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Snoozing Through Fascism: A slow-motion academic protest of fascism emerges after conference

The great Russian-American writer Masha Gessen was standing on the stage at Bard College in New York in front of a sign that read “Crises of Democracy.” It was the name of an Oct. 12-14 conference sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center there.

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Feds shut down another open-air drug shop; Baltimore abides

Two-hundred police and federal agents from as far away as Georgia raided 13 locations in and around Baltimore yesterday morning searching for drugs, money, and guns from an East Baltimore crew that for years operated from the 1100 block of N.

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So we're really going to go through with this Amazon thing, huh

Opened with a Talking Heads reference and sealed with a kiss from Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore's bid for Amazon's second national headquarters was sent on its way yesterday in a ceremony at Port Covington, with politicians and officials from the city and state hoping they will be the last contestant standing with a rose. Or, rather, a new corporate campus.

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Keith Davis Jr. convicted of second-degree murder, handgun charges in death of Kevin Jones

Keith Davis Jr. was convicted on second-degree murder and use of a firearm in a violent crime charges in the shooting death of Kevin Jones, a security guard at Pimlico Race Course who was shot and killed near the track on the morning of June 7, 2015.

The jury of eight African-American women, two white men, and two African-American men acquitted Davis of a first-degree murder charge.

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Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, defunded, votes to keep meeting

There was no free food at the last Criminal Justice Coordinating Council meeting. 

The CJCC, a state-funded consortium of political leaders, prosecutors, state officials, judges, and police that has existed since 1999 in a bid to manage the basic elements of the courts, jails, treatment programs, diversion programs, and criminal case scheduling in Baltimore City, was summarily de-funded by Gov.

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Democracy in Crisis: Coincidence and Quantum Politics in the Age of Trump

A few moments before Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner, chair and co-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee respectively, came out to present an update on their investigation into Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 election, a man walked out carrying a large cardboard sign—not a protest sign, but the clipart-y press-conference explainers that are always terrible but look expensive.

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