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Businesses face insurance questions after riot

Businesses face insurance questions after riot

It was a bright sunny spring day on Wednesday, but you really couldn't tell inside Golden Apple Watch and Jewelry on the East Fayette Street because its windows and doors were boarded up. The glass had been knocked out two days before when rioters swept through portions of downtown. The looters helped themselves to diamond watches, silver jewelry and "grillz," jewelry that is worn over the teeth. Saleh Mandour, the store's owner, and his son Marwan Mandour estimated the looters made off without about $50,000 in merchandise. The windows remain boarded over because police who responded said they didn't have time to take a report because of the unrest and the landlord's insurance won't replace the windows without one. As far as the stolen merchandise, the store will likely have to eat the loss because it wasn't insured. "We don't know what to do," Mandour said.

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Harmed by riots, small businesses now face a curfew

Harmed by riots, small businesses now face a curfew

Casey Yang, owner of Coffee-Land, usually closes his shop downtown at about 5 p.m. and is out the door about 15 minutes later. But on Monday, there were a few late sandwich orders that kept the store open longer and delayed his going home. That delay proved to be fateful. As he was preparing to leave, he noticed a group of teenagers gathering in front of his store on Charles Street downtown. Yang, 54, felt the situation was dangerous so he locked his door and hid in a corner. But the group of about 20 teenagers saw him, smashed the glass door; demanded money; ransacked the store; hit him in the head with a container; and stole his briefcase. Despite the ordeal, he plans to open his doors again on Wednesday and dismissed the idea of relocating the shop. "We have to keep [the] business here. We have no choice," Yang said. Small businesses throughout the city, even those that haven't been directly impacted by the riots, are hurting as a result of the destruction that started on Saturday, and erupted into full scale riots on Monday. The violence comes as an off shoot of anger over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in the Baltimore Police Department's custody.

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Businesses close early, soldier on in face of protests

Businesses close early, soldier on in face of protests

A few large planters along West Pratt Street in front of Luna Del Sea restaurant remained smashed on the sidewalk on Monday afternoon, and two windows at a Subway eatery next door were bashed out and boarded over. These were a few of the lingering reminders of damage caused when protests over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who was injured in police custody, got out of hand on Saturday. But Luna Del Sea owner Tony Assadi, sitting at the bar of his restaurant enjoying a late lunch, wasn’t intimidated by the weekend’s violence. He said he refused to close his restaurant Saturday because there was a private party scheduled that evening — so he just called in his own security to keep customers safe “Nothing is going to stop me,” Assadi said.

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Maryland SPCA head to step down

The executive director of the Maryland SPCA will leave the animal-rights organization this summer after more than 15 years at the helm. Aileen Gabbey, who began as a volunteer nearly two decades ago, will relocate to Georgia, where her husband ...

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