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Maryland Considering Bill To Allow Beer, Wine In Grocery Stores
If a new bill passes, you might not have to do your beer and wine shopping separate from your groceries. Maryland lawmakers are considering the legislation during this session. It would allow grocery stores in the state to sell beer and wine. In order to qualify for a liquor license under the bill, stores would be required to meet a number of criteria, including offering “a full line of food products” from a number of categories and being located in “priority funding areas.” The legislation excludes smaller markets and bodegas with under 6,000 square feet.
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Sinclair Broadcast will cut 5% of workforce, including at Baltimore-based headquarters

Sinclair Broadcast Group said Wednesday that it plans to cut nearly 600 jobs companywide, including at its Hunt Valley headquarters, because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The layoffs represent 5% of Sinclair’s workforce. “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt across all sectors of the economy, something that can have a profound impact on a company as diversified as ours,” the company said in a statement to The Baltimore Sun.

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Baltimore delays towing contract decisions amid complaints vendors were unfairly targeted by inspector general

Baltimore’s spending board delayed decisions on two city towing contracts Wednesday amid objections from attorneys for two vendors who claimed their clients were unfairly maligned by the city’s inspector general. The five-member Board of Estimates opted to defer decisions on whether to terminate a contract for police-requested towing and to reject bids for a separate heavy equipment towing contract until at least next week. However, the board did allow representatives from both companies to voice complaints about the process.

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Baltimore mayor to overturn pandemic ban on strip clubs days after lawsuit was filed

Baltimore’s strippers can return to their poles after prevailing in a fight against a city ban on adult entertainment during the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott agreed to lift the ban, according to the attorneys who filed a lawsuit against the city last week on behalf of TC Entertainment, owner of The Penthouse Club. That suit, filed in federal court, alleged the club’s First Amendment right to free speech was violated by the ban.

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Digital wellness company BurnAlong secures $7 million to fuel international growth

A Pikesville firm that helps companies and people across 70 different countries work out online has raised $7 million in new funding to support further growth. The new round for four-year-old BurnAlong was led by Calfifornia-based Triventures, and brings the company’s total backing to around $14 million to date. Existing investors include CR2 Ventures, TriSib, DM Wellness, Macks Managed Investments, Steve Altschuler and Sean Glass. Michal Geva, a managing partner at Triventures, will be added to BurnAlong’s board as part of the deal.

Annapolis Pride festival plans in-person event as organizers hope enough people vaccinated against COVID by October

The Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival will take place in person this year — yes, you read that right — in October, to allow for plenty of time for the community to be vaccinated against COVID-19, organizers said. The celebration will take place in downtown Annapolis on Oct. 30, said Pride Chair Jeremy Browning. After the pandemic, the festival will continue annually in June, when most pride events worldwide are held, but this year, Annapolis Pride will celebrate during LGBTQ+ History Month.

Harford finds partner to expand broadband access in northern parts of county; Norrisville area can sign up now

After months of searching, Harford County has entered into a partnership with a private internet service provider to expand broadband access to the county’s rural areas over the next few years, the administration announced Wednesday. ThinkBig Networks, based in Chestertown, was selected as a partner after the county issued a request for information in June 2020. The expansion of broadband to the northern areas of the county will be done in phases, and its construction and timing will be dependent on grant funding, the county administration announced.

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Next Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Shipment Not Coming To Maryland Until March 18, Gov. Hogan Says
In a short-term blow to Maryland’s vaccination efforts, the state will not get any more doses of the new Baltimore-made Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the federal government until March 18th—although the state will get slightly more doses of Pfizer and Moderna. “It takes a while to ramp up production. Because we were so desperately in need of vaccines, they simply pushed [them] out. They’ve been manufacturing these for many months waiting for the approval, and then they just shipped out every single one they had in the one week,” Gov. Larry Hogan said during a news conference in Annapolis Tuesday. “And now they have to catch back up again, and the next shipment wouldn’t come for another 18 days.”
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Howard County Council passes bill prohibiting use of certain single-use plastic by restaurants and retailers

The Howard County Council passed the Plastics Reduction Act in a 4-1 vote Monday night, prohibiting the use of certain single-use plastic by restaurants and retailers. The legislation, introduced last month by County Council member Christiana Mercer Rigby, Vice Chair Opel Jones and Chair Liz Walsh, aims to limit single-use plastic such as straws, stirrers and certain condiment packets in the county by requiring retailers and restaurants to supply alternatives and by asking before giving out condiment packets and plastic ware to customers.

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Baltimore arts groups start to reopen doors to public; BSO plans festival honoring music director Marin Alsop

Like crocuses sending up their vibrantly colored buds after a tough winter, some Baltimore arts groups are reopening to the public for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic descended on Maryland nearly a year ago. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday that it will stage two free outdoor community concerts in June conducted by outgoing music director Marin Alsop. The concerts (on June 5 in the blocks around Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and on June 12 on the grounds of the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda) will be the first time that the BSO has performed before a live audience in 15 months.

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