Baltimore County Council resolution seeks youth curfew at White Marsh Mall where fight led to teens' arrest

Baltimore County Council members are making a public push to persuade the owners of White Marsh Mall to enact a youth curfew. A resolution calling for a policy on youths comes after council members lobbied mall owners to take measures curtailing late-night gatherings of young people after a fight in early August led to the arrest of nine teenagers. The aftermath of that incident led to calls from some council members to re-evaluate late-night bus service at the suburban mall — a reaction critics including Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young likened to racism. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland's first Clean Juice franchise to open in McHenry Row

Maryland's first Clean Juice franchise will open at McHenry Row in Locust Point early next year. Former NFL player Anthony Walters and his wife Kait are opening the location after discovering the North Carolina-born company. Clean Juice specializes in acai bowls, smoothies and juices made from 100 percent USDA-certified organic produce. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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October 16 // Baltimore affordable housing trust fund inches closer

A $20 million trust fund to help build affordable housing in Baltimore moved a step closer to reality Monday. The City Council voted to move legislation to establish the fund to final approval after six months of examination and debate to find a way to help pay for low-income housing units. The trust fund is needed to help develop affordable housing units in the city as luxury apartment developments have dominated the residential landscape over the past decade. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Redevelopment of West Baltimore's Poppleton begins to take shape

Between the Poe Homes public housing complex and the University of Maryland BioPark stand two new apartment buildings that will open soon and begin to make good on a huge and long-awaited revitalization plan for West Baltimore. Officials with New York-based La Cite Development plan to cut the ribbon Nov. 2 on the 262 apartments, the first of about 30 buildings planned in Poppleton. (Balt. Sun)

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CASA de Maryland to break ground on $14M employment center in Southeast Baltimore

CASA de Maryland will break ground Tuesday on a $14 million renovation project in Southeast Baltimore to turn the former Belnord Theater into an employment center for immigrant and minority city residents. The immigrant aid group serves about 4,000 people annually in Baltimore and has outgrown its current 3,000-square-foot space on East Fayette Street. The new 16,000-square-foot space, located a block away from William Paca Elementary School, will allow CASA to serve 11,000 people each year. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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BDC names Opportunity Zones coordinator

The Baltimore Development Corp. has created a new position to oversee investment in Opportunity Zones, a new federal program that aims to spur development in low-income communities. Benjamin Seigel will serve as the first Baltimore Opportunity Zones Coordinator. In this role, he will act as an "information clearinghouse" by promoting development in these zones and connecting potential investors with projects. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Under Armour HR chief Kerry Chandler heads to L.A. talent agency

Kerry Chandler has left her post as Under Armour Inc.'s chief human resources officer. Chandler departed he Baltimore sportswear maker to become chief human resources officer at Beverly Hills, California-based talent agency Endeavor. Chandler, a San Diego native, joined Under Armour in January 2015. Her departure comes as Under Armour has seen a high amount of turnover in its senior leadership amid a companywide shakeup. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Sears to close five Maryland stores as struggling retailer files for bankruptcy

Sears Holdings Corp., the parent of the struggling Sears and Kmart retail chains, filed for bankruptcy protection Monday — a last-ditch effort to save an American icon that shaped shopping habits for more than a century. The retailer plans to close 142 unprofitable stores by the end of the year, including five in Maryland — Sears mall stores in Columbia, Westminster and Bowie and two Kmarts. (Balt. Sun)

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