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By Justin George and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
Baltimore police are investigating three shootings Thursday night that wounded three men. All are expected to survive, police said. A 25-year-old man was found shot in the back in South Baltimore's Brooklyn neighborhood at about 5:30 p.m. Investigators said the man dropped a friend off in the unit block of Washburn Ave. when an unknown suspect pulled out a handgun and fired into the vehicle, striking him. The suspect fled and the victim was...
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
The founder of last year's 300 Men March and two Baltimore City Council members held an emergency planning meeting Friday evening at City Hall, saying the bloody start to the new year spurred them to develop a violence prevention strategy sooner than they had originally anticipated. The city recorded 16 homicides in the first 12 days of the year. January's toll stood at 18 as of Friday night. Last year, there were 235 homicides in Baltimore, an 8 percent increase over 2012 and a four-year high.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
City officials are poised to pay a New York-based firm $286,000 to redesign and host Baltimore government's website. The Board of Estimates is slated to vote Wednesday on a proposal to hire Interpersonal Frequency LLC to overhaul the city's site. The city's former chief technology officer began a redesign and overhaul of Baltimore's government website in 2012, but left the task unfinished, city officials have said. Interpersonal Frequency, which was among eight bidders for the job, worked with Baltimore's current Chief Technology Officer Chris Tonjes at his previous job at Washington D.C.'s library system.
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January 9, 2014
Getting ex-offenders back into successful employment is an important challenge for our city, but the "ban the box" proposal makes a better slogan than solution ("Ban the box in Baltimore," Jan. 8). Members of the Baltimore City Council want to stop private employers from asking "have you been convicted of a crime" on employment applications. Instead, a councilman argues, employers should grant interviews and only after offering a job, conduct background checks to determine if a former thief should work in a bank or an ex-dealer drive the bus. Being somewhat removed from the private sector, the councilman may not be aware that interviews and job training actually cost money.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
City homeowners could receive $3 million in property tax assistance under a plan Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is scheduled to unveil today, addressing concerns over bills that skyrocketed after errors in tax credits were discovered. Taxpayers who received historic tax credits can seek refunds to cover the difference between tax bills they had originally expected and revised bills issued in 2013, said mayoral spokesman Kevin Harris. The plan proposes allowing refunds for three years of tax bills.
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By Brian Griffiths | December 18, 2013
Two weeks ago I noted that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's advocacy on behalf of the farm bill working its way through Congress proved that she was just more of the same of the failed leadership that Baltimore has been subjected to over the years.  The latest stunt, as reported by WBAL-TV , re-emphasizes that point: "Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is looking for city residents to give input on how they think the city can...
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December 17, 2013
Red Maryland's Gregory Kline wrote a very good commentary regarding the pot legalization movement ( "The folly of marijuana legalization," Dec. 13). It's too bad that it didn't appear on the front page alongside the story about Johnny Johnson, 44, who admitted he was high on drugs when he struck and killed a man in front of City Hall ("Man pleads guilty in City Hall car crash that killed worker" . The innocent life of Matthew Hersl was taken when Mr. Johnson sped through downtown Baltimore.
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By Ian Duncan and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The driver who hit and killed a man in front of City Hall offered an emotional courtroom apology to his victim's family Thursday, admitting that he was on drugs when he sped off Interstate 83 and into downtown. Johnny Johnson, 44, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and possession of heroin in the April death of Matthew Hersl, a longtime finance office worker and Little Italy neighborhood association leader. He was sentenced on the spot to 11 years in prison. Johnson, dressed in a yellow detention center uniform and glasses, stood up and turned toward the family, gesturing awkwardly with cuffed hands as he spoke.
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Editorial from The Record | December 6, 2013
It's been more than a quarter of a century since the last time plans were in the works for a major upgrade for the Havre de Grace Branch of the Harford County Public Library. Back then, Havre de Grace had fallen on hard times and suffice it to say the community was in need of a major lift. A proposal was floated that would have put a major library branch, plus the library system headquarters, on Revolution Street in what was then a vacant building, but would eventually be redeveloped into the professional center it is today.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
The driver of a vehicle that crashed outside City Hall and killed a city worker was traveling up to 115 mph before he entered downtown streets followed by a state trooper, according to a police report that for the first time details the investigation into the April crash. Johnny Johnson's car crashed through a light pole, hit 45-year-old finance employee Matthew Hersl and broke a tree before overturning, the report said. Police found heroin rocks, a burnt spoon, a smoking pipe and a syringe inside the vehicle.
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