Recent stories by Yvonne Wenger

7:15 PM EDT, April 18, 2014

Federal agencies use pay flexibility to attract scientists, professionals

Tina Bahadori says a career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given her the chance to achieve something that 25 years in the private sector didn't offer: a legacy.

City financial disclosure forms now posted online

5:36 PM EDT, April 14, 2014

City financial disclosure forms now posted online

For the first time, financial disclosure forms for nearly 1,900 Baltimore government officials will be online for public inspection, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Monday.

City has plan to overhaul grants management

4:51 PM EDT, April 13, 2014

City has plan to overhaul grants management

To better account for hundreds of millions of grant dollars, Baltimore finance officials have a plan to overhaul city policies, train staff and keep records in a centralized database.

9:05 PM EDT, April 11, 2014

Three GOP candidates "endorse" Brown for governor

Three GOP candidates will gather Monday to endorse Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor, but there's a catch.

'Ban the Box' bill advances over opposition from businesses

9:54 PM EDT, April 7, 2014

'Ban the Box' bill advances over opposition from businesses

Supporters of a proposed law to help more ex-convicts land jobs in Baltimore scored a victory Monday when they fended off efforts by the business community to block the measure indefinitely.

New life envisioned for old Peale Museum downtown

10:41 PM EDT, April 4, 2014

New life envisioned for old Peale Museum downtown

In the shadow of Baltimore's City Hall is a 200-year-old building that has been the seat of city government, a school for African-American children and a museum that displayed a mastodon skeleton and the embalmed head of a New Zealand native.

Review finds state's child support collection efforts improved

6:26 PM EDT, April 8, 2014

Review finds state's child support collection efforts improved

The state will release an additional $100,000 in funding for the state Department of Human Resources after a legislative audit review found the agency had sufficiently improved its efforts to collect child support on behalf of thousands of Maryland children.

Head of mayor's IT office put on paid leave

6:50 PM EDT, March 25, 2014

Head of mayor's IT office put on paid leave

The head of the Mayor's Office of Information Technology has been placed on paid leave indefinitely as Baltimore's inspector general investigates allegations that the department made payments to contractual employees for work they may not have performed, city officials confirmed Tuesday.

New center opens to help minority businesses secure contracts, tap into global markets

10:03 AM EDT, March 22, 2014

New center opens to help minority businesses secure contracts, tap into global markets

Minority-owned businesses can receive help expanding, securing contracts and accessing large supply chains through a new center that opened Friday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced.

Pratt, Young object to plan to hire outside auditors

7:38 PM EDT, March 19, 2014

Pratt, Young object to plan to hire outside auditors

Two of Baltimore's top elected officials objected Wednesday to the administration's plan for choosing outside auditors to monitor large agencies, such as police and public works.

City Council passes smoking ban near playgrounds, athletic fields

8:26 PM EDT, March 24, 2014

City Council passes smoking ban near playgrounds, athletic fields

Smoking near a playground, swimming pool or ball field in Baltimore could bring a fine of up to $500 under a ban the City Council approved Monday.

Mayor's $2.5 billion budget includes property tax break, no cuts in services

10:00 PM EDT, March 18, 2014

Mayor's $2.5 billion budget includes property tax break, no cuts in services

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will unveil a proposed $2.5 billion budget Wednesday that would give city workers a 2 percent raise and — for the first time since 2008 — would not cut city services, officials said.

Chairman of city liquor board steps down for judicial post on the Orphans' Court

8:39 PM EDT, March 21, 2014

Chairman of city liquor board steps down for judicial post on the Orphans' Court

The chairman of the Baltimore City liquor board will step down from his post to take a position on the Orphans' Court.

'Ban the Box' legislation under fire

7:49 PM EDT, March 20, 2014

'Ban the Box' legislation under fire

An influential business group is waging a last-minute effort to derail legislation aimed at helping ex-offenders find work in Baltimore, arguing that the measure would drive jobs from the city.

Hearing on plan to sell Baltimore's public housing draws concerns

7:59 PM EDT, March 12, 2014

Hearing on plan to sell Baltimore's public housing draws concerns

The Baltimore Housing Authority's plan to sell 22 of its 28 apartment and townhouse complexes drew dozens of concerned tenants and workers Wednesday to a City Council committee hearing.

Assembly poised to pass city liquor board reforms

9:20 PM EDT, March 11, 2014

Assembly poised to pass city liquor board reforms

Following a scathing audit that revealed widespread mismanagement and spotty enforcement by Baltimore's liquor board, state lawmakers are poised to approve emergency changes to reshape the troubled agency.

Mayor orders investigation of technology office

8:48 PM EDT, March 18, 2014

Mayor orders investigation of technology office

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Tuesday that she has ordered an investigation into the administration's information technology department, saying the city has received allegations that contractual employees have been paid for work they did not perform.

Gansler supports law to help ex-offenders find work

7:31 PM EDT, March 11, 2014

Gansler supports law to help ex-offenders find work

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler on Tuesday threw his support behind legislation in Annapolis that would shield some criminal convictions from background searches as a way to put more ex-offenders to work and reduce Maryland's recidivism rate.

Class action lawsuit alleges Sage Management charged illegal fees

7:36 PM EDT, March 9, 2014

Class action lawsuit alleges Sage Management charged illegal fees

Tenants at Sage Management apartments and townhouses in Baltimore filed a class action lawsuit Friday against the property management company for allegedly charging illegal late fees, according to a compliant filed in the city's Circuit Court.

Amber Alerts, social media 'keyboard crime fighters' aided search for abducted girl

7:23 PM EST, March 8, 2014

Amber Alerts, social media 'keyboard crime fighters' aided search for abducted girl

Police and relatives of abducted girl Caitlyn Virts credited the use of the Amber Alert system and the quick, eager fingers of social media users with helping authorities find the 11-year-old in Florence, S.C., on Friday.

Timothy Virts waives extradition to Maryland

9:36 PM EDT, March 10, 2014

Timothy Virts waives extradition to Maryland

Timothy Virts, the man who allegedly killed the mother of his children and then fled to South Carolina with one daughter, has waived his right to extradition proceedings, authorities said Monday.

Facebook post, tip from hotel clerk led to rescue of missing Maryland girl

8:38 PM EST, March 8, 2014

Facebook post, tip from hotel clerk led to rescue of missing Maryland girl

FLORENCE, S.C. — It had been less than a day since Carol Gause ended a multi-state hunt for a man accused of a Baltimore County slaying and his 11-year-old daughter, but she was reluctant to take any credit.

Workers nervous about layoffs as Baltimore Housing Authority sells off buildings

9:39 PM EST, March 6, 2014

Workers nervous about layoffs as Baltimore Housing Authority sells off buildings

Union officials warned Thursday that as many as 200 maintenance workers and building monitors at Baltimore's public housing properties could lose their jobs under a plan intended to infuse the buildings with private money.

Baltimore Housing Authority to sell 22 complexes to private developers

9:27 PM EST, March 5, 2014

Baltimore Housing Authority to sell 22 complexes to private developers

Baltimore's Housing Authority is selling nearly 40 percent of its public housing to private developers under a national model designed to raise millions for upgrades and maintenance, Commissioner Paul T. Graziano said Wednesday.

Computers, Internet force more students to spend snow days on school work

9:56 PM EST, March 2, 2014

Computers, Internet force more students to spend snow days on school work

When some kids hear the hallowed words "snow day" in advance of Monday's storm, they'll grab their coats and sleds and head outdoors. But Maryvale Preparatory School senior Elizabeth Piet, like a growing number of students across the Baltimore region, will power up her iPad to see what assignments her teachers have waiting.

Multi-state manhunt ends as missing Maryland girl is found safe in S.C

9:57 PM EST, March 8, 2014

Multi-state manhunt ends as missing Maryland girl is found safe in S.C

— The Dundalk father and daughter sought in a multi-state search were found a day after they inconspicuously checked in at a small South Carolina motel more than 400 miles from where their journey began.

City to offer night basketball, life skill classes to boys, young men

7:00 PM EST, March 5, 2014

City to offer night basketball, life skill classes to boys, young men

City officials hope hundreds of boys and young men will participate in a new B'More Night Hoops league that will combine basketball and life skills workshops this spring and summer.

Police: Man stabbed roommate to death inside apartment

3:35 PM EST, March 2, 2014

Police: Man stabbed roommate to death inside apartment

Baltimore police say they believe a 50-year-old man killed his roommate after an argument inside a Northwest apartment, Det. Jeremy Silbert said Sunday.

City to pay $250,000 to man who claims police deleted video of an arrest

7:05 PM EST, March 3, 2014

City to pay $250,000 to man who claims police deleted video of an arrest

Baltimore is set to pay $250,000 to a man who says police seized his cellphone and deleted the video of an arrest at the Preakness Stakes in 2010, according a settlement proposal that will be presented to the city's spending panel this month.

Bill seeks to let foster children keep survivor, disability payments

6:05 PM EST, February 28, 2014

Bill seeks to let foster children keep survivor, disability payments

After Ryan Weinberger's parents died while he was in foster care, Maryland collected his Social Security survivor's benefits of more than $30,000 to help cover his state-funded living expenses.

City homeless to get help paying utility bills for new houses

3:45 PM EST, February 25, 2014

City homeless to get help paying utility bills for new houses

As part of a strategy to reduce homelessness in Baltimore, the city is teaming up with BGE to eliminate some families' past due utility debt, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday.

Mayor creates post to oversee hundreds of millions of grant dollars

10:22 PM EST, February 26, 2014

Mayor creates post to oversee hundreds of millions of grant dollars

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to create a post in her administration to oversee hundreds of millions of dollars in grant money after the city's finance director found that agencies can't account for as much as $40 million.

Douglas Gansler unveils jobs plan

2:06 PM EST, February 27, 2014

Douglas Gansler unveils jobs plan

Gubernatorial candidate Douglas Gansler unveiled his jobs plan Thursday with a focus on bringing back manufacturing jobs, establishing a portal were academics and business workers can exchange ideas and offering incentives for small business owners to create jobs.

Brown proposes college loans for children of immigrants here illegally

7:52 PM EST, February 27, 2014

Brown proposes college loans for children of immigrants here illegally

Building on the Dream Act approved by voters in 2012, Democrat Anthony G. Brown proposed Thursday that Maryland provide low-interest college loans to the children of workers who are in this country illegally.

Social Security to expedite veteran disability claims

8:20 PM EST, February 18, 2014

Social Security to expedite veteran disability claims

The Social Security Administration plans to streamline its review of disability claims for veterans starting next month, shaving weeks off the process by which it determines benefits, officials are set to announce Wednesday.

Baltimore police to invest in gunshot detection system

6:55 PM EST, February 12, 2014

Baltimore police to invest in gunshot detection system

Baltimore police will soon install a gunshot detection system in east and west Baltimore, under a $305,000 state grant that won city approval Wednesday.

Mayor defends 'liberal leave' decision for city workers

11:37 AM EST, February 14, 2014

Mayor defends 'liberal leave' decision for city workers

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defended her decision to require nonessential Baltimore employees to travel to work Thursday or stay home and use vacation time, saying residents need services in severe weather.

8:49 PM EST, February 7, 2014

Monument restoration crews make 200-year-old discovery

Who exactly J.W. Hogg was to Baltimore's Washington Monument may be a question left for the ages. Master craftsman who helped build it? Or vandal who defaced it?

City ordered to repay $3.7 million federal homeless grant

7:55 PM EST, February 25, 2014

City ordered to repay $3.7 million federal homeless grant

The federal government has ordered Baltimore to pay back $3.7 million from a homeless services grant, saying the city and its subcontractors cannot sufficiently account for how the money was spent.

Monument restoration crews make 200-year-old discovery

8:22 PM EST, February 7, 2014

Monument restoration crews make 200-year-old discovery

Who exactly J.W. Hogg was to Baltimore's Washington Monument may be a question left for the ages. Master craftsman who helped build it? Or vandal who defaced it?

City employee resigns after being overpaid by $176,200

2:46 PM EST, February 12, 2014

City employee resigns after being overpaid by $176,200

A Baltimore City employee resigned after being overpaid by $176,200, nearly double her salary.

Religious leaders rally for higher minimum wage

7:56 PM EST, February 3, 2014

Religious leaders rally for higher minimum wage

A coalition of religious leaders joined Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a rally Monday to call for a higher minimum wage, saying Maryland lawmakers shouldn't wait for the economy to make a full recovery before taking action.

City to reserve hundreds of parking spaces for disabled

3:38 PM EST, February 1, 2014

City to reserve hundreds of parking spaces for disabled

The number of coveted parking spaces available to the able-bodied on crowded downtown streets is about to shrink as Baltimore begins reserving metered spots for disabled drivers.

Mayor proposes year-round curfew centers

7:43 PM EST, February 10, 2014

Mayor proposes year-round curfew centers

Baltimore will open several year-round, 24-hour centers to enforce the city's curfew for children and teens and connect troubled youths to services under a plan Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake unveiled Monday in her State of the City address.

Number of disabled federal workers hired reaches 32-year high

7:06 PM EST, February 8, 2014

Number of disabled federal workers hired reaches 32-year high

With her seeing-eye dog by her side, Denna Lambert works to help ensure that up-and-coming scientists and engineers with disabilities can see a future at NASA.

City seeks tougher penalties against illegal dumping

5:54 PM EST, January 28, 2014

City seeks tougher penalties against illegal dumping

To combat the illegal disposal of furniture, tires and debris on roadsides and alleys, Baltimore City wants the state to assess an eight-point penalty on the driver's licenses of those convicted.

Street sweeping to expand in Baltimore

4:41 PM EST, February 7, 2014

Street sweeping to expand in Baltimore

Street sweeping in Baltimore will expand citywide on Wednesdays beginning in April to stop tons of trash, grime and pollutants from ending up in the Chesapeake Bay.

City Council votes down 10-cent bag fee

9:11 PM EST, January 27, 2014

City Council votes down 10-cent bag fee

The City Council defeated a proposal Monday to impose a 10-cent fee on most paper and plastic bags distributed in Baltimore, rejecting arguments that such surcharges are a proven method to reduce litter.

