Inner Harbor Project

There was a time when groups of loud teens hanging out at the Inner Harbor were seen as creating problems, a lot of arrests for disorderly conduct, which was a concern especially for tourists.  But that has changed since the Inner Harbor Project began hiring youth to work as part of a street team and bridge the gap with adults and other people who use the space.

Friday morning the organization unveiled its latest effort, a set of public teen-designed guidelines.

“We’re standing near the amphitheater. And we have just installed our new heart as of this morning,” explains Diamond Sampson, a 19 year old employee of the Inner Harbor Project.

Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that he is vetoing five bills the General Assembly passed this spring.

One of the more controversial measures would create an advisory board to direct planning at the Maryland Transit Administration.

P. Kenneth Burns

  In a classroom on the top floor of the Baltimore Police Academy in Park Heights, Sgt. Habib Kim is teaching a group of about two dozen officers the do’s, the don’ts and the here’s how it all works of police worn body cameras.

“When you’re writing the report before you close everything out – make sure you review the footage,” he tells the officers.  “In time between the actual arrest or the actual incident or back at the district – already – your memory starts getting a little faulty.”

John Lee / WYPR


The Baltimore County Council adopted Thursday a $2 billion budget for the next fiscal year that held the line on property taxes even though one revenue source declined.

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

  Despite being two days removed from an acquittal of one of the six officers accused of causing Freddie Gray’s death, it was a regular day at Penn North.

Hardly anyone wanted to comment on the not guilty verdict in the trial of police Officer Edward Nero.

Clifford Moore, of South Baltimore, said there was really nothing to discuss.

“Freddie dead man; it’s no coming back from that,” he said.  “What we gonna do, memorialize him; immortalize him by continuously keeping it going on and on?”

Rachel Baye

Over the last two months, more than 7,000 unemployed Marylanders have lost their food stamp benefits, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, as a result of a 20-year-old rule linking the program to unemployment rates.

Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR news team, talk about the acquittal of Officer Edward Nero in the Freddie Gray case and try to parse the meaning for the trials to come.

Nero Not Guilty

May 23, 2016
Baltimore Police

Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero was acquitted Monday by Circuit Judge Barry Williams of all charges against him in the Freddie Gray case. 

Nero was indicted on second degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct relating to last year’s death of Freddie Gray from a broken neck suffered while in police custody.

Williams took about twenty minutes to explain his reasoning.

Nero: Baltimore Police/Williams: Maryland Judiciary

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams is to issue Monday his verdict in the trial of police Officer Edward Nero.

Nero has been charged with second degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in last year’s death of Freddie Gray.

Court is to begin at 10:30 a.m.