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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
The Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management said at 8:06 a.m. on Wednesday that city firefighters are battling a two-alarm blaze near Gwynns Falls Parkway and Reisterstown Road. OEM said that motorists should expect road closures and avoid the area. A collision on the inner loop of Interstate 695 in Lochearn at Liberty Road has closed the inner loop right shoulder at 8:52 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Transportation. A two-vehicle collision on I-95 South in Rossville past the Baltimore Beltway exit has closed the southbound right shoulder at 8:42 a.m. on Wednesday, according to DOT. Emergency roadwork on MD 150 East in Dundalk at Pembrooke Boulevard has closed the eastbound right traffic lane and eastbound right shoulder at 4:18 a.m., DOT said.
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Luke Broadwater, Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
A U.S. Department of Justice official promised Wednesday that his agency's months-long investigation of police brutality in Baltimore would be a "candid" assessment, and federal lawmakers threw their support behind the probe. Ronald L. Davis, director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, said he met with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts in Arkansas on Wednesday at a U.S. Conference of Mayors event focused on police misconduct.
SPORTS
By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Races in the Baltimore Running Festival will begin an hour earlier than originally scheduled because of the Orioles' deep run into the baseball postseason. In a letter to participants posted on the running festival's website , organizer Lee Corrigan wrote that start times were made earlier to "ensure all public safety personnel can be deployed in an organized fashion. " The festival, which includes a marathon, half-marathon, group relay, 5k and kids race, will stagger starting times between 7 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 18, the day the Orioles and Kansas City Royals would potentially play Game 7 of the American League Championship Series at Camden Yards.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
A Baltimore jury found a man police named as "Public Enemy No. One" guilty of murder Wednesday, his attorney said. Over a year ago, a police commander stood at a Greektown playground where Ramon Rodriguez, 21, was killed and branded Capone Chase, 20, as the department's most wanted suspect. State's attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said he was pleased by the outcome of the case. "Mr. Chase is a dangerous and cold-blooded individual," he said. "We hope this result brings some measure of closure to the victim's family and friends.
NEWS
By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Andy Joyce drove his tow truck just after midnight to a West Baltimore service call, where he met a mother and small child waiting with their disabled vehicle. It was Nov. 1, 2010, and the 23-year-old had only worked a few weeks for Gordon Kelly's Quick Response towing company. It was the end of his shift. The mother and child got a ride from someone as Joyce lowered his truck's bed to tow the Dodge Durango near Mosher Street and Druid Hill Avenue. About two hours later, a passerby noticed the truck's door open, engine running, and Joyce slumped inside.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Davey Johnson was the last Orioles manager to lead the team to the ALCS, and he managed four other clubs, including most recently the Washington Nationals. He seemed to pick Baltimore over his most recent stop in an MLB Network Radio interview this morning. Johnson was asked about seeing baseball revived in Baltimore, and said it's “wonderful” to see. “I think the best fans in baseball are right around that Baltimore area,” Johnson said. “Now we're getting baseball fans in Washington, which has mostly been a football town, but I love the people in that area.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Baltimore homicide detectives were investigating a double homicide in Northwest Baltimore and a woman's murder in a Fells Point - marking seven homicides in the first six days of October. Police also were investigating two other nonfatal shootings, in North and Southwest Baltimore. The double homicide occurred in the 5200 block of Denmore Ave., near Pimlico Race Course , at about 1:27 a.m. Tuesday. Police were called for a report of "suspicious activity" at a home and found the door to the residence open.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | October 7, 2014
The head of the Baltimore County school administrators union said the majority of misconduct cases against administrators can "be resolved more expeditiously. " Speaking at the county school board meeting on Tuesday night, William Lawrence, executive director of the Council of Administrative and Supervisory Employees, suggested that the union and the county work together on resolving cases more quickly. Currently, administrators and teachers can spend weeks and months investigating a teacher for misconduct, sometimes while they sit in a warehouse.
NEWS
By Stephanie Rawlings-Blake | October 7, 2014
In Dan Rodricks ' recent column (" Mayor Should Have Seen Troubling Brutality Trend ," Oct. 4) Mr. Rodricks asks a fair question. Noting that I have been a member of the Board of Estimates for the past seven years - both as mayor and City Council president - he asks if I recognized the troubling trend in excessive force court judgments before an article citing years-old cases appeared in The Baltimore Sun. Mr. Rodricks is forgiven for,...
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
The nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization has listed U.S. Rep. Andy Harris -- a Baltimore County Republican -- among the nation's "most anti-equality members of Congress. " The Human Rights Campaign said Tuesday that Harris made its new "Hall of Shame" list of 19 legislators nationwide for having "gone out of his way to sponsor nearly every anti-LGBT bill introduced in the House" since he arrived there in 2010. The list, which also includes high-profile legislators such as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
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