Good afternoon, Baltimore: Friday lunchtime lowdown


Md. employers cut 7,500 jobs in May: Maryland's unemployment rate increased to 6.8 percent, from 6.7 percent in April. That remains below the nation's rate of 8.2 percent in May, but the job losses were among the largest in the nation.

Death of 1-year-old in West Baltimore ruled a homicide: A 22-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder after police found the infant girl shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday in a home in the 800 block of N. Stricker St. in Harlem Park. 

Seven arrested at Starscape Festival on drug charges: The attendees of the June 9-10 music festival at Fort Armistead Park were charged with possession of drugs including LSD, MDMA and marijuana.

More Md. housing, but pace is far below average: The number of Maryland homes and apartments expanded by 10,000 from mid-2010 to the middle of last year, according to new Census Bureau estimates -- still far below annual increases of 23,000 to 26,000 units from 2001 to 2006.

June rainfall staying ahead of normal, for now: Thanks to the June 1 thunderstorms that spawned 12 tornadoes across the state, the monthly rainfall total is running ahead of normal halfway through the month. But another good dose of moisture is needed to keep it that way.



  • More coverage of the Star-Spangled Sailabration, including the Blue Angels' preparations for weekend air shows and sailors helping to clean up the site of the Battle of North Point.
  • MGM officials are planning a press conference after a meeting with Gov. Martin O'Malley related to the gambling company's plans for a casino at National Harbor.
  • The streaking Orioles continue interleague play against the Atlanta Braves tonight.
  • Continuing coverage of the death of a 17-year-old at the hands of an off-duty police officer in Baltimore County, including closer looks at the suspect and the teen.
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