Maryland small brewers squaring off in Annapolis with alcohol industry

A year after Maryland lawmakers shepherded a beer industry compromise intended to help new breweries expand, the debate is beginning anew this week — and is looking as if it might devolve into a barroom brawl. The first punches in the beer-fueled legislative fight could come in a House of Delegates committee room on Friday. “There will be fireworks,” said Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Brewers Association of Maryland. (Capital)

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Under Armour and ESPN will help turn Baltimore vacant lots into recreation space

Under Armour and ESPN plan to help turn vacant lots in Baltimore and two other cities into recreation space. The Baltimore-based sports brand and the sports channel have teamed up with Local Initiatives Support Corp., a community development finance institution, to transform lots in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Los Angeles into playgrounds, basketball courts or other places to exercise and play sports. (Balt. Sun)

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Bon Secours Health System to merge with Mercy Health of Ohio

Marriottsville-based Bon Secours Health System announced Wednesday that it is merging with Mercy Health of Ohio to create a Catholic health system that will span seven states. The merger, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will create the fifth largest Catholic health system in the country, with $8 billion in operating revenue and 43 hospitals. (Balt. Sun)

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Leadership changes at Baltimore law firm Miles & Stockbridge

The Baltimore law firm Miles & Stockbridge announced new leadership on Wednesday. The firm’s principals elected Nancy W. Greene as chairman and Joseph W. Hovermill as president and CEO, succeeding John B. Frisch, who’d held the posts since 2003. Greene is the first woman to lead the firm in its 86-year history. Christopher R. Johnson, who has been appointed executive vice president, will join Greene and Hovermill on a newly created executive committee for the 250-lawyer firm. (Balt. Sun)

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Verizon Wireless to open offices in Annapolis Junction Town Center

Verizon Wireless has signed a lease for more than half of a new 100,000-square-foot office building in the Annapolis Junction Town Center, St. John Properties announced Wednesday. St. John is developing the mixed-used complex along with Somerset Construction Co. Verizon Wireless will take about 61,000 square feet of the building, part of the so-called transit-oriented development located near the Savage MARC station on Dorsey Run Road in Howard County. Hundreds of apartments, a garage and retail space already have been built, with more buildings planned including more shop space and a hotel. (Balt. Sun)

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Family Dollar plans to open in Hilltop Shopping Center in Baltimore

Family Dollar plans to open a store in early summer at Hilltop Shopping Center in Northwest Baltimore. The retailer, which offers name brand merchandise at a discount, signed a lease at the center on Reisterstown Road and Rogers Avenue in January, announced Klein Enterprises, a broker that represented landlord Caves Valley Partners. Other tenants at the recently renovated center include a Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration office, PNC Bank, 7-Eleven, Subway and other stores. The center is located near the Rogers Avenue Metro Station and the Social Security Administration building. (Balt. Sun)

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Dave & Buster's is opening another Maryland location

Dave & Buster’s is coming to Gaithersburg. The entertainment venue and restaurant has signed on for a nearly 39,000-square-foot location at Rio Washingtonian Center. Montgomery County blog The MoCoShow was the first to report the news. Terms were not disclosed. The popular games-and-grub spot will move into a space formerly occupied by a Sport & Health gym at 9811 Washingtonian Blvd. Ray Schupp of H&R Retail represented Dave & Buster’s in the deal. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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February 21 // Bill would ultimately let Md. voters decide whether to legalize pot

Maryland voters would have their say on the legalization of recreational marijuana if a group of lawmakers have their way. A proposal sponsored by Sen. William C. Smith Jr., D-Montgomery, calls for an amendment to Maryland’s constitution that would legalize recreational marijuana for commercial purposes, which would be taxed and regulated similar to alcohol. (Daily Record)

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