Lord Baltimore's declaration of independence highlights risky brand choices hotels face

To brand, or not to brand? That is the question, and Baltimore’s hotels each have their own answers. Shortly after the Tremont Plaza converted to an Embassy Suites, the Lord Baltimore Hotel dropped its Radisson flag. Both decisions come with a redesign, each with different approaches to growing their customer bases. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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August 6 // Utilities propose charges to opt out of smart meter

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and other utilities in Maryland will make the case to state regulators Tuesday that customers who don't want smart meters should pay an upfront charge and a monthly fee — anywhere from $15 to $87 — to opt out. Smart-meter opponents are ready to argue that those proposed charges are unreasonably high, considering the costs utilities have borne so far from customers deferring meter installations. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland's casinos generate nearly $70 million in July

Maryland's four casinos generated $69.3 million in revenue in July, about $36.3 million of which was returned to the state. Maryland Live, the Hanover facility owned by the Cordish Cos., made $52.5 million from 4,323 slot machines and 122 table games and continued moving toward keeping more of its revenue than it pays back to the state. (Balt. Sun)

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Amazon founder Bezos to buy Washington Post

Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos will buy The Washington Post for $250 million in a surprise deal that ends the Graham family's 80-year ownership and hands one of the country's most influential publications to the tech entrepreneur. (Balt. Sun)

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MedStar Franklin Square plans $13.8M building for homeless families

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has plans for a new $13.8 million health center for homeless families. The 60,000-square-foot project on Franklin Square’s White Marsh campus will be the new home of the Eastern Family Resource Center. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Patapsco Bank parent names new CEO; shares tumble

Patapsco Bancorp CEO Michael J. Dee has resigned from the position after seven years. Dundalk-based Patapsco, the parent company of Patapsco Bank, named Phil Phillips, the bank’s chief credit officer, as Dee’s successor. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Clergymen seek $25 million from Harbor Point developer for “community benefits”

A group of Baltimore clergy – backed by prominent city power players – want $25 million from Michael Beatty as the price for their support of the Harbor Point development, The Brew can exclusively report. (Brew)

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TeleCommunication Systems gets $3.2M army deal

Annapolis mobile communications firm TeleCommunication Systems Inc. received $3.2 million in incremental funding from the U.S. Army for equipment, field services support and maintenance of Internet router service. (Capital)

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