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,...
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)
October 7, 2014
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By Jessica Anderson and Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Baltimore County officials are looking into how other local governments regulate private late-night businesses after police arrested a Prince George's County man accused of shooting three people outside a Catonsville swingers club this weekend. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz asked Police Chief Jim Johnson to research rules elsewhere following the Sunday incident at Tabu Social Club, located in a shopping center on North Rolling Road, county spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said Tuesday.
Luke Broadwater, Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner outlined Tuesday a sweeping plan to reduce police brutality, including the possibility of equipping officers with body cameras, while reiterating that they are committed to restoring public trust in the agency. "We didn't create these problems, but as leadership in charge today, it's our obligation to do everything that we can to fix the breach between the community and police," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said about the 41-page report outlining their plans.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
WEATHER After another chilly morning, highs are expected to return to 70s.   TRAFFIC Get the latest on delays for this morning's commute.     FROM LAST NIGHT … A Windsor Mill man and woman have been charged with robbing and killing a New York resident and leaving his body on the side of a road on Route 32 near Finksburg.   TODAY'S FRONT PAGE With a 2-1 win, the  Orioles sweep the Tigers to advance to the American League Championship Series.
By Mark Puente and Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
As Baltimore Police Department officials prepare for a Department of Justice probe into allegations of brutality, leaders of the local police union criticized the outside scrutiny and said it could make city streets less safe. A host of reforms, along with a strategic plan unveiled last year, shows the department is serious about improving its relationship with the community, Fraternal Order of Police President Robert Cherry said Monday. The new federal scrutinty could make city officers fearful of being second-guessed and lead to ineffective policing, he added.
October 6, 2014
The decision last week by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts to call in federal investigators to probe allegations of excessive use of force and other misconduct by Baltimore police is as embarrassing as it was unavoidable. No city attempting to polish its image as an attractive place to live and work wants to admit having a problem with police brutality it can't handle. But since a six-month investigation by The Sun uncovered evidence of a dysfunctional department seemingly inimical to reform, it's been apparent that the city needs help.
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
The Four Seasons Food Truck Tour is coming to Baltimore.    Designed as a showcase for its culinary programs and for the individual chefs at its hotel properties, the Four Seasons' mobile unit is pulling into Baltimore on Monday for a weeklong stay as part of an East Coast tour that began in Boston on Sept. 15. In Baltimore, the truck will feature "street food" creations from Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore chefs Oliver Beckert, the hotel's executive chef, Zack Mills, executive chef for the hotel's main restaurant Wit & Wisdom , and Dyan Ng, the hotel's pastry chef.
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