LifeBridge, CareFirst to host Shark Tank-style competition for health startups

LifeBridge Health and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield are partnering to host a Shark Tank-style challenge for health startups, offering a grand prize of up to $50,000. The four-hospital health care system and the state's largest health insurer are looking to fund young, digital-oriented startups working on technologies to address challenges facing the health care industry. Such startups can apply to compete in the pitch challenge, and the chance to win a minimum of $20,000 in new funding. Winners would also get a one-year membership in the LifeBridge Startup Affiliate Program, which offers access LifeBridge innovation and research resources and the opportunity to work directly with care clinicians and industry experts. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Some Maryland students could return to school in August as legislature moves against Hogan's order

Summer break could end in August this year for some Maryland students after the General Assembly took a significant step Wednesday toward undoing Gov. Larry's Hogan's 2016 order that public schools begin their academic year after Labor Day. The Maryland House of Delegates followed the state Senate in approving a bill returning power to local school boards to decide when the school year begins. The Democratic majority of lawmakers still must reconcile some details of the legislation. But because both chambers passed the legislation by margins large enough to override a Hogan veto, the governor was left with little to counter the latest blow in a years-long political fight over school calendars. (Balt. Sun)

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Attorney General reaches settlement to end 'no poach' hiring agreements in fast food chains

Maryland and other states have reached settlements with four national fast food franchisers to end the use of agreements that stop workers from moving from one franchise to another within the same chain. Maryland reached the settlement to end so-called “no poach” agreements with Dunkin’ Brands, Arby’s, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Little Caesars, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced. Thirteen states and Washington began an investigation last July over concerns that such agreements hurt low-wage workers by limiting their chances of getting better paying jobs. (Balt. Sun)

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As D.C., N.J. Bet Big on Pro Sports Wagering, Maryland Is Content to Take It Slow

Maryland’s decision to enshrine gambling in its constitution, rather than codify it in law, means it will spend the next couple years on the sidelines when it comes to wagering on professional sports. Officials appear content with the go-slow approach, unconcerned that other states and Washington, D.C., are rushing to take advantage of a recent Supreme Court ruling that allows states to chart their own course. A Senate Budget and Taxation Committee hearing on a measure to legalize betting on professional sports lasted mere moments Wednesday, as the bill’s sponsor — and the panel’s chairwoman — acknowledged that the legislation isn’t going anywhere this session.  (Md. Matters)

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Harford County proposes 50 percent property tax credit for nonprofit swim clubs

A bill proposing a 50 percent property tax credit for nonprofit swim clubs in Harford County is currently before the County Council. The tax credit would affect five local clubs, including the Chesapeake Swim Club in Havre de Grace, the Fountain Green Swim Club and Rock Spring Swim Club, both in greater Bel Air, the North Harford Swim Club in Jarrettsville and the Fallston Swim Club, county Treasurer Robert Sandlass said during a public hearing Tuesday evening. “The total tax bills for those five entities this year is a little over $33,000,” Sandlass said. (Aegis)

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Maryland’s new Guinness brewery is a destination for fans — and everyone else

More than 13 million pints of Guinness Draught Stout will be consumed around the world on St. Patrick’s Day. Although you can enjoy a couple of glasses of the black stuff at your local pub on Sunday, wouldn’t you rather drink Guinness at the Guinness brewery? The beloved Irish brewer made a splash in 2017 when it opened a taproom and experimental brewery on the site of the old Calvert Distillery just north of Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, marking the first time since the 1950s that Guinness operated a brewery in the United States. , and outside, a wide lawn features an alfresco bar and plots where beer ingredients are growing. (Wash. Post)

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ShopRite's Andy Klein left his mark by the good he did for others, friends and family say at his service

The world will always see Andy Klein — whether it’s in a visit to a hospital, in an addict who is recovering or, most importantly, in people who act nicer to each other. “Because he truly was a nice person,” Rabbi David Herman told the hundreds of mourners gathered at Sol Levinson Funeral Home in Pikesville on Wednesday afternoon. “And you’ll see Andy if you hear someone say, ‘Where would you like me to send a check?’ ” Hundreds of people — ShopRite employees, colleagues, friends, people whose lives he touched — attended the hour-long service to pay tribute to Andrew Phillip Klein, 65. (Aegis)

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Dick's Sporting Goods will remove guns from 125 stores amid slumping sales, reports say

Dick's Sporting Goods announced Tuesday it will remove firearms from 125 of its stores, according to news reports. The move follows the company's ban on assault-style weapons last year in the wake of the Parkland shooting. CEO Ed Stack said Tuesday that Dick's will pull hunting gear from 125 stores starting in around August in response to its slumping sales in those stores, Bloomberg reported, a move that may spread to more stores next year. (USA Today)

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