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The Daisy pellet gun 14-year-old Dedric Colvin was carrying when he was shot by police last week looks just like a real Beretta automatic pistol, which has led many to wonder why a youngster would have such a gun.

At a press conference the day after the shooting, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the gun in Colvin’s hand so closely resembled a real one you’d have to look down the barrel to know difference. And he wondered, "what is a 13-year-old doing with one of these in his hand?"

12 year old Mannie Thames had an answer: "I think it’s a cool, and I think he kind of cool…"

He's talking about a neighborhood friend who has a BB gun. He says his friend has it because that’s what he’s seen people do on the streets. And Mannie has had a few BB guns of his own over the years too. He says a lot of people want them: 

"Sometimes people get bullied a lot, and they want to have something to protect theirself.  And sometimes people think it’s cool and they want to shoot people for fun."


Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, talk about Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's relationship with Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh, her relationship with Gov. Larry Hogan and how that could change things for the city and the county.

John Lee


Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has shaved two years off his plans for central air conditioning in the county’s schools. But that doesn’t mean the feud between him and state Comptroller Peter Franchot is cooling off. In fact, Franchot, who wants Kamenetz to speed up the process by putting in window units, is promising to let it boil over at next week’s state Board of Public Works meeting. 

TIFs: The primer

May 5, 2016
P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimore is about to deal with another controversial tax financing package for re-developing part of the city.  This time it’s a $535 million deal for Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Development, which is proposing a huge mixed-use project at Port Covington in South Baltimore.

P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners announced Tuesday that Dr. Gregory Thorton will leave his post as schools CEO on Friday. But the move has been in the works for months.

Marnell Cooper, chairman of the school commissioner board, said the search was conducted quietly so the school system would not be distracted.

The board named Dr. Sonja Santelises, a vice president at The Education Trust - a non-profit that focuses on achievement gaps – in Washington, D.C., to replace Thornton.  She is to take over July 1. Tammy Turner, the school system’s general counsel since 2006, will be acting CEO in the interim.


Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, discuss challenges to the results of last week's election.

P. Kenneth Burns


The Rev. Jamal Bryant, who delivered the eulogy at Freddie Gray’s funeral, says he wanted to deliver a message that spoke both to the 25-year-old’s mourning family and to an angry community.

John Lee

The race for the city’s 12th Council District is close. Robert Stokes Senior has a lead of about 350 votes over Kelly Cross. And Cross says in one of the precincts in the district, the thumb drive that had the tallied votes went missing for a day. 

Governor warns of Zika threat

Apr 29, 2016
Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan announced $250,000 in new resources for Zika virus prevention efforts, for a total of more than $600,000 the state is spending on preventing the spread of the virus, officials said Friday afternoon.

Mary Rose Madden

A Baltimore police officer in plain clothes chased and shot a young African American boy because he thought the bb gun the boy was carrying was a semi-automatic pistol.