Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly headline review. Here’s what happened in Alameda this week.

On Wednesday, media outlets reported that hundreds of journalists working at Patch news websites had been laid off. A source told media blogger Jim Romenesko that up to 90 percent of journalists working at Patch were laid off.

The sites’ corporate parent, AOL, announced in mid-January that it had sold a majority stake in Patch to turnaround firm Hale Global. AOL chief Tim Armstrong had promised shareholders who had become angry about the $100 million in losses the sites had suffered that Patch would be profitable by the end of 2013.