Rotunda redevelopment begins in Hampden

Office tenants upstairs in mall will have to put up with noise "Well, this is day one," said Ray Nowowieski, general superintendent for Bozzuto Construction Co., wearing his hard hat and surveying the phase 1 work already under way as redevelopment of the Rotunda mall began. Hekemian & Co. plans to redevelop the mall with a mix of apartments, town houses, restaurants, additional retail and an eight-story parking garage for mallgoers. (Patuxent)

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Sinclair has big plans for Washington’s NewsChannel 8

Most people probably wouldn’t even realize if Sinclair Broadcasting was in their living room. It’s no Facebook, after all. Or Netflix, for that matter. In a world of fast-rising new-media companies, it has old-fashioned big-media ambitions: Control enough local news markets across the land to build a powerhouse to rival CNN and the Big Four networks. (Wash. Post)

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Sept. 3 // Businesses see boost when O’s play in October 

The Orioles are in the hunt for October again, and city businesses are buzzing, with many expecting increased traffic after last year’s surprise playoff run brought in more customers. But, like the O’s playoff chances, financial gains from the playoffs are far from a guarantee. (Daily Record)

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Jury selection set to begin in wrongful death lawsuit against drug maker 

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in a Baltimore family’s $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the maker of the prescription diabetes medication Actos. (Daily Record)

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Brewery supports local hop growers

The drive from Oldtown to Frederick to participate in the first Maryland hop selection was worth the trip for Junior Carbajal and Dylan Krzywonski, hop growers at Organarchy Hops farm in Allegany County. The young farmers’ hops — Cascade, Chinook, Centennial and Magnum variety — were selected from eight farmers who submitted their hops for Flying Dog Brewery’s recent Maryland blind hop selection. Black Locust Hops’ Cascade variety also was selected. The winning hops will be used to produce the company’s Secret Stash Harvest Ale. (News-Post)

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Challenge for builders is finding construction crews

New home construction is picking up, but builders are finding it challenging to find construction crews. "It's been a long time coming," said Dan Ryan, president of Dan Ryan Homes, "but it has created other challenges." Ryan, whose company builds in six states, said many construction workers left the industry when the economy took its toll on the housing field. (News-Post)

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Race fans, and vendors, take to the streets for Grand Prix of Baltimore

On a day when many of IndyCar's biggest names were knocked out by crashes or mechanical problems, French driver Simon Pagenaud survived to win his second race of the year. Some saw Baltimore as a winner, too. Organizers and many vendors said throughout the event they believe the third annual Grand Prix surpassed last year in attendance and revenue, and showcased the city as a major league racing venue. About 130,000 people attended last year's Grand Prix, according to race organizers. (Balt. Sun)

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Lerner executive says future still ‘bright’ for former mall after failing to land hospital

A top executive at Rockville-based developer Lerner Enterprises said “the future is bright” for the former Landover Mall despite the Prince George’s County property having been narrowly passed over for a $645 million regional hospital. (Wash. Post)

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