Top 5 business stories of 2010

The most-read stories of 2010 by The Daily Record's business reporting team mirror many of the big ongoing stories that have dominated the news since the economy cratered two years ago -- failed banks, slot machine gambling, struggling commercial real estate developments, and City Hall politics. 1. Two Maryland banks closed by regulators - Ben Mook Federal regulators closed two troubled Maryland banks, including one that was believed to have been the oldest black-owned financial institution in the state. Bay National Bank and Baltimore-based Ideal Federal Savings Bank Friday became the fourth and fifth Maryland banks to be closed over the last two years. 2. Baltimore's FiOS chances getting slimmer - Staff and Wire reports Verizon is nearing the end of its program to replace copper phone lines with optical fibers that provide much higher Internet speeds and TV service. Its focus is now on completing the network in the communities where it has already secured “franchises" -- and that means major cities such as Baltimore and downtown Boston will be left without FiOS.

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