Two decades after deregulation was meant to drive down prices, many Marylanders unwittingly pay more for energy

Marylanders were supposed to be saving money on their gas and electric bills. Almost two decades ago, state lawmakers welcomed an influx of energy companies offering contracts in mailings and door to door. They said opening up utility monopolies to competition would drive down prices. But for most residents who have signed up for those deals, energy costs have not fallen. Instead, data compiled by consumer advocates show they have spent hundreds of dollars a year more than they would have if they stuck with standard utility rates. (Balt. Sun)

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Grocery store Green Valley Marketplace to open in Timonium on Dec. 14

Two years after the Mars grocery store closed its doors in Timonium, the Padonia Village shopping center is angling for a comeback with the opening of grocery store Green Valley Marketplace. David Donato, senior vice president at Padonia Village owner Continental Realty, said the store will be open to the public Friday, Dec. 14. (Towson)

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December 6 // Maryland lawmakers ask GM to reconsider White Marsh plant closing, return grant money

Members of Maryland's congressional delegation asked General Motors Co. on Wednesday to reconsider its decision to end operations at its White Marsh plant — or at least return more than $100 million in grant money it received for the facility. Delegation members, including Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger — the Baltimore County Democrat whose district includes the plant — met privately in Washington with GM CEO Mary Barra. Afterward, Ruppersberger released a joint statement with several delegation members, urging Barra to reconsider and asking the automaker to return about $115.5 million in federal, state and local grants dedicated to the White Marsh operation. (Balt. Sun)

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'Cooking with cannabis' classes are teaching Marylanders how to make their own marijuana edibles

Will and Gwenelle Parks, who own the gourmet condiment company Saucier Willy in Baltimore County, specialize in concocting homemade sauces, syrups and seasonings using locally sourced produce. But recently, they’ve found success with a new ingredient: cannabis. Once medical marijuana became legal for Maryland patients last December, the husband-and-wife duo realized they could blend their kitchen skills with their medicine of choice and fill a void by teaching others how to cook with it. (Balt. Sun)

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News guild is recognized by Sun for its community papers

The Baltimore Sun Co. has signed a “voluntary recognition agreement” with a union to represent journalists at nine community newspapers, paving the way for contract talks between the parties. The Washington-Baltimore News Guild will be the bargaining agent for about 50 full- and part-time news and editorial staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Carroll County Times and The Aegis, Towson Times, Maryland Gazette and other publications under the Baltimore Sun Media Group banner. The union, which brands its organizing drive as the Chesapeake News Guild, says it has secured authorization by a majority of editorial employees as their collective bargaining agent. (Brew)

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Under Armour to make College Football Playoff debut thanks to Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame's spot in the College Football Playoff marks Under Armour's Inc. first entry into the five-year-old bracket tournament. Simultaneously, the Baltimore company becomes the first non-Nike Inc. sportswear maker to have a team competing in the four-school playoff since its launch in 2014. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Unionizing Efforts For Nurses At Johns Hopkins Hospital Divides Medical Community

The debate for nurses to unionize at Johns Hopkins is heating up, with the contentious issue splitting people in the medical community. Over the weekend, a group of Johns Hopkins nurses and community leaders held a town hall to address major concerns at the hospital. This week, Baltimore City Council introduced a resolution for the hospital to not interfere with unionizing efforts. A nurses union will impact nearly 3,200 employees at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “There are issues hospital-wide with retention short staffing, high patient loads for nurses…” said Derek Jannarone, a R.N. in the comprehensive transplant unit. (WJZ-CBS)

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Three food trucks to open a brick-and-mortar tavern in South Baltimore

Fans of three popular Baltimore food trucks will soon be able to order all their favorites in one place. The Smoking Swine, The Green Bowl and Dizzy Cow Pizzeria are banding together to open a tavern in Brooklyn, Smoking Swine owner Drew Pumphrey said Wednesday. The food trucks will run their first brick-and-mortar space out of a building at 3432-34 S. Hanover St., where O'Flynn's Crab and Cask House used to be. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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