Orioles lose appeal in MASN TV broadcast rights fees dispute with Nationals and MLB

The Orioles on Thursday lost their appeal of a decision ordering their regional television network to pay the neighboring Washington Nationals tens of millions of dollars more in broadcast rights fees. The Orioles and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network — which broadcasts both teams' games — had argued that Major League Baseball had a conflict of interest when its arbitration panel awarded the Nationals nearly $100 million in additional rights fees last year. (Balt Sun)

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New Baltimore architecture hub opens at downtown's One Charles Center next week

After 10 months of construction at the street level of Baltimore’s iconic One Charles Center tower downtown, the city’s American Institute of Architects chapter is ready to move in. AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation will both open offices at the newly built-out Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design, set to debut to the public at a virtual opening and ribbon cutting on Oct. 30. Both organizations have bid farewell to their former headquarters in Mount Vernon, a rowhouse at 11 1/2 W. Chase St. where AIA was based for 31 years. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Election Day as a holiday? Baltimore-area companies take new steps to encourage employees and customers to vote.

Just weeks away from a contentious presidential election amid a pandemic, Baltimore-area companies are joining corporate America’s growing movement to boost voter engagement. Employers such as Under Armour, CareFirst/Blue Cross Blue Shield and DTLR have launched election-related campaigns in recent weeks aimed at their employees and customers. (Balt Sun)

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This restaurant is paying homage to Baltimore’s iconic lake trout — and helping other Black female chefs in the process

For Keyia Yalcin, preparing lake trout is more than getting the perfect cornmeal batter encrusted on the flaky white fish or pairing it with soft, sliced white bread and the right hot sauce. It’s also about acknowledging a sense of history and supporting other Black women in the process. That’s why during October, Yalcin, who owns Fishnet, a pescatarian-focused food stall in Mount Vernon Marketplace, is offering a special on the iconic Baltimore dish. A portion of the proceeds from each dish — which is actually whiting — will be donated to Just Call Me Chef, a local organization that supports and showcases Black women in the culinary industry. (Balt Sun)

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The Ottobar, storied Baltimore music venue, launching local playlist to raise money during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic forced many music and show venues to close or cancel many of their planned activities, losing out on much-needed revenue along the way. The Ottobar in Charles Village, one such venue with a 23-year history in Baltimore, is now trying to support both itself and the music scene it helps sustain with an upcoming fundraiser playlist. Called “No Stagediving,” the playlist will feature 50 or more artists that are local, have gotten their start at the Ottobar or are otherwise associated with the venue, owner Tecla Tesnau said. (Balt Sun)

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Some small PPP recipients waited three times longer than bigger bank customers, report says

Smaller PPP loan applicants at PNC Bank, meanwhile, waited more than twice as long to receive their money, an average of 26.8 days, compared with just 11 days for loans $5 million and over. At Truist Bank, loans under $100,000 took 35.5 days to be funded, compared with 17.9 days for loans $5 million and up. “Although some lenders, including JPMorgan, asserted to the Select Subcommittee that they processed loans from larger customers more quickly due to the customer’s greater business acumen, the staff’s investigation casts doubt on that explanation,” the report said. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Baltimore-area employers join movement encouraging workers, customers to vote

Just weeks away from a contentious presidential election amid a pandemic, Baltimore-area companies are joining corporate America’s growing movement to boost voter engagement. Employers such as Under Armour, CareFirst/Blue Cross Blue Shield and DTLR have launched election-related campaigns in recent weeks aimed at their employees and customers. At a time of heightened political friction and concerns about election integrity, businesses are pushing a simple message — get out and vote, work the polls or otherwise get involved in democracy, no matter your ideology. (Balt Sun)

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The Justice Department is suing Google — but it’s the government’s power to police Big Tech that’s on trial

The U.S. government’s landmark antitrust lawsuit against Google is about to set in motion a long legal war that could have broad implications for the entire tech industry — and Washington’s future ability to police it. The Justice Department on Tuesday alleged that Google engaged in unlawful, anticompetitive tactics to grow its search and advertising empires into dominant digital forces, enriching itself and amassing unrivaled market share that makes it impossible for smaller companies to compete and thrive. (Wash Post)

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