New website will let Maryland consumers compare hospital rates for the first time

A knee replacement at Medstar Harbor Hospital will cost a patient $37,225 on average, while the same procedure at University of Maryland Shore Medical System at Easton costs $22,687. Patients will pay $20,010 on average for a hysterectomy at Johns Hopkins Hospital but only $11,691 to have it done at St. Joseph. A new website — wearthecost.org — being launched Thursday by the Maryland Health Care Commission will help consumers compare these types of costs among hospitals and bring more transparency to hospital pricing practices. (Balt. Sun)

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October 19 // Analyst predicts success for Under Armour's Curry 4 sneaker

Under Armour could rebound from a difficult year with the help of the latest sneaker launch from superstar NBA player Stephen Curry, one Wall Street firm says. Jefferies analyst Randal J. Konik, who’s keeping a buy rating on the Baltimore sports apparel maker’s shares, believes the new Curry 4 will be a “resounding success.” In a report Tuesday, Konik praised Under Armour’s strategy of launching several designs of the Curry 4 in phases and limiting distribution and colors. (Balt. Sun)

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Casino hopes to open table games addition by year’s end

Table games could be coming to the Casino at Ocean Downs before the end of the year, casino officials confirmed this week. For the last six-plus years, the Casino at Ocean Downs has operated with 800 video gaming machines, including traditional slot machines and simulated video table-style games such as blackjack and roulette, for example. The plan all along was to add traditional casino table games to the Casino at Ocean Downs and the process has been a long one. (Dispatch)

 

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Jason Hisley leaves La Cakerie to launch a new bakery

La Cakerie owner Jason Hisley, known for winning Food Network baking competitions, is parting ways with the brand to launch a new boutique bakery. Cake by Jason Hisley is expected to open in early 2018 in Timonium. Hisley said he hopes Cake becomes a high-end cake shop that will also host classes; provide catering; and sell coffee, cupcakes and other baked goods for customers. (Balt. Sun)

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Aldi will reopen remodeled store in Glen Burnie on Friday

Discount grocer Aldi will reopen a remodeled store Friday in Glen Burnie as part of the chain’s $18 million plan to remodel and expand its Baltimore-area locations. The company, which operates more than 1,600 stores in 35 states, plans to renovate more than 1,300 U.S. stores by 2020, a $1.6 billion investment. Aldi plans to remodel 13 of its Baltimore-area stores by the end of next year. (Balt. Sun)

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Planet Fitness opens 29th Md. gym in Towson

Planet Fitness has opened a gym in Towson, its 29th location in Maryland. A franchisee, Planet Fitness Growth Partners LLC, will operate the fitness center at 6879 Loch Raven Blvd. in the Hillendale Shopping Center. Through Friday, new members can join for a $1 down payment and $19 a month. (Balt. Sun)

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Foundation Fighting Blindness gets new CEO

The Foundation Fighting Blindness announced Wednesday that it has named Benjamin Yerxa as its new CEO, effective immediately. The Columbia-based foundation funds research for treatments and cures for inherited retinal diseases. It currently funds more than 150 researchers across the globe. Officials with the group cited Yerxa’s 20 years of pharmaceutical and scientific experience in naming him to the post. (Balt. Sun)

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October 18 // Looking for OK on Tribune Media deal, Sinclair said to seek TV station sales worth up to $1 billion

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. received bids for as many as 10 television stations that could fetch up to $1 billion as it takes steps to win approval of its proposed merger with Tribune Media Co., people familiar with the matter said. Preliminary bids for the stations were submitted last week, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the process wasn't public. Sinclair may sell some or all of the outlets, all in different markets, the people said. (Balt. Sun)

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