Number two cruise line – Wednesday, February 4th

A man found unconscious in Highlandtown last month has died from his injuries. 55-year-old John Imbruglia was found unresponsive and with head trauma on January 8th. The case is now being treated as a homicide.

Hundreds of people showed up for an information session about jobs at Amazon’s soon-to-open fulfillment center in East Baltimore. The warehouse jobs are expected to pay $13-15.50/hour and offer health care and retirement benefits. Amazon has been criticized for the grueling workload at its fulfillment centers, which tend to have a high worker turnover rate and some ex-employees painting an ugly picture.

State legislators kicked off debate on a bill that would require Maryland businesses to require paid sick leave for workers. Advocates argue that paid sick leave helps prevent contagious diseases from spreading and help employees in difficult situations retain jobs and pay the bills. Critics, including some business owners, claim that the requirement would cost small businesses thousands of dollars per employee, reducing hiring and contributing to a perceived hostile environment for business owners in MD. The bill would only apply to businesses with 10 or more employees. Here’s a great WYPR segment on the issue, featuring the sponsor of the bill.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s first State of the State address is at noon today. Hogan is expected to defend his budget proposal and outline his other priorities for the year – Baltimore Rex will have a full rundown for you.

After pleading guilty to a 2013 double murder in Pigtown, Melville Mason, 37, received two consecutive life sentences at a plea hearing yesterday.Mason’s alleged motive for the murder was a fight over $10.

A list of retailers for the upcoming Rotunda redevelopment (the one causing parking woes in Hampden) has leaked. It has a lot of the usual suspects for this kind of development (a pharmacy, organic grocery store, Starbucks, etc).

Baltimore-based Grandeur of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, got a thorough scrubdown after a norovirus outbreak on its latest voyage sickened over 200 people (think vomiting and diarrhea). The Grandeur had the same thing happen twice last year.