Columbia mall victim Tyler Johnson remembered as 'vibrant'

10:50 PM EST, January 26, 2014

Columbia mall victim Tyler Johnson remembered as 'vibrant'

Tyler Johnson had been clean for more than two years, he wrote on his Facebook page.

Maryland Food Bank issues call for volunteers

12:24 PM EST, January 24, 2014

Maryland Food Bank issues call for volunteers

The Maryland Food Bank is requesting volunteers on weekdays to sort a backlog of donated food, the charity said Friday.

Shoppers in city may see 10-cent bag fee

7:55 PM EST, January 21, 2014

Shoppers in city may see 10-cent bag fee

Customers at most stores in Baltimore would have to pay 10 cents for almost every bag they accept — whether paper or plastic — under legislation headed to the City Council for a vote next week.

$2 million Jones Falls Trail extension planned

4:30 PM EST, January 22, 2014

$2 million Jones Falls Trail extension planned

Baltimore will spend more than $2 million to extend the Jones Falls Trail by another 3.1 miles from the Cylburn Arboretum to the Mount Washington Light Rail stop under an agreement approved Wednesday by the city's spending panel.

Funeral procession Saturday from Glen Burnie to Timonium

11:57 AM EST, January 11, 2014

Funeral procession Saturday from Glen Burnie to Timonium

Expect delays in Glen Burnie Saturday for a funeral procession for a 33-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department.

Key councilman says city shouldn't zone longtime liquor stores out of business

5:00 AM EST, January 13, 2014

Key councilman says city shouldn't zone longtime liquor stores out of business

A key City Council leader says Baltimore should find another way to crack down on problem liquor outlets rather than force about 100 of the longtime neighborhood stores out of business through a zoning overhaul, as proposed by the administration.

Teen charged with arson in Severn

11:18 PM EST, January 10, 2014

Teen charged with arson in Severn

Anne Arundel County Police arrested an 18-year-old man for starting a fire Friday at a home under construction in Severn.

City spending board approves Harbor Point agreements

8:21 PM EST, January 8, 2014

City spending board approves Harbor Point agreements

City officials formally approved agreements Wednesday with the developer of the $1.8 billion Harbor Point project over the protests of Comptroller Joan M. Pratt.

Arundel police arrest man in connection with five robberies

10:36 PM EST, January 10, 2014

Arundel police arrest man in connection with five robberies

An Upper Marlboro man was arrested in connection with a string of robberies and thefts, Anne Arundel County police said Friday.

Baltimore Co. police investigating shooting

9:27 PM EST, January 10, 2014

Baltimore Co. police investigating shooting

Baltimore County police are investigating a shooting they believe happened Friday in Dundalk.

Police say barricade suspect was on a 'one-man crime spree'

9:41 PM EST, January 10, 2014

Police say barricade suspect was on a 'one-man crime spree'

A suspect on a "one-man crime spree" shot and killed a person Friday after a botched carjacking, authorities said, then took his life after drawing officers into an hours-long standoff at a Baltimore nonprofit.

Mayor calls on citizens to do their part to fight violence

8:28 PM EST, January 8, 2014

Mayor calls on citizens to do their part to fight violence

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called Wednesday for the public to be more engaged in helping police and elected officials fight Baltimore's violence.

Mayor names new Journey Home board

9:27 PM EST, January 6, 2014

Mayor names new Journey Home board

The city's housing commissioner will steer Baltimore's efforts to make homelessness rare and brief as chairman of the Journey Home's new advisory board.

3:18 PM EST, January 4, 2014

Md. salary database reveals top paid state employees

Much has been made recently about proposed pay increases for some Maryland's politicians, but even the highest-earning elected officials don't come close to the top of the state-employee income scale.

Baltimore tradition makes Christmas happen for thousands

5:00 AM EST, December 25, 2013

Baltimore tradition makes Christmas happen for thousands

Thoughts of childhood Christmases flooded Wendy Winebrenner's mind this month when she opened her mailbox to find an envelope stuffed with gift certificates.

Local governments to push state to restore highway funds

5:00 AM EST, January 1, 2014

Local governments to push state to restore highway funds

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and county government leaders say they will press the General Assembly to restore hundreds of millions of dollars a year in funding for local transportation projects. But state lawmakers say that's going to be a tough sell.

Extended unemployment benefits expire for more than 25,000 Marylanders

7:36 PM EST, December 27, 2013

Extended unemployment benefits expire for more than 25,000 Marylanders

Emergency unemployment benefits will expire Saturday for more than 25,000 out-of-work Marylanders, with thousands more projected to run out in the first half of next year unless Congress decides to reverse course and approve an extension.

City considers 'ban the box' law to help ex-convicts find work

5:00 AM EST, December 27, 2013

City considers 'ban the box' law to help ex-convicts find work

At 36, Jason Easley has made a living waiting tables, tending bar and laboring on construction jobs. He feels he's qualified to do other things, but he can rarely get an interview — a problem he blames on drug and assault convictions.

City plans to pay Brekford $600,000 to end speed camera contract

8:30 PM EST, December 16, 2013

City plans to pay Brekford $600,000 to end speed camera contract

Baltimore plans to pay its speed camera vendor $600,000 to end a troubled relationship that has left the city's once-lucrative automated enforcement program offline since April, city officials said Monday.

Parking violations bring in $13.5M for Baltimore City

3:18 PM EST, December 21, 2013

Parking violations bring in $13.5M for Baltimore City

Ever get nabbed for parking illegally in the path of a Baltimore City street sweeper? You're not alone: Parking enforcement agents handed out more than 41,000 tickets for that offense in 2013, generating $2.1 million for city coffers.

Online tool gives public a chance to try to balance Baltimore City budget

8:23 PM EST, December 16, 2013

Online tool gives public a chance to try to balance Baltimore City budget

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake launched an online game Monday that allows Baltimoreans to decide how they would balance the 2015 city budget.

MARC train weekend service begins

6:03 PM EST, December 7, 2013

MARC train weekend service begins

Six-year-old Rey Powell sat next to his father, nose pressed against the window on the MARC train Saturday as he headed from Union Station in Washington to Penn Station in Baltimore aboard one of the system's first weekend trains.

7:27 PM EST, December 7, 2013

Memorial service planned for homeless who died

A memorial service is planned for Dec. 21 at Baltimore's Inner Harbor amphitheater to remember the homeless individuals who died over the last year.

'Bmore Gives More' surpasses $5 million one-day goal

11:43 AM EST, December 4, 2013

'Bmore Gives More' surpasses $5 million one-day goal

The 'Bmore Gives More' campaign exceeded its $5 million one-day fundraising goal as part of the national #GivingTuesday movement, GiveCorps announced Wednesday.

City to study ways to improve Baltimore's economic and business climate

7:37 PM EST, December 3, 2013

City to study ways to improve Baltimore's economic and business climate

The Baltimore Development Corp. will pay a Texas-based consultant up to $167,500 to develop a strategy for the city to improve its economic and business climate, the mayor's office announced Tuesday.

'Bmore Gives More' tries to raise $5 million on #GivingTuesday

7:05 PM EST, December 3, 2013

'Bmore Gives More' tries to raise $5 million on #GivingTuesday

Standing near a coal-fired stove in the kitchen of Joe Squared, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tossed extra arugula on a slab of dough to create a "Bmore Gives More" pizza.

7:09 PM EST, December 13, 2013

Survey: Federal workers still willing to put in extra effort as job satisfaction drops

After Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant melted down in 2011, Nathan Sanfilippo joined a team at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission charged with evaluating what went wrong and determining how to prevent a similar disaster in the United States.

Family of man who died in police custody granted hearing

10:54 PM EST, November 18, 2013

Family of man who died in police custody granted hearing

Baltimore City Council on Monday agreed to hold a hearing into the death of a 44-year-old man while in police custody this summer.

Trash can pilot program approved for 9,250 Baltimore households

5:51 PM EST, November 20, 2013

Trash can pilot program approved for 9,250 Baltimore households

Baltimore City will spend nearly $578,000 on a pilot program to provide large trash cans to 9,250 households, following approval by the city's spending panel Wednesday.

Local survivors of Boston Marathon bombing participate in Charlotte running festival

9:54 AM EST, November 16, 2013

Local survivors of Boston Marathon bombing participate in Charlotte running festival

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Somewhere near an eighth of a mile from the 5K finish line, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Erika Brannock stood up from her wheelchair. 

Baltimore's top elected officials set to receive automatic raise

5:20 PM EST, November 27, 2013

Baltimore's top elected officials set to receive automatic raise

Baltimore's top politicians are set to receive automatic 2.5 percent pay raises, following a years-old decision by an independent body.

Group fights to stop tree removal at Mount Vernon Place

10:49 PM EST, November 29, 2013

Group fights to stop tree removal at Mount Vernon Place

With their miniature French poodle, Marcel, in tow, Thomas and Joan Spence start each morning in Mount Vernon Place, walking past the magnolias and cherry trees and Japanese maples, along the sidewalks and around the footprint of the Washington Monument.

Some in city to get trash cans on wheels to fight rats

9:10 PM EST, November 19, 2013

Some in city to get trash cans on wheels to fight rats

Baltimore plans to give more than 9,000 households huge plastic trash cans on wheels — complete with tracking devices to prevent theft — under a pilot program that, if successful, could lead to a $10 million citywide expansion.

Food stamp recipients worry about plans in Congress

5:00 AM EST, November 19, 2013

Food stamp recipients worry about plans in Congress

Tracey Coleman understands that many people are skeptical about the federal food stamp program, and she agrees that some reform may be needed.

12:26 PM EST, November 9, 2013

Boston Marathon bombing victim Brannock walks again

Erika Brannock slides to the edge of her wheelchair.

City juggles money owed to homeowners for historic tax credit, loss in speed camera cash

8:58 PM EST, November 26, 2013

City juggles money owed to homeowners for historic tax credit, loss in speed camera cash

Unexpected expenses and shortfalls — $3.8 million in police expenses, $4 million in unpaid tax credits, a $14.4 million gap from inactive speed cameras — left Baltimore officials scrambling in recent months to patch holes in the budget, the city's fiscal chief said Tuesday.

Boston bombing survivor: 'We're not afraid to be back at the finish line'

9:17 PM EST, November 16, 2013

Boston bombing survivor: 'We're not afraid to be back at the finish line'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With her wheelchair pushed aside, Erika Brannock gripped her walker and moved slowly toward the Thunder Road 5K finish line.

Local Boston bombing victim, family to cross marathon finish line in Charlotte

11:43 AM EST, November 15, 2013

Local Boston bombing victim, family to cross marathon finish line in Charlotte

As they prepare to walk across the finish line at the Charlotte marathon, Boston bombing victim Erika Brannock and her family will gather Friday night for a benefit dinner to help offset a mountain of medical bills.

Baltimore police reverse stance on cutting back on use of Twitter

8:37 PM EDT, October 7, 2013

Baltimore police reverse stance on cutting back on use of Twitter

The Baltimore Police Department reversed course Monday on a shift away from using its popular Twitter page to notify the public about shooting incidents, after news that "criminal-on-criminal" violence wouldn't always be disseminated brought an outcry on social media.

Proposed panhandling ban to be scaled back

6:26 PM EST, November 4, 2013

Proposed panhandling ban to be scaled back

Supporters of a widespread ban on panhandling in Baltimore are scaling back the proposal amid criticism the legislation went too far.

Judge O'Malley nominated to anti-animal abuse commission

6:37 PM EST, November 4, 2013

Judge O'Malley nominated to anti-animal abuse commission

Baltimore District Court Judge Catherine Curran O'Malley was nominated Monday to join the city's Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission.

Banning foam cups: City Council members conclude the cost outweighs the benefits

6:00 AM EDT, November 1, 2013

Banning foam cups: City Council members conclude the cost outweighs the benefits

At the Woody's Taco Island food truck, customers get their marinated tilapia, Caribbean fried rice and jerk chicken chili in cardboard containers, which are environmentally friendly.

Washington Monument set to undergo $5 million in repairs

3:35 PM EDT, October 18, 2013

Washington Monument set to undergo $5 million in repairs

From its cavernous subterranean vault, Baltimore's Washington Monument seems every bit its nearly 200 years.

Open Society Institute's social justice laboratory in Baltimore turns 15

3:52 PM EDT, October 30, 2013

Open Society Institute's social justice laboratory in Baltimore turns 15

On the field next to Northeast Middle School, young refugees Abhishek Yonghang and Ahmed Osman kicked a soccer ball around, each grateful for the common connection as they adjust to a new life far from their former homes in Nepal and Somalia.

City investigates complaint that health care provider didn't contract with women-, minority-owned businesses

7:32 PM EDT, October 16, 2013

City investigates complaint that health care provider didn't contract with women-, minority-owned businesses

Baltimore City officials are investigating a complaint filed Wednesday by two minority- and women-owned businesses against health care giant Aetna for not using their services despite a contractual agreement to do so.

Program to offer job training to those 55 and older

6:42 AM EDT, October 7, 2013

Program to offer job training to those 55 and older

A program that offers job training to Baltimoreans 55 and older is expanding.

City Council members push to crack down on panhandling

10:08 PM EDT, October 22, 2013

City Council members push to crack down on panhandling

Asking for money near Baltimore restaurants, shops or parking meters would be outlawed under legislation some City Council members say is needed to make residents and visitors feel safer.

Mercy to sever ties with midwife group

9:36 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Mercy to sever ties with midwife group

Mercy Medical Center is parting ways with a midwife group that has worked out of the hospital for years because of rising malpractice insurance costs.

Baltimore liquor store owners urge council members to make adjustments to zoning overhaul

9:15 PM EDT, October 3, 2013

Baltimore liquor store owners urge council members to make adjustments to zoning overhaul

Jay Chung's parents bought the family's business, Charles Village Schnapp Shop, a quarter-century ago, pouring their life's savings into the liquor store and banking their retirement on its success.

United Way hotline a resource for furloughed workers, those with Obamacare questions

5:59 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

United Way hotline a resource for furloughed workers, those with Obamacare questions

Furloughed government workers in need of social services and individuals with questions about Obamacare can call the United Way of Central Maryland's 211 hotline to get help.

