Della Notte to auction off everything inside shuttered restaurant

Ted Julio is calmly philosophical as he catalogs and cards the mass of items he’s amassed over the past 15 years. “It’s fine. Once you resolve yourself to close, it’s not that bad,” said the owner of the defunct Della Notte’s in Little Italy, whose contents hit the auction block Aug. 19. The busts of the Roman emperors are already spoken for. But it’s not too late to buy Della Notte’s antique-carved wood columns or baby grand piano. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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August 12 // Otakon to move to D.C., citing aging convention center

Otakon, the Japanese and East Asian anime and culture convention that has drawn tens of thousands of people to Baltimore since 1999, will be held in Washington beginning in 2017, organizers announced Sunday. In a statement, Otakon organizers attributed the move to the "state of the facilities in Baltimore and their uncertain future" and referred to imminent plans to replace the Baltimore Convention Center and the Baltimore Arena. But such plans are not yet firm. (Balt. Sun)

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As Port of Baltimore grows, environmental hurdles remain

The port of Baltimore logged a number of successes in recent days: a record-breaking year for the amount of cargo handled, state exports surging to $6 billion in the first half of this year and more federal funding to support shipbuilding jobs. "Where the port stands right now, I would say, is on the pinnacle of success," Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith said in an interview. (Balt. Sun)

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Proposal would dissolve Princess Anne Chamber

Princess Anne business owners got a surprise in the mail last week when they opened a letter from Chamber of Commerce President Becky Robinson proposing the group be disbanded. “After months of disappointing lack of interest from the membership, I will be presenting a motion to dissolve the Chamber and requesting a vote from the current Chamber membership,” she said in the letter mailed to 63 businesses and individuals who paid dues this year. (Daily Times)

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Baltimore researchers turn carnivorous fish into vegetarians

Cobia is a sleek and powerful fish that devours flesh and doesn’t apologize for it. Open its belly and anything might pop out — crab, squid, smaller fish, you name it. Recently, three Baltimore researchers — Aaron Watson, Frederic Barrows and Allen Place — set out to tame this wild and hungry fish sometimes called black salmon. They didn’t want to simply domesticate it; hundreds of fish farmers have already done that. They sought to turn one of the ocean’s greediest carnivores into a vegetarian. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland bans ginseng picking on public lands

Hoping to save what's left of Maryland's dwindling wild ginseng population, the state has banned collection of the sought-after herb on all state-owned lands. Worried that remaining patches of the slow-growing plant are being stripped from Western Maryland forests by pickers hoping to cash in on its reputed health benefits, the Department of Natural Resources announced this week that harvest would no longer be permitted in state forests or in wildlife management areas. Picking ginseng already was prohibited in state parks. (Balt. Sun)

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Companies propose first solar energy farm to be built in Carroll

Preliminary steps have been taken to pursue building the first solar energy farm in Carroll, which would be privately owned and located on 66 acres south of Taneytown. Two Maryland-based companies, BithEnergy and Total Construction Services, proposed the project together. Officials from both said it has the potential to possibly benefit Carroll residents and would be a good fit for the land, which is just outside Taneytown’s city limits. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Rodney Henry, Baltimore's pie man, places second on 'Food Network Star'

In the end, pie style wasn't enough to make Rodney Henry the next 'Food Network Star.' Henry, the owner of Baltimore's Dangerously Delicious Pies, placed second in the Food Network reality show’s popular vote. Damaris Phillips, a Southern cook who promised to help guys win over their dates with Southern favorites, won the chance to have her own Food Network show. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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