could stay open — come hurricane and high water.
9:03 PM EDT, October 19, 2012
Maryland employers added 9,800 jobs in September, a gain that came almost entirely from the private sector, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated Friday.
4:43 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
The Maryland District Court said Thursday that its chief judge has dismissed 3,168 debt-collection cases against state residents and ordered that any liens associated with those cases be released.
October 7, 2012
LaTavia Little, executive director of Treatment Resources for Youth, has her hands full.
5:05 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
A convenience-store supplier warned Maryland regulators that it will lay off 112 employees in Baltimore, the state said Friday.
September 20, 2012
The City Arts Apartments are full of artists who live and work in the Baltimore complex, built on what long had been a vacant lot in a very vacant neighborhood. But a sudden gap in its development financing almost kept the project from getting off the ground.
5:29 PM EDT, October 24, 2012
Chemical maker W.R. Grace & Co. said Wednesday that its third-quarter profit fell 7.1 percent to $75.5 million as revenue shrank, in part due to unfavorable exchange rates.
6:26 PM EDT, September 10, 2012
Anxiety over federal budget cuts has big U.S. defense contractors slimming down, but an Israeli aerospace company is counting on expansion here.
7:03 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
An Owings Mills man has pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud after prosecutors alleged he took money from at least 48 homeowners to help them get loan modifications, then stole the monthly payments they thought were going to their lenders, the state said Thursday.
4:54 PM EDT, September 26, 2012
U.S. and state labor officials will cut the ribbon Thursday on a new workforce center for job seekers and employers.
5:48 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
A trade group predicted Thursday that Maryland would lose just over 50,000 small-business jobs in the early stages of automatic federal budget cuts — the fifth-largest reduction in the country.
September 9, 2012
No one in Tracie Edmondson's immediate family is in the military, but they live on an Army base.
5:23 PM EDT, September 19, 2012
Bank of America said Wednesday that an executive with 31 years at the company will step up as president of the institution's Baltimore and Maryland markets.
6:57 PM EDT, September 7, 2012
Cosmetics firm Revlon Inc. says it is ending manufacturing operations in Maryland as part of a global reorganization that will eliminate about 250 jobs.
September 2, 2012
Forrest Martin is looking at the same help-wanted listings as all the other Sparrows Point workers, the jobs with wages of $10 an hour, $13, $15. The jobs that could mean a pay cut of half — or more — from his steel mill days.
1:06 PM EDT, September 29, 2012
Federal workers aren't the only ones anxious about looming budget cuts. Federal contractors — plentiful in Maryland — have a lot at stake, too.
6:00 PM EDT, September 26, 2012
The Maryland Food Bank said it handed out food Wednesday to hundreds of families affected by the mass layoffs at Sparrows Point.
6:26 PM EDT, September 17, 2012
Maryland's new labor secretary will be Leonard Howie, an official at the state Department of Human Resources, the state said Monday.
4:54 PM EDT, September 12, 2012
Some of the Sparrows Point steelworkers who took their employer up on an offer to retire in August and get a $10,000 bonus have been told they won't receive the money after all, their union says.
7:11 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
Laid-off Sparrows Point workers and retirees from the steel mill should soon be able to sign up for health insurance through a plan set up in another steelmaking region.
4:21 PM EDT, October 5, 2012
The house that ranks as the Baltimore region's priciest sale in August is, in the words of the sellers' real estate agent, "understated" — the sort of home that doesn't smack you in the eye with its high-end glitz.
6:24 PM EDT, September 25, 2012
Sparrows Point's new owners are setting a three-month deadline for interested parties to bid on the idled steel mill complex — in whole or in pieces.
7:56 PM EDT, September 14, 2012
The massive Sparrows Point complex changed ownership Friday for the fifth time in less than a decade, potentially its last sale as a steel mill.
7:14 PM EDT, September 10, 2012
RG Steel is asking for U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval for a settlement with Maryland that lowers its Sparrows Point property assessment, reducing its Baltimore County bill for the past three tax years.
2:20 PM EDT, August 28, 2012
Harborside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore told state regulators that it had laid off 71 workers, the state said Tuesday.
12:29 AM EDT, September 8, 2012
Debbie Hurd sees it in the parking lots along North Point Boulevard — the answer to what life would be like if the steel mill that fueled the tight-knit communities near Sparrows Point never reopens.
3:45 PM EDT, September 5, 2012
Rockville-based Human Genome Sciences has warned state regulators that it plans to cut 114 jobs beginning in October, three months after striking a deal to be acquired by GlaxoSmithKline.
9:07 AM EDT, August 29, 2012
Unemployed workers with a high school education or less are locked out of three-quarters of the job openings in the Baltimore region.
6:50 PM EDT, August 23, 2012
A settlement agreement ending health benefits for Sparrows Point workers Aug. 31 was approved Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del.
6:08 PM EDT, August 18, 2012
Elmer Hall grew up in a small town with tree-lined streets, stores, churches and schools — and the largest steel mill in the world, which ran it all.
10:53 PM EDT, August 10, 2012
Steel from Sparrows Point built the Golden Gate Bridge, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, hundreds of ships for World War II and livelihoods for tens of thousands of Baltimore-area families.
7:50 PM EDT, September 4, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said it is offering new incentives for nonresidential electric customers' "combined heat and power" projects — up to $2 million apiece.
7:27 PM EDT, August 30, 2012
A CSX Corp. coal pier in Baltimore is out of service for the foreseeable future as the railroad assesses the "substantial" damage caused by a ship that hit the structure.
August 26, 2012
You can see why a state might require minors to have a parent's OK before they receive medical care. But Maryland law has made life especially difficult for homeless teenagers who have no adults watching out for them.
12:58 PM EDT, August 17, 2012
Sparrows Point workers age 60 and older have until the end of today to retire if they want a $10,000 bonus.
6:29 PM EDT, September 4, 2012
More than 700 people turned out for workshops Tuesday connecting laid-off Sparrows Point workers with information about health insurance, training and other aid.
6:45 PM EDT, August 8, 2012
A liquidation firm won the bidding for Sparrows Point, offering $72 million for the Baltimore County steel mill — less than a tenth of what the complex sold for just four years earlier — and realizing the worst fears of its roughly 2,000 employees.
9:06 PM EDT, August 20, 2012
About 1,500 Sparrows Point workers overflowed a union hall Monday with urgent questions about the future of the recently sold steel mill — questions that mostly don't have answers yet.
August 19, 2012
The home Azam Khan sold on Fairbank Road in Northwest Baltimore last month strikes the real estate agent as a prime example of market shift. It changed hands for about $25,000 more than each of the similar Cape Cods that sold on the street last year — and it's smaller to boot.
11:48 AM EDT, August 19, 2012
Patricia O'Connor lives in Aberdeen. Or, by a certain way of thinking, New Jersey.
4:17 PM EDT, August 6, 2012
Exelon Corp. cut about 170 jobs in Maryland earlier this summer, just over half through layoffs and the rest through voluntary buyouts, the energy company said Monday.
8:19 PM EDT, August 15, 2012
— A federal bankruptcy judge approved Wednesday night the sale of the Sparrows Point steel mill for $72.5 million to a redevelopment firm working with a liquidation company, but the buyers said the plant might not be dismantled.
