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  • Baltimore City liquor board gets a new chairman: 87-year-old former judge Thomas Ward

    Baltimore City liquor board gets a new chairman: 87-year-old former judge Thomas Ward
    Former Baltimore City Circuit Court judge Thomas Ward, an 87-year-old who retired in the bench in 1997, after having served in the 1960s as a Baltimore City Councilman and in the 1950s as a Baltimore Sun reporter, has been named as the new chairman of 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-trained dog with basic paperwork. Such training, though, is bunk...
  • Hot Grease

    On normal shifts working the mean streets of Baltimore's northwest police district, officer Maunda Williams catches people engaged in typical Mobtown crimes, like shooting people. But just after midnight on Oct. 18, 2012, Williams' shift started with...
  • Porn-DVD incident spawns litigation revealing alleged Baltimore District Court gender hostilities

    More than three years ago, Kim Sumner discovered her boss, then-administrative clerk Lonnie P. Ferguson of the Baltimore City District Court, had given her a passel of pornographic DVDs. The long-simmering aftermath of the incident, including an ongoing...
  • Former employee claims high-level cabal at Baltimore's district court perpetuates longstanding discrimination

    A federal lawsuit's claims of gender-based discrimination and retaliation at Baltimore City's district court at Wabash Avenue may get ratcheted up to accuse high-level judges and administrators of more pervasive injustices, should a federal judge rule...
  • Correctional culture of retaliatory inmate beatings and cover-ups on trial in Baltimore

    After Maryland prison INMATE Kenneth Davis arrived at Hagerstown's Washington County Hospital (now Meritus Medical Center) from nearby Roxbury Correctional Institution in March 2008, trauma doctors had to reconstruct his eye socket using plates and...
  • Puffing through the great "vape" debate over electronic cigarettes

    Recently, I started huffing vapors produced by heating up compounds used in some types of antifreeze. If swallowed, the liquid I'm vaporizing can be poisonous, even fatal, especially to children. No one yet knows what the long-term health effects of...
  • The BMA regains a long-lost Renoir

    A U.S. district court judge ended the dispute over "On the Shore of the Seine," a stolen Renoir painting, on Friday, Jan. 10 when he awarded ownership of the painting to the Baltimore Museum of Art, from which the painting was stolen in 1951. Marcia...
  • Two men want detectives made famous by David Simon to pay after flawed murder convictions put them in prison for decades

    James Owens is angry. "I get pissed off every time I think about this," the 53-year-old from Southeast Baltimore declares, sitting at a conference table in his lawyer's office. "I don't trust the cops," he says, his glasses only slightly shielding the...
  • ESPN Zone employees, abruptly laid off three years ago, get meager payday

    More than three years after losing her job in the ESPN Zone kitchen, Janice Watson is getting a sizable chunk of money. "I guess it'll be around $2,500," Watson says after a short victory celebration in front of the Federal District Court on Lombard...
  • Tracy Love's killing snuffs out a snitch-filled Baltimore life

    When 29-year-old Tracy Robin Love bit the bullets in West Baltimore shortly after midnight on Nov. 9, he was nearly two years out of federal prison. How he got there-and the reason he was freed so much earlier than some of his co-defendants-says volumes...
  • Michael Olesker's book trades in nostalgia for a more innocent time

    Front Stoops in the Fifties Michael Olesker Johns Hopkins University Press The cover of Michael Olesker's book Front Stoops in the Fifties (Johns Hopkins University Press) shows women and children scrubbing the marble steps of their rowhouses in the...