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Baltimore emergency officials are not taking any comfort in storm models predicting that Hurricane Joaquin will track eastward away from Maryland.

“That model is good for us now,” said Bob Maloney, director of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management. But, he warned, it’s not time to celebrate yet.

“Less than 36 hours ago, that thing was heading right towards us.”

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Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams has scheduled Officer William Porter to be tried first among the six officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray. That trial is to start Nov.30.

Trials for all of the officers were originally scheduled Oct. 13. But after Williams ordered separate trials earlier this month many believed that date would be postponed.

Porter, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment and two other offenses, was the only one of the officers to not attend Tuesday’s scheduling hearing.

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  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and several members of the City Council spent Monday publicizing bills that would be introduced during that day’s city council meeting. 

One bill would dedicate a small part of the city budget to youth programs. Another would return 911 operations to the police department. A third would cut property taxes for certain grocery stores and fourth would halve the storm water remediation fee.

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The Rev. Jamal Bryant could be in position to lead a change in Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes parts of Baltimore City as well as areas of Baltimore and Howard counties. 

But political observers say the person occupying that seat now, Congressman Elijah Cummings, holds all the cards. And he hasn’t made it clear yet what his plans are for 2016. He said Monday that it is “definitely premature” to assume he will not run for re-election, leaving open the possibility he could become the Baltimore candidate in the race to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Baltimore County voters may be asked to decide if the County Council should be expanded from seven to nine members. 

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The Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Northwest Baltimore, announced Monday that he is running for the 7th District congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Bryant, a Democrat, made the announcement in front of the Freddie Gray Youth Empowerment Center in Bolton Hill surrounded by supporters.

He said he is “not opposing anyone” but “proposing new ideas.”

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Sheila Dixon launched her bid to get her old job back; mayor of Baltimore.

Dixon officially started her campaign Sunday with an ice cream social at the B&O Railroad Museum.

She told more than 200 supporters in the crowd that it’s the people of Baltimore who are the city’s greatest gift.

“We can’t just rely on City Hall to solve our problems, change comes from us,” Dixon said.  “This community knows how to turn things around.”

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday she will not seek re-election in 2016; leveling the playing field for mayoral candidates.  Political observers said her decision will limit some of the clout she has while she’s still in office.

The Baltimore City Law Department has reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody.

The proposed settlement still has to be approved by the city's Board of Estimates, which is comprised of five city leaders including the mayor and the president of the city council.