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Top 5: Wind energy, Black Friday and payday loans

The truncated work week didn’t keep The Daily Record’s business reporters from breaking some news in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

Also cracking the weekly top five for the first time is a recent installment in our new series, the Photo of the Day. The picture relates to air travel, hence the business peg, but mostly it’s just a very cool picture. Do check it out.

1. On the Move, 11/26: Northrop Grumman’s Edwards Veihoffer wins women engineers award

Debbie Edwards Veihdeffer, director of work-life integration at Northrop Grumman’s electronic systems sector in Linthicum, recently received the Work-Life Balance Award from the Society of Women Engineers.

She serves as the human resources focal point for three sector-level employee resource groups and is the project leader for two science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational outreach programs for teachers.

2. State suspends debt collection firm’s license

A collection company hired by payday loan firms was suspended by state regulators Monday because the loans were given by unlicensed companies who violated state usury laws.

The Maryland Collection Agency Licensing Board in the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation suspended Smith Haynes & Watson LLC’s license over complaints about collection efforts for payday loans made online to Maryland residents.

3. Baltimore County watching how the wind blows

A test device will be blowing in the wind in Baltimore County, probably by this spring, and the results may determine if it’s worth resuming the two-year-old battle between environmentalists and community groups over residential windmills.

4. Photo of the Day: Under the Moon

5. Going for the green on Black Friday

Laptop computers for $198. Printers for $44. Sterling silver diamond bracelets for $99. Five-gallon Shop-Vac portable vacuums for $15. Large slow cookers for $2.97. As the holiday shopping season nears its official start, local retailers are hoping that special promotions, deep discounts and extended hours will lure shoppers to spend the green on Black Friday.