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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
Glen Burnie-based J.J. Haines & Co. Inc. cemented its spot as the nation's largest floor covering distributor with the recent acquisition of the third-largest distributor, CMH Space. Haines, a wholesaler that sells to nearly 10,000 independent specialty flooring stores in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States, finalized the acquisition Jan. 17 for an amount it declined to disclose. The combined company will have annual sales of more than $500 million, more than 750 employees and 38 locations.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
The closing of five Baltimore-area NeighborCare Pharmacies on Friday was part of parent company Omnicare Inc.'s move away from retail pharmacies to focus on its core business serving institutions, an Omnicare spokesman said Monday. Customers' prescription records were transferred to Walgreens from the closed locations, including 2600 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore; 11085 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia; 23 Crossroad Drive, Owings Mills; 4000 Old Court Road, Pikesville; and 325 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
Philanthropist Willard Hackerman, who transformed a small construction firm into a national giant with $5 billion in annual billings and was instrumental in erecting Maryland landmarks such as Harborplace, died Monday of unknown causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 95. His firm, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., completed the new University of Baltimore School of Law last year and built the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the National Aquarium and M&T Bank Stadium, among countless other projects around the city and state.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
Drivers have reported that new cell phone blocking technology at the Baltimore City Detention Center may be extending beyond the jail's walls, despite assurances to the contrary. Three people have told The Baltimore Sun that they were using their cell phones in the past week and a half while driving near the jail and that their calls were interrupted with a recording that said they were using an unauthorized or illegal device. State officials on Friday announced the new cell phone blocking technology, which is intended to stop inmates from directing criminal schemes while behind bars.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Changes proposed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for Baltimore's controversial and so-far unsuccessful taxi tax drew mixed reviews from city taxi and livery firms. The proposed amendments to the tax, to be introduced before the City Council today, would switch the levy from 25 cents per passenger to 35 cents per trip for taxis starting July 1. The city implemented the tax Oct. 1, but many taxi operators simply ignored it, with some complaining and refusing to pay it. Others only began complying after they were allowed to pass the cost on to customers.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
It had been years since Tammy Bresnahan dialed 936-1212 to hear the Baltimore-area weather forecast, and when she called it again last month, she was surprised to learn the once-popular hot line had been disconnected. "The weather's been kind of unpredictable lately," said the 54-year-old advocacy director for AARP Maryland. "I needed someone to tell me what's going to happen, when it's going to happen and how it's going to happen. " But Bresnahan can take heart that the beloved service once considered an anachronism is back.
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February 1, 2014
With Beretta's plans to expand in Tennessee rather than Maryland, I guess we lost another business to a state with lower taxes, a better business environment and better, safer, more reasonable living conditions for its employees than Maryland ( "Beretta chooses Tennessee for new site," Jan. 29). The legislature better take note, because our governor won't. And Comptroller Peter Franchot had better wake up and realize that Maryland is losing more high-income taxpayers who can afford to leave this place.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has hosted politically influential guests in the state's skybox at the Washington Redskins' stadium — many of whom are also campaign contributors. In total, guests — and those associated with them, including corporate affiliates and relatives — have contributed about $20,000 to his campaign to become governor, according to the latest filings in that race. Brown, who is running for governor, recently surged into the lead in fundraising in the Democratic campaign as he built up his treasury to slightly more than $7 million.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Clean Currents, a Silver Spring-based provider of renewable energy for residents and businesses, said Friday it has stopped serving customers after rising wholesale electricity prices in the recent cold snap caused the company to default on payments to its supplier, electricity grid operator PJM Interconnection. Customers, including 6,000 residential and 2,000 commercial, will not see interruptions in service, said Gary Skulnik, co-founder and president. Customers will be returned to their utility service effective immediately and will see the change reflected on one of the next two bills.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
The good vibrations inside Single Carrot Theatre 's new home in Remington are infectious — all the more apt considering that the inaugural production is called "The Flu Season. " Stepping into the venue, which once housed a tire repair shop, is a lift in itself. The place is such a far cry from the tiny spot at Load of Fun on North Avenue, where the company had its longest residency. There's even an honest-to-goodness lobby; the one at Load of Fun seemed to be about 3 square feet.
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