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Mt. Washington Restaurant Closes (BBJ Story)

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The Nickel Taphouse, a Mount Washington staple for the past five years, has closed. The restaurant announced the closing in a Facebook post from owner Robbin Haas. Its last day of service was Sunday.

Residential Sales Post Record Gains (BBJ Story)

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Residential sales in the Baltimore metro area in September posted the highest gains in a decade, a new report showed.  The average housing sales price last month was $270,000 — a $17,000 increase over the median price in September 2017.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

  

The federal judge overseeing major reforms of the Baltimore Police Department told officials Tuesday that changes in discipline policies, training and emergency responses are “only half” the issue. The other half is the police department’s culture, he said.

U.S. District Judge James Bredar called attention to Harlem Park, as he did in an earlier hearing. Harlem Park is the neighborhood where Detective Sean Suiter was shot dead almost a year ago.

Sagamore Pendry Is A Hot Spot (BBJ Story)

Oct 9, 2018

The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore in Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood grabbed the No. 1 spot on Condé Nast Traveler's Best Hotels in the U.S. Condé Nast Traveler said it received a record-breaking number of responses from nearly a half a million readers who rated their travel experiences at hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, airports and airlines.

Rachel Baye

Democratic candidate for governor Ben Jealous is accusing Gov. Larry Hogan of mocking his speech impairment.

The dispute stems from a video Hogan’s campaign posted online on Monday. The roughly 30-second video shows Jealous mixing up his words — saying “Virginia” when he means Maryland and “president” when he means governor.

Mary Rose Madden

Baltimore’s Interim Police Commissioner, Gary Tuggle, has withdrawn his application for the top job.

He made the announcement at the federal courthouse downtown as police officials met with U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar to present new policies and procedures they are installing to meet the requirements of a consent decree that calls for major police reforms.

Loyola Blakefield has launched the public phase of a $27 million capital campaign, the largest fundraising goal in the 166-year history of the Catholic boys' school. The initiative, dubbed "Ignite: The Campaign for Loyola Blakefield," has already secured $23 million in commitments during a silent fundraising phase. 

Breethe Inc., Looks For Additional Funding

Oct 8, 2018

University of Maryland, Baltimore-born startup Breethe Inc. is looking to raise about $5 million in new equity funding, according to a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC documents showed the medical device firm reported about $3.5 million of its $5 million goal has already been secured, in a round which includes 29 investors so far.

A glass window fell out of the eighth floor of the 23-story Exelon tower at Harbor Point last week, striking two Exelon workers and prompting an aggressive inspection of one of the city's premier office developments.The large window fell from the eighth floor of the $170 million tower on Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. and crashed onto the sidewalk near Ceremony Coffee Roasters on the southwestern side of the building that holds Exelon's headquarters, retail and 103 apartments.

Morgan State University surpassed the $250 million funding goal for its latest campaign, by about $4.3 million. The Anniversary Campaign celebrated 2017 being the school's 150th year in operation. It was the second and largest campaign effort in the school's history.

About 70 percent of the campaign's goal had already been raised by November 2016, before Morgan State entered the public phase of its fundraising. In total, $254,307,730 in gifts and grants was raised from more than 15,000 supporters.

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Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show (BBJ Story)

Oct 4, 2018

Baltimore will have a few extra ships in the harbor this week with the arrival of the Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show. The festival kicked off Wednesday evening and will run through Tuesday, offering opportunities to tour Naval ships, rub shoulders with sailors and watch Air Force jets take to the skies.

Organizers hope this year will draw a bigger crowd than the 300,000 who attended Baltimore's inaugural Fleet Week in 2016. That event had a $30 million economic impact on the city. Thousands of sailors are in town for the event, and this year's festival is inviting visitors to meet some of them. Friday's "Meet the Fleet" happy hour, scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at West Shore Park, will offer the opportunity to take a selfie with a sailor while grabbing a drink.

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Dominique Maria Bonessi

  

In February, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said she would not release an audit of the police department’s overtime claims because it was part of the evidence in a police union suit against the city. But now, the mayor has changed her mind.

The developers of the popular R. House food hall are taking over the long sought-after overhaul of Baltimore's Lexington Market and could begin construction by late next year.  Seawall Development Co. has been tapped to head a $30 million to $40 million redevelopment of the historic city-owned market that includes retaining the east building, creating a new smaller structure to the south and turning Lexington Street into a "pedestrian mall" with a farmers market.

