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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...

  • Top Ten Newsmakers of 2016

    Top Ten Newsmakers of 2016

    1. Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen We at City Paper knew we wanted—no, needed—to cover Dr. Wen this year because she is so forward-thinking, tireless, and committed to the city. She packs her schedule from sunrise to sunset, because her ability to do the job well is related to her...

  • Top Ten Baltimore News Stories of 2016

    Top Ten Baltimore News Stories of 2016

    1. All charges are dropped against officers accused in Freddie Gray’s death. President Barack Obama told The New Yorker that the day after the election, he held a meeting with staff members, many of whom were demoralized after Donald Trump’s surprise presidential victory. “History does not move...

  • 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...

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