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Web predators prompt action by Md., 48 other states

January 20, 2008

MySpace to add teen protection

MySpace announced an agreement with 49 states, including Maryland, to protect children from Internet predators. The agreement outlines of measures aimed at protecting teenagers who use the site, at myspace.com, and keeping those under 14 from creating profiles.

Realty market gain expected

The National Association of Realtors' chief economist told local real estate agents that he believes the Baltimore housing market has hit bottom and 2008 should be a better year - assuming buyers don't sit on the sidelines, anticipating major price drops.

CareFirst plans rewards

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield launched a program designed to reward physicians for practices that improve patients' health - an approach it believes could reduce medical costs. CareFirst said it would pay doctors as much as 7 percent extra for meeting a variety of standards of care.

Demand eases for office space

For the first time in three years, the construction of office buildings in metropolitan Baltimore far outpaced the amount of space tenants signed up to lease. Just 43 percent of 1.8 million square feet of new office space completed in the region last year was leased, a study found.

State alleges overcharges

Maryland consumers overpaid for electricity by at least $87.5 million in 2006 because outdated market rules exempted certain power generators from price caps designed to prevent windfall profits, state utility regulators allege in a federal complaint. The state sought an investigation

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