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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake laid into the city’s police union Wednesday for opposing police reforms and for comments made after prosecutors filed charges against six officers in the death of an African-American man in custody last spring.

“I think that the action of our police union and many across the country has really devalued the power of that union,” she said in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “I don’t know, based on the rhetoric they’ve been spewing in Baltimore, who would want the endorsement of the FOP.”

Kopp Weighs In On AC Issue

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For three weeks, Comptroller Peter Franchot has been criticizing Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for not air conditioning all the county’s schools fast enough. It wasn’t a question of money, Franchot said, but of leadership.

But at the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp suggested air conditioned schools may not be just a Baltimore County issue. She said it might be a good idea to do a statewide survey to see where else there are problems with sweltering classrooms.


Fraser Smith and Dr. Mileah Kromer, of the Goucher Poll, discuss the latest numbers in the Democratic presidential primary. They show that former Governor Martin O'Malley is trailing as badly in Maryland as in the rest of the nation.

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When Orioles fans recall the great moments of the 2015 season, at least they'll have the weekend.  The Birds swept a three-game series, keeping the hated Yankees from clinching home field for Tuesday's wild card game.  But even those fleeting moments of glory couldn't lessen the pain of knowing that, unlike last season or the 2012 season, the Orioles would not be playing past Sunday.  And unlike the last three campaigns, 2015 will end with the Orioles failing to garner a winning record.

Last month, Governor Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot summoned Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to appear before the Board of Public Works Wednesday. They want to question him about why some Baltimore County schools don’t have air conditioning.

But Kamenetz won’t be making the trip to Annapolis.

Kamenetz instead has a “Coffee With Kevin” meeting with constituents at the Essex Senior Center.

There was a protest at last night's Baltimore County Council meeting. About 40 people turned out to express their disapproval with plans to change the shifts at the County's 911 center. WYPR's John Lee was there, and tells Nathan Sterner what the protest was all about.

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Baltimore emergency officials are not taking any comfort in storm models predicting that Hurricane Joaquin will track eastward away from Maryland.

“That model is good for us now,” said Bob Maloney, director of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management. But, he warned, it’s not time to celebrate yet.

“Less than 36 hours ago, that thing was heading right towards us.”


Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, of the Daily Record, discuss the efforts of Montgomery County Senator Richard Madaleno to hold pension fund payments hostage for education money.

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Back in the 80s, the Environmental Protection Agency began requiring power companies to install "scrubbers" in the smokestacks of their coal fired plants to capture pollutants before they got into the air. And that did a reasonable job of cleaning up the air we breathe.

But it damaged the water we drink because all that lead and arsenic and selenium trapped in the smokestacks had to go somewhere. It went, unregulated, into thousands of miles of rivers and streams, making power plants the worst water polluters in the nation.

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WYPR's senior news analyst says the city's biggest employer offers the city's neediest neighborhoods a hand up.