Made in Baltimore: Young designers fuel fledgling revival of city’s garment industry

A floral silk shirt with gold leaf buttons hangs on a rack at the DifferentRegard boutique, along with a “Trilogy” dress that can be worn three ways. Two Baltimore natives designed all the unique fashions sold in the salon-like showroom in the city’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. But something else distinguishes the upscale line from most clothes U.S. consumers buy. (Balt. Sun)

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Perdue Farms, Md. Food Bank unveil Mobile Market

Perdue Farms and the Maryland Food Bank unveiled a new state-of-the-art Mobile Market Thursday to support the food bank’s efforts to distribute fresh food on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where roughly 42,000 individuals are food insecure. The Mobile Market was funded through a $250,000 gift from the Perdue family and a $100,000 grant from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation in celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary. (Daily Record)

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Citing coronavirus, Marriott extends cancellation fee amnesty

Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) will extend its cancellation fee waiver for travelers going to mainland China and other parts of the region, citing the continuing coronavirus scourge. The hotel company, which operates more than 400 hotels in China, will waive cancellation fees until at least March 15, it said in a statement issued Wednesday. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Political ads are flooding Hulu, Roku and other streaming services, revealing loopholes in federal election laws

The ad that interrupted some Hulu subscribers as they watched the NBC comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” this month opened with a clip of President Trump speaking. “The ‘deep state’ is trying to inject our health system with socialist price controls,” a narrator then interjected, before a banner flashed at the bottom of the screen: “TEXT ‘SOCIALISM SUCKS’ TO 41490.” But neither FreedomWorks, the conservative group behind the ad, nor Hulu, a television-and-movie streaming giant, is required to reveal much more to the public about the 30-second spot or whom it targeted, leaving watchdogs and regulators fearful that federal election laws aren’t fit for the digital age — and that voters remain vulnerable to manipulation. (Wash. Post)

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T. Rowe Price funds set to make millions from Morgan Stanley-E-Trade deal

Morgan Stanley's planned $13 billion takeover of E-Trade Financial Corp. means big money for several mutual funds managed by T. Rowe Price Group Inc. The acquisition of E-Trade, an Arlington, Virginia-based online financial brokerage, by New York-based Morgan Stanley was announced Thursday morning. E-Trade shareholders will receive 1.0432 Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) shares for each E-Trade share, or $58.74 based on the closing price of Morgan Stanley common stock Wednesday. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore law firm behind largest ever malpractice verdict expands to Chicago

Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt LLC, a Baltimore area law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases, is opening a new office in Chicago to meet growing demand in the Midwest. The expansion comes on the heels of "a major win" for the firm that resulted in the largest medical malpractice verdict ever handed down in the U.S. In July, a local jury awarded a record $229 million judgment against Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The malpractice case centered around plaintiff Erica Byrom, a mother who had given birth as a 16-year-old at Bayview, to a baby who suffered severe brain injuries. (Balt. Sun)

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The Melting Pot's Columbia location closes 'indefinitely'

Fondue chain The Melting Pot is putting away the melted cheese and chocolate in Columbia — at least for now. The chain's Wilde Lake Village Center location has closed "indefinitely" as of Thursday, according to a notice posted to the restaurant's website. The message says the closure is "due to compliance reasons related to its franchise agreement." (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore Sun wins George Polk Award for coverage of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” scandal

The Baltimore Sun won the prestigious George Polk Award Wednesday for its coverage of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” book scheme that led to her resignation from office in May and federal charges against her. The distinction for political reporting recognizes reporter Luke Broadwater and the staff of The Sun for revealing municipal corruption. (Balt. Sun)

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