Broadway Market's north half to reopen this month

The new-look, modernized north shed of Broadway Market will reopen by the end of the month. Three long-time tenants — Vickki's Fells Point Deli, Sal's Seafood and Sophia's Place European Deli — will reopen in inside the new space in about 10 days after much of a $3.2 million renovation there begins to wrap up. Seven additional vendor spaces are still under construction and will open by early April, said Stacey Pack, project manager for the Baltimore Public Markets Corp. who is overseeing the work. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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For the third time, glass falls from Bethesda office building onto sidewalk

Montgomery County officials closed sidewalks around a nine-story glass office building in downtown Bethesda on Tuesday, a day after a piece of glass fell off the building and crashed onto the sidewalk. County officials say it’s the third time they’re aware of since April 2017 that glass has fallen from the five-year-old building at 4500 East-West Highway. No one has been injured. The sidewalks are frequently used by office workers and students from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School across the street. (Wash. Post)

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At Hunt Valley's Charm School Chocolate, a former engineer creates a delightful formula for vegans

To make good chocolate, it all starts with the right bean. The cocoa beans manufactured for Hunt Valley’s Charm School Chocolate factory and retail store arrive in 120-pound burlap sacks, with anywhere from 35,000 to 40,000 large almond-shaped nuggets per bag. Carefully but nimbly, Joshua Rosen — the facility’s owner and the company’s founder, frontman, head chocolate maker and business developer — sifts through piles of cocoa beans to weed out those that fall below his company’s standards. They must be whole, not cracked; singular, not adjoined; uniform, not discolored, distorted or dwarfed. (Balt. Sun)

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Here are 65 Baltimore area jobs that pay between $100K and $150K

Job hunting? While salary isn't everything, it's certainly a major factor in many career decisions. The Baltimore Business Journal has sorted through data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to find the 65 jobs across the metro area that pay between $100,000 and $150,000. The rankings are based on BLS's annual mean wage data for each profession in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metropolitan statistical area, as of May 2017, the most recent data available. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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VP of Maryland construction firm acquitted in Metro bribery case

The vice president of a Hyattsville-based construction firm was found not guilty Tuesday on a charge that he attempted to bribe a Metro official in December 2016, his lawyer said Wednesday. Hardutt Singh, of Potomac Construction, was indicted in September on a charge he attempted to bribe the manager of Metro’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise department on Dec. 16, 2016, according to a copy of the indictment. Following a three-day trial in Prince George’s Circuit Court, a jury found Singh not guilty after less than two hours of deliberation, according to D.C.-based Price Benowitz LLP, the firm that represented Singh. (Wash. Post)

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Only five T. Rowe Price U.S. mutual funds saw positive returns in 2018

A number of T. Rowe Price Group Inc. mutual funds beat the S&P 500 index during a tough 2018 for the U.S. stock market, but only five provided investors with positive returns. The total is less than half the number of portfolio managers who beat the index last year. Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price's funds, and the stock market overall, were hit hard by the stock market's dramatic plunge in December. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Mayor blasts Pimlico owners after they propose horse racing 'super track' in Laurel, not Baltimore

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is blasting the owners of the Pimlico Race Track after the company urged construction of a ‘super track’ for horse racing in Laurel, not Baltimore. In a letter sent to Gov. Larry Hogan and legislative leaders, Pugh urged state leaders to reject the Stronach Group’s efforts to emphasize horse-racing at Laurel. She argued the track’s Canadian owners would be happy to leave the Pimlico Race Course — home to the Preakness Stakes — as nothing more than a “fenced-in vacant lot.” “Certainly, before throwing away the racing tradition of the Preakness Stakes, the annual Super Bowl of Baltimore City, and a generator of significant revenue for Maryland, [the Stronach Group] should be required to demonstrate that they have the bandwidth to create their recently announced ‘super track,’” Pugh wrote. (Balt. Sun)

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Southwest Airlines declares 'state of operational emergency' with high number of aircraft out of service

Southwest Airlines on Friday morning issued a blunt memo to hundreds of the carrier’s mechanics. The memo, which came from Lonnie Warren, Southwest's senior director of tech ops production, declared what the low-fare carrier called a “state of operational emergency.” The Chicago Business Journal obtained a copy of the memo, sent to 277 mechanics based in Houston and 167 mechanics in Orlando, Florida. The same memo also was distributed to 375 Southwest mechanics based in Phoenix and another 80 based in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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