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September 24, 2014
Legislation introduced Monday in the City Council would require every Baltimore police officer to wear a body camera within a year. Though the proposal leaves many questions unanswered regarding how evidence from the devices could be used, who would have access to it and, not insignificantly, how the new equipment would be paid for, we think on balance that the benefits of the technology far outweigh the costs both in terms of improving police-community relations...
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A Baltimore jury has awarded nearly $2.1 million to a 17-year-old city youth who was allegedly poisoned by lead paint in the 1990s when he was a toddler in an East Baltimore rental home. The judgment against Elliot Dackman and the estates of Sandra and Bernard Dackman came Friday in Baltimore Circuit Court, at the end of the weeklong trial of a lawsuit brought on behalf of Daquantay Robinson by his mother, Tiesha Robinson. The jury verdict shows the long-running tide of litigation over the widespread use of lead-based paint in Baltimore's older rental housing has yet to ebb, according to Bruce Powell, the Robinsons' lawyer.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
One person was killed in a crash on Erdman Avenue at Interstate 895 in the Pulaski Industrial Area Sunday, police said. Department spokesman Sgt. Jarron Jackson said four people were in the vehicle when it went off the road and flipped upside down. The other passengers' conditions were not released, and it's unclear what caused the accident. Few details were immediately available; this post will be updated. Roughly five miles away on Pulaski Highway in Rosedale, a 53-year-old man had to be extricated from his overturned vehicle by Baltimore County firefighters.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
Two men were shot, one of them fatally, Thursday evening in East Baltimore, ending a stretch of a week without a murder in the city. Police responded to the 5400 block of Bucknell Road in the Cedonia neighborhood at 8:04 p.m. to find a man shot in the face and right forearm. He was taken to a local hospital but was pronounced dead at 8:52 p.m., police said. Friends of the victim said he was 22. They sobbed as, one by one, they saw his bicycle lying where he'd been gunned down, surrounded by groceries they said he had just bought.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Julekha Dash and For The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
Brewer Justin Bonner acknowledges that he used to be more of a wine geek. But he said he stopped short of buying a vineyard on the Eastern Shore when he realized it just how tough it would be to grow quality grapes in Maryland. Nonetheless, the former defense contractor wanted to produce an affordable drink that that he could share with the public. He noticed that more Marylanders were drinking craft beers but suspected that the supply wasn't meeting demand. So he and his business partner Kasey Turner spent $2 million to open Jailbreak Brewing Co., Howard County's first brewery, in March.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announced that New York-based Stephen Powers , known for his public art projects, will create a series of large-scale murals as part of a project called "Love Letter to Baltimore. " Permanent and temporary murals will appear at various locations in East Baltimore and Southwest Baltimore. The object, BOPA says, is to concentrate the murals "around high-traffic transportation corridors, visible to people on the street as well as travelers and commuters passing through Baltimore by car or train.
NEWS
Justin Fenton, Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Like many artists of his genre, East Baltimore rapper Young Moose uses his lyrics and music videos to depict the harsh reality of his surroundings, with images of men flashing guns, drugs and cash. But as his career seemed to be taking off this summer, with an opening slot for an arena show by a popular national artist beckoning, a city detective was working to turn the budding performer's YouTube videos against him. After police say they found dozens of heroin gel caps in his family's home, Det. Daniel Hersl noted those videos in charging documents, writing that Young Moose "raps about distributing narcotics, violence and using a firearm to commit violence.
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By Francois Furstenberg | September 9, 2014
On behalf of Baltimore's stakeholders, I want to express my thanks to Gregory E. Thornton, the new chief executive officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, for his inspiring words (" Much work to be done ," Aug. 25). In case you're wondering, the stake I hold is a house I recently bought in East Baltimore. It's a big row house, built in 1875, so I don't exactly hold it - really it holds me - but I guess that part isn't so important. Let me get to the point: CEO Thornton tells us he will run the city schools like a business.
SPORTS
By Randy O'Donnell and New Brunswick Telegraph Journal | September 9, 2014
The Saint John Mill Rats have signed play-making guard Aquille Carr to a one-year contract. Carr's agent, Daniel Hazan, confirmed in a phone interview that the contract has been signed and the paperwork sent to the Mill Rats Tuesday afternoon. “Very excited about the program that Aquille is going to be part of and the team as a whole. I think this is going to be great for the city, it's going to be great for the organization and it's going to be amazing for him,” Hazan said.
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By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
How's "Baltimore - Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner" sound for a new city slogan? City Councilman James B. Kraft is expected to introduce legislation at Monday's meeting to set a new official slogan to "celebrate Baltimore's essential link to our national anthem. " Kraft, who represents Southeast Baltimore, is asking for immediate adoption of a resolution to set the new slogan. He's also expected to file a companion bill. It's too soon to tell if the slogan will have more staying more power than the city's last: "Baltimore: A Great Place to Grow," which was unveiled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2011.
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