Penn National clears a hurdle needed to bid for Prince George's casino

9:09 PM EDT, September 19, 2013

Penn National clears a hurdle needed to bid for Prince George's casino

Penn National Gaming Inc. took another step Thursday toward being able to bid for a casino license in Prince George's County after Maryland gaming officials approved a corporate restructuring for the owner of Hollywood Casino Perryville.

Employees at troubled Baltimore VA office got bonuses

5:00 AM EDT, September 19, 2013

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Employees at troubled Baltimore VA office got bonuses

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs office in Baltimore — under fire for being one of the worst-performing in the country — gave out a total of $64,000 in bonuses to its employees over the past three years, agency records show.

Mikulski demands Baltimore VA improve 'lackluster' performance on key program

5:47 PM EDT, September 16, 2013

Mikulski demands Baltimore VA improve 'lackluster' performance on key program

In a letter sent Monday to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland's senior senator called on the VA's Baltimore office to develop an action plan within 10 days to improve its "lackluster" approach to an initiative designed to speed up the time it takes to process disability claims.

City Council poised to ban machines that give cash for phones

8:06 AM EDT, September 16, 2013

City Council poised to ban machines that give cash for phones

In an attempt to provide thieves one less outlet to collect cash for stolen cellphones, the Baltimore City Council is poised to vote Monday to ban automated kiosks that give money on the spot for used electronics.

Inmate suspected in death of fellow Western Md. prisoner

3:12 PM EDT, September 15, 2013

Inmate suspected in death of fellow Western Md. prisoner

An inmate at the Western Correctional Institution died after being found unconscious in his cell late Friday, and a second prisoner is being blamed for his death in the latest episode of violence within Maryland's prison system, state police said Saturday.

Esperanza Center marks 50th anniversary by restoring mural

6:53 PM EDT, September 14, 2013

Esperanza Center marks 50th anniversary by restoring mural

Emblazoned over Broadway are the words of a mother to her son, translated from Spanish to say, "The dignity created through a rich history of efforts, sacrifice and work is, for me, a symbol of Hispanic pride."

VA office excluding veterans from disability program, group says

9:54 PM EDT, September 12, 2013

VA office excluding veterans from disability program, group says

A senior official of the American Legion, working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce its disability claims backlog, told Congress her organization had encountered an "obstructionist attitude" in the VA's underperforming Baltimore office.

Former Legg Mason CEO named chair for United Way campaign

6:15 PM EDT, September 11, 2013

Former Legg Mason CEO named chair for United Way campaign

The local United Way has named a former CEO of Legg Mason Inc. to lead its effort to raise more than $24 million for programs to improve education, financial stability and health for central Marylanders.

4:46 PM EDT, September 6, 2013

Mayor's cousin awarded $65K contract, but nepotism rules don't apply

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's cousin locked up a one-year contract for $65,400 to work as a project manager in Baltimore's Department of General Services last week.

Wife of 'NFL Insider' released from hospital after being hit while jogging in Towson

9:12 PM EDT, September 15, 2013

Wife of 'NFL Insider' released from hospital after being hit while jogging in Towson

Lauren La Canfora, the wife of CBS Sports' "NFL Insider" Jason La Canfora who was hit by a car while running Friday in Towson, was released from a second trip to the hospital Sunday.

Baltimore curfew push questioned by ACLU, police union

5:00 AM EDT, September 12, 2013

Baltimore curfew push questioned by ACLU, police union

With city leaders pushing to impose earlier curfews on Baltimore's youth, civil liberties advocates and researchers say such measures don't deter crime and truancy and lead to police targeting children from poorer areas.

Man found in SUV with multiple gunshot wounds, dies

10:29 PM EDT, September 6, 2013

Man found in SUV with multiple gunshot wounds, dies

A man was shot in Baltimore's Belair-Edison neighborhood Friday night, police said.

Hundreds expected to receive services at homeless event

8:30 PM EDT, September 12, 2013

Hundreds expected to receive services at homeless event

Homeless and financial unstable individuals can receive dental care, housing information and identification cards at Project Homeless Connect, an event expected to draw more than a thousand to the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday.

City officials consider earlier youth curfew

9:57 PM EDT, September 9, 2013

City officials consider earlier youth curfew

Top city leaders are supporting an effort to tighten Baltimore's curfew law that could require children younger than 14 to be off the street as early as 9 p.m.

Redesigning Baltimore: Planners envision new development among mass transit stations

11:41 PM EDT, September 2, 2013

Redesigning Baltimore: Planners envision new development among mass transit stations

Baltimore planners want to invite development around mass-transit stations where individuals and families can live, shop and commute without having to get behind the wheel of a car — part of a proposal to modernize the city.

Police arrest two Pasadena men in diesel fuel thefts

8:07 PM EDT, September 6, 2013

Police arrest two Pasadena men in diesel fuel thefts

Two Pasadena men were arrested for a string of diesel fuel thefts in Anne Arundel County, police said Friday.

Proposed Baltimore warehouse fits Amazon's growth

11:01 PM EDT, August 23, 2013

Proposed Baltimore warehouse fits Amazon's growth

The huge warehouse planned for Southeast Baltimore fits the profile of online retailer Amazon's rapidly expanding distribution network, according to shipping industry analysts.

Police identify officers involved in fatal shooting of 25-year-old suspect

7:34 PM EDT, September 6, 2013

Police identify officers involved in fatal shooting of 25-year-old suspect

Two of the three Baltimore police officers involved in a shooting earlier this week that left a 25-year-old suspect dead had previously used their firearms in the line of duty.

City panel approves Morgan Stanley loan forgiveness plan

1:15 PM EDT, August 21, 2013

City panel approves Morgan Stanley loan forgiveness plan

A decade-old loan forgiveness program with Morgan Stanley will move forward Wednesday after Baltimore's spending panel agreed to give the company more time to meet its job-creation goals.

Alleged Naval Academy assault took place in quiet suburb

5:00 AM EDT, September 5, 2013

Alleged Naval Academy assault took place in quiet suburb

The house that was the scene of alleged sexual assaults by three Naval Academy football players looks like any other in suburban Annapolis: a brick split-level on a quiet cul de sac lined with cherry trees.

City, former officer settle for $60K over failure to shave for Obama visit

9:29 PM EDT, August 28, 2013

City, former officer settle for $60K over failure to shave for Obama visit

A former Baltimore police officer won a $60,000 settlement from the city on a claim that his civil rights were violated when he was handed a plastic Bic razor and forced to shave for a visit by then-President-elect Barack Obama.

City poised to grant job-creation extension to Morgan Stanley

9:26 PM EDT, August 20, 2013

City poised to grant job-creation extension to Morgan Stanley

In return for the promise to bring another 650 jobs to Baltimore, city leaders are poised on Wednesday to give financial services giant Morgan Stanley more time to meet the terms of a $3.25 million loan forgiveness program.

7:11 PM EDT, August 31, 2013

Families, racing fans flock downtown for Grand Prix action

Race cars whipped around downtown Baltimore on Saturday, turning usually traffic-choked streets into a speedway, their engines filling the air with the sounds of a hornet's hum on the straights and a smoker's cackle at the hairpin turn.

Off-campus houses a long-standing problem for Naval Academy

5:46 PM EDT, September 7, 2013

Off-campus houses a long-standing problem for Naval Academy

Funneling a beer through a bong is Anne Kendzior's last memory of a night of partying inside a sparsely furnished off-campus house rented for Naval Academy lacrosse players. She says she crashed on an air mattress in a bedroom sometime around 1 a.m. and awoke on that fall day in 2008 to a fellow midshipman raping her, according to court documents and an interview.

Baltimore wants community to weigh in on public pools plan

6:36 PM EDT, August 19, 2013

Baltimore wants community to weigh in on public pools plan

A series of community meetings are planned to solicit input on a plan for Baltimore's public pools and year-round aquatics programming.

Huge distribution warehouse planned for former GM site

5:00 AM EDT, August 22, 2013

Huge distribution warehouse planned for former GM site

The owner of the former General Motors factory site in Southeast Baltimore has applied for a city permit to build a huge warehouse that would employ up to 2,600 people, according to documents filed with the city planning department.

FEMA Corps inducts inaugural class

6:12 PM EDT, September 3, 2013

FEMA Corps inducts inaugural class

Torrey Kurtzner sees the 10 months he signed up to spend at disaster sites across the United States as a springboard into adulthood.

Street closures planned for downtown around Grand Prix race

6:59 PM EDT, August 26, 2013

Street closures planned for downtown around Grand Prix race

Significant road closures are planned along downtown Baltimore streets beginning at 9 p.m. Monday as the streets are converted into a 2-mile race course to accommodate the Grand Prix.

Travel by city's water chief questioned

9:47 PM EDT, September 4, 2013

Travel by city's water chief questioned

The head of Baltimore's water system spent 35 days attending conferences in the past year, many of them out of state, records show. The travel has raised concerns among some city officials, who say Water and Wastewater chief Rudy Chow is needed here to focus on issues of crumbling infrastructure and erroneous bills.

Funeral services for Towson pilot planned for Sunday

5:27 PM EDT, August 1, 2013

Funeral services for Towson pilot planned for Sunday

A funeral service for helicopter crash victim David Jenny Jr. is planned for Sunday in Plumsteadville, Pa.

More road closures for Grand Prix announced

8:44 PM EDT, August 27, 2013

More road closures for Grand Prix announced

Motorists should expect additional road closures in Baltimore connected to the Labor Day weekend Grand Prix, city officials said Tuesday.

Towson pilot killed in helicopter crash recalled for life of adventure

6:54 PM EDT, August 4, 2013

Towson pilot killed in helicopter crash recalled for life of adventure

Spilling out from a helicopter door, rose petals and delicate purple and blue flowers rained down on hundreds of mourners who gathered Sunday to remember Towson pilot David E. Jenny Jr.

City to raze hundreds of vacant houses in stepped-up plan

7:38 PM EDT, August 16, 2013

City to raze hundreds of vacant houses in stepped-up plan

Boarded-up and falling down, hundreds of Baltimore's vacant and blighted rowhouses are scheduled for demolition in coming months in a stepped-up effort to rid the city of its most visible sign of decades of urban decay.

Insurance for city workers' dependents could be reinstated if city erred

8:44 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Insurance for city workers' dependents could be reinstated if city erred

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defended her plan to drop ineligible individuals from Baltimore's health care insurance but pledged Friday to accommodate city workers whose family members lost coverage if a city mistake was to blame.

Henson's appeal on Election Day 'relax' robocall rejected

5:08 PM EDT, July 29, 2013

Henson's appeal on Election Day 'relax' robocall rejected

A federal court on Monday rejected political consultant Julius Henson's appeal of a $1 million civil judgment against him for an illegal Election Day robocall.

Unemployment resources to be showcased at open house Aug. 14

1:13 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

Unemployment resources to be showcased at open house Aug. 14

Unemployed and underemployed individuals are invited to an open house on Aug. 14 to learn about job search resources available at Career Connections in Baltimore.

Life of pilot aboard helicopter in fatal crash recalled

9:56 PM EDT, July 30, 2013

Life of pilot aboard helicopter in fatal crash recalled

A small helicopter, stenciled with Ray Lewis' number 52, flew over M&T Bank Stadium during the Ravens' last home game in January, honoring the legendary linebacker.

Three from Baltimore area killed in Pa. helicopter crash

11:31 AM EDT, July 30, 2013

Three from Baltimore area killed in Pa. helicopter crash

Thunderstorms and heavy fog were rolling through northeastern Pennsylvania's rugged terrain Saturday night when a small helicopter crashed, killing all five people on board, including three from the Baltimore area.

N. Howard St. to be closed for repairs beginning Monday

4:12 PM EDT, July 26, 2013

N. Howard St. to be closed for repairs beginning Monday

A portion of North Howard Street will be closed for up to a month beginning Monday for repairs to an 80-year-old water line.

Vi Ripken reflects on life a year after her mysterious kidnapping and safe return

7:30 PM EDT, July 24, 2013

Vi Ripken reflects on life a year after her mysterious kidnapping and safe return

One year after she was abducted at gunpoint and taken on a daylong trek in the back seat of her Lincoln Town Car, Vi Ripken still can't help worrying when she pulls into a parking spot and another car pulls up behind her.

Baltimore pools to stay open until Labor Day

6:46 PM EDT, July 31, 2013

Baltimore pools to stay open until Labor Day

Public pools in Baltimore will stay open until Labor Day, three weeks longer than expected, the city Department of Recreation and Parks announced Wednesday.

Renovated Senator Theatre gets OK to sell alcohol

6:08 PM EDT, July 25, 2013

Renovated Senator Theatre gets OK to sell alcohol

The Senator Theatre and its adjoining small-plates restaurant, Bar Zini, will be authorized to sell alcohol when it reopens in the coming months, after a Baltimore licensing board voted Thursday to approve its application.

Memorial scheduled to honor Ellicott City train derailment victims

12:11 PM EDT, July 25, 2013

Memorial scheduled to honor Ellicott City train derailment victims

A memorial run is scheduled for Aug. 17 in Ellicott City to raise money for emergency rescue services and scholarship funds in honor of two teens who died in a train derailment last year.

Councilman Curran files for personal bankruptcy

6:55 PM EDT, August 4, 2013

Councilman Curran files for personal bankruptcy

Longtime City Councilman Robert W. Curran filed for personal bankruptcy in June, a move he said was necessary to avoid foreclosure on his Northeast Baltimore home.

Thirteen murderers released after court ruling

9:34 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

Thirteen murderers released after court ruling

Thirteen inmates convicted of murder have been released from prison — and dozens more could be freed — after Maryland's highest court ruled that jurors had been given improper instructions in the decades-old cases.

Va. woman dies after arrest on animal cruelty charges

5:28 PM EDT, July 9, 2013

Va. woman dies after arrest on animal cruelty charges

An attorney for a 62-year-old Virginia woman who died recently of chronic liver disease said he will sue the state corrections system for allegedly failing to appropriately tend to her medical needs after she was arrested on animal cruelty charges.

United Way of Central Md. has new board chairwoman

1:09 PM EDT, July 23, 2013

United Way of Central Md. has new board chairwoman

A senior vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine will help lead strategic decisions and results for the United Way of Central Maryland, the nonprofit announced Tuesday.

