Baltimore's City Council recently voted to let companies place advertisements on fire trucks in an effort to cover infrastructure costs.
With the hope of avoiding future bank bailouts, the U.S. government has requested nine of the largest banks to submit plans for how they could be dismantled in the event of another financial crisis. The proposals act as a sort of living will for the banks and are due to regulators by July 1.
As Spain wrestles with its economic troubles, attention is focusing on the community banks, the cajas, that for a long-time were the lifeline of communities, making small loans to businesses and individuals. But somewhere along the way, those banks got into trouble and are now as much of a threat to Spain's economy as their larger cousins.
In an effort to keep young, highly educated people in their communities, rural areas and small cities are turning to incentives to tip the balance in their favor. Now, communities in Kansas, New York and other places across the country are offering, for example, to pay off student loans for people who put down roots in these less popular places.
With Spain's economy still struggling amid bank uncertainty and persistent unemployment, some young Spaniards are giving up the city life in hopes of reconnecting with their roots. They're moving out to the country and taking up agricultural pursuits.
Greek voters went to the polls on Sunday and, relatively narrowly, backed a political party in favor of the Greek bailout. And while markets initially greeted that news with optimism and rallied upwards, fresh concerns, this time over Spain, dragged them back down by midday.
Greece is usually an extremely popular tourism destination. In fact, it's often one of the most popular for people in Europe. But the current economic crisis has tourists staying away, and that's just further damaging the Greek economy.
Congress extended federal unemployment benefits in February, but, it came with a reduction in the weeks of aid. Many who are unemployed will lose their benefits sooner than expected — as soon as next month. With the recent spike in unemployment numbers, the debate continues over the best way to handle the country's jobless.
Britain has a love-affair with class. It's enshrined in its monarchy and system of lords and titles. But in the 1980s and 1990s, the government tried to drive class away. Now, though, some are beginning to declare that class never could have disappeared, except from the language of politicians.
Long before Mao Zedong took the reins of power in China, he went to one of the poorest villages in rural China. That village, in Jiangxi province, is still one of China's poorest. And it's far from the classless dream Mao espoused while he was there.