For office rents, will this be the year of the landlord? 

For some time now, Cushman & Wakefield’s quarterly survey marked the Baltimore market for commercial office space as “tenant favorable.” That may be about to change — in favor of the landlords. (Daily Record)

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New cancer analysis removes need for biopsies 

Using gene-sequencing technology recently developed at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore-based Personal Genome Diagnostics Inc. has found a way to analyze cancerous tumors without having to perform costly and painful biopsies. (Daily Record)

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Jan. 21 // Deadline Tuesday for retroactive health coverage

With a deadline Tuesday for uninsured Marylanders to secure health coverage retroactive to Jan. 1, would-be enrollees continued to report frustration with the state's troubled health exchange. With the number of Marylanders still stuck in health exchange limbo estimated in the thousands, lawmakers in Annapolis are considering emergency legislation to expand eligibility for a state-administered plan that was supposed to be phased out after the Affordable Care Act took effect. (Balt. Sun)

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Web design firm to graduate from Wheaton incubator

SW Creatives, a graphic and web design firm that works with area nonprofits and community organizations, will graduate in February from Montgomery County’s Wheaton Business Innovation Center incubator. SW Creatives has signed a five-year lease for about 1,700 square feet in the World Building at 8121 Georgia Ave., Suite 600, in downtown Silver Spring. The company plans to move in by March 1. The new location also houses the company’s Creative Colony, a co-working space for communications professionals. (Gazette)

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Catholic bishops urge Maryland legislature to raise minimum wage during 90-day session

The Catholic bishops of Maryland weighed in Monday in favor of an increase in the state’s minimum wage, an issue that Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is pressing with the General Assembly this session. In a statement titled “The Dignity of Work,” the bishops said that an increase in the minimum wage deserves “the serious consideration of our legislature,” along with legislation that would mandate sick leave for workers. (Wash. Post)

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Eastern Shore project aims to help towns save energy, money

Chestertown officials have been interested in energy conservation for a long time — they started tracking usage levels during the 1970s energy crisis. Even so, when the Eastern Shore town launched a project to cut back on electricity costs seven years ago, the municipality cut usage by 11 percent and sliced more than $130,000 in annual expenses. Now local leaders are hoping to expand on that success. They've launched the ShorePower Project with four other communities — Cambridge, Easton, Salisbury and Snow Hill — to help leaders in those places find ways to use energy more efficiently and with less impact on the environment. (Balt. Sun)

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Postal Workers Rally To Make Their Job Safer

Hundreds of Maryland mail carriers descended on the Capitol, pushing for federal safer working conditions after a Maryland postal worker was gunned down while delivering mail after dark. Following Tyson Barnette’s murder on the clock, fellow employees want changes to work schedules to prevent a repeat of this tragedy. Maryland postal workers flooded the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington Monday, fighting for safer working conditions along Tyson Barnette’s family. (WJZ-TV)

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Out of prison, into a business suit

Anthony Mayes was nearing age 50 when he got the first suit he ever owned, a dark gray Armani, and it seemed life, at last, would be better. He'd just been released from his latest time behind bars, making it about 22 years of his life total, for an array of charges including drugs and armed robbery. He said he's determined to make his most recent six-month stint his last, and sees the clothes — suit, shirt, tie, dress shoes — as part of that effort. Mayes is among some 400 men who have stepped out of prison and into a donated suit over the last couple years thanks to a program run jointly by the Baltimore-based nonprofit Living Classrooms Foundation and a rock 'n' roll drummer turned clothing designer, Christopher Schafer. (Balt. Sun)

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