Catonsville girl dies after attempt to implant an artificial heart

9:48 PM EDT, July 1, 2013

Catonsville girl dies after attempt to implant an artificial heart

As they cradled her lifeless body Monday, Ed and Ann Bartlinski tried to picture their 6-year-old daughter on a bicycle pedaling toward heaven, to celebrate her life as a miracle, rather than see her death as a sign of unanswered prayers.

Van takes free meals for kids into city neighborhoods

7:29 PM EDT, July 18, 2013

Van takes free meals for kids into city neighborhoods

It's 4 p.m. when the mobile meals van pulls up to a patch of pavement behind the library at Pennsylvania and North avenues. The cardboard boxes it brings — filled with chicken sandwiches, milk and snacks — may be the first food some children have eaten all day.

Widow recalls life without husband as his killer goes free

10:00 AM EDT, July 13, 2013

Widow recalls life without husband as his killer goes free

As he lay on the floor of his Southwest Baltimore grocery store, Benjamin Rubin's last words to his wife were "I've been shot."

Baltimore officials see Detroit as cautionary tale

9:29 PM EDT, July 19, 2013

Baltimore officials see Detroit as cautionary tale

Baltimore officials say Detroit's bankruptcy filing this week is a cautionary tale for the city that underscores the need to fix a $750 million structural deficit before the situation here grows similarly dire.

New Clifton Park rec center to open

7:16 AM EDT, July 15, 2013

New Clifton Park rec center to open

The first of four new Baltimore recreation centers will open Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the converted pavilion in Clifton Park.

Md. Masons come to aid of bombing victim

8:40 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

Md. Masons come to aid of bombing victim

Erika Brannock is still adjusting to life with new physical challenges after the Boston Marathon bombing, but she now has a fully accessible bathroom, thanks to renovations by the Freemasons of Maryland.

Killer at center of prisoner release case convicted again

10:10 PM EDT, July 11, 2013

Killer at center of prisoner release case convicted again

On the night in 1975 that Merle W. Unger Jr. killed Hagerstown police officer Donald Kline, a black cat named Midnight gave away his hiding spot in a local basement.

Man seriously wounded in Northwest Baltimore shooting

7:49 PM EDT, July 2, 2013

Man seriously wounded in Northwest Baltimore shooting

A man was shot and seriously wounded Tuesday afternoon in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

Baltimore to reconsider allowing kiosks that buy electronics

7:19 PM EDT, July 2, 2013

Baltimore to reconsider allowing kiosks that buy electronics

Baltimore police will work in the coming months with the manufacturer of kiosks that pay cash for broken or used electronics to avoid a possible citywide ban, driven by concerns that the devices entice thieves.

7:54 PM EDT, June 24, 2013

City Council gives final approval to storm water fees, pension overhaul

Two key budgetary measures are headed to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's desk after the City Council gave final approval Monday to new storm water fees and a pension overhaul.

Rising Sun zoo raising money for intern struck by lightning

11:35 AM EDT, June 19, 2013

Rising Sun zoo raising money for intern struck by lightning

A Rising Sun zoo set up an online fundraising campaign for its 19-year-old intern who was injured in a lightning strike.

Local Boston bombing victim leaves in-patient therapy

7:41 PM EDT, June 18, 2013

Local Boston bombing victim leaves in-patient therapy

The first chapter of Boston Marathon bombing victim Erika Brannock's recovery ended Tuesday when she hoisted herself from a wheelchair into the passenger seat of a silver Honda CR-V and her mother drove out of the Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation parking lot.

City closes about 20 rec centers; private groups fill gap

9:39 PM EDT, July 2, 2013

City closes about 20 rec centers; private groups fill gap

Dozens of boys and girls stretched to a Taylor Swift song before an all-out dance session. Outside, a group of children did cannon balls and splashed in the pool. Others awaited the star attractions of the recreation center at Liberty Elementary School — the horses trotting on the front lawn.

10:12 PM EDT, June 26, 2013

Mayor, council members take on shootings

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, making her most extensive comments on the wave of violence that has shaken the city, said Wednesday that she was "sad about the state of our community" and pleaded with residents to help detectives solve cases.

Services planned for Catonsville child who died after transplant

8:37 PM EDT, July 2, 2013

Services planned for Catonsville child who died after transplant

Services for 6-year-old Teresa Bartlinski will be held at St. Mark Church in Catonsville on Friday and Saturday, the family's pastor said Tuesday.

5:55 PM EDT, June 14, 2013

Baltimore summer curfew center opens

Baltimore's Summer Curfew Center reopened Friday for the sixth season in an attempt to keep youths off the streets overnight, hold parents accountable and connect families to services, the mayor's office said.

Baltimore raises water rates by 42 percent over three years

7:04 PM EDT, July 3, 2013

Baltimore raises water rates by 42 percent over three years

Baltimore officials voted Wednesday to raise water and sewer rates by 42 percent over three years, despite residents who pleaded for relief and a city audit that called the increase "higher than necessary."

Catonsville girl receives transplant, but is rejecting heart

10:10 AM EDT, June 19, 2013

Catonsville girl receives transplant, but is rejecting heart

Ann Bartlinski placed the Eucharist and a pearl-beaded rosary blessed by the hands of the late Pope John Paul II on the chest of her 6-year-old daughter, Teresa, who lay Tuesday in a hospital bed, her tiny body rejecting a donor's heart.

Maryland local government workers give $11.24M to charities

10:06 AM EDT, June 17, 2013

Maryland local government workers give $11.24M to charities

The United Way of Central Maryland announced Monday that local government workers gave more than $11.24 million during recent fundraising campaigns.

Catonsville girl back on heart transplant list

11:52 AM EDT, June 28, 2013

Catonsville girl back on heart transplant list

Doctors determined that Teresa Bartlinski, the 6-year-old Catonsville girl struggling to accept a donor's heart, will be re-listed on the transplant list.

City Council postpones vote on foam container ban

9:17 PM EDT, June 17, 2013

City Council postpones vote on foam container ban

The Baltimore City Council postponed action Monday on a bill that would have banned the use of foam cups and containers for carryout food and drinks after several members withdrew their support.

Condition improves for victim in Camden Yards assault

12:28 PM EDT, June 14, 2013

Condition improves for victim in Camden Yards assault

The victim in an assault at Camden Yards last month has been upgraded to serious condition.

Teresa Bartlinski's life was the miracle, family's pastor says

3:50 PM EDT, July 6, 2013

Teresa Bartlinski's life was the miracle, family's pastor says

Teresa Bartlinski, the Catonsville child whose life and courage captivated people worldwide, was borrowed from heaven to teach all a lesson in God's love, the Rev. Christopher J. Whatley said Saturday at her funeral.

City panel gets earful from residents angry about rising water bills

9:33 PM EDT, June 26, 2013

City panel gets earful from residents angry about rising water bills

Angry city residents shouted "Shame," "Unbelievable" and "We're fed up" at Baltimore's spending panel Wednesday for not stopping a water bill rate increase of nearly 42 percent over the next three years.

Mayor, Pratt exchange gifts -- but what?

8:52 AM EDT, June 17, 2013

Mayor, Pratt exchange gifts -- but what?

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Comptroller Joan M. Pratt spent the better part of last year in heated political disputes, but by Christmastime, the two city leaders exchanged gifts.

Boston bombing victim reunited with woman who saved her life

10:02 PM EDT, June 5, 2013

Boston bombing victim reunited with woman who saved her life

When Boston Marathon bombing victim Erika Brannock arrived home to Baltimore this week, the first item on her wish list was finding the stranger who saved her life amid the chaos that followed the April attack.

June 14, 2013

Federal workers get health and fitness programs

For three hours each work week, Bert Rice walks laps around Burba Lake at Fort Meade — part of a mission by the federal government to build a healthier workforce.

Rabid bat found in Annapolis apartment

11:20 PM EDT, May 31, 2013

Rabid bat found in Annapolis apartment

A rabid bat was found inside an Annapolis apartment this week, triggering a health alert from the Anne Arundel County health department.

U.S. Supreme Court authorizes post-arrest DNA collection

7:28 PM EDT, June 3, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court authorizes post-arrest DNA collection

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police in Maryland and elsewhere can continue the warrantless collection of DNA from people arrested — but not convicted — of serious crimes.

After Camden Yards assault, Orioles fans speak out

8:39 PM EDT, June 7, 2013

After Camden Yards assault, Orioles fans speak out

In the aftermath of a Camden Yards fight that left a Maryland man with severe head injuries, Orioles fans have turned to radio talk shows, Twitter, Facebook and office watercoolers to express their outrage.

Carroll County water customers to see slight rate increase

6:33 PM EDT, May 22, 2013

Carroll County water customers to see slight rate increase

The 7,000 households in Carroll County that receive public water from Liberty Reservoir are expected to see a slight increase in the water and sewer bills.

Early morning shooting adds to weekend toll

12:10 PM EDT, May 27, 2013

Early morning shooting adds to weekend toll

Another man was shot in Baltimore early Monday morning, extending the Memorial Day weekend violence into the holiday and bringing the number of shootings to at least eight.

3:33 PM EDT, May 14, 2013

Nearly $200,000 awarded for community strengthening efforts

A group of black men with visions to improve Baltimore were awarded grants between $10,000 and $20,000 for youth job training, the development of a debate camp at Morgan State University and teaching former prisoners to urban farm.

Towson teacher injured in Boston bombing is back in Maryland

10:19 PM EDT, June 3, 2013

Towson teacher injured in Boston bombing is back in Maryland

Erika Brannock saw flashes of yellow and orange, and she felt as if her body was falling in slow motion when the first of two homemade bombs at the Boston Marathon exploded inches away from where she stood near the finish line.

Baltimore water bills could rise by 15 percent

9:23 PM EDT, May 20, 2013

Baltimore water bills could rise by 15 percent

Customers of Baltimore's water system would see their water bills go up 15 percent — more than expected — under a proposal the Department of Public Works announced Monday.

No action sought on sex abuse allegation against swim coach, documents show

9:36 PM EDT, May 29, 2013

No action sought on sex abuse allegation against swim coach, documents show

An attorney advising the University of Maryland recommended against seeking prosecution or reporting a swim coach who had allegedly abused a teenager at a private club, university officials said Wednesday.

Former swim coach sentenced for child sex abuse

10:15 PM EDT, May 23, 2013

Former swim coach sentenced for child sex abuse

Kelley Currin recalled dancing with her longtime swimming coach, Rick Curl, as a teenage girl the night of his wedding some 30 years ago. She wore a pink dress, held on too long and whispered in his ear, "I hate you."

UM says it alerted AG's office about swim coach's abuse of girl

9:44 AM EDT, May 25, 2013

UM says it alerted AG's office about swim coach's abuse of girl

The University of Maryland says it alerted the state attorney general nearly 25 years ago that the school's head swimming coach had acknowledged sexually abusing a girl at his private club, but he was not charged until last year.

City to move forward with development of Ripken field in Park Heights

12:18 PM EDT, May 8, 2013

City to move forward with development of Ripken field in Park Heights

Reinvestment and redevelopment of the distressed Park Heights neighborhood will continue under a funding agreement Baltimore's financial oversight panel approved Wednesday with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

City spending board approves another property tax break

9:15 PM EDT, May 22, 2013

City spending board approves another property tax break

Baltimore's spending board voted Wednesday to approve another property tax break for city homeowners, part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's plan to cut property taxes by 22 percent over 10 years.

Free Baltimore legal clinic planned

11:48 AM EDT, May 23, 2013

Free Baltimore legal clinic planned

Volunteer lawyers will provide free legal advice to the public on June 1 in Baltimore.

Judges sue Social Security over 'quotas' on disability decisions

5:12 PM EDT, April 28, 2013

Judges sue Social Security over 'quotas' on disability decisions

Administrative law judges who evaluate disability claims for the Social Security Administration want a federal court to ease a workload that they say makes errors more likely — the latest in a series of challenges confronting the Woodlawn-based agency.

Youths offer ideas for a 'safe and inclusive' Inner Harbor

9:32 PM EDT, May 29, 2013

Youths offer ideas for a 'safe and inclusive' Inner Harbor

Baltimore teens Rickya'h Brooks and Marquise Robinson never really feel welcome at the Inner Harbor. They say police cast a judgmental eye on all kids who go there, especially African-Americans. And they're frustrated that the waterfront mall provides little entertainment for young people and restricts their access to shopping.

Police identify 1-year-old killed in Cherry Hill shooting; one arrest made

11:11 PM EDT, May 26, 2013

Police identify 1-year-old killed in Cherry Hill shooting; one arrest made

Three men wearing latex gloves, two in hooded sweat shirts, fired at least 16 shots as Rashaw Scott sat in the driver's seat of a parked red Chevrolet — his 16-month-old son, Carter, was in the back passenger seat — in what police say was a targeted shooting that left the child dead.

Commission on animal abuse faults city for inaction

7:46 PM EDT, May 17, 2013

Commission on animal abuse faults city for inaction

A mayoral commission has issued a highly critical report challenging Baltimore's commitment to eradicating violence against dogs and cats, citing a lack of police investigation and poor conditions for captured strays.

City to hire recruitment officer for casino jobs

1:44 PM EDT, May 2, 2013

City to hire recruitment officer for casino jobs

Baltimore will hire a recruitment coordinator to look for city residents who can help fill the 1,700 jobs expected to be created by the construction and operation of the new casino.

Social Security benefit information available online

5:50 PM EDT, June 4, 2013

Social Security benefit information available online

Individuals interested in retirement planning can use the website for the Social Security Administration to obtain their statement of earning and a benefit estimate, along with other key documents.

City plans bike-sharing program

11:02 AM EDT, May 8, 2013

City plans bike-sharing program

More than 250 bicycles would be available for short-term rentals at 25 stations throughout Baltimore by this time next year under a bike-sharing program similar to those in Washington and London, city officials said.

Traffic delays likely for Social Security drill

3:20 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

Traffic delays likely for Social Security drill

An emergency drill at the Woodlawn-based Social Security Administration is likely to cause traffic delays Friday near Security Boulevard and Woodlawn Drive.

