Trump tariffs mean uncertainty for booming Port of Baltimore

Lee Connor, a freight forwarder and customs broker at the Port of Baltimore, says it’s too early to gauge the whole impact of President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel, aluminum and other products could have on trade through the booming shipping hub. But already, he says, he’s seen some effects. Connor, president of the century-old John S. Connor Inc., was making improvements to its warehouse at the port this year. Since Trump raised a tariff on imported steel in March, the cost of the project has risen: Connor’s contractor told him his pipe supplier had to raise prices by 17 percent. (Balt. Sun)

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City panel nixes plans for 5-story Fells Point apartment complex

Plans to develop a five-story apartment building on the site of an empty lot in Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood were quashed by a city historic preservation panel Tuesday. The project at 509 S. Washington St. received strong community pushback from residents who said the planned height and mass of the building was too big and did not match the surrounding area, which is mostly comprised of two- or three-story, single-family rowhomes. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Annapolis housing authority leader calls for public support on Newtowne 20

The head of the Annapolis Housing Authority pledged Tuesday to start on the renovation of the city’s most dilapidated public housing project within a year and asked for help funding the project from city, county and state officials. Beverly Wilbourn, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, told members of the Caucus of African American Leaders that she wants them to lobby elected officials to provide tax credits or other funding to make the Newtowne 20 project possible. (Capital)

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Cannabics Pharmaceuticals to create first auto-grow device

Bethesda-based Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced a partnership agreement Tuesday with Eroll Grow Tech ltd ("Seedo"), developer of the world's first fully-automated grow device designed specifically for cannabis. Through this new partnership, Cannabics and Seedo will develop the first controlled device for growing medical cannabis at home, ensuring sustainable quality and supply of natural, pesticide free product. (Daily Record)

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Byrnes family: Moving Md. agency in Baltimore hurts the poor

Efforts to convince the state to drop plans to move the Maryland Insurance Administration from downtown Baltimore have focused on plummeting property values, small retailers losing customers and the long-term cost to taxpayers. Kemp Byrnes and his son, Brad, of Byrnes & Associates Inc., are taking a different approach. They’re focusing on the repercussions for a segment of the population not usually considered in the equation of tenant loss, property devaluation and declining tax revenue. (Daily Record)

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Washington County home prices rise in July

Washington County home prices continued to surge in July, according to monthly figures from Maryland Realtors. Average home prices were up nearly 12 percent last month compared to July 2017, the report states. It was the eighth straight month of higher average home prices. "The average price of an attached unit continues to climb," Kristyn Benedict Martin, president of the Pen-Mar Association of Realtors, wrote in an email. "These would be your townhouses, duplexes, triplexes, etc." (Herald-Mail)

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After years at Baltimore farmers markets, Pie Time to open store in Patterson Park

It's always pie time for Max Reim. It's also nearly time for his pie-and-espresso business to open a brick-and-mortar location in Patterson Park. As the owner of Pie Time, Reim has spent the past few years selling sweet and savory pies and coffee drinks from under a bright red tent at farmers markets throughout the Baltimore region. Soon you’ll be able to find him at the corner of Baltimore and Ellwood streets in Patterson Park, as well. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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August 14 // Johns Hopkins remains the nation's third best hospital, according to annual rankings by U.S. News

Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked third for the second year in a row in U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings of American hospitals. The Baltimore hospital again fell short of securing the first place spot it held for 22 years, according to the assessment released Tuesday. The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota held on to the top spot for the third year in a row, while Cleveland Clinic ranked No. 2. Johns Hopkins Hospital moved up to third from fourth in the latest rankings of American hospitals by U.S. News and World Report, but fell short of reclaiming the top spot it once held for 22 years. (Balt. Sun)

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