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People who moved out of Baltimore in the last year and a half did so to get away from trash, property crimes, vacant houses, a high property tax rate and poor performing schools. And those who stayed said they like affordable housing, the ability to walk to work and a strong sense of community.

Those are the results of an 18-month study by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance released Thursday at the University of Baltimore’s Jacob France Institute.

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For the first time since the city's unrest on April 27, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts talked openly yesterday about the situation his department faces as they try to re-build relationships with the community. He said it's a time of uncertainty for the city.

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed Wednesday a bill that protects hotel employees who report suspected human trafficking from retaliation.

The bill was proposed by Councilman Jim Kraft.  It is a companion bill to another bill requiring hotels to train employees on how to spot human trafficking and to certify annually the training has been done.  That bill was also signed by the mayor.

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The Freddie Gray case has brought renew attention to a decades old  state law outlining due process for officers accused of wrong doing called the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, or LEOBR.

Governor Marvin Mandel signed the bill into law with little fanfare on May 31, 1974. The Baltimore Sun mentioned it a day later as part of a list of bills that Mandel signed.

SUNY Oneonta

BALTIMORE (AP) — The University System of Maryland has named a New York state educator president of Coppin State University.

The Board of Regents announced Tuesday that it had appointed Maria Thompson, who is provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Thompson has been at SUNY Oneonta since 2011. Previously, she was administrator for research and sponsored programs at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's top prosecutor has filed a blistering response to a motion from the lawyers representing six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

The defense lawyers say State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has conflicts of interest that should force her to step aside and have an independent prosecutor handle the case. They accused her of charging the officers with crimes to prevent more rioting in the district represented by her husband, a city councilman. And they say she's too close to an attorney who represents Gray's family.

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  From Olympian Park, a small “pocket park” off Towson Circle that honors Baltimore County’s Olympic athletes, Mike Ertel can point out the developments that are coming to downtown Towson.

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday that former state Democratic Party head Michael Cryor will chair her One Baltimore initiative.

Rawlings-Blake, who unveiled the initiative last Thursday, described it as “a comprehensive, public-private initiative to support the ongoing efforts to facilitate opportunities for the city’s children, families and neighborhoods."

For example, One Baltimore would be the central contact to connect jobs that become available to people who need them and provide training.

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The civil rights investigation of Baltimore’s police department that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced last week is but one of three federal probes of policing in Baltimore. There’s also the “collaborative review” announced last October and a separate civil rights investigation into the Freddie Gray case.

Gray died of injuries sustained in police custody April 19.  Six officers involved with his detainment were charged in his death May 1.

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Friday morning that the Justice Department will launch a full scale civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department.

The announcement comes days after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake requested the review and nearly two weeks after violence rocked the city in the aftermath of another in-custody death.

The Justice Department will look into whether city police engage in a “pattern or practice” of violating citizens’ constitutional rights.

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