CareFirst renews 26,000-square-foot lease in Owings Mills

CareFirst of Maryland Inc. has renewed its 26,040-square-foot lease at BECO Towers in Owings Mills. The company had been searching for new office space ahead of its lease termination on June 30, but was persuaded to stay in the building after BECO Management Inc. unveiled plans for a $15 million renovation in its two Class-A towers at 10451 and 10461 Mill Run Circle. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Leadership Maryland names new CEO

The head of Anne Arundel County’s technology incubator has been named CEO of Leadership Maryland. Renee Winsky will replace Nancy Minieri, who founded the organization in 1992 and announced her retirement in March. Winsky - who has been the executive director of the Chesapeake Innovation Center since 2010 - will begin her new post in September and work with Minieri through the end of the year. (Capital)

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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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