UMMS affiliate hospitals also have deals with board members. Maryland lawmakers want reforms there, too.

“We assume that the message was received. We assume that this will filter down to the affiliate boards,” said Del. Shane Pendergrass, a Howard County Democrat and chairwoman of the House health and government operations committee. “But if we see that it doesn’t, we will obviously see what we need to do.” Del. Kathy Szeliga, the minority whip who also sits on the health committee, said other hospital systems that operate in Maryland should be reviewing board contracts. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford bars, restaurants cancel drag shows to avoid risk of losing liquor licenses

A number of Harford County bars and restaurants say they have had to cancel scheduled drag shows or risk losing their liquor licenses. Officials from the Harford County Liquor Control Board said they did not tell licensees they had to cancel their events, board administrator Pilar Gracia said. Staff simply reminded licensees of the liquor board rules regarding nudity and sexual displays and that if they were in violation, their liquor license would be revoked. (Aegis)

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Gannett board members reelected as shareholders reject MNG nominees

Gannett shareholders voted to reject MNG Enterprises' board nominees, siding with the USA TODAY owner as it attempts to fend off a hostile takeover bid by the hedge fund-controlled newspaper company. Gannett chairman J. Jeffry Louis announced Thursday that the company's shareholders backed the eight board members who stood for reelection, according to preliminary results of the vote. (Delmarva)

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The McMillan redevelopment's backers just picked up a win in court. But plenty of hurdles remain.

The backers of one of the District’s most challenged development efforts just picked up a victory in court. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled against a challenge to the McMillan Sand Filtration redevelopment effort Thursday, reaffirming a previous decision by city officials to let the $720 million project move ahead. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Plans take shape for $344 million mixed-use development outside Bowie

An effort to bring a $344 million mixed-use development to a 381-acre site near Bowie has won key backing from Prince George’s County officials. The County Council unanimously signed off Tuesday on a plan to issue up to $33 million in bonds designed to support infrastructure improvements around the property, soon to be known as South Lake. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Trump unveils new immigration plan that would overhaul green card system to favor high-skilled workers

Setting aside some of his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wanted to recruit "top talent" to the nation as he unveiled his latest efforts to reform residency laws after years of setbacks and stalemates. "We discriminate against genius," Trump said of current policies, which he contended excessively favor family based immigration. "We discriminate against brilliance. We won't anymore once we get this passed." (Balt. Sun)

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Millionaire Towson businessman pleads guilty in massive Ponzi scheme

Wealthy Towson businessman Kevin B. Merrill admitted in federal court Thursday to defrauding investors around the country in a $364 million Ponzi scheme. Merrill, 53, pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was arrested in September and accused of swindling hundreds of investors and businesses in the elaborate scheme. (Balt. Sun)

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Greene Turtle taps new CEO as Bob Barry steps down after 12 years

The Greene Turtle has named a veteran casual dining executive as its new president and CEO as the local casual dining chain's longtime head Bob Barry prepares to step down from his role after 12 years. The restaurant's board of directors announced Thursday the hiring of Geovannie "Geo" Concepcion, former chief operating officer of Minneapolis-based BBQ chain Famous Dave's. The move comes as the Greene Turtle is looking to continue its growth beyond its current 44 locations. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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