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September 30, 2014
With a resurgence of violence in Ferguson, Mo., I am reminded of a revelation that I had over 30 years ago upon becoming an inner city police officer. I learned to accept, but not fully understand, that the perceived value to human life on the street in many of the downtrodden areas of America is substantially lower than it is to the police and many others living under better socio-economic circumstances. When the two cultures of diverse values clash it often results in those with higher self-esteem being forced to take actions they would not choose to take except out of a desire for self-preservation.
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NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Nine candidates on Monday called the selection process to chose a new City Council member for Baltimore's 11th District an “insult” - and demanded a new vote. In a letter sent to the members of the City Council, nine of 14 candidates said the committee selection process for the vacant City Council seat was “tainted” and weakened the public's trust in Baltimore's government. “Ultimately, the selection process has caused residents across Baltimore City to question their trust and confidence in our political system,” the nine wrote.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Falls Prevention Week runs from Sept. 21-27, and the Baltimore City Health Department is supplying residents age 60 and over, caregivers and disabled residents with a free night light and fall prevention information. Officials in Maryland and beyond have been working to reduce falls among seniors. They are considered a serious problem, threatening their independence and quality of life of older people. According to the city health department, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital visits among Maryland's seniors.
NEWS
By Allison Pendell Jones | September 22, 2014
Big changes are afoot in city and state government, changes that could affect Baltimore's families for a long time to come. Parents who want strong schools, safe streets, green spaces and walkable neighborhoods need to step up and make their voices heard so we don't lose momentum in the effort to make Baltimore a more family-friendly city. On Tuesday, a committee selected by Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young will interview candidates for the City Council seat vacated by Bill Cole, who recently resigned to lead the Baltimore Development Corporation.
NEWS
By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A two-vehicle collision on Interstate 95 South in Baltimore City past the Baltimore Washington Parkway exit has closed the southbound left shoulder at 8:59 a.m. on Monday, according to the state Department of Transportation. DOT added that off-road activity on MD 31 East in Carroll County prior to Byron Road that began on Friday continued into Monday morning. The Maryland Transit Administration reported at 9:05 a.m. that trains, buses and mobility vehicles were running on schedule.
NEWS
By Tim Kreider | September 19, 2014
Editor's note: This op-ed has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Billie Holiday's name. The Sun regrets the error.  I traveled back to my hometown of Baltimore last weekend to reprise my role as that important historical figure, The Devil, in a rock opera about the Battle of Baltimore. This was the long-anticipated bicentennial performance of "1814!: The War of 1812 Rock Opera," a project some old friends of mine, Dave Israel and David Dudley, conceived in the bars of Fort Avenue back in 1992, before we had anything worse to do. They'd always envisioned mounting a spectacular, all-star production of the thing on the 200th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry, in the unimaginable science-fiction year of 2014.
FEATURES
By Tim Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
Ever wonder why your neighborhood streams and rivers look so muddy after a heavy rain? A recent survey of construction sites in the Baltimore area found less than a quarter of the exposed soil being worked had been properly protected from erosion. The survey, involving staff and volunteers from 22 different environmental and community groups, found widely varying but generally poor controls on mud pollution being used at building sites in Baltimore City and the five surrounding counties.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Fifteen people have applied to fill the vacant 11th District seat on Baltimore City's Council, according to the office of City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young.  They are:  Melanie A. Ambridge, a former board member of the South Baltimore Neighborhood Association Darroll Cribb,  CEO of The Humanitarian, Inc. Eric T. Costello, president of the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association  Julie K. Dunham Howie, a development...
NEWS
By David Carroll and Pamela Charshee | September 15, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is right. We will not succeed in growing Baltimore's future by "thinking small" but by building "projects that will sustain Baltimore well into the future" (" Moving Baltimore Forward ," Aug. 29). The mayor proposes that designing a great transit system will be one of the cornerstones of a sustainable future for the city. We agree. There is also another cornerstone critical to the vibrancy, the life and the perpetuity of Baltimore and all great cities: its cultural "bones" - the richly layered accumulation of historical experience, knowledge and creative accomplishment that together form the unique identity, the persona, of a place.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | September 15, 2014
Baltimore and Annapolis are likely to suffer serious coastal flooding again before this century is over, and people and property in Ocean City and on the lower Eastern Shore face even greater risks as climate change accelerates sea level rise along Maryland's extensive shoreline, warns a new report. Drawing on new government data and projections, Climate Centra l, a nonprofit research and information group, calculates that 41,000 homes with 55,000 residents in the state are in danger under mid-range sea-level rise projections if storm-driven flooding surges five feet above the high tide line - which it did in the Baltimore area and elsewhere during Tropical Storm Isabel in 2003.
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