Sprucing up: Annapolis hotels launch renovation projects

Westin Annapolis is banking on a $5 million renovation project to help boost its market share. The Park Place hotel is in the midst of upgrading 225 rooms and hallways, including new shower heads and windows. That portion of the work will begin in November and all of the work is expected to be complete by Valentine’s Day. (Capital)

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Pax River braces for more fiscal fallout

A new fiscal year begins in less than a month for federal defense workers at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and, most likely, so will another stint of uncertainty about furloughs and layoffs. (Independent)

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Despite community doubts, officials say Landover Mall still has retail future

Community members said they were hopeful the 110-acre site would be reinvigorated as Landover Mall was one of two finalists for the site of the new Prince George’s regional hospital. As county officials and developers selected the Largo Town Center site on Aug. 22, Landover residents said they are back to wondering when the site will be redeveloped. (Gazette)

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PRS Guitars strikes a mid-market chord

Until recently, Paul Reed Smith Guitars sold only American-made instruments for more than $2,000 and Korean-made guitars retailing for about $700. To fill the gap — and with something U.S.-made, no less — the Eastern Shore company needed a design that could go from wood to instrument in dramatically less time. Guitars in its core, high-end line take about 20 hours to manufacture. (Balt. Sun)

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Pitch Across Maryland 2.0 bus tour offers opportunity for entrepreneurs

Opportunities for entrepreneurs across the county are expanding, with the upcoming Pitch Across Maryland 2.0 bus tour, along with the popular Carroll Biz Challenge this fall. The newest kid on the block will be a day-long bus tour, sponsored by Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development and Startup Maryland. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Tax penalties for individuals, companies who opt out of health reform law

Under the health reform law, everyone who files a federal income tax form is required to have insurance. Most employers also have to offer it. The idea is that for reform to work, everyone needs to enroll so that there is a good mix of healthy and sick people paying into and using the system. People can choose not to have insurance and companies can choose not to offer plans. But it will cost them. (Balt. Sun)

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Mayor: Grand Prix of Baltimore's exit won't hurt region's efforts to lure Olympics

The Grand Prix of Baltimore’s short three-year run in Baltimore won’t hurt the region’s efforts to attract the 2024 Summer Olympics, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Friday. In fact, the city demonstrated “we can successfully host large-scale events,” Rawlings-Blake said on Friday after it was announced the race would not return in 2014 because of an inability to find a date to hold it. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Five questions with Alan and Lois Elkin

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