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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
With a few legislative victories already in hand, Laurie Weishorn will sit down before the entire Baltimore delegation in Annapolis on Friday morning and ask them to go one step further and stop CSX Corp. from building a cargo transfer facility in her back yard. The hearing will be the biggest stage yet for the dogged objections from Weishorn and her blue-collar neighbors in Morrell Park, who say city, state and CSX rail officials underestimated their opposition to the project. "I think they thought they were going to slip it in on us, and we've proven to them that no, that isn't going to happen," Weishorn said Thursday, amid preparations for her Annapolis testimony.
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NEWS
September 2, 2014
The demise of the proposed inter-modal transportation hub in Morrell Park is a sad day for the Port of Baltimore and the many folks whose living depends on it. (I'm sure other East Coast ports are cheering.) Where was the leadership in Annapolis on this issue? The governor clearly wasn't interested - he was out campaigning somewhere for something. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown? Obviously not interested either. Now, about Maryland being business-friendly? Help me to understand this.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2011
Suspects charged with murder and those facing gun charges in Maryland can expect to be held without bond pending trial. But twice in the past six months, 18-year-old Brandon Kyle Mitchell has been arrested in shootings - one of them fatal - and was released after posting just $50,000 bail. Officials acknowledged an error was made when Mitchell was released last week on $50,000 bond on a first-degree murder charge, according to interviews and recordings of court hearings. But when prosecutors appealed the decision in hopes of having Mitchell held without bond, District Judge Askew W. Gatewood Jr. said Mitchell's good behavior while he was free showed that he could indeed be released on bond.
NEWS
September 2, 2014
The decision by the state to eliminate funding for the proposed rail cargo transfer facility in Morrell Park is patently absurd ( "State pulls $30 million from rail facility project in major victory for community activists," Aug. 28). Over the recent past we have seen many businesses consolidate and move their headquarters out of the Baltimore area. One the few assets that Baltimore has that can't be moved is the port. But it seems that the powers that manage the state and city are in the process of diminishing the value of the port to the businesses that utilize it. While it's popular to blame the railroad, the fact is that the railroad must operate, within the law, in a manner to maximize profits for its shareholders.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jasmine Wiggins | June 9, 2011
I know, you’ve all been waiting, and they’re finally here!  Here are the winners of the Project Fresh Show Me Your Food Porn Contest . It was a tough competition! You made our mouths water here at b ! Congratulations! First Wendi Mosteiko, of Morrell Park Second Rachel Rappaport, of Lauraville     Third Nikki Bass, of Nottingham  
NEWS
By Peter Hermann | March 30, 2012
UPDATE: Seeking to end a spate of playground fights that authorities said escalated into a near drowning and a child's head being forced onto a railroad track in Morrell Park, Baltimore police officers went into an elementary school Thursday and took four young children out in handcuffs. But news of three 9-year-old girls and an 8-year-old boy shackled inside a school and then held in a juvenile detention center nicknamed “Baby Booking” for nearly 12 hours has riled some parents and raised questions about whether the arrests were proper under state law. “There was no need to handcuff children,” said Michael Vogel, the grandfather of one of the girls who was arrested.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
Police say the victim of a fatal shooting in Southwest Baltimore on Wednesday night was a 16-year-old boy. An altercation sparked by a fight among a group of girls broke out in the 1900 block of Breitwert Ave., in Morrell Park, officials said. During the melee, someone pulled a gun and fired, striking Omar D. Johnson in the stomach. Officers were called to the scene at about 10:38 p.m., and Johnson was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died in surgery, according to police.
NEWS
September 2, 2014
The demise of the proposed inter-modal transportation hub in Morrell Park is a sad day for the Port of Baltimore and the many folks whose living depends on it. (I'm sure other East Coast ports are cheering.) Where was the leadership in Annapolis on this issue? The governor clearly wasn't interested - he was out campaigning somewhere for something. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown? Obviously not interested either. Now, about Maryland being business-friendly? Help me to understand this.
NEWS
March 4, 2010
The list The Archdiocese of Baltimore will close these schools at the end of the school year: •Ascension School, Halethorpe •St. Bernardine Catholic School, Edmondson Village •Fr. Charles Hall Catholic School (elementary and middle schools), West Baltimore •St. Clare School, Essex •Holy Family School, Randallstown •St. Katharine School, Queen of Peace Cluster, East Baltimore •Mother Mary Lange Catholic School, Northeast Baltimore •Our Lady of Fatima School, East Baltimore •St.
