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Next to Patterson Park’s Victorian style pagoda, a Chihuahua dressed as a ballerina accepted a dog treat from a man dressed as a giant slice of Papa John’s Pizza. This isn’t a new Miley Cyrus music video, but a scene from last weekend’s 10th annual BARCStoberfest. Dozens of vendors, merchandise booths, and animal care facilities set up tables on the south side of Patterson Park for a sunny afternoon of fundraising and light hearted fun. Beside almost every vendor’s candy dish was a matching dish of treats for the four legged friends.

“I’ve already decided my foster dog can have as many treats as she wants today,” one owner said. “No use keeping her from celebrating!”

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Community and government transparency advocates have accused Baltimore City officials of moving  to privatize the city’s water system by searching for a consultant to tell them how to run it better.

City officials say it’s not so, but the advocates claim that one of the companies that may, or may not, be involved – Veolia North America – will find a way to take over and cost the city millions of dollars in the process.

Kim Trueheart, a citizen activist, accused the company of trying to profit off water, which she called a human right.

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A Baltimore City Council committee unanimously sent a proposal requiring police officers to wear body cameras to the full council Tuesday, despite warnings from city lawyers that the bill overstepped the council’s boundaries.

“We’re the legislative body of the City of Baltimore,” insisted City Council President Jack Young. "We’re elected by the citizens of Baltimore and were moving forward with this bill.”

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The Baltimore City Council will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would require city police officers to wear body cameras while on duty. The measure is sponsored by City Council President Jack Young and Councilman Warren Branch. It comes after several high-profile incidents of alleged police brutality in Baltimore, as well as the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri over the summer. But the Baltimore City Law is not supporting the proposal -- saying it isn't legal. WYPR's Kenneth Burns gives Nathan Sterner an update.

  Seventeen people are hard at work at a job site in the 2300 and 2400 blocks of E. Eager Street in Milton-Montford.  The site is right next to the Amtrak line and can be seen by train passengers.  The workers are salvaging what they can of the wood, brick and metal from one of the 35 houses being torn down.

At a table nearby, six people are chiseling mortar off bricks and setting them on a pallet.  The bricks will be sold to contractors along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast.

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It could have waited.

A hands-free cell phone call seconds before a truck driver was hit by a freight train as his truck was crossing the tracks is being cited as the main cause of last year’s derailment and explosion in Baltimore County.

A can of Natty Boh taken by James Cridland via flickr

After a scathing state audit in 2013, the Baltimore City's liquor board has new leadership and has made decisions to kill some "zombie licenses." But as Fern Shen of the Baltimore Brew tells WYPR's Fraser Smith, the jury is still out on whether community groups will get what they want out of the new board.

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Maryland Democrats trained some of their biggest guns, from U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards to House Speaker Michael Busch to two Annapolis Aldermen, on one Republican County Council candidate Tuesday.

They staged a news conference at the State House to urge the residents of Anne Arundel’s District 5 to vote against Michael Anthony Peroutka.

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Democrat George Johnson, who is making a second run for Anne Arundel County Executive, and his Republican opponent, Delegate Steve Schuh, have something in common. They’ve made friends on both sides of the aisle during their years in public life.

But they have sharp differences when it comes to running Anne Arundel.

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On Tuesday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts released a plan to reform the police department in the wake of a Baltimore Sun investigation into alleged police brutality. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Mark Puente of The Sun talk about the plan, an announced federal investigation and resistance from the local branch of the Fraternal Order of Police.