Convenience, cost drive popularity of urgent care clinics

For most Americans seeking immediate medical attention, even for a minor issue, a primary care doctor or an emergency room was for many years the only options. Over the last few decades, however, the way people seek and receive medical care has undergone a drastic change with the growing popularity of urgent care clinics, which are now an $18 billion industry. As of November 2018, there were nearly 9,000 of these clinics in the United States, according to the Urgent Care Association. (Daily Record)

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Vape retailers in Montgomery say federal, local proposals are choking business

Two employees have been let go. Sales are down 35 percent. And atop the display cabinet packed with metallic vaping devices and flavored e-liquids rests a whiteboard with a hastily scribbled offer: “Buy 3, get 4th one free.” It has been a rough few months at Vapor Worldwide in Gaithersburg, Md., a suburb of about 69,000 people that sits 22 miles north of Washington. Like 21 other vape shops in Montgomery County and hundreds more across the country, the store has seen business plummet amid widespread panic over vaping, fueled in part by a rash of illnesses that has sickened more than 2,000 individuals and killed 39. (Wash. Post)

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Google scales back its culture of transparency, as all-hands meetings become monthly

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, in a companywide email Friday, said Google is making its weekly all-hands meetings, known as TGIF, a monthly event, scaling back what has been the hallmark of Google’s claim to a transparent work culture. The weekly meetings will be narrower in scope, in addition to being less frequent, according to a copy of the email viewed by The Washington Post. TGIF will now be “focused on product and business strategy,” Pichai wrote. (Wash. Post)

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Applied Biomimetic opens Gaithersburg production facility

Applied Biomimetic, a biotech company working with the convergence of polymer and protein membrane technologies, hosted a grand opening of its new production facility Nov. 6 in Gaithersburg. Dignitaries at the event included the Danish Ambassador Lone Dencker Wisborg, Biometric Chairman Mads Clausen and governmental leaders from Maryland, Montgomery County and Gaithersburg. (Daily Record)

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WeWork's future looks murky, but coworking is here to stay

Coworking definitely held some perks for Kelly Speakes-Backman. Her nonprofit, the Energy Storage Association, spent nearly a year at WeWork’s Metropolitan Square location, a block east of the White House. The space was certainly easy enough for her 10 staffers to move into while the association searched for a more permanent home. A slew of office amenities were at hand, and the food and beverage options didn’t hurt. (Wash. Bus.)

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Fourth Dimension Fun Center to open by next summer

Fourth Dimension Fun Center will bring laser tag, bowling, an arcade, two escape rooms and a restaurant — all under one roof — to Frederick as soon as this summer. (News-Post)

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Gannett, GateHouse approve merger, creating nation’s largest newspaper publisher

Shareholders of Gannett and GateHouse Media approved a deal Thursday to combine the companies, after management promised to find $300 million in annual savings that some critics warned would further squeeze already shrunken newsrooms but that some investors warned may not go far enough. (Wash. Post)

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Perspecta banks 10% revenue growth ahead of headwinds

Perspecta Inc. (NYSE: PRSP) continued to ride its Defense and Intelligence Community business toward strong second quarter earnings, even as CEO Mac Curtis previewed what could be some choppiness during the next two quarters. The Chantilly IT services contractor posted $1.17 billion in revenue, up 10 percent from the same quarter of the prior year, beating analyst estimates of $1.09 billon and leading executives to raise their mid-year guidance. (Wash. Bus.)

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