Brochin urges state officials to deny Greene Turtle loan

State Sen. Jim Brochin of Towson this week joined a chorus of high-ranking officials who oppose a proposed state loan to help fund renovations to the Greene Turtle in Towson. Brochin, whose District 42 includes the Towson area, wrote a letter on Wednesday to Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp in which he asked the pair to reject the loan when it comes before the three-member state Board of Public Works next week. (Patuxent)

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Kickstarter pays off for Earth Starter 

Earth Starter LLC, a Frederick-based company that makes the Nourishmat for home-grown vegetable gardening, raised over $100,000 in a crowdfunding campaign, the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship announced. (Daily Record)

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Giant Food expands Peapod service to include gas fill-up

An innovative new model for delivering groceries opened in Montgomery County, where shoppers who order groceries online can fill their gas tanks while attendants stock their car trunks with their purchases. Giant Food opened a gas station in Chevy Chase that also will serve as a standalone location for groceries purchased online through its Peapod service. (Wash. Times)

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Jos. A. Bank issues profit warning

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. expects profits to drop in the second quarter, the Hampstead-based retailer announced Thursday. Earnings are expected to decline to about 49 cents to 53 cents per share, compared with 83 cents per share in the second quarter of 2012, the company said. (Balt. Sun)

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Slater touts solar, reliability projects at SMECO meeting

Members of the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative had an opportunity to learn about new projects, talk with employees and board members, and win prizes at the utility’s 75th annual meeting at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. “We’ve made some significant accomplishments in the past year. All of them were planned to move us into the future,” said SMECO President and CEO Austin J. “Joe” Slater Jr. (Independent)

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Paint pigment price-fixing suit to proceed 

A federal judge has cleared the way for a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit to proceed against a Hunt Valley company that allegedly conspired to inflate and fix the price of a widely used paint additive. (Daily Record)

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Harbor Point developer to buy project's city-issued bonds

The developer of Harbor Point plans to buy the initial offering of city-issued bonds for the $1.8 billion project, allowing him to collect millions in interest from the controversial public financing deal, city officials confirmed Thursday. Developer Michael S. Beatty's Harbor Point Development Group LLC plans to purchase about $35 million of the $107 million in bonds and would earn an estimated 6.5 percent interest rate, according to Stephen M. Kraus, the city's chief of treasury management. Kraus said the arrangement would save the city money because a private sale is cheaper to orchestrate than a public bond offering. (Balt. Sun)

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Toby Bozzuto joins ULI advisory board

Bozzuto Group President Toby Bozzuto has been appointed to the Urban Land Institute’s national advisory board for housing. Bozzuto will help guide “strategic direction and ongoing program guidance” for ULI’s efforts to shape housing policy and create housing opportunities nationwide. Bozzuto, formerly head of the Bozzuto Group’s development company, became company president in February. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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