Medifast to start collect sales tax on online purchases

Medifast, a maker of weight-loss food products in Owings Mills, said it will begin collecting sales and use taxes on all Internet sales where applicable starting in September. The company said it was doing so as more state legislatures and revenue agencies seek to enforce sales tax on online purchases. The company expects that enforcement trend to continue. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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John H. "Jack" Laporte Jr., T. Rowe Price portfolio manager

John H. "Jack" Laporte Jr., a highly regarded T. Rowe Price portfolio manager who was also a philanthropist and one of the minority owners of the Orioles, died Aug. 12 of complications from lymphoma at his Ruxton home. He was 68. (Balt. Sun)

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Developer breaks ground on flat-style apartments in Laurel

Developers from Klingbeil Capital Management broke ground Thursday on a new mixed-use development that will bring 142 flat-style apartments into the city's designated arts district on C Street.  The apartments, which are expected to undergo full construction next month and be completed by September 2014, will be built at 350 Municipal Square; the former site of City Hall and the Laurel Police department. (Patuxent)

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The hospital deal for Largo that health-care system couldn’t pass up

The Boulevard at the Capital Centre in Largo was supposed to be the savior, a shopping attraction that would bolster central Prince George’s County after the 2002 demolition of the arena where the Washington Bullets and Capitals once played. Instead, the shopping center’s owners watched as the recession forced some of its biggest stores — Borders, Linens ’n Things, Circuit City — into bankruptcy or liquidation. And the Sideline, the restaurant of former Washington Redskins star LaVar Arrington, closed millions of dollars in debt. (Wash. Post)

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RealStreet Staffing to sponsor pit lane at Grand Prix of Baltimore

RealStreet Staffing has signed on as the official pit lane sponsor of next week’s Grand Prix of Baltimore. The sponsorship will include prominent signage in the pit lane — along the historic Camden Yards warehouse — and also along the track on Turn 7 and the straightaway between Turns 7 and 8. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Million-square-foot warehouse at old Baltimore GM site points to major e-commerce tenant

A 1 million-square-foot warehouse being planned for the former General Motors Co. assembly plant site in southeast Baltimore would have a huge economic impact that would cut across industries and spur incentives at the state and city level. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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'Go Green' challenge aims to lower utility bills

Hoping to help more homeowners lower their utility bills, a Baltimore nonprofit is challenging area neighborhoods to engage in a little friendly competition to see which can get the most home energy retrofits done before winter arrives. (Balt. Sun)

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Old Bay releases new Ravens commemorative can

McCormick & Co. Inc. has released a new Old Bay commemorative can featuring the Baltimore Ravens. The 16-ounce can displays Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith, Terrell Suggs, Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata and Lardarius Webb. About 70,000 cans will be available at retail. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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