7:23 PM EDT, August 10, 2012
Court records filed Friday show that the high bidder for the Sparrows Point steel mill is a Missouri redevelopment firm called Environmental Liability Transfer.
9:46 PM EDT, August 7, 2012
The Sparrows Point steel mill was auctioned off Tuesday, but no one — not the company, not its attorneys, not the union — would say who bought it.
7:00 PM EDT, July 20, 2012
Bank of America warned state regulators Friday that it expects to lay off 55 employees in Baltimore County.
6:16 PM EDT, August 27, 2012
Baltimore County will hold sessions next week for Sparrows Point workers and others affected by the steel mill owner's bankruptcy.
7:34 PM EDT, August 14, 2012
The United Steelworkers union warned laid-off Sparrows Point workers Tuesday to brace for an imminent loss of benefits.
6:13 PM EDT, August 6, 2012
An auction for RG Steel's Sparrows Point mill, delayed last week, remains scheduled for Tuesday — at least as of early Monday evening.
8:28 PM EDT, July 20, 2012
Maryland's unemployment situation took a turn for the worse this spring and hasn't bounced back, with new estimates suggesting that the state lost 11,000 jobs in June — among the worst performances in the country.
10:14 PM EDT, July 30, 2012
Faith Loudon plans to eat at as many local Chick-fil-A restaurants as she can manage on Wednesday — at least six. Other Marylanders, meanwhile, are vowing to donate the amount it would have cost them to get a chicken meal from the fast-food chain to gay-rights groups.
1:12 PM EDT, July 31, 2012
The auction for RG Steel's Sparrows Point steel mill, expected today, will be delayed by a week.
6:02 PM EDT, July 31, 2012
The auction for RG Steel's Sparrows Point steel mill, expected Tuesday, will be delayed by a week.
7:03 PM EDT, July 18, 2012
A federal judge approved Wednesday a potentially multi-million-dollar bonus package for 10 RG Steel executives after the Baltimore County steelmaker modified the proposal in response to objections.
2:35 PM EDT, July 16, 2012
A national homebuilder paid almost $20 million for land in two Anne Arundel County locations that are both approved for development, a local land brokerage said Monday.
July 22, 2012
Nothing makes a generator look more tempting than a days-long power outage in a 100-degree heat wave.
12:39 PM EDT, July 15, 2012
Two luxury condominium complexes alongside Baltimore's waterfront will have to pay nearly $2.3 million in additional property taxes this year, thanks to new assessed values that acknowledge — four years after the first residents moved in — that the buildings' empty units actually exist.
7:33 PM EDT, July 10, 2012
Baltimore-area homeowners trying to sell are having the easiest time of it in six years, with the balance of power — though not price — back to where it was before the market crashed.
6:08 PM EDT, July 6, 2012
An unlicensed driveway paver working in the Annapolis area was ordered to pay nearly $500,000 in fines and restitution after the Maryland Attorney General's office found that he "preyed" on customers, charging them far more than he said he would.
6:04 PM EDT, July 9, 2012
Homeowners hoping to see benefits from a national mortgage settlement — and others struggling with their payments — can attend a workshop in Baltimore Tuesday for information and assistance.
9:51 PM EDT, June 24, 2012
The Rev. Edward Meeks and his flock attended to a "million and one details" last week in the run-up to a momentous day for their church. People to talk to. Flowers to arrange. Food to cook. And, of course, the new sign.
July 1, 2012
With all the upheaval in the eurozone and the promise of more to come, what's an investor to do? Kick anything vaguely European out of the 401(k)?
5:06 PM EDT, July 3, 2012
Laid-off Sparrows Point steelworkers will have access to federal aid for retraining and other benefits, the state said Tuesday.
6:24 PM EDT, July 18, 2012
The last of the luxury townhomes in a project built on piers in Baltimore's Inner Harbor has finally sold, six years after the first buyers moved in.
6:31 PM EDT, July 11, 2012
Maryland's District Court has tossed out nearly 3,600 debt-collection cases against state residents — with about $7.8 million in claims — as a result of a settlement with regulators over alleged violations.
5:01 PM EDT, July 3, 2012
Maryland is offering a new mortgage program that gives discounts to military families and veterans.
3:05 PM EDT, July 9, 2012
The federal agency that oversees bankruptcy cases is objecting to proposed bonuses for RG Steel executives that could add up to more than $20 million.
12:39 PM EDT, June 17, 2012
As law firms across the country cut back, Offit Kurman has grown. Rapidly.
9:55 AM EDT, July 8, 2012
Amber Barner has had a summer job through the city's YouthWorks program seven times, every year since she was 14. But this time is different. This time her job will outlast the summer.
10:29 AM EDT, July 14, 2012
Air Force Maj. Justice Sakyi's change-of-station orders to Germany came with a built-in dilemma: what to do about his family's home in Maryland.
4:33 PM EDT, June 25, 2012
The Sparrows Point steel mill will have more time to find buyers — two to four weeks extra — under an agreement hammered out Thursday in the bankruptcy case.
6:04 PM EDT, June 14, 2012
Three Baltimore residents were indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a scheme to claim at least $409,000 in Maryland unemployment benefits, prosecutors said Thursday.
3:32 PM EDT, June 12, 2012
Two Baltimore-area banks have changed their charters so that they will be regulated by the state rather than the federal government, their new regulator said Tuesday.
7:43 PM EDT, June 15, 2012
The state outlined Friday how it proposes to spend the $113.5 million that Exelon Corp. agreed to put in a "customer investment fund" as part of its merger with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s parent.
8:29 PM EDT, June 8, 2012
The first big wave of layoffs hit Sparrows Point on Friday after the steel mill's owner essentially shut down its critically important blast furnace.
7:21 PM EDT, June 26, 2012
Mike Hartnett is one of hundreds laid off from Sparrows Point this month as the steel mill's owner looks for a buyer. He came back Tuesday in search of a Plan B: What to do if the Baltimore County plant closes for good.
8:51 PM EDT, June 19, 2012
The speedy bankruptcy auction planned for the Sparrows Point steel mill and other assets held by its cash-strapped owner has come under fire from unsecured creditors, who say the timeline is so short that it reduces the possibility of a buyer paying fair value and restarting the facilities now standing idle.
7:56 PM EDT, June 15, 2012
Maryland shed 7,500 jobs in May, as the state posted one of the largest losses in the country for the second month in a row, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.
7:03 PM EDT, June 11, 2012
Home sales ratcheted up in May even as buying choices continued to shrink in the Baltimore area, leaving sellers with more leverage than they've had in five years — at least for now.
6:00 PM EDT, June 27, 2012
A Crofton man was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in prison for redirecting about $5 million in mortgage payoffs on 17 Maryland properties to himself and a co-defendant, according to federal prosecutors.
1:18 PM EDT, June 6, 2012
The University of Maryland Extension is holding an eviction-prevention workshop Friday in Baltimore that will cover energy cost reduction, basic financial planning and other subjects.
1:16 PM EDT, June 6, 2012
A Massachusetts company is building about 940 apartment units in and near the Baltimore area, with plans to start construction on about 460 more units this year.
12:56 AM EDT, May 21, 2012
Baltimore police identified the man fatally shot by an officer Saturday afternoon as 31-year-old Maurice Holloman of Belair-Edison, though a relative said his name was Maurice Donald Johnson.
