BSO recruits former Kennedy Center president to help with turnaround

As it looks for ways to regain its financial footing, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is enlisting the help of a consultant who has built a career on bolstering struggling arts organizations. The symphony announced Tuesday that it has engaged Michael Kaiser, the chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, to guide the turnaround. (Wash. Bus.)

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Are Your Jeans Red or Blue? Shopping America’s Partisan Divide

Levi Strauss and Wrangler both got their start as the go-to jeans for cowboys, railroad workers and others who pioneered the American West. Today, they are on opposite sides of a political divide that is affecting not only how people vote but what they buy. (WSJ)

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Chincoteague shop sells out of $230 Sam Adams beer

A gourmet shop in Chincoteague sold three bottles of a rare, $230 beer within days of news getting around that the store had it for sale. Three bottles were all the store, Poseidon's Pantry, could acquire. Utopias 2019 is a rare and much-coveted beer made by Sam Adams. It comes in a custom 25.4-ounce bottle and is barrel-aged and hand-bottled. Its 28% ABV makes it illegal in 15 states. (Delmarva)

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Lyft Now Offering Discounted Rides For Baltimore Residents Who Live In Food Deserts

Some Baltimoreans struggle with having access to healthy food. They may live in neighborhoods, labeled as food deserts, or when there’s no grocery store with fresh fruits and vegetables. Lyft is hoping to change that by offering discounted rides for residents to get to a grocery store. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland Contractor Pays $110K To Resolve Overbilling Claims

A Maryland contractor has paid $110,000 to resolve claims that it improperly billed the federal government for computer hardware. U.S. Attorney Robert Hur’s office on Monday announced the settlement with Eagle Alliance, a government contractor and Northrop Grumman partnership. The contractor’s payment to the government resolved False Claims Act allegations against it. (AP)

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Acquisition of Old Line Bank has a closing date

The $500 million acquisition of of Old Line Bancshares Inc., parent of Old Line Bank, by Pittsburgh's Wesbanco Inc., is expected to close Friday. It will give the Wheeling, West Virginia-based financial institution its first reach into the nation’s capital. (Wash. Bus.)

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New tenant inks deal for former Fannie Mae headquarters

The International Baccalaureate, a fast-growing nonprofit educational foundation, has inked a deal to shift its Global Centre for the Americas from suburban Maryland to City Ridge, the $750 million redevelopment of Fannie Mae's former headquarters in upper Northwest D.C. to feature the District's first Wegmans market. (Wash. Bus.)

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Baltimore beverage maker Zest Tea raising up to $2 million

A Pigtown-based company that markets high-caffeine, energizing tea blends is raising $2 million in new funding. Zest Tea's new round was disclosed in a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company is looking to raise up to $2 million, the documents show. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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