Disney buys much of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox in deal that will reshape Hollywood

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Walt Disney Co. has finalized a $52.4-billion stock deal to buy much of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment empire, a blockbuster union that would radically transform Hollywood into a land of fewer giants.

The deal, which Disney announced Thursday morning, represents Disney’s boldest acquisition yet….

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Hopkins favored out-of-state patients over locals to increase revenue, lawsuit claims

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A former supervisor in the patient appointments department at the Johns Hopkins Health System Corp. has accused the medical system in a lawsuit of prioritizing out-of-state patients over Maryland residents to boost revenue.

Anthony C. Campos said in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District…

fromhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-hs-hopkins-lawsuit-20171213-story.html

Hogan proposes expanded job tax credit, state writes down revenue

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Gov. Larry Hogan wants to spend $6 million a year to expand a tax credit program that gives certain job-creating businesses a decade-long reprieve from some state taxes.

Hogan announced his plan Wednesday, saying that the existing job creation program has been so popular in its inaugural year that…

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Columbia-based ADG Creative will be acquired by Chenega Corp.

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ADG Creative, a Columbia-based communications and marketing firm, said Wednesday it has agreed to be acquired by Alaska-based Chenega Corp., an Alaska Native Corporation, and will join Chenega’s portfolio of professional services organizations.

ADG Creative serves commercial clients as well as…

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Cashless payments to be offered at some state medical marijuana dispensaries

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As Maryland’s first medical marijuana dispensaries began opening this month, some are turning to a cashless payment system they hope will make transactions safer and more convenient.

CanPay, a mobile app designed to allow debit payments in the cash-heavy cannabis industry, has expanded into Maryland….

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Royal Farms Arena operator SMG Holdings to be acquired

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SMG Holdings Inc., which operates the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore and many other venues, will be acquired by Canadian private equity fund Onex Corp.

The deal, which Onex announced this week, is expected to close early next year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“SMG is the global gold standard…

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LuLaRoe has turned your Facebook friends into a leggings sales force. But is it a pyramid scheme?

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Betsy Stover was 17 when her mother asked her to help fax strangers, hawking a service that had the markings of a pyramid scheme.

“I always felt like a creep sending unsolicited faxes,” said Stover, who hated the chore, but knew the work required cold calls to succeed.

Stover, now a 38-year-old…

fromhttp://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-tn-tech-multilevel-marketing-20171211-story.html