Comcast debuts new X1 system on Eastern Shore 

Comcast Corp., of Philadelphia, a provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, announced it has introduced its X1 Platform from Xfinity to the Salisbury market, which comprises Maryland’s Eastern Shore and two counties — Kent and Sussex — in Delaware. (Daily Record)

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July 18 // With First Mariner out, Baltimore Arena name will return

The First Mariner Arena won’t be that for much longer. The 14,000-seat downtown sports and concert venue is quietly transitioning to again be known as the Baltimore Arena. First Mariner’s 10-year, $750,000 naming-rights deal officially expired Dec. 31. But signage and promotional material for the arena continue to display the Baltimore bank’s name and logo. Frank Remesch, general manager of the First Mariner Arena, said the goal is to have the name change intact by Sept. 1. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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U.S. soccer appearance causes surge in ticket sales for Baltimore game

The U.S. men’s national soccer team’s first game in Baltimore since 1997 has led to a spike in ticket sales over the last 24 hours for Sunday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal games at M&T Bank Stadium. The U.S. will take on El Salvador — another team with a strong following — at 4 p.m. Sunday in the first of two games. The U.S. is also riding an eight-game winning streak, the longest in the 100 years the team has played. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Harbor Point $107M tax deal draws support, criticism at lengthy public hearing

City Councilman Carl Stokes said Wednesday that he will extend a public hearing on the $107 million Harbor Point tax increment financing plan into August, a move that will lengthen a testy debate over the wisdom of publicly financing an upscale $1 billion waterfront development. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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After nearly 20 years, future of Clarksburg Town Center plan may be at a crossroads

Nearly 20 years after plans were drawn, 13 after ground was broken and seven since the developer was forced to sign an agreement to deliver what was promised, the heart of Clarksburg Town Center exists solely on YouTube as a 3-D animation. Off-screen, Clarksburg Town Center is a sloping, overgrown expanse of weeds and dirt. Over the next few months, Montgomery County officials face a series of decisions that could determine whether something close to the original vision can be redeemed. (Wash. Post)

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Food truck vendors praise 2011 changes to parking, licensing laws 

After a 2011 incident in which the owner of a popular truck was told to shut down for not having a license she didn’t know she needed, Baltimore city legislation created an easier licensing process, in addition to designated “food truck zones” where the vendors can park freely. Two years and dozens of new trucks later, many operators say the legislation was a success. (Daily Record)

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Report: Calvert Cliffs, other nuclear reactors at risk of early retirement

A new report suggests that a substantial number of U.S. nuclear reactors — including one or both at Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland — are at risk of early retirement. Mark Cooper with the Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment said a third of the country's nuclear fleet have a number of risk factors, largely economic, that could lead to their owners' deciding to shut them down before their licenses expire. (Balt. Sun)

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Target launches beauty concierge service in Baltimore stores

You expect to see a "beauty concierge" at a mall department store. Now you’ll find one at Target. In a move to go head to head with more upscale retailers, the mass discounter is bringing the new beauty program to 27 stores in Baltimore, Washington and Northern Virginia. It's part of fulfilling Target's "Expect More. Pay Less," motto, the Minneapolis retailer says. (Balt. Sun)

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