‘No Tech for ICE’: Protesters demand Amazon cut ties with federal immigration enforcement

Hundreds of protesters had a message for Amazon at a company summit Thursday in New York: “Cut ties with ICE.” Inside the Amazon Web Services Summit at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Amazon Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels was giving a keynote speech when protesters played the recordings of children being separated from their parents at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility. About 30 protesters, who were all female immigrants and tech workers, interrupted Vogels five times before security removed them from the room, according to protester accounts and media reports. (Wash. Post)

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Orioles Ask Court To Refuse Arbitration Decision With Nats

Lawyers for the Baltimore Orioles were met by skeptical questions from a judge they asked to reject an arbitration decision from baseball executives awarding the Washington Nationals $296.8 million for their television rights from 2012-16. During a three-hour hearing Friday in New York Supreme Court, Justice Joel M. Cohen said he was reluctant to call “balls and strikes” and relitigate the long-running dispute. “Where is the line between second-guessing sort of normal procedural decisions?” asked Cohen, who did not rule. (WJZ)

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Charming Charlie Is Closing All Of Its Stores, Including Maryland Locations

Charming Charlie has fallen victim to the ongoing retail apocalypse. The women’s fashion accessory retailer has filed for bankruptcy for the second time in two years and announced Thursday it will close all of its stores. Charming Charlie has more than 260 stores in 38 states and employs more than 3,300 people. It was founded in 2004. Liquidation of its stores is expected to last nearly two months. Sales on its website have already stopped. In a Delaware bankruptcy court filing, Charming Charlie disclosed that it has only $6,000 in cash on hand. (CNN)

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Baltimore firm nets $4.85M verdict in Virginia products liability case

A Baltimore law firm obtained a $4.85 million products liability verdict in federal court in Virginia Thursday, potentially the largest ever against a national manufacturer of garage doors. Attorney Andrew G. Slutkin said jurors deliberated for around four and a half hours before returning the verdict against Overhead Door Corporation, a Texas-based company. Evangelos Sardis died June 20, 2016 after sustaining a head injury on June 6 while working for Washington Overhead Door Inc. at a construction site in Herndon, Virginia, according to the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond division. (Daily Record)

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UMB-born artificial lung startup raises $6 million

A Baltimore-based medical device startup developing an artificial lung has raised $6 million in funding, in a round that could be worth up to $8 million. Breethe Inc. has raised more than $16 million since 2015 through six separate offerings, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Most recently, Breethe filed to raise a round of up to $5 million last year. It is unclear what the newest infusion of funds will be used for. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Not just a vaccine company: How this Gaithersburg biotech CEO plans to grow the business

Dr. Vipin Garg wants Altimmune Inc. to be more than a vaccine company.So the Gaitherburg biotech’s CEO, not yet a year into his tenure, made his first move in that direction with the acquisition of South San Francisco-based Spitfire Pharma Inc. earlier this week. And there’s more to come. “Unfortunately in the investment community, vaccines are really not something that are very attractive nowadays, so what we want to do is diversify the company so vaccines actually become the upside,” Garg said. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Crowdstrike co-founder joins board of Hanover's Dragos Inc.

Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of CrowdStrike Inc., has joined the board of fast-growing Hanover cybersecurity firm Dragos Inc. Crowdstrike recently launched one the cyber industry's most successful initial public offerings. The firm's June IPO raised $612 million after shares opened at $34 and soared as high as $67 on CrowdStrike Holdings' (NASDAQ: CRWD) first day of trading. Alperovitch co-founded the Silicon Valley company in 2011 and is also chief technology officer. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Charles Co. officials hope new marine sanctuary boosts economy

Officials in Charles County, Maryland, where a historic ship graveyard was recently designated a national marine sanctuary, are hoping the recognition will also bring economic benefits. Kellie Hinkle is chief of the tourism division for the Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism. She tells The Daily Record the newly dubbed Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary could see about a 20 percent increase in tourism visitors. She says hotel occupancy and restaurant traffic will also likely increase. (WTOP)

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