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Victims of a 'unique' Baltimore parking problem fight the law, and the law wins

Victims of a 'unique' Baltimore parking problem fight the law, and the law wins

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (14th District) thinks it might take an act of Congress to adjust Baltimore’s parking laws.

Pot decriminalization brings sharp drop in arrests in Baltimore City

Pot decriminalization brings sharp drop in arrests in Baltimore City

On Oct. 1, the Maryland law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana went into effect. In Baltimore City, law enforcers immediately started making far fewer arrests: nearly a fifth...

As campaign-finance rules change, Baltimore developer Edward St. John floods Maryland politics with cash

As campaign-finance rules change, Baltimore developer Edward St. John floods Maryland politics with cash

In April, the Maryland Board of Elections made a momentous announcement: In order to comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the total amount of money Maryland political donors may lawfully...

On the night of Ferguson grand jury decision, the MICA community grapples with racist graffiti

On the night of Ferguson grand jury decision, the MICA community grapples with racist graffiti

Less than two hours after the verdict of the Darren Wilson case was announced in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov. 24, more than 200 MICA students, as well as members of the administration, faculty, and...

Baltimore's All-State Career School is in federal law-enforcers' cross-hairs

Baltimore's All-State Career School is in federal law-enforcers' cross-hairs

All-State Career School, a trade school in Baltimore for would-be truckers, healthcare workers, and others seeking a route to gainful employment, is apparently under federal criminal investigation...

Transgender Victims Remembered: Despite legal progress, 233 were killed in anti-transgender violence over the last year

Transgender Victims Remembered: Despite legal progress, 233 were killed in anti-transgender violence over the last year

Two lines of people holding unlit candles stretched down the long center aisle at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore last Thursday. As the service attendees—more than a hundred total&...

Whose Poop?: A new project measures sewage and dog waste entering the Jones Falls from stormwater

Whose Poop?: A new project measures sewage and dog waste entering the Jones Falls from stormwater

A slight scent of detergent is in the air as Alice Volpitta, Water Quality Manager for the clean-water advocacy group Blue Water Baltimore (BWB), takes a few careful steps down the top of a poured-...

WYPR management hires union-busting law firm to quash union efforts

WYPR management hires union-busting law firm to quash union efforts

Workers at the NPR-affiliated radio station WYPR are raising questions about the station’s policies in the wake of their failure to form a labor union. At the forefront: How does a station...

DPW rushes into the modern age of service delivery--with QR codes?

DPW rushes into the modern age of service delivery--with QR codes?

Baltimore residents who really, really need a way to pay their water bill faster are in luck. Baltimore City’s Department of Public Works announced a QR code-based system this week, showing its...

As City Council and public clamor for police body cameras, mayor hires group to clarify questions raised

As City Council and public clamor for police body cameras, mayor hires group to clarify questions raised

The video, posted on YouTube, shows the kind of behavior police officers sometimes encounter. A woman in a...

It Takes a Village: Educators, unions rally for continued funding of community schools

It Takes a Village: Educators, unions rally for continued funding of community schools

Administrators, teachers, union organizers, community leaders, politicians, and students—including cheerleading squads and step teams—were among those gathered in front of City Hall on...

Jimmy John's workers fight for a union

Jimmy John's workers fight for a union

On Sunday, Oct. 19, as Ravens fans meandered around the chilly Inner Harbor in advance of the game set to begin later that afternoon, about two dozen workers and community supporters formed a...

Anatomy of a car stop: Baltimore police explain their position to city council public safety committee

Anatomy of a car stop: Baltimore police explain their position to city council public safety committee

More Baltimore police should handcuff suspects temporarily for the officers’ safety. Police can park a suspect’s car to save them the towing and impoundment fees. Any time a police...

New Regulations Encourage Rush To Judgment On Impounded Dogs

New Regulations Encourage Rush To Judgment On Impounded Dogs

Tyrone Staten says he watched, helpless, as two pit bulls ripped his daughter’s Shih Tzu apart on Ramsey Street on the evening of Sept. 15. His daughter “dropped the leash, she dropped...

Baltimore's narcotic history dates back to the 19th-century shipping-driven boom, quietly aided by bringing Turkish opium to China

Baltimore's narcotic history dates back to the 19th-century shipping-driven boom, quietly aided by bringing Turkish opium to China

With its longstanding reputation as a high-volume heroin town, Baltimore’s modern black-market economy is openly opiated, driving sizeable budgets for maintaining the criminal-justice apparatus...

Huffing and Puffing

Baltimore City Council considers bill to ban vaping wherever smoking's not allowed

A bill to restrict the use of vapor products, often called “electronic cigarettes” and “e-cigs,” is before the Baltimore City Council, prompting a well-attended Oct. 7...

Brutal Reckoning

Developers are anxious to tear down the Mechanic Theatre and McKeldin Fountain, even without a plan (or money) to replace them

The McKeldin Fountain (dedicated as The Waterfall), which is expected to be demolished in the next year, sits between the northbound and southbound lanes of Light Street at Pratt. Its upper reaches...

