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  • At last night's forum on youth curfews, few questions and even fewer answers

    At last night's forum on youth curfews, few questions and even fewer answers
    The University of Baltimore Law Center opened its door last night for the second of two community forums on Baltimore's new curfew ordinance that will replace the city's 20-year-old ordinance, doing away with incarceration as a penalty for parents and guardians and diverting youth to Youth Connections Centers (YCCs) to connect them and their families to social services. Sounds good, right? For city leaders, the new ordinance is a huge improvement that promises to offer real services to children and families in need. For others, though, the ordinance is just another way to criminalize youth of color and their families, stop-and-frisk by another name. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake knows this, and last night she presented a public forum that was supposed to give the community a chance to ask questions and air concerns.
  • Conflicts of Interest

    Conflicts of Interest
    For the first time in decades, City Paper was not invited to the V.I.P. Artscape kickoff party. In fact, Bill Gilmore, the head of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, personally turned Jennifer Marsh, our general manager, away from the door at...

    Baltimore's bond rating was raised by Standard & Poor's. But what's in a rating?

    Baltimore's bond rating was raised by Standard & Poor's. But what's in a rating?
    There was good news in recent days: Standard & Poor’s, the big bond-rating agency, raised Baltimore City's bond rating one notch to AA, up from AA-. Yvonne Wenger did a nice job explaining what this means, for all of you (and all of me) who don'...

    Operation CeaseFire is Back! (Yet again!)

    Operation CeaseFire is Back! (Yet again!)
    Yesterday's dual city council meetings were both yawners; the new budget passed with only Councilman Carl Stokes voting "nay," as usual. ("Too few dollars for youth opportunities, too many dollars for law enforcement," he said afterward. "I've never voted...

    News & Media

    News & Media
    BEST POLITICIAN Martin O’Malley Love him or hate him, this has been a good year for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D). Two O’Malley-backed laws got the nods of the majorities of Maryland voters in last fall’s elections—...