Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians locked out after sides can't reach agreement

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians will be locked out of the band’s facilities at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall starting Monday as management continues to negotiate salaries. The orchestra’s board of directors approved the move Sunday evening, the group wrote in a news release, saying the board could not reach an agreement with Local 40-543, the union that represents the orchestra’s musicians. (Balt. Sun)

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Della Rose's Avenue Tavern in White Marsh to close June 24

Della Rose’s Avenue Tavern in White Marsh will close its doors on June 24, the second location to close this year. In a Facebook post, the sports bar and restaurant wrote that it will close its location at 8153 Honeygo Blvd after more than two decades. A spokesperson for the restaurant could not be reached Sunday evening. “While this chapter has closed, we take comfort in knowing that only these four walls will be left behind,” the restaurant wrote. “We are excited to serve and continue our relationships at Della Rose’s Perry Hall Pub.” (Balt. Sun)

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The BSO's financial situation was much worse than most people realized, documents and interviews reveal

“Probably the most fundamental problem that orchestras face is when budgeting isn’t done realistically,” said Flanagan, author of the 2012 book “The Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras: Artistic Triumphs and Economic Challenges.” “Instead,” he said, “budgets are based on unrealistic hopes of what the revenues will be rather than what past history shows the revenues are likely to be.” Flanagan emphasized that he isn’t familiar with the BSO’s finances. But he said that “it’s reasonable to surmise” that an orchestra that has experienced $16 million in losses over the past decade has been hampered by flawed and inaccurate budget assumptions. (Balt. Sun)

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Real estate firm buys Baltimore waterfront property with an eye toward port-related business

Greenspring Realty Partners, a real estate and investment firm, and the Berg Corp., a demolition company, have acquired a 12-acre marine terminal that they say can be repurposed to support operations at the neighboring state-owned Seagirt Marine Terminal. The property at 4601 Newgate Ave. in Southeast Baltimore fronts deep-water channels needed for the largest ships that call on port of Baltimore. The site is made up of three parcels that were owned by Canton Marine Terminal Inc., which is affiliated with Vane Brothers, a Baltimore-based tug and barge operator. (Balt. Sun) 

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Target cash registers fail nationwide, including in Baltimore — where some shoppers shrug

Cash registers weren’t functioning at Target stores across the country on Saturday — including at the store in the Canton Crossing shopping center in Southeast Baltimore. Store manager William Byrd said most of the store’s cash registers shut down about 1:20 p.m., briefly began working again and then shut down a second time. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore's Harbor Point becomes a Cinderella story for an industrial site people once avoided

The pages of an old Arrow street directory state the precise location of a new harbor hotel and office building. The directory locates Wills Street “From Dock [Street] south and east of Eden.” The $117 million development there rose from its formidable foundation in the last few months, and the structure’s shape is easily visible. A line of concrete trucks assembled along the harbor and a tall construction crane also mark the spot. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County, drug treatment provider reach $3 million deal to build first-of-its-kind addiction facility

Howard County has reached a $3 million deal with a private company to build an inpatient drug treatment center there with beds reserved for county residents. In what Howard officials say is a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership, the county will pay Delphi Behavioral Health Group $750,000 annually for four years to build a treatment center with shorter term detoxification services and month-long residential treatment options. The money will be a grant awarded in the county’s operating budget, said Carl DeLorenzo, director of policy and programs for County Executive Calvin Ball. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland cannabis regulators warn of lead contamination risk as they expand tests for heavy metals

Medical cannabis regulators in Maryland expanded testing for heavy metals in marijuana products as they warned the public about the risk for possible lead contamination in popular vaping devices. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission issued an advisory late Friday “to notify patients and other stakeholders of potential lead contamination of cannabis liquids in vape cartridges following exposure to heat.” (Balt. Sun)

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