Tribune Co. plans to spin off newspapers

The Baltimore Sun's owner said Wednesday that it plans to spin off its newspapers as a separate company, the latest move in the Tribune Co.'s effort to focus on the more profitable broadcasting industry .Chicago-based Tribune said its publishing assets, which include the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and six other daily newspapers, would be split off with its own board and senior management while the rest of Tribune's holdings — including its television stations and real estate — would stay with the original company. (Balt. Sun)

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Company proposes luxury apartments at former gas station

The former Exxon gas station at 7340 Wisconsin Ave. will be home to a luxury apartment building with retail on the first floor, if the developer Bainbridge get its way. Bainbridge Companies, which is based in Florida and has an office in Bethesda, bought the defunct gas station, which stood shuttered for a year, from the Exxon Mobil Foundation in May. This will be Bainbridge’s second luxury, mixed-use building in Bethesda — the first is a 17-story high rise, now under construction, on St. Elmo Avenue. (Gazette)

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Attorney disbarred following affair with client 

Maryland’s top court Wednesday disbarred an attorney, by a vote of 5-2, for having an intimate relationship with her client in a divorce and child custody proceeding, having a financial interest in his child-support obligation, communicating directly with the opposing party and lying to bar counsel. (Daily Record)

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Maryland Live! officials to discuss poker room

Maryland Live! officials plan to break through the casino floor wall with sledgehammers to mark the entrance to a poker room set to open next month.The event is scheduled for Thursday at the casino in Hanover. (AP/WTOP)

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Community requests Harbor Point share its tax benefit 

A crowd of nearly 150 — many of them residents of public housing and local clergy — packed the chambers of the Baltimore City Council Wednesday for a committee hearing on a set of tax breaks totaling $88 million for a waterfront development where the energy giant Exelon Corp. plans to locate its local headquarters. (Daily Record)

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Taxpayers may have to foot hotel debt

The Baltimore City-owned Hilton Hotel has become a financial drain, and next month a decision will have to be made whether to tap the city's general fund to cover debt payments. The taxpayer-funded hotel has lost millions each year since it opened in 2008. (WBAL-TV)

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Utility contracting drops among diverse-ownership firms

Maryland utilities participating in a voluntary program that encourages the use of suppliers owned by minorities, women or disabled veterans spent 11 percent less on contracts with such businesses last year even as total contracting grew modestly. The figures, released Tuesday by the state Public Service Commission, struck an off note in an otherwise celebratory commission hearing that marked the 20th anniversary of supplier diversity efforts. (Balt. Sun)

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AAMC plans $28 million cut to combat high health care costs

Anne Arundel Medical Center will cut expenses by $28 million during the next fiscal year, a move that will reduce employee hours and spending and possibly eliminate jobs. All departments at the Annapolis-area hospital have been ordered to reduce costs by 6 percent, said Chad Dillard, an AAMC spokesman. (Capital)

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