Regional Recap, November 18, 2011

| November 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Pets Stolen For Quick Cash. Some people looking to make quick cash in the tough economy are stealing pets in what has become a booming and disturbing industry in Maryland.In early November, Joe Thompson had his 3-year-old Toy Shih-Tzu, Diva, in his hands during a routine midnight stroll in the 2800 block of Erdman Avenue in northeast Baltimore. “Me and my dog (are) just strolling. The next thing I know, he had put his hand on me and pulled me toward him and I’m talking to him, ‘Man, back up I don’t know you,'” Thompson explained.

Maryland Announces Plans For 1812 Bicentennial. Maryland tourism officials hope to draw more than 1 million people to the birthplace of the “Star-Spangled Banner” next summer as they open a multi-year bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 with an international maritime festival. The June festival along Baltimore’s harbor during a Naval fleet week celebration featuring tall ships and modern ships representing navies from around the world will coincide with the 200th anniversary of the United States’ first declaration of war.

Constellation, Exelon Shareholders Approve Merger. Constellation Energy and Exelon said their shareholders have approved the proposed $7.9 billion merger of the two companies.The two companies said shareholders voted at special meetings on Thursday.Holders of about 71 percent of Exelon common stock voted, with about 97 percent voting in favor. The owners of about 78 percent of Constellation common stock also voted on the deal, with about 87 percent in favor.

Baltimore’s New Years Eve Celebration In Question. Officials with Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts officials said they don’t have the funds to produce the annual Inner Harbor fireworks display due to a lack of donations. Bill Gilmore, executive director of the nonprofit, told The Daily Record of Baltimore that the group needs $75,000 to $100,000 to “blow the doors off” with pyrotechnics, but they’ve only raised $27,500.

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