Politics & Business

Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures makes layoffs as part of wider university jobs cuts in the pandemic

Inside Johns Hopkins’ FastForward 1812. Photo by Stephen Babcock/Technical.ly Baltimore.

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic at Johns Hopkins are being felt at the university’s center for tech transfer and entrepreneurship.

Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures laid off eight people across its divisions on Oct. 7 amid wider job cuts at the university due to revenue losses in the pandemic. After a review, JHTV is implementing a leaner structure that shifts reporting lines for staff.

H&S Bakery slated to open artisan bakery and cafe in Harbor East in summer 2021



A rendering of Kneads, a new bakeshop and café from H&S Bakery, slated to open in summer 2021 in Harbor East. Image courtesy of H&S Bakery.

H&S Bakery announced today that it will be opening a new Harbor East bakeshop and café called Kneads.

The eatery is slated to open in summer 2021 at 506 S. Central Ave., where it will specialize in made-from-scratch breads and baked goods.

Hogan announces more emergency funding for restaurants, entertainment venues, the arts and more

Gov. Hogan announces more economic relief for businesses. Photo credit: Facebook Live.

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the $250 million ‘Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative,’ which will provide funding from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to directly assist restaurants, small businesses, local entertainment venues, arts organizations, and Main Streets across the state.

Coronavirus weekly recap (Oct. 15 – 22): Average positive test rate above 3% for nine straight days

This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

Maryland’s seven-day average rate of positive coronavirus tests has been higher than 3 percent for nine consecutive days, state data show.

Baltimore County adding 31 ballot drop box locations


In early October, Baltimore County provided 13 secure ballot drop boxes: one at each Early Voting location as well as at the Board of Elections office and Hereford High School.

Due to high demand, the county is installing 31 additional secure ballot drop boxes that will be available by Friday, October 23, 2020.

Baltimore mayoral candidates to debate in NAACP forum Thursday, Oct. 22


The NAACP, in collaboration with AFRO News and WBAL, will host a virtual Mayoral Forum tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. All four mayoral candidates will participate in the forum, including Working Class candidate David Harding, Democratic nominee Brandon Scott, Independent candidate Bob Wallace and Republican nominee Shannon Wright.

The candidates will be joined by Baltimore activist Deray McKesson.

The debate is open to the public. To register, click here: https://bit.ly/2SGYSDg

The forum will also be streamed live on the NAACP Facebook page.

COVID-19 decreased Maryland’s air pollution, research shows

An aerial picture of Baltimore from June 2018, taken during a research flight to measure air quality. Studies this year indicated a decrease in air pollution during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. (File photo courtesy of Sarah Benish.)

Capital News Service – In the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, as stay-at-home orders took effect and more commuters worked from home or lost their jobs, air pollution dropped markedly in Maryland, according to a recent report from the University of Maryland and the state’s Department of the Environment.

Baltimore Tree Trust plants 10,000th tree with a mission to increase Baltimore’s tree canopy

Baltimore Tree Trust planted its 10,000th tree in Baltimore, but the city remains far behind a goal set by former Mayor Martin O’Malley to increase Baltimore’s tree canopy to 40% by 2037. Photo by Marcus Dieterle.

Twelve years after the Baltimore Tree Trust was established to aid the mayor’s office initiative to expand Baltimore’s tree canopy, called Tree Baltimore, members of the nonprofit organization and other volunteers gathered in Winans Meadow at Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park on Tuesday to plant their 10,000th tree in the city.

State releases initial draft of COVID-19 mass vaccination plan


Governor Larry Hogan today announced the release of the State of Maryland’s initial draft of the COVID-19 mass vaccination plan, which was submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week. The plan describes distribution in two phases, one for the most vulnerable and a second phase for the general public. Read the draft plan here.

Mayoral candidate Brandon Scott names civic, business and community leaders to transition team

Courtesy: Brandon for Baltimore

Mike Hankin, Wes Moore, Alicia Wilson among others will lead his team

Mayoral candidate and current Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott has named nine business, non-profit, and government leaders to head up his transition team should he win the mayor’s race in two weeks. In a poll released last week, Scott was leading the race with 65 percent of the vote, compared to 14 percent for Independent challenger Bob Wallace and six percent for Republican candidate Shannon Wright.