Baltimore Blast Face Questions For Shirt Design That Takes Aim At China

A T-shirt being sold by the Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team has drawn condemnation. WBAL-TV 11 reports the "Blast Strong" shirt shows an American flag on the front with the Blast logo in the corner and the word "Strong" underneath. On the back, there's an outline of China crossed out. Edwin F. Hale Sr, the team's owner, told The Baltimore Sun people who took offense to the design were "incorrect," since the intended target is the Chinese government. (WBAL)

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Emergent BioSolutions Signs $174M Agreement To Expand Production Of Possible Coronavirus Vaccine

A Maryland-based company has signed a $174 million agreement to expand production of a coronavirus vaccine candidate. Gaithersburg-based Emergent BioSolutions announced on Monday it had signed the agreement to develop and manufacture AstraZeneca’s possible COVID-19 vaccine. Under the agreement, manufacturing will begin at Emergent’s Bayview facility in Baltimore. (WJZ-TV)

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Coronavirus Latest: Lexington Market Open At 50% Capacity Thursday-Saturday Starting July 30

The Board of Directors of the Baltimore Public Health Markets announced Tuesday that Lexington Market can reopen. The market will be open Thursdays through Saturdays starting July 30. They will allow customers inside at 50 percent capacity from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., though there is no indoor seating. Masks will be required for customer entry and floor markers have been added to remind people to maintain proper social distancing. (WJZ-TV)

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TEDCO taps two new executives as it begins to staff up

A week after picking a permanent CEO, the Maryland Technology Development Corp. has named two more executives as it begins to staff up again following a year of transition. The state-backed funding and economic development organization announced Tuesday that it has named Michael Hauser as its managing director of investments while Terry Rauh will serve as vice president and chief administrative officer. (Balt Bus Journal)

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How Baltimore’s Boys and Girls Clubs provide digital access to members

Crown Castle has partnered with Baltimore’s Boys and Girls Clubs to bridge the digital divide. With the assistance of Crown Castle, a Houston-based firm that creates the infrastructure telecom companies use to provide phone and internet service, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMB) was able to provide 50 new tablets to their youth members and train staff in over 500 hours of  youth development training in the virtual environment through Crown Castle’s Connected By Good initiative. (Technically)

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WMATA wants to seize Landover property through eminent domain for Metrorail facility

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority wants to use eminent domain to take most of the land it needs in Landover to build two repair and maintenance buildings, according to documents filed in federal court. For at least two years, WMATA has eyed the 30-acre site, made up of three properties, for a planned $400 million Metro maintenance facility. The WMATA board approved making an offer on the land in May 2019. (Wash Journal)

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Over 200 Maryland Businesses Approved For New Unemployment Insurance Program

Maryland has regained 97,000 jobs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Gov. Larry Hogan is reminding employers there’s another avenue for help. Gov. Hogan said 223 businesses are now approved to participate in Maryland’s work-sharing unemployment insurance program. The program saves jobs by providing employers with a flexible alternative to layoffs.  (WJZ-TV)

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Johns Hopkins Ranks 3rd In The Nation’s Best Hospitals List

Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked no. 3 among the nation’s best hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Best Hospitals List was released Tuesday with The Mayo Clinic earning the no. 1 overall ranking this year, followed by Cleveland Clinic at no. 2 out of 4,500 hospitals. U.S. News & World Report also ranked 12 specialties at Hopkins among the top 10 in the country. Ear, Nose, and Throat, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Rheumatology ranked no. 1. (WJZ-TV)

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