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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | April 3, 1998
They don't look so tough now. Not here, shepherded into a middle school auditorium, surrounded by police, parole agents and judges.Twenty young men ages 16 to 24 -- young but street-tough, on probation or parole for serious crimes -- were back at school in South Baltimore's Cherry Hill last night, this time for a lesson in deterrence. The visual aids were mug shots of the neighborhood's alleged Veronica Avenue Boys, until recently a drug-trafficking gang presumably more violent, more terrifying than anyone in the auditorium.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | January 11, 1995
A network is premiering tonight, but that's using "network" in the loosest possible terms. The Warner Bros. TV network, called WB, launches with three Wednesday-night shows, and Wednesday is the only night up and running right now for the entire network. Not that it's running everywhere -- in Baltimore, for example, WB is found only on Towson State Television, a low-power station broadcast from the college campus. But before you feel you're being denied access to some major on-ramp on the information superhighway, let me reassure you: I've seen all three series premiering tonight on WB and wish I hadn't.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Baltimore's police commissioner used the ornate setting of the White House yesterday to promote his youth crime programs and to describe to a national audience how his department helps troubled children.Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier showcased the Goodnow Police Athletic League Center in Northeast Baltimore with a five-minute tape showing officers helping children who otherwise might be out on dangerous streets."Mature police officers understand that we cannot arrest our way out of this dilemma of youth crime," Frazier told Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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By Newsday | January 7, 1994
WASHINGTON -- It didn't go well for New York City's first black police commissioner when he publicly broached the subject of black-on-black crime more than six years ago."I was called an 'Uncle Tom' then," said former Commissioner Benjamin Ward, who termed the escalating rate of crimes against blacks by blacks one of the community's "dirty little secrets.""There's a kind of realization that has come around now that this violence will do us in if we don't do something about it," he said.Today and tomorrow, some of the nation's most influential black politicians, entertainers and civic leaders will meet in Washington for what they say will be a frank summit on what the black community can do to quell the devastating tide of black-on-black crime and youth violence.
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By Tom Teepen | May 7, 1999
THERE is much not to like in American popular culture: rock groups that celebrate the morbid and gruesome, the virtual gore of video games, vicious and misogynist rap, Internet sites that incite hate in the name of everything from abortion opposition to White Revolution. And more, probably worse.In the understandable urge to discover what probably will elude us, we search in the media mishmash for incitements that will explain why two youths armed like guerrillas came to murder 13 in their Colorado school and kill themselves as if that were just about the neatest way you could end such a swell party.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | March 25, 2009
At age 14, police say, Radames Reyes ordered a pizza with the intention of robbing the deliveryman - and shot him when he failed to comply with the teenager's demands. Reyes, now 15, was identified after police obtained the phone number that placed the order and used cell towers to triangulate its location, a technology that is being increasingly used to track suspects. Witnesses later told police that Reyes told them he had committed the killing Nov. 23 of Adam Diarra, 22, who was shot in the Wakefield community, according to charging documents.
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By Martin P. Welch | March 19, 2000
Last year's rampage at Columbine High School, the nation's worst schoolhouse shooting spree, left America numb and hoping such senseless killings would end. They haven't. Recently, a 6-year-old Michigan boy took a handgun to school and killed a classmate; a 7-year-old Alabama boy fatally shot a 5-year-old neighbor with an air gun loaded with pellets or BB shot; a man shot and killed three victims near Pittsburgh in an apparent hate crime; a Memphis gunman reportedly killed four people at a fire scene; and recently in Baltimore County, a mentally disturbed man allegedly shot and killed four people.
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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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Dan Rodricks | July 29, 2013
When Munir Bahar, the 32-year-old chief organizer of the 300 Men March, told me he used a dirt bike show to lure people into the street to hear his anti-violence speech, I winced. The operation of dirt bikes on city streets is illegal. They are widely considered a menace by people who live in Baltimore's rowhouse neighborhoods. Homeowners frequently call the police to complain about dirt bikes. But one man's noisy nuisance is another's rapscallion pleasure or, in Bahar's thinking, a way to draw a crowd.
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By New York Times News Service | November 10, 1993
WASHINGTON -- After senators told grim tales of gang violence in their states, they passed two measures yesterday expanding federal authority to prosecute crimes committed by gang members and making it a federal crime to sell a pistol to a minor.Senate passage of the two measures by overwhelming margins was another indication that the overall $22.3 billion crime package Senate leaders hope to pass today would include new federal initiatives on youth violence."There is a mood here," said Sen. Joseph R. Biden, D-Del.
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