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Top 5: ‘This meeting is over’

Baltimore has begun installing charging stations for electric cars in city garages, and The Daily Record investigates two mansions in Potomac that are owned by African dictators with documented human rights violations. Those stories and more in this week’s business top 5.

1. EBDI head walks out of City Hall during meeting – by Melody Simmons

A meeting to address construction and communication problems between residents of Middle East and East Baltimore Development Inc. was abruptly halted Tuesday after two top executives from EBDI walked out when a reporter showed up.

EBDI’s CEO, Christopher Shea, and its senior vice president of real estate development, Dennis Miller, stopped the scheduled two-hour meeting minutes after it began.

2. Downtown Partnership looks to continue growth in ‘The 401? – by Nicholas Sohr

Encouraged by robust population growth in the city’s center, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Inc. will soon launch a marketing effort with billboards, bumper stickers and even a signature cocktail to attract more residents to “The 401.”

“We have this growing downtown that is incredibly diverse, that is flying under the radar, and we need to draw some attention to it,” partnership President J. Kirby Fowler said before the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday night.

3. Baltimore installs 9 chargers for electric cars – by Melody Simmons

Nine city-owned parking garages had electric vehicle charging stations installed Wednesday along with creation of 18 dedicated parking spaces for the effort in each garage.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake drove a 2011 Chevy Volt to as part of a demonstration about the plug-in stations that offer a free hot shot for drivers who are paying to park in the city-owned garages.

4. Pricey Potomac street boasts mansions linked to African rulers – by Ben Mook

Neighbors on Bent Cross Drive, a quiet street of gated mansions and immaculate lawns, include the usual suspects for one of Maryland’s priciest ZIP codes — professional basketball players, doctors, business executives and … African dictators?

This tony community close to Washington, D.C., has always been attractive to power brokers from the nation’s capital. But a review of tax records and details of investigations carried out by Gambian journalists has indicated that at least two African dictators with documented histories of human rights violations own homes here.

5. Under Armour third quarter profit up 32 percent – by Ben Mook

Profits were up 32 percent at Under Armour Inc. in the third quarter of 2011 as revenue continued to increase due to new products including charged cotton and fleece.

The Baltimore-based company announced Tuesday that net revenue was up 42 percent in the third quarter to $466 million, compared to $329 million in the previous year. Profit was $46 million compared to $35 million during the third quarter of 2010.