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  • Ironworkers union in Baltimore wants to cut pension benefits to save fund

    Ironworkers union in Baltimore wants to cut pension benefits to save fund

    Before the 40-story Transamerica Building became Baltimore's tallest skyscraper in 1973, it was a skeleton of steel beams and concrete that Graham B. Henry Jr. helped flesh out. Henry, now 71 and retired, worked on the Key Bridge, the second Bay Bridge, and too many other projects to name. He and...

  • Impact of Brexit uncertain, but U.S. recession called unlikely

    Impact of Brexit uncertain, but U.S. recession called unlikely

    The United Kingdom's vote Thursday to leave the European Union could affect Americans' retirement funds, interest rates and international travel plans, but it will be years before anyone fully understands all the repercussions of the unprecedented move. Stocks plunged Friday in the United States...

  • Uber is making surge pricing more transparent — but a little less obvious

    Uber is making surge pricing more transparent — but a little less obvious

    Many an Uber passenger has been shocked by the cost of a ride as a result of the company’s controversial surge-pricing policy.  That might change under a new “no surprises” approach to fares that the ride-hailing giant announced Friday. Uber isn’t doing away with surge pricing – its strategy of raising fares...

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  • Video's power, and limits, on display in Gray case, House sit-in

    Video's power, and limits, on display in Gray case, House sit-in

    Nearly every day, it seems, presents fresh evidence of video's growing power to change our lives — and of the limits and caveats to that power as well. This week brought more vivid examples with the acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson in the death of Freddie Gray and the dramatic sit-in protest...

  • Sondheim finalists explore themes of race, religion, sex, violence

    Sondheim finalists explore themes of race, religion, sex, violence

    Playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht argued that art is not so much "a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it." The exhibit of the 2016 Sondheim Artscape Finalists at the Baltimore Museum of Art includes a combination of both notions. On one wall, for example, a display of...

  • MSNBC runs old riot footage with 'Happening Now' logo

    MSNBC runs old riot footage with 'Happening Now' logo

    Some news operations just can't let go of that riot video from last year after the death of Freddie Gray. And Thursday morning, MSNBC again went to that well in its coverage from Baltimore of the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson. In a report that aired just prior to the verdict, correspondent Ron...

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  • Goodson judgment should force Mosby to reconsider charges

    Goodson judgment should force Mosby to reconsider charges

    The acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson on all counts in the death of Freddie Gray should prompt State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to re-evaluate whether or how to pursue the cases against the four remaining officers charged in the case. Officer Goodson, as the driver of the van in which Gray was...

  • The case for Clinton-Warren

    The case for Clinton-Warren

    It's been a pretty good week so far for Hillary Clinton in that it has been a pretty terrible week for Donald Trump. He fired his campaign manager just hours before posting what is almost certainly the most pathetic monthly fund-raising total for a major party's presumptive presidential nominee...

  • No fly, no buy

    No fly, no buy

    The Senate's recent grappling with the highly-charged issue of gun control produced expected results. Democrats can talk themselves hoarse on the subject all they want, but it's clear they don't have the votes in Congress to pass anything meaningful before the next election, no matter how many...

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  • Audit shows school agency lags on inspection reports

    Audit shows school agency lags on inspection reports

    State inspectors visit public schools around Maryland to ensure that the buildings are properly maintained. But after three years during which inspectors examined 679 school buildings, they had only completed reports for 190 of those buildings, according to a legislative audit released this week....

  • Baltimore led nation last year in homicide increase

    Baltimore led nation last year in homicide increase

    Baltimore had the highest increase in homicides in the nation last year, a criminologist commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice reported, with more than twice as many extra killings as the three cities that tied for second. The city suffered 127 more homicides in 2015 than in the previous...

  • Reliable data on 911 outages and service is hard to come by

    Reliable data on 911 outages and service is hard to come by

    When a glitch in phone company systems left Baltimore without 911 service for over an hour last week, The Baltimore Sun wanted to know how often such outages occur. Public records made it clear that the outage wasn't unique, but much of the information about problems with 911 is confidential, making...

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