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  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Deana Haggag, Mayor Pugh, BROS, and more

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: Deana Haggag, Mayor Pugh, BROS, and more

    ↑ Deana Haggag Baltimore learned that it'd be losing one of its most productive arts leaders with the news that Deana Haggag, executive director of The Contemporary, would be leaving to take the post of president and CEO at Chicago-based organization United States Artists. Haggag helped relaunch...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Beachheads and the War on Facts

    Democracy In Crisis: Beachheads and the War on Facts

    The teams of President Trump's temporary appointees laying the groundwork for taking over and remaking federal agencies refer to themselves as "beachheads" or "beachhead teams," a military term for the point of invasion. Politico reports there were approximately 520 members of such teams when Trump...

  • Terminal Democracy: At BWI and Dulles, 'Muslim Ban' protests

    Terminal Democracy: At BWI and Dulles, 'Muslim Ban' protests

    From the look and sound of things at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport and Dulles International Airport last Sunday, you wouldn't know that everybody was gathered for a full-blown constitutional crisis—a response to President Donald Trump's rash, random ban that restricts...

  • Murder Ink 2/1/17: 12 murders this week, 32 murders this year

    Murder Ink 2/1/17: 12 murders this week, 32 murders this year

    This is some kind of record. Pray for the victims and their loved ones. Tuesday, January 17 2:27 p.m. Aurelio Rios-Rodriguez, a 26-year-old Hispanic man, was on the 3600 block of Mount Pleasant Avenue in the Baltimore Highlands neighborhood, lying on the sidewalk with blood dripping from his nose....

  • Proposed changes may result in judges decreasing reliance on cash bail

    Proposed changes may result in judges decreasing reliance on cash bail

    The state's highest court is considering major changes to the rules that govern one of the most controversial elements of the criminal justice system: bail. If approved, the rewritten rules would set in stone what Attorney General Brian Frosh recommended a few months back: that cash bail be considered...

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