'Jersey Boys," fun in Fells Point, street art in Little Italy and lots of free stuff -- this week in Baltimore arts

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New program aimed at old Baltimore vacants problem gets slow start

After decades of stalled promises to tear down the vacant rowhomes that have become symbolic of Baltimore's woes, Gov. Larry Hogan pledged at the start of the year that "thousands" would come down over four years with an infusion of $75 million in state money. Nine months later, the program, dubbed...

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  • Snapchat debuts recording 'Spectacles,' changes company name

    Social media app Snapchat is introducing video-recording glasses called Spectacles and is changing its company name to incorporate the new product. The glasses can record video 10 seconds at a time by tapping a button on the device. The video is then uploaded to the popular image-messaging app...

  • Fed wants to put new limits on banks' commodities activities

    The Federal Reserve wants to put new limits on big banks' activities in physical commodities businesses, with an eye to reducing financial risks from volatile trading and transport of sensitive materials. The Fed's governors are proposing restrictions for banks' holding, transporting and trading...

  • Stocks move lower as energy, technology stocks fall

    U.S. stock indexes closed moderately lower on Friday following three days of gains. Several technology stocks traded heavily, including Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook. Energy stocks fell along with a steep decline in the price of oil. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 131.01 points, or 0.7 percent,...

  • Global efforts against ivory traffickers still falling short

    Poaching syndicates shipped large amounts of African elephant ivory last year despite global calls to dismantle the trafficking networks that often collude with corrupt officials, conservationists said as an international wildlife conference opened Saturday in South Africa. The illegal ivory trade...

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  • Maryland added 700 jobs in August; unemployment rate holds steady at 4.3 percent

    Maryland added 700 jobs in August; unemployment rate holds steady at 4.3 percent

    Maryland job growth was lackluster in August, as employers added just 700 positions, a minimal gain that economists attributed to election uncertainty and summer payroll quirks. Despite the modest increase, the state's unemployment rate held steady at 4.3 percent, according to the figures, which...

  • WeddingWire announces Maryland expansion

    WeddingWire announces Maryland expansion

    WeddingWire Inc., one of the leading wedding planning and vendor review sites, said Thursday it plans to expand its Maryland headquarters and add 200 people to its workforce. The firm, founded in 2007, is adding a floor at its Chevy Chase offices, where it employs about 350 people. The firm will...

  • Kmart closing 64 stores nationwide

    Kmart closing 64 stores nationwide

    Fresh off the heels of a round of closures this year, Kmart is shuttering another slew of stores. According to a Business Insider article citing local news reports and conversations with employees, Sears is closing 64 additional Kmart stores throughout the nation. The stores will begin liquidation...

  • Saving the best of abandoned Baltimore rowhouses

    Saving the best of abandoned Baltimore rowhouses

    In the 1500 block of McKean Ave., on the western edge of Sandtown, men and women of the early 21st century pull apart what workers of the late 19th century built with masonry and lumber: the two-story rowhouses on the east side of the street. The houses come down pretty much the way they went up...

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  • Designer Tim Coppens leads Under Armour's New York Fashion Week foray

    Designer Tim Coppens leads Under Armour's New York Fashion Week foray

    As a fashion designer, Tim Coppens is no stranger to trying to get customers to buy into his vision. His latest effort as executive creative director for Under Armour Sportswear might be a tough sell. Last week, on the last day of New York Fashion Week, Coppens presented Under Armour Sportswear...

  • Under Armour names new North American president

    Under Armour names new North American president

    Jason LaRose, who helped Under Armour build its growing online sales business internationally, has been named the company's North American president. The Baltimore fitness apparel and footwear brand said Friday that LaRose will replace Matthew Mirchin, who will remain as an advisor. The changes...

  • Athletes become avatars at Under Armour lab

    Athletes become avatars at Under Armour lab

    Torrey Smith doesn't play for the Ravens anymore. But the San Francisco 49ers receiver left a lasting impression during a visit to Under Armour's warehouse-sized lab in Baltimore. Smith visited the lab in Port Covington earlier this year for a full body scan. The resulting avatar allows the company...

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Report finds racial wage gap widest in nearly 4 decades

As wages for American workers have stagnated for more than a generation, the income gap between black and white workers has widened, and discrimination is the main reason for the persisting disparity, according to a new report. The Economic Policy Institute also found that young black women are...

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  • Fed keeps key rate unchanged but hints of coming hike

    Fed keeps key rate unchanged but hints of coming hike

    The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged but signaling that it will likely raise rates before year's end. The Fed said in a statement ending its latest policy meeting Wednesday that the U.S. job market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has picked up. But it...

  • Alabama oil leak causing higher gas prices in Maryland

    Alabama oil leak causing higher gas prices in Maryland

    A massive pipeline leak in Alabama earlier this month is driving up gas prices in Maryland and elsewhere on the East Coast, AAA Mid-Atlantic said Tuesday. The roughly 300,000-gallon leak, discovered Sept. 9 in a section of the Colonial Pipeline in Helena, Ala., prompted the company to temporarily...

  • Now you can request a new Social Security card online

    Now you can request a new Social Security card online

    The Social Security Administration has launched a new online service that allows Marylanders to replace their Social Security card without going to one of its offices. The online feature is part of the agency's consumer portal, www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Maryland is one of the first states...

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