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By Julie Scharper | julie.scharper@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 31, 2010
The block is shaded by pear trees laden with clusters of pale flowers. The homes are immaculately tended — brass door knockers gleam in the sun, and tulips sprout from tidy planters. But around the corner, on the 1500 block of East Madison Street, the homes are somewhat dilapidated. Snack food wrappers and empty cigarette packs are scattered on the sidewalk and a heavy stream of traffic thunders past. It was on this block that City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and his wife, Darlene, bought their first home in 1978.
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By John Fritze and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake won praise from clergy and community leaders Friday after calling for a federal investigation into allegations of police brutality - a move that is all but certain to draw added scrutiny on City Hall. But careful observers noted the request from Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts came hours after another official - City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young - raised his hand to invite the U.S. Department of Justice in for a closer look.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2010
City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young introduced a resolution Monday night calling for law enforcement officials to explain to the council the "factors behind Baltimore's troublingly high percentage of reported rape cases" that are categorized as false or baseless. The Baltimore Sun reported last month that Baltimore has for years led the country in the percentage of rape cases deemed "unfounded" by detectives — police parlance for saying the victims were lying. Moreover, four in 10 calls to 911 for rape don't generate a report at all. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has already asked a panel of law enforcement officials and victim advocates to review the department's policies and procedures, and a team of detectives is expected to review 18 months' worth of data.
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By Bernard C. "Jack" Young | October 3, 2014
As I view the constant protesting by residents of Ferguson, Mo., nearly two months after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager, I know that it's only a matter of time before the streets of Baltimore are filled with the same sustained clarion call for justice that has rocked the once inconspicuous Midwestern city. On the surface, the city of Baltimore and Ferguson are worlds apart. With a population nearly 30 times larger than Ferguson, Baltimore is a major American city and cultural hub. From Francis Scott Key to H.L. Mencken to Thurgood Marshall, Baltimore has produced more than its fair share of American icons.
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By Laura Smitherman | laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | December 3, 2009
Baltimore City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake can do little more than wait - at least publicly - before learning whether or when she becomes mayor. By law, the council president automatically becomes the chief executive if the office becomes vacant, and Mayor Sheila Dixon's criminal conviction this week could force her out under the state constitution. But Dixon's lawyers are considering whether to challenge the verdict and a suspension, and Dixon insists that for now, she's on the job. That means Rawlings-Blake has scant opportunity to prepare for the responsibilities she might soon undertake as budget woes and crime problems demand City Hall's full attention.
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November 25, 1995
THE ACRIMONY BETWEEN City Council President Mary Pat Clarke and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke reached the point that if one said it was day you half expected the other to claim it was night. Unfortunately, it now looks as though Mr. Schmoke's relationship with Council President-elect Lawrence A. Bell III won't be any better.Mr. Schmoke gave department heads standing orders not to perform constituent services requested by Mrs. Clarke unless he personally approved them. Conversely, she was said to have moles inside City Hall who secretly gave her the schedule for new public works projects so she could claim responsibility for them before the mayor did.This friction wasn't all bad. It did give the public confidence that the administration would not quietly steamroll its way down some questionable path without Mrs. Clarke offering, at the least, a squawk of protest.
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By John Fritze and John Fritze,Sun reporter | July 18, 2007
Taking a brief foray back into Baltimore politics yesterday, Gov. Martin O'Malley endorsed longtime ally Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake's bid to become City Council president in what is shaping up to be one of the closest races of this year's election. O'Malley has been working behind the scenes for Rawlings-Blake for months, but the formal endorsement underscored his support at an important time and simultaneously raised questions about whether the state's most powerful Democrat will back a candidate in the mayor's race.
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By Robert Nusgart and Robert Nusgart,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Robert Guy Matthews contributed to this article | October 14, 1997
Joseph T. "Jody" Landers III, a key adviser and director for fiscal affairs for Baltimore City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III, was named yesterday as the new executive vice president for the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors.Landers' appointment came after a six-month nationwide search in which more than 100 candidates were reviewed. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and overall administration of the GBBR beginning Nov. 10."One of the first tasks that I set for myself is to meet with all the leadership and the officers on the board and then to meet with the staff members here and kind of hone in on what are the key issues that need to be addressed," he said yesterday from the new GBBR offices in Lutherville.