NEWS
September 2, 2014
The decision by the state to eliminate funding for the proposed rail cargo transfer facility in Morrell Park is patently absurd ( "State pulls $30 million from rail facility project in major victory for community activists," Aug. 28). Over the recent past we have seen many businesses consolidate and move their headquarters out of the Baltimore area. One the few assets that Baltimore has that can't be moved is the port. But it seems that the powers that manage the state and city are in the process of diminishing the value of the port to the businesses that utilize it. While it's popular to blame the railroad, the fact is that the railroad must operate, within the law, in a manner to maximize profits for its shareholders.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
State officials have abandoned plans for a rail cargo facility in an economically depressed corner of West Baltimore, amid vocal opposition from residents and diminishing political will. With the state withdrawing more than $30 million in funding, the CSX Transportation facility envisioned for the city's Morrell Park neighborhood will not be built, Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith said Thursday. CSX and the port of Baltimore had been counting on using the facility to help move additional cargo.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
A plan to build subsidized housing on the former Cardinal Gibbons School campus in Southwest Baltimore has met with opposition from some neighbors worried about traffic and property values. The concerns have led to a dispute between the communities and neighboring Saint Agnes Hospital, which purchased the 32-acre property two years ago after the school closed with the intention of doing something to help the area. Already the hospital and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation have raised $1.4 million to update the property's baseball field, where Babe Ruth played as a student at St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, which preceded Cardinal Gibbons on the Caton Avenue site.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
City and state officials are re-evaluating their approach to a proposed railroad cargo facility in Southwest Baltimore, acknowledging that their initial response to community concerns fell flat. The public backlash stalled the CSX Corp. project, which is nearly a year behind schedule, and created tension between local officials, who are collaborating on bringing a project considered critical to the port of Baltimore to fruition, according to interviews and internal email. "It's a difficult project.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
With a few legislative victories already in hand, Laurie Weishorn will sit down before the entire Baltimore delegation in Annapolis on Friday morning and ask them to go one step further and stop CSX Corp. from building a cargo transfer facility in her back yard. The hearing will be the biggest stage yet for the dogged objections from Weishorn and her blue-collar neighbors in Morrell Park, who say city, state and CSX rail officials underestimated their opposition to the project. "I think they thought they were going to slip it in on us, and we've proven to them that no, that isn't going to happen," Weishorn said Thursday, amid preparations for her Annapolis testimony.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
A man fatally shot by police in Morrell Park last week refused orders to drop a .357-caliber revolver, according to court records, telling officers, "You're going to have to shoot me. " The man, 22-year-old Bernard Lofton of Parkville, was shot by officers who had been called to the 1800 block of Spence St. for a report that two men wearing police tactical vests had entered an apartment. Homicide detectives continue to investigate the shooting, and the officers are on routine suspension with pay. The account is contained within charging documents for 30-year-old Brandon Smith, of Owings Mills, who police say was with Lofton and was found hiding in the apartment's bathroom after the shooting.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2014
Baltimore police are investigating two officer-involved shootings Wednesday night, the department said. In the first, a patrol officer shot a robbery suspect outside a Liberty Square convenience store Wednesday night after seeing a store clerk inside with his hands in the air, police said. The officer pulled up to the 7-Eleven store in the 2500 block of Liberty Heights Ave. around 8:15 p.m., police said, just as the suspect was leaving with the cash register till in hand. The officer fired at least two shots at the man, who was taken to an area hospital and was listed in "stable" condition, police said.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
State officials have abandoned plans for a rail cargo facility in an economically depressed corner of West Baltimore, amid vocal opposition from residents and diminishing political will. With the state withdrawing more than $30 million in funding, the CSX Transportation facility envisioned for the city's Morrell Park neighborhood will not be built, Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith said Thursday. CSX and the port of Baltimore had been counting on using the facility to help move additional cargo.
EXPLORE
July 11, 2011
Laurel Little League's 9- and 10-year-old All Star team placed second in the District 4 championship after losing to defending champion South Maryland, 18-3, on Saturday. District 4 covers an area from southern Anne Arundel County to Arbutus, in Baltimore County. Laurel's 9/10 All-Star team has not advanced to a district championship since 2008. On the road to the championship, Laurel defeated Arbutus, 16-6, July 5 and Forest Park, 11-7, July 6. Last week, Laurel lost its opener to South Maryland, 23-3, and then defeated Morrell Park, 31-3.
NEWS
By Rebecca Ruggles | October 24, 2013
Fells Point residents are raising questions about chromium contamination at Harbor Point, and Morrell Park residents are concerned about the impact of a proposed CSX rail facility on their neighborhood. In Western Maryland, economic and health impact studies of potential shale gas drilling are underway, and students at Benjamin Franklin High School in South Baltimore are circulating a petition asking Gov. Martin O'Malley to halt construction of a new incinerator a mile from their school in an already heavily industrialized neighborhood.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
Fells Point residents are raising questions about chromium contamination at Harbor Point, and Morrell Park residents are concerned about the impact of a proposed CSX rail facility on their neighborhood. In Western Maryland, economic and health impact studies of potential shale gas drilling are underway, and students at Benjamin Franklin High School in South Baltimore are circulating a petition asking Gov. Martin O'Malley to halt construction of a new incinerator a mile from their school in an already heavily industrialized neighborhood.
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