Marriott security breach exposed data of up to 500 million guests

Hackers stole information on as many as 500 million guests of the Marriott hotel empire over four years, obtaining credit card and passport numbers and other personal data, the company said Friday as it acknowledged one of the largest security breaches in history. The full scope of the failure was not immediately clear. Marriott was trying to determine if the records included duplicates, such as a single person staying multiple times. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland attorney general starts investigation into Bethesda-based Marriott hotel chain's data breach

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said Friday that he is launching an investigation into a massive data security breach affecting as many as 500 million guests who stayed at hotels operated by Marriott Corp. Calling the Marriott breach “one of the largest and most alarming we’ve seen,” Frosh said his office would look into what caused the breach and how it would affect consumers. (Balt. Sun)

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Clark Enterprises files appeal over proposed Bethesda Metro Center project

Clark Enterprises is appealing the Montgomery County Planning Board’s preliminary approval of a development project at Bethesda Metro Center in a lawsuit filed in the county’s Circuit Court in Rockville. Earlier this month, Clark Enterprises, whose headquarters is next to the site of the proposed project calling for construction of a 290-foot-tall high-rise to replace what’s now the three-story Streetsense building, filed the appeal of the board’s July approval of the project’s sketch plan. (Bethesda)

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Under Armour "parts ways" with Kareem Hunt after TMZ video goes viral

Under Armour Inc. has "parted ways" with Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who was released by the team late Friday evening after TMZ released a video earlier in the day showing him shoving and kicking a woman. Hunt, 23, was in his second year in the NFL and an endorser of Under Armour. Hunt led the NFL in rushing during his rookie year last season and was a Pro Bowler. A spokeswoman for Baltimore-based Under Armour (NYSE: UAA) confirmed Saturday morning that the brand "parted ways" with Hunt. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Upper Chesapeake files application for proposed new medical facility in Aberdeen

Upper Chesapeake Health has filed its application with the state commission that will determine if the Harford County health care organization can move forward with a plan to open a combined campus in Aberdeen to treat medical emergencies and behavioral health patients. The 70-page application, with hundreds of additional pages of supporting documents, for a Certificate of Need was filed by the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health Nov. 21 with the Maryland Health Care Commission, according to the commission’s website. (Aegis)

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Among Prince George's Rushern Baker's signature accomplishments is the $50M EDI fund. Here's how much is left as he leaves office.

Prince George's was in the midst of a major downturn when Rushern Baker assumed the county executive post in 2010. The recession cost 20,000 jobs. The county led the nation in foreclosures. And the business community had lost all confidence in county administration in the wake of a pay-to-play corruption scandal that would land Baker's predecessor in prison. "Businesses were not knocking down our door to get in here," Baker, serving his last week in office, told me. "Wall Street was nervous about where the county was going. The question was 'How do I get businesses to come to a county that they are skeptical of in general?" The answer came in the form of the county's first-ever Economic Development Incentive Fund, established in 2012. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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A 9-year-old girl wondered why Steph Curry's Under Armour shoes were for boys only. The NBA star responded.

When a 9-year-old girl was disappointed to find Under Armour’s Curry5 basketball shoes only for boys, she went right to the man himself. Riley Morrison, a Napa, Calif., fan of Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, wrote the NBA star a letter telling him girls, too, “want to rock” Curry5’s. In a Twitter post Thursday, Curry responded with a letter to Riley, telling the young fan that things were about to change. He said he spent two days talking with Under Armour about ways to fix the issue. (Balt. Sun)

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Harbor Bank expands into Montgomery County with new loan office

The Harbor Bank of Maryland is expanding into Montgomery County with a new loan office in downtown Silver Spring. Minority-owned Harbor Bank has six branches in Greater Baltimore and a branch and loan production office in Prince George's County. The Montgomery County loan office is located on the second floor at 1010 Wayne Ave., across the street from the soon-to-be-former Discovery Communications headquarters. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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