BSO Lockout | Both Sides Remain Deadlocked As New Season Nears

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-20 season is just days away from beginning, but musicians and management have yet to come to an agreement that would bring the music back to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Monday night, BSO management said it had offered the musicians two options to avert a strike and end a lockout that began this summer. (WJZ)

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This Rockville biotech has added another deal to its growth plan

 

The Rockville biotech has reached a licensing agreement with Alpharetta, Georgia-based Clearside Biomedical Inc. (NASDAQ: CLSD) for rights to its platform to treat several eye diseases including wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. RegenxBio (NASDAQ: RGNX) plans to evaluate one of its own gene therapy programs, called RGX-314, using Clearside’s in-office injection as an alternative to surgery. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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FDA blasts Juul for illegally marketing e-cigarettes as less harmful than regular cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration, in a harsh warning letter Monday, criticized Juul Labs for illegally marketing its e-cigarettes as less harmful than regular cigarettes and ordered the company to correct the violations immediately or face tougher enforcement actions. The agency said it acted after reviewing testimony from a recent investigation by a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee into Juul’s marketing and promotion practices. (Wash. Post)

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Top Under Armour spokeswoman steps down

The spokeswoman for Under Armour Inc. who personally oversaw messaging for CEO Kevin Plank has stepped down. Kelley McCormick, who joined Under Armour as senior vice president of corporate communications in December 2017, said she will be leaving the Baltimore-based sportswear maker and transitioning into an advisory role while she considers future opportunities. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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50 U.S. states and territories announce broad antitrust investigation of Google

Attorneys general for 50 U.S. states and territories on Monday officially announced an antitrust investigation of Google, embarking on a wide-ranging review of a tech giant that Democrats and Republicans said may threaten competition, consumers and the continued growth of the web. Appearing on the steps of the Supreme Court, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton charged that Google “dominates all aspects of advertising on the Internet and searching on the Internet,” though he cautioned that despite his criticism the states had launched an investigation for now and not a lawsuit. (Wash. Post)

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MileOne Autogroup surpasses $1M in scholarship awards

Officials with MileOne Autogroup Monday announced 39 students were recipients in its NextMile Scholarship program, bringing the total amount of money awarded to more than $1 million since the program’s inception in 2014. The program, which awards students financial assistance toward enrollment in a university, college and/or trade school, has provided scholarships to 240 students who want to pursue their educational goals and enhance their careers. (Daily Record)

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PM Consulting Group recognized as a Top 100 MBE

Towson-based PM Consulting Group was named a 2019 Top 100 MBE winner by The Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council. This award recognizes owners of minority business enterprises in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia who have demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial accomplishments, a high level of professionalism, and have made substantial contributions to their community. (Daily Record)

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Maryland Food Bank Marks 40th Anniversary, Hunger Action Month

The Maryland Food Bank is marking its 40th anniversary this year. September is also Hunger Action Month. The food bank serves about 1,000 pantries, soup kitchen and other agencies that feed the hungry. Carmen Del Guercio, President and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank, tells WBAL NewsRadio there are an estimated 650,000 people in Maryland who are food insecure. He says these are people who have jobs, but do not make enough to feed their families. Yet they earn too much to get any government assistance. (WBAL)

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