Baltimore City Paper is closing after 40 years. Will it be missed? — The Washington Post
Sewage flows into the Gwynns Falls for nearly a week — Baltimore Brew
One of the engines of the unrest that rocked Baltimore earlier this year was the economic despair and high unemployment in some Baltimore neighborhoods. In Sandtown-Winchester, Freddie Gray’s neighborhood, the unemployment rate is double that of the city as a whole–and the city itself already has an unemployment rate much higher than the national average.
A new initiative spurred by Baltimore-area hospitals is hoping to change some of these alarming statistics by hiring 1,000 entry-level workers for hospital jobs, the Baltimore Sun reports.
According to administrators, the Baltimore Museum of Art has run out of ideas for cutting costs in the aftermath of the recession and has laid off 14 employees, effective immediately. To put it in perspective, those 14 jobs (11 full-time, 3 part-time) represent fully 9 percent of the staff.
City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young floated a bill back in November that would require businesses to find local residents for at least a bare majority of jobs financed by big contracts with the city — which would be great if it weren’t unconstitutional.
I was this close to placing a celebratory curse word at the end of that headline. The statewide jobless rate continues to fall, with a new study counting 14,000 new jobs in October — Maryland’s biggest one-month gain in 16 years! The boon pulverizes the unemployment rate, moving from a decent 6.9 percent to a pretty good 6.7. (And it’s not like it’s a competition but we’re way ahead of the national average of 7.9 percent.)
Storm emergency shows Baltimore can’t afford to cut fire companies – Baltimore Sun
Cut Taxes or Restore Services? Maryland and Kansas Differ on Path – New York Times
City firefighter charged with running prostitution ring, unlicensed club – Baltimore Sun
McDonogh swimmer mourned in sport’s close-knit community – Baltimore Sun
Companies Are Laying People Off At The Highest Rate In Two Years – Business Insider
Episcopalians Approve Rite to Bless Same-Sex Unions – New York Times
Two weeks ago, 100 video game developers at Big Huge Games in Timonium lost their jobs when their parent company, 38 Studios, imploded, leaving a total of 400 laid-off workers with unpaid back wages. (Interestingly enough, 38 Studios’ website still lists several job openings, but none of them is for a time-machine operator with experience going back and fixing bad business decisions.)
Fortunately for the people at Big Huge Games, the North Carolina-based Epic Games has plans to hire many of their team, taking them to North Carolina to work until they can set up a Baltimore-area office. And Epic could really use the extra talent at just this moment. The company behind the sci-fi third-person shooter Gears of War had recently been looking for ways to step up their output.