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Maryland casino revenue continued to slide in February

Maryland casino revenues took another tumble in February, with all six of the state’s casinos reporting drops compared with the year before. In all, the industry pulled in $126.2 million last month, a 16.6% year-over-year decrease, according to the latest numbers released Friday by Maryland Lottery and Gaming. Once again, Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino saw the biggest dip. Horseshoe’s February revenue, $14.3 million, was down 20% compared with a year ago. The casino has reported year-over-year declines each month since reopening last June.

Towson music venue The Recher set to reopen March 19 after eight years of closed doors

After being closed for eight years as a concert venue in downtown Towson, The Recher is set to reopen March 19 for limited-capacity shows. The Kelly Bell Band will perform at the grand reopening of the venue previously known as The Recher Theatre. The show is for those who are 21 and over and tickets are $20. Doors open at 7 p.m.  Because of the coronavirus pandemic, masks must be worn at all times except when seated at the table, and there will be temperature checks at the door. Groups that plan to sit together must arrive and enter at the same time. Each table will be spaced at least 6 feet apart and the closest table to the artists onstage is at least 15 feet.

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A COVID Year — Looking Back with Md. Hospital Association CEO Bob Atlas

One year ago, Maryland got its first known case of COVID-19. There have been 7,740 confirmed deaths in Maryland since. As infection rates spiked last spring, the state’s 46 acute-care hospitals had to expand their capacity, increase staffing, hunt down equipment and supplies, and manage unprecedented testing programs — all while trying to keep staff from becoming ill or burned-out. Reporter Bruce DePuyt spoke with Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association this week. The conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Anne Arundel executive invited media to Cancun Cantina inspection as a warning to businesses

Anne Arundel County officials publicized the scheduled health inspection at Cancun Cantina on Saturday night to deter other establishments from skirting COVID-19 restrictions as infections drop and restrictions are eased. County Executive Steuart Pittman received several complaints from residents about the club to his government email account, he said, after a local ’90s tribute band, Doc Marten and the Flannels, played a show on Feb. 20, and people posted videos of the crowded bar to Facebook. Upon learning the health department had already scheduled an inspection on Saturday, the county executive suggested health officials invite the news media, including The Capital.

Johnson & Johnson’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts are anxiously awaiting a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations, as they race against a virus that already has killed more than 510,000 people in the U.S. and is mutating in increasingly worrisome ways. The FDA said J&J’s vaccine offers strong protection against what matters most: serious illness, hospitalizations and death.

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Gaming Companies Make Pitch for More Mobile Sports Betting Licenses

Gaming companies — and those hoping to climb aboard the sports gambling bandwagon — on Thursday urged a House panel to greatly expand the number of licenses for mobile-device-based betting. They said states that have leapt ahead of Maryland in the sports betting arena have done so, in part, because they allowed more players onto the field. Jason Tosches, director of government affairs for TheScore, a Canadian sports betting app that launched in 2007, urged the House Ways and Means Committee to amend House Bill 940 to allow for 24 mobile-only sports betting licenses. Currently the bill allows 10.

Howard Hughes locks in new leases with five companies in Downtown Columbia

Five companies have committed to opening new offices in Downtown Columbia, developer Howard Hughes Corp. announced Thursday. The firms are leasing over 50,000 square feet of combined office space across three buildings, one of which is a 12-story tower at 6100 Merriweather Drive, located in the Houston-based developer’s emerging Merriweather District. The new leases include Advarra, Ames Watson, Applied Network Solutions, Insperity and Olive AI.

Baltimore hit with 25% loss in private sector jobs due to Covid-19, report shows

Private sector jobs in Baltimore dropped 25% in 2020, wiping out hiring gains made during 2019, the city’s economic development arm revealed on Thursday. There were just 6,200 new jobs created in the city last fiscal year amid Covid-19. That is a stark contrast to the 31,900 new jobs during the same period in 2019, a report from the Baltimore Development Corp. showed. The report provided a micro-level snapshot of the local hiring landscape amid the pandemic.

Sheppard Pratt to renovate part of Towson campus for psychedelics research center

Local psychiatric hospital Sheppard Pratt is partnering with a fast-growing mental health care company to build out a center dedicated to research of psychedelic drugs. COMPASS Pathways plc (Nasdaq: CMPS), a United Kingdom-based company developing psychedelic mental health therapies, is establishing its first Centre of Excellence in collaboration with the Sheppard Pratt Institute for Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics.

The Baltimore Sun to be acquired by nonprofit from Tribune Publishing

Returning The Baltimore Sun to Maryland hands, the state’s largest newspaper and its affiliates are to be acquired by a nonprofit formed by businessman and philanthropist Stewart Bainum Jr. that would operate the media organization for the benefit of the community. The sale was made possible by Alden Global Capital’s $630 million deal announced late Tuesday to acquire full control of Tribune Publishing, which also publishes The Chicago Tribune, The New York Daily News and other major newspapers.

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