FCC questions public interest in Sinclair Broadcast's deal for Tribune

The Federal Communications Commission questioned the public interest of approving Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion deal to take over Tribune Media in a document released Thursday. The agency said in the hearing order that Hunt Valley-based Sinclair might have tried to skirt federal broadcast ownership rules by misrepresenting buyers of TV stations it planned to shed to secure the deal’s approval. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland officials approve $60 million expansion at BWI Airport over Franchot's objections

Maryland officials on Thursday approved a $60 million renovation and expansion project at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport over the objections of Comptroller Peter Franchot and residents who live near the airport. The Board of Public Works voted 2-1 to fund the project — which airport officials say is needed to fix aging infrastructure — but the panel also voted to not allow the Linthicum airport to open more airline gates until they come back to the board for additional approval. (Balt. Sun)

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Hotel industry, Airbnb-style hosts clash as Baltimore City Council considers new regulations

Dozens of people who host guests in Airbnb-style properties urged the Baltimore City Council Thursday to amend a bill that would impose new regulations and taxes on short-term rentals that hotel owners say have been unfairly exempt from the oversight applied to their businesses. The hearing pitted the interests of traditional bed-and-breakfasts and hotels against those of hosts who are increasingly renting out spare rooms in their homes — or even their entire properties — on online home-sharing platforms. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore receives $30 million federal HUD grant for Perkins Homes, East Baltimore redevelopment

Baltimore’s ambitious $889 million plan to transform a swath of East Baltimore got a boost Thursday when the city was awarded a $30 million federal grant for redevelopment that includes tearing down Perkins Homes public housing and moving residents to new affordable housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant is one of five being awarded to cities as part of the agency’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. (Balt. Sun)

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Menswear maker Paul Fredrick relocating headquarters to Baltimore County

Menswear brand Paul Fredrick will relocate its headquarters to Baltimore County from Pennsylvania later this year, the county announced. The relocation will bring 70 jobs to the county over five years — a mix of existing positions and new hires, Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler said, adding that he was coincidentally sporting a Paul Fredrick shirt Thursday. (Balt. Sun)

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Initial proposal for Bethesda Metro Center project passes muster with county planners

Residents and business owners spoke in unanimity Thursday about the sad state of the Bethesda Metro station environs. But the crowd that gathered at the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting on Thursday parted ways over a development plan that would bring a roughly 500,000-square-foot building to the Metro plaza and a new look to its surroundings. (Bethesda)

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Nonprofit provides temporary fix to avoid shutdown of SNAP at farmers markets

SNAP users will have at least another month to buy food from 18 farmers markets in Maryland and many more nationwide thanks to an infusion of cash from a Virginia nonprofit. The National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs announced Thursday that it will provide operational funding to Novo Dia Group, whose software enables farmers market vendors to charge Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cards, for another 30 days. (Balt. Sun)

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Seasonal outdoor venue to debut at Port Covington

The development team behind Port Covington in South Baltimore will open a new waterfront seasonal venue next week. South Point at West Covington Park is set to debut on July 26 with a yoga class and bootcamp led by FX Well. The bootcamp will utilize onsite fitness equipment recently installed, a portion of the Port Covington bike path and open green space. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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