A look at the 52 Baltimore City projects competing for state bond money

Baltimore's delegation in Annapolis hopes to bring back $16.6 million in state bond money this legislative session to support projects across the city. Baltimore representatives in the General Assembly have submitted 52 bills requesting state funding for projects ranging from Hollins Market in Southwest Baltimore, to the Hoen Lithograph building in East Baltimore and to various efforts to help revitalize West Baltimore. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Federal Hill firm designed wearable technology to keep U.S. Olympians warm

U.S. athletes appeared stylishly dressed in Polo Ralph Lauren parkas as they streamed into PyeongChang Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremonies a week ago. And thanks to some wearable technology, designed in part by a Baltimore-based firm, Team USA came prepared for the region’s frigid weather. Ralph Lauren, an official outfitter of Team USA since 2008, said in RL Magazine that the company turned to some of America’s “most innovative companies” to create a heated jacket for the U.S. Olympians. (Balt. Sun)

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Canadian trade mission seeks Maryland wine, beer and spirits

A trade mission coming to Maryland this summer could open new doors for local wine, beer and spirit producers in international markets. The Southern United States Trade Association will host agents from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario in July for one-on-one meetings and facility tours at small wineries, breweries and distilleries. (News-Post)

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Lured by high payouts, Marylanders turn $30 lottery ticket into top seller

The Lottery’s most expensive “scratch-off” ticket ever has turned into its newest cash cow — a $30 game showing Marylanders’ willingness to dig deeper than ever to dream of making an instant fortune. A year after it was introduced, the ticket — physically larger than other scratch-offs and depicting its top prize in glittery gold lettering, “$2,000,000 Fortune!” — has become the state’s best seller. (Balt. Sun)

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BGE crews head to Puerto Rico to aid in hurricane relief

BGE crews are on their way to Puerto Rico to assist with recovery efforts in the wake of September’s devastating hurricane. This will be BGE and their sister utility companies’ first trip together to Puerto Rico, which they began planning months ago. Five months after Hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico is still struggling. Exelon Corp. is sending 144 utility workers from six of their companies, including BGE. (WJZ-TV)

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New valet service at BWI aims to ease the traveling process

Flying can be stressful. There’s the packing, leaving enough time to get to the airport, security lines and making your flight on time. A new valet service officially opened Friday at BWI Marshall Airport. This has been 25 years in the making, but they could never quite figure out the logistics, then they realized they had plenty of space in the Daily Garage. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore ax-throwing bar to open in April in Highlandtown

Urban Axes, a chain-bar concept involving patrons throwing axes at targets, will open in April in Highlandtown. On Thursday, the Baltimore City Liquor Board approved a liquor license for the bar located at 1 N. Haven St., according to a liquor board spokeswoman. The 10,000-square-foot Urban Axes facility in Baltimore will open in April, said company spokeswoman Courtney Osgood. A specific opening date, along with operating days and hours, have not yet been decided, she said. (Balt. Sun)

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Dispensary zoning change approved, tattoo parlor restrictions removed at Westminster meeting

A planning and zoning ordinance paving the way for a proposed medical marijuana dispensary and another ending a ban on opening tattoo parlors downtown were passed during the most recent meeting of the Westminster Mayor and Common Council. For the first time, the council approved an application to apply the Medical Cannabis Overlay District zoning to a property in the city, voting unanimously at Monday’s meeting. (Carr. Co. Times)

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