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March 27, 2010
WASHINGTON - Fifteen phony products - including a gasoline-powered alarm clock - won a label from the government certifying them as energy efficient in a test of the federal Energy Star program. Investigators concluded the program is "vulnerable to fraud and abuse." A report released Friday said government investigators tried to pass off 20 fake products, and only two were rejected. Three others didn't get a response. The program run by the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to identify energy-efficient products to help consumers.
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SPORTS
By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Salisbury's 37-34 overtime upset of then-No. 6 St. John Fisher last Saturday was punctuated by senior fullback J.D. Hook's 16-yard touchdown run. But the running game has been powering the offense all season. The Sea Gulls (2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference) have averaged 289.8 rushing yards thus far, seventh-best in Division III. They compiled 312 rushing yards against a Cardinals defense that had surrendered an average of 288.7 total yards prior to Saturday's contest.
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NEWS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
Columbia-based Osiris Therapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company developing stem cell-based treatments, beat Wall Street analysts' estimates with a reported loss of $4.3 million in the second quarter, which ended June 30. The firm, which earlier this year drew international headlines for having the world's first stem cell drug approved by a major country, posted a loss of 13 cents per share. Analysts polled by MarketWatch had expected a 15-cent-per-share loss. The company said its revenues from biosurgery products - which are used to improve wound healing and tissue regeneration - rose 43 percent, to $1.6 million, from the first quarter.
NEWS
By Samantha Iacia and For The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Nutritional studies and an increase in consumer knowledge have put the benefits of organic and all-natural foods in the national spotlight. If simpler ingredients are proven to be healthier for humans, should we consider the same standards for our pets? Bark! Pawsitive Pet Food thinks so. What makes Bark! remarkable is its dedication to humane, eco-friendly sourcing for products, whether it's organic food and treats (all made by American brands) or beds, leashes and toys crafted from recycled materials.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2010
No one can expect to escape childhood without a few bumps and scrapes. But federal regulators, manufacturers and parents are still grappling with ensuring the safety of products for babies and toddlers. Several widespread product recalls this year have stoked the debate — and made navigating the consumer market potentially heart-wrenching. At least half of more than 500 recalls by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission each year are for children's products, said Don Mays, senior director of product safety for Consumer Reports.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | February 8, 2013
If you can hold off from buying that energy-efficient refrigerator or furnace for a little more than a week, you could save 6 percent sales tax in Maryland. The state's annual sales tax holiday runs Feb. 16-18 for those buying “Energy Star” products. The state offers answers to frequent questions online.  Consumers can also find online a list of qualified Energy Star products, which runs from washers and dryers to light bulbs.  
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | February 21, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the first time used its legal authority to ban certain tobacco products from the market, the agency said Friday. The FDA said the maker of has ordered the maker of Sutra Bidis Red, Sutra Bidis Menthol, Sutra Bidis Red Cone and Sutra Bidis Menthol Cone to stop selling and distributing them in the United States. They are thin tobacco-filled cigarettes hand-rolled in leaves from a tendu tree and tied with a string. The FDA was given authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution and marketing of tobacco products from market under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift and Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
Consumers in the market for new appliances can cash in on some savings this President's Day weekend if they opt for energy-efficient models. This Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the comptroller's office of Maryland is waving sales taxes for consumers who purchase qualified Energy Star products or a solar water heater. Here are the products: Air conditioners Clothes washers and dryers Furnaces Heat pumps Boilers Solar water heaters (tax-exempt at all times now)
NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
Maryland State Police warn: beware of fake Apples. In a raid last week at Arundel Mills in Hanover, police confiscated hundreds of counterfeit Apple products being sold at the Cyberion store and the ST Tech Pros kiosk, according to state police. The haul, valued at more than $89,000, included bogus iPhones and parts, iPad replacement screens and fake Apple product ID stickers. Police are warning consumers to beware of what they're buying, and will present the results of their investigation to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney for consideration of possible charges in the case.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes | gus.sentementes@baltsun.com | January 21, 2010
Martek Biosciences Corp., a Columbia-based maker of infant formula nutritional supplements, said Thursday it will pay $200 million for a consumer health and wellness product company that will for the first time help give their products a direct pipeline to store shelves. Martek is buying Amerifit Brands Inc. from Charterhouse Group Inc., a New York-based private equity investment firm, in a deal that is being funded with $120 million in cash reserves and the rest through loans, the companies said.
