Port of Baltimore set several records in March

The state-owned public marine terminals at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore set several new records in March, including new monthly standards for cargo tonnage and number of containers, according to information released Thursday by the Maryland Port Administration. New monthly cargo records set at the Port in March included most general cargo tons in a month (1,018,274), most 20-foot containers in a month (95,862). best March for cars and light trucks (59,052 vehicles) and the most roll on/roll off of farm and construction machinery cargo tons since June 2012 (96,535). The overall tonnage record beats the previous high of 1,007,914 tons set in May 2017 and the container record tops the 91,527 mark set in July 2018. (Daily Record)


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Six local retailers will rotate through M&T Bank's pop-up shop at the Inner Harbor

Six Baltimore-area retailers will rotate through a pop-up shop at the Inner Harbor this summer, an initiative that sponsor M&T Bank hopes will help energize a long vacant site in the heart of downtown. The Spotlight Shop, a modular kiosk-style store, will open Thursday with its first retailer, The Dollhouse Boutique, in the 300 block of E. Pratt St. The clothing shop is owned by Natalie Karyl, a fashion designer and celebrity stylist who runs a store in the city’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. (Balt. Sun)

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Travelers left nearly $1 million at TSA checkpoints last year: Baltimore, Washington airports totaled $60,000

Last year travelers left nearly $1 million behind at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints across the country, according to an annual report released by the TSA. The Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area accounted for about $60,000 of the total amount. Washington Dulles International Airport topped the local list of airports with over $31,000 in unclaimed money. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports each had a little over $14,000. TSA said they “make every effort to reunite passengers with items they have left at checkpoints” but sometimes, it goes unclaimed. (Balt. Sun)

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Construction Starts on $350 Million Bethesda Office, Hotel Tower

Interest from prospective tenants for space a $350 million office tower and hotel being built on the site of a county police station in downtown Bethesda is picking up, according to the developer. When completed in 2021, the Avocet Tower building will include 370,000 square feet of office space, an AC Hotel by Marriott and underground parking at 7359 Wisconsin Ave., where the former Second District police station stood until it was demolished in February. The project is a public-private partnership between Montgomery County and Bethesda developer StonebridgeCarras LLC and a formal groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday morning. (Bethesda)

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Study: Beer brings in billions for Maryland

Beer is big business in Maryland, and a new study shows just how much of an economic impact the beer industry makes in the state, as well as how much of the product is taxed. According to a joint report from the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, the beer industry contributes over $4 billion annually to Maryland's economy and accounts for 31,727 jobs. The study also shows that the beer industry accounts for $1.4 billion every year in wages and benefits for the state. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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The future of work: Being a cashier is Maryland's most common occupation, but it's vanishing

The order came to $74.66. Curlett said she avoids self-checkout machines; she appreciates the chance to be checked out by a person, like Watson, who knows her. “I walk in the door and get a wave. He’s known me and my entire family. It’s a very personal experience,” she said. “If there’s several choices, I always come to Lester’s line. He’s fast, quick as can be and he packs everything well.” In the express lane, Steve Finney, 63, stands on a padded mat that helps the soreness in his knees after a long day of checking people out. (Balt. SuN)

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As cannabis market booms, Baltimore pet owners indulge dogs, cats with CBD-infused 'treats'

Polly Webb’s pit bull-terrier may be named after one of the fiercer “Game of Thrones” characters, but Drogo proves more of a scaredy cat than a warlord. “My dog, he’s terrified of thunderstorms,” said Webb, a writer and editor from Northeast Baltimore’s Govans neighborhood. “Usually, when he’s shaking and afraid, he won’t eat anything.” To soothe Drogo’s anxieties, she gave him a carob “brownie” infused with CBD (cannabidiol) from Mount Vernon’s The Dog Chef pet store and food shop. She’s one of several local pet owners who consider CBD a viable alternative medicine that alleviates their companions’ aches, pains and stresses. (Balt. Sun)

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State Center developer’s attorney slams Md.’s executive privilege claims

Attorneys for a developer battling Maryland in court over the canceled $1.5 billion State Center redevelopment called the state’s assertion of executive privilege for hundreds of documents excessive and overly broad. Michael Edney, a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, lead counsel for developer State Center LLC, wants the state and the Maryland Stadium Authority to turn over documents involving the project, including emails. They’re seeking the archive as part of the discovery process to prepare a defense against a lawsuit filed by Maryland. “The state has claimed executive privilege over 627 documents … the broadest executive privilege claim in modern history,” Edney said. (Daily Record)

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