Frontier Airlines adds Orlando route to BWI schedule

Low cost carrier Frontier Airlines announced it will add service from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Orlando, Florida beginning April 11. The new service will operate three times a week and was one of 22 new routes unveiled by the air carrier. Frontier is the newest airline partner at BWI.  It announced in December it would begin service between BWI Airport and Denver in March. Passenger traffic continues to grow at BWI.  Following three straight records years, passenger traffic grew steadily in 2018. (Daily Record) 

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Yelp names two Baltimore concepts among 100 best places to eat in U.S

Two popular restaurants in Baltimore have made their way onto Yelp's 2019 list of the 100 best places to eat in the U.S. The reviews website named Asian fusion restaurant Ekiben in Fells Point No. 89 on the list, and Hampden dessert shop Waffie No. 97. Yelp found the 100 top places to eat by looking at the ratings and volume of reviews of businesses in the website's restaurant and food categories. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland marijuana regulators look to General Assembly to help resolve ownership controversy

Maryland’s medical marijuana regulators said Tuesday that the General Assembly likely will have to clarify whether state rules governing the cannabis industry were meant to prevent big out-of-state companies from dominating the market by taking over homegrown firms. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s policy committee on Tuesday deferred voting on a proposal to amend existing regulations to make clear that companies cannot own more than one license in each of the industry’s three categories: growing cannabis, processing it into products and selling it at dispensaries. Commissioners said they expected the General Assembly to weigh in and decide the matter during the annual 90-day legislative session that begins Wednesday. (Balt. Sun)

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Sinclair Broadcast forms mobile TV venture with South Korean wireless company

Sinclair Broadcast Group plans to form a joint venture company with a South Korean wireless communications firm to develop mobile TV, personalized advertising and other services through a mobile-friendly “next-generation” broadcast transmission standard. Hunt Valley-based Sinclair and SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest mobile operator, signed a joint venture agreement to launch the jointly funded and managed company within the first quarter. The companies announced the plans late Monday in Las Vegas, where the CES consumer technology trade show kicked off today. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland and other states settle Neiman Marcus data breach for $1.5 million

Attorneys general in Maryland and 42 other states and Washington have reached a $1.5 million settlement with retailer The Neiman Marcus Group over a data breach involving about 370,000 customer payment cards. The breach, which took place over several months in 2013, compromised names and payment card data collected at 77 Neiman Marcus stores throughout the U.S., including 8,323 cards belonging to Maryland consumers, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said Tuesday. (Balt. Sun)

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CIAA basketball tournaments moving to Baltimore starting in 2021, sources say

Baltimore beat out Norfolk, Va., and Charlotte, N.C., to host the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s popular men’s and women’s basketball tournaments starting in 2021, a source familiar with the event said. The CIAA, which comprises 13 historically black colleges and universities, including Bowie State University in Maryland, has been looking at whether to move the event from Charlotte, which has hosted it since 2006. While CIAA schools are smaller and play in Division II, Charlotte officials report the event has been among its largest tourism events for the past 13 years, bringing in more than $50 million last year. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore-based Clapp Communications acquired by Arbutus direct marketing firm

Clapp Communications, a Baltimore-based advertising firm, has been acquired by Victory-360, a direct marketing firm based in Arbutus, the companies announced Tuesday. Michael DeMos, owner of Victory-360, a direct marketing, market analysis and consulting firm, will become CEO of Clapp Communications. The firm founded in 2001 by Barb Clapp specializes in public relations, media buying, marketing and advertising, event planning and social media services. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Child Abuse Center joins LifeBridge Health

The Baltimore Child Abuse Center has joined LifeBridge Health in a partnership that will allow the center to expand as the hospital network taps into more resources for child abuse victims. The BCAC, which works to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse, trauma, violence and other adverse childhood experiences, became a wholly owned subsidiary of LifeBridge Health on Jan. 1. The organization provides services that include forensic interviews, medical treatment and mental health treatment for victims of child abuse. (Balt. Sun)

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