Maryland-based Marriott opens hotel No. 7,000

Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott International opened its first hotel 62 years ago. This month, it opened its 7,000th property. The St. Regis Hong Kong is a 27-story luxury hotel with multiple restaurants and butler service for guests. Marriott’s leap to 7,000 properties (under its 30 hotel brand names) received a boost from its 2016 acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, but its post-acquisition growth trajectory shows no signs of slowing. (WTOP)

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Sykesville defense tech firm raises $10M in VC, government funding

Sykesville's Zeteo Tech LLC has raised $10 million in new funding, including $3.5 million in venture capital and $6.5 million from a new government contract. The new venture money was contributed by Anzu Partners, a firm that invests in industrial technologies. The government funding came from a contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Sarbanes calls insulin-pricing system 'hocus pocus'

U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes on Wednesday criticized insulin producers for their lack of transparency in setting prices. “I do not buy the argument that the patient is going to be worse off, the consumer is going to be worse off, if we have complete transparency,” the Baltimore County Democrat said at a hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight and reform subcommittee. “I think the lack of transparency is allowing for a lot of manipulation.” (Balt. Sun)

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Greater Baltimore Committee calls on Mayor Pugh to resign, signaling loss of support from business community

The Greater Baltimore Committee issued a call Friday for Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign, a repudiation of her leadership by the influential group of business and civic leaders who say she no longer has “public trust or moral authority.” The group’s board voted unanimously in favor of issuing a statement calling on Pugh to go, concerned about revelations of hundreds of thousands of dollars in deals she struck to sell copies of her “Healthy Holly” children’s books. (Balt. Sun)

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Judge threatens to stop Carnival cruise ships from docking in U.S. — including Baltimore

A federal judge has threatened to temporarily block Carnival Corp. from docking cruise ships at ports in the United States — including Baltimore — as punishment for a possible probation violation. The Miami Herald reports U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said Wednesday that she'll make a decision in June, and she wants company chairman Micky Arison and president Donald Arnold in her courtroom for the hearing. (AP)

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Maryland cannabis regulators tell dispensaries they need to open by Sept. 30 or else

Medical cannabis companies still struggling to open stores in Maryland will have their preliminary approvals to operate revoked by state regulators if they do not finalize their licenses and open their doors by Sept. 30. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission issued a bulletin Thursday alerting companies of the deadline and advising them to complete their final inspections by Aug. 15 to have enough time to complete the steps required to sell medicinal marijuana to consumers out of retail stores. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford County public hearing in Transource power line project scheduled for April 27 at North Harford High School

Harford County residents will have the opportunity to share their views on Transource Energy’s $372 million Independence Energy Connection power line project during a public hearing scheduled for April 27. Barron Shaw, whose family-owned Shaw Orchards in White Hall is along the proposed route for Transource’s new power lines between York County, Pennsylvania, and northern Harford, said he expects there will be a large turnout. He and many other property owners on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line have been working to defeat the IEC project since it was announced in the summer of 2017. (Aegis)

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Md. sisters build successful brand around better tahini

Hummus has become a staple on nearly every menu — from sports bars to salad shops. So it’s no wonder the spread’s elemental ingredient, tahini, is also having a moment in the spotlight. Once a difficult product to find in conventional supermarkets, store shelves are now stocked with a number of tahini options — but only one is winning over some of the country’s best chefs. (WTOP)

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