A Frederick-area design firm created the new Maryland license plate for the Chesapeake Bay Trust unveiled Oct. 18 at Sandy Point State Park. The artwork for the new license plate was developed by Tina Cardosi and Sujen Buford of design firm TM Design Inc. The design, selected from more than 250 submissions, will be the third design in the history of the program. The first Chesapeake Bay license plate was unveiled in 1990, while the second design, currently on the roads, was unveiled in 2004. There are more than 300,000 Chesapeake Bay Trust plates on the road today. The plates are $20 extra and proceeds go to the trust.

A panel of federal judges consolidated 17 lawsuits accusing Sinclair Broadcast Group and other media companies of scheming to artificially raise prices for local television advertisements, The Baltimore Sun reported. Cases pending in federal court in Maryland and Illinois will be combined with 15 related cases and heard in Illinois. “The actions commonly allege that the conspiracy was effectuated by sharing competitively sensitive information through … advertising sales teams in order to raise advertising prices to supracompetitive levels,” said the order.

Warschawski added Sid Balman as senior vice president in its D.C. office. Balman will oversee client strategy, day-to-day activities and new business development. An award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, behavior-change communications specialist and author, Balman has a diverse background, including diplomatic affairs, strategic communications, business development, foreign aid and global campaigns. Early in his career, Balman, a Pulitzer-nominated national security correspondent, covered wars in the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, and traveled extensively with U.S. presidents and secretaries of state on overseas diplomatic missions.

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