Politics & Business

Tech firm Stripe picks Baltimore for new office; city approves $150K loan for business

The Banner Building at 1215 E. Fort Ave. Photo via Google Street View.

Stripe, the online payment platform with the stated mission “to increase the GDP of the internet,” is opening an office in Locust Point.

Helm Services Inc., a subsidiary of Stripe, is leasing 44,000 square feet at 1215 E. Fort Ave., for its first-ever office where it will provide support services for the payment infrastructure firm, according to this week’s Board of Estimates agenda. According to state business records, the company changed its name from Tamarancho, Inc., which is how it’s referred to in the agenda, to Helm Services, Inc. on July 24.

Trump continues tweeting about Cummings and Baltimore, now citing crime and Bernie Sanders

Photos via Rep. Elijah Cummings/Twitter and the White House

The president continued calling out to his new favorite city Monday morning, firing off a fresh screed about Rep. Elijah Cummings, crime and past comments on Baltimore by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Feds award $125M to help expand Howard Street Tunnel, which Hogan says is enough to proceed

An archived image of the tunnel at Camden Station, Courtesy Library of Congress

After previously being turned down, the state has gotten its wish for federal assistance to expand the berth for trains in the Howard Street Tunnel, eventually allowing double-stacked train cars to travel to and from the Port of Baltimore.

OIG investigating Comptroller Pratt’s role in 2017 vote that gifted city-owned lots to her church

The front of Bethel A.M.E. Church at 1300 Druid Hill Ave. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Baltimore’s inspector general is reviewing a vote cast by city Comptroller Joan Pratt that helped facilitate the sale of 15 city-owned lots to an influential church where she has long been a leading member.

Piggybacking off court ruling, council members want to ban ‘gag orders’ in city lawsuit settlements

Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

On the heels of a ruling by a panel of federal appellate judges last week that non-disclosure agreements for Baltimore police misconduct settlements violate plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights, two city lawmakers are looking to bar them outright under city law.

NBC video of Trump, Epstein at party has brief appearance by former congressman, UMD great Tom McMillen

Image still via YouTube

NBC News this morning released a video of President Donald Trump and financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was recently charged with sex trafficking of minors, at a party in 1992, with Trump in one moment slapping a woman’s rear and in another, leering at women with Epstein.

Trump, then approaching the height of his (inflated) celebrity as a real estate mogul, pointed to a woman and tells Epstein, “She’s hot.” Moments later, he said something that causes Epstein to double over with laughter.

Security tightened at city buildings after fired employee gained access to sensitive areas

The Abel Wolman Municipal Building. Photo via Google Street View.

The Department of General Services tightened security at the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, home to multiple agencies, and other city buildings after an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General revealed a former Department of Public Works employee who had been fired was able to gain access to sensitive areas.

OIG says former DOT manager ‘publicly humiliated and demeaned’ employees; sources say it was Pourciau

Photo by Christopher Sessums, via Flickr

A higher-up at the city’s Department of Transportation resigned after a sprawling investigation into her conduct at the office, a tenure that included cases of her “demeaning” numerous employees to the point where it reduced departmental morale.

That individual was Michelle Pourciau, according to City Hall sources not authorized to speak publicly on the investigation.

Report: BPD wasted thousands salvaging a boat, when the state would have done it at no cost

The boat, impaled on pilings in the harbor, as it appeared in December 2016. Image courtesy of the Office of the Inspector General.

Members of the Baltimore Police Department’s Marine Unit were determined to remove a 32-foot boat impaled on pilings in the Inner Harbor.

Starting in December 2016, they tried towing the vessel with a smaller police boat to dislodge it. When that didn’t work, they followed Brody’s advice in “Jaws” and got a bigger boat. The vessel remained stuck.

Moving to land, they hooked a cable from a truck on Thames Street to the boat and tried pulling it in that way. No luck.

Still stymied, they asked the bomb squad for detonation cords filled with explosives to wrap around the pilings to–I guess?–blast the boat free. That request was declined.

CHAP hears competing visions honoring Baltimore musician Cab Calloway

The house at 2216 Druid Hill Ave. Photo courtesy of CHAP.

A former home to Baltimore musician Cab Calloway could be a major attraction in Baltimore and a potential “world heritage” landmark if it is preserved for future generations, his grandson Peter Brooks told Baltimore’s preservation commission Tuesday.

But the surrounding community supports a plan to demolish the structure, where Calloway lived for about five years in his youth, and replace it with a public park named after the musician, according to leaders of the Druid Heights Community Development Corp.