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3:59 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Kamenetz Eyes Future Of School Buildings

Members of the Baltimore County Council examining highlights of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz' 2015 budget proposal. Kamenetz announced a decade long overhaul of school buildings; many of which are at least 40 years old.
Credit P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled Wednesday a $1.1 billion school building program to accommodate increased enrollment of more than 9,000 students.

The plan, announced as part of his State of the County/Budget Message, would renovate and expand some schools and replace others over the next 10 years.

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Baltimore
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

The Mayor, the Money and the Meeting

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defending her record on supporting job for ex-offenders at a news conference Wednesday. BUILD is demanding a meeting to discuss her refusal to provide funding for their jobs program in Oliver. The mayor said "all they have to do is ask."
Credit P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) wants Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to schedule a meeting with them by April 21 or they’ll take things into their own hands.

The faith-based coalition of community activists wants to know why the mayor turned down a request for money to help run a transitional jobs program for ex-offenders in the Oliver neighborhood of East Baltimore. And they say she’s been stonewalling them.

“We were under the impression that we were moving forward with the plan,” said Melvin Wilson, coordinator of BUILD’s citywide jobs team.

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Baltimore
9:20 am
Tue April 8, 2014

City Hall Notebook: Box Not Banned Yet

The Rev. Lisa Weah, pastor of the New Bethlehem Baptist Church, giving the invocation for the Baltimore City Council meeting Monday. Weah was a guest of Councilman Nick Mosby whose 'Ban the Box' bill will come up for final vote April 28.
Credit P. Kenneth Burns/WYPR

The Baltimore City Council pushed back a final vote on the “Ban the Box” bill Monday by adding another amendment.

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Baltimore
2:55 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Gospel Returns to the African American Festival

Randy Roberts from The Choir Boyz serenades the audience at City Hall as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces the line up for the 2014 African American Festival which takes place in June this year.
Credit P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Gospel singer and Baltimore native Randy Roberts of The Choir Boyz serenaded the audience and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Wednesday as she announced the line-up for the 2014 African American Festival which includes gospel stars for the first time in several years.

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Education
9:21 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Why Middle School Sexting Is Not Considered Child Porn In Maryland

Anne Arundel County police building.
Credit Mary Rose Madden / WYPR

Why Middle School Sexting Is Not Considered Child Porn In Maryland

Recently, a group of Anne Arundel County middle school girls sent nude photos of themselves to boys who distributed them; one person is believed to have posted them on an Instagram site. Yet no one was charged with a crime and it’s unclear whether school authorities disciplined anyone.

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