May 18 // Annapolis alderman accuses city of reversing course on Eastport Landing

Alderman Ross Arnett angrily accused city officials Wednesday of reversing a decision to reject The Lofts at Eastport Landing, a controversial project that promised to bring more than 125 new apartments to the city. After the city canceled an Annapolis Planning Commission work session scheduled for Monday on the controversial project, Arnett emailed constituents telling them the meeting was called off because a city legal opinion conflicted with calculations on how many apartments could be included in the project. He wrote that conflict would lead to the project's rejection. (Capital)

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Maryland just got its first licensed grower of medical marijuana

The commission that oversees Maryland’s fledgling medical cannabis program voted Wednesday to award the state’s first full license to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes. The Stage 2 license, awarded to ForwardGro LLC, is a final sign-off from regulators for putting plants in the ground. The company will still have to wait for dispensaries to be fully inspected and licensed before it can sell cannabis products to approved patients, which it hopes to do by late summer or early fall. (Wash. Post)

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Shifting the Preakness from Pimlico to Laurel Park might not be such a long shot

Imagine a crowd of 75,000 — not the record-setting 135,000 of last year — with patrons dressed in casual-chic clothing streaming into $1,000-a-head luxury suites. Imagine an empty infield, with a concert and picnic area pushed to the side rather than roaring in the center of the track. Imagine looking out from the grandstand and seeing suburban strip malls and apartment complexes rather than the skyline of downtown Baltimore. This is the vision of a Preakness held at Laurel Park instead of the race’s traditional home at Pimlico Race Course. (Balt. Sun)

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Developer sees Baltimore as 'blank canvas,' proposes sweeping $10B redevelopment

A private developer from Northern Virginia is seeking to embark on a large-scale, $10 billion public and private redevelopment of Baltimore under a plan he has named "The Baltimore Renaissance." Kahan S. Dhillon Jr. said Wednesday he is seeking to meet with Mayor Catherine Pugh to outline his plan that would "identify, plan, and craft plans for the revitalization of a minimum of 70 Renaissance sites throughout the entire city, with a minimum of five sites in every City Council district that all work as economic feeder system between each other," a synopsis of the plan released Wednesday said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Analyst warns Under Armour won't make up for lost sales with Kohl's, DSW launches

Under Armour has been selling apparel and footwear at Kohl's since mid-March. And the Baltimore brand is poised to offer its athletic shoes through Designer Shoe Warehouse and Famous Footwear.  But reaching customers that way won't offset business the brand has lost because of retail chain bankruptcies and declining sales at key retailers such as Dicks Sporting Goods, one analyst warned in a report Wednesday. (Balt. Sun)

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Arundel Mills adds Under Armour and Polo Ralph Lauren outlets and plans new food court

Under Armour Factory House and Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store plan to open locations at Arundel Mills mall, the Hanover center announced Wednesday. The outlet and discount mall also will renovate its food court and add new food concepts among the 12 eateries. One new restaurant will be Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, a gourmet burger restaurant also specializing in craft beer. The revitalized food court will be completed this fall. (Balt. Sun)

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Legg Mason pledges $1 million to Living Classrooms center in East Baltimore

Legg Mason Inc. is providing $1 million to underwrite the next four years of programming and services at Living Classrooms Foundation's POWER House Community Center in East Baltimore. POWER House, which stands for "providing opportunities to work, expand, and rise," has provided out-of-school programming to children and teenagers since 2012. The programs include academic support and college readiness, financial literacy classes for adults, GED prep classes and job training courses. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Former Raven Ray Lewis hosts first Under Armour event under new partnership

Last year, former Raven Ray Lewis signed a different sort of deal with Under Armour. The seven-year partnership, the company said, focuses on grassroots football programs “and working together on community impact and giveback initiatives.” Last weekend, Lewis held the first such event -- a camp the company aid attracted more than 120 Baltimore players from grades 5-7. (Balt. Sun)

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