Cyber group launches 'emergency' initiative to help Md. teleworkers deal with hacks

The coronavirus pandemic forced many businesses in Maryland to rapidly transition all or most of their workforces to working from home. But it's likely they didn't all have the experience or tools necessary to ensure an entire office could telework without exposing the company to new cyber threats. A volunteer group of local cybersecurity experts has launched an emergency response initiative to help these companies keep their critical data safe amid the pandemic. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Rockville bio raising $50M, building COVID-19 vaccine — and plotting IPO

Immunomic Therapeutics Inc. is pivoting, as many are, in this new era to work on a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. But it's also pursuing goals that would be considered ambitious even before the world changed: It's closing in on a $50 million raise, advancing its brain cancer program — and positioning itself for an initial public offering. The Rockville vaccine maker secured the first $10 million of this latest fundraising round at the end of January from Korean investment group HLB, and it expects to close on another $40 million-plus in the next couple of weeks, said Bill Hearl, founder and CEO of ITI. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Maryland unemployment claims expected to continue to soar

After a record-setting number of unemployment claims last week, Maryland is poised for another dramatic increase when the latest numbers are issued on Thursday. The federal government releases weekly reports of unemployment claims at 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Last week, Maryland and the nation saw a dramatic and devastating rise in unemployment attributable to the coronavirus pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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Some of Amazon's 'hero' workers protest over coronavirus; Company defers loan payments for third-party sellers

Some Amazon employees aren't exactly thrilled with the company even after it released a 30-second promotional video on Friday calling them "heroes." Workers at a Staten Island, New York, warehouse walked off the job Monday, demanding the company temporarily close the facility for cleaning after a worker tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to reports from CNBC and others. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Sheetz launches free meal program for Md. children in need

Sheetz, a major restaurant and convenience chain across the mid-Atlantic, announced a new Kidz Meal Bagz program providing free food at 14 Maryland locations to help children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meal Bagz will be available all day starting Thursday and will include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink. (Daily Record)

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Prince George's readies $15 million in grants, loans to help businesses survive coronavirus

Prince George’s County will offer up to $15 million in grants and loans to businesses impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, as localities continue to plot out ways to respond to the public health crisis. County Executive Angela Alsobrooks rolled out a new “COVID-19 Business Relief Fund” Wednesday, allowing companies to apply for loans of up to $100,000 and grants of up to $10,000. (Wash Bus Journal)

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‘I’m Preparing For No Season At All’: MLB Insider Jared Diamond Admits Grim Outlook For 2020 MLB Season

Major League Baseball, like the NBA, NHL, MLS and many other sports leagues, is still trying to figure out how to go about having their 2020 season in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. But what if there isn’t a season at all? Sadly, some experts believe this reality appears more and more likely by the day. Late last week, the league announced it had come to an agreement with the MLB Player’s Association on stipulations for the return of the league. Among the stipulations included in the agreement were three main conditions. (WJZ)

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McCormick conducts first virtual annual meeting, donates gift bags to health care workers

McCormick & Co. Inc. shareholders won't be getting gift bags this year filled with the latest spices, seasonings, recipe mixes and sauces. The Hunt Valley-based spice maker, which typically distributes the bags at its annual shareholders meeting, instead donated them to health care workers and medical first responders in Baltimore County who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary recipient was the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. (Balt Bus Journal)

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