Assault at Orioles game sends man to intensive care, police say

8:40 AM EDT, June 1, 2013

Assault at Orioles game sends man to intensive care, police say

Matt Fortese came 75 miles from Hagerstown to meet Taylor Queen at Camden Yards. She drove more than three hours from Virginia. Their second date was going well, Queen said, until an hour of taunting from two fans boiled over into an altercation that left Fortese fighting for his life.

City to offer free breakfast, lunch to kids this summer

5:11 PM EDT, May 1, 2013

City to offer free breakfast, lunch to kids this summer

Children in poor Baltimore neighborhoods can get free meals this summer through an extension of the National School Lunch Program, city officials said Wednesday.

Wounded veterans' partners get scholarships to UMUC

10:10 AM EDT, April 26, 2013

Wounded veterans' partners get scholarships to UMUC

Two weeks after Beverly Poyer married her husband in 2007, he was deployed to Afghanistan. When he came home a year later, she was thrust into a role she hadn't expected: caregiver.

Md.'s House delegation demands fixes at Baltimore VA office from Shinseki

7:29 PM EDT, April 24, 2013

Md.'s House delegation demands fixes at Baltimore VA office from Shinseki

Maryland's U.S. House delegation met Wednesday with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to keep pressure on the agency to fix problems at the troubled Baltimore office and follow up on promises for improvement.

Happiness turned to horror for Marylanders at Boston Marathon

9:10 PM EDT, April 20, 2013

Happiness turned to horror for Marylanders at Boston Marathon

— At 2:42 p.m. on Monday — just minutes before the first bomb exploded along the marathon course — Carol Downing's son-in-law and daughters were positioned perfectly to watch her run past the blue-and-yellow finish line painted across Boylston Street.

Edwards named interim city schools CEO

9:22 PM EDT, May 6, 2013

Edwards named interim city schools CEO

As city schools CEO Andrés Alonso steps aside, he's turning the system over to a close adviser he's trusted during some of his administration's most trying moments.

San Francisco mayor comes to Baltimore for day of service

7:21 AM EDT, April 26, 2013

San Francisco mayor comes to Baltimore for day of service

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will join the mayor of San Francisco today for a day of service in Baltimore to collect on a Super Bowl wager that she won when the Ravens dominated the 49ers.

4:13 PM EDT, April 19, 2013

Md. nonprofits waiting for cuts to AmeriCorps volunteers

When officials in Washington evaluate the consequences of the sequester, Tiara Bland wants them to consider the sixth-grade girls at Mother Seton Academy.

Rock star status: Preakness horses get royal treatment

6:52 PM EDT, May 17, 2013

PREAKNESS 2013

Rock star status: Preakness horses get royal treatment

Handlers used special massage techniques to soothe Goldencents' muscular frame and sudsy sponges to stimulate the shine and bloom on the Preakness competitor's chocolate-colored coat — while a sizable entourage seemed transfixed.

Nearly $3M in community impact grants awarded by United Way

6:09 PM EDT, April 30, 2013

Nearly $3M in community impact grants awarded by United Way

The United Way of Central Maryland will provide nearly $3 million in community grants intended to provide financial stability to families, quality education to children and healthy alternatives to individuals, the organization said this week.

United Way distributes 2.8 million pounds of food

1:04 PM EDT, April 23, 2013

United Way distributes 2.8 million pounds of food

The United Way of Central Maryland's Access to Healthy Food Initiative distributed more than 2.8 million pounds of groceries — enough to fill 56 tractor trailers — to low-income individuals and families, the organization announced Tuesday.

5:53 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

Baltimore City employee killed after crash in front of City Hall

A Baltimore city employee was killed Tuesday afternoon after a man veered off an interstate and sped onto downtown streets, flipping the car he was driving in front of City Hall, according to police and the victim's family.

Towson teacher among marathon victims to lose limb

9:57 PM EDT, April 17, 2013

Towson teacher among marathon victims to lose limb

After two days of heavy sedation, Erika Brannock awoke Wednesday morning in her hospital bed to dramatic and gruesome news: Her left leg had been amputated below the knee, the only medical option for a team of surgeons handling traumatic injuries from the Boston Marathon bombings.

Mayors team for day of service after Super Bowl bet

7:50 PM EDT, April 26, 2013

Mayors team for day of service after Super Bowl bet

In a pair of working gloves with the Ravens logo emblazoned on the front, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee painted broad brush strokes at a West Baltimore police station Friday to make good on a bet.

Senators call on VA to bring in additional staff

9:29 PM EDT, April 15, 2013

Senators call on VA to bring in additional staff

With staff members at the Baltimore office of the Department of Veterans Affairs spending a month in training, Maryland's senators called on VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to dispatch more analysts to help work through one of the worst disability claims backlogs in the nation.

Lawmakers raise concerns about O'Malley proposal to fund Towson baseball

8:46 PM EDT, April 3, 2013

Lawmakers raise concerns about O'Malley proposal to fund Towson baseball

Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to allocate $300,000 in taxpayer money to save Towson University's baseball team came under fire Wednesday from some legislators and key fiscal policymakers for being unprecedented and unfair to other college sports programs.

Boston manhunt leaves streets mostly empty and 'eerie'

11:10 AM EDT, April 19, 2013

Boston manhunt leaves streets mostly empty and 'eerie'

— Stores were shuttered and streets were mostly empty Friday morning as a manhunt was underway for a suspect in the marathon bombing that killed three and injured more than 180 others.

Baltimore City employee killed in crash in front of City Hall

9:23 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

Baltimore City employee killed in crash in front of City Hall

A Baltimore City employee was killed Tuesday afternoon when police said a man veered off an interstate and sped onto downtown streets, flipping the car he was driving in front of City Hall.

Anti-abortion group stirs speech debate at Hopkins

9:33 PM EDT, April 8, 2013

Anti-abortion group stirs speech debate at Hopkins

A group of students at the Johns Hopkins University is reviving a campus anti-abortion group that members say will perform "sidewalk counseling" — attempting to discourage pregnant women entering clinics from going through with the procedure.

Md. to partner with USDA to enhance food stamp fraud detection efforts

7:05 AM EDT, March 20, 2013

Md. to partner with USDA to enhance food stamp fraud detection efforts

The Maryland Department of Human Resources will step up efforts to find people who sell their food stamps for cash or otherwise defraud the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, under a pilot program with the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.

3:57 PM EDT, March 15, 2013

Volunteers help rebuild playground for formerly homeless children

A team of 90 volunteers painted and cleaned the playground at the Pratt House this week to prepare the site for an overhaul next month.

VA to immediately evaluate, pay oldest disability claims

7:06 PM EDT, April 19, 2013

VA to immediately evaluate, pay oldest disability claims

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday a plan to immediately evaluate and pay the oldest disability claims, a move that advocates expect will bring relief to Maryland servicemen and women who face one of the largest backlogs in the country.

Some scholarly journals charge author fees

7:17 AM EDT, April 1, 2013

Some scholarly journals charge author fees

A Denver-based scholarly librarian leveled plagiarism allegations against a Towson University professor after doing research for his watchdog blog and alerting university officials, journals and The Baltimore Sun.

11:25 PM EDT, March 30, 2013

Medical emergency disrupts light rail services

A medical emergency disrupted service on the light rail between North Avenue and Falls Road late Saturday, according to tranportation officials.

Police chase lead on Vi Ripken kidnapping to dead end

8:13 PM EDT, April 12, 2013

Police chase lead on Vi Ripken kidnapping to dead end

Detectives in Aberdeen received a tip they hoped would be their big break: A prisoner seeking leniency said he knew the man who abducted the mother of Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr.

Towson professor investigated over allegations of plagiarism

9:13 PM EDT, March 28, 2013

Towson professor investigated over allegations of plagiarism

A longtime Towson University professor has resigned his post as the head of the city school system's ethics panel amid allegations that his published academic articles contain content from dozens of sources without proper — or in some cases any — attribution.

Anti-abortion student group at Hopkins will be fully recognized

5:20 PM EDT, April 10, 2013

Anti-abortion student group at Hopkins will be fully recognized

Anti-abortion activists at the Johns Hopkins University who had fought to form an official club have been fully recognized, clearing the way for them to use the institution's logo and raise cash on campus.

Advocates say Baltimore's plan to end homelessness is in disarray

9:10 PM EDT, March 17, 2013

Advocates say Baltimore's plan to end homelessness is in disarray

Halfway through Baltimore's long-term plan to end homelessness, advocates complain that the strategy is in disarray and worry that the number of men, women and children without permanent homes has grown — despite millions of dollars being pumped into local services.

7:36 AM EDT, March 15, 2013

Police ID victim in pedestrian accident as Edgemere man, 77

Police identified the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident as a 77-year-old Edgemere man.

3:58 PM EDT, April 1, 2013

Career expo planned for veterans

A free career expo will be held Thursday in Linthicum for veterans and transitioning servicemen and servicewomen.

Food giveaway benefits Head Start children, families

6:49 PM EDT, March 21, 2013

Food giveaway benefits Head Start children, families

The families of nearly 400 children in Baltimore Head Start classes received boxes packed with healthy food items Thursday from Feed the Children and the United Way of Central Maryland.

3:10 PM EDT, April 2, 2013

Vigil held for homeless man stabbed to death at city's shelter

Sitting alone at the edge of the parking lot outside Baltimore's 24-hour homeless shelter, Robin Bolden watched the dozens gathered nearby Saturday to remember her husband, Dana, who was stabbed to death at the facility earlier this month.

Hanover man dies of gunshot wound in Westminster home

9:34 AM EDT, March 17, 2013

Hanover man dies of gunshot wound in Westminster home

Police said a Hanover, Md., man died Saturday after being shot while lying on the couch at a home he was visiting in Westminster.

10:06 PM EDT, March 30, 2013

Harford police looking for armed robbery suspect

Police are looking for a man who robbed an Edgewood 7-Eleven early Saturday.

5:34 PM EDT, March 30, 2013

Teen rescued from waist-deep mud in Pasadena

Rescue crews spent nearly an hour Friday freeing a 15-year-old boy from waist-deep mud in Pasadena, officials said.

Reward offered for intellectually disabled man missing since Feb.

3:35 PM EDT, March 25, 2013

Reward offered for intellectually disabled man missing since Feb.

A $5,300 reward is being offered for tips that lead to the homecoming of James White, an intellectually disabled 64-year-old man who left his Owings Mills assisted-living home a month ago.

Federal government cuts travel costs; scientists warn of collaboration lost

11:21 PM EDT, March 17, 2013

Federal government cuts travel costs; scientists warn of collaboration lost

Florence P. Haseltine knows the power of scientists meeting face to face. The former researcher at the National Institutes of Health notes a list of milestones achieved through networking and collaboration at conferences, such as the deliberations that led to advances that helped slow the spread of HIV.

8:57 PM EST, March 4, 2013

Rondeau serves as new Family League director

Jonathon Rondeau, who recently ran an Upper Malboro training center for people with disabilities, has taken the reins at the Family League of Baltimore.

Hundreds join archbishop for Mass to celebrate Pope Francis

6:54 PM EDT, March 17, 2013

Hundreds join archbishop for Mass to celebrate Pope Francis

Three deer scurried past the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen as Steve Thomas and his wife, Debbie, arrived for Sunday Mass to celebrate the new spiritual leader for Roman Catholics worldwide, Pope Francis.

Md. to receive $45.6M for homeless services

5:21 PM EDT, March 13, 2013

Md. to receive $45.6M for homeless services

Maryland will receive $45.6 million from the Obama administration for housing and local services for the homeless, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday.

Advocates ask lawmakers to update 600-year-old eviction law

4:55 PM EST, March 3, 2013

Advocates ask lawmakers to update 600-year-old eviction law

Pat and Henry Bradley say their landlord decided to suddenly kick them out of his waterfront Dundalk house, changing the locks while they were still frantically trying to remove their belongings.

Public cancer forum set for Tuesday

2:42 PM EDT, March 12, 2013

Public cancer forum set for Tuesday

U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will host a public cancer awareness forum Tuesday at the East Baltimore Medical Center to provide information and resources to patients, supporters and survivors.

City clears homeless camp, residents in temporary housing

8:28 PM EST, March 8, 2013

City clears homeless camp, residents in temporary housing

Tracy Jones pounded a pair of sneakers against the wall of an Interstate 83 ramp, shaking off months of caked-on dirt. She tossed aside a long-sleeve shirt that had been chewed by a rat and packed up her few belongings Friday as a team of city workers razed the homeless encampment where she had lived with more than a dozen others.

Ripken foundation hosts summit on preventing abuse of child athletes

7:33 PM EDT, March 19, 2013

Ripken foundation hosts summit on preventing abuse of child athletes

— As Cal Ripken Jr. watched the news unfold of the sexual abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky at Penn State University, he decided to take on the chief question before the sporting community: "What can we do to make kids safer?"

City to raze homeless encampment near JFX

7:22 PM EST, March 3, 2013

City to raze homeless encampment near JFX

Venus Wiles would rather sleep in a tent stuffed with blankets and all her worldly possessions on the side of the Jones Falls Expressway with her boyfriend, Michael Spence, than stay the night in an emergency shelter.

9:24 PM EDT, March 14, 2013

Woman killed after being hit by car in Pasadena

A 35-year-old woman was killed after being hit by a car in Pasadena shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday, officials said.

1:26 PM EST, February 28, 2013

Food survey shows one in six Marylanders have gone hungry

Nearly one in six Marylanders did not have enough money to buy food their family needed at times during 2012, according to a report released Thursday by the Food Research and Action Center.

Man stabbed at Fallsway shelter dies of injuries

8:59 PM EDT, March 17, 2013

Man stabbed at Fallsway shelter dies of injuries

Baltimore police say a man who was stabbed early Sunday at the entrance of the city's 24-hour emergency shelter has died.

Advocates work to find housing for homeless at downtown encampment

8:03 PM EST, March 6, 2013

Advocates work to find housing for homeless at downtown encampment

As a Friday deadline approaches, advocates are working to find housing for the homeless men and women living at a Baltimore encampment set to be cleared.

