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Until last month, part of the narrative surrounding Martin O’Malley was that he was the generally successful mayor of a big city; a mayor whose so-called ‘zero-tolerance’ or ‘broken windows’ approach to policing led to an overall drop in murders.

Then the riots happened.

Towson University assistant professor of political science John Bullock says that tough-on-crime approach under O’Malley damaged the relationship between some residents and police.

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It was a pretty good fall and winter in College Park, as University of Maryland teams marked their first seasons in the Big Ten by exceeding expectations in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.

And it’s shaping up to be a pretty good spring there, too. By the time you hear this, the men’s lacrosse team may have joined the women’s team in winning a national championships.

Coach Cathy Reese’s women’s team won its second straight title – a record 13th overall – with a 9-8 victory over former ACC rival North Carolina Sunday.


Dozens of demonstrators led by the Rev. Jamal Bryant blocked traffic on major roads into downtown Baltimore Tuesday morning to protest the state’s decision to build a new youth jail.

The state Board of Public Works approved building the $30 million dollar facility May 13 in response to concerns from federal officials who said the state-run Baltimore City Detention Center was breaking the law by keeping youthful offenders facing serious charges alongside adults.

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All six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case have been indicted by the city’s grand jury, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn said at a press conference on Thursday.

She also announced that reckless endangerment charges were added against each of the officers.

“Additional information has been discovered and as is often the case during an ongoing investigation, charges can and should be revised based upon the evidence,” Mosby said.

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People who moved out of Baltimore in the last year and a half did so to get away from trash, property crimes, vacant houses, a high property tax rate and poor performing schools. And those who stayed said they like affordable housing, the ability to walk to work and a strong sense of community.

Those are the results of an 18-month study by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance released Thursday at the University of Baltimore’s Jacob France Institute.

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For the first time since the city's unrest on April 27, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts talked openly yesterday about the situation his department faces as they try to re-build relationships with the community. He said it's a time of uncertainty for the city.

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Local foundations and the federal government have promised to funnel money into Baltimore for job training programs to respond to some of the communities’ needs articulated during the weeks or protests after the death of Freddie Gray. But what happens when the jobs don’t materialize?

Take Janet Littlejohn, for example. She had a full basketball scholarship to Coppin State University right after high school.  She was working on her nursing degree until she broke her leg. She lost her scholarship and couldn’t afford tuition, so she had to drop out.

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed Wednesday a bill that protects hotel employees who report suspected human trafficking from retaliation.

The bill was proposed by Councilman Jim Kraft.  It is a companion bill to another bill requiring hotels to train employees on how to spot human trafficking and to certify annually the training has been done.  That bill was also signed by the mayor.

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The Freddie Gray case has brought renew attention to a decades old  state law outlining due process for officers accused of wrong doing called the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, or LEOBR.

Governor Marvin Mandel signed the bill into law with little fanfare on May 31, 1974. The Baltimore Sun mentioned it a day later as part of a list of bills that Mandel signed.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The University System of Maryland has named a New York state educator president of Coppin State University.

The Board of Regents announced Tuesday that it had appointed Maria Thompson, who is provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Thompson has been at SUNY Oneonta since 2011. Previously, she was administrator for research and sponsored programs at Tennessee State University in Nashville.