Hammerjacks plots Baltimore return — again

Kevin Butler knows he’s on to something when he sees travelers in airports across the country wearing T-shirts he sold with the Hammerjacks logo blasted in bright yellow across their chests. The famed Baltimore rock club, home to hair bands and rock fans from across the East Coast, is a mere memory for many.  Soon, Hammerjacks will be more than a memory. Butler is nearly ready to announce his plans to recreate Hammerjacks as an anchor in the South Baltimore entertainment district surrounding M&T Bank Stadium and the forthcoming Baltimore Horseshoe casino. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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In new study of state economies, Md. brings up the middle 

Depending on one’s party affiliation, Maryland is either an economic powerhouse or a national laggard with serious business-climate issues. But a report released by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center on Tuesday, which compiled multiple economic indicators for all 50 states, suggests the Free State is really just in the middle of the pack. (Daily Record)

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Leadership Maryland names new CEO

The head of Anne Arundel County’s technology incubator has been named CEO of Leadership Maryland. Renee Winsky will replace Nancy Minieri, who founded the organization in 1992 and announced her retirement in March. Winsky - who has been the executive director of the Chesapeake Innovation Center since 2010 - will begin her new post in September and work with Minieri through the end of the year. (Capital)

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Community requests Harbor Point share its tax benefit 

A crowd of nearly 150 — many of them residents of public housing and local clergy — packed the chambers of the Baltimore City Council Wednesday for a committee hearing on a set of tax breaks totaling $88 million for a waterfront development where the energy giant Exelon Corp. plans to locate its local headquarters. (Daily Record)

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Demand for Baltimore-area homes increased in first half of the year

Baltimore's home market shifted this year, but a spike in interest rates may unsettle the balance again."Back in the beginning of January … all of the buyers thought they were still in the buyer's market. Then, in the beginning of February, all the rules changed," said Lynn Ikle, an agent with Redfin who leads a sales team that works throughout the metro region. The number of homes for sale became too small to keep up with demand, and power returned to sellers. (Balt. Sun)

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Tribune Co. plans to spin off newspapers

The Baltimore Sun's owner said Wednesday that it plans to spin off its newspapers as a separate company, the latest move in the Tribune Co.'s effort to focus on the more profitable broadcasting industry .Chicago-based Tribune said its publishing assets, which include the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and six other daily newspapers, would be split off with its own board and senior management while the rest of Tribune's holdings — including its television stations and real estate — would stay with the original company. (Balt. Sun)

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Attorney disbarred following affair with client 

Maryland’s top court Wednesday disbarred an attorney, by a vote of 5-2, for having an intimate relationship with her client in a divorce and child custody proceeding, having a financial interest in his child-support obligation, communicating directly with the opposing party and lying to bar counsel. (Daily Record)

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Taxpayers may have to foot hotel debt

The Baltimore City-owned Hilton Hotel has become a financial drain, and next month a decision will have to be made whether to tap the city's general fund to cover debt payments. The taxpayer-funded hotel has lost millions each year since it opened in 2008. (WBAL-TV)

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