Union workers at USM schools raise safety, bargaining concerns

Union workers have told state legislators most of Maryland's public universities are not doing enough to sufficiently and uniformly protect campus employees during Covid-19. Several local members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) trade union lamented the working conditions at University System of Maryland campuses amid the pandemic, and detailed their ongoing concerns about health and safety, during a virtual meeting with legislators and state university leaders Wednesday. (Balt Bus Journal)

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MedStar, CareFirst announce partnership to improve access to care

Two of the largest players in Maryland’s health care industry are forming a partnership they say will improve access to quality care. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the region’s largest not-for-profit health care insurance company, and MedStar Health, its largest not-for-profit health care provider, said the two organizations are working together to offer value-based health care for the communities they serve. (Daily Record)

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Group that includes Sinclair acquires firm with sports media rights for UMd., other schools

A group spearheaded by veteran media exec Michael Schreiber, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Access Holdings has acquired Outfront Media Sports, the collegiate multimedia rights holder for LSU, Maryland, Virginia and other schools. Schreiber, the founder, will become CEO of a new full-service sports marketing agency, Playfly Sports, and Outfront's college and high school rights holder business will be rebranded to Playfly Sports Properties. Playfly has acquired two other esports companies — Collegiate Star League and the World Gaming Network. Terms of the Outfront acquisition were not available. (Balt Bus Journal)

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No exception for Maryland Theatre capacity, state says

Despite a letter from Washington County's lawmakers and commissioners, the state will keep capacity limits on The Maryland Theatre. Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has imposed limits on gatherings and audiences because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those rules include a 100-person capacity limit on indoor theaters, like the landmark Maryland Theatre on South Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown. (Herald Mail)

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What does Maryland’s college bar scene look like during coronavirus? We stopped by some popular hangouts to find out.

With a tap on the shoulder from a bouncer, the college student is busted. Not for producing a fake ID or getting into a drunken fight, though. In this the year of the coronavirus, his infraction is spotting a friend at another table and wandering over without a thought or, more importantly, a mask. (Balt Sun)

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Prince George's County allows more businesses, activities to resume with COVID-19 guidelines

Prince George’s County in Maryland is now allowing several more businesses and activities to resume under its coronavirus phase two reopening plan. Banquet halls, receptions and meeting rooms in hotels, conference centers and other similar establishments can reopen along with cigar, hookah and vape establishments with certain restrictions in place. County residents will also be able to visit tanning salons and indoor pools and resume medium-risk youth sports. (Wash Times)

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Md. rubble company urges justices to restore $45M award

Maryland Reclamation Associates Inc.  is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review and reinstate a $45 million jury award in a litigation battle MRA has waged against Harford County for nearly 30 years over the company’s right to use its property as a rubble landfill. In papers filed with the high court last week, MRA said the jurors validly considered and accepted the company’s claim that the county’s ban on the planned land use was a governmental “taking” of private property for which MRA was owed “just compensation”of $45 million under the Constitution. (Daily Record)

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Walker & Dunlop structures $87.4M in financing for housing portfolio

Bethesda-based commercial real estate finance company Walker & Dunlop Inc. announced Thursday it structured $87,429,870 in Fannie Mae financing on behalf of The PRC Group, a repeat client and mission-driven regional real estate owner and developer in Red Bank, New Jersey. The portfolio includes Brighton Arms Apartments, located in Neptune City, New Jersey, Grandville Towers, located in Red Bank, New Jersey, and Tree Haven Apartments, located in Matawan, New Jersey. The portfolio comprises 792 units in total, over 85 percent of which qualify as mission-driven, affordable housing under Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) guidelines. (Daily Record)

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