Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College discuss the Donald Trump phenomenon.

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Lawmakers in Maryland charged with exploring potential policing reform measures heard from the public in Annapolis on Thursday. More than a dozen activists from a broad coalition of labor, civil rights and faith groups turned out to call for major changes to make law enforcement more accountable, transparent and community-oriented.

Tom Chaulkey

    

Governor Hogan says he loves Baltimore. He said he wants Baltimore to be the economic engine of Maryland. Really?

At the same time, he says he won’t go forward with a program designed to give the city and surrounding counties the transportation system an economic engine needs. And then, the governor and his transportation secretary, Pete Rahn, announced 700 million or so for highways but none of it for the city.

No easing of the Red Line pain here. No suggested Red Line alternatives. Not even thinking about alternatives apparently.

Karen Hosler

  Welcome to date night at Laurel Park race track. You start with live music, mix in some cheap drinks, an all-you-can eat buffet and a twilight race schedule on Fridays that accommodates a regular work day and still offers a front rail view of the competing ponies.

"I like the evening, the 3:40 post time," said Linda Egolf. "I think that’s neat and I think it’s usually over around 7 so it still gives you time to leave the track and get dinner or whatever and carry on with your evening."

 

Fraser Smith and WYPR's Christopher Connelly discuss Maryland's gerrymandered Congressional districts and what people are trying to do about them.    

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After months of preparations and years of planning, work is underway to rebuild the last nine vacant homes in the 2200-block of Callow Avenue in Reservoir Hill. It is one of the last two blocks in the heart of the West Baltimore neighborhood that has not seen revitalization until now.

Work on the houses began in June, but officials celebrated the construction Tuesday. 

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Three weeks before he was fired, Former Police Commissioner Anthony Batts held a meeting in a basketball court adjacent to a playground in West Baltimore. The community was invited to observe the meeting police were calling “community comstat”.

Fraser Smith and WYPR's Christopher Connelly discuss the Hogan administration's--and others'--claims about business, bond ratings and so forth.  

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Baltimore's Harbor Tunnel was temporarily shut down Wednesday night when cash spilled out of an armored truck and onto the roadway inside.

Fraser Smith

 

   Unprecedented help may be on the way the neighborhoods of southwest Baltimore.  Maryland's Baltimore-based professional schools are joining seven southwest Baltimore communities to promote workforce development, education and healthcare.

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