7:04 PM EDT, June 1, 2012
A new merry-go-round — possibly with Maryland-themed figures such as a blue crab and Baltimore oriole — could be brought in to replace the antique carousel that for a generation entertained children visiting Baltimore's Inner Harbor but was ordered out this year.
May 20, 2012
David D. Igla lost out on three Ellicott City homes in the past few months before he finally beat the competition and had an offer accepted.
8:17 PM EDT, May 21, 2012
Kristina Suson's home wasn't part of the city's tax sale Monday, but it was a close call.
May 13, 2012
Keith Losoya thinks a terrible thing to waste is waste itself.
7:54 PM EDT, June 7, 2012
Maryland Live Casino's opening night drew such a crowd that thousands didn't make it inside before the doors closed early Thursday morning, and traffic slowed to a crawl for miles on nearby highways.
8:03 PM EDT, May 30, 2012
Maryland will direct most of the nearly $60 million it controls from the national mortgage settlement to housing counseling, legal help for homeowners and anti-blight work, state officials said Wednesday.
7:18 PM EDT, May 17, 2012
Maryland's deputy secretary of labor stepped up Thursday as interim secretary, filling a job emptied when Alexander M. Sanchez left this week to become chief of staff to Baltimore's mayor.
6:52 PM EDT, May 16, 2012
The share of Maryland homeowners newly behind on mortgage payments fell to the lowest level for March in four years — an important milestone because the state's new-delinquency figure is now better than its pre-crisis average.
8:29 PM EDT, June 4, 2012
They know massive layoffs loom, but Sparrows Point steelworkers who gathered at Micky's Bar after work Monday — the expected start of cuts — hadn't been told if or when they'd be out of a job. State and local officials trying to ramp up efforts to help them were similarly in the dark.
5:44 PM EDT, May 14, 2012
A federal judge in Maryland sentenced a Washington woman to 29 months in prison Monday for her role in what prosecutors called a "massive mortgage fraud scheme" — one that ensnared more than 1,000 victims and took in $78 million.
4:09 PM EDT, May 7, 2012
Maryland's casinos brought in $14.5 million in April, with both locations increasing revenue compared with a year earlier, the state said Monday.
1:40 PM EDT, May 20, 2012
Fire and police officials are investigating an East Baltimore fire as a possible arson after finding evidence of a Molotov cocktail at the scene.
5:24 PM EDT, May 17, 2012
More than 4.9 million commercial passengers flew through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in the first three months of the year, a first-quarter record, the airport said Thursday.
6:37 PM EDT, May 10, 2012
The Baltimore region saw a double-digit jump in average home sale prices in April, the most in six years — but the gain was driven by a shrinking supply of cheap foreclosures rather than a resurgence in value.
May 10, 2012
If you're aiming to be upwardly mobile, living in Maryland might help.
6:52 PM EDT, May 20, 2012
At first glance, Pimlico Race Course's infield didn't look quite as trash-filled as Yolanda Wade is used to seeing it the Sunday morning after the Preakness, despite record crowds this year.
4:12 PM EDT, May 31, 2012
Maryland's state retirement system said Thursday that it would once again vote against the election of Wal-Mart Stores' board because it isn't confident in the independence of the directors.
7:10 PM EDT, May 11, 2012
A 78-year-old Annapolis man who said he was duped into getting unsuitable mortgages — sending the home he had owned for decades into foreclosure — was awarded $342,000 by an Anne Arundel County jury this week.
6:59 PM EDT, May 9, 2012
FTI Consulting Inc.'s stock price hit a 12-month low Wednesday after the business services company fell short of financial analysts' expectations for first-quarter earnings.
6:53 PM EDT, May 3, 2012
A Baltimore home builder pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with a construction investment scheme that defrauded victims of more than $14 million, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.
8:37 PM EDT, May 7, 2012
Baltimore made the newest Fortune 500 list by the skin of its teeth — with a company that was based here last year but is now part of an out-of-state concern.
7:59 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
State economic development officials have launched an online tool to help companies interested in relocating to Maryland or local businesses in need of new space.
4:11 PM EDT, May 2, 2012
Baltimore's Department of Finance said Wednesday that its year-old "billing integrity" effort to ferret out unwarranted tax breaks has turned up just over $4 million in extra property taxes due the city.
3:23 PM EDT, May 20, 2012
A teenager was shot in the left buttock late Saturday night after an argument between two groups of men escalated in East Baltimore, police said Sunday.
6:59 AM EDT, May 9, 2012
The molten metal pouring from the foundry at Danko Arlington Inc. in Baltimore harks back to the early industrial era. But across the street in one of the company's other buildings, workers operate an X-ray machine, a laser probe and a 3D printer that seems plucked straight from science fiction.
7:58 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
A Severna Park woman was sentenced Tuesday to just over three years in prison after pleading guilty to a mortgage scam involving $4.7 million in fraudulent loans, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.
7:13 PM EDT, April 23, 2012
In the Anne Arundel community of Berrywood, neighbors talk to each other daily. Could you recommend a plumber? Anyone want my piano? Hey, we have a hobby in common!
1:33 PM EDT, May 7, 2012
Seafood company Phillips Foods Inc. will be closing its Baltimore manufacturing and distribution facility in July and cutting 100 jobs, about 13 percent of its Maryland workforce.
8:29 PM EDT, April 27, 2012
A North Carolina nonprofit group launched an ambitious affordable housing program Friday to rehabilitate 500 vacant or foreclosed homes in Baltimore near Johns Hopkins Hospital — an area with desolate stretches in the shadow of the world-renowned institution that the city has long sought to redevelop.
5:55 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
Payment and marketing services company Harland Clarke says it will cut 125 jobs at its Glen Burnie facility, leaving 70 to 80 employees there as it moves printing and production work out of state.
6:56 PM EDT, May 18, 2012
Maryland shed 6,000 jobs in April, the federal government said Friday — the largest monthly loss in the country during a month when most states gained, but one that might have been overstated.
6:07 PM EDT, April 8, 2012
Over the past two years, Maureen Coyle has received $5,700 in property tax breaks that the city admits she never requested for her Patterson Park rowhouse. Now the city is demanding full repayment by month's end.
8:43 PM EDT, March 21, 2012
The number of city workers charged with rooting out property tax fraud and errors would triple — from one employee to three — under Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's budget proposal for next fiscal year.
2:00 PM EDT, March 19, 2012
Health care services company McKesson Corp. warned state regulators Monday that it would close its Landover facility this spring and lay off 106 employees.
1:41 AM EDT, April 26, 2012
A new report being released today calls on the Baltimore region to rethink economic development, pointing to a worrying trend: a mounting share of low-wage jobs shutting more and more residents out of the middle class.
12:30 PM EDT, May 4, 2012
Wells Fargo borrowers potentially eligible for mortgage rate reductions under the national settlement with big banks are being notified this month, Maryland's attorney general said Friday.
7:42 PM EDT, March 23, 2012
Maryland's attorney general said Friday that the nearly $60 million from the national mortgage settlement that the state controls would be used to help people "victimized by the egregious conduct of the banks," in contrast with some states that intend to use their shares to plug budget holes.
6:12 PM EDT, April 26, 2012
The Annie E. Casey Foundation and other Baltimore institutions are organizing to help accelerate the growth of well-paying jobs and make sure more residents are qualified to land them, building on the recommendations of a new study that envisions the region's "next economy."
