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Week in review: 9/9/11

Market reopening raises optimism

This week, workers put the final touches on a $750,000 renovation of the Baltimore-owned Broadway Market in Fells Point, where a reopening ceremony of the southern section was scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday. Merchants expressed optimism that business will increase thanks to the project.

State Center fight continues

Plaintiffs in a legal battle over the $1.5 billion State Center development in Baltimore have filed a motion to dismiss a countersuit filed last week by the state Department of Transportation and Department of General Services.

Bank ex-VP guilty of fraud

A former vice president of Baltimore-based Harbor Financial Services Inc. admitted Wednesday that he stole more than $800,000 from the trust fund of a child with cerebral palsy and annuity of an 85-year-old dementia sufferer.

Museum tilts toward Baltimore

A unique museum dedicated to colorful, melodic and whimsical machines may open near the Inner Harbor this fall if leasing details can be worked out. The National Pinball Museum is leaving Washington, D.C., because of the expense of leasing there.

Caption case costs Redskins

The Washington Redskins and the owner-operator of FedEx Field must pay nearly $260,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs to three deaf and hard-of-hearing fans who sued the football team and its home stadium for failing to make public address announcements accessible via captioning, a federal judge ruled.

Casino revenue decreased

Revenue at Maryland’s two casinos dropped to $13.1 million in August, a 15 percent decline from the state gaming industry’s best month ever. July had five weekends and Independence Day, while August had only four weekends, plus a disruptive earthquake and hurricane.

Murder-for-hire acquittal

Two brothers were acquitted Wednesday in Baltimore City Circuit Court of charges that they carried out the killing of a blind and mentally disabled man as part of an insurance scam.

US Fidelis fights $25M order

US Fidelis Inc., once the nation’s largest provider of after-market auto warranties but now embroiled in bankruptcy, is challenging the Maryland Attorney General’s order that it pay more than $25 million in restitution and penalties.

Changes at Under Armour

Sports apparel maker Under Armour announced Tuesday that Chief Operating Officer Wayne Marino is retiring and is being replaced by Kip Fulks, the executive vice president of product. Also, the positions of chief supply chain officer and chief performance officers are being created.

Precautions for 9/11

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration received a security briefing Tuesday from the FBI special agent in charge of the Baltimore division as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks neared.