Mulberry St. inn markets range of city’s features 

The large front windows of the historic Bennett Mansion downtown overlook some of Baltimore’s most beautiful landmarks: The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. For guests who shell out $29 a night to stay in the city’s only hostel, it may just be the best deal in town. (Daily Record)

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No need to raze church on shopping center site, residents say

A 122-year-old stone church in the Remington area could face demolition to make way for a Walmart loading dock as part of the planned 25th Street Station shopping center. Area residents are concerned that WV Urban Development, which plans to build the center with Walmart as the anchor, seems determined to tear down the structure at 24th and Sisson streets in the small Fawcett neighborhood. The long-vacant church was built in 1891 as First Methodist Episcopal Church, an extension mission church for Lovely Lane United Methodist at 220 St. Paul St. (Patuxent)

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Germantown Holy Cross Hospital president is Montgomery native

A former Rockville resident is taking the helm at Germantown’s new Holy Cross Hospital as the project moves toward its opening date. Doug Ryder left Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in the Chicago area to become the first president of the new hospital. Ryder grew up in Rockville and graduated from Wootton High School, according to Yolanda Gaskins, a Holy Cross Hospital spokeswoman. (Gazette)

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Exelon HQ design includes a cube inspired by Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York

Examples of Apple Inc.'s influence on the design of computers and software abound, but now we could have a local example of the company’s influence on architecture. If the Exelon Corp. headquarters at Harbor Point is built as planned, the building will contain a glass cube that Elkus Manfredi Architects Ltd. say was inspired by the Apple Retail Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Shepherd Electric buys Rosedale warehouse for $1.2M

Wholesale distributor Shepherd Electric Supply has purchased a 32,000-square-foot industrial building at 1200 66th St. in Rosedale for $1.2 million that was formerly home to White Cap Construction Supply. The purchase is part of an expansion for Shepherd Electric, which already occupies a 74,000-square-foot building at 7401 Pulaski Highway in Rosedale. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Report: Calvert Cliffs had 147 safety violations

An unreleased Government Accountability Office report says the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Lusby had 140 lower-level safety violations between 2000 and 2012. (AP)

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Consumers to spend same as or more than last holiday, NPD Group says

Most consumers will spend the same as or more than last year on holiday shopping, the NPD Group Inc. reported. The group's annual holiday spending survey showed that nearly 80 percent of shoppers will spend about the same or more compared to the 2012 holiday season. About a fifth of those polled said they plan to spend less this year. (Balt. Sun)

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Study: Frederick Avenue corridor 'falling behind'

Gaithersburg’s Frederick Avenue corridor’s largest weakness is its inability to attract residents with higher incomes and spending power, according to results of the recently completed capacity study. At a joint worksession with the City Council and the Planning Commission , Sage Policy Group of Baltimore presented the highlights of its Frederick Avenue Corridor and Vicinity Development Capacity Study, which analyzed the stretch of Md. 355 that lies within city limits, focusing on the successes of businesses and residential developments. (Gazette)

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