BSO musicians, management reach tentative contract agreement

After twice delaying its 2019 season amid a contract dispute, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians and management have reached a tentative agreement that could see the orchestra return to the stage as early as next week. BSO management and musicians jointly announced news of the agreement Saturday but declined to release details until the contract is ratified. If approved, the orchestra could open its season — originally scheduled to start Sept. 14 — on Friday, according to the release. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland adds 500 jobs in August, ending streak of losses

Maryland gained 500 jobs in August, ending a three-month streak of losses, while the unemployment rate remain unchanged. A number of industries in the private sector added jobs during the month, but were offset by a loss of 4,600 jobs in the professional and business services industry, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The professional and business services industry is a key one for Maryland because of the state's plethora of government contractors that do business with the federal government. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Fellow Pa. potato chip maker Utz has deal to buy Berlin-based Snyder

Snyder of Berlin, Somerset County's snack-making mainstay, is in line for a new owner. Through a definitive agreement last week, Snyder of Berlin and five other potato chip brands will be shifted from $7.8 billion Chicago-based packaged foods conglomerate Conagra Brands to Utz Quality Foods, a fellow Pennsylvania potato chip-maker with a nearly century-old snacking legacy. (Times-News)

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Boeing, Northrop spar over $85 billion nuclear missile program

There was an $85 billion elephant in the room at this year’s Air Force Association conference, an annual trade show where thousands of uniformed airmen rub shoulders with suit-clad defense contractors hawking the latest advanced weaponry. Those entering the conference hotel in National Harbor, Md., were welcomed by an enormous blue banner splashed with the Northrop Grumman logo and the words “LEGENDARY DETERRENCE” ― a not-so-subtle reference to the company’s ballistic missile ambitions. (Wash. Post)

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Former Baltimore student worked at 3 plants GM shut down. Now he does double picket duty in strike.

At 8 a.m. Monday Mike Yakim walked the picket line at General Motors’ Lansing, Mich., Delta Township plant. Less than 48 hours later, Yakim was on the picket line in front of GM’s largely vacated Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio, where he had worked for more than eight years before GM idled it in March. “Since we don’t have a lot of people at Lordstown, the union put out a note on Facebook that anyone in the area, retirees or anyone, can come give us a hand picketing,” said Yakim. (Balt. Sun)

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Eddie’s of Mount Vernon to move to Belvedere tower nearby

Eddie’s of Mount Vernon, the Baltimore neighborhood’s longtime grocery anchor on West Eager Street, will move next year to the Belvedere condominium tower a block away, the supermarket owner said Friday. The supermarket has faced an uncertain future amid plans for a 10-story apartment building on its block. Eddie’s will fill a 5,000-square-foot vacancy on the lower level of the Belvedere, with an entrance on North Charles Street. The Beaux Arts style building opened as a hotel in 1903 and was converted to condos in 1991. (Balt. Sun)

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Jeff Bezos wants Amazon to hit carbon neutrality by 2040. HQ2 will play a big role.

Jeff Bezos is committing to move Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) to net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 as part of a broader private sector climate change initiative — and he says the company’s Arlington headquarters will play a major part in meeting that goal. In a rare local public appearance, the Amazon CEO stopped by the National Press Club in D.C. Thursday to unveil his new environmental plans. The move comes on the eve of the launch of the global climate strike, an international initiative designed to drive home the urgency of climate action. It is expected to include a walkout of close to 1,500 Amazon workers. (Wash. Bus. Journal) 

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As Canadian company defies fish harvest cap, Maryland advocates worry of impact on striped bass, other species

Omega said it is operating under a cap of about 83,000 metric tons of menhaden harvest, written into Virginia law. The menhaden fishery is 140 years old in that state, and when the Atlantic fisheries commission in 2017 cut the Chesapeake menhaden quota to 51,000 metric tons, the industry convinced Virginia lawmakers to reject it and set its own cap.  (Balt. Sun) 

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