7:43 PM EST, March 4, 2012
Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien, speaking Sunday at a Mass of Thanksgiving in Baltimore after his recent elevation ceremony in Rome, alluded to political battles in Maryland as he said the church must always stand up for its values.
7:41 PM EDT, March 22, 2012
General Growth Properties will spend $1.8 million improving a seven-building office complex in Columbia's town center, its leasing agent said Thursday.
1:33 PM EDT, April 28, 2012
They're some of the priciest condos in the city, but they're taxed like empty lots.
9:48 PM EDT, April 30, 2012
It's been about a year and a half since former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager and her husband, Henry, reportedly left their South Baltimore rowhouse for new digs in Manhattan. But Henry Hager still owns the Baltimore place — and the couple still enjoys a property tax break that's supposed to be available only to owner-occupants.
6:26 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
The sharp and likely temporary drop in the number of foreclosed homes for sale in the Baltimore region is making life easier for owners trying to find a buyer.
March 25, 2012
Mike Posko was building a house with Habitat for Humanity International — in Nepal — when the Baltimore-area affiliate emailed him late last year to ask him to come in for an interview.
5:53 PM EDT, April 20, 2012
Maryland employers added 1,500 jobs in March — thanks entirely to growth in the private sector — but the state's unemployment rate inched up as the pool of would-be workers expanded more rapidly.
8:49 PM EST, March 2, 2012
Harford County homeowner Roy Whiteley, a vocal critic of the state's property assessment process, has been pushing for years to get a bill passed that would put in place a task force to review the system and suggest improvements. He's hoping the seventh time is the charm.
11:03 AM EDT, April 3, 2012
Tens of thousands of Maryland homeowners who haven't already applied for the Homestead Property Tax Credit have until the end of the year to do so or lose the often-valuable break.
6:51 PM EST, March 4, 2012
Peyton Skipwith Cochran Jr., a longtime Rouse Co. executive who helped develop shopping centers but was deeply interested in land preservation, died Thursday at Springwell Senior Living in Baltimore from complications of Alzheimer's and a stroke. He was 85.
11:26 AM EDT, April 3, 2012
Tens of thousands of Maryland homeowners who haven't already applied for the Homestead Property Tax Credit have until the end of the year to do so or lose the often-valuable break.
6:34 AM EDT, March 21, 2012
A Columbia-based affordable housing organization will announce today that it is merging a mortgage division with a Cleveland firm and will own a majority of the new company.
4:31 PM EDT, March 12, 2012
A Lanham-based company warned state regulators Monday that it could lay off more than 100 employees if a federal contract isn't renewed this spring.
4:42 PM EST, February 24, 2012
Baltimore-based FTI Consulting Inc. said it increased profits by more than 50 percent last year, driven in part by strong growth in its business consulting divisions in Latin America and Asia.
6:02 PM EDT, April 26, 2012
The Annie E. Casey Foundation and other Baltimore institutions are organizing to help accelerate the growth of well-paying jobs and make sure more residents are qualified to land them, building on the recommendations of a new study that envisions the region's "next economy."
3:38 PM EST, March 1, 2012
The Carroll Independent Fuel Co. acquired Hanover-based High's of Baltimore Inc. on Thursday, the companies said.
8:03 PM EST, March 5, 2012
Farmers Insurance is opening an agent recruiting and training center in Owings Mills as it breaks into the Maryland market.
7:00 PM EST, February 16, 2012
The number of Maryland homeowners behind on their mortgage payments but not yet in foreclosure inched downward in 2011, numbers released Thursday showed.
1:55 PM EST, March 2, 2012
Jason Berkowitz wants to sell his family's townhouse and get a place nearby with more room, but there's a lot less on offer than you'd expect in a buyer's market.
11:58 AM EST, March 4, 2012
Five young men were stabbed late Saturday in Edgewood, the Harford County sheriff's office said Sunday.
4:20 PM EST, February 2, 2012
Adventist Behavioral Health said it will close its residential treatment facilities and school in Crownsville later this year, moving the teen-agers it serves to locations in Rockville and in Cambridge on the Eastern Shore.
6:32 PM EDT, March 12, 2012
Baltimore-area home buyers picked up the pace in February ahead of the important spring selling season, helped along by unseasonably mild weather.
8:46 PM EST, February 12, 2012
A 27-year-old man died after being shot multiple times in Northeast Baltimore, one of three people shot in the city on Sunday, according to police.
12:34 PM EST, February 24, 2012
Baltimore-based Yerman Witman Gaines & Conklin Realty said Friday that it has been acquired by a Pennsylvania residential real estate company for an undisclosed amount.
8:42 PM EST, January 29, 2012
The imposing three-story home on the 200 block of E. Montgomery St.stands out from its more modest Federal Hill neighbors. The edifice, with 15 front windows and a gated driveway, is noticeably bigger and no doubt much pricier.
12:04 AM EST, March 5, 2012
Three men were shot in separate incidents in Baltimore — one fatally — in the early hours of Sunday morning, police said.
8:32 PM EST, February 3, 2012
Affordable-housing provider Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake said its new chief executive — who brings a construction and finance background — will come on board this month.
6:14 PM EST, January 28, 2012
A class-action lawsuit over alleged foreclosure "robo-signing" was thrown out of federal court in Greenbelt last week when a judge ruled that the plaintiffs could have raised those complaints during their foreclosure cases.
9:24 PM EST, February 1, 2012
Facebook filed paperwork Wednesday to allow it to go public this spring, a deal being closely watched internationally — and especially at Baltimore's T. Rowe Price Group, which holds a stake of about $400 million in the social-networking behemoth through its mutual funds.
5:31 PM EST, February 12, 2012
Adeline Ogier Bracken, a multi-talented athlete who earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics when few women attended college and went on to raise 10 children, died Tuesday of heart failure at Mercy Ridge Retirement Community in Timonium. She was 96.
6:22 PM EST, January 25, 2012
A group of state legislators has proposed new ground rent rules that would prevent owners from collecting payments if they don't register properties with the state, an attempt to deal with an appeals court ruling that left an earlier registration law in limbo.
5:40 PM EST, January 2, 2012
Riley William Davis, whose sunny personality and quick wit sustained him and his family through his four-year battle with leukemia, died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. He was 13.
7:10 PM EST, January 30, 2012
First Mariner Bancorp said Monday that it lost almost $4 million during the three months ending Dec. 31, about the same as a year earlier after accounting for a one-time tax charge in the fourth quarter of 2010.
8:29 PM EST, February 2, 2012
Ryan Carr's home was reassessed by the state in December, but that wasn't quite the final word.
8:47 PM EST, January 23, 2012
As state attorneys general across the country consider whether to settle with big banks over shoddy and illegal foreclosure practices, some Marylanders are urging Douglas F. Gansler not to sign on the dotted line.
3:47 PM EST, February 17, 2012
Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. warned state regulators Friday that it will be laying off 224 employees across the country, including dozens based at Fort Meade, after losing a contract to provide security for a government agency.
8:34 PM EST, February 27, 2012
Two Baltimore City Council members are planning campaigns to get the word out about property tax assistance for homeowners with modest incomes, reacting to a Baltimore Sun article that showed the pool of apparently eligible city homeowners is far larger than the number of people actually receiving the help.
