September 9, 2014
The Canadian Football League quickly threw up a stop sign for any potential overtures to former Ravens star running back Ray Rice. Rice won't be playing north of the border. CFL commissioner Mark Cohon issued a statement saying the league will honor the NFL's indefinite suspension of Rice, whose $35 million contract was terminated Monday by the Ravens after an ugly video surfaced of him punching Janay Palmer in a casino elevator. CFL teams were informed that Rice can't be signed to a contract or added to a negotiation list.
September 5, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Orioles have signed Cuban right-hander Lazaro Leyva to an international free-agent contract, according to an industry source. The deal is pending a physical and age verification, the latter of which could take weeks. Leyva received a $725,000 signing bonus, according to CBS Sports, which first reported the deal. The 20-year-old is the third Cuban player the Orioles have signed under executive vice president Dan Duquette. They signed outfielder Henry Urrutia to a $778,500 bonus in 2012 and inked outfielder Dariel Alvarez to an $800,000 bonus last year.
September 3, 2014
The Men's Wearhouse plans to end the contract that supplies tuxedo rental inventory to Hampstead-based subsidiary Jos. A. Bank, the Houston-based men's retailer said Wednesday. Men's Wearhouse, which acquired Bank in June for $1.8 billion, said an early termination agreement between Bank and Illinois-based tuxedo wholesaler Jim's Formal Wear will take effect Dec. 31. The menswear chain will take a one-time charge of $4.5 million in its fiscal third quarter as a result. "As of January 1, 2015 we will be leveraging our internal tuxedo rental inventory and logistics to serve the Jos. A. Bank tuxedo operations," Men's Wearhouse president and CEO Doug Ewert said in the announcement.
September 2, 2014
The project manager who oversaw the development of Baltimore's food truck policy is expected to lead a review of charging fees for items set outside homes and businesses, under a contact the city's spending panel is asked to approve Wednesday. The Board of Estimates will decide whether to approve a $73,300 one-year contract for Babila Lima, who is the mayor's cousin, to work under the director of the Department of General Services. The city's ethics policy doesn't recognize the relationship between an elected official and their cousin in its nepotism rules.
August 28, 2014
The medical system that provides care to Maryland's veterans signed a one-year contract with Evergreen Health Care in Baltimore to offer primary health services to new patients, federal and co-op officials said Thursday. The $485,000 contract aims to cut down on wait times that had become some of the worst in the nation. A June audit found Central Maryland's veterans were waiting an average of 80 days to see a primary-care doctor for an initial visit, the fourth longest wait in the nation.
August 21, 2014
Traffic camera giant Redflex has been lobbying the Rawlings-Blake administration and City Council to take over Baltimore's once-lucrative speed and red-light camera network - stressing that it should not be judged by an unfolding scandal in Chicago in which a former executive is charged with bribery. The Arizona-based firm ran Chicago's red-light cameras for a decade, generating $500 million in revenue, but lost the work last year amid city and federal investigations. Officials in Baltimore said Thursday that the company, which was once a finalist to run this city's system, has used the recent talks to distance itself from the Chicago indictments.