Carnival adds seven new Baltimore-to-Bermuda cruises in 2020

Carnival Cruise Line is beefing up its Baltimore to Bermuda trips. The world's largest cruise operator said Thursday it will add seven week-long departures out of Baltimore to the island between May 31 and Oct. 18, 2020. The Bermuda cruises will replace some of the Carnival sailings out of Baltimore to the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean. Carnival already offers Bermuda cruises as part of its roughly 50 departures a year out of Baltimore. "Bermuda has been very, very popular for our guests," said Vance Gullisken, a Carnival spokesman. Travelers will spend three days in Bermuda as part of the trip. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Utility companies eye overhaul of way Maryland sets electric, gas rates

Maryland utility companies including Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. are eagerly awaiting a decision by the Public Service Commission on the possible restructuring of how electric and gas rates are set in the state. BGE and its sister companies — Potomac Electric Power Co. (Pepco) and Delmarva Power & Light Co. — have been pushing the Public Service Commission to consider "alternative rate plans" in order to address a "persistent regulatory lag" the companies claim prevents them from getting appropriate returns on their investments. The PSC accepted public comments earlier this year and conducted two days of hearings in April. (Balt. Bus. Journal) 

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Here's the changes coming to Baltimore's dockless scooters as the pilot program ends

Dockless scooter and bike vendors such as Bird and Lime will now be able to apply for a one-year permit to deploy their vehicles across Baltimore City. The application period began Wednesday and formally kicks off the start of the city's new Dockless Vehicle Program, which was made official with the passing of a city council bill earlier this year. Residents and visitors may have already spied the electric scooters zipping around town, but with the end of the pilot program and launch of the application process, riders of the dockless vehicles are likely to see some changes in the coming months. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland dispensaries face steep fines for inappropriate cannabis ads

State regulators will charge Maryland medical cannabis companies between $500 and $5,000 each time they violate new state advertising rules. During a recent meeting of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, the state's medical marijuana industry regulators established a new set of penalties, relating to a bill that passed in the General Assembly this year which laid out new advertising regulations for cannabis companies. Per the new law, any cannabis business that publishes advertisements will now be required to support any therapeutic claims made about cannabis products with substantial clinical evidence, and include information about potential side effects or risks. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Amazon provides additional HQ2 details, from community gardens to a banana stand

From local retailers to a banana stand, Amazon.com Inc. Wednesday offered a taste of what's to come for the residents and employees of Pentagon City's Metropolitan Park, the home of the first new HQ2 buildings. The Seattle company’s top real estate executive, John Schoettler, introduced the second headquarters to a standing-room-only crowd of about 200 residents. While he broadly explained the overall architecture and aesthetic, Schoettler's presentation was a distillation of how the Seattle culture could be translated in Arlington. When explaining programs and open space, Schoettler often showed slides of the Seattle offices. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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California biotech company makes UM BioPark its first East Coast location

California biotech firm Illumina will make the University of Maryland BioPark its first East Coast location, another major tenant for the research park now overflowing with tenants. Illumina, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of biotech tools especially for use in genomic sequencing, is expected to generate more visitors for the BioPark as other companies send their employees to train on the Illumina systems.  “It’s a great, spectacular company that is one of the real leaders in the whole genomic sequencing field,” said Jim Hughes, president of the Research Park Corporation. “They could have gone anywhere on the East Coast, and they chose Baltimore and they chose the BioPark. … (Daily Record)

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MoCo gaming behemoth faces possible class-action lawsuit over 'Fallout 76' refund policy

 

Rockville video game holding company ZeniMax Media Inc., the parent company of Bethesda Softworks LCC and Bethesda Game Studios, is the subject of a potential class-action lawsuit over its return policy, according to a complaint recently filed in a federal court. The lawsuit centers on "Fallout 76," which is the latest in a series of popular post-apocalyptic games and debuted in November to mixed reviews. Plaintiff Amber Dobson purchased a digital download of the game upon its release but decided to return it shortly after she “discovered that Fallout 76 was an unfinished product beset by, for example, freezes, lag, missing features, limited content and game-breaking bugs that made the gameplay experience untenable," according to the complaint, filed June 14 in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Harbor East Management Group buys prime Central Avenue building

Harbor East Management Group has purchased a prime property at the intersection of Central Avenue and Fleet Street, the development firm's latest expansion in its namesake neighborhood. The two-story, 27,000-square-foot brick building at 506 S. Central Ave. was long occupied by Sylvan Learning. Laureate Education Inc. is the current tenant under a lease that winds down over the next several months. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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