Sinclair debuts streaming service for its local TV stations

The nation’s largest owner of television stations launched a free, ad-supported streaming service Wednesday drawing on local news, sports and other programs from the 191 TV stations it owns in 89 U.S. markets. Sinclair said the motivation behind Stirr is in part to help viewers “access the local news and lifestyle programming that is relevant to their everyday life.” Sinclair was admonished by media watchdogs in April after the sports news service Deadspin pieced together clips of dozens of TV anchors for Sinclair reading from the same script. (Daily Record)

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BWI workers rally for unionization amid government shutdown

Jim Burns joined a union when he began working as a ground refueler at BWI Marshall Airport 18 years ago. But in 2008, he said, workers lost union representation and, with that, raises holidays, vacation time and other benefits. “We’re underpaid, understaffed and overworked,” Burns said. On Wednesday, Burns and other local employees with Menzies Aviation, the company that handles refueling and other services at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, demonstrated outside the airport to push their employer to recognize their union. (Balt. Sun)

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Flying Dog brewing up a THC-infused pale ale

Frederick, Maryland-based Flying Dog Brewery is partnering with Maryland medical marijuana grower Green Leaf Medical Cannabis to produce the first THC-infused beer in the state. It will be a nonalcoholic India pale ale named Hop Chronic. Flying Dog said the beer will be a medical delivery system for Maryland medical cannabis patients, with the benefits but without patients having to smoke or vape cannabis. (WTOP)

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Pepco grid upgrades in Maryland could mean rate hikes for customers

Pepco is hoping to recover nearly $29.99 million spent modernizing the local energy grid by increasing rates for customers. If approved, the average customer using about 863 kilowatt-hours per a month would see their bills increase by about 2.76 percent — or $3.51. Pepco said the upgrades included new equipment, which has resulted in the lowest average numbers of electric outages in Pepco’s history last year and a decrease in the average length of an outage by 59 percent. Last year, Pepco also upgraded breakers, switch gear and transformers. The company also installed about 34 miles of underground cable. (WTOP)

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Gov. Hogan's second inaugural gala sponsored by over 60 companies

More than 60 companies donated money to sponsor Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford's 2019 inaugural gala, according to the head of the Inaugural Committee. The celebration is set to take place Wednesday evening at MGM National Harbor casino following this afternoon's swearing-in ceremony in Annapolis. Individual tickets to the gala go for $150, but top donors spent between $10,000, and at least $100,000, to sponsor the nonprofit event, a donation page for the event shows. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Edgewood's Smiths Detection lands large Homeland Security contract for radiation monitoring devices

An Edgewood-based maker of testing devices for hazardous materials has won a contract worth up to $291 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to supply radiation monitors. Smiths Detection Inc. secured the contract from the department’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction office. The company’s passive radiation portal monitors can be installed at checkpoints to detect potentially dangerous radiation materials. The monitoring system is capable of scanning vehicles, shipping containers, packages and people. (Balt. Sun)

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Staples to close Hanover warehouse, lay off 61

The office supply giant Staples plans to close its fulfillment center in Hanover, eliminating many of the 61 local positions, as it consolidates its regional warehouses, according to information from company and state officials. The company reported this week to the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation that it would shutter the center at 7021 Dorsey Road in mid-March. The 200,000-square-foot building is owned by the Blackstone Group in New York, according to CoStar, a real estate information service. (Balt. Sun)

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Sinclair Broadcast launches STIRR streaming service

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. announced the launch Wednesday of a free streaming TV service called STIRR that will include local and national channels and on-demand shows, a step the Hunt Valley-based TV station owner said would boost access to broadcast programming in a digital age. The streaming app, seen as a way for the broadcaster to better compete with cable channels such as Fox News, will offer users access to national news, sports, movies and digital channels, a video-on-demand library and a new local channel featuring news and lifestyle programming based on a viewer’s location. (Balt. Sun)

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