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  • Four events related to Freddie Gray and racial justice this week

    Four events related to Freddie Gray and racial justice this week

    Devin Allen + Kwame Rose: One Year Later April 20 Last week, Marilyn Mosby spoke at Impact Hub and toward the end, during a very, very brief Q&A session, Kelly Holsey, the fiance of Keith Davis Jr. (a man shot by police last year whose case has been taken up by activists), stood up and challenged...

  • Among 'legacy' cities, Baltimore's housing crisis stands out

    On March 28, when 900 N. Payson St. fell on Thomas Lemmon, a 69-year-old retired truck driver in his prized Cadillac, it was one more tragic reminder of the dangers lurking in poor city neighborhoods. Lemmon died, a city contractor cleared the rubble, and things continued as normal in the West...

  • Questions arise about salaried no-shows at Liquor Board

    Questions arise about salaried no-shows at Liquor Board

    Let's say, for the sake of argument, that Maryland State Senator Joan Carter Conway's husband, Vernon "Tim" Conway, collected an annual salary of up to $73,000 from the Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners for more than a decade, despite doing zero work. If that were true—and it was...

  • Illegal fliers bring up City Council candidate Kelly Cross' past

    Illegal fliers bring up City Council candidate Kelly Cross' past

    Kelly Cross, a candidate in the 12th District City Council race, is facing two battles right now. First, there are the eight people who he must defeat to win current City Council member and mayoral candidate Carl Stokes' old seat. Second, there are the anonymous fliers that someone is sending to...

  • Meet the Baltimore jokesters behind that 'Fuck Donald Trump' song

    Meet the Baltimore jokesters behind that 'Fuck Donald Trump' song

    Late last month, 'CIT4DT,' a music video featuring three Baltimore County teens rapping a goofy, pointed anti-Donald Trump song went viral. Over a stark though springy beat—swiped from Detroit rapper Rocaine's song 'Chicken Chicken'—Dooley, Tlow, and Lor Roger threaten Trump ("We got a chopper...

  • Murder Ink: 4 murders this week; 62 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 4 murders this week; 62 murders this year

    The city's homicide rate continues to outpace last year's as the anniversary of Freddie Gray's death approaches. That event marked the beginning of a surge in violent crime, especially murder. There were also 10 non-fatal shootings reported last week, and police seized 22 firearms from 17 individuals....

  • 'Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City' highlights local institutions and people

    'Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City' highlights local institutions and people

    It's the middle of December about a quarter after 8 p.m., and Shake and Bake Family Fun Center, the legendary West Baltimore roller rink, has just kicked off its weekly session—Adult Night, for patrons 30 and older only up until midnight. Community elders have already convened in the rink and the...

  • Eight candidates are vying for judgeship

    Eight candidates are vying for judgeship

    At the slew of candidate forums this campaign season, the ones for Circuit Court judge candidates have been the sparsely-attended opening acts to the headlining mayoral candidates. In making their bids to rule on everything from divorce settlements to homicide sentences to bail amounts, the state's...

  • A teacher at Reach High School weighs in on school slapping

    A teacher at Reach High School weighs in on school slapping

    The national media had to drive past the ruins of the Clifton Park Valve House on their way to the back corner of the skeleton of the once monumental Lake Clifton High School. I teach here, in that carapace, the remaining, dysfunctional remnant on St. Lo Drive of what was once the largest high...

  • Ballot Order Matters, Especially for the Underdogs

    Ballot Order Matters, Especially for the Underdogs

    The order in which candidates appear on a ballot can affect the outcome of an election, plain and simple. It matters. "Often, the number of votes cast per office drops consistently as one moves down the ballot," writes Professor Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. "However,...

  • The Community School, a one-room schoolhouse in Remington thrives

    The Community School, a one-room schoolhouse in Remington thrives

    From the outside, it looks like a storefront because it once was. Some old-timers in Remington still remember it as Mack's Corner Store, a place to buy groceries and household items. Every Baltimore neighborhood had a place like Mack's, the cornerstone of the community. And although it is long...

  • Misunderstanding blackfolks

    Misunderstanding blackfolks

    It is too easy to view the verbal tirade of Ta-Nehisi Coates against the radical bona fides of Bernie Sanders from the perspective of Democratic presidential battle lines and, if you "feel the Bern," to immediately decry Coates as a threat to Sanders successfully wooing black voters. Mind you,...

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