8:12 PM EST, January 19, 2012
State officials have revoked tax breaks from more than 550 homes in Baltimore after a Baltimore Sun analysis showed that hundreds of owners have been receiving the homestead property tax credit on multiple houses in apparent violation of state law.
5:58 PM EST, February 29, 2012
Baltimore-based Civil Justice, a nonprofit heavily involved in efforts to get homeowners better legal protections and representation, has a new executive director.
6:44 PM EST, January 10, 2012
The Baltimore region's housing market posted the fourth straight year of average price declines in 2011 as the number of home sales hit a low not seen in at least a decade and a half.
7:17 PM EST, December 30, 2011
First Mariner Bancorp's newly retired chief executive told regulators that he sold just over 1 million shares of company stock this week — for a grand total of $21,084.
7:06 PM EST, February 28, 2012
Two companies have warned state regulators that they're planning layoffs in Baltimore County.
1:12 PM EST, February 13, 2012
Someone in New England is — knowingly or not — $336.4 million richer.
2:16 PM EST, February 25, 2012
Vera Artis would seem to be a perfect fit for the state program created decades ago to ease the property tax burden on homeowners with modest incomes.
January 29, 2012
If you don't make a lot of money, the Baltimore CASH Campaign thinks you shouldn't be forking any of it over to get your tax returns prepared.
8:18 PM EST, January 24, 2012
Maryland employers added nearly 25,000 jobs last year, according to new estimates — the best performance since 2006, but one that still leaves the state with more than 80,000 jobs to make up, given the recession's losses.
6:11 PM EST, January 26, 2012
An airport food company warned state regulators Thursday that it is laying off 112 employees as it hands off the management of restaurants and bars at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to another firm — which could decide to hire all the same workers.
7:27 PM EST, December 23, 2011
Sparrows Point has shut down steelmaking operations as the Baltimore County plant struggles to pay its bills and win back customers, workers said Friday.
7:38 PM EST, January 18, 2012
A state task force is recommending a raft of changes to give Maryland homeowners a better shot at avoiding foreclosure and — when foreclosures do happen — to give neighborhoods a greater chance at recovering.
7:24 PM EST, January 9, 2012
Responding to growing demand for more apartments in downtown Baltimore, owners of the Tremont Plaza Hotel will start converting the all-suites property later this year into a mix of rental units and long-term guest suites, the hotel's developer said Monday.
7:14 PM EST, December 19, 2011
Corporate Office Properties Trust said Monday that it had sold land and buildings in Baltimore County business parks for almost $49 million.
4:58 PM EST, January 17, 2012
The state is kicking off a $150,000 campaign to advertise financing help for small businesses in Maryland.
4:25 PM EST, January 7, 2012
When the city sends Tom Clancy his property tax bill, finance officials might want to tuck in a thank-you note.
January 1, 2012
About 20 of High Street Partners' employees are based at its Annapolis headquarters. The rest of its 160 workers are spread around the world, from California to London to Shanghai — which makes sense, considering its niche.
7:27 PM EST, December 27, 2011
Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. is warning state officials that it could lay off as many as 35 employees at Maryland locations starting in mid-February, but it hopes workers in disappearing jobs will be able to switch to other positions in the company.
8:14 PM EST, December 18, 2011
A state lawmaker who helps set tax policy is calling for an overhaul of Maryland's property tax cap law, after a Baltimore Sun investigation documented how the costly program has resulted in homeowners across Baltimore paying vastly different amounts for similarly valued houses.
4:07 PM EST, January 2, 2012
Fans can get letters delivered to the Baltimore Ravens by dropping them off in purple mailboxes at local Giant Food grocery stores, a promotion kicking off Tuesday as the football team prepares to head into the playoffs.
7:28 PM EST, December 19, 2011
The Fuel Fund of Maryland said BGE customers will now be able to donate money online to help residents who can't afford their energy bills.
9:22 PM EST, December 17, 2011
Along with some of his neighbors, the chairman of the Baltimore City Council's taxation committee is getting a remarkable tax break on his home: He pays just 16 percent of the bill. The Homestead Property Tax Credit picks up the rest.
9:22 PM EST, December 17, 2011
Jeff Burdick and his next-door neighbors have nearly identical two-story rowhouses, on the same block of East Clement Street with the same public schools and the same city trash pickup. But one striking difference is the $5,300 he pays in yearly property taxes — more than both his neighbors combined.
4:15 PM EST, December 13, 2011
While for-profit companies shed jobs in Maryland last year, nonprofit organizations kept on expanding, according to a new study.
9:04 PM EST, December 19, 2011
Several Baltimore-area homeowners are suing the largest residential real estate team in the state, alleging a "scheme of fraud and misrepresentations" involving home purchases, sales and financing.
6:33 AM EST, December 28, 2011
Home values in Maryland communities reassessed by the state this year have fallen an average of 17 percent since 2008, a sizable drop but smaller than in the last two rounds of property evaluations.
8:24 PM EST, December 17, 2011
Since 2009 Patrick Tong has received "homestead" property tax breaks worth $18,000 on three rowhouses he owns in East Baltimore.
7:06 PM EST, December 12, 2011
A modest increase in average home prices in November is the first upturn for the Baltimore region in more than a year, but beleaguered homeowners shouldn't cheer just yet.
9:53 PM EST, December 20, 2011
Maryland's employment picture continued to improve in November, and local economists are hopeful that 2012 will be an improvement over this year — but they aren't expecting much.
5:27 PM EDT, October 28, 2011
Maryland financial regulators said Friday that they have suspended the debt-collection licenses of two affiliated companies and ordered them to stop attempting to collect on consumer debts.
8:28 PM EST, December 23, 2011
Edwin F. Hale Sr., the Baltimore trucking magnate and developer, said Friday that he has retired as chief executive and chairman of First Mariner Bancorp — the banking company he built, only to scramble in the housing market collapse and recession to save it from failure.
6:12 PM EST, December 12, 2011
Employment in the Baltimore area has held up better in the last few difficult years than it has in other, similar regions, thanks largely to the strength of the education, health care and government sectors, according to a new study.
6:46 PM EST, November 28, 2011
You know those banners towed by airplanes over beaches and stadiums? Old hat. Prepare yourself for airborne advertising 2.0.
6:55 PM EST, December 6, 2011
Just over 100 rowhouses in the Patterson Park area were auctioned off Tuesday, but the high bidders must wait to see if the selling company will accept their $4.2 million offer.
6:07 PM EST, December 15, 2011
A uniform manufacturer warned state regulators Thursday that it planned to lay off 59 workers at its Western Maryland plant.
6:25 PM EST, November 22, 2011
Maryland's unemployment rate improved in October as employers added 3,100 jobs, a bit of good news for residents to chew on heading into Thanksgiving and — retailers hope — holiday shopping.
7:20 PM EST, December 19, 2011
Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole has closed on a $135 million refinancing of its construction loan.
4:50 PM EDT, November 1, 2011
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake's chief executive plans to step down mid-month after almost nine years at the helm of the nonprofit.
8:49 PM EST, November 25, 2011
This year, the packed-house madness that is Black Friday had petered out well before dawn.
6:49 PM EST, December 10, 2011
Kirk-Habicht Co. in Essex doesn't do much business in Europe, but problems on the continent are buffeting the manufacturer all the same.
