Facebook moves to target misinformation before election

Facebook is trying just two months before the U.S. election to better police political misinformation on its platform, a tacit acknowledgement that the social network is rife with falsehoods that could sway the vote. The company said Thursday it will restrict new political ads in the week before the election and remove posts that convey misinformation about COVID-19 and voting. It will also attach links with official results to posts by candidates and campaigns that prematurely declare victory. (AP/Times-News)

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Maryland restaurants, struggling under Covid-19 restrictions, join in first-ever statewide restaurant week

Restaurant week is going statewide. The dining promotion, which aims to boost business during traditionally slow periods in the summer and winter months, has already become a staple for Baltimore and surrounding counties. There are even a handful of specialized spin-offs — vegan restaurant week, for instance, and several weeks devoted to food trucks. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Tourism is everything to Ocean City. What a summer with COVID-19 meant for businesses' bottom line.

Summer 2020 has been the most challenging season Ocean City has ever gone through, said Mayor Rick Meehan. Anytime the town took a step forward, it felt like COVID-19 gave it another challenge. Beginning the summer tourist season with high hopes, Ocean City business owners now say they'll just have to write off 2020 as a slower year because of COVID-19. June wasn't as far off from what the town anticipated, Meehan said. (Delmarva)

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Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore Prepares To Welcome Guests Ahead Of Labor Day Weekend With COVID-19 Safety Measures In Place

As the summer season unofficially comes to a close this weekend, Labor Day usually gives local hotels one last boost. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, this year is looking a little different. The Four Seasons Hotel in Harbor East has just about everything visitors could need for a relaxing Labor Day Weekend. (WJZ)

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Under Armour appoints Wes Moore to board of directors

As companies across the U.S. face pressure to diversify their C-suites and boards, Under Armour Inc. has appointed entrepreneur and bestselling author Wes Moore to its board of directors. Moore's appointment to the Baltimore-based sportswear maker's board is effective Oct. 1. Under Armour announced the move Thursday morning. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Neighbors near Mondawmin oppose plans for Checkers drive-thru

A new drive-thru Checkers could be coming to a busy intersection of Gwynns Falls Parkway near Coppin State University and Mondawmin Mall in West Baltimore — though some neighbors would be happier if that plan doesn’t get city approval. An attorney representing 2600 Gwynns Falls Parkway LLC, owner of the property in its name, has applied to the city Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals for permission to build a “single story restaurant with [a] drive through facility” where the arterial road intersects with Tioga Parkway across from the university. Site plans say it would be a 960-square-foot Checkers location with six angled parkways and driveways leading to and from both streets at the intersection. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Grand Central nightclub permanently closes in Mount Vernon following Covid-19 violations

Grand Central, the nightclub that was a beacon of Baltimore's "gayborhood" for 30 years, has closed for good on Charles Street. The club's management team took to Facebook to share the news Thursday. "Given the overwhelming challenges created by the pandemic and our beverage-only driven business, the operations were not sustainable as we prepare for the next chapter," they wrote. "We appreciate all of our customers and supporters and thank them for their long-time loyalty; we look forward to celebrating the institution’s legacy in the future development." (Balt Bus Journal)

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It could be at least 2024 before U.S. airline industry recovers from pandemic

Air travel in the United States is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic levels before 2024, the head of a leading airline lobbying group said Thursday. Nicholas Calio, chief executive of Airlines for America, said that despite aggressive cost-cutting measures and billions in government support, the industry is still struggling to survive amid the worst economic downturn in aviation history “We’re going to do everything we can to get people back on airplanes,” Calio said in a virtual briefing with reporters. “But right now, we’re fighting for survival.” (Wash Post)

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