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We sample some of the reactions to yesterday’s Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage, on of which declared a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Baltimore officials speak out on the recent spate of shootings in the city, as WYPR’s Fraser Smith asks whether outrage will turn into action. Plus: Independence Day holiday travel is projected to decrease slightly this year, Baltimoreans speak out on plans to increase water rates, and a black bear captured in Washington DC is released in rural MD. And more…

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Justin Fenton of the Baltimore Sun talk about the recent spike in city violence and how Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is responding.

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 Frank James MacArthur, known online as “The Baltimore Spectator,” has pleaded guilty to possessing a sawed off shotgun found by police after a standoff at his Waverly home in December. MacArthur was sentenced Wednesday to three years in jail - with all but six months suspended – and three years of supervised probation. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine.  Judge Alfred Nance also ordered that MacArthur, who said in court he was 37, to undergo a mental health evaluation.

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Frank James MacArthur, known online as The Baltimore Spectator, is scheduled to be in court Wednesday afternoon to face charges of possessing an unregistered firearm and resisting arrest.  The charges are in relation to the standoff that took place in December outside of his Waverly home.  During that standoff, which lasted for more than five hours, MacArthur was broadcasting through his website.

The recent spike in violence in West Baltimore, including a triple murder Tuesday, has raised concerns not only among city officials, but residents as well.

Eugene, who wouldn’t give his last name, lives half a block from the murder scene - across the street from an elementary school. He called police plans to increase their presence in his neighborhood “a moment’s pleasure,” saying that the violence will return after police leave. The neighborhood is so dangerous, he says, that he has to walk his wife to the bus stop, across the street from his home.