Baltimore's Kennedy Krieger Institute hires new CEO

Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute has hired a pediatric and developmental neurologist known for his work using brain scans to research cognitive disabilities as its next president and CEO. Dr. Bradley L. Schlaggar, who has served on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for the past 19 years, will start his new job this summer at the institute, which specializes in disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system among children and young adults. Kennedy Krieger’s board chair, Howard B. Miller, announced the new hire Thursday. Schlaggar was hired after a national search. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Museum of Art earns millions from auction of works by Andy Warhol, other masters

The Baltimore Museum of Art auctioned off five paintings by Andy Warhol and other modern masters at Sotheby’s this week for nearly $8 million. The five artworks — one each by Warhol, Franz Kline and Jules Olitski and two by Kenneth Noland — were sold at auctions held Wednesday night and Thursday morning in New York for a total hammer price of $7.93 million, according to a museum spokeswoman. The BMA, which previously owned the paintings, will use the funds to purchase artworks created since 1943 by women and artists of color in an effort to improve diversity in its collection. All the works being auctioned were created by white men. (Balt. Sun)

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This scientist-led startup is working on a cure for a common surgery complication

A complication from surgery can cost tens of thousands of dollars and require more surgery to correct — but a young Maryland startup is cooking up a more affordable and less invasive solution. Bethesda's Nostopharma LLC is developing a treatment for pathologic bone growth, the formation of new bone following surgeries, burns, injuries and other traumas. The complication affects 100,000 patients every year, a patient cohort the company’s co-founders hope to benefit with their product. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Ravens concessions price drops include $5 beer, $3 hot dogs

Concessions at Ravens games next season will include a $5 domestic beer, $3 hot dogs and $6 burgers, president Dick Cass announced at a news conference Thursday. The new “Flock Friendly Fare” initiative reduces prices on 21 of the most popular menu items, with an average drop of 33 percent. Prices for favorites like soft pretzels and fries will be reduced by up to 53 percent, and no single item will cost more than $9. Cass said the decision to reduce the prices came after hearing more criticisms than compliments about the cost of concessions. (Balt. Sun)

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National Aquarium opens new Animal Care and Rescue Center

Visitors to the National Aquarium in downtown Baltimore never see the behind-the-scenes work that goes into caring for animals that are sick, have been rescued or are preparing to join exhibits. That will change after the opening next week of the aquarium’s new Animal Care and Rescue Center in the city’s historic Jonestown neighborhood, a $20 million state-of-the-art facility that’s been under construction for more than a year and will be open for tours on a limited basis starting this summer. (Balt. Sun)

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PeoplesBank relocating retail, business services in Bel Air

PeoplesBank is relocating the retail and business banking services offered in its downtown Bel Air branch to buildings next door and across the street. PeoplesBank, A Codorus Valley Company, is headquartered in York Township, Pa. and operates six financial center, or branches, in Maryland, including two in Harford County in Bel Air and Fallston. (Aegis)

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Airbnb sees record bookings in Baltimore for Preakness weekend

As visitors begin arriving for Preakness weekend, Baltimore’s Airbnb hosts are preparing to accommodate a record number of guests. At least 4,270 guests have booked stays in Baltimore through the rental platform between Thursday and Saturday, up about a third from the 3,215 guest arrivals Airbnb had during the race weekend last year, according to Crystal Davis, a spokeswoman for the company. Airbnb provides short-term rentals — from single beds in a shared room to entire homes — and 970 Baltimore hosts are sharing their homes through Airbnb during Preakness weekend, according to the platform. (Balt. Sun)

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Farewell, Kmart and Toys R Us. Hello, empty 'big boxes' in Salisbury

Mammoth department stores are sliding toward extinction, leaving communities across the country to reckon with their vacant husks. Communities, alas, like Salisbury. Over the past 12 months alone, two dying behemoths, Kmart and Gander Mountain, have shut down while a third, Toys R Us, has begun liquidating in anticipation of a June 30 closure. Going back further, there are still no tenants in the former Ames on Business Route 50 or the majority of the space inside the long-shuttered Super Fresh on College Avenue. All this retail retrenchment has left the city with more than four football fields worth of commercial square footage to fill. (Daily Times)

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