NEWS
By Linda Burkins and For The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Step into Baron's K9 Country Store, and the official “greeters,” Louie and Drake, will welcome you. The two dogs are successors to Baron, the departed golden retriever once owned by proprietors Stacy Martin-Duffy and John Duffy. Located between the Hickory Bypass and Route 23, Baron's K9 Country Store is off the beaten path but well worth the trip. The all-natural pet products store evolved from Martin-Duffy's pet-sitting service and her interest in holistic health.  “I would see an issue with a client's dog or cat, and I'd refer them to places on the Internet for products.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
After winning five Washington Area Theatre Community Honors awards and a Ruby Griffith Award for production excellence last season, the 2nd Star theater troupe is opening its 20th season with a production of Stephen Schwartz's biblical musical "Children of Eden. " Although its January 1991 London premiere received mixed reviews and closed after three months, "Children of Eden," with book and libretto by John Caird, has become such a popular offering in community theater circles that its initial struggles are a faded memory.
NEWS
By Julekha Dash and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
In search of a sustainable art medium, visual artist Kara Brook bought a beehive six years ago so she could use beeswax to paint. She quickly discovered that those same bees could be the source of a sustainable business as well. She started packaging the honey and then expanded into making what she calls “bee-inspired products.” Today, Brook collects honey from her 18 hives on her 102-acre Kent Island farm to produce home and beauty products, including candles, soaps, exfoliating scrubs and lip balms.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Welcome to the Tuesday Ravens 10-Pack, where I'll go medium depth on ten Ravens topics that came from the previous week's game. Sure, Monday is the main analysis day, but if I can get an extra day to make this marginally better than it would be a day earlier, why not? Read ahead for notes on the Ravens' slow starts on defense, most of the Smiths, and where the production is coming from through four weeks. 1. For the fourth straight game, the Ravens defense allowed a sustained drive to open the other team's offensive account.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson and For The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
Continuing to emerge as a major entertainment presence in Annapolis, Compass Rose Theater has opened its fourth season with Lorraine Hansberry's powerful 1959 drama, "A Raisin in the Sun," visiting issues of justice and equal opportunity that continue to resonate with audiences today. Groundbreaking 55 years ago as the first Broadway play written by a black female author, "A Raisin in the Sun" not only changed American theater, but offered hope for a future when the dreams of African-American families would no longer be deferred.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The Ray Rice scandal is getting its own TV special. The Reelz network announced today that it will air "Ray Rice: Celebrity Bad Behavior" at 10 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 23). According to a press release, the OK! TV production is the network's way of "gearing up for the launch of TMZ Hollywood Sports," which premieres Sept. 29 on the network. TMZ Sports, of course, posted the longform Ray Rice hotel elevator security camera footage of him punching his then-fiancee (and now wife) Janay Palmer,  that led to his termination from the Ravens.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
It all started in the kitchen. That's where Jamyla Bennu first mixed up batches of hair and skin products to give to friends and relatives more than 13 years ago. Since then, Bennu has refined her creations of organic shea butter and aloe vera juice, coconut oil and honey. She and her husband, writer and filmmaker Pierre Bennu, have slowly built their company, Oyin Handmade, from the ground up, building connections on social media and wooing a loyal customer base through online sales.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2010
The year 2007 became known as "the year of the recall" when the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued warnings on 473 products, the highest annual number in a decade. Many of the voluntary recalls involved imported goods, including children's toys and jewelry that contained toxic lead-based paint. The public outcry led to passage the next year of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which put in place tougher penalties and requirements for an array of products. Inez Tenenbaum, who was sworn in to lead the commission last year, has implemented even more safeguards.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
With a six-year difference in age between the oldest and youngest of Larry and Melissa Whiteside's three children, the athletic competition among the siblings was intense growing up in Columbus, Ohio. That was showcased the family's living room, where each of the children a place for their trophies and other mementos marking their achievements. "As soon as Geoffrey was old enough to get trophies, he started counting, 'OK, I've got a few more, so I'm better than you,'" Brittney Whiteside, now 29 and the oldest of the three siblings, recalled earlier this week.
SPORTS
By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 17, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- Malik Jones had one of the biggest hits of Maryland's preseason practice thus far, a nasty running blow to the chest of then-running back Jacquille Veii that could be heard across the field and left Veii on the ground for a few moments as he tried to catch his breath. Matt Gillespie, meanwhile, had multiple tackles during the Terps' scrimmage Saturday, including one that stopped running back Wes Brown for a 4-yard loss after Gillespie broke through the middle of Maryland's offensive line and into the backfield.
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