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Baltimore police add crisis response team

Baltimore police add crisis response team

For the past six weeks, a Baltimore police officer has been taking a social worker on calls that involve people in the throes of a mental health crisis in an effort to calm situations that can easily move from tense to violent. The pair make up a crisis response team that has answered 85 calls...

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  • The great caterpillar factory

    The great caterpillar factory

    Turn the calendar back two months to early May, and the great caterpillar factories of eastern North America are in full production. If you stand quietly at night in any mature forest or woodlot, you'll hear it: a soft crackling and hissing in the dead leaves underneath the trees, an invisible...

  • Baltimore must fund an inclusionary housing study

    Baltimore must fund an inclusionary housing study

    According to a recent Abell Foundation report, 57 percent of all renters in Baltimore spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. This means that even Baltimoreans earning middle incomes ($40,000-$75,000 a year) are struggling to pay the rent, while the city’s poorest residents face slum...

  • Witcover: Our contemptible president

    Witcover: Our contemptible president

    With friends like President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs no enemies. The man who appointed Mr. Sessions to run his critical Department of Justice has rewarded him for his fawning loyalty with public humiliation that only magnifies Mr. Sessions’ own need for public approbation....

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  • Starbucks will close seven Teavana mall stores in Maryland

    Starbucks will close seven Teavana mall stores in Maryland

    Starbucks Corp. will close all 379 of its Teavana mall stores, including seven in Maryland, the coffee retail giant said Thursday. Starbucks plans to close the specialty chain that sells teas, tea kettles and other tea-related products over the next year, with most locations closing by spring. ...

  • Five minutes with ... Keith Gillan, president of Murn Properties

    Five minutes with ... Keith Gillan, president of Murn Properties

    The way Keith Gillan sees it, the surge in apartments going up around the Baltimore area makes perfect sense. The trend is the market's response to an influx of young people who aren’t ready to commit to buying a home but want all the amenities that modern apartment complexes can provide, said...

  • State moves to start shutting down Evergreen Health after buyer backs out

    State moves to start shutting down Evergreen Health after buyer backs out

    The Maryland Insurance Administration plans to ask a judge to appoint a receiver to take over Evergreen Health and gradually close down the health insurer unless another investor or buyer emerges. Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. confirmed the plan Thursday, a day after a group of...

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  • Bay Area on a budget: San Francisco and Napa Valley without the hefty price tag

    Bay Area on a budget: San Francisco and Napa Valley without the hefty price tag

    San Francisco and Napa Valley regularly are among the top U.S. vacation destinations — and for good reason. With its historic neighborhoods, homes in the hills and picturesque views of the bay, San Francisco is a cultural and food mecca bursting with diverse options sure to please the most discerning...

  • 'Step' dance documentary is out to change the world's view of Baltimore

    'Step' dance documentary is out to change the world's view of Baltimore

    Even 19 years after leaving for New York City, Amanda Lipitz feels protective of her hometown. Which is one reason she’s so proud of her documentary, “Step,” and what she hopes it tells the world about Baltimore. “Every American city has problems,” says Lipitz, 37. “But it's important that — yes,...

  • Sascha's 527 cafe to close next week

    Sascha's 527 cafe to close next week

    Sascha’s 527 cafe will serve its last chopped salad next week. The Mount Vernon restaurant at 527 N. Charles St. is closing after service Aug. 4 as new owners take over the building. Owner Sascha Wolhandler put the building on the market in January*, and sold her catering business to Mallory Staley,...

  • Creative Alliance aims to tackle anti-Muslim bias by featuring renowned female Muslim performers

    Creative Alliance aims to tackle anti-Muslim bias by featuring renowned female Muslim performers

    Baltimore’s Creative Alliance announced Wednesday that it will tackle anti-Muslim bias by bringing a half-dozen renowned female Muslim performers to Baltimore. The “Nisa/Women” program — “Nisa" is the Arabic word for “women” — is funded by a $145,000 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic...

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  • Trump's voting commission again asks states for voter data, vows to protect records

    Trump's voting commission again asks states for voter data, vows to protect records

    President Donald Trump's voting commission, given a judge's approval to resume seeking voter data, has issued another request asking states for information and vowing to keep the details confidential. The voting panel has come under intense scrutiny and faced a wave of lawsuits since making a sweeping...

  • Russia sanctions bill exposes Trump's legislative tug of war

    Russia sanctions bill exposes Trump's legislative tug of war

    President Donald Trump is likely to sign a tough new sanctions bill that includes proposed measures targeting Russia — a remarkable concession that the president has yet to sell his party on his hopes for forging a warmer relationship with Moscow. Trump's vow to extend a hand of cooperation to...

  • 'It hasn't been my best week': Sessions says he's not stepping down unless asked

    'It hasn't been my best week': Sessions says he's not stepping down unless asked

    His loyalty to the boss severely tested but seemingly intact, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as President Donald Trump wants him to serve. Sessions told The Associated Press he and Trump have a "harmony of values and beliefs" and he intends to stay...

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  • State reaches settlement in Tyrone West death lawsuit

    State reaches settlement in Tyrone West death lawsuit

    Maryland has reached a $400,000 agreement to settle its share of a lawsuit in the 2013 death of Tyrone West from injuries received during a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore. The settlement is scheduled for a vote Wednesday by the state Board of Public Works. It is part of the resolution of a...

  • Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows

    Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows

    A young woman who says she carried a gun for her own protection. A truck driver passing through Baltimore with a gun in his cab. The manager of an optometrist’s office who, after a car accident, was found to have a gun in his vehicle. As Baltimore’s City Council considers a proposed one-year mandatory...

  • Neighborhood tensions arise as residents learn of plans for medical marijuana dispensaries

    Neighborhood tensions arise as residents learn of plans for medical marijuana dispensaries

    John Seifert was having trouble renting out his shuttered flower shop in Baltimore County. Finally, a real estate agent found a potential tenant: a medical marijuana dispensary. Seifert signed a five-year lease with the firm, which wants to sell cannabis tinctures, oils and other products to patients...

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