Pimlico to reopen for off-track betting as horse racing slowly returns to Maryland

Pimlico Race Course will open its doors to the general public Thursday, allowing visitors to use the first and second floors of the Clubhouse to watch and bet on horse racing at other tracks as Maryland businesses continue to reopen amid a relaxing of COVID-19-related restrictions. The Maryland Jockey Club announced that, following the reopening, the track will be open Wednesday through Sunday for simulcast wagering.The plan does not include live horse racing at the track. (Balt Sun)

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Carroll County child care centers work through pandemic, but with some frustration they can’t serve more

The windows outside of New Beginnings Christian Learning Center in Taneytown are painted with messages that read “It Takes a Big Heart to Shape Little Minds,” “Thank You for Your Commitment,” and “Heroes Work Here.” New Beginnings is now an Essential Personnel Childcare Center. Lisa Patterson, the owner and director of the facility, applied for the title shortly after Gov. Larry Hogan issued his stay-at-home order in a statewide effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the pandemic arrived in Maryland. (Balt Sun)

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Harford-based builder Clark Turner Homes fined over $700,000 for violating consumer protection laws

A Harford home building company was ordered to pay approximately $700,000 for failing to begin or complete construction of homes, the Maryland Attorney General’s office announced. The office found that Clark P. Turner and Clark Turner Homes violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act, New Home Deposits Act, and Custom Home Protection Act, according to a news release, by accepting approximately $1.2 million on behalf of at least 15 people for homes the company did not completely build or build at all. (Balt Sun)

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Report: State, local aid needed to avert 4 million layoffs

A new private sector report is warning anew of continuing damage to the economy if Washington doesn’t deliver several hundred billion dollars in budget relief to states and local governments amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Wednesday’s report by Moody’s Analytics, a private sector economic research firm, could also help illustrate a path for bipartisan agreement in Congress on next month’s fifth, and possibly final, COVID-19 response bill. (News-Post)

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Maryland’s minimum wage increase likely to go forward, despite opposition from business groups

Maryland’s next increase to the minimum wage, scheduled for Jan. 1, is likely to move forward as planned, despite efforts to put the brakes on it due to the coronavirus-fueled economic downturn. The state has the authority to put a one-year pause in the increases, as the minimum wage gradually rises to $15 per hour. (Balt Sun)

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Md. nonprofit urges social entrepreneurs to take on structural racism

A Maryland-based nonprofit focused on meaningful investing and social entrepreneurship is encouraging its alumni to address the problem of structural racism. Four of The Global Good Fund’s former fellows spoke to almost 40 viewers from 16 countries on Zoom Thursday, also reaching over 1,000 people on Facebook Live. Doniece Sandoval, founder of Lava Mae, a nonprofit that creates mobile hygiene services to help homeless individuals, said her organization is working with communities that live with structural racism from cradle to grave. (Daily Record)

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The National Aquarium and Maryland Zoo are set to reopen. Can they overcome financial damage of coronavirus?

Like one of its two rescued Grizzly bears emerging from hibernation, a reduced version of the Maryland Zoo will throw open its gates to the public this week for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced it to close in mid-March. The zoo will open Wednesday through Friday for members only. It will welcome the general public Saturday at 25% of its allowable crowd size. (Balt Sun)

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Restaurant Group Apologizes After Black Boy, Mother Denied Service At Baltimore’s Ouzo Bay

The Atlas Restaurant Group on Monday apologized to a Black boy and his mother who were denied service at Ouzo Bay over the weekend due to an alleged dress code violation despite a similarly-dressed white boy being allowed to dine at the restaurant. A video of the encounter posted on Instagram shows a restaurant employee telling the woman her son’s outfit violates the restaurant’s policy banning athletic shorts. (WJZ-TV)

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