Under Armour Employees Renovate Parts Of Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy As Part Of ‘Week Of Will’

Under Armour employees celebrated their fourth annual “Week of Will” initiative, partnering with Baltimore City Public Schools and Heart for America to transform parts of the Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy. Last week, 700+ employees, along with the Baltimore community, renovated the exterior entrance, main office, library and maker space, gym, cafeteria, classrooms and hallways, staff lounge and food pantry for students, teachers and the surrounding areas. (WJZ)

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Developers sought for 26-acre transit-oriented project at Reisterstown Plaza

The Maryland Department of Transportation is looking for companies to complete a second redevelopment phase of the area around the Reisterstown Plaza Metro Station in northwest Baltimore. Potential developers for the project are asked to respond to the state's Request for Expressions of Interest. The state-owned 26-acre site is located at 6300 Wabash Ave. and is adjacent to an office complex occupied by the Social Security Administration. The Department of Transportation considers the site to be one of its prime transit-oriented development opportunities. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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CASI Pharmaceuticals gets approval for clinical trial

CASI Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Rockville-based biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutics and pharmaceutical products, received approval Monday from the Chinese National Medical Product Administration (NMPA), the Chinese counterpart to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for a clinical trial application for CNCT19 for investigation in relapsed B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. CASI owns the exclusive worldwide license and commercial rights to CNCT19. (Daily Record)

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Hughes wins $2.2M USAF satellite communications contract

Germantown-based broadband satellite networks and services company Hughes Network Systems LLC was awarded a $2.2 million contract funded by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, through the Space Enterprise Consortium, to produce an enterprise management and control prototype for satellite communications. The prototype will include Hughes’ flexible modem interface which will enhance interoperability across military and commercial communications networks to form a unified hybrid network architecture. Under the agreement, Hughes will demonstrate a solution that enables automated mission planning for communications terminals to roam between networks through automated control processes. (Daily Record)

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The Technology 202: Facebook and YouTube content pushing steroids raises more platform policing questions

Drug dealers are using Facebook, YouTube and other social networks to push steroids, raising new concerns about Silicon Valley's content moderation investments as the tech industry faces increasing pressure in Washington. Steroids and other performance enhancing drugs are illegal to use without a prescription, but researchers say during the first half of the year, they found more than 100 examples of pages or posts pushing these materials. Posts and pages selling or promoting the drugs appeared across a wide range of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, according to research by Internet safety nonprofit Digital Citizens Alliance and cyberintelligence firm GiPEC shared exclusively with me. (Wash. Post)

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Bank of America widens lead as Greater Baltimore's biggest bank

Bank of America Corp. remains Greater Baltimore's biggest bank after it continued to widen the gap between itself and its largest competitors during the last year, according to data released Friday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The Charlotte-based banking giant's deposits increased 3.2% to $22 billion as of June 30, compared to $21.3 billion the same time a year ago. Bank of America's market share rose slightly from 29.4% to 29.6%. With $1.4 trillion in deposits nationally, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) is the second-largest bank in the U.S. behind JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Nearly 50,000 General Motors employees go on strike after union talks break down

About 49,000 General Motors employees walked off the job at 12 a.m. Monday after negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and the Detroit-based carmaker broke down. The union had announced plans for the nationwide strike Sunday afternoon, and no deal was reached before the midnight deadline. It is the first national UAW strike since 2007. Despite ongoing talks since July, when the union met with GM leadership to renew an arrangement in place since 2015, the parties remain divided on several key issues. The UAW said it is aiming to secure fair wages, affordable health care and better job security, among other things. (Wash. Post)

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BSO’s opener was postponed amid a labor dispute. Instead musicians played to crowd at West Baltimore church.

On the day that but for a bitter labor dispute would have been the opening of their annual season, the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and their conductor still played to large audience at a West Baltimore church. The Rev. Harold A. Carter, the church’s pastor, welcomed the musicians, who received cheers and a standing ovation before even playing their first piece. (Balt. Sun)

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