Vocal MGM critic chaired Penn National's anti-gambling campaign in Prince George's Co.

Forest Heights Mayor Jacqueline Goodall raises valid points about her community’s well-being as she vocally opposes MGM Resorts International’s National Harbor casino plans. But many seem to have forgotten that one year ago, Goodall chaired the “Get the Facts - Vote No on 7” campaign funded by Penn National Gaming Inc., one of MGM’s two Prince George’s County competitors. Goodall was paid $15,000 for her consulting services, and she’s since come out in favor of Penn National's $700 million casino-resort proposal for Rosecroft Raceway. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Prince George's listening session yields earful of development concerns

Belinda Queen of Capitol Heights took the opportunity Monday night to tell elected leaders that quality development is needed, saying to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D): “Enough is enough.” “We need a better shopping center, better restaurants and better stores. Stop bringing low-income stores with poor service in here,” Queen said. (Gazette)

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Langley Park businesses fear Purple Line's impact

Businesses in the Langley Park and Takoma Langley Crossroads could benefit from the proposed Purple Line, said Jorge Sactic, president of the Langley Park Small Business Owners Association. That is, he said, if they survive the anticipated rent increases and revenue losses during construction of the $2.2 billion light rail system, expected to open in 2020. “We’re worried,” said Sactic, who has operated businesses in La Union Mall on University Boulevard in Langley Park since 1999. “What are we going to do? Where are all these people going to go?” (Gazette)

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Can Indiegogo fund biotech? PepVax bets on it

Biotech and crowdfunding don't sound particularly compatible. The staggering research, clinical and regulatory costs associated with putting "pill number one" on the market seems like it would prevent a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign, especially since trading equity for funding isn't legal yet. As it stands now, these are donation platforms, most commonly used to fund small-bore projects, not drug development. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Poolesville residents shopping for grocery store

After waiting almost two years for a grocery store to move into town, Poolesville residents are rallying to find a solution. Selby’s Market, formerly at 19610 Fisher Ave., closed in January 2012. The building has remained empty since Selby’s moved out. “It doesn’t speak well for the town,” said Poolesville resident Bob Cissel. Cissel said he would like to see another grocery store in the Selby’s space, but it’s too big for the kind of small-business grocer they need. (Gazette)

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Lehigh Cement abates concerns of New Windsor residents over possible quarry expansion

New Windsor residents concerned with the proposed changes to the mining provisions of the county code have largely had their worries addressed by Lehigh Cement Co., which is looking to expand its quarry in the town and transport limestone via a conveyor belt to its plant in Union Bridge. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Plans for Hamilton Hotel renovation hits snags

A grand plan to renovate retail, office and residential space in the former Hamilton Hotel in downtown Hagerstown has run into a number of obstacles, according to one of the building’s owners. The building at 86-98 W. Washington St. was deemed uninhabitable by the city in April due to outstanding code violations, including water pipes that burst after the property went without heat last winter.

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Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op closing Silver Spring location

The Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op, called by some a “local treasure,” is closing its Silver Spring grocery Friday after years of financial losses. The co-op, with almost 8,000 members, carries everything from organically grown and other local produce to chocolate bars, pinto beans, meatless burgers and soy milk. After 51 profitable months and 89 months of losses, the co-op’s board decided to close the Silver Spring location at 8309 Grubb Road. (Gazette)

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