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Top 5: ‘This is old Baltimore pride’

Just weeks before Baltimore hosts its first ever Grand Prix, two of its investors have filed suit against the race’s organizer, and the Charm City Circulator is being expanded to Fort McHenry. Those stories and more in this week’s business top 5.

1. Baltimore Grand Prix sued by its founder – by Rachel Bernstein

Steven Wehner, the man responsible for the original idea to bring auto racing to the streets of downtown Baltimore, has filed a nearly $750,000 complaint against the organizers of the Baltimore Grand Prix.

According to the complaint, Baltimore Racing Development LLC was to have paid Wehner $575,000 over five years to purchase his 10.2 percent interest in the organization. But the filing claims that BRD has defaulted on its payments. Attached to the filing is an exhibit of the agreement between BRD and Wehner from May 12, 2010.

2. Charm City Circulator to be expanded to Fort McHenry – by Melody Simmons

Expansion of the 21-bus Charm City Circulator to include the Fort McHenry Monument and National Shrine will soon take place with the help of a $1.5 million federal transportation grant.

The Circulator will expand its territory into the city’s southern reaches — just as the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812 gets underway.

3. 2nd investor files action against Grand Prix – by Rachel Bernstein

A second early investor of the Baltimore Grand Prix filed an action Tuesday against the race’s organizers, seeking more than $300,000 he said he is owed.

And the attorney for Sean Conley and fellow investor Steven Wehner — who filed against the organizers last week — said he will be filing an injunction to freeze part of the money from advance ticket sales sitting in an escrow account.

4. Patrons line up for grand reopening of Gino’s in Towson – by Alissa Gulin

It was barely 10 a.m., yet dozens of people were itching for a burger — and not just any burger.

“It’s all about the Gino’s Giant!” exclaimed a number of hungry loyalists whose enthusiasm was matched by the hundreds of others who showed up Wednesday for the grand reopening of a restaurant that’s gained iconic status among Baltimoreans: Gino’s Burgers and Chicken.

5. State slots commission eases MBE rules – by Nicholas Sohr

The state slots commission eased minority business participation goals for would-be casino developers in Baltimore and Western Maryland on Wednesday.

The amendments approved by the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission remove specific minority, or MBE, benchmark figures from bid documents. The state will set “individualized goals” for each project.