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Top 5: ‘It was a price I couldn’t refuse’

The Orioles had their home opener on Monday, and tens of thousands of fans turned out. And East Baltimore Development Inc. has bought out D and A Liquors from Daisy Jackson, who has worked there since 1975. Those stories and more in this week’s business top 5.

1. Orioles help lift spirits of Camden Yards vendors with Opening Day win – by Rachel Bernstein

Vendors and concession stand owners inside and outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday were equally positive about a strong Opening Day bringing in the cash.

A re-energized team and beautiful weather made for a particularly busy home opener as the streets around the ballpark were flooded with fans in orange.

2. 2 plans call for more residences in downtown Baltimore – by Melody Simmons

Downtown Baltimore needs to grow, and adding residences is among the best ways to do that, according to two development plans for center city unveiled Wednesday.

One plan, from the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, highlights a need to whittle down the high vacancy rate for office space, use existing and new development incentives to spur redevelopment and convert of old office space to residential units.

3. Bill limiting credit checks by employers approved – by Nicholas Sohr

The General Assembly passed legislation Wednesday that would limit businesses’ ability to use the credit histories of job applicants in making hiring decisions.

The House of Delegates approved SB 132 on a 90-46 vote and the Senate voted 33-13 on twin legislation, HB 87.

Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, D-Baltimore City, said technical amendments tacked on to the bills by both chambers made them identical, meaning routine concurrence votes on both are all that stands between the legislation and the governor’s desk.

4. EBDI is buying out Miss Daisy for $250K – by Melody Simmons

Daisy Jackson has worked the small, cut-rate liquor store she owns at Eager Street and North Broadway since 1975.

But all week, the 74-year-old was clearing out nearly a lifetime of memories at D and A Liquors as she prepares to vacate the red-brick row house decorated with brown paneling, wood shelves, bulletproof Plexiglas and posters for beer and alcoholic beverages.

5. Motion to dismiss State Center lawsuit has 3-hour hearing – by Melody Simmons

Did they “hide in the weeds” or are a group of downtown property owners on the brink of financial ruin?

A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge heard a motion Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit by members of the group, who claim the $1.5 billion State Center redevelopment will render leasing in center city null and void.