Maine is first physician to serve as president of Mercy Health Services

Dr. David N. Maine officially took over Wednesday as president and CEO of Mercy Health Services. In January, the Mercy Health Services Board of Trustees named Maine as the organization's future president and CEO following Thomas R. Mullen's retirement after 28 years of service. Maine's appointment marks the first time a physician has led the hospital and health system in its 145-year history. (WBAL)

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Baltimore restaurants cycle between open and closed as Canton becomes coronavirus hotspot

The same day last month Gov. Larry Hogan announced that restaurants in Maryland would soon be able to open up their dining rooms at half capacity, Charlie Gjerde, co-owner of Wicked Sisters, was shutting his Hampden eatery down. Despite all the health precautions the restaurant has been taking for the past three months — cleaning obsessively and checking staff temperatures at the start of each shift — an employee had tested positive for COVID-19. (Balt Sun)

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Denied U.S. economic relief because of criminal record, Baltimore electrician challenged the system

As business dwindled to almost nothing at his Baltimore electrical contracting company, owner Sekwan Merritt couldn’t see how he could afford overhead expenses plus the $9,000 he pays five workers every two weeks. Tens of thousands of Maryland small business owners in his position have benefited from the federal Paycheck Protection Program during the coronavirus-caused economic turmoil, but Merritt was deemed ineligible because he has a criminal record. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland firms get more than $10B in federal aid, including Atlas restaurant chain, Hogan real estate company

Maryland businesses have received more than $10 billion in loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, according to data the U.S. Small Business Administration and Treasury Department released Monday. Since the $521 billion program was launched to curtail job losses in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 5 million loans have been awarded, federal officials reported — 81,315 to Maryland businesses and nonprofit organizations. (Balt Sun)

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Casino revenue across Maryland dropped by more than 25% after coronavirus shut down gambling

Casino revenue across the state declined by more than 27% over the previous fiscal year as coronavirus pummeled the region and forced gambling establishments to close their doors. State gaming and lottery officials on Monday released the latest revenue report that sheds light on how Maryland’s six casinos have fared after closing for more than three months and only recently reopening. (Balt Sun)

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Here's how many Southwest Airlines employees have taken buyout packages so far

Thousands of Southwest Airlines employees have taken advantage of what the company called "the most generous buyout package in our history." Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has been offering employees leave since the pandemic started. A month ago, it outlined two new options: voluntary separation program and extended emergency time off. VSP is a permanent separation from the company, while ExTO is being offered in six-, 12- and 18-month installments. Employees have until July 15 to apply for these programs. (Balt Bus Journal)

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The PPP data is in. Here are some of Md.'s notable recipients.

Almost 13,000 businesses in Maryland received a loan of at least $150,000 through the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program, including 1,727 businesses that got at least $1 million. The U.S. Small Business Administration released a trove of data about its $659 billion Covid-19 business relief program on Monday following weeks of legal challenges by media companies, including the BBJ's parent company, American City Business Journals. The redacted data includes information about loans of $150,000 or more, including loan recipient names, addresses, industry codes, business types and loan amount ranges. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Uber to buy Postmates in $2.65 billion all-stock food delivery deal

Uber has widened its reach in the fiercely competitive delivery market by acquiring Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal, the company said Monday. The acquisition enables the ride-hailing giant to increase its delivery offerings at a time when the global pandemic has suppressed customers' desire for rides while boosting home delivery needs. While Uber's meal delivery business, Uber Eats, has mostly focused on restaurants, Postmates delivers a wider array of goods including groceries, pharmacy items, alcoholic drinks and party supplies. (Balt Sun)

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