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July 5, 2007
To keep up with the city campaigns, read short biographies of the candidates for mayor and City Council president, and see a list of the council candidates, go to baltimoresun.com/electionsblog
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July 3, 2007
Here are the candidates who filed papers by yesterday's 9 p.m. deadline to enter Baltimore's Democratic and Republican primaries for mayor, comptroller and City Council president. Mayor Democrats Phillip A. Brown Jr. Andrey Bundley Jill P. Carter Frank M. Conaway Sheila Dixon (incumbent) A. Robert Kaufman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. Mike Schaefer Republican Elbert R. Henderson City Council President Democrats Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake (incumbent) Kenneth N. Harris Sr. Michael Sarbanes Charles Ulysses Smith Republicans none Comptroller Democrat Joan M. Pratt (incumbent)
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By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
To investigate the possibly of future water rate increases, Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Monday will request a hearing to discuss a request by the Department of Public Works to borrow up to $2 billion. The city is obligated to improve its aging infrastructure under a 2002 agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and Maryland Department of Environment. To help meet those obligations, the Department of Public Works requested legislation that would authorize an increase in the city's borrowing capacity.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
The City Council decided Monday to launch an investigation into the secret audit of Baltimore's speed camera system that found error rates much higher than officials have claimed publicly. "People in the city of Baltimore are losing faith in us as elected officials," said City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young. "We have to make sure that we restore their faith. Right now, people are very frustrated. " The Baltimore Sun reported last week the findings of a never-released audit that showed the city's speed cameras likely charged motorists for thousands more erroneous tickets than previously disclosed.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2013
The Baltimore city council president was among several politicians from the city to endorse Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's gubernatorial campaign Saturday. The Brown campaign rolled out the endorsements at an event to open a campaign office in Baltimore. Besides City Council president Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Councilmember William Cole, Councilmember Ed Reisinger, and Del. Shawn Tarrant endorsed Brown, according to the Brown campaign. Brown, a Democrat running with Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, now has endorsements from 11 of the 15 members of the Baltimore City Council.
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By Bernard C. “Jack” Young | August 13, 2013
The debate surrounding the proposed Harbor Point project has generated some of the most spirited discussions that the Baltimore City Council has engaged in recently. I am very proud that scores of citizens were given the opportunity to participate in three public hearings held by the City Council's Taxation Finance and Economic Development Committee since early June. I am, however, disappointed that inaccurate information continues to cloud a project that could provide an enormous boost to Baltimore's economy during a time of high unemployment.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2012
Any business that gets lucrative financial help from City Hall would be required to hire 51 percent of its workers from within the city limits or it could face a criminal sanction. Those are the terms of a new bill proposed by City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, who believes such legislation is needed to reduce what he calls Baltimore's "stubbornly high unemployment rate. " Young's "local hiring mandate" legislation will be introduced Monday before the City Council, he said.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2012
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young took a stand Sunday against O'Malley administration plans to build a new juvenile jail in East Baltimore. Writing an opinion piece for The Baltimore Sun , Young said there is "plenty of evidence to refute the need to spend millions to build a jail for juveniles. " "Recently, Governor [Martin] O'Malley decided to double-down on the misguided plan to spend more than $70 million building a youth detention facility in Baltimore that studies show is not needed and could ultimately end up being a colossal waste of taxpayer funds," Young wrote.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2011
Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polling places : Nearly 300 around city. For detailed information, contact the Board of Elections online or (410) 396-5550 Races : Mayor, Comptroller, City Council President, City Council members Other votes : Charter amendments to put aside money for repairing and building schools, and to lower the age for serving on the City Council from 21 to 18.
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,Sun reporter | September 4, 2007
For John Rhodes, it's the difficulty of distinguishing one from the other. To the Northeast Baltimore resident, all the mayoral and City Council president candidates' messages seem to blur together. For Karen Randolph of Cherry Hill, it's the lack of delivery and record: Why are the crime plans being pushed by these candidates not already in place? MARBELLA Trailing a pair in a tight city race. pg 1b
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By Julie Scharper | June 4, 2012
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young plans to unveil a plan Monday that he says will prevent fire companies and recreation centers from closing, double funding for youth summer jobs and after-school programs and lessen the cost of planned cuts to health benefits for employees and retirees. “My 'Plan for a Better Baltimore' builds on the mayor's goal to grow Baltimore by 10,000 families over the next decade by investing in services that save lives and will help to attract and retain residents,” Young said in a statement.
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By Luke Broadwater and Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2012
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young promised Wednesday to pay Ray Lewis for tickets to the Ravens linebacker's private skybox at Sunday's sold-out playoff game, saying he wanted to follow an ethics law the City Council approved just four months ago to ban such gifts. Lester Davis, a spokesman for Young, said the council president is working to figure out the cost of the tickets for Young and his wife, who attended the 20-13 divisional win over Houston. The game sold out within 15 minutes of the tickets going on sale.
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