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For nearly two decades, Maryland law has allowed community associations to sue the owners of blighted properties to force repairs. But it wasn’t until this year that any of those associations managed to win anything because of a quirk in the law that kept them out of court.

This is the story of how six Baltimore City associations pulled off that victory.

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Howard County will elect a new executive in November to replace Democrat Ken Ulman. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Amanda Yeager of the Howard County Times talk about the two well-known candidates running for the office and why the race has taken a strident tone.

Young people in Baltimore are adjusting to life under a tougher curfew law. For 20 years, the city has required kids to be inside at night during the summer — but now, children younger than 14 must be in by 9 p.m. every night of the year.

It's one of the strictest curfews in the country, and you can see its impact at the gym at Fort Worthington Elementary School in East Baltimore. On a recent Tuesday evening, the sun has set — and Ulysses Cofield, or Coach U, is trying to keep an eye on the time.

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Tuesday’s grand opening of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore had it all: sizzle, excited patrons and a protest.

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WYPR's Fraser Smith and Jean Marbella of the Baltimore Sun talk about Baltimore's new Horseshoe Casino and why the money it generates for the city and state may not be as much as lawmakers hoped.

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Schools opened in Baltimore City Monday and district officials were still hiring teachers. It’s the same in Baltimore County, where classes start Wednesday.

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More than 2,000 invited guests took a chance on games at the new Horseshoe Casino Baltimore this week, ahead of the official opening scheduled for Tuesday.  It’s called a “controlled demonstration” to make sure everything is in order.

The demonstration is the last hurdle Caesar’s Entertainment – the Horseshoe’s owner – must clear before regulators award an operating license. If inspectors are satisfied, Caesar’s gets its license.

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WYPR's Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun talk about Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's veto of a City Council bill that would give the Council the power to reduce or end certain fees.  They also touch on why such vetoes are unusual in Baltimore.

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City police did not use excessive force in the case of Tyrone West, who died in police custody last year, but they did make tactical errors, the Independent Review Board has found.

The six member board, which released its findings late Friday, also found that police failed to communicate properly with the West family and the public in the aftermath of the July 2013 incident.

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will hold her annual back to school rally from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at War Memorial Plaza.