Baltimore daily roundup: TikTok ban’s racist legacy; $45M opioid settlement; Key Bridge memorial vandalized

Plus, $8.5 million to ID health threats.

The first Patterson Park Summer Music Concert Series show of 2024 (Sameer Rao/

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For some, TikTok ban echos racist history

As parts of the US government take aim at major tech companies through a mix of litigation and legislation, the attempted ban or forced sale of one particular company — TikTok, whose owner ByteDance is based in China — has several Asian American civic leaders and platform personalities seeing the past coming back in harmful ways.

“Racist rhetoric leads to attacks based on appearance,” said attorney Harry Budisidharta. “We’ve seen anti-Japanese sentiment that led to the killing of Vincent Chin, even though he wasn’t Japanese. But his attacker didn’t ask that.”

Budisidharta joined several other Asian Americans, as well as some parties to a lawsuit challenging the ban, in sharing their perspectives on the ban’s surrounding rhetoric, efficiency and historical ties in a new feature.

➡️ Learn more about the TikTok ban and critiques against it here.

$8.5 million to ID health threats

Alexandria-based HyperSpectral just raised a major series A to hire more employees and further develop its core tech. The company specializes in using artificial intelligence and spectral data, which includes everything from ultraviolet to infrared light range, to find pathogens and contaminants in food, the air and more.

The $8.5 million raise from a mix of domestic and international investors coincides with the company scoring a pilot with the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, among other entities. CEO Matt Theurer, the onetime cofounder of cloud service provider Virtustream, broke down what these new funds and opportunities mean in a recent interview with’s DC reporter Kaela Roeder.

➡️ Learn more about HyperSpectral’s plans in this new article.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Pharmaceutical company Allergan will pay Baltimore $45 million in a settlement related to the city’s lawsuit over the opioid epidemic’s impact. Baltimore is set to receive more money than it would’ve had it opted into the Maryland’s settlement last year. [Baltimore Banner]

• Columbia-based data and code development firm Clarity Innovations has merged with Herdon, VA’s Chamelion Consulting Group. The new company, which retains Clarity’s brand identity, will have about 500 employees. [Biz Journal]

• A memorial to the six people who died during the Key Bridge collapse was vandalized over the weekend. [Associated Press]

• Timonium-based tech and management consultancy Think Consulting announced a new partnership with Valtus Alliance, a global collection of executive interim management companies, in an effort to expand its international reach. [Think Consulting]

• EcoMap Technologies highlighted how AI, investment and other trends impact local networks in its first-ever Ecosystem Trend Report. [EcoMap]

• Under Armour steps into haute couture through a new collaboration with Spanish fashion house Balenciaga. [Baltimore Banner]

• Investment management giant T. Rowe Price will be featured in a patch on the Orioles’ jerseys. [Biz Journal]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• June 11: UpSurge Baltimore brings the next Equitech Tuesday to Druid Hill Park. [Details here]

• June 14-16: Baltimore Pride goes into high gear with a mix of events including Mt. Vernon Pride, the annual Pride parade and block party, and Pride in the Park. [Details here]

• June 15: The local Code and Coffee meetup returns to its original location at Spark Baltimore. [Details here]

• June 19: Applications close for Baltimore Homecoming’s Crab Tank Entrepreneurship Program, which offers a chance to compete for prizes worth $2,500 to $25,000. [Details here]

• June 29: The team behind Wilmington, Delaware’s Ladybug Music Festival takes its focus on women artists and local vendors to Ellicott City. [Details here]
































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