Mikulski, VA secretary pledge added staff, training in Baltimore

9:37 PM EST, February 19, 2013

Mikulski, VA secretary pledge added staff, training in Baltimore

The Baltimore office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the nation's worst performer in processing disability claims, will receive more employee training, an influx of senior staff and a new digital processing system ahead of schedule, under a plan outlined Tuesday by VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

Ex-Md. agency head named acting SSA commissioner

8:49 PM EST, February 14, 2013

Ex-Md. agency head named acting SSA commissioner

Carolyn Colvin, the former secretary of the state Department of Human Resources, became acting commissioner of the Woodlawn-based Social Security Administration on Thursday.

Anne Arundel county executive shuts down in-house surveillance operation

12:05 AM EST, March 5, 2013

Anne Arundel county executive shuts down in-house surveillance operation

On her first full day on the job, the new Anne Arundel County executive shut down a surveillance operation inside the county office building that included 500 cameras recording minute-by-minute activity in and around numerous county government facilities.

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore student fatally stabbed on campus

11:12 PM EST, February 17, 2013

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore student fatally stabbed on campus

A University of Maryland, Eastern Shore student was stabbed to death this weekend during a fight as the campus celebrated homecoming — plunging another state school into grief after an apparent murder-suicide left two students dead in College Park less than a week ago.

Dalai Lama to speak at University of Maryland

3:26 PM EST, February 22, 2013

Dalai Lama to speak at University of Maryland

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader for Tibetan Buddhists, will speak in May at the University of Maryland as part of the Sadat Lecture for Peace, an annual series that has drawn world leaders such as Madeleine Albright, Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter.

Homeless encampment an issue at City Hall

8:22 PM EST, March 4, 2013

Homeless encampment an issue at City Hall

Homeless advocates and a city councilwoman sharply criticized Monday a Rawlings-Blake administration plan to remove an encampment of about a dozen homeless people this week from under the Interstate 83 overpass in central Baltimore.

4:30 PM EST, February 24, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments over Md. DNA case

In a Maryland case that's garnered the attention of the other 49 states, the federal Department of Justice and the national science community, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether to restrict police in collecting DNA to solve crimes.

Catholics surprised by Benedict's resignation

9:38 PM EST, February 11, 2013

Catholics surprised by Benedict's resignation

Crystal Sewell knows what she wants to see in the next pope: a combination of the last two.

6:23 PM EST, March 5, 2013

Morgan State regents violated Open Meetings Act

The Morgan State University Board of Regents violated Maryland's Open Meetings Act when it held a meeting in early December in which it decided to not renew the contract of its president, a decision it has since reversed.

VFW helping veterans collect VA benefits

12:59 PM EST, February 18, 2013

VFW helping veterans collect VA benefits

Dawn Brown left the Navy after 15 years when she developed Hodgkin's lymphoma. She lost her job as a secretary at a Baltimore school about a month before she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Emergency roadwork slows southbound York Road

8:36 AM EDT, March 15, 2013

Emergency roadwork slows southbound York Road

Emergency roadwork has closed the two southbound lanes of York Road between Greenmeadow Drive and Timonium Road in Lutherville-Timonium.

'Today Show' comes to Inner Harbor for Ravens rally

6:11 PM EST, February 1, 2013

'Today Show' comes to Inner Harbor for Ravens rally

Victoria Hopkins-Rheubottom — sporting a purple wig and team gear from head to toe — played the part of unofficial Ravens cheerleader Friday at the Inner Harbor for a visit from the "Today Show," part of the countdown to Super Bowl Sunday.

$200K in grants open to black men improving Baltimore

6:46 PM EST, February 18, 2013

$200K in grants open to black men improving Baltimore

Black men and teens working to improve Baltimore can receive up to $20,000 for their community engagement projects, under a partnership between the Knight and Open Society foundations.

10:11 PM EST, February 8, 2013

Police search for black Honda in connection with shooting

Police are searching for a black Honda Accord in connection with a shooting Friday in Baltimore's Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood that left a victim in serious condition.

5:50 PM EST, February 8, 2013

Woman's body found in basement of burning home

Firefighters discovered the body of a woman in the basement of single family home in Northwest Baltimore that caught fire Friday, authorities said.

Baltimore woman among Obama's Citizen Medal awardees

6:34 PM EST, February 15, 2013

Baltimore woman among Obama's Citizen Medal awardees

Janice Jackson remembers being a 20-something flirting with the young men who worked at the Baltimore rehabilitation center where she visited her brother as he was recovering from a car accident that left him paralyzed.

12:05 PM EST, January 28, 2013

1 dead, 1 critical after possible domestic altercation in Annapolis

A man is dead and a woman is in critical condition Monday after a possible domestic altercation at an Annapolis business, police said.

9:48 AM EST, January 30, 2013

911 caller discovered gunshot victim in Northeast Baltimore

Police have still not identified a man who died Tuesday after being shot in Northeast Baltimore.

Social Security commissioner to leave post

8:01 PM EST, January 28, 2013

Social Security commissioner to leave post

The White House remained silent on President Barack Obama's choice of a successor for the commissioner of the Woodlawn-based Social Security Administration, who announced Monday he would step down next month.

9:22 AM EST, January 31, 2013

Glen Burnie man charged with strangling great aunt to death

A 22-year-old Glen Burnie man is in custody for allegedly strangling his 62-year-old great aunt to death Tuesday in the 300 block of Gatewater Court, police said.

'Wage theft' prevails in post-recession economy

7:44 PM EST, February 2, 2013

'Wage theft' prevails in post-recession economy

Behind the counter at a convenience store in Princess Anne, Elvira Orellana worked 72 hours a week, making sandwiches, cleaning the kitchen and ordering the ingredients to prepare oxtail, curry chicken and cheese steaks.

Columbia mother solicits letters of support for son who threatened suicide

9:33 PM EST, February 8, 2013

Columbia mother solicits letters of support for son who threatened suicide

Hours after Karen Brocklebank's son posted pictures online late last month of his forearm marred with a series of self-inflicted cuts and a threat to kill himself on his 13th birthday, she sat in an uncomfortable emergency room chair, sleepless and in despair.

Child rapist Merzbacher will stay in prison, U.S. court rules

9:22 PM EST, January 25, 2013

Child rapist Merzbacher will stay in prison, U.S. court rules

John Merzbacher, a former South Baltimore parochial school teacher convicted of raping a student, will remain in prison after the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision Friday that could have set him free.

Tuesday traffic: Slowdown in Baltimore Co. at Bosley Ave.

8:50 AM EST, January 29, 2013

Tuesday traffic: Slowdown in Baltimore Co. at Bosley Ave.

Utility work at Maryland Route 45 at Bosley Avenue has closed one of two northbound lanes and the shoulder. Expect delays.

Thursday traffic: Wind gusts put restrictions on Bay Bridge travel

7:25 PM EST, January 31, 2013

Thursday traffic: Wind gusts put restrictions on Bay Bridge travel

Wind gusts as high as 49 mph have shut down the Bay Bridge in Anne Arundel County to vulnerable large trucks, as weather conditions make for a problematic Thursday morning commute.

Baltimore VA office worst in nation for processing disability claims

11:46 AM EST, January 26, 2013

Baltimore VA office worst in nation for processing disability claims

The Baltimore office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is the slowest in the country in processing disability claims for servicemen and servicewomen — averaging about a year — and makes more mistakes than any other office.

United Way of Central Md. reports 6.4 percent increase in 211 calls

7:36 PM EST, February 8, 2013

United Way of Central Md. reports 6.4 percent increase in 211 calls

The 211 call center for United Way of Central Maryland answered more than 97,000 calls last year from individuals looking for tax assistance, housing, food and health services, officials announced Friday.

VA approves veteran's claim after Baltimore Sun report

7:38 PM EST, February 1, 2013

VA approves veteran's claim after Baltimore Sun report

For 21/2 years, Iraq combat veteran Robert Fearing battled overwhelming anxiety and paranoia, a remnant of the mortar attacks he endured in the desert, all the while swallowing his frustration at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to process his disability claim.

New Windsor man dies after fleeing police

9:21 PM EST, January 21, 2013

New Windsor man dies after fleeing police

A 29-year-old New Windsor man died Monday after fleeing police in Finksburg, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said.

4:43 PM EST, January 23, 2013

Md. eliminates paper checks for child support payments

The state this month will begin sending all child support payments electronically, a move that the Maryland Department of Human Resources said Wednesday will save $1.4 million.

Thousands gather at harbor to send Ravens off to Super Bowl

8:40 PM EST, January 28, 2013

Thousands gather at harbor to send Ravens off to Super Bowl

Ray Lewis took the microphone and said one word three times: "Baltimore."

Hundreds celebrate King holiday at Baltimore museum

10:07 PM EST, January 21, 2013

Hundreds celebrate King holiday at Baltimore museum

Children used paper plates, yarn, feathers and beads to make dream catchers decorated with words and phrases like "hope" and "I have a dream" to celebrate the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday while their parents watched President Barack Obama's inauguration on a big-screen television.

'Promise Heights' project in West Baltimore receives $500,000 grant

4:47 PM EST, December 30, 2012

'Promise Heights' project in West Baltimore receives $500,000 grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $500,000 for activists to offer West Baltimore children holistic services from "cradle to college to career," under the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

O'Malley wants to extend law to allow DNA collection from crime suspects

5:38 PM EST, January 18, 2013

O'Malley wants to extend law to allow DNA collection from crime suspects

In an attempt to keep one of his signature initiatives alive, Gov. Martin O'Malley wants state lawmakers to reauthorize police to collect DNA samples from crime suspects before the current statute expires later this year.

More than 1,000 AKA sorority sisters volunteer in Baltimore

6:24 PM EST, January 11, 2013

More than 1,000 AKA sorority sisters volunteer in Baltimore

The other children sitting on the carpet in Diana Holley's first-grade classroom at Gilmor Elementary School on Friday wiggled and squirmed and laughed and whispered. But Briana Diggs stayed still.

Cold forecast for Baltimore region this week

9:17 PM EST, January 21, 2013

Cold forecast for Baltimore region this week

A light dusting of snow on Monday, with temperatures too high for accumulation, will be followed by a cold front that is expected to linger over the Baltimore region for the rest of the week.

Md. congressional leadership demands answers from VA

9:08 PM EST, January 28, 2013

Md. congressional leadership demands answers from VA

Calling the failures at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Baltimore "inexcusable," Maryland's congressional leadership on Monday demanded the beleaguered agency develop an immediate plan to fix the local problems in processing disability claims.

Pizza delivery driver says self-defense on job got him demoted

6:07 PM EST, January 1, 2013

Pizza delivery driver says self-defense on job got him demoted

Sam Swicegood slipped a fiberglass stake up his sleeve before he stepped out of his Chevy Lumina to deliver a pizza in Glen Burnie — just in case.

Baltimore has its first 'street newspaper' run by homeless

4:47 PM EST, January 6, 2013

Baltimore has its first 'street newspaper' run by homeless

Bonnie Lane stands in front of Baltimore's City Hall, arms crossed, lips pursed, on a mission.

State scraps plans to build youth jail in Baltimore

10:32 PM EST, January 16, 2013

State scraps plans to build youth jail in Baltimore

After years of community opposition, state officials have abandoned plans to build a new Baltimore jail for juveniles charged as adults, citing declines in youth crimes as they unveiled a plan Wednesday to send more teens to treatment programs and renovate a smaller facility for defendants in violent offenses.

Federal workers in Md. won't get coverage for autism treatment

5:27 PM EST, January 4, 2013

Federal workers in Md. won't get coverage for autism treatment

Autistic children of federal workers in 22 states begin receiving insurance coverage this month for a key behavioral treatment, under a decision by the Office of Personnel Management.

7:29 PM EST, December 14, 2012

CASA volunteers sworn to protect rights of abused and neglected children

Ten volunteers have become sworn Court Appointed Special Advocates this month for Maryland's abused and neglected children.

Disabled Marylanders join class action over delayed benefits

6:30 PM EST, January 21, 2013

Disabled Marylanders join class action over delayed benefits

Citing a severe and chronic backlog, advocacy groups have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the state of failing low-income and disabled Marylanders by regularly taking nearly a year to approve medical assistance applications.

3:53 PM EST, January 16, 2013

Baltimore youth jail funding not in O'Malley's budget

The state will not put any money toward the construction of a Baltimore jail for juveniles charged as adults, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed budget, as prison officials consider renovating an existing facility instead.

4:42 PM EST, January 8, 2013

Social Security office in Westminster moving

The Social Security office in Westminster will open at a new location Monday.

5:55 PM EST, January 4, 2013

Plan to move 450 federal jobs from P.G. delayed

The plan to move 450 jobs from the Financial Management Services facility in Hyattsville to West Virginia has been postponed for five years.

Term up for Social Security Administration's commissioner

7:37 PM EST, January 7, 2013

Term up for Social Security Administration's commissioner

President Barack Obama is expected to soon nominate a new head of the Social Security Administration, replacing an incumbent appointed by his predecessor, George W. Bush, but the White House is mum on who should take the helm at the agency, which faces voluminous backlogs, potential insolvency and a raft of critics.

11:03 PM EST, December 29, 2012

Accident on southbound I-83 at 28th Street cleared

An accident in the southbound lanes of Interstate 83 at 28th Street in Baltimore has been cleared, police said.

Kwanzaa event features African drummers, dance and theater

8:19 PM EST, December 29, 2012

Kwanzaa event features African drummers, dance and theater

With rapt attention, 4-year-old Alexis Gamble fixed her eyes on three teenage girls, bare-footed in vibrant-colored dresses, as they danced to traditional African beats on Saturday, the fourth day of Kwanzaa.

500 steelworkers turn out to receive United Way holiday meals

9:33 PM EST, December 20, 2012

500 steelworkers turn out to receive United Way holiday meals

For years, Jeff Mikula collected United Way donations from his fellow steelworkers at Sparrows Point. On Thursday, he — and 500 former co-workers from the now-closed plant — stood in line to receive them.

