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Baltimore City and county leaders say they’re looking for a transit Plan B to replace the east west Red Line that Gov. Larry Hogan killed last month. And even state Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn says he’s on board for an alternative. But nobody seems to know, or is willing to say, what that is.

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake honored Wednesday students who wrote a song promoting the positive things about a city that has been reeling from the fall out of the death of Freddie Gray from an injury while in police custody in April.

The result was “Believe in Baltimore” composed by students in the Living Classrooms’ Believe in Music program.

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After months of preparations and years of planning, work is underway to rebuild the last nine vacant homes in the 2200-block of Callow Avenue in Reservoir Hill. It is one of the last two blocks in the heart of the West Baltimore neighborhood that has not seen revitalization until now.

Work on the houses began in June, but officials celebrated the construction Tuesday. 

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Baltimore's Harbor Tunnel was temporarily shut down Wednesday night when cash spilled out of an armored truck and onto the roadway inside.

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake introduced a plan to upgrade the city’s aging recreation centers and pools Tuesday, funded in part by the sale of some city-owned parking garages.

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A mayoral task force looking into Baltimore's heroin crisis says addicts should have an easier time getting treatment. The recommendation, in a report released Monday, was one of several ideas to stem the tide of heroin use and overdose deaths in the city.

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Officials in Baltimore say they're establishing a "War Room" to bring together multiple crime-fighting agencies to confront increased violence in the city.

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When Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby decided to run for her current office, she reached out to community activists, politicians and business leaders — but almost all discouraged her from seeking election.

She told an audience at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia on Sunday that the skeptics said she was too inexperienced and unable to raise enough money, and they questioned her "audacity."

The line drew cheers from the largely female crowd of more than 500.

A woman ran up to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and dumped what appeared to be water on her head at the Mondawmin Festival.

Aides helped the mayor dry off after the incident Saturday morning. And a member of the mayor's protection unit grabbed the woman and placed her in handcuffs.

The Baltimore Sun reports police identified the woman as 37-year-old Lacheisa Pailin-Sheffer of Baltimore. She has been charged with second-degree assault. A telephone number for Pailin-Sheffer could not be found to seek comment.

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was fired Wednesday afternoon by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The move came hours after a scathing report by the city’s police union criticized Batts’ handling of riots in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in April, though Rawlings-Blake insisted the firing had nothing to do with the unrest.

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