November 27, 2011
Columbia-based Merkle is adding jobs at a breakneck pace — 200 this year and hundreds more in the past few years, during a time when many employers have held the line or cut back.
5:47 PM EST, November 28, 2011
A Canadian company is launching a food manufacturing operation on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the state announced Monday.
3:14 PM EDT, November 2, 2011
Maryland's District Court said Wednesday that it had frozen nearly 3,900 debt-collection lawsuits because the state suspended the licenses of the affiliated companies that filed them.
7:50 PM EST, November 21, 2011
An Anne Arundel County hotel is laying off employees and a defense-contracting operation in Southern Maryland will follow suit by the end of the year, Maryland regulators said Monday.
4:48 PM EST, November 9, 2011
State regulators said Wednesday that they have ordered a large mortgage broker to stop making loans to Marylanders after federal investigators alleged the company had violated lending rules.
2:50 PM EST, November 7, 2011
Filene's Basement warned state regulators Monday that it expected to close its Baltimore and Rockville stores in January, laying off 68 people.
7:27 PM EST, November 10, 2011
Nerve-wracking economic conditions and more stringent mortgage requirements helped push home sales in the Baltimore region to their lowest level for the month of October in at least 13 years, putting more downward pressure on prices.
7:02 PM EST, November 15, 2011
Maryland regulators said Tuesday that a Virginia law firm must pay a $489,000 penalty for charging homeowners upfront fees to help them seek loan modifications — in violation of state law — and blanketing Maryland with advertisements despite having no state license.
8:33 PM EST, November 17, 2011
Mortgage servicers have started the countdown to foreclosure on more than 18,000 Maryland homes so far this month, a big uptick that is worrying state officials and could signal an end to about a year of delays related to robo-signing.
8:09 PM EDT, October 14, 2011
Maryland employers will continue paying the maximum rates for the state's unemployment-insurance tax next year but could see improvement in 2013, state officials say.
October 30, 2011
Jo Anne Schneider studies marginalized groups: refugees, the poor, people with disabilities — and, lately, Americans who have been unemployed for months and months, which includes a lot of people who never would have considered themselves on the fringe before.
7:36 PM EST, November 10, 2011
The owner of a company that defrauded more than 1,000 homeowners — most from Maryland — in an "egregious" $78 million investment scheme was convicted Thursday in federal court in Greenbelt of conspiracy to commit money laundering and related crimes.
11:07 PM EDT, October 6, 2011
Housing vacancies increased at a faster rate along much of Maryland's Eastern Shore over the last decade than in the nation as a whole, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
9:49 PM EDT, November 4, 2011
City officials are calling the Baltimore Grand Prix an economic success, but a new study conducted for the city's tourism arm suggests that it funneled far less money to local businesses than race organizers predicted.
7:28 PM EST, November 8, 2011
Pillar Hotels & Resorts warned state regulators Tuesday that it would lay off more than 150 employees in Frederick and Cumberland as it ends a management contract with Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express locations.
5:37 PM EDT, October 31, 2011
Transamerica Tower in downtown Baltimore now has Transamerica employees working in it — with more to come.
6:21 PM EDT, October 7, 2011
A Severna Park mortgage broker pleaded guilty Friday in a mortgage fraud case that left lenders with more than $940,000 in losses, robbed homeowners of at least $1.2 million in home equity and pushed 16 homes into foreclosure, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.
8:34 PM EDT, September 30, 2011
As many as 58,000 Marylanders could be eligible next week for a new federally funded extension of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, state labor officials said Friday.
6:09 PM EDT, October 13, 2011
Two political leaders, an advocate for seniors and a community activist are to receive consumer-rights awards this month.
7:42 PM EDT, October 20, 2011
Baltimore officials are asking the state to strip more than $1.3 million in property-tax credits they say were improperly granted to 2,157 homes, an early example of what city officials vow will be a continuing battle against tax-credit scofflaws.
8:28 PM EDT, September 30, 2011
State housing officials were preparing to work late into the night Friday as the deadline loomed to get federal mortgage help to struggling Maryland homeowners.
8:06 PM EDT, October 10, 2011
As prices continue to drop, Baltimore-area residents appear increasingly reluctant to put their homes up for sale, according to real estate data released Monday.
7:35 PM EDT, September 29, 2011
State housing officials are working feverishly to beat a heck of a deadline: Finish processing enough applications by the end of Friday to make nearly $57 million in emergency loans to homeowners facing foreclosure — or give whatever they can't spend back to Uncle Sam.
7:53 PM EDT, September 27, 2011
Federal spending in Maryland dropped by nearly $1.4 billion last year — a setback for a state economy built largely on Washington dollars and a likely omen, analysts say, of further austerity to come.
7:50 PM EDT, October 3, 2011
Maryland's housing department said Monday that it had managed to commit all the nearly $57 million it had for emergency loans to homeowners facing foreclosure, money that had to be used up by last Friday or returned to the federal government.
7:30 PM EDT, October 3, 2011
The University of Maryland School of Law's consumer-protection clinic is trying to get key documents stricken from potentially hundreds of debt-collection cases over an issue more commonly thought of as a foreclosure problem — robo-signing.
6:26 PM EDT, September 28, 2011
Anne Arundel Community College has won a $19.7 million federal grant to help increase the number of workers in science, math, engineering and technology fields across the country, the state said Wednesday.
8:24 PM EDT, September 16, 2011
Maryland lost 2,500 jobs in August, reversing some of the gains made earlier in the summer and pushing the state unemployment rate to 7.3 percent, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.
September 25, 2011
Civil Justice might be small — you can count the full-time attorneys at the nonprofit legal assistance group on one hand — but its impact is anything but.
8:09 PM EDT, September 16, 2011
Corporate Office Properties Trust, a Columbia company that has profited by building office parks geared to the needs of defense and intelligence agency contractors, said Friday that its chief executive will retire in March.
7:06 PM EDT, September 15, 2011
Under Armour is hoping to double the size of its Baltimore headquarters to accommodate additional employees, a retail store and a company museum.
5:47 PM EDT, September 12, 2011
Unilever has notified state regulators that it will begin closing its Hagerstown ice cream plant in November, ultimately laying off 437 workers, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Monday.
6:42 PM EDT, September 13, 2011
A Catonsville company has agreed to drop several hundred active debt-collection lawsuits against Maryland consumers and either repay or forfeit $665,000 in attorney fees and compound interest it had improperly sought, state financial regulators announced Tuesday.
6:22 PM EDT, September 12, 2011
The number of homes sold in the Baltimore region in August rose 6 percent compared with a year earlier, while prices continued their long slide, numbers released Monday show.
3:50 PM EDT, September 15, 2011
The state is trying to get the word out to low-income Marylanders that they could be eligible for reduced-cost telephone service.
10:46 PM EDT, September 11, 2011
Maryland State Police said Sunday that they were investigating after a dead body with "signs of trauma" was found in a wooded area of Somerset County, on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
7:03 PM EDT, September 13, 2011
The executive director of Baltimore-based Civil Justice, a nonprofit legal-help group best known for its foreclosure defense work, announced Tuesday that he will be stepping down to join a private law firm.
11:20 PM EDT, September 11, 2011
Beautiful September days are difficult for Basmattie Bishundat. Her son was killed on one 10 years ago.
