Jun 13, 2016

Havre de Grace’s new $9M library a fusion of technology, interactivity

Havre de Grace is officially opening its new 20,000-square-feet library this Wednesday after a two-year renovation that cost almost $9 million. The Harford County Library, now back in its previous location on Union Avenue, is twice as big as its predecessor and boasts new interactive play areas for children and teens, and a business center. […]

Jul 25, 2012

Facebook faces its first earnings spotlight

It’s showtime for Facebook. Call it the second act after its rocky initial public offering two months ago. On Thursday, the company will take the spotlight once again to announce its first earnings report as a public company. Facebook’s fate hinges on its ability to convince businesses that the ads on its website and on […]

Apr 4, 2012

Burger King dusts off crown and going public again

NEW YORK — Burger King is dusting off its crown and going public again. The world’s No. 2 hamburger chain, which is in the midst of overhauling its menu and stores, says it expects to relist its shares on the New York Stock Exchange within the next three months. In a deal announced late Tuesday, […]

Apr 2, 2012

Mixed use development eyed for Cambridge port

CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge officials say a mixed-use redevelopment is planned for the city’s waterfront. A mixture of commercial, public and possibly some residential properties is being considered for the port property at Sailwinds Park along Franklin Street. The property is owned by the state and leased by the city. The city and state have agreed […]

Jan 3, 2012

Fed to regularly forecast interest-rate changes

WASHINGTON — In a major shift, the Federal Reserve will start updating the public four times a year on how long it plans to keep short-term interest rates at record lows, according to minutes from its December policy meeting. The first forecast will be included in the central bank’s economic projections after its Jan. 24-25 […]

Dec 12, 2011

Fed ready for even further transparency

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve under Ben Bernanke has gone further than ever to explain its policies to the public. It’s ready to go further still. A Fed policy meeting Tuesday will likely focus, in part, on an evolving plan to reveal the direction of interest rates more explicitly. The Fed may decide, for example, […]

Oct 19, 2011

Baltimore County gets $7 million for school renovations

ANNAPOLIS — Emotions ran high and discussions ran long as the Board of Public Works approved $7 million in Baltimore County school renovation projects — but not a cent of it going toward air conditioning in old schools. Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against the projects because he said the lack of air conditioning in 65 […]

Oct 2, 2011

Joe Nathanson: Public-private deals may build our future

It used to be a no-brainer. You needed roads and bridges for your community’s economy to grow and prosper. That was the view from corporate board rooms to main street merchants and from chambers of commerce to local union halls. And, to build and maintain those roads and bridges that benefit us all, directly or […]

Aug 4, 2011

Inside the First Amendment: Should executions be televised?

The images would be the ultimate in “reality” programming: A TV broadcast or online streaming video of an actual execution. Would you watch? Would you want news organizations — or anyone with a computer, for that matter — to broadcast or stream it on a live or delayed basis? On July 22, Georgia prison officials […]

Jul 21, 2011

Free public Wi-Fi coming to the State House

ANNAPOLIS — The entire State House complex will provide free public Wi-Fi access starting with the 2012 legislative session. The Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative Data Systems unanimously approved a measure to allow the public to access the Internet for free from all meeting rooms and office areas throughout the complex. “We’re turning the whole […]

Jun 6, 2011

E-cigs: No smoke, but some areas are banning them

RICHMOND, Va. — That’s not smoke coming out of Cliff Phillips’ mouth. But that hasn’t stopped others from cringing, making remarks, waving their hands in their faces and coughing at the sight of the vapor from his electronic cigarette. “They’re just conditioned if they see you inhale and exhale something, it’s got to be smoke […]

Apr 21, 2011

Cigar smokers seeking right to smoke in public

As quests for freedom go, it’s not exactly the fight against apartheid in South Africa. But cigar smokers around the country are fed up with smoking bans that prevent them from enjoying stogies in cigar bars with friends. A rising number of states have moved to exempt cigars from indoor smoking bans, often by establishing […]

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