Aldermen, public hash out details of hotel agreement during hours-long workshop

A familiar duel between people for and against Frederick’s proposed downtown hotel and conference center played out over several hours Wednesday at a public workshop on some of the latest project plans. And after nearly four hours, questions remained and members of the Board of Aldermen were still hashing out details of a revised and restated draft memorandum of agreement, which they will approve at a future public hearing. The hearing was not set as of deadline Wednesday. (News-Post)

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Meet Frederick's first D&D B&B, a weekend retreat for rest, relaxation, and Dungeons and Dragons

Apple Reese and Wayne Denier have been to a lot of bed-and-breakfasts over the course of their eight-year relationship. “We had a nice time with all these people,” Reese said. “The only thing we kind of missed is, we wished we had a chance to do some gaming together. We wished we could have sat down and played some games.” Reese doesn’t mean games like Pictionary or Scrabble. She and Denier were thinking specifically of Dungeons and Dragons, the fantasy tabletop role-playing game that first came out in 1974. (News-Post)

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May 23 // Selling Baltimore in Las Vegas, Pugh says 'You won't be disappointed'

Baltimore is getting a slick, multimedia close-up this week in Las Vegas. The city's tourism gems like the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Canton Fort McHenry are highlighted in a 68-slide brochure rich with photos and details on the city's diverse neighborhoods. The details are being handed out on computer thumb drives at the Baltimore Development Corp.'s booth inside the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the International Council of Shopping Centers' convention. In addition, Mayor Catherine Pugh has narrated a four-minute YouTube video plugging the local business strengths and successes that asks viewers to consider the city and give it a try, adding, "you won't be disappointed." (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Anne Arundel Medical Center gets judge's OK for cardiac program

Anne Arundel Medical Center has won legal approval to move forward with its plans to add a cardiac surgery program. A ruling made in the Prince George’s County Circuit Court Tuesday gave the Annapolis hospital legal clearance to host the state’s newest open heart surgery program. The decision comes after Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) has battled two other nearby hospitals, University of Maryland’s Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC) and Prince George’s Hospital Center (PGHC), over the project for about three years. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Live branded hotel to open soon at Live Casino in Anne Arundel County

The Cordish Companies will open the 310-room luxury hotel at the Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County on June 6, the Cordish Companies announced. The opening of the $200 million hotel, as the casino approaches 6 years old, is expected to help the casino lure and retain the big spenders and compete with others in the state, like MGM National Harbor, which opened in late 2016 with a hotel. (Balt. Sun)

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Steph Curry's latest signature shoe could boost Under Armour, analyst says

Wall Street analysts have questioned Under Armour’s leadership, creative direction and new product pipeline as the brand has struggled for more than a year. But one analyst said he’s seen “massive” improvement recently in product design and the ability to drive demand and create social buzz. A lot of that has to do with Stephen Curry and the NBA superstar’s latest signature basketball shoe for Under Armour, wrote Randal J. Konik, an equity analyst with Jefferies LLC, in a report. (Balt. Sun)

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Office building on Sunoco site will be designed to draw bioscience companies to Bethesda

Developers say the office building they’re planning for the site of a Sunoco gas station will bring life sciences employers to downtown Bethesda. StonebridgeCarras and The Donohoe Cos. on Tuesday released a rendering depicting the roughly 175,000-square-foot building proposed for 8280 Wisconsin Ave. The location is well-positioned to attract a life sciences user because of the site’s proximity to the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Douglas M. Firstenberg, a principal with StonebridgeCarras, said in a prepared statement. (Bethesda)

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Maryland technology development agency awards grant to study stem cells for improving flu vaccine

The Maryland Technology Development Corp. has awarded a $750,000 grant to Longeveron LLC, a Miami-based biopharmaceutical company, to study whether stem cells can make a better flu vaccine for seniors with a researcher from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Sean Leng, an associate professor in the school’s division of geriatric medicine and gerontology, and his team will conduct a clinical trial with Longeveron to examine the safety and efficacy of one of its stem-cell products to improve the immune-response to the flu vaccine in frail, elderly patients, the company announced Tuesday. (Balt. Sun)

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