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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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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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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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Under Armour finished 2013 with "eye-popping" quarterly results that beat sales and profit expectations and sent its stock price surging Thursday nearly $20 a share to over $100. Shares in the Baltimore-based apparel and footwear brand rose $19.54 each — about 23 percent — to close at $104.76. Under Armour's profit jumped 28 percent in the fourth quarter, with strong sales driven by the growing popularity of the brand's cold-weather sports apparel and gains in women's apparel business.
BUSINESS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
A federal judge authorized a class-action suit Wednesday against one of the state's largest real estate groups, after a Howard County couple accused it of running a half-million dollar kickback scheme with a title insurance company. A suit filed in Baltimore by home buyers Christine and Patrick Baehr alleges The Creig Northrop Team, which has offices across central Maryland, of illegally accepting payments from Lakeview Title in exchange for sending the firm business. "We are pleased with the court's ruling, and we will continue to to vigorously prosecute this class action on behalf of our clients," said the couple's attorney, Gregory T. Lawrence of Baltimore law firm Conti Fenn & Lawrence.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Two companies have agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty for hazardous-waste violations at an East Baltimore metal plating facility, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday. EPA cited American Plating Service, Inc., which operates the business in the 4000 block of East Monument St., and Monument Street Properties LLC, which owns the site. Alleged violations included improper storage and failure to provide and document worker training. Among the wastes at issue were electroplating sludges, a liquid containing cyanide and ignitable residues, according to EPA. The companies agreed to take corrective actions, the agency said, including monitoring for any hazardous release from the facility.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Not to put too fine a point on it, "The Importance of Being Earnest" is the greatest comedy in the English language. If you harbor any doubt about that, you might want to consider therapy. Better yet, just head to the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, where a first-rate production of Oscar Wilde's gleaming and subversive work should persuade you. Its namesake notwithstanding, the company frequently delves into other repertoire and has given welcome attention to Wilde over the years.
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