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  • Ben Bernanke, unfettered by markets' scrutiny of Fed, starts a blog

    Ben Bernanke, unfettered by markets' scrutiny of Fed, starts a blog
    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke launched a blog Monday, devoting his first post to a stout defense against critics of his policy of historically low interest rates to combat the effects of the Great Recession. Bernanke said he would post...
  • Why Americans overwhelmingly prefer fake maple syrup

    Why Americans overwhelmingly prefer fake maple syrup
    It's peak sugaring season in much of the Northeast, when the country's maple syrup producers tap their trees to collect the sap that flows freely this time of year. It takes about 40 gallons of maple sap — and nothing else — to make one gallon...
  • City population shrinks slightly in new estimates

    City population shrinks slightly in new estimates
    Baltimore's population slipped a tenth of one percent, according to the latest Census estimate, showing just how far there is to go toward Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's signature goal of attracting 10,000 new families to Baltimore over the course of...
  • Will County leads the country in population shift

    Will County leads the country in population shift
    Kendall County made national headlines five years ago when the Census Bureau proclaimed it the fastest growing county in the nation over a 10-year period. Now Will County is getting tapped by the census, but for a very different reason. Number...
  • Baltimore's new economy meets its old one in Port Covington

    Baltimore's new economy meets its old one in Port Covington
    Fifteen years after the city approved a plan to build a Wal-Mart in Port Covington, beside deep-water berths and close to Interstate 95, the decision still rankles those who would reserve the waterfront for marine industries. With its mostly open spaces...
  • Officials call for hearing on Baltimore accountability agency

    Officials call for hearing on Baltimore accountability agency
    Several elected officials are calling for closer scrutiny of CitiStat, the data-driven city agency that has been faltering in its mission to monitor the performance of the government's work. "I'm concerned," said City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, who...
  • Improving financial literacy is key to spreading prosperity

    Improving financial literacy is key to spreading prosperity
    Everyone agrees that financial literacy is critically important. It's not a new concept. In fact, if you look at the wide variety of programs on the website of the Jumpstart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy (Jumpstart.org), you'll see that over...
  • Florida sentencing laws cut blacks' success chances

    Florida sentencing laws cut blacks' success chances
    The tributes to those who braved the nightsticks of Alabama state troopers 50 years ago to march for voting rights were inspiring. The state of Black America a half-century later is depressing. In a recent report titled "Five Bleak Facts on Black...
  • A cheaper way to incarcerate

    A cheaper way to incarcerate
    You probably already know the jaw-dropping stats about American prisons: that the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. That we're home to 5 percent of the world's population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. That more than 1 in every 10...
  • Pentaho founder sticks to Orlando

    Pentaho founder sticks to Orlando
    When Richard Daley shopped his big data company Pentaho to investors, some venture capitalists wanted him to move the firm to Silicon Valley. But Daley, a 53-year-old lifelong Floridian, rejected those calls. "They were very specific saying, 'We won't...
  • Baltimore leaders agree: City has a race problem

    Baltimore leaders agree: City has a race problem
    Twice in recent weeks, Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts has made a startling statement to national audiences: Baltimore is still dealing with 1950s- and 1960s-era racism. The statement, which comes as the city is seeing population growth for the...