Investigation: Urban poor are hit hardest as the planet heats up

Cities, crowded and paved-over, already feel the impact, with poorer air quality and streets, highways and bridges damaged by storms. But certain neighborhoods will continue to feel the effects of extreme temperatures more than others. Researchers at Portland State University in Oregon and the Science Museum of Virginia have mapped these areas, called urban heat islands, and data shows that temperatures here and in surrounding neighborhoods can run 8 degrees hotter than in communities that have more trees and less pavement. Residents in the hottest areas have higher rates of chronic illnesses affected by heat, including asthma and COPD. In hot weather, emergency medical calls for some chronic conditions increase. The rate of emergency medical calls for cardiac arrest and congestive heart failure, for example, nearly double when the heat index hits 103 degrees.

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Visit Baltimore crafts new convention sales strategy after loss of major events

As one of Baltimore's biggest conventions prepares for its last stint in the city for the foreseeable future, local tourism officials are taking a new look at their strategies for selling events. Officials with Visit Baltimore, the city's quasi-public tourism agency, say it's unlikely another convention on the scale of the Natural Products Expo will swoop in to replace the loss by next year. Events like the expo, which ranked as the city's second largest convention in 2018 with 14,582 room-nights booked and $12.08 million in economic impact, are usually booked several years in advance. (Balt. Bus. Journal) 


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Tenable founders donate $500K to Howard County General Hospital

Cyndi and Ron Gula, co-founders of Columbia-headquartered cybersecurity company Tenable, Tuesday donated $500,000 to Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, to support the hospital’s campus construction project. The Gulas now run Gula Tech Adventures, an investment firm focused on helping early stage cybersecurity companies. Cyndi first became acquainted with the vision of Howard County General Hospital at a health advocacy session held at the hospital for community leaders. (Daily Record)

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Maryland Stadium Authority boosts upper limit of consulting contract by $166K

Facing a greater-than-anticipated demand for feasibility studies and consulting services, the Maryland Stadium Authority is raising the upper limit of its on-call consulting contract. The stadium authority's board on Tuesday voted to increase the maximum value of a contract with Crossroads Consulting Services LLC from $650,000 to $816,000. The extra $166,000 will give the board leeway to commission new studies before the term of the contract is up in June 2020, said Al Tyler, an assistant vice president for the authority's capital projects development group. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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‘The status quo is unacceptable’: Walmart will stop selling some ammunition and exit the handgun market

Walmart will stop selling ammunition for military-style weapons and no longer allow customers to openly carry firearms in stores, becoming the latest big-box chain to bow to public pressure that has been building after a recent series of mass shootings around the country. The world’s largest retailer had been under mounting calls to respond to two deadly shootings inside its stores this summer in El Paso, and Southaven, Miss. (Wash. Post)

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Global markets rattled amid standoffs over Brexit and U.S.-China trade war

A maelstrom of anxieties dragged down global markets Tuesday, as ongoing Brexit chaos and worrisome manufacturing data dovetailed with a tense impasse in the U.S.-China trade war. The latest rounds of tariffs from both nations took hold over the weekend, with each piling on to the hundreds of billions of dollars in imports already tied up in the drawn-out conflict. Despite dovish remarks from leaders on both sides late last week, there has been no official word on when new negotiations will take place. (Wash. Post)


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Emergent BioSolutions gets contract that may be worth $2B

A Gaithersburg maker of products that address public health threats received a federal contract that could be worth roughly $2 billion. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services signed a 10-year contract with Emergent BioSolutions Inc. to continue to supply ACAM2000 smallpox vaccine to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile, Emergent announced. (Daily Record)

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Bambao to replace the Manchurian Rice Co. in Harbor East

Baltimore investor Michael Tsakalos and a group of students from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School developed Bambao to create “an experience that embodies kindness and inspires mindful living,” said Tsakalos in the release. The restaurant owners, led by Tsakalos, solicited feedback from the students, many of whom are Chinese nationals, to better understand what they wanted in a dining experience. The owners then enlisted brand architect Andre Vaseghi and designer Stephanie Bradshaw to create the restaurant concept. (Balt. Sun)

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