11:11 PM EDT, September 7, 2011
Maryland's highest court on Wednesday approved changes to a set of rules that require debt collectors to provide greater proof that they are entitled to sue consumers, according to a Baltimore-based legal advocacy group.
4:46 PM EDT, August 31, 2011
The city's Board of Estimates approved two deals Wednesday aimed at redeveloping portions of Pennsylvania Avenue in Druid Heights and Washington Boulevard in Pigtown, the Baltimore Development Corp. said.
1:16 AM EDT, August 31, 2011
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her husband collected homestead tax credits on two separate properties before she became mayor of Baltimore, in violation of a state rule that prohibits married couples from claiming the break on more than one residence, according to property records, tax bills and state regulations.
10:06 PM EDT, August 18, 2011
Charleta Jones isn't looking for just one job. She's looking for two: something full time and something on the side, to help repair the financial damage she suffered after losing her job last year as a paratransit driver.
8:10 PM EDT, August 7, 2011
Ed Fishel is a year and three months from retirement. Ask him if he noticed that the stock market plunged last week, and the Monkton man will laugh incredulously.
6:53 PM EDT, September 13, 2011
A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos that challenged the city's plans for the long-delayed Superblock project.
September 4, 2011
Harley and Aaron Magden grew up working in the family business — supplying replacement windows to homeowners — but decided to make a change when their father sold the Ohio company.
August 23, 2011
Property tax breaks meant to encourage homeownership have been awarded to 465 vacant houses in Baltimore, depriving the city of uncollected revenue in a difficult budget year and calling into question past promises from city officials to crack down on tax scofflaws, a Baltimore Sun analysis has found.
6:35 PM EDT, August 22, 2011
The number of Maryland homeowners who are behind on their mortgages still is falling, but the pace of that decline has slowed as rising unemployment puts more pressure on borrowers, numbers released Monday show.
10:16 PM EDT, August 23, 2011
Baltimore officials moved Tuesday to take back undeserved tax breaks from owners of vacant properties who are profiting from a program intended for primary residences.
2:45 PM EDT, August 9, 2011
Homebuyers who attend a "Baltimore Into Baltimore" event next month could be eligible for $4,000 to $5,000 in incentives toward closing costs or downpayment.
8:23 PM EDT, July 29, 2011
First Mariner Bancorp's bleeding increased during the second quarter as continued write-downs of real estate and bad loans left the Baltimore company with $11 million in losses.
September 11, 2011
The restaurants around Fort Monmouth in New Jersey used to be packed. Now that lunchtime crowd gathers 150 miles to the southwest, in Aberdeen.
5:13 PM EDT, August 30, 2011
Science Applications International Corp. is warning state regulators that it might have to lay off about 83 employees in Bethesda if a federal contract is not renewed, the state said Tuesday.
4:41 PM EDT, August 8, 2011
Several businesses have told state and local government officials that they planned to create a total of almost 200 jobs, Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development said Monday.
12:25 PM EDT, August 20, 2011
Andrew Wells is hoping to buy a Baltimore home for around the cost of an old car: Less than $10,000.
5:31 PM EDT, August 8, 2011
Two companies are warning state regulators that they will collectively be laying off about 150 employees, the state said Monday.
10:27 PM EDT, August 10, 2011
As if foreclosures, high unemployment and tight credit weren't enough, would-be homebuyers in the Baltimore region got more fodder for wariness Wednesday as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 500 points and a new local report showed housing prices continued to fall last month.
6:14 PM EDT, August 4, 2011
Baltimore-based FTI Consulting Inc. said profit was down 33 percent in the second quarter compared with a year earlier but would have risen if not for the effect of one-time charges from layoffs.
6:09 PM EDT, July 22, 2011
Phillips Seafood alerted state regulators Friday that it would lay off 120 workers as part of its move from Harborplace, but the restaurant plans to hire back as many of those employees as it can when it reopens in its new Inner Harbor location several weeks later.
6:05 PM EDT, July 28, 2011
Baltimore money manager Legg Mason Inc. said Thursday that profits in the three months ending in June rose 25 percent compared with a year earlier, to $60 million.
6:56 PM EDT, July 26, 2011
An affiliate of a South Korean poultry firm was the winning bidder in a bankruptcy auction for the assets of Allen Family Foods, a Delaware company that employs hundreds on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
3:43 PM EDT, August 15, 2011
Lockheed Martin Corp. is warning state regulators that it will lay off 35 employees based at five Maryland military facilities because a contract to provide services at those locations is not being renewed.
3:57 PM EDT, July 29, 2011
Few states have as good a reason as Maryland to be nervous about cuts in federal spending.
6:27 AM EDT, July 21, 2011
A broad swath of workers in the Baltimore region — including those landing jobs in the sector doing the most hiring these days — do not earn enough to afford a home or even to rent a two-bedroom apartment on their salaries alone.
4:13 PM EDT, July 25, 2011
BP Solar warned state regulators Monday that it will close what remains of its Frederick operation and lay off 58 employees, starting this fall.
1:57 PM EDT, July 25, 2011
Celsion Corp., a biotech firm that develops cancer drugs, said Monday that it will move its headquarters from Columbia to New Jersey by the end of September.
5:10 PM EDT, July 18, 2011
A telecommunications company has settled an age-discrimination lawsuit about its Mid-Atlantic hiring practices for $1 million, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday.
7:15 PM EDT, July 22, 2011
Maryland tied for the fastest pace of job loss in the past year in June, the federal government estimated Friday, the second month in a row that the state was at or near the bottom of the heap.
5:14 PM EDT, July 21, 2011
First Mariner Bancorp is appealing a Nasdaq Stock Market decision to delist the company's stock from the Nasdaq Capital Market.
1:20 PM EDT, July 7, 2011
The state's biotech tax credits drew more than 180 applications within three minutes of the window opening for the $8 million available this fiscal year, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development said Thursday.
July 10, 2011
Vincent Quayle knows the corrosive effect of foreclosures well, sitting as he does at the helm of a nonprofit group that helps homeowners in trouble.
May 1, 2011
Walk the streets of downtown Baltimore, and you might feel the presence of its corporate ghosts. On Gay Street, perhaps you'll meet Alexander Brown, the Irish immigrant who started the nation's first investment firm here more than 200 years ago.
4:15 PM EDT, July 29, 2011
Prestige Maintenance warned state regulators Friday that it will lay off 54 janitors over the next several months because its contract to provide cleaning services to Target stores across the state has ended.
8:21 PM EDT, July 27, 2011
Edward Tarter, stopping in at the Harford Road post office in Baltimore, was aghast to hear Wednesday that it might shut down.
2:40 PM EDT, July 18, 2011
Poultry company Allen Family Foods has laid off 28 employees at its Talbot County processing plant, the local economic development director said Monday.
1:29 PM EDT, July 22, 2011
A Virginia firm said Friday that it purchased six rental complexes in Woodlawn for $190 million and intends to spend close to $8 million more to renovate the 1,984 units.
6:25 PM EDT, July 20, 2011
Maryland's District Courts are putting a freeze on about 900 debt-collection lawsuits after the local company that filed them tried and failed to get a license.
12:34 PM EDT, June 30, 2011
Nearly 3,000 businesses or business locations shut down in Maryland in recessionary 2009, the Census Bureau said Thursday.
