White Marsh Mall officials 'disgusted' at flyer comparing Baltimore bus riders to apes

A flyer comparing Baltimore bus riders to apes and encouraging the cutting of what it called the “Ghetto Bus Line” to White Marsh Mall drew boycott threats online — and swift condemnation from mall officials. “Inner City Youths Riot at White Marsh Mall,” the flyer says. “Stop the Ghetto Bus Line! Keep the Uneducated, Loud, Rude, Wild Animals in the City where they belong!” Its appearance follows calls by two Baltimore County Council members for reductions in late-night service to the mall, after a recent fight in the parking lot. (Balt. Sun)

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McDonald's to invest $104M in updating Maryland restaurants

McDonald’s plans to invest about $104 million to update most of its Maryland locations during the next year. The fast-food chain plans to redesign about 135 Maryland eateries in 2018 and 2019. The improvements are part of a $6 billion plan by the company to improve most of its U.S. restaurants by 2020. The physical updates will include redesigned dining rooms with globally and locally inspired decor, new furniture and fresh exteriors. The restaurants will feature digital menus, as well as self-order kiosks that will allow customers to personalize their orders. (Balt. Sun)

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Under Armour, Kevin Plank silent amid University of Maryland football scandal

Under Armour Inc. and CEO and founder Kevin Plank are staying quiet while the University of Maryland reels from an ESPN report alleging abusive treatment and intimidation of football players by coaching staff. Plank, a Maryland alum and significant donor to the university, and his Baltimore-based Under Armour, a major sponsor, declined to comment Monday on the ESPN report but are monitoring the results of a pending investigation being conducted the university. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Samuelson's Diamonds moving to Baltimore County after almost a century in the city

A downtown jeweler that has been a fixture in Baltimore since 1922 is retooling its business and moving to Baltimore County. Samuelson's Diamonds will soon relocate to Quarry Lake, shutting its doors at 419 W. Baltimore St. for good after the Baltimore Antiques and Jewelry Show over Labor Day weekend. The retailer had been located in the city for nearly a century and buys, sells and repairs jewelry — with a specialty on diamonds. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Owner of former Baltimore Sun building ponders new uses

The future of The Baltimore Sun’s former home on Calvert Street just north of downtown remains up in the air. The building’s new owner said it still is evaluating the possibilities for the sprawling brick structure that spans two blocks and includes a parking garage in a third. “We are continuing to develop plans for the future of the building,” said Parick Coggins, vice president of development for Atapco, the Baltimore-based real estate investment and management firm that bought the Sun headquarters building in May 2017. “We currently intend to develop a mixed-use concept in which we hope to include both retail and office components.” (Balt. Sun)

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NewWave's Baltimore office has a fresh take on the classic cubicle

Instead of working in typical cubicle-style workstations, employees at NewWave Telecom and Technologies Inc.'s new collaboration center do their job from a long "open concept" table. Spokesperson for NewWave, Wendy-Paige Hyde, said the layout allows employees to better collaborate when solving problems for clients in the realms of data and cloud services, application and software development, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Mel Brennan, Carroll resident, takes executive position in Fuel Fund of Maryland

Westminster resident Mel Brennan was appointed this month as the executive director of the Fuel Fund of Maryland, a position he will officially begin Monday, Aug. 13. Brennan, a 1996 graduate of McDaniel College, said via email he’s a “big enthusiast” for the future of Maryland. “After living with my family around the nation and overseas, we came back to this region precisely because of its possibilities and its bright future,” Brennan, who enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, said. (Carr. Co. Times)

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August 13 // Emergent BioSolutions to acquire cholera and typhoid vaccines in $270 million deal

Emergent BioSolutions, a Maryland-based pharmaceutical company that provides infectious-disease vaccines for the U.S. government, is about to add cholera and typhoid vaccines to its arsenal of preventives. The company announced Thursday that it is spending $270 million to acquire PaxVax, a specialty vaccines manufacturer that sells Vivotif and Vaxchora, FDA-approved vaccines that protect against typhoid and cholera, respectively. The merger is expected to close by year-end. (Wash. Post)

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