Maryland leaders call for tighter gun controls in wake of Conn. school shooting

3:12 PM EST, December 17, 2012

Maryland leaders call for tighter gun controls in wake of Conn. school shooting

Maryland's senior lawmaker, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, said Monday the National Rifle Association must come to the table to discuss the tighter gun controls, as she works with President Barack Obama and her colleagues in Congress in the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting.

Number of children in foster care drops in Maryland

8:01 PM EST, December 25, 2012

Number of children in foster care drops in Maryland

Devontay Hudson moved from one foster home to another for years, but last month he was adopted by a Millford Mill family — another symbol of a statewide initiative that has sharply reduced the number of children in foster care.

3:30 PM EST, December 5, 2012

Balto. inmate leaves work site, wanted by police

A Baltimore inmate charged with robbery and second-degree burglary walked off a work site Wednesday in the Clifton Park neighborhood.

As adopted daughter awaits new heart, family prays for miracle

7:48 PM EST, November 28, 2012

As adopted daughter awaits new heart, family prays for miracle

Nobody believed Liu Fang, born with half a heart and abandoned in a village west of Beijing, would survive long after being adopted by a Baltimore County family. Even the Bartlinskis, deeply religious Catholics, expected the girl's lungs would fail even if her heart could be repaired.

AmeriCorps branch to set up home base in East Baltimore

3:38 PM EST, December 18, 2012

AmeriCorps branch to set up home base in East Baltimore

As many as 240 AmeriCorps members will relocate to East Baltimore's Graceland Park neighborhood in the coming months, as the domestic version of the Peace Corps establishes an urban campus, the first of its kind.

United Way named "all-star" charity

5:20 PM EST, December 31, 2012

United Way named "all-star" charity

United Way was named an "all-star" charity by Forbes magazine for the high percentage of its donations that go toward direct services.

Blacks account for 85% of teens charged as adults in region

7:00 AM EST, December 24, 2012

Blacks account for 85% of teens charged as adults in region

Close to 85 percent of teens charged with adult crimes in the region are black, according to an snapshot of recent data from local jails in Baltimore and its surrounding counties.

Families worry about possible Russian adoption ban

9:45 PM EST, December 27, 2012

Families worry about possible Russian adoption ban

To Heather and Aaron Whaley, they're already parents to a 4-year-old girl living in a Russian orphanage off the Sea of Japan.

10:09 AM EST, December 5, 2012

Pizza delivery driver robbed in Glen Burnie

Police are looking for two men who robbed a pizza delivery driver in Glen Burnie Tuesday, police said.

8:28 PM EST, December 3, 2012

About 93,000 young adults in Md. out of school and not working

In Maryland, 93,000 teens and young adults are neither working nor in school, a trend that threatens future financial stability and predicts chronic joblessness, advocates said Monday.

Horse industry reaches 10-year deal for Pimlico, Laurel Park

8:24 PM EST, December 14, 2012

Horse industry reaches 10-year deal for Pimlico, Laurel Park

A 10-year deal signed Friday promises to stabilize Maryland's storied horse racing industry by encouraging capital improvements at Pimlico and Laurel Park and guaranteeing at least 100 live racing days each year, according to the state's track operators, horsemen and breeders.

7:37 PM EST, November 15, 2012

Audit: City mismanaged $9.5M grant for homeless prevention and re-housing efforts

Baltimore's Office of Human Services mismanaged a $9.5 million federal grant for helping the homeless by failing to oversee programs and awarding cash for services that may not have been eligible, auditors announced Thursday.

10:14 AM EST, December 17, 2012

Pizza delivery man stops robbery attempt with metal pipe

A pizza delivery driver fought off five would-be robbers with a metal pipe Friday in Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County police said.

7:25 PM EST, December 28, 2012

Ellicott City man arrested for string of Christmastime burglaries

An Ellicott City man was arrested Friday in connection with a string of Christmastime burglaries, Howard County police said.

2:40 PM EST, November 14, 2012

Fire damages Salvation Army store in Parkville

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire Wednesday that damaged the Salvation Army Thrift Store in the 1700 block of E. Joppa Road in Parkville.

7:53 PM EST, December 21, 2012

City's deceased homeless men, women remembered in ceremony

A memorial service was held late Friday — the longest night of the year — at the Inner Harbor to honor the more than 100 homeless men and women who died this year in Baltimore.

11:17 AM EST, November 15, 2012

Two adults, child displaced after fire at Pasadena waterfront home

A three-alarm fire damaged a waterfront home in Pasadena Wednesday, officials said.

10:11 PM EST, November 16, 2012

I-95 northbound in Havre de Grace re-opens after accident

An accident between a passenger vehicle and a 26,000-pound truck shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Havre de Grace for two hours on Friday, police said.

Catonsville child awaits heart after transplant falls through

7:09 PM EST, November 30, 2012

Catonsville child awaits heart after transplant falls through

Five-year-old Teresa Bartlinski was lying unconscious shortly after 3 a.m. Friday at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia when the doctor told her parents they had called off the heart transplant she was prepped to receive.

Police release new photos related to Vi Ripken kidnapping

7:25 PM EST, November 19, 2012

Police release new photos related to Vi Ripken kidnapping

The suspect in the abduction of Violet R. Ripken from her Aberdeen home stopped at a Middle River Walmart the day after the July incident and may have had a brief encounter with the driver of a dark green minivan, Aberdeen Police Lt. Fred Budnick said Monday.

8:27 PM EST, November 16, 2012

City intersections to lose crossing guards

Brendan Patrick O'Brien helped his two daughters and their three friends cross a busy stretch of Light Street on their way to a play date Friday from Federal Hill Preparatory School, and was left scratching his head over a decision to cut the number of crossing guards in the city.

Officials at Komen Maryland say they're $1M short of fundraising goal

7:44 AM EST, December 31, 2012

Officials at Komen Maryland say they're $1M short of fundraising goal

Facing a year of financial trouble that started with a national controversy over dropping monetary support for Planned Parenthood, Komen Maryland told its donors on Friday that the organization is $1 million short of reaching its current fundraising goal.

9:30 AM EDT, November 3, 2012

Man shot in East Baltimore's McElderry Park neighborhood

Baltimore police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in the McElderry Park neighborhood overnight Friday.

9:38 AM EST, November 17, 2012

Man shot and killed in Walbrook neighborhood

A man was shot and killed in the Walbrook neighborhood Friday night, police said, and another was shot, but not fatally, on East North Avenue early Saturday.

12:01 PM EST, December 2, 2012

Federal retirements spike as baby boomers retire, economy stabilizes

After a 36-year career with the Postal Service, Yverne "Pat" Moore says she's living the life she started planning two decades ago, filled with church and community service, grandchildren and a trip to the other side of the world.

8:49 AM EST, November 15, 2012

Woman dies after water rescue off pier in Canton

A woman rescued early Thursday from the water off a pier in Canton has died, police said.

Sandy tests Md. emergency preparations

3:01 PM EDT, November 3, 2012

Sandy tests Md. emergency preparations

Baltimore emergency officials expected devastation on par with Hurricane Katrina. Expecting Hurricane Sandy to knock out communications, they coordinated with local radio to broadcast public safety information and planned a "carrier pigeon" network that might have relied on inflatable boats for transportation.

Congressional staffers want better balance between work, life

7:36 AM EST, November 4, 2012

Congressional staffers want better balance between work, life

Wanted: Flexible schedules and telecommuting options for congressional staffers who frequently work more than 40 hours per week and seek a better balance between their work and personal lives.

11:02 PM EST, December 29, 2012

Male shot in leg on N. Gay Street

A male was shot in the leg Saturday on N. Gay Street, Baltimore police said.

President named for new University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

6:55 PM EST, November 15, 2012

President named for new University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

The man tapped Thursday as the CEO of the soon-to-be created University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center is known for his work in oncology, but for the last few years has been working toward a career on the administrative side of the hospital business.

7:16 AM EST, November 4, 2012

Baltimore-Washington Parkway reopens after bridge repair is a success

After some trouble on the first attempt, the State Highway Administration removed the 300-ton West Nursery Road bridge over the northbound lanes of Baltimore-Washington Parkway overnight and reopened the road early Saturday.

Hurricane Sandy contributes to long lines for early voting

6:32 PM EDT, October 27, 2012

Hurricane Sandy contributes to long lines for early voting

Voters looking to cast their ballots early found long lines Saturday across Maryland, as the opening of the presidential election met with the urgent preparation for the incoming Hurricane Sandy.

5:56 PM EST, December 4, 2012

Trial for teen accused of killing father postponed

The trial for a 17-year-old Bel Air teen accused of killing his father has been postponed for a second time until May.

Hess Corp. settles with Loch Raven homeowners

10:04 PM EST, November 16, 2012

Hess Corp. settles with Loch Raven homeowners

Hess Corp. has agreed to buy eight duplexes in Loch Raven and demolish them to settle homeowners' claims of contamination from a nearby gas station, the company said Friday.

6:17 PM EST, November 14, 2012

State auditors call for better oversight of city child support

The state contractor that collects child support payments in Baltimore continues to have trouble meeting the terms of its agreement, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of Legislative Audits calling for better oversight by the Department of Human Resources.

Maryland braces for Sandy

3:19 PM EDT, October 28, 2012

Maryland braces for Sandy

As the eye of Hurricane Sandy loomed over the waters some 500 miles southeast of Washington and the monster storm churned toward the Mid-Atlantic coast at 15 miles per hour, Marylanders braced Sunday for the arrival of a weather system some forecasters were calling potentially the most damaging to hit the United States in 75 years.

Families face long waits for Social Security disability benefits

3:59 PM EDT, October 27, 2012

Families face long waits for Social Security disability benefits

Jim Nicholas lay in a hospital bed recovering after a heart procedure when his attorney called with life-changing news: The Social Security Administration would pay him more than $206,000 in disability benefits, bringing an end to his nine-year court battle.

Man fatally stabbed in domestic dispute in E. Baltimore

9:05 PM EDT, October 27, 2012

Man fatally stabbed in domestic dispute in E. Baltimore

Police said a man was fatally stabbed Saturday morning in a domestic dispute, a killing that occurred the morning after two unrelated overnight shootings that injured five.

10:45 AM EDT, October 27, 2012

Motorcyclist dead after head-on collision with SUV in Sparks

A man driving a motorcycle died Saturday after a head-on collision with a SUV in Sparks, police said.

9:23 PM EST, November 16, 2012

Governor names new head of Office for Children

Gov. Martin O'Malley on Friday appointed the director of the "No Kid Hungry" state campaign to lead the Governor's Office for Children.

Somerset County struggles to recover from Sandy

8:49 PM EDT, October 31, 2012

Somerset County struggles to recover from Sandy

WatermanJohnny Parks was 9 years old when Hurricane Hazel slammed Maryland's Eastern Shore in October 1954. Until this week, he thought he might never see a storm like that again.

3:02 PM EDT, November 3, 2012

Police charge Baltimore woman in pedestrian hit-and-run

A 54-year-old Baltimore woman was charged with hitting a pedestrian on Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park Thursday and driving away, Anne Arundel County police said Saturday..

Merzbacher Catholic school abuse case before federal court

7:30 PM EDT, October 23, 2012

Merzbacher Catholic school abuse case before federal court

Linda Malat Tiburzi wanted a front-row seat inside a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals courtroom Tuesday, so judges could get a good look at her during a hearing involving a convicted child rapist who had taught at a Baltimore Catholic school.

10:07 AM EDT, October 27, 2012

Baltimore woman ejected from SUV, dies in Jessup crash

A 35-year-old Baltimore woman died Friday after running a red light on Telegraph Road in Jessup and crashing through a six-foot chain link fence after losing control of her vehicle, police said.

Construction mishap prolongs Baltimore-Washington Parkway closure

11:13 PM EDT, October 20, 2012

Construction mishap prolongs Baltimore-Washington Parkway closure

A construction mishap led Saturday to prolonged closures of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and the West Nursery Road business corridor near BWI, but state officials said the roads should reopen by rush hour Monday morning.

Free legal assistance in Baltimore to be offered this Saturday

8:27 PM EDT, October 26, 2012

Free legal assistance in Baltimore to be offered this Saturday

Barbara McDowell is banking on the free legal advice she received at one of Maryland Legal Aid's recent pro bono days to help resolve a seven-year child support dispute with the father of her grandson.

5:51 PM EDT, October 25, 2012

City student arrested after bringing unloaded gun to Carver High

A Baltimore high school student was arrested Thursday after bringing an unloaded handgun to Carver Vocational Technical High School, school officials said.

1:51 PM EDT, October 20, 2012

Suspect dies after hitting car, tree in Baltimore police chase

A suspect fleeing from police died after hitting another vehicle and striking a tree near the intersection of Broadway and Biddle streets in East Baltimore late Friday, police said.

7:58 PM EDT, October 25, 2012

Former swim coach accused of child abuse arrested in Md.

Former swimming coach Rick Curl turned himself in to Montgomery County police Thursday morning on a charge that he abused one of his students.

Woman drives car into empty early learning and day care center

6:08 PM EDT, October 20, 2012

Woman drives car into empty early learning and day care center

A woman driving a four-door Mercury eastbound on Dogwood Road in Woodlawn on Saturday swerved to avoid an accident, drove through a parking lot and crashed into an empty early learning and day care center, Baltimore County police said.

11:31 AM EDT, October 13, 2012

Police seeking three men in Cockeysville kidnapping

Maryland State Police are looking for three men who kidnapped a man in Cockeysville, crashed his 2011 Nissan Frontier on Interstate 83 at the Padonia Road exit and fled the scene.

$2 million prize announced for cure for blindness by 2020

9:27 PM EDT, October 19, 2012

$2 million prize announced for cure for blindness by 2020

Singer Art Garfunkel, a real estate magnate and an investor are putting $2 million in gold bullion on the line to inspire researchers to cure blindness by 2020, establishing through Johns Hopkins Medicine one of the world's largest prizes for a scientific advancement.

Former Md. Sen. Clarence Mitchell III has died

8:04 PM EDT, October 11, 2012

Former Md. Sen. Clarence Mitchell III has died

Clarence M. Mitchell III, who helped steer a sweeping desegregation measure through the General Assembly, died Thursday of cancer at Seasons Hospice at the Northwest Hospital Center. He was 72.