5:08 PM EDT, July 5, 2011
A group of state workforce agencies launched a new job search site Tuesday for "green" occupations in the region, saying that Maryland, Washington and Virginia have more than 230,000 workers involved in some aspect of environmental protection or natural resource conservation.
12:03 PM EDT, June 19, 2011
A man was killed and his passengers injured when his vehicle slammed into a telephone pole early Sunday in eastern Baltimore County, police said.
4:58 PM EDT, July 13, 2011
More workers graduated from Maryland apprenticeship programs during the 12 months ending in June than in the previous 20 years, the state said Wednesday.
11:08 AM EDT, July 13, 2011
A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled that a lawsuit over mold in one of the ritzy Harborview condos can proceed to trial.
July 13, 2011
The Baltimore region's "clean" economy — green energy, pollution-reduction services and the like — accounts for nearly 23,000 jobs but is not growing as robustly as clean industries nationwide, according to a report due out Wednesday.
7:47 PM EDT, July 5, 2011
A Canadian developer whose bid to build a slots casino in Baltimore has been dismissed by the city filed a federal lawsuit against a state gambling commission Tuesday, contending that the newest bidding process discriminates against companies owned by white men.
6:37 PM EDT, July 1, 2011
TransCare Corp. is warning state regulators that it will lay off 55 employees in Baltimore at the end of August as a state transit contract expires.
4:28 PM EDT, June 25, 2011
On Maryland's Eastern Shore, everything leads back to chickens.
1:03 PM EDT, June 19, 2011
State police say they have arrested two boys in connection with vandalism and thefts in the Eldersburg area that left a swath of vehicles, homes and road signs damaged by spray paint.
4:29 PM EDT, July 7, 2011
Maryland will share in a $75 million settlement that state attorneys general across the country negotiated with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to resolve allegations of bond derivative bid-rigging that defrauded states, counties and nonprofits, the state said Thursday.
5:17 PM EDT, June 19, 2011
Several hundred homes and a few businesses in Baltimore that been without water since Saturday because of a water main break will likely see service return early Monday, the city Department of Public Works said.
8:36 PM EDT, October 13, 2010
Revelations that attorneys at two Maryland firms had other people sign their names to foreclosure documents brought a rebuke Wednesday from the O'Malley administration, which called the practice a "potential example of further mishandling and mistreatment of Maryland homeowners."
5:31 PM EDT, June 19, 2011
A Father's Day race benefiting the Greater Baltimore Medical Center's neonatal intensive-care unit drew more than 1,000 participants to Hunt Valley Sunday — grateful parents, preemies young and grown, supporters and some folks who just wanted to run on a beautiful morning.
5:00 PM EDT, July 24, 2011
Marquis Jones doesn't believe she owes money on a credit-card account that a debt-buying company sued to collect from her.
April 24, 2011
Edwin F. Hale Sr. has always run headfirst into challenges. Walking away is not his style.
5:59 PM EDT, June 13, 2011
Defense contractor General Dynamics Corp. is warning state regulators that it will close an Aberdeen office over the summer and lay off 52 employees.
6:22 PM EDT, July 7, 2011
A health-management company is closing a Hunt Valley facility and laying off nearly 100 employees over the next three months, state regulators said Thursday.
9:18 PM EDT, October 15, 2010
A committee that proposes rules for Maryland's courts recommended changes Friday that could set off "massive audits" of documents filed by firms trying to foreclose on homeowners.
1:42 PM EDT, July 12, 2011
A Hanover provider of health care services to county and city detention centers said Tuesday that it had agreed to sell itself in a cash deal valued at about $57.2 million.
9:38 PM EDT, May 16, 2011
Nearly 1,500 workers are in danger of losing their jobs under a reorganization plan by the Superfresh supermarket chain that would sell almost all its stores in Maryland, most of which are in the Baltimore area.
6:17 PM EDT, June 30, 2011
A Circuit Court judge is expected to rule soon on whether to dismiss a lawsuit about the city's much-contested Superblock project — the second challenge from Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos — or to let the case proceed.
January 23, 2011
Steve Walters has a modest proposal that makes Baltimore homeowners cheer and government bean-counters wince: slash the city's property tax rate in half.
8:41 PM EST, January 18, 2011
GMAC Mortgage said Tuesday it is dropping about 250 Maryland foreclosure cases that were apparently "robo-signed," giving homeowners a second chance to save their properties — and raising the possibility that other lenders might follow suit.
11:07 PM EDT, October 12, 2010
Lawyers at two Maryland firms handling foreclosures filed court documents without actually signing the papers themselves, a development that is calling into question the validity of at least some of the home foreclosure cases in the state.
7:34 PM EDT, July 11, 2011
New contracts on homes for sale in the Baltimore area rose to their highest June level since 2007 — a positive sign for a housing market trying to heal after a years-long roller-coaster ride.
July 3, 2011
Anca Safta never missed a payment on her loan to expand her Lutherville home. But that didn't stop Safta's mortgage servicer from citing her this year for failing to pay, reporting her to credit agencies and threatening to foreclose.
10:23 PM EDT, July 18, 2010
The crowd was ready. So were the television cameras. The only part of the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" extravaganza that wasn't completely prepared for the big revealing Sunday was the home.
6:45 PM EDT, June 15, 2011
Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 95 employees in Greenbelt when a government contract expires in September.
7:27 PM EST, January 3, 2011
Apartment complexes in the Baltimore region are raising rents as a muted economic recovery and a foreclosure crisis have discouraged homeownership — and added to the ranks of renters.
9:04 PM EDT, October 19, 2010
Maryland courts got the go-ahead Tuesday to conduct sweeping reviews of possibly thousands of foreclosure cases to root out those with problematic or fraudulent documentation, while the federal government separately announced investigations into national foreclosure practices.
9:36 PM EDT, June 17, 2011
Hampered by a slowdown in federal spending, Maryland came in dead last in the nation for its pace of job creation over the past year, shedding almost 1 percent of its employment base — nearly 20,000 positions — the U.S. Department of Labor reported.
10:06 PM EST, January 12, 2011
The planned $1.5 billion transformation of the aging Maryland government complex in midtown Baltimore is facing a delay on the first phase of construction because of a pending lawsuit against the developers.
7:12 PM EDT, April 29, 2010
Sarah Bloom Raskin is deeply interested in the economy's effect on everyday life, a driving force in her work to keep Marylanders from being scammed, foreclosed on or caught up in a bank failure.
6:25 PM EST, January 22, 2011
Kathleen Harwell can't imagine what life on the streets would be like for a 59-year-old woman with diabetes and high blood pressure, but she's afraid she'll soon find out.
December 12, 2010
Bit by bit, Michael Raphael's company is digitizing the real world.
February 8, 2010
While most in the region were shoveling sidewalks and uncovering cars, Allen Born and his neighbors were launching snow off their roofs.
5:14 PM EST, February 18, 2011
Gauging the trajectory of the real estate market in the Baltimore region has become a hyper-local exercise — it depends on precisely where you live.
9:33 PM EDT, March 31, 2011
Auditors have raised doubts about First Mariner Bancorp's ability to remain in business, according to financial statements that the largest Baltimore-based bank, founded by prominent businessman Edwin F. Hale Sr., filed with regulators late Thursday.