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Sam’s Club, vying with Costco and Amazon, offers free shipping to premium members
BaltimoreSun.com / Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:20:00 PST

Sam's Club is offering free shipping for premium members and simplifying its membership tiers.

Starting Wednesday, the Walmart-owned warehouse club will give free shipping on online orders for Plus members on 95 percent of the items it sells. Most shipping costs previously were based on the item's...

Baltimore bike lane construction delayed again, amid fire code concerns
BaltimoreSun.com / Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:00:00 PST

Baltimore bicyclists may have to wait nearly another year for protected bike lanes on Monument, Centre and Madison streets.

The city’s Board of Estimates approved a 318-day extension on Wednesday — a move that frustrated bike advocates. The vote allows the city to delay for a second time construction...

Baltimore Whiskey Co. is building geothermal system for new Union Collective distillery
BaltimoreSun.com / Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:30:00 PST

Baltimore Whiskey Co. has started work on its new distillery at Union Collective in Baltimore’s Medfield neighborhood, beginning with construction of a state-of-the-art geothermal system that will be used in production.

Construction has begun on the $100,000 system, which will use naturally cold...

Florida firm buys Inner Harbor office building
BaltimoreSun.com / Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:30:00 PST

A Florida-based real estate firm announced Wednesday that it acquired the 500 East Pratt Street office building across from the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for $60 million.

Morning Calm Management, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based real estate investment and management company, said it...

Baltimore unveils failed bid to lure Amazon headquarters
BaltimoreSun.com / Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:30:00 PST
Baltimore officials on Wednesday unveiled the failed bid to lure Amazon's HQ2 to Baltimore - specifically to Port Covington.
A healthy Happy Meal? McDonald’s cuts cheeseburgers, chocolate milk from kids’ meal menu
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:07:00 PST

McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.

Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate milk with the kid's meal, but the fast-food...

Baltimore attorney selected to help lead class-action lawsuit over massive Equifax data breach
BaltimoreSun.com / Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:15:00 PST

Baltimore attorney Hassan Murphy has been selected to help lead a class-action lawsuit against Equifax over the credit bureau’s massive data breach last year.

Murphy, of Murphy Falcon Murphy, was selected by a federal judge in Georgia on Monday to serve on a seven-member steering committee for...

FCC watchdog investigates chairman’s role in easing way for Sinclair’s acquisition of Tribune Media,
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:45:00 PST

The Federal Communications Commission's internal watchdog is probing whether the agency's chairman improperly pushed for rule changes that helped clear the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed purchase of Tribune Media Co.'s television stations, a lawmaker said.

The role of Chairman Ajit...

10 most expensive Baltimore area homes on the market in January
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:20:00 PST

These are the 10 priciest new home listings in the Baltimore area last month, according to multiple listing service Bright MLS. The list excludes new construction and homes without seller permission to advertise or promote. 

Mortgage rates climb to their highest levels in nearly four years
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:00:00 PST

Mortgage rates haven't been this high in nearly four years, just as the spring home-buying season is heating up.

According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average shot up to 4.38 percent with an average 0.6 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal...

McCormick & Co. CEO earned $9 million in 2017, a 39 percent jump
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:30:00 PST

The CEO of McCormick & Co. Inc. earned $9 million in compensation last year, a 39 percent increase, as the Sparks-based spice and flavorings maker reported record financial results for the year and completed the acquisition of the maker of French’s Mustard and Frank’s Red Hot sauce.

Performance-based...

Merritt Properties plans new office tower near the Canton waterfront
BaltimoreSun.com / Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:00:00 PST

Baltimore developer Merritt Properties plans to build a 20-story office tower in Canton that will continue the transformation of the area’s industrial waterfront.

Merritt and its architects showed preliminary plans Thursday for what would be a $70 million building fronting Boston Street, the thoroughfare...

Modern-day redlining: How banks block people of color from homeownership
BaltimoreSun.com / Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:30:00 PST

Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts.

This modern-day redlining persisted in 61 metro areas even when controlling...

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