How much did Baltimore spend on Grand Prix staffing?

During its three-year run, Baltimore's Grand Prix IndyCar race cost the city about $1.4 million in increased staffing, overtime and related expenses. City officials disclosed the staffing costs in response to a Maryland Public Information Act request filed by The Baltimore Sun. Related expenses include items such as feeding workers during the event and purchasing ear plugs for them. (Balt. Sun)

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Project manager needed to move forward on sale of Fort Ritchie

The corporation in charge of redeveloping Fort Ritchie is looking for either an individual or a firm to act as project manager to help it move forward on selling the nearly 600-acre former U.S. Army base. The hiring of a project manager was among the recommendations in a report prepared by The Counselors of Real Estate Consulting Corps, or CRE. (Herald-Mail)

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MGM proposes $925 million casino for Prince George's County

Playing the last hand of the week in a round of bidding for the rights to build a casino in Prince George's County, MGM Resorts said Friday that the merits of its $925 million resort next to the Capital Beltway trump the others. Its ace in the hole is a location on a hill above the Potomac River at National Harbor, said Jim Murren, MGM's chairman and CEO. (Balt. Sun)

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Potomac water taxis could cost millions to operate, consultant says

The cost of running regular ferries between Alexandria or Reagan National Airport and the Southeast or Southwest Washington would be about $6.4 million per year on each route, not counting the cost of terminals, docks, dredging or land transportation connections, a consultant said Thursday after a presentation to the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. (Wash. Post)

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Under Armour profit up 27 percent in third quarter

Under Armour's profits jumped 27 percent in the third quarter, with higher athletic apparel sales led by products designed to be worn during workouts in cold or rainy weather. On Thursday, the Baltimore-based athletic apparel and footwear brand reported income of $73 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, up from $57 million a year earlier. Earnings per share rose from 54 cents a year ago to 68 cents, topping Wall Street analysts' estimates of 66 cents. (Balt. Sun)

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Potomac Edison workers picket for new contract

Negotiations for a new wage and benefit contract between FirstEnergy Generation Corp. and Utility Workers Union of America Local 102 are ongoing, but that is not stopping the workers from taking to the picket lines. The contract between FirstEnergy and Local 102 expired April 30, but employees continue to work under the expired agreement, said Todd Meyers, spokesman for Potomac Edison and FirstEnergy. (News-Post)

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Balto. Co. announces winning bids for county properties

Baltimore County officials, looking to sell off public property for private development, have selected proposals to build a Royal Farms gas station in Towson, a shopping center in Dundalk and expanded parking for a nursing home in Randallstown. Thursday's announcement follows months of deliberation by a committee that was assembled to evaluate the eight bids the county received for the three taxpayer-owned properties. The proposals now go to the County Council, which will decide whether to grant final approval. A council vote is scheduled Nov. 18. (Balt. Sun)

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Oct. 25 // Now an outsider, Ed Hale opens up

Ed Hale wants to buy the Baltimore Arena, but the city said the aging facility is not for sale. Two years after his departure from First Mariner Bancorp, the bank he launched and turned into the city's largest, Hale finds himself on the outside looking in. These days Hale operates out of a windowless office decorated with black-and-white photos of the port of Baltimore in a nondescript Rosedale office park. It's a far cry from his one-time office in a 17-story Canton tower with a commanding view of the harbor. (Balt. Sun)

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