Ripken’s hometown dispute concerns, puzzles Aberdeen residents and him

Cal Ripken Jr. says an escalating dispute with Aberdeen officials has led to “misperceptions in the community” where the baseball Hall of Famer was born and remains a local icon. The dispute began as a discussion over who should manage weddings, proms, fundraisers and other non-baseball events at Aberdeen-owned Ripken Stadium — where the minor-league baseball team owned by Cal and brother Billy Ripken, the IronBirds, plays its home games. (Balt. Sun)

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October 6 // Sinclair defends takeover of Tribune Media in FCC response

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has declined to offer a list of TV stations it plans to sell or is marketing for sale in a response to federal regulators’ request for information about the broadcaster’s proposed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media Co. But the Hunt Valley-based TV station owner would need to sell licenses in at least two markets under current national TV station ownership limits, the company said in a document filed late Thursday with the Federal Communications Commissions. The FCC asked Sinclair last month to show how it plans to comply with ownership limits after it buys Tribune. (Balt. Sun)

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BDC's Cole says stakeholders are pulling 'long hours' as deadline for Amazon HQ2 nears

The Baltimore Development Corp. and other stakeholders are on track to have the city's bid for Amazon.com's second headquarters ready by Oct. 19. William H. Cole IV, CEO of the city's economic development agency, said everyone in the so-called war room is putting in "long hours" to make sure the city makes its best possible submission for the $5 billion project and the 50,000 jobs that will come along with it. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland casinos generate $134.5 million in September, with MGM still leading the pack

Maryland casinos raked in $134.5 million in September, a 38.6 percent increase over September 2016 driven by MGM National Harbor, the state’s newest gaming venue. The resort, which opened in December along the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, generated $49.3 million last month from slot machines and table games. Without taking MGM’s numbers into account, casino revenues in the state declined by $11.9 million compared with the same time last year – a 12.3 percent dip. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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TEDCO awards stem cell funding, $7 million more up for grabs

The Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission approved funding totaling nearly $1.1 million to four companies and researchers working on stem cell products and medical therapies. It marks the first of two rounds of award approvals this year, to be administered by the Maryland Technology Development Corp. The funding is intended to help companies accelerate the pace commercialization and get their therapies out to patients faster. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Pre-leasing open for 1405 Point in Harbor Point

Beatty Development Group has begun pre-leasing for Harbor Point’s first residential tower. The 17-story building, called 1405 Point, is expected to be completed in February. The first of the building’s 289 apartments will be available in January. Prices start at $1,560 a month for a 368-square-foot studio. The largest three-bedroom units with 1,136 square feet of space will be priced at $3,440 a month. Each apartment includes modern cabinetry, quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the harbor. Some units will have private balconies. (Balt. Sun)

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October 5 // Baltimore makes cut for list of potential 2026 World Cup host cities

The United Bid Committee announced Wednesday that Baltimore is among the 32 North American cities that could serve as a 2026 FIFA World Cup host. The list was trimmed from 41 applicants across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Representatives from the 32 remaining cities will meet in Houston next month with the United Bid Committee. The selection process will weigh factors such as city profile, stadium and support facilities and services such as transportation. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. Chamber stresses unity as Amazon HQ2 deadline, legislature near

Unification was a repeated theme throughout the Maryland Chamber of Commerce's two-day Business Policy and Competitiveness Conference. Whether it be attracting Amazon.com Inc. to Maryland, stopping the legislature from enacting a paid sick leave law, or figuring out how businesses can help their communities, every discussion in Cambridge during the Sept. 28-29 event came back to a need for businesses to come together. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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