Series

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The Baltimore Ravens open their preseason campaign at M&T Bank Stadium Thursday with a new inside linebacker, a new nose tackle and a new singer to deliver the national anthem, Baltimore native Joey Odoms.

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Community advocates are looking at attacking two of Baltimore’s biggest problems – 16,000 vacant houses that blight blocks of the city and the need for affordable housing – with community land trusts.

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The first impression train travelers from the north get of Baltimore isn’t a very good one.

And that makes potential investors leery of the city.

The train rolls past older, active neighborhoods at first. But once past Frank Bocek Park, the scenery changes to block after block of crumbling, vacant houses, right in the shadow of Johns Hopkins Hospital’s famous.  Some roofs have caved in and windows are broken.  Sometimes walls have crumbled away entirely, leaving the interior of the houses visible.

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At some schools in Baltimore city, 65 percent of students miss 20 or more days of school annually.

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Another installment in our year-long series Empty Desks: The Effects of Chronic Absenteeism

Fraser Smith

An old port city, a once thriving steel city, Baltimore shocked the world 30 years ago when it became a tourist and convention city.

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake is right when she says the demands of the neighborhoods have to be balanced with demands of the city’s visible developments.

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Some say cities are being re-born in patches, spreading like pieces of pepperoni all over the urban landscape.

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Commander Joshua Barney made life miserable for the British Navy on the Chesapeake during the War of 1812, harassing the invaders from shallow draft barges, then retreating to shoal waters where the larger ships couldn’t pursue him.

More Than A Flag

Aug 14, 2013
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The war of 1812 may be forgotten by many Americans – but not by Marylanders who now have even more reasons to celebrate its 200th anniversary. The reasons are there in three famous names: Francis Scott Key. Ft. McHenry and Mary Pickersgill.

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