Baltimore Police Department

Amid a surge of shootings in Baltimore, city police have deployed 150 extra officers to keep the streets safe; WYPR Senior News Analyst Fraser Smith says residents may be wondering when officials will consider some sort of “Plan B” to curb the violence. Governor Martin O’Malley gives tentative support to keeping Maryland schools closed until after Labor Day. School lunch prices are going up in Baltimore – for the fourth time in seven years. Two big bull sharks are caught in Southern MD. And more.

The newspaper story began with these words: “An infant child was found next to her dying mother just before dawn Tuesday…”

Maryland lawmakers are reacting to yesterday morning’s drunk driving arrest of Delegate Don Dwyer. Baltimore police say they’ll pull officers out of administrative roles and put them back on patrol after 20 people were shot in 80 hours. Baltimore’s firefighters unions have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new 3-year contract. Baltimore County is considering whether to fight a court order that it refund health insurance premium overpayments to more than 400 of its police department retirees. Plus: why replacing Pipkin is a big deal for the MD GOP, investigating the continuing rash of dolphin deaths on the Atlantic coast, recycling oyster shells in Wicomico County, and the first day of class for Washington County schools. And more.

Baltimore police say they’re mobilizing in response to a recent increase in street robberies across the city. Police are planning a statewide crackdown on impaired driving, starting this Friday. Annapolis Alderman Ken Kirby will find out next week whether he’ll be allowed to run for re-election. Maryland schools prepare to implement the Common Core Standards. The West Nile Virus has made it to Maryland. And more.

A local civil rights leader says his group will add to a federal complaint to include the second death of a man in Baltimore police custody in the last year.

The Rev. C.D. Witherspoon of the Baltimore City Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference filed a complaint with the Justice Department after Anthony Anderson died while in custody this past fall.

He says that complaint will now include Tyrone West.

Central Maryland is under a Flash Flood Watch on Friday, with 2-4 inches of rainfall possible. As an unusually violent summer in Baltimore continues, city officials announce a new partnership with federal law officials designed to prevent and prosecute crime. Republican Harford County Executive David Craig chooses Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio as his running mate for his 2014 gubernatorial bid. Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman says she’ll run for a full term. Maryland watermen take crabbing into the digital age. And more.

Baltimore saw two more fatal shootings yesterday; the city has recorded 23 homicides in the last 21 days. A Baltimore City Council Committee held a hearing last night on legislation that would send some of the $88-million in Enterprise Zone tax breaks headed to the Harbor Point development to the nearby Perkins Homes public housing project. Heroin overdose deaths in Baltimore – and in Maryland as a whole – were up significantly last year. The MdTA is looking to collect some $7-million in unpaid tolls. And more…

Baltimore saw six more shootings yesterday, at least one of them fatal; since the beginning of the summer, nearly 50 people have been shot in the city. Maryland’s highest court has upheld the state's contributory negligence law; that means that plaintiffs who are found in any way responsible for an accident will continue to be prevented from collecting damages in lawsuits. Plus: school leadership news – Baltimore schools pick a company to search for new CEO, Anne Arundel schools set deadline for selection of interim superintendent, PG schools approve contract for their new CEO. Also: the Harbor Point development, stormwater fees, holiday tourism in Ocean City, and the Frederick area named the most secure metropolitan area in the nation.

Dozens of people gathered in Annapolis to become US citizens, as the nation celebrated Independence Day. More on yesterday’s Fourth of July celebrations, plus a look at some lingering schedule changes today. Also, State Police say the airplane that crashed into the Atlantic off the coast of Ocean City last Sunday has been recovered, and the wreckage handed over to the National Transportation Safety Board. Ocean City’s boardwalk noise ordinance has been put on hold. Bad news for crab lovers -- availability of crabs in MD is down and prices are up. And more…

Maryland’s gas taxes are now up 3-and-a-half cents a gallon. Tolls at many major Maryland bridges and tunnels are also up. Baltimore’s spate of violence continued over the weekend, with at least five more shootings; more than 40 shootings have occurred in the last 12 days, and city officials say violence has reached a “crisis level.” Plus: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to endorse Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown’s gubernatorial bid today, the Baltimore County Council is expect to add its own version of "Connor's Law" to the books, a small plane goes down off the coast of Ocean City, three rabid animals are found in Baltimore, and more.