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Seven Baltimore Police officers indicted on federal racketeering charges

Seven Baltimore Police officers, including members of an elite unit tasked with taking guns off the city's streets, were arrested Wednesday and indicted on federal racketeering charges, accused of robbing local residents, filing false affidavits and making fraudulent overtime claims. One officer...

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  • Maryland House OKs extension of energy-efficiency program

    Maryland House OKs extension of energy-efficiency program

    Over the objections of Republicans, the Maryland House of Delegates approved a bill Tuesday that would extend the state's energy efficiency program. The vote was 92-46. The Senate has not yet voted on the measure. The EmPOWER Act was passed in 2008, requiring utilities to reduce per capita electricity...

  • Maryland House OKs bill limiting school testing

    Maryland House OKs bill limiting school testing

    The Maryland House of Delegates approved a bill Tuesday that would limit the amount of time school districts can spend on testing. The Less Testing, More Learning Act sailed through with minimal debate on a 139-0 vote. The bill would limit schools to spending 2 percent of classroom time on tests...

  • Former NAACP president Ben Jealous weighs run for Maryland governor

    Former NAACP president Ben Jealous weighs run for Maryland governor

    Former NAACP chief Benjamin Jealous is "actively weighing" a campaign to be Maryland's governor. Jealous said Tuesday that he is in the early stages of contemplating a Democratic challenge to popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, and that he has been recruited since the summer to enter the 2018...

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  • Senate confirms Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary

    Senate confirms Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary

    Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke won Senate confirmation on Wednesday as President Donald Trump's Interior secretary, giving him responsibility for overseeing 400 million acres of public land, mostly in the West. The Republican-controlled Senate approved the nomination, 68-31. Zinke, 55, a former Navy SEAL...

  • Analysis: A big shift in Trump's tone, but tough choices left to Congress

    Analysis: A big shift in Trump's tone, but tough choices left to Congress

    President Trump’s well-delivered speech to Congress on Tuesday night answered one major question — whether he could offer the country a less divisive tone — but provided almost no clarity about how he hopes to fulfill the promises that he made in his campaign. In addition to “massive” tax cuts...

  • The mayoral election is coming up in L.A. and almost no one seems to care

    The mayoral election is coming up in L.A. and almost no one seems to care

    Tabitha Benoy of Woodland Hills, Calif., plans to skip Tuesday’s election for mayor of Los Angeles. “It’s never even occurred to me to vote for the mayor,” said Benoy, a 37-year-old social worker who tends to vote for president and not much else. “It seems like there’s so many elections. It’s too...

  • Trump in first speech to Congress: 'Time to join forces' to fix our problems

    Trump in first speech to Congress: 'Time to join forces' to fix our problems

    Heralding a "new chapter of American greatness," President Donald Trump issued a broad call for overhauling the nation's health care system and significantly boosting military spending Tuesday night, swapping his trademark pugnaciousness and personal insults for a more restrained tone as he addressed...

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  • Sinclair and Tribune reportedly talking about possible combination

    Sinclair and Tribune reportedly talking about possible combination

    Sinclair Broadcast Group is in talks with Tribune Media about a possible combinations, according to a Reuters report citing anonymous sources. Shares of both companies surged on the news with Tribune's stock up 9 percent and Sinclair's rising 5.4 percent. Neither Hunt Valley-based Sinclair nor Tribune...

  • Red Bull bringing social entrepreneurs program to Baltimore

    Red Bull bringing social entrepreneurs program to Baltimore

    Red Bull is bringing its training program encouraging community improvement projects to Baltimore . The Austrian energy drink company said the program, called the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, includes a 10-day residency and "helps the social entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life. " Such programs...

  • Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

    Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

    Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban — mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way. The new order is expected...

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  • Clark Burger opening in former Tortilleria Sinaloa space on Central Avenue

    Clark Burger opening in former Tortilleria Sinaloa space on Central Avenue

    Clark Burger, the burgers and poutine eatery that got its start next to the Senator Theatre, is opening a second location on Central Avenue in Little Italy. The restaurant is planning to open in the Fallsway Spring & Equipment Co. building at 415 S. Central Ave. The space previously housed Tortilleria...

  • Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage reveal promising casts for upcoming musical premieres

    Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage reveal promising casts for upcoming musical premieres

    Two of the most anticipated events on the Baltimore theater calendar are musicals that will receive their world or area premieres in the weeks ahead. Here's the latest casting information on both: Everyman Theatre will unveil the freshly reworked version of "Los Otros" with music by Michael John...

  • As communities evolve, public city markets strive to remain relevant

    As communities evolve, public city markets strive to remain relevant

    Francis "Lumpy" Baroch remembers when the center aisle at Hollins Market was so crowded it had to be widened. Today, customers trickle past his L&R Produce stall at the east end of the market. Stalls at the west end of the aging structure stand empty. Market managers, merchants, officials and customers...

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  • Keeping faith with Baltimore schools

    Keeping faith with Baltimore schools

    Parents and teachers in Baltimore City schools are getting fed up with the effort to resolve the system's projected $130 million budget deficit next year, and for good reason. When Mayor Catherine Pugh promises attendees at a rally on Thursday that she'll have a plan on Monday, and then on Monday...

  • Robert B. Reich: Trump's most shameful lie

    Robert B. Reich: Trump's most shameful lie

    On Feb. 9, at a closed-door meeting with a group of U.S. senators. Donald Trump claimed that both he and former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte would have been victorious in the Granite State last fall if not for the "thousands" of people who were "brought in on buses" from neighboring Massachusetts...

  • Trump's war on women

    Trump's war on women

    President Donald Trump is waging a war against women. In his first week in office, Mr. Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule (also known as the Mexico City policy), which threatens to leave many women without access to sexual and reproductive health services in low and middle-income countries. The...

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