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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2001
Howard County companies feeling the pinch of the economic downturn are slowing their plans for expansion, forcing the commercial real estate market to slow and vacancy rates to rise into double digits for the first time in two years. No one is offering sweetheart deals to get buildings leased, but local observers who five months ago felt that the 2 million square feet of office space then being planned in the county was reasonable are saying it could take longer than expected to fill the space.
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SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2001
The Orioles handed out free golf umbrellas before the opener of their three-game series against the Detroit Tigers last night, no doubt unaware that the useful promotional item would turn out to be an appropriate symbol of the club's sudden offensive resurgence. This isn't golf, but the Orioles clearly have found their stroke. They showered Camden Yards with 15 hits on the way to an 11-3 victory and built on a weeklong run-production binge that belies their current status as one of the worst offensive teams in either league.
BUSINESS
By Robert Nusgart and Robert Nusgart,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2001
House hunters in the Baltimore metropolitan area paid no heed to signs of the slumping stock market or a sluggish U.S. economy as sales of existing homes in March rose 15.66 percent over the same period last year. The rise in sales capped a first quarter in which sales soared 27.77 percent over sales in the first three months of 2000, according to statistics released by the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc., the multiple-listing database used by real estate brokers. "Looking at the numbers and talking to people, the market is strong.
SPORTS
By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | February 10, 2001
Marcus Neal completed an incredible week with 37 points and his team's defense stifled the Southern boys basketball team in the second half as No. 2-ranked Annapolis rolled to a 73-52 victory in Harwood last night. The visiting Panthers (19-1) extended their winning streak to 18 games, and to 37 against Anne Arundel County regular-season opponents since 1999. Last night's triumph also put coach John Brady within one victory of his 20th, 20-win season at Annapolis with at least four games left.
SPORTS
By Joe Strauss and Robert Little and Joe Strauss and Robert Little,SUN STAFF | February 6, 2001
The Orioles have notified roughly half the stadium's skybox tenants that they will have to pay as much as 32 percent more to retain their perches for the next three seasons. Orioles vice chairman and chief operating officer Joe Foss said the new prices are not uniform but he acknowledged all were "double-digit increases." Foss said the team makes a distinction between ordinary ticket holders, who were promised no price increase this season, and renters of luxury suites, who are guaranteed the same premium location year after year.
SPORTS
By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | December 28, 2000
COLLEGE PARK -- The Maryland Terrapins have been taking much more than they've been giving this holiday season. Last night -- against overwhelmed Chicago State -- was no exception. To say the No. 18 Terps started quickly simply wouldn't do it justice. They scored the game's first 22 points and needed only 4:30 to do it, getting a game-high 24 points from junior guard Juan Dixon and plenty of balance from the rest on their way to a feel-good, 117-55 win over the visiting Cougars before 13,506 at Cole Field House.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | December 6, 2000
Archbishop Spalding girls basketball coach Deb Taylor knew her team could score. The dilemma was finding the sources. Last night, the No. 10 Cavaliers took advantage of a stifling defense and double-digit contributions from four players to defeat 14th-ranked and visiting Catonsville, 54-30, in Severn. Ten Archbishop Spalding players scored as the Cavaliers had little trouble improving to 3-1. The victory helped relieve Taylor of any concerns about scoring, which wasn't a problem last season with second-team All-Metro standout Carlisa Howard and leading scorer Lauren Schaech.
NEWS
November 20, 2000
Passenger growth reaches double digits for 23rd month in row For the 23rd consecutive month, Baltimore-Washington International Airport's passenger growth reached double digits. More than 1.5 million travelers used BWI in September, a 16.8 percent increase over the same month a year ago. Southwest Airlines, BWI's leading carrier, served 559,094 passengers, a 38 percent increase over September 1999. US Airways, BWI's second-leading carrier, served 378,481 travelers, growing by 15.1 percent.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | November 4, 2000
NEW YORK - Viacom Inc. said yesterday that it will buy BET Holdings Inc. for $2.9 billion in stock and assumed debt, adding the top cable channel aimed at black people to its stable of TV networks, including CBS, and big-city radio stations. Viacom, the world's No. 3 media company, said it will issue about 40 million Class B common shares worth $2.34 billion, based on yesterday's close of $58.50. The final purchase price will be based on the share price 20 days before the tax-free transaction is completed.
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