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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2012
The second most-abundant element in the universe is in short supply. Lighter than air and nonrenewable, helium is however quite rare on Earth, derived mostly from natural gas deposits. And recently it's grown scarcer. In the Baltimore area, some florists and party-supply businesses are scrambling to find new suppliers for the helium that floats their balloons. Most are paying more for supplies, while some have raised prices or temporarily turned customers away. Other industries are feeling deflated too; besides blowing up balloons and blimps, helium is used to eliminate oxygen in welding in the aerospace industry, to cool magnets in MRI scanners and to help deep-sea divers breathe a nitrogen-free mix of air. The supply-and-demand imbalance has become more acute recently in the United States, some experts say. The shortage results from cutbacks in global production combined with increased demand from industries such as health care and semiconductor manufacturing, experts said.
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September 19, 2004
Conference to provide U.S. contract information Federal Acquisition Agencies, Prime Contractors and Mid-Atlantic Partners will hold a conference for Maryland businesses Oct. 22 at the Holiday Inn Holidome and Conference Center in Frederick. Engineering System Solutions Inc. is co-chairing the event with SMART (Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow) and in conjunction with Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett. The purpose of the meeting is to make businesses aware of coming contracting opportunities and to establish teamwork opportunities.
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February 12, 2001
Hospital, The Sun to aid anti-drug group targeting teen-agers HC DrugFree, a community-based volunteer organization dedicated to reducing substance abuse among teen-agers in Howard County, has formed a partnership with Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and The Sun. The partnership was arranged by Paula Blake, specialist for the Career Connection program at Howard County public schools. The program builds partnerships between businesses and schools. HC DrugFree holds bimonthly meetings in which members share information and concerns about risk-taking behavior among teen-agers.
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By Natalie Sherman | May 2, 2014
A celebration planned for National Homebrew Day on Saturday will instead be a clean-up of the mess left by Wednesday's floods, which pummeled many businesses along the Jones Falls, including Nepenthe Homebrew . Organizers expect about 50 people, said Amy Huntington, a member of Baltibrew, which was organizing the Big Brew event in the Meadow Mill parking lot. Huntington said the volunteers will provide help to anyone in the complex that...
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2012
The deadly storm that roared through the Baltimore region Friday night blew customers in the doors of some businesses and money off the counter of others. Gas stations that had electricity to operate their pumps, pet-friendly hotel chains such as Sheraton, health clubs with air conditioning and hot showers, and any restaurant with power were the big winners. But for other businesses, especially restaurants and bars without power, this was a lost weekend. Martha Silver traveled from Silver Spring to Annapolis before she could find a hotel to take her husband, two kids and her dog, Sakua.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2013
The inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service is urging the agency to take a cue from the port of Baltimore and expand its partnerships with private businesses to cut costs and modernize its infrastructure. In a report released last month, Inspector General David C. Williams recommended that the Postal Service adopt a cohesive strategy for forging more public-private partnerships with businesses as a way of bringing needed cash into the system, which posted a $15.9 billion loss in 2012.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2011
A California-based solar energy company announced Monday it is expanding to Maryland, where it plans to offer homeowners and businesses the option to lease rather than buy photovoltaic systems. SolarCity, headquartered in San Mateo, has acquired Clean Currents Solar, the solar installation division of Clean Currents, an independent green energy company based in Rockville that now markets solar and wind power in the mid-Atlantic region. Claiming more than 10,000 customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Texas, SolarCity said it plans to begin offering zero-down, 20-year solar leases in Maryland and Washington, D.C., in mid-February.
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