Karen Hosler / WYPR

US Senator Barbara Mikulski has been awarded the nation's highest civilian honor: the Medal of Freedom. The longest-serving woman in the history of the US Congress was hailed as a groundbreaking champion of women's rights, and celebrated for her career-long activism. WYPR's Karen Hosler was at yesterday's White House ceremony, and tells us some of what happened.

Joel McCord

Five years ago, Maryland oysters most likely were caught wild by a commercial waterman dredging the Chesapeake Bay bottom. Now, it’s increasingly likely those oysters were farm raised as the state’s aquaculture program has grown exponentially. 

Baltimore Police

A Baltimore circuit judge ruled Tuesday that the jury in the first Freddie Gray trial will not be sequestered.  Judge Barry Williams did rule that they will remain anonymous, however.

That was one of several rulings on pre-trial motions Williams made before the trial of Officer William Porter begins on Monday.


Fraser Smith and Melissa Deckman, chair of the political science department at Washington College, discuss Martin O'Malley's performance in the second Democratic presidential primary debate and its effect on his chances in Iowa.

Video: Will Baltimore's Dirt Bike Riders and The Police Commissioner Come Together?

Nov 19, 2015

Tom Chaulkey


WYPR's senior news analyst takes a walk in the woods and thinks about the dangers refugees face on their journeys.

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

After more than eight hours of negotiations, Towson University Interim President Timothy Chandler signed a document promising, among other things, to increase the number of tenured and tenure track black faculty members at the school.

Chandler signed the document, brought to him Wednesday afternoon by more than 20 black students, sometime after midnight Thursday.

In a statement, he praised the students for bringing their concerns to school administrators.

Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, examine the politics of immigration and refugees.


As expected, the Baltimore County Council voted Monday night to phase out the county's storm water management fee. WYPR's John Lee was there and joined Morning Edition host Matt Tacka to talk about how the county will go about getting rid of the fee.

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday that a report from a police think tank confirmed many of the same concerns the department had after unrest last April in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.

The report prepared by the Police Executive Research Forum, PERF, said the department was hampered by poor planning and poor communication.


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