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  Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes agrees with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that her bill to sell four city-owned downtown parking garages deserves a hearing.  However, he is not sold on her plan.

“We should have a conversation about it,” said Stokes, who is skeptical that the sale proceeds will go towards recreation centers, as the mayor is proposing.

“This bill is not about rec centers,” he added, “The mayor has tied it to rec centers for political speak.”

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake started a conversation Tuesday she said she hoped would encourage African-American men to step up and reach out to children.

In a news conference before her Call To Action To End African-American Homicides forum at the Empowerment Temple AME Church Rawlings-Blake said the event was about recruiting black men to serve as mentors and role models for children and not just talk.

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The good news is spring begins at 6:45 p.m. Friday.  The bad news is winter is not going away quietly.  As of 1 p.m., an inch of snow fell at BWI-Marshall Airport; making the total snow accumulation for the winter just more than 28 inches.  That is above the 30-year average of 20.1 inches.

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City tourism representatives and advocates for victims of human trafficking have dropped their objections to a bill aimed at stemming the practice in Baltimore now that the sponsor has dropped one provision--a ban on rent-by-the-hour rooms.

The move came after several meetings among the sponsor, Councilman Jim Kraft, tourism representatives and victims’ advocates.

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday the city will develop a strategy to combat youth violence with help from President Obama’s National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, also known as The Forum.

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In the span of 24 hours, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called for an end to homicides in the African-American community and supported holding police more accountable.  At the same time, some criticized the mayor over her call to action and questioned how serious she is about police accountability.

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