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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake introduced they city’s first youth poet laureate during her weekly news conference Wednesday.

Derick Ebert, a City College alum and English major at the University of Baltimore, won the honor at a competition at City Hall last February.  He was among 12 candidates who showcased their verse at the competition sponsored by the mayor's office, Dew More Baltimore and the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

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  Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz plans no property or income tax increases to support the $1.9 billion budget he delivered to the county council Tuesday.

Appearing in a packed council chamber, Kamenetz said taxes would not go up under his proposed budget, and all county employees would get at least a three percent pay raise. Teachers would get an additional two percent pay hike.

There also is money in the budget for five new elementary schools and for renovating four high schools.

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday she is disappointed that her General Assembly bills to hold police officers more accountable for their actions have “already died” or are on their “last legs.”  But, she said, she is “even more energized” to continue implementing reforms of the city police department she started that have led to a drop in citizen complaints and an increase in officers being punished for misconduct.

To Fill A Pothole

Apr 3, 2015
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For highway maintenance crews throughout the region, March is pothole month. Frozen roads begin to thaw and expand as daytime temperatures rise, then freeze and constrict again at night. Pretty soon, yawning chasms open up in the streets, waiting to claim the front end alignment or suspension of any car that hits it wrong. And road crews are out making repairs.

A car that was intercepted near the security gate of the National Security Agency's headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., was fired upon Monday morning, in a clash that left one of the car's occupants dead.

Authorities tell NPR's Dina Temple-Raston that after two suspects tried to ram a vehicle into the entrance gate, one suspect was shot dead and the other was injured by NSA security guards.

The violence took place in Anne Arundel County, where officials say the investigation is being handled by NSA police. Fort Meade lies between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md.

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  Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes agrees with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that her bill to sell four city-owned downtown parking garages deserves a hearing.  However, he is not sold on her plan.

“We should have a conversation about it,” said Stokes, who is skeptical that the sale proceeds will go towards recreation centers, as the mayor is proposing.

“This bill is not about rec centers,” he added, “The mayor has tied it to rec centers for political speak.”

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake started a conversation Tuesday she said she hoped would encourage African-American men to step up and reach out to children.

In a news conference before her Call To Action To End African-American Homicides forum at the Empowerment Temple AME Church Rawlings-Blake said the event was about recruiting black men to serve as mentors and role models for children and not just talk.

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The good news is spring begins at 6:45 p.m. Friday.  The bad news is winter is not going away quietly.  As of 1 p.m., an inch of snow fell at BWI-Marshall Airport; making the total snow accumulation for the winter just more than 28 inches.  That is above the 30-year average of 20.1 inches.