Sinking Sun Chronicles

9/15/08 “Douchebag!” headline in The Baltimore Sun’s free tabloidPerhaps it was all just a bad dream. If you read the “about the Baltimore Sun” page on the website, you will find that The Sun is still the same fine institution that produced H. L. Mencken and William Manchester, that it has “1,500 full and part-time employees,” that it still “has multiple offices overseas, a network that brings distinguished foreign reporting directly to hometown readers.”

That description was up on the site as late as Nov. 11, many months after The Sun closed its last foreign bureau. They haven’t had 1,500 employees in a while, but those who remain (after all the departures due to buyouts, boot-outs and bum-outs) must be too overworked to update the page. After all, who over there has the time – or the heart – to rewrite the part invoking Mencken and Abell? Naah, better get back to work combing the wires for a cute animal picture for today’s “24 hours in photos.”

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  • November 24, 2015

  • November 23, 2015

    • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will be off to Paris late next week, leading a delegation of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which she is president, to participate in the United Nations convention on climate change. According to information released this afternoon in the Board of Estimates agenda, the mayor will be in Paris from December […]

  • November 20, 2015

    • The Roland Park Place retirement community took a step closer to starting a major renovation and expansion yesterday when the Planning Commission gave “final design approval” to the first phase of the project. Plans by Hord Coplan Macht call for the first phase to include improvements to the existing building and grounds at 830 West […]

  • November 19, 2015

  • November 18, 2015

    • The Board of Estimates temporarily put the brakes on a plan to build a new courtroom and judge’s chambers in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse after City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young questioned the amount of money it would cost. The spending panel was asked today to approve a request to transfer $1.2 […]

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