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For the prosecution, the trial of Officer William Porter may be a matter of all or nothing.

Scheduled to start Monday, Porter faces charges stemming from the death in April of Freddie Gray. His case may have significance for the trials of five other officers.

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A Baltimore circuit judge ruled Tuesday that the jury in the first Freddie Gray trial will not be sequestered.  Judge Barry Williams did rule that they will remain anonymous, however.

That was one of several rulings on pre-trial motions Williams made before the trial of Officer William Porter begins on Monday.

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After more than eight hours of negotiations, Towson University Interim President Timothy Chandler signed a document promising, among other things, to increase the number of tenured and tenure track black faculty members at the school.

Chandler signed the document, brought to him Wednesday afternoon by more than 20 black students, sometime after midnight Thursday.

In a statement, he praised the students for bringing their concerns to school administrators.


As expected, the Baltimore County Council voted Monday night to phase out the county's storm water management fee. WYPR's John Lee was there and joined Morning Edition host Matt Tacka to talk about how the county will go about getting rid of the fee.

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday that a report from a police think tank confirmed many of the same concerns the department had after unrest last April in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.

The report prepared by the Police Executive Research Forum, PERF, said the department was hampered by poor planning and poor communication.

John Lee

The Baltimore County Council is expected to vote tonight to phase out the county’s storm water management fee by July 2017. But the repeal of the so-called “rain tax” is proving to be a politically bumpy ride.

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There was another debate about police body cameras Friday. But this wasn’t one of those town hall style debates. It was at Towson University, part of a two-month, eight university tour by iDebate Rwanda in an effort to tell the story of how that country has evolved since the genocides 20 years ago.

And unlike recent televised debates with presidential candidates, no one raised questions about anyone’s credit card use, or accused someone of being “low energy.”  This debate was more constructive.

John Lee

  Some Baltimore County farmers are looking to do something besides grow the traditional corn, wheat and soybeans. They’re thinking about beer, hard cider and medical marijuana. And the Baltimore County Council is making it easier for them to do that.

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There will be settlement talks between the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and 11 women who say maintenance men demanded sex before making repairs.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Monday, a judge ordered a settlement conference for Jan. 12 after attorneys for both the plaintiffs and defense asked the court to intervene.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says the Baltimore region has the fifth worst traffic congestion in the nation.  On Thursday, Kamenetz told state officials that a comprehensive transit system needs to be developed.  WYPR's John Lee gives Nathan Sterner a closer look at what Kamenetz had to say.