Politics & Business

Young signs executive order firming up support for Baltimore immigrants

Photo via U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement/Flickr

Baltimore’s mayor today signed an executive order reaffirming a citywide commitment to immigrant families, weeks after President Donald Trump’s administration threatened immigration raids in Baltimore and nine other U.S. cities.

What We Make Now: Samuelson’s Diamonds

Master jeweler Eric Sanchez inspects a diamond ring before beginning repairs. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Baltimore to Saratoga streets. Park Avenue to Howard Street. Names of jewelers like Samuelson’s, Fetting, Arminger’s and Booke used to pepper the Midtown area. Today they’re just empty storefronts, with a few newer jewelry shops thrown in.

Scott’s priorities: Lower city election voting age, trim spending board and more

Photo via Councilman Brandon Scott/Facebook

The president of Baltimore’s City Council this morning announced a list of more than two dozen planned bills and priorities for the rest of 2019 and all of 2020, steps he said can help the city turn itself around by prioritizing young people, enforcing equity in policymaking, fighting crime collaboratively and holding officials more accountable.

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.