April 18 // Sinclair brings on former Trump aide as chief political analyst

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has hired a former official in President Donald Trump's administration as its chief political analyst. Before leaving the White House at the end of March, Boris Epshteyn was special assistant to the president and assistant communications director for surrogate operations. He was previously a spokesman for Trump's presidential inaugural committee and a senior adviser during the campaign. At Hunt Valley-based Sinclair, Epshteyn, will provide analysis and insight on major political stories. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Brown's Wharf in Fells Point sells for $21 million

Brown's Wharf, the historic retail and office project along the waterfront in Fells Point, has been sold to Continental Realty Corp. for $21 million. Baltimore-based Continental Realty, which bought the 104,000-square-foot project on Thames Street from Hunt Investment Management, plans to invest an additional $2 million to upgrade common areas and building systems and increase street presence. (Balt. Sun)

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Orioles payments to stadium authority exceed original cost of Camden Yards

Twenty-five years after Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened, the Orioles have paid the state $255 million in rent and admission taxes — more than the stadium's sticker price — and state officials say Maryland got a good deal even as it continues to spend $15 million a year to pay off the bonds. Documents obtained from the Maryland Stadium Authority show Oriole Park provides the state money — and costs it money — in relatively equal amounts each year. That doesn't include the less measurable impact the stadium has on consumer spending, state tax revenues and the city's image. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland tech workers make 87% higher wages than state average, report shows

Maryland’s technology industry added about 1,335 new jobs in 2016, and tech workers made an average salary of $107,200, according to a new report from an industry organization. The study from CompTIA shows the new jobs brings the state's tech workforce to more than 182,500. That ranks Maryland at No. 16 in the U.S. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland ranks 5th best state for women to live and work

Maryland is among the best states for women to live and work, according to new research by MoveHub, a relocation company. Calculating factors including the state's gender pay gap, political representation, reproductive rights, and prevalence of domestic violence, Maryland ranked No. 5. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Rue21 closing seven stores in Maryland

Warrendale, Pa.-based retailer rue21 announced over the weekend that it will close 400 stores, including seven in Maryland. There are still 10 locations in the state that will remain open, according to the company's website. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Medical cannabis businesses preparing to open

As the medical cannabis industry in Maryland prepares to go live later this year, two local businesses are making preparations to open their doors. The Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary and the PharmaCulture Corp. are preparing to join the burgeoning industry this year.  Dr. Sajal Roy and partner George Merling will open a dispensary on Cumberland’s West Side at 100 Beall St. Roy said he hopes to open by July 1. (Times-News)

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Maryland's federal workforce offers state a source of cyber entrepreneurs

Zuly Gonzalez and Beau Adkins worked in the digital trenches at the National Security Agency for more than a decade. Gonzalez designed computer protection systems and Adkins figured out how to penetrate such barriers. Their light bulb moment came when they decided to apply their expertise to the commercial sector and founded their company, Light Point Security. Numerous businesses in Maryland's growing cybersecurity industry were founded by former government workers or government contractors, and count such workers among their current and prospective employees. (Balt. Sun)

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