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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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Here are the Baltimore bars and restaurants that have been penalized by the city for coronavirus-related violations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several Baltimore City businesses have been fined or shut down due to overcrowding concerns or allegations that they improperly served customers indoors. At city liquor license board hearings, restaurant owners and commissioners alike have repeatedly cited “confusion” about the city and state regulations. Most establishments have been fined $100 to $200. The health department, meanwhile, has shut down several establishments.

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EverFi eyes international growth as it aims to tackle ‘dangerous collection of crises’ with new online courses

D.C.-based EverFi Inc. has a plan for 2021 — double down on mental health, social and emotional learning online courses at a time when the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic makes those subjects more important than ever. That follows a 2020 when the company grew its online learning platform for K-12 schools, colleges and employers to include more offerings centered on social justice. And it all comes as the pandemic is forcing big cuts in state and local funding for education — and EverFi is hoping to position itself to help fill that gap.

Baltimore-based The Cordish Cos. opens Philadelphia casino and hotel

Baltimore-based The Cordish Cos. opened its latest Live-branded casino and hotel Thursday with an expansion into Philadelphia and the addition of pandemic-related protocols. The opening of Live Casino & Hotel Philadelphia in South Philadelphia’s stadium district follows Cordish’s opening in November of Live Casino Pittsburgh in Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania.

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