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Godiva Is Closing Or Selling All U.S. Stores, Including 4 In Maryland

Luxury chocolatier Godiva is getting out of the brick and mortar business. The company is closing or selling all 128 of its brick-and-mortar stores in North America, it announced in a statement. It plans to complete the closures and sales by the end of March. That would include four stores here in Maryland at the Towson Town Center, The Mall of Columbia, in Bethesda and a Godiva café in the Westfield Annapolis mall.

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First Post-COVID Residential Development Redwood Campus Center To Open In Baltimore In July 2021

A new, innovative apartment building in downtown Baltimore will maximize style while making public health a priority in the post-COVID world. Metropolitan, a real estate investment and development company, is expected to open the Redwood Campus Center at 300 West Redwood Road in July 2021 and will house students, faculty and staff from the nearby University of Maryland, Baltimore medical campus. Downtown Partnership said it’s the country’s first post coronavirus engineered residential project and will feature 395 single-occupancy, fully-furnished residences with enhanced air filtration, increased elevator-to-resident ratios and number of amenities.

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Potomac Edison installs first EV fast-charging stations in Md.

Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., completed installation of four electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations in Hancock and McHenry, the first such units the company has installed in its Maryland service area. Fast-charging stations, also known as direct-current fast chargers (DCFC), can provide an 80% charge for most vehicles in less than an hour, enabling drivers to recharge during the day or on a break. Earlier this month, Potomac Edison installed two of these stations at Joseph Hancock Primitive Park in Hancock, and in late December the company installed two fast-charging stations at the Deep Creek Lake Information Center in McHenry.

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Baltimore City Council approves fee cap on Grubhub, Door Dash, other restaurant delivery apps

A cap on fees charged by third-party food delivery apps was approved Monday evening by Baltimore City Council and will become effective as soon as it’s signed by Mayor Brandon Scott. The cap, which is the first bill passed by City Council under the leadership of new Democratic Council President Nick Mosby, bars delivery apps from charging more than 15% of the total cost of an order. Typically, apps such as Grubhub, Door Dash, Uber Eats and Postmates take a 30% cut.

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Bank of America awards $750 cash bonuses to employees amid pandemic

Bank of America Corp. is awarding cash bonuses to employees as a show of support during the pandemic, the bank said in a memo this week. Eligible employees earning $100,000 or less in annual pay will receive a $750 award. Employees making $100,001 to $500,000 per year will receive a stock grant based on compensation, the memo said. These awards are in addition to any regular incentives.

With little land left to build on, redevelopment must be embraced.

Howard County is almost entirely built out — but that doesn’t mean it has reached its full growth potential. After decades of new, ground-up development, just 2% of the county’s land remains undeveloped, outside of roads, parks and preserved farmland.

New head of Maryland Bankers Association looks to build on strengths

On Jan. 11, Ramon O. Looby took over as president and CEO of the Maryland Bankers Association, the organization that represents the more than 1,400 branches of community, regional and nationwide banks and thrift associations. He succeeded longtime president and CEO Kathleen Murphy, who resigned last year to take a similar position in Massachusetts.

Maryland Union Leaders Blast Gov. Hogan Over COVID-19 Health, Safety Agreements Following Deaths Of More Essential Workers

Three more essential workers in the State of Maryland have now died from COVID-19. The local chapter of the Municipal Workers Union AFSCME said the victims worked in state prisons and at the University of Maryland College Park. Leaders with the local chapter of the AFSCME said they learned a Hagerstown night shift correctional officer died of COVID-19 within the last 48 hours.

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‘Dangerous Coup Attempt’: Maryland Lawmakers, Sheltering In Place Amid Capitol Protests, Blast Trump: He ‘Needs To Stop This Now’

WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Protesters breached the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon as lawmakers were convened to certify the Electoral College votes from the 2020 presidential election, sending lawmakers into lockdown. Maryland lawmakers were among those ushered to safety as the protesters entered the Capitol building.

Government groups back Baltimore’s high court fight against Big Oil

Groups representing state and local governments are supporting Baltimore in its U.S. Supreme Court fight to ensure the city’s climate change lawsuit against Big Oil is heard in state rather the federal court. In a brief filed with the justices last month, the National Conference of State Legislatures and other groups said a lower court …

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