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City and religious leaders asked for calm Sunday after protests over the death of Freddie Gray that started peacefully Saturday turned violent.

More than two dozen religious leaders joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in a statement asking citizens “to honor and continue [a tradition of peaceful and respectful demonstrations] as we pray for the family of Freddie Gray."

John Lee

  The National Park Service has a problem. Most of its visitors are middle-aged or older and white. So, earlier this month the agency launched a campaign to find ways to attract younger, more diverse visitors to its sites.

There are two such sites in metropolitan Baltimore, Fort McHenry—okay, that’s a gimme—and Hampton, an 18th century mansion off Dulaney Valley Road.

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No answers yet in the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who died Sunday from spinal injuries incurred while in police custody.  Wednesday's protests for Gray were filled with demonstrators chanting, marching, filled with emotion and fury. There were tears of outrage and calls to see Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the streets, standing with the protestors - some of whom prayed for justice, some of whom screamed for answers.  But Thursday's protest at the Western District Police Station seemed to have a different tone.

Christopher Connelly/WYPR

Governor Larry Hogan will sign legislation to make it legal for jurisdictions to put body cameras on police officers. The governor told reporters Thursday that it is a “small step” toward dealing with “a major problem” of people dying in police custody.

“Having the real evidence of exactly what happened, having everything videotaped is a step in the right direction, something we are going to support,” he said.

Tom Chalkley

 A dramatically colder winter, made me wonder. Would we be skipping spring, 2015?  

          Oh me of little faith. We haven’t had that much climate change.

          Overnight we awoke to what an acquaintance used to call “the dancing ladies” – a quadrille of white beauties on Calvert Street.

           You can catch the very last of them joining hands above the streetscapes.

Mary Rose Madden

Protests continued in Baltimore as crowds gathered throughout the city calling for accountability in the death of Freddie Gray , a 25 year old African American man who died Sunday from spinal injuries obtained while in police custody.

Fraser Smith talks to wypr's Mary Rose Madden about the death of Freddie Gray - the 25 year old African American man who died while in police custody.  On the morning of April 12th, police officers and Gray "made eye contact" and Gray ran.  Police chased him and arrested him - but no one has been able to answer why Gray was arrested.  That question is just one of many Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, and many others want answered.  The city police department is conducting an internal investigation and now the U.S.

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The player being discussed most frequently in the glacial walk-up to the selection of college talent by professional teams is Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

Christopher Connelly/WYPR

Despite the partisan budget stalemate that dominated headlines as the Maryland General Assembly session came to a close last week, lawmakers in Annapolis have been slowly moving in a new direction on drug policy and drawing support from both sides of the aisle.

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Bills that city police watchdog groups favored to bring greater police accountability died in committees on the last day of the 2015 Maryland General Assembly session despite the momentum advocates had at the start of the session.

The advocates pointed to several local cases, like Tyrone West and Anthony Anderson, as well as national incidents, like Ferguson Mo. and New York City, to bolster their arguments.

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