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CEO at troubled vaccine plant received 51 percent compensation boost in 2020

Emergent BioSolutions, the troubled manufacturer at the heart of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine production problems, gave its chief executive officer a 51 percent increase in total compensation in 2020, to $5.6 million, according to a public filing Friday. The annual proxy disclosure by the publicly traded company said CEO Robert Kramer received $893,000 in salary, a $1.2 million bonus, $2.1 million in stock awards, and $1.4 million in stock options.

Route One Apparel Releases ‘BARCS Box’ To Help Support Animal Rescue Center

Sunday is National Pet Day, and Route One Apparel has the perfect treat for your best friend that also helps other pets in need. The company created “BARCS Boxes” for dogs and their owners. It includes lots of toys, treats, accessories, and even a paw print face mask! All of the proceeds from the sale of each $75 box will be donated directly to BARCS to help with their animal care costs in Baltimore City.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held For Cahill Fitness Center Opening

Baltimore City leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the brand new Cahill Fitness and Wellness Center. The new state-of-the-art facility includes getting a new splash pad, swimming pool and gym. The old center was known for its children’s theater, so the new center is the first in the city to include a full-service performance theater. The center opened to the public Saturday.

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Where things stand for Md. businesses as end nears for General Assembly session

Many bills impacting the business community and Greater Baltimore remain up in the air with just a few days left in the Maryland General Assembly’s annual legislative session. Lawmakers early on completed one of their biggest priorities, passing a $1 billion Covid-19 relief package. They recently checked another off their list by passing a $52 billion budget for fiscal 2022. Notably, the General Assembly also moved early to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetos of several bills from last year, including one implementing a new first-in-the-nation digital advertising tax.

For Orioles fans, familiar Opening Day traditions are reinvigorating after a trying year: ‘This feels like a huge step forward’

The sign above the entrance to Pickles Pub said it all: “BASEBALL IS BACK.” The Orioles welcomed fans back to Camden Yards for the first time in more than 18 months on Thursday, hosting the Boston Red Sox for their first game game of 2021. Attendance was limited to 25% capacity, with an announced crowd of 10,150 fans declared a sellout as the team tried to adhere to its own health and safety guidelines after the coronavirus pandemic limited last season to 60 games and kept fans out of ballparks across the country.

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Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine allotment will be ‘relatively low’ until Baltimore plant that ruined doses gets FDA approval

Maryland health officials expect to see a drastic reduction in the state’s allocation of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine next week — a shortfall that will lead to a 33% drop overall in the availability of first- or single-dose vaccines compared to this week, officials said. The state will have 78,000 fewer than expected doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine next week, Maryland Health Department spokesman Charles Gischlar said Thursday.

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Biotech company acquires industrial building in Frederick to create tech hub

Biotech company VaLogic has acquired a 75,400-square-foot building in Frederick to create a suburban tech center near Interstate 270. The company bought a vacant commercial building at 7495 New Horizon Way for $7.7 million and soon will begin to gut and redo the interior to create the new office and lab space to lease to several smaller companies. VaLogic for years has consulted on engineering and compliance issues for life science and bioscience companies. It is one of dozens of existing bioscience companies in the county, which is considered a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. because of its location off Interstates 70 and 270.

Harford sober living community not a permitted use, special exception needed, says zoning hearing examiner

Harford County’s former planning and zoning director made a mistake when he determined that five houses serving as sober living facilities could be built in a residential neighborhood south of Bel Air without a special exception, a county zoning hearing examiner determined recently. Instead of classifying the New Points sober living community as single-family homes, former planning and zoning director Bradley Killian should’ve classified it as a “group home for sheltered care” or “personal care boarding home,” according to hearing examiner Robert F. Kahoe Jr.’s report.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
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Baltimore arts organizations face ‘dynamic calculus’ as they ponder restarting live performances

Music is headed back to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall this autumn, with an in-person audience to experience it. At the Hippodrome Theatre, there are plans for a fall comeback for touring Broadway musicals, as well. At Baltimore Center Stage, a return date for live theater, with patrons in seats, will have to wait for now. As Baltimore’s arts organizations mull when, and how, to resume in-person performances, they’re faced with the same dilemma that has persisted for the past year: how to plan for the future when the circumstances of the present are still liable to shift at any moment.

On the Money: Under Armour supports voting rights, VC firm raises $240M for Asia fund

Baseball season is back and I couldn’t be happier about it. Those of you who know me are aware I’m a big San Francisco Giants fan (put Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame already), but I consider the Orioles to be my American League team. My grandparents were longtime season-ticket holders, and I love hearing “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” during the Airbnb ad that seems to come on during every commercial break when I’m watching TV.

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