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‘Young Americans’ Comes to Baltimore to Cure ‘Homicide’ Withdrawal

It’s a curious malady, one that doesn’t get much attention, and the concentration of those afflicted is particularly high around Baltimore. It’s called “Homicide” withdrawal.<@SM><@SM><TAB>While the critically acclaimed, Peabody award-winning police series never gained a large national audience, the devotees in its city of origin were fanatical. For true fans, withdrawal symptoms persist, even if time dulls their pain.

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Columbia’s Class A Market Growing

Liberty Property Trust will break ground tomorrow on a six-building office complex in Columbia — its first new development in Maryland in 10 years — and it expects Howard County’s tight office market to quickly absorb the space. <@SM><@SM><TAB>Liberty Place at Columbia Crossing will feature four 31,000 square-foot, single-story office buildings and two 62,000 square-foot, two-story office buildings. The Class A development will sit on 28 acres of sloping land at the intersection of Dobbin Road and Route 175.

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Travel Company Settles Complaint That it Charged for ‘Free’ Vacations

As part of a federal crackdown on travel fraud, a Wisconsin company and its managers have settled charges that they lured customers with “free” trips only to make them pay hundreds of dollars each.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Defendants James Burns and John Bundy will be permanently banned from travel-related telemarketing for misrepresenting the value of the trips or telling consumers that they had won free vacations, according to the Federal Trade Commission complaint. Both men were senior officers at First Impressions, which also operated under the name “Air-Land-Sea.”

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Bigger Bite for Health?

Baltimore City employees may soon be asked to swallow a larger bite of their health-care costs if the city follows final recommendations in a study commissioned by the Baltimore Efficiency & Economy Foundation.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The city could save $30 million in prescription drug and other health benefit costs through more efficient cost-sharing practices with its workers, according to the foundation

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NEWS SUMMARY

Legg Mason Shares UpShares for Legg Mason Inc. reached a 52-week high yesterday of $54.56, topping the previous high of $52.38. The Baltimore-based company’s stock was up $3.31, or 6.46 percent, from the previous day. It was a good day ...

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