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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
President Barack Obama proposed a $3.9 trillion federal budget on Tuesday that calls for spending billions more on infrastructure, raising taxes on the wealthy and closing the gap between rich and poor that he has vowed to make a focus of his second term. The budget - drafted with this fall's congressional elections on the horizon - includes a host of policies likely to appeal to Democratic voters, such as expanding early childhood education, raising tobacco taxes and boosting a tax credit for the poor.
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
Police found a decomposing body floating in an industrial area Thursday at the mouth of the Inner Harbor, a grim discovery that marks the ninth time since October a person has turned up dead in the waters of Downtown Baltimore. Investigators say they have found nothing to suggest that the cases might be connected or foul play might have been involved, but officials are puzzled about why there have been so many victims in such a short time. A Baltimore Sun review of the harbor deaths shows a wide variety of circumstances.
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
A vehicle crashed into a CVS pharmacy in downtown Baltimore Friday morning, injuring three people. An accident between a white 2003 Mercury Mountaineer and a 2005 Crown Victoria propelled the SUV completely inside the store, which is located in the unit block of Light Street, at around 10:47 a.m., Baltimore police said. Light Street near Lombard Street was briefly closed while a towing crew extricated the Mountaineer from the store. Kenny Johnson, who works security at a parking garage across the street from CVS, said he witnessed the crash.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The Maryland Arts Place announced Tuesday that it has moved from its previous home in Power Point Live to a new location in downtown Baltimore. The 33-year-old non-profit contemporary arts organization has relocated to 218 W. Saratoga St., in a building that it owns and manages for "financial and strategic reasons," according to Dawn Gavin, president of the organization's board of trustees. The move will bring the gallery under the same roof as the organization's informal nightclub, the 14 Karat Cabaret.
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Biting winds and frigid temperatures are expected Wednesday as the region clears out from a storm that dumped as much as 11 inches of snow in parts of the region. Temperatures, which hit 6 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, were forecast to climb only to 16 degrees in Baltimore, according to the National Weather Service's morning report. Skies will be sunny, but a northwest wind of about 15 miles per hour will make it feel more like 8 below zero.
By Andrew Zaleski and For b | January 22, 2014
For 23 years, Penny Troutner has owned Light Street Cycles in Federal Hill. And she had seen bicycles on Baltimore's streets, for recreation and transportation, even before she opened her bike shop. But Troutner holds up 2011 as the year she noticed drivers giving cyclists in the city more room on the road. It's a year Baltimore's cycling community easily, but regrettably, recalls. In August 2011, 20-year-old Nathan Krasnopoler, the Johns Hopkins University student who suffered brain injuries after colliding with a car that had turned into his lane, died nearly seven months after losing consciousness permanently in February.
By Jeff Seidel and For The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
The Baltimore County indoor track championship meet has been rescheduled for Thursday at the Fifth Regiment Armory. The meet was set for 3:45 p.m. at the armory in downtown Baltimore on Tuesday, but snowfall and the closure of Baltimore County schools forced the postponement. Thursday's meet will begin at 3:45 p.m., weather permitting. This is the first of the various area championship meets in the area for indoor track. After these come the region title meets during the period of Feb. 1 to Feb. 11, and the indoor season concludes on Feb. 17 and 18 with the state track meets at the Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
A man was shot in the head early Monday near the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower and other attractions on the west side of downtown Baltimore. Baltimore City police discovered the man with a gunshot to the back of the head at 1:47 a.m in the first block of South Eutaw Street, according to a news release. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, police said. The shooting occurred about a block away from the historic tower, near a luxury apartment building and just blocks from University of Maryland Medical Center.
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
The days of the cushy corner office for top law partners may be numbered. Maybe. On average, law firms still occupy up to three times the space per worker as companies in banking, finance, insurance and technology, according to a national study by commercial real estate broker Cushman & Wakefield. But with increasing pressure on firms to lower costs, that's expected to change, which has significant implications for office space in downtown Baltimore. Law firms occupy about 13 percent of Baltimore's top-tier office space, with many smaller firms leasing in older buildings, according to a 2013 report by commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle.
Jacques Kelly | January 10, 2014
I sat in the Downtown Partnership's office this week and heard the new urban geographic labels being considered for Baltimore's emerging neighborhoods. With more than 1,000 new apartments being created this year in what we traditionally call downtown Baltimore, there is a momentum to define and give these residential enclaves an identity. "In 2013, the development clock started again," said Kirby Fowler, the partnership's president. "As people are renting units, they are asking for a name change that tells just where they live.
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