Southwest plans to add a $130 million hangar to service aircraft at BWI

Southwest Airlines announced Thursday that it plans to build its first maintenance hangar in the Northeast at BWI Marshall Airport, a move that further cements its ties to the airport and signals more growth for the airline in the region. The Dallas-based airline is the dominant carrier at BWI, with close to 69 percent of the airport’s passenger traffic, and the airport has been pushing a $60 million upgrade to the Southwest terminal to accommodate more traffic. (Balt. Sun)

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Ahead of official launch, businesses decry Buckley bike lane

As crews deposited cafe tables and chairs along Main Street on Thursday morning, business owners — in meetings, in groups along the sidewalk, standing inside their establishments — decried the Annapolis bike lane and sidewalk extension pilot in effect through the next month. At an informal meeting at Eyes on Main, representatives from several downtown businesses, city officials and Alderwoman Elly Tierney discussed the bike lane, which the merchants want gone by the end of the weekend. Some said though they haven’t taken any action thus far, they’ve discussed their legal options with attorneys and questioned the legality of the bike lane rollout. (Capital)

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Under Armour to lay off 400 more workers as restructuring continues

Under Armour plans to slash its global workforce by 400 workers by early next year, a move the Baltimore-based brand said is necessary as it seeks to rejuvenate sales of athletic apparel and shoes in a market dominated by rival Nike. The layoffs of 3 percent of its employees is the latest phase in Under Armour’s restructuring that began last year after the fast-growing company stumbled toward the end of 2016 amid intense competition, closures of key retailers and changing consumer tastes in the sports apparel category. (Balt. Sun)

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In Baltimore's forgotten Chinatown, a new festival will celebrate Asian-American history and culture

A once-bustling section of downtown will come alive again Saturday with the Charm City Night Market, a block party celebrating Asian-American and Pacific Islander culture in Baltimore. That’s the hope, at least, of the Chinatown Collective, a volunteer-run organization of young Baltimoreans that created the first-ever event. Located in the city’s historic Chinatown along Park Avenue downtown, the festival aims to remind attendees of Baltimore’s Asian history and culture while showcasing the work of restaurateurs, artists and vendors, said organizer Marisa Dobson. (Balt. Sun)

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Casting agency for Harriet Tubman film is searching for its star in Maryland

A movie on abolitionist Harriet Tubman, scheduled to be shown at a museum, will be filmed in Cambridge in October, according to a Maryland Film Office press release. And Marinella Hume Casting, the company that recruited for “House of Cards” in the Baltimore area, is looking for actors. The company has put out casting calls for African-American actresses with natural hairstyles to portray Tubman, a conductor of the Underground Railroad, at various ages — as a 6-year-old, as a teenager, as an adult between 25 and 30, and as an elderly woman. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Tech Council taps biotech industry veteran as new CEO

The Maryland Tech Council has appointed 35-year biotech industry veteran Martin "Marty" Rosendale as its new CEO, effective immediately. The Gaithersburg-based trade organization works to represent the interests of more than 450 member tech and biotech companies throughout the state. Its former CEO Tami Howie announced in August she was leaving her post and returning to a role at her previous employer, law firm DLA Piper. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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BWI tops Dulles, ties Reagan in J.D. Power 2018 airport passenger satisfaction rankings

BWI Marshall Airport fell two spots to No. 13 in the 2018 J.D. Power & Associates passenger satisfaction rankings of large airports, but tied Reagan National and beat Dulles International airports, its two competitors in the region. Overall customer satisfaction scores among the nation’s airports reached an all-time high this year, due to improved food, beverage, retail and security check scores, according to the consumer insights firm. (Balt. Sun)

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Physical therapy firm Pivot continues rapid growth in Md., region

Pivot Health Solutions is looking to keep up a pace of adding about 30 new locations to its inventory of physical therapy clinics per year, armed with growing brand recognition and an aggressive merger and acquisition strategy. The Towson company specializes in both physical therapy and occupational health, serving clients ranging from college athletes who require treatment after a concussion event, to people who were injured on the job and are trying to get back to work. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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