United will scrap 8,000 flights due to grounded Boeing jets

United Airlines expects to cancel more than 8,000 flights through October because of the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max planes. United said Friday that it is dropping its 14 Max jets from the schedule until Nov. 3 — a month longer than previously planned. The airline has used spare planes to cover flights that it planned to fly with the Max. Still, cancellations are rising because United was counting on receiving more Max jets this year, but Boeing suspended deliveries in March. (News-Post)

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Amazon Fulfillment Center In Baltimore Preparing Ahead Of ‘Prime Day’

The countdown is on to one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, Amazon Prime Day. It’s an exclusive shopping event for Amazon Prime members– held on July 15 and July 16. “Amazon products, TVs, electronics, furniture, you name it,” said Rachel Lighty, with the Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. “You’ll see millions of deals going live leading up to Prime Day which is July 15 and 16,” Come Monday, Amazon’s six operation centers in Maryland will be rocking, including the one million square feet fulfillment center in Baltimore which has 3,000 full-time employees. (WJZ-TV)

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Carnival adds seven new Baltimore-to-Bermuda cruises in 2020

Carnival Cruise Line is beefing up its Baltimore to Bermuda trips. The world's largest cruise operator said Thursday it will add seven week-long departures out of Baltimore to the island between May 31 and Oct. 18, 2020. The Bermuda cruises will replace some of the Carnival sailings out of Baltimore to the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean. Carnival already offers Bermuda cruises as part of its roughly 50 departures a year out of Baltimore. "Bermuda has been very, very popular for our guests," said Vance Gullisken, a Carnival spokesman. Travelers will spend three days in Bermuda as part of the trip. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Utility companies eye overhaul of way Maryland sets electric, gas rates

Maryland utility companies including Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. are eagerly awaiting a decision by the Public Service Commission on the possible restructuring of how electric and gas rates are set in the state. BGE and its sister companies — Potomac Electric Power Co. (Pepco) and Delmarva Power & Light Co. — have been pushing the Public Service Commission to consider "alternative rate plans" in order to address a "persistent regulatory lag" the companies claim prevents them from getting appropriate returns on their investments. The PSC accepted public comments earlier this year and conducted two days of hearings in April. (Balt. Bus. Journal) 

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Here's the changes coming to Baltimore's dockless scooters as the pilot program ends

Dockless scooter and bike vendors such as Bird and Lime will now be able to apply for a one-year permit to deploy their vehicles across Baltimore City. The application period began Wednesday and formally kicks off the start of the city's new Dockless Vehicle Program, which was made official with the passing of a city council bill earlier this year. Residents and visitors may have already spied the electric scooters zipping around town, but with the end of the pilot program and launch of the application process, riders of the dockless vehicles are likely to see some changes in the coming months. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland dispensaries face steep fines for inappropriate cannabis ads

State regulators will charge Maryland medical cannabis companies between $500 and $5,000 each time they violate new state advertising rules. During a recent meeting of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, the state's medical marijuana industry regulators established a new set of penalties, relating to a bill that passed in the General Assembly this year which laid out new advertising regulations for cannabis companies. Per the new law, any cannabis business that publishes advertisements will now be required to support any therapeutic claims made about cannabis products with substantial clinical evidence, and include information about potential side effects or risks. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Amazon provides additional HQ2 details, from community gardens to a banana stand

From local retailers to a banana stand, Amazon.com Inc. Wednesday offered a taste of what's to come for the residents and employees of Pentagon City's Metropolitan Park, the home of the first new HQ2 buildings. The Seattle company’s top real estate executive, John Schoettler, introduced the second headquarters to a standing-room-only crowd of about 200 residents. While he broadly explained the overall architecture and aesthetic, Schoettler's presentation was a distillation of how the Seattle culture could be translated in Arlington. When explaining programs and open space, Schoettler often showed slides of the Seattle offices. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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California biotech company makes UM BioPark its first East Coast location

California biotech firm Illumina will make the University of Maryland BioPark its first East Coast location, another major tenant for the research park now overflowing with tenants. Illumina, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of biotech tools especially for use in genomic sequencing, is expected to generate more visitors for the BioPark as other companies send their employees to train on the Illumina systems.  “It’s a great, spectacular company that is one of the real leaders in the whole genomic sequencing field,” said Jim Hughes, president of the Research Park Corporation. “They could have gone anywhere on the East Coast, and they chose Baltimore and they chose the BioPark. … (Daily Record)

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