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  • Op-Alt: The demands that black people have are not controversial

    Op-Alt: The demands that black people have are not controversial

    The weather is hazy and hot when the crowd of about 200 people gather at McKeldin Square on Friday, July 8. There is an open mic for anyone who wants to speak, and they do—passionately. They speak about the unfair distribution of wealth in this city, about police power, about ineffective politicians....

  • Hundreds gather in Station North to mourn Orlando victims

    Hundreds gather in Station North to mourn Orlando victims

    A crowd of hundreds filled the Ynot Lot in Station North to capacity and spilled out onto Charles Street for a candlelight vigil on Monday, June 13, organized by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) to mourn the 49 victims of a mass...

  • The trials for officers accused in Freddie Gray's death slog on

    The trials for officers accused in Freddie Gray's death slog on

    At every murder trial, the victim's body is part of the evidence, but with Freddie Gray's death and the ensuing trials scrutinizing the actions of six Baltimore City police officers, Gray's bones are picked over again and again. Both the prosecution and the defense draw on photographs, video, lab...

  • Walk Hard: Baltimore is unsafe for and unsympathetic to pedestrians

    Walk Hard: Baltimore is unsafe for and unsympathetic to pedestrians

    Heather Strassberger did nothing wrong when she got run over in Harbor East. She was in a crosswalk. "I pushed the button and waited for the signal, walked, and someone turned left and just drove into me," Strassberger says, still seething at the memory. "I got knocked down and did a back flip...

  • Baltimore writer Stacia Brown hustles to make freelance writing and a radio show work

    Baltimore writer Stacia Brown hustles to make freelance writing and a radio show work

    If black girls are magic (and indeed they are), Baltimore writer Stacia Brown is a high-level magician. She lends her nuanced, smart voice to The Washington Post's Act Four blog, as well as websites like BuzzFeed and Vulture—offering her takes on things such as race, pop culture, and motherhood....

  • Murder Ink: 5 murders this week, 116 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 5 murders this week, 116 murders this year

    Along with six murders, there were nine reported non-fatal shootings, and police officers shot a man who they say shot at them on May 31. Once again, the police also confiscated numerous illegal guns. There were 123 murders in Baltimore as of June 6 last year. Friday, June 3 12:25 a.m. Police called...

  • Murder Ink 8/24/2016: 6 murders this week, 191 murders this year

    Murder Ink 8/24/2016: 6 murders this week, 191 murders this year

    Police arrested a man and charged him with murder. They arrested two others and charged them with attempted murder. Last year as of this date Baltimore had 225 murders. Monday, Aug. 15 11:30 p.m. Bruce Hamilton, a 17-year-old African-American boy, was shot in the stomach in the BP Gas station parking...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: BPD

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: BPD

    ↓ BPD Last week, the Department of Justice released its report on Baltimore's police—and its findings were damning. In 163 pages, based on hundreds of interviews and thousands of document reviews, investigators concluded that the Baltimore Police Department "engages in a pattern or practice of...

  • Murder Ink 8/17/16: 6 murders this week, 184 murders this year

    Murder Ink 8/17/16: 6 murders this week, 184 murders this year

    Police arrested several shooting suspects this week, waited out and arrested non-violently an armed suspect who barricaded himself in a house, and arrested a murder suspect minutes after he allegedly shot a man to death in Reservoir Hill. Six people were added to the homicide roll. Last year by...

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