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  • Roger Ailes' monstrous legacy: Fox News chief changed TV, culture for the worse

    Roger Ailes' monstrous legacy: Fox News chief changed TV, culture for the worse

    Monsters don't die easy. That's the thought I had all week as I reported the story of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes negotiating the terms of his departure from the channel he founded. The end came Thursday afternoon, with 21st Century Fox, parent of Fox News, announcing that Ailes was out after 20 years...

  • Derek Waters snags Lin-Manuel Miranda for new season of 'Drunk History'

    Derek Waters snags Lin-Manuel Miranda for new season of 'Drunk History'

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, of "Hamilton," will be taking viewers of "Drunk History" back to a tipsy version of the rivalry in colonial America between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, Comedy Central announced. The new season of 10 episodes of the series co-created by Baltimore native Derek Waters arrives...

  • Murder-mystery musical 'Dorian's Closet' begins to take shape

    Murder-mystery musical 'Dorian's Closet' begins to take shape

    Inside a frigid, bare, black-box theater on the campus of Howard Community College the other day, a group of men sang ardently about imagining a world where dreams can come true and people can be celebrated for who they are. Everyone was in street clothes, but it didn't take much to imagine these...

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  • Donald Trump's fear machine

    Donald Trump's fear machine

    Well, that was sure ugly. Last week's Republican conclave in Cleveland came across less as a nominating convention than as a four-day nervous breakdown, a moment of fracture and bipolarity from a party that no longer has any clear idea what it stands for or what it is. Everywhere you turned there...

  • Trump's speech, Clinton's veep

    Trump's speech, Clinton's veep

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's gave an astonishingly ominous, menacing and dystopian jeremiad to the nation at the conclusion of his party's convention Thursday night. After his daughter, Ivanka, had done a masterful job of portraying her father as a caring, compassionate, optimistic,...

  • One toke over the line?

    One toke over the line?

    The challenge of police recruiting is nothing new. The modest pay, long hours and duties that can be both boring and life-threatening aren't for everyone. In 2000, for instance, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles reported a dramatic drop in police applicants and blamed a number of factors including...

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  • Baltimore's yearlong war on 'trigger pullers' and illegal guns, by the numbers

    Baltimore's yearlong war on 'trigger pullers' and illegal guns, by the numbers

    Last summer, in the deadliest year for gun violence in Baltimore history, then-interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis created an around-the-clock "war room" where he said police, prosecutors and federal law enforcement partners would coordinate to get violent criminals off the city's streets. Police...

  • $415,000: latest expense for Baltimore's outdated municipal phone system

    $415,000: latest expense for Baltimore's outdated municipal phone system

    Bills keep rolling in for the costly and outdated phone system used by Baltimore government workers. The city's spending board approved another $408,000 expenditure last week as officials continue to phase out the old system. Officials agreed in March to pay $5 million for more modern service, but...

  • Spending on prisons grows faster than spending on education

    Spending on prisons grows faster than spending on education

    Spending on prisons and jails in Maryland has grown twice as fast as spending on elementary and secondary education over three decades, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Education. Nationally, state and local spending increased three times as fast for prisons as for education....

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