Construction is expected to begin in late 2019 and take approximately two years to complete. The city has raised $17 million toward the project but still has to fill a significant funding gap.

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Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Wednesday that she will name a new Baltimore Police Commissioner by the end of the month. The announcement comes among talk of new changes to the department and training efforts.

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport

Contract employees at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, along with the nation’s largest service workers’ union, called Tuesday afternoon for higher wages and improved health insurance benefits for those workers. This was all part of demonstrations at 11 airports around the country.

McCormick's New Headquarters (BBJ Story)

Oct 2, 2018

McCormick & Co. opened the doors to its $100 million headquarters Tuesday in Hunt Valley that CEO Lawrence Kurzius hopes will give the company a competitive edge.

John Lee

Maryland Republicans believe they have a chance to stick a political knife into the Democrats’ veto-proof majority in the State Senate in November. They need to flip five seats. Two of the seats they think they can pick up are in Baltimore County. 

 

The success for the GOP may ride on whether the Governor’s popularity trumps a possible blue wave.

 

 

Dominique Maria Bonessi

After two city police officers were involved in a shooting more than a week ago and the number of homicides jumped last month, the Baltimore Police Department is going on high alert for three days.

Rachel Baye

  

Maryland’s red flag law goes into effect on Monday. The law creates a process through which a court can revoke someone’s right to own a gun if the person poses an immediate threat to him or herself or to others.

Karen Hosler

In this election year, there’s been a surge nationally of mostly young Democratic women running for office. And that surge is swamping ballots in Maryland as well.

In one race, a 30-year-old woman—a Democrat—is pitted against a 65-year-old former Republican member of the House of Delegates for the state Senate seat representing Annapolis.

The former two-term Delegate, Ron George, was sliced out of his Annapolis area district in 2012 by Democratic lawmakers and has been trying to make a comeback ever since. He’s even moved into the new district.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh promised during her campaign to put $20 million a year by 2023 into a trust fund to pay for tearing down abandoned housing, creating affordable housing and subsidizing rentals for low income city residents. But critics at a well-attended City Council committee hearing Thursday sharply questioned whether the city would be able to fully fund what the mayor calls an “affordable housing trust fund.” Morning Edition Host Nathan Sterner talks with Reporter Dominique Maria Bonessi to iron out these concerns.

"The Monster"

Sep 27, 2018

In the early 18th century, Thomas Cresap, one of Western Maryland's most notorious residents, did things his way along the Maryland - Pennsylvania border.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

  

Staffers in Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office have not been adhering to the Department of Finance’s policies for using city credit cards, according to an audit released Wednesday by the city auditor.

Brave Women

Sep 26, 2018

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, book critic Marion Winik reviews two new books about fearless women who did things their way.

John Lee

  

The Republican running for Baltimore County Executive says if elected, he will not abide by a 2016 settlement over affordable housing between the county and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

The county's role in bolstering affordable housing is a major point of contention in the race.

 

Dominique Maria Bonessi

 

Karen Holliday says she has something in common with Billie Holiday, Baltimore’s famous jazz singer who died in July 1959 from illness related to drug and alcohol abuse, beside the last name.

“Drugs have always been in this family of mine,” says Holliday. “I was the person who slept right there in the park across the street from the War Memorial. I was also a person that used there.”

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

  

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democrat Ben Jealous met Monday for their one and only debate of the election. The two offered distinct visions not only for what Maryland should look like in four years, but also for what life is like now.

Mary Rose Madden

Since two women sued the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore County and others earlier this month for allegedly failing to properly investigate their reports of sexual assault, others have come forward with similar complaints.

Thursday, students crowded into an auditorium on campus to tell UMBC president Freeman Hrabowski and other college administrators about the problems they’ve had trying to report sexual assaults.

They lined up in the aisles for their chance at the microphone to open up about what they said were horrifying events in their life.

AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Snochia Moseley, the woman who shot six people at a Rite Aid distribution center in Harford County Thursday, had been diagnosed with a mental disorder two years ago, according to the county sheriff.

Sheriff Jeff Gahler said Moseley, 26, was diagnosed with a mental illness in 2016, but was able to purchase a 9-mm Glock 17 handgun legally last March.

Here’s a Stoop Story from Elliot Wagenheim about finding the motivation to get up off the recliner. You can hear his story and many others at stoopstorytelling.com, as well as the Stoop podcast.

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