A New Struggle

Civil rights hero Helena Hicks is barred from an exhibit about civil rights heroes

The irony was lost on no one, least of all Dr. Helena Hicks. "Those white people who were with me suddenly got a taste of what it was like to be barred from a public building," she says. "They got a rude awakening. Especially from a bunch...

Love and Death in Liberia

Love and Death in Liberia

Six years ago, you meet a woman at Red Emma’s.  She passes through Baltimore a few times after, always doing medical studies and going on about African street kids. There is a loose...

High Stakes

High Stakes

It’s the highest-stakes lottery poor people play. Winners can get their rent paid for life. Losers may end up sleeping on the street. The last chance to play was in 2003.

Costello Goes To City Hall

Costello Goes To City Hall

Eric Costello was appointed to replace William Cole as the 11th District City Councilman on Sept. 23, after a four-hour public hearing and no deliberation by the committee empaneled to consider 14 candidates. Upon...

The Counselor

Did Baltimore super-lawyer Kenneth Ravenell serve as more than just a criminal-defense attorney for accused narco-mogul Richard Byrd?

Maryland criminal-defense attorney Kenneth Ravenell has been called the “MVP” of the Baltimore defense bar, a man whose arguments once convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a...

Put $4.5 Billion In Your Pipe

Baltimore Doubles Its Borrowing Cap For City Water And Sewer Service

The City Council Sept. 22 passed a bill that would more than double the borrowing limit of the Department of Public Works to $4.5 billion. 

Late to the Party

David D'Amico Extradited From Colombia To Answer 2010 Federal Pot-Trafficking And Money-Laundering Indictment In Maryland

David D’Amico turned 50 a week before his Aug. 28 appearance in Maryland U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, where he consented to pre-trial detention in a massive 2010 pot-trafficking and money-laundering case in which...

"We were just eviscerators"

State Autopsy Technicians Lawyer Up For Better Pay And Working Conditions

A dozen autopsy technicians who work at the Office of Chief State Medical Examiner have hired a private lawyer to advocate for better pay and fairer treatment. "The people who pick up our trash make more money than we do," Amanda McGinnis,...

Market Value

New Plans Aim to Change the Image, and Reality, of Lexington Market

Walk into Reading Terminal Market, an enclosed public market in downtown Philadelphia, and you'll find yourself surrounded by an assortment of rich smells and bright colors. You'll see fresh produce and sushi, specialty cheeses, artisanal...

Baltimore Police "Transparency" On Use Of Force Leaves Something To Be Desired

As the fallout from the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri reverberates, City Paper wondered where the Baltimore Police stand on their own use-of-force cases.

Up For Debate

A Rift In Urban Debate Groups Reflects Prickly Questions About The Role Of Nonprofit Groups In Minority Communities

Students are gathered around a long table in a research lab-turned classroom at Coppin Academy on the campus of Coppin State University. The white board is covered with formal debate rules and timing, and off to the side is a page with...

Hennessy Heist saga goes on

Hennessy Heist saga goes on

In yet another crack in the Hennessy Heist, state comptroller agents issued a summons to the proprietor of Apple Tree Liquors at 4159 Patterson Ave. on Aug. 1 after they found 11 more bottles of the stolen hooch in the store.

All Wet?

All Wet?

After Baltimore City wrested its water and sewage system away from the private Baltimore Water Company in 1854, the municipal system expanded and made improvements, so much so that by 1914 the city crowed about its “...

Boys In Blue Blow It

Credibility issues involving Baltimore police officers prompted federal prosecutors to dismiss charges against two men on July 31. The exonerated defendants had been charged in separate cases.

Shot and Seized

Shot and Seized

Baltimore media erupted with coverage of a police-involved shooting in West Baltimore on April 22, 2013 that left one man dead and two injured. The two men who survived the cops’ barrage of bullets—23-year-...

Murder Ink

Murder Ink

A Break in the Hennessy Heist

A Break in the Hennessy Heist

Some of the half-million bucks’ worth of Hennessy VS cognac stolen on March 16 has been recovered. A northeast Baltimore liquor-store owner is charged with stealing less than $1,000 of it,...

Mainstream Extremism

Mainstream Extremism

Anne Arundel County’s Fifth Councilmanic District is the whitest, most-educated, and richest of the county’s seven districts, and its voters lean heavily in favor of Republicans. If...

Murder Ink

Murder Ink

Heal Thyself

Heal Thyself

Anthony Black is not happy. As the husband of one of the 8,000 or so plaintiffs in a class action suit against Johns Hopkins Hospital, Black says the proposed $190 million settlement is “not fair” to the...

Frisky Business

Frisky Business

Early last year, the U.S. Supreme Court elevated the legal status of drug-detecting dogs, ruling that a police search can be presumed lawful if it is predicated on a positive alert by a well-...

Crime Coordinator Charged With Crimes

Crime Coordinator Charged With Crimes

A disbarred lawyer who has been working part time for a city agency on public safety matters has been charged in a theft scheme. 

Heroin Math

The figure was momentous: 20,000 people are thought to be addicted to drugs in Baltimore City, according to Rachel Indek, spokeswoman for Behavioral Health System Baltimore, the city’s quasi-...

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