As season looms, Orioles fans balk over streaming blackout

Baseball season is approaching, but ardent Orioles fan Julie Saxenmeyer won't be paying to watch major-league games on her phone because the package is missing an essential ingredient: her favorite team. "I don't pay for the package because I don't get to see the O's," she said. As sports have become increasingly accessible on smart devices, the Cockeysville resident and other Baltimore fans wonder why a $112.99 MLB.TV subscription allows them to stream Orioles' games only when they are outside the team's Baltimore-Washington television market, which stretches from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel hit jobs milestone in 4Q of 2016

Anne Arundel County hit an employment record in the final quarter of 2016, with an average of 270,103 jobs, new state number show. A report released this month by the Maryland Department of Labor and Licensing shows the peak number of jobs in the county was actually record in September, when the in-county employment number hit 270,922. (Capital)

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Woody Harrelson's Inn at the Black Olive being turned into apartments

Almost three years after Hollywood star Woody Harrelson and local banker Jack Dwyer bought the Inn at the Black Olive in Fells Point, the hotel is being converted into apartments. The hotel, bought by Harrelson and local businessman John "Jack" Dwyer in 2014, has remained unprofitable despite the efforts of operator Dimitris Spiliadis. Dwyer, the founder of Capital Funding Group, and Harrelson purchased the boutique inn for $4.5 million in after it declared bankruptcy. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Power supply company relocates from Baltimore to Eldersburg

CoastTec LLC completed its move from Baltimore County to Carroll on Monday, as the company opened the doors to its new home, a 62,500-square-foot office and warehouse space in Eldersburg. According to company CEO Jon Sevel, who manages CoastTec with his brother, Adam, a number of factors led to Carroll being the perfect location for the business, from its proximity to Baltimore and Washington, and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, to the price of rent, to the positivity of the Carroll County business community and leadership toward the organization. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Annapolis cat cafe hopes to find purrfect home for its feline friends

The global cat cafe trend has hit Annapolis. Kittens In Cups opened its doors at 177 Defense Highway less then three weeks ago to cats and cat lovers alike. Owner Hailey Taylor hopes to create a comfortable environment for shelter cats. "It's about finding these cats homes," Taylor said. "And get them in an atmosphere where they're not stuck in cages. I know they're a lot happier here." (Capital)

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March 20 // State bill would protect workers affected by hospital closures

Statewide legislation is being considered in the Maryland General Assembly that would provide some relief for displaced employees of hospitals that close, such as University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace which is slated to close in the next several years. Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, whose district includes Havre de Grace, is sponsoring House Bill 932, requiring hospital operators to pay a fee to cover the cost of assisting any employees who lose their jobs because of the closing or merger. (Balt. Sun)

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Bill to allow more beer sales at Maryland breweries passes House

The House of Delegates unanimously approved legislation Saturday that would increase the amount of beer Maryland breweries can sell on their premises — but not as much as the industry wanted. The vote sends the measure to the state Senate. The legislation would pave the way for the opening of a Guinness brewery and tourist destination at a former distillery in Relay. Guinness' parent — international liquor giant Diageo — and other breweries did not get all they wanted because of opposition from the state's liquor stores and beer wholesalers. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore City Council poised to pass $15 minimum wage law

Only months after rejecting a similar measure, the Baltimore City Council is poised to pass a bill Monday that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The rate would be nearly $5 an hour higher than in surrounding counties. With eight newly elected members — some of whom say their supporters expect dramatic change — the City Council has rallied around veteran lawmaker Mary Pat Clarke's minimum wage proposal, which she argues will help some of Baltimore's poorest residents escape poverty. (Balt. Sun)

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