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  • Signs Of Life: Moments of tragic optimism amid a Trump victory

    Signs Of Life: Moments of tragic optimism amid a Trump victory

    America has over the past couple years felt a lot like the '60s, what with all the protest, unabashed racism, passionate youth, genuine generational cleaving, and this whole second civil rights movement brewing. "A demented and seductive vertical tension was building in the community...The jitters...

  • In Trump's America, how do we care for our children?

    In Trump's America, how do we care for our children?

    As I'm writing this, Baltimore County Schools superintendent Dallas Dance is in some hot water. Dance retweeted a tweet from Josh Starr, CEO of the international educators' group Phi Delta Kappa International. The tweet read: "Educators: tomorrow pls show your muslim, black, latino, jewish, disabled...

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  • Conflicts Of Interest: Trump's anti-drug cabinet is 'the worst of the worst'

    Conflicts Of Interest: Trump's anti-drug cabinet is 'the worst of the worst'

    After resounding victories for legal pot on the same day that America elected Donald Trump president, activists and advocates were cautiously optimistic. Now, as the cabinet confirmations begin, they are freaking the fuck out. "Even though there's been a big rise in support for drug policy reform...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: New City Council, Trump, Old City Council, more

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: New City Council, Trump, Old City Council, more

    ↑ New City Council In an act of purely symbolic political theater, the newly sworn in City Council made its first official act to unanimously pass a resolution condemning the hateful rhetoric of Donald Trump, days before the president-elect was to appear in town for the Army-Navy game. San Francisco...

  • Arcades Project: On Lexington Market, again

    Arcades Project: On Lexington Market, again

    I am inclined to thoughts of perdition. As a student of history, I know that destruction is the only constant. I have never believed that the arc of history really moves toward justice. The norm is slaughter. Peace and decency are fragile and hard won. These feelings have accelerated to a debilitating...

  • Murder Ink 12/14/16: 3 murders this week; 299 murders this year

    Murder Ink 12/14/16: 3 murders this week; 299 murders this year

    Police captured the man they say killed a 73-year-old Hungarian immigrant on Pulaski Highway on December 2. Three more homicides bring Baltimore to the brink of its second year of at least 300. Friday, December 9 9:45 p.m. Keith Ramsey, a 32-year-old African-American man, was on the 2600 block...

  • A look back at the reign of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

    A look back at the reign of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

    It's a new day in Baltimore. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is out and Catherine Pugh is in. It's a welcome change for many in Baltimore who had become disillusioned with Rawlings-Blake and her inability to connect with the city in a meaningful way. Leading a city isn't easy—and leading a city like Baltimore,...

  • Murder Ink 12/7/16: 9 murders this week; 296 murders this year

    Murder Ink 12/7/16: 9 murders this week; 296 murders this year

    A day with five homicides, including a mass shooting and double-murder kicked off the week, which ended with three unidentified bodies found in a house in Harlem Park, all shot to death. Baltimore added nine more dead bodies to the year's murder tally, edging inexorably toward its second year of...

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