Big Jim's Deli closing in Cross Street Market after four decades

Big Jim's Deli, a mainstay at the Cross Street Market for more than four decades, is closing this month. Anna Epsilantis, owner of the popular breakfast and lunch counter, posted early Monday on the deli's Facebook page that the last day for the stand in the middle of the 65-year-old market long known as a spot where you could grab an overstuffed sandwich and a beer would be Dec. 16.. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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December 4 // Maryland, after delays, begins the sale of medical marijuana

Maryland began the sale of medical marijuana to residents in pain on Friday, ending years of delays by embarking on a program that features some of the most liberal policies in the nation on who can qualify for the prescribed cannabis. Dozens of people stood outside a licensed dispensary in Montgomery County, Potomac Holistics, where owners began making sales soon after receiving their first shipment Friday afternoon. William Askinazi, one of the owners, said people who work at the store were euphoric that the day had finally arrived. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland high court weighs deadlines in asbestos lawsuits

Maryland’s highest court is weighing whether to give workers who were sickened by asbestos exposure more time to sue their employers. State law now allows 20 years for workers or their families to make claims regarding illness or death from exposure to asbestos. But a case heard Friday by the Maryland Court of Appeals in Annapolis involves a steamfitter, James F. Piper, who worked at a Maryland power plant in the 1970s and died more than four decades later from mesothelioma. (Balt. Sun)

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Senate panel extends deadline for report on FBI headquarters

A Senate committee has given the General Services Administration an additional two months to come up with a plan for building a new headquarters for the FBI, a massive project that was abruptly halted earlier this year. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works had requested that the agency submit a plan by Nov. 1 for how to proceed with the project. The years-long effort to build the headquarters — a project that Maryland officials hope will land in Prince George’s County — faced considerable uncertainty when the GSA issued a vague statement in March saying Congress had not set aside enough money to continue its planning. (Balt. Sun)

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On tap in Annapolis — battle over beer

There's a beer brawl brewing in Annapolis. A proposal by Comptroller Peter Franchot promises the likelihood of a second consecutive year for beer and the state's growing local brewing industry to become one of the most contentious issues of the 90-day legislative session that begins in roughly a month. (Daily Record)

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ReGreen Organics wants to recycle tons of waste per day, sell products on Shore

A new public-private partnership between University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a western-shore based recycling startup company proposes to solve some of Delmarva's most pressing problems. With no incineration, leaving behind no waste or byproducts and in just 30 minutes, ReGreen's innovative recycling process transforms myriad smelly, germy substances into clean, sanitary, odor-free and marketable products: Fertilizers, compost, animal feed and fuel pellets. According to co-founder and CEO Jeffrey A. Camera, ReGreen Organics handles organic items like chicken manure, food waste (including bone and meat waste), landscape clippings and wood, but it will also eventually process inorganic substances like discarded drywall, aluminum, nails, plastics and even glass. (Daily Times)

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RavenBeer moves HQ to DuClaw brewery

Baltimore brewery RavenBeer is moving its production just across the city/county line to DuClaw Brewing Company's facility in Rosedale. The company has finished brewing in its previous location at Peabody Heights Brewery in Abell and on Thursday kicked off its first brew, a Pendulum Pilsner, in DuClaw's facility at 8901 Yellow Brick Rd., said owner Stephen Demczuk. All of the brewery's equipment will be moved into the new space by the end of the year, he said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Salisbury sewage plant piles up $300,000-plus in EPA fines

Salisbury invested $80 million in upgrading its sewage treatment facility in response to a state mandate to filter more nutrients from its Chesapeake Bay-bound effluent.  But when the new plant was switched on in 2010, the pollution still flowed, a report states. A second renovation attempt is scheduled to be completed in May 2018 at a cost of $64 million. A new report released Wednesday shines a spotlight on the financial and environmental costs of the project.  The plant discharged more than 200 tons of nitrogen into the Wicomico River last year, more than four times what its permit allows, according to the Environmental Integrity Project. (Daily Times)

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