October 20 // Maryland Live rebrands itself and takes other steps to regain ground lost to MGM

The 17-story flagship hotel at Maryland Live Casino won’t open until the spring, but officials are betting that the 350,000-square-foot addition will deliver the winning card it needs to reclaim the lead in the state’s crowded gambling market. Monthly revenue for the casino in Anne Arundel County has dropped an average of 17.7 percent since MGM National Harbor opened in December — drawing gamblers from the Washington area and elsewhere to its Las Vegas-style resort along the Potomac River in southern Prince George’s County. (Wash. Post)

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FCC extends review for Sinclair Broadcast deal to acquire Tribune Media

Federal regulators have extended their review timeline for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s proposed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media to allow for more input from the public. The Federal Communications Commission is giving the public until Nov. 2 to submit additional comments on the deal, which could give Hunt Valley-based Sinclair, the nation’s largest broadcaster, control of 233 television stations that reach 72 percent of U.S. households. “The commission has a strong interest in ensuring a full and complete record upon which to base its decision in this proceeding,” the FCC said in a public notice. (Balt. Sun)

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Unions announce wage increases at Horseshoe Casino under new contract

Table games dealers at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, whose earnings come mainly from tips, are getting at least a 10 percent increase in hourly pay under a newly ratified contract negotiated by owner Caesar’s Entertainment and the National Gaming Workers’ Coalition, the coalition announced Thursday. The group of five unions had said Tuesday that it successfully unionized about 1,000 gaming and food and beverage workers at the casino and negotiated a five-year contract that took effect this month. “We’ve improved our working conditions across the board with this contract,” Aaron Carter, bargaining committee chairman of UAW Local 17, said in an announcement Thursday. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore's Domino refinery to receive largest sugar shipment ever

The Domino Sugar Refinery in Locust Point is scheduled to receive its largest ever shipment of sugar — and the biggest ever shipped to a port east of the Mississippi River — on Friday, announced ASR Group, which owns the Baltimore plant. The iconic Inner Harbor refinery will receive more than 98 million pounds of raw sugar from the southern Africa nations of Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe aboard the Nord Maru. The 623-foot vessel sailed from Durban in South Africa on Sept. 23. The ship, which is transiting the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday, will be docked with the assistance of Maryland Pilots and two tugboats. (Balt. Sun)

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A small Maryland county, with 'eyes wide open,' sends bid for Amazon HQ2

One last bid from Maryland was sent to Amazon.com Inc. Thursday for the retailing behemoth's HQ2. And this one admittedly has a David-and-Goliath feel to it. "We’re submitting our proposal with our eyes wide open," said Darrell Brown, director of the Charles County Economic Development Department. "We know we are a long shot, but it’s important for the county to participate in the process." The small suburban Washington, D.C., jurisdiction has 158,000 residents, Brown said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore's Old Goucher neighborhood makes independent bid for Amazon headquarters

As Baltimore and state officials were promising billions of dollars to bolster Port Covington’s bid for a new Amazon headquarters, the Old Goucher neighborhood had other ideas. On Thursday, the neighborhood association said it submitted a “completely independent” bid for the corporate behemoth to locate in the center of Baltimore. “If you look at other cities, they are putting in multiple sites,” said Kelly Cross, president of the Old Goucher Community Association. “This is about all the amazing things we have in center city. I’m sure Port Covington has all its attributes, but so does center city. I can’t think of a better spot in Baltimore than us.” (Balt. Sun)

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Cordish Cos. to redevelop BCCC building downtown with new tower

The Cordish Cos. will redevelop Baltimore City Community College’s downtown Bard Building into a modern tower for the school with residential units and retail. The mixed-use development, depicted in a rendering as a glass tower, will be located at 600 E. Lombard St., a 1.1 acre site near Cordish’s Power Plant Live. “The Bard Building site is the linchpin of a renaissance — both for the college and the Baltimore downtown area,” said Gordon F. May, the college’s president and CEO, in a statement. “We hope this underscores BCCC's determination to recapture our position as an engine of the city's economic growth, developing students into future leaders and employees." (Balt. Sun)

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Under Armour launches merchandise subscription service

Under Armour is jumping on the fashion subscription box bandwagon with its latest offering, ArmourBox. It’s the Baltimore brand’s first-ever subscription service, along the lines of otherssuch as Stitch Fix, Le Tote, Fabletics and Rent the Runway. Under Armour’s box works like this. An “official outfitter” will pick four to six pieces of Under Armour gear that fits a customer’s profile, based on needs, style and goals, then send it out, either monthly or every 60 to 90 days. Unlike some services, though, there’s no monthly fee, and no shipping or return fees, Under Armour says. (Balt. Sun)

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