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By David Simon, Special to The Sun | March 11, 2012
March 11, 2012 Seven-baker-twenty-four unit turns at Mosher and rumbles past that stretch of Appleton Street where Gene Cassidy took two in the head for the company, the first one stealing his eyesight, the second lodging in his brain beyond the skill of a surgeon's knife. Cassidy was 27 then, not even four years on the job, strong and lucky and hard-headed Irish enough that he refused to do the obvious and inevitable thing. He did not die. At University Hospital that night, the other patrol officers and detectives were told it was certain, that their friend would not make it. But Cassidy breathes still, and Appleton and Mosher looks much as it did in October 1987, when Cassidy tumbled out of his radio car to jack up a man wanted on an assault warrant.
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BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
Baltimore City officials will start a long-planned, $2 million demolition of a skywalk over Baltimore Street at Hopkins Plaza as part of an effort to make downtown plazas more inviting and to attract office and retail tenants. The project, funded by the city transportation and planning departments, the Baltimore Development Corp. and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, will also include new landscaping and other upgrades, such as the removal of a staircase at the southern end of the skywalk.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | February 22, 2012
Some ideas just won't go away. Researchers with the University of Maryland have taken another look at bottle-deposit laws and found that they actually do reduce litter without undermining recycling of other waste items. Asking consumers to pony up a nickel or dime per bottle - which is refundable when the empties are brought back - has curtailed litter in states with bottle-deposit laws by 30 to 64 percent, the researchers found.  The UM study, released Wednesday, was sponsored by the Abell Foundation and the Waterfront Partnership , a nonprofit group of Inner Harbor businesses and institutions that's pushing to clean up Baltimore's harbor and streams.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2012
City police are investigating the killing of a 19-year-old man shot Sunday night in Southwest Baltimore. The victim, identified as Shayvon Booker, had been shot in the head and was found at about 11:02 p.m. lying in the street in the 200 block of S. Loudon Ave., police said. Booker, who lived in the nearby 400 block of Yale Ave., was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died at 11:35 p.m. Police did not release additional details. Anyone with information was asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2011
City police were investigating a double-shooting in West Baltimore Monday night that killed a 29-year-old man. Officers found Donte Collins suffering from multiple gunshot wounds at about 8:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Rosedale St., in the Rosemont neighborhood, and paramedics transported him to Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead about an hour later. Around the same time, police were informed of another shooting victim who had been dropped at St. Agnes Hospital for treatment for multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body.
NEWS
November 9, 2011
I was very pleased to see your front-page story on human trafficking in the United States ("Women from Maryland escape alleged prostitution ring," Nov. 5). When most people think of human trafficking, they imagine something that is happening in Third World countries, not on Baltimore Street. Thank you for doing your part to raise awareness about this very important, very relevant and very local issue. I hope that you will continue your coverage on this important topic. For example, what is the status of the Phylicia Barnes murder case, and is anyone investigating whether she was a victim of human trafficking?
NEWS
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2011
A 14-year-old girl who accepted a ride in a van in West Baltimore was raped or sexually assaulted by five men on Sunday afternoon, according to city police who are seeking help identifying suspects and finding the vehicle. The attack, first made public by police on Wednesday, occurred about 4:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Leslie St., just off Presstman Street in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Police said the girl was seeking directions and got into a van driven by a man in his 20s who offered her a ride.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2011
A Florida man repeated Sunday as champion of the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Contest held in St. Mary's County. The 2010 champion, Michael Martin, of Panama City Beach, won again, based on how quickly and completely he shucked 24 oysters, according to Beverly Brown, administrator of the St. Mary's County Oyster Festival. George Hastings of Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood at Baltimore's Cross Street Market finished in third place, Brown said. The victory qualifies Martin to compete in the world championships at the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival in Ireland next fall.
MOBILE
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2011
June 5, 2011 The body of 13-year-old Tywonde' Jones lay under a white sheet behind a decrepit vacant home in Northwest Baltimore. He had been stabbed and slashed 228 times. One-hundred and eighty-eight were puncture wounds, some as deep as six inches, piercing his skull, lungs, ribs, liver and kidney. He suffered injuries to his arms and hands as he tried to fend off the blows. Word quickly spread, and the boy's mother, Monica, frenzied and grief-stricken, rushed down to Cordelia Avenue in central Park Heights.
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