Baltimore youth jail protesters bring case to State House

9:04 PM EDT, October 17, 2012

Baltimore youth jail protesters bring case to State House

Dozens of Baltimore teens and young adults packed a state Senate hearing Wednesday, urging lawmakers not to build a new Baltimore jail for juvenile offenders charged as adults and instead shift efforts to keeping youths from being locked up in the first place.

10:06 PM EDT, October 13, 2012

Mixed martial arts fighter among victims in wave of violence

Mixed martial arts fighter Darren Costa and his longtime friend Matthew Morrow were shot early Saturday at a house party in Pasadena as a wave of violence swept across the region.

11:50 AM EDT, October 6, 2012

Aquatic club coach out after allegation of misconduct revealed

A longtime coach at the Baltimore swim club that has turned out several Olympians — including Michael Phelps — resigned after an allegation of "inappropriate conduct" with a female athlete was revealed, officials of the sport's national governing body said Friday.

Balto. Co. police find bullets in boy's jeans at Deer Park Middle

12:12 PM EDT, October 15, 2012

Balto. Co. police find bullets in boy's jeans at Deer Park Middle

Two Baltimore County boys traded a Bersa .380-caliber gun for an Xbox 360 in a swap that ended when officers found a handful of bullets in jeans left in a school locker room, police said Friday.

10:14 AM EDT, September 29, 2012

Man taken to hospital after two-vehicle accident in Pasadena

A 56-year-old man was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center Friday after a two-vehicle accident near Northeast High School in Pasadena.

10:28 AM EDT, October 13, 2012

Cabdriver shot, woman dead in separate incidents

A 57-year-old female cabdriver was shot in the chest early Saturday, in one of three separate shootings since Friday night, Baltimore police said.

Harford County confronts deaths of four officers

5:23 PM EDT, October 1, 2012

Harford County confronts deaths of four officers

Piled on Sheriff L. Jesse Bane's desk are stacks of unopened mail, and among the envelopes stuffed with condolences, is a black leather-bound Bible inscribed with gold lettering.

11:55 AM EDT, October 13, 2012

Man dead after shooting in Halethorpe

One man was fatally shot and another is recovering from multiple stabbings in two overnight incidents in Baltimore County, police said.

Survey shows fewer Maryland children suffered lead poisoning in 2011

8:48 PM EDT, October 4, 2012

Survey shows fewer Maryland children suffered lead poisoning in 2011

Fewer children were poisoned by lead-based paint in 2011 than in any year since Maryland began tracking cases nearly two decades ago, prompting the state to expand its focus to newer rental properties and owner-occupied homes.

Morgan State forum illuminates justice system's racial disparity

10:37 PM EDT, October 3, 2012

Morgan State forum illuminates justice system's racial disparity

Nearly every juvenile housed in Baltimore's adult prison in August -- 41 of 42 -- was black, an issue that brought more than 300 stakeholders together Wednesday at Morgan State University to discuss racial disparity in the criminal justice system.

Harriet Tubman descendants gather for forthcoming centennial of her death

6:51 PM EDT, September 29, 2012

Harriet Tubman descendants gather for forthcoming centennial of her death

After Ernestine Martin Wyatt helped stage a walkout decades ago over a lack of African-American history lessons at her high school, a teacher pulled her aside to ask about Wyatt's family ties to Harriet Tubman.

9:18 AM EDT, September 29, 2012

Man shot in leg at Security Square Mall parking lot

A man was shot late Friday in the parking lot of Security Square Mall, police said.

5:49 PM EDT, September 22, 2012

Pastor honored for 60 years at church

When the Rev. Marcus Garvey Wood started his ministry at Providence Baptist Church in Baltimore, President Barack Obama hadn't yet been born, Southern schools were still not integrated and Neil Armstrong hadn't walked on the moon.

Baltimore man arrested in June shooting death

10:04 AM EDT, September 29, 2012

Baltimore man arrested in June shooting death

Baltimore police have charged a 19-year-old man in connection with a shooting death earlier this year.

3:13 PM EDT, October 4, 2012

Reisterstown man accused of kidnapping roommate over work dispute

A 29-year-old Reisterstown man kidnapped his roommate and coworker Wednesday after accusing the second man of paying $2,000 too much for a load of scrap metal, Baltimore County police said.

10:26 PM EDT, October 3, 2012

Morgan State forum illuminates justice system's racial disparity

Nearly every juvenile housed in Baltimore's adult prison in August — 41 of 42 — was black, an issue that brought more than 300 stakeholders together Wednesday at Morgan State University to discuss racial disparity in the criminal justice system.

7:59 PM EDT, September 22, 2012

Hampstead man killed on I-97

The driver of a pickup truck failed to slow down for traffic on Interstate 97 in Anne Arundel County and hit a 2000 black Honda Accord just before 4 p.m. Friday, killing the Honda's driver, according to Maryland State Police.

Lance Armstrong headlines Ellicott City forum

10:59 PM EDT, October 6, 2012

Lance Armstrong headlines Ellicott City forum

Lance Armstrong tried to shed his serious public persona Saturday in Ellicott City by poking fun at the elephant in a room about half-filled with triathletes: his lifetime competitive sporting ban.

Naturalized American helps immigrants gain citizenship

4:04 PM EDT, September 29, 2012

Naturalized American helps immigrants gain citizenship

In her singsong voice, Sarah Moses asked the nervous 22-year-old Colombian man questions about American civics and culture: What is the name of the national anthem? At what age may a citizen vote? Why does the American flag have 13 stripes?

Suspect in death of Pikesville couple found with note: 'I am sorry'

7:35 PM EDT, September 18, 2012

Suspect in death of Pikesville couple found with note: 'I am sorry'

A note was found with the Pikesville man wanted in connection with his grandparents' death that read, "I am sorry for everything. Please forgive me," police said Tuesday.

8:20 PM EDT, September 8, 2012

Severna Park man critically injured in single-vehicle accident

A 29-year-old Severna Park man was critically injured early Saturday when his Acura Integra ran off the road and hit a concrete retaining wall in Pasadena, police said.

Despite disappointment, fans relish season

7:00 PM EDT, October 13, 2012

Despite disappointment, fans relish season

After cheering on the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Michael Cochran made it back to his Canton home about 3 a.m. Saturday — just in time to steal a few hours of sleep before waking up at 7 to run a half-marathon in the Baltimore Running Festival.

East Baltimore shooting leaves one man injured Saturday

12:54 PM EDT, September 22, 2012

East Baltimore shooting leaves one man injured Saturday

A man was found shot early Saturday in the 400 block of N. Collington Ave., near the Butcher's Hill and Patterson Place neighborhoods, police said.

Grandson allegedly used dumbbells in couple's deaths, police say

2:50 PM EDT, September 19, 2012

Grandson allegedly used dumbbells in couple's deaths, police say

A pair of 20-pound dumbbells and a knife were the murder weapons used in the deaths of an elderly Pikesville couple, Baltimore County police said Wednesday.

10:55 AM EDT, September 15, 2012

Essex man arrested in connection with three fires

Police arrested a 22-year-old Essex man in connection to three fires set early Friday.

Security upgrades made to social services offices after infant stabbing

7:56 PM EDT, September 23, 2012

Security upgrades made to social services offices after infant stabbing

A series of safety improvements are in the works at Maryland social services offices after an infant girl was allegedly stabbed by her mother during a supervised visit this spring, state officials said last week.

All-women team leaves mark on Grand Prix of Baltimore

7:52 PM EDT, September 1, 2012

All-women team leaves mark on Grand Prix of Baltimore

While Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmer Katie Ledecky proved to the world what a little girl power could do in London this summer, a group of women racecar drivers prepared to show the Grand Prix of Baltimore what they could do with a little horsepower.

Thousands attend 29th annual Maryland Wine Festival

6:12 PM EDT, September 15, 2012

Thousands attend 29th annual Maryland Wine Festival

John and Cindy Stevenson had the perfect set-up Saturday at the Maryland Wine Festival: topped-off glasses of vino, a cadre of friends and family, blankets and chairs spread out under a shade tree, crusty bread, caprese salad and two kinds of cheese.

Grand Prix off to a bumpy start

10:27 PM EDT, August 31, 2012

Grand Prix off to a bumpy start

A bumpy patch along Pratt Street that sent racecars airborne Friday meant a slow start for the first day of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, the much-anticipated reprise of an event that converts city streets into an adrenaline-inducing fast track.

'House of Cards' casting call has locals dreaming of Hollywood

6:34 PM EDT, September 8, 2012

'House of Cards' casting call has locals dreaming of Hollywood

Look out for Paul Shields in the background of a Central Park scene in the forthcoming Netflix series "House of Cards."

Two men shot in city neighborhoods early Saturday, one fatally

11:12 AM EDT, September 1, 2012

Two men shot in city neighborhoods early Saturday, one fatally

One man was fatally shot early Saturday in Baltimore and a second was shot in the left elbow in separate incidents.

More than 500 mourn second train derailment victim at memorial

9:18 PM EDT, August 25, 2012

More than 500 mourn second train derailment victim at memorial

In a washed-out video projected on the wall of Bethany United Methodist Church at her memorial service Saturday, Rose Louese Mayr tumbled and fluttered in a dance portrayal of a girl with her eyes turned toward God.

10:25 AM EDT, September 1, 2012

Cab driver robbed in Hampden, man arrested

A 27-year-old man was charged with assault, robbery and theft in a hold-up of a cab driver early Friday in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood.

8:42 PM EDT, September 15, 2012

Women struck in White Marsh after feud over parking spot

A woman was punched in the face and then pinned between two cars Friday in a lot at The Avenue at White Marsh after a "screaming match" over a parking spot, police said.

8:45 PM EDT, September 11, 2012

Balto. Co. officials promise safety upgrades after second gun incident

Baltimore County officials promised new safety measures Tuesday to prevent violence in public schools — including hand-held metal detectors, an increased police presence and a new administrative security office — after a teacher wrestled a gun from an eighth-grader two weeks after a shooting at a nearby high school.

Southern Anne Arundel Co. crash leaves two women dead

8:21 PM EDT, September 8, 2012

Southern Anne Arundel Co. crash leaves two women dead

Two women were killed early Saturday in a head-on collision in Deale and a third was flown to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, officials said.

12:40 PM EDT, September 10, 2012

Md. lawmakers protest agency move to W.Va.

Maryland lawmakers are protesting a plan by the Obama administration to eliminate 450 federal jobs in Prince George's County, but it is unclear whether they will be able to reverse it.

11:46 AM EDT, August 19, 2012

Social Security supporters tap seniors for campaign season advocacy

Social Security advocates had a message last week for an audience of Maryland seniors on the 77th anniversary of the federal benefits program: Let's not be the last generation to retire.

Two men dead after separate stabbings in Baltimore County

9:14 PM EDT, September 1, 2012

Two men dead after separate stabbings in Baltimore County

An employee of a Parkville bar died Saturday after he was stabbed while breaking up a fight, police said.

Experts say suspect photo means Vi Ripken case will be solved

7:11 PM EDT, August 9, 2012

Experts say suspect photo means Vi Ripken case will be solved

More than two weeks have passed since Violet R. Ripken's abduction, but experts believe the photograph of the suspect shopping at a local Walmart makes an arrest inevitable.

Elderly man dies trying to escape overnight fire in city rowhouse

10:57 AM EDT, September 1, 2012

Elderly man dies trying to escape overnight fire in city rowhouse

A 68-year-old man died trying to escape a Baltimore rowhouse that caught fire early Saturday, officials said.

More than 2,000 participants — and a proposal — at Columbia Iron Girl

5:19 PM EDT, August 19, 2012

More than 2,000 participants — and a proposal — at Columbia Iron Girl

A prize Brittany Ebbertt never expected was waiting Sunday as she sprinted down the pathway along Centennial Lake, past bunches of balloons and across the finish line at the seventh annual Iron Girl Triathlon in Columbia.

9:37 AM EDT, September 15, 2012

Man found dead in vehicle in Hampden

A man was found dead inside a vehicle in Hampden, police said Saturday.

Canton remembers Nacho Mama's owner killed in accident

6:41 PM EDT, August 25, 2012

Canton remembers Nacho Mama's owner killed in accident

Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, the 49-year-old owner of Nacho Mama's and a force in the revitalization of Canton, was remembered Saturday by friends, employees, patrons and local leaders for his outsize personality, philanthropy and pioneering contributions to the community.

Henrietta Lacks honored in 15th annual Turners Station celebration

6:09 PM EDT, August 4, 2012

Henrietta Lacks honored in 15th annual Turners Station celebration

Long before the best-selling book about Henrietta Lacks and her immortal cells was written, Turners Station neighbors gathered to honor her legacy, a tradition that continued Saturday.

Md. child support collections on the rise after audit

6:33 PM EDT, August 29, 2012

Md. child support collections on the rise after audit

Curious billboards have popped up around Baltimore recently: "Hiring again? Share the good news."

9:45 AM EDT, August 4, 2012

Baltimore police investigating two separate city shootings

Baltimore police are investigating two separate overnight shootings in two city neighborhoods that have struggled with violence.

Two lives lost as train derails in Ellicott City

12:03 AM EDT, August 22, 2012

Two lives lost as train derails in Ellicott City

Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr sat on the edge of the Ellicott City bridge dangling their bare feet over a dimly lit Main Street shortly before midnight Monday, a last get-together before parting for their junior year away at college.

8:39 PM EDT, August 9, 2012

Police seize 222 rabbits at Calvert County rescue

More than 200 rabbits were seized from a Calvert County rescue because of poor living conditions, police said Thursday.

Four men shot early Saturday in latest Baltimore spree of violence; 1 dead

7:22 PM EDT, September 8, 2012

Four men shot early Saturday in latest Baltimore spree of violence; 1 dead

Four men were shot in locations across Baltimore early Saturday, police said, including a double shooting in the Druid Heights neighborhood that continued a violent start to September.

Baltimore nursing home closes, displaces nearly 70 residents

9:48 PM EDT, August 30, 2012

Baltimore nursing home closes, displaces nearly 70 residents

Nearly 70 elderly patients and vulnerable adults must find new homes because of the planned closure of Harborside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore, a sprawling facility with numerous fire hazards uncovