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  • Hopkins sociologists' study 'The Long Shadow' demonstrates the devastating link between race and poverty, but offers few answers

    Hopkins sociologists' study 'The Long Shadow' demonstrates the devastating link between race and poverty, but offers few answers
    A ground-breaking study by Johns Hopkins sociologists Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson has been on bookshelves for nearly a year, but “ The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth and the Transition to Adulthood” is particularly relevant now in light of a much splashier book published two weeks ago by Harvard professor Robert Putnam, whose “Bowling Alone” study made his a household name in the 1990s. Putnam has the ear of President Obama. His subject matter is very similar to that of Alexander: how class-based privilege and opportunity (or lack of same) are transmitted across generations.
  • Murder Ink: 3/18/15

    Murder Ink: 3/18/15
    There were three murders this week and seven nonfatal shootings. By this date last year Baltimore had seen 41 murders as well. Tuesday, March 10 10:29 p.m. Police were called to a “disturbance” on the 4400 block of Laplata Avenue and found...

    Wandering Eye: A neo-noir crime blotter, data on parking in Baltimore, and more

    Wandering Eye: A neo-noir crime blotter, data on parking in Baltimore, and more
    Routine police coverage, ever a staple of local reporting, was epitomized in Baltimore by The Sun's Dick Irwin, who retired in 2010 after 44 years of slogging out the minutiae of blood and busts, and died in 2013. The Baltimore Guide also has a long...

    Murder Ink 3/4/15

    Murder Ink 3/4/15
    Continued bitter cold, snow, and ice could not dampen Baltimore’s murder rate very much. There were 13 murders in February this year, against just 10 in 2014. Still, last year the city had two more murders as of this date. Monday, Feb. 23 11:...

    Murder Ink: 2/18/15

    Murder Ink: 2/18/15
    In a week when the police commissioner told a national audience that Baltimore City has “1950s-level, black and white racism,” the police identified an officer who fired his gun in the line of duty as Rashard King, a five-year veteran in the...