International presence growing at BWI

The number of international flights out of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is taking off. Since 2010, international traffic at the north Anne Arundel County airport has increased 122 percent, from 524,618 passengers to 1.1 million in 2017. That number should continue to rise in 2018 as several airlines have recently begun new international service or are going to in the months ahead. (Capital)

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Mercy Medical Center begins knocking down Calvert Street rowhouses for parking

Mercy Medical Center has begun demolishing a strip of commercial rowhouses in the 300 block of Calvert Street across from the new hospital building and plans in the short term to use the space for parking, hospital officials said Thursday. The buildings have supported multiple commercial tenants over the years from restaurants and bars to law offices and the Lord Baltimore florist. Mercy bought five buildings between 2013 and 2017 from several LLCs for a total of $5 million, according to land records. (Balt. Sun)

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North OC entertainment complex expansion moving ahead; city’s planning commission, council differ on project details

Approval for a proposed expansion of an uptown entertainment complex proved to be somewhat of a moving target this week and in the process created friction between governing bodies. In early February, the Ocean City Planning Commission had before it a request to expand the conditional use approval for a large parcel on the north end of town currently home to the Buccaneer’s Booty mini-golf and arcade complex roughly between 144th and 146th streets. The site currently hosts an outdoor 18-hole mini-golf course, arcade and laser tag facility. (Dispatch)

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Ambulance firm, PRMC under federal Medicare fraud investigation

Federal authorities are investigating whether a private ambulance company, with Peninsula Regional Medical Center's cooperation, knowingly overbilled Medicare on thousands of nonemergency trips. The probe stems from a whistleblower's lawsuit alleging that Hart to Heart Transportation Services falsified Medicare claims to make the case that ambulances were necessary to ferry newly-discharged hospital patients. (Daily Times)

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Harrison's Chesapeake House on Tilghman Island to reopen under new hotel brand

A shuttered Eastern Shore hotel that once hosted high-profile guests including governors and athletes will soon reopen as a renovated resort. The historic Harrison's Chesapeake House has been reimagined as Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island, the flagship of a newly created hotel brand focused on properties with a unique character. The 54-room hotel, located on 9 acres of Chesapeake Bay waterfront, plans to start accepting visitors in mid-April. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Soon your dog will be able to stay with you at Lord Baltimore Hotel

Dog lovers and travelers rejoice — guests of Lord Baltimore Hotel will be able to bring their dogs with them during their stay, due to a new pet policy starting March 1.  Two floors of the 23-story downtown hotel have been designated for guests with furry friends, and decorated with dog beds, food and water bowls and freshly-baked dog treats made by the hotel's culinary team. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Location announced for former La Cakerie chef's new Timonium venture: Cake by Jason

After six years at the helm of La Cakerie on Allegheny Avenue, executive chef Jason Hisley announced in October he would step down to pursue a new venture in Timonium. Plans for his new shop — called Cake by Jason Hisley — have been kept under wraps since then, but the patisserie and cake shop officially has a new home at 47 E. Padonia Road in Timonium. (Towson)

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Family Farm & Home to open at Long Meadow Shopping Center

A farm and home living chain plans to open its first Maryland shop this summer. Family Farm & Home will occupy 30,000 square feet of the 164,293-square-foot Long Meadow Shopping Center in Hagerstown. The shopping center is home to Pennsylvania Dutch Market, CVS, Dollar General and McDonald’s. Based in Michigan, Family Farm & Home offers merchandise oriented to rural and suburban living. (Herald-Mail)

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