Merriweather Post Pavillion gets $55 mil upgrade

Merriweather Post Pavillion (MPP) announced Friday morning that it is undergoing a $55 million renovation project. The 5-year renovation will include the following amenities: an expanded stage, backstage swimming pools, 10 artist dressing rooms, a new box office, concession stands, bathrooms and a VIP area. (WMAR-TV)

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Emergent acquires Sanofi smallpox vaccine in deal worth up to $125 million

Gaithersburg biotech Emergent BioSolutions is acquiring French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi's smallpox vaccine business in an all-cash deal worth up to $125 million. The company will pay $97.5 million up front to Sanofi and an additional $27.5 million in near-term regulatory and manufacturing milestone payments. Emergent will add the only smallpox vaccine licensed by the Food and Drug Administration to its existing portfolio of medical countermeasures to bioterrorism threats. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Perdue makes first report on animal welfare efforts

Leaders at Salisbury-based Perdue Farms said they have made progress in their effort to improve the lives of their birds. Perdue announced plans a year ago to change how it breeds, raises and slaughters its chickens and released the first annual report about it Monday. Jim Perdue, company chairman, and Bruce Stewart-Brown, senior vice president of food safety, quality, and live operations, said the changes would eventually affect more than 1,500 contract farmers and 5,000 chicken houses. (Balt. Sun)

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Valentine: 'Only product of its kind' could await business park

A large shell building constructed by Allegany County at its Barton Business Park was ready for occupancy in September, but remains vacant and vehicle access has been blocked. Despite the nobody-home appearance, County Commissioner Bill Valentine remains optimistic about the future of the 200- by 200-foot structure and those who will eventually work there. He said exciting news could be in the near future. Valentine on Friday said a company considering occupancy is headed by a local entrepreneur who wants to manufacture a unique product. (Times-News)

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New pet resort, clinic to open on Rockville Pike

A southern California veterinarian is about to introduce Rockville’s residents – human and nonhuman alike – to his brand of pet care. Dr. Boyd’s Veterinary Resort, a facility that will combine boarding services and medical care, held a ribbon-cutting Saturday to celebrate its opening at 11503 Rockville Pike. The roughly 12,500-square-foot center will provide spa and grooming services, medical care, training, and daycare or longer-term accommodations. (Bethesda)

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Annapolis Athletic Club owners buy Edgewater Fitness

The owners of Annapolis Athletic Club in Eastport have bought Edgewater Fitness Club, a 42,000-square-foot business with 3,800 members. Ten Oaks Partners purchased the club from an Edgewater Athletic Club LLC, an ownership group that includes health club industry veteran Larry Ray. The sale closed Thursday, but terms were not released. (Capital)

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Boutique steps up to help Alfred Angelo brides

Alfred Angelo Bridal closed all of its shops Thursday, leaving some ladies in a lurch but one Glen Burnie shop is stepping up to help. One bride said she ordered her dress from Alfred Angelo, paid a deposit and, now, doesn't know if she'll get any of that back. "I called here right away," said Alexis Accinelli, a bride to be. "She actually pulled a bunch of stuff and styles that I had on earlier that looked really really similar to it and I'm really lucky." (WMAR-TV)

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Website lists Bethesda as third most expensive city for D.C.-area renters

A website for apartment hunters has ranked Bethesda as the D.C. region’s third most expensive city for rental housing. Median monthly rent for a one-bedroom unit in Bethesda stands at $2,040, according to the data compiled by Zumper. Leading the list was Arlington, Virginia, where the median rent for such apartments was $2,350. Washington, D.C., came in second place with a median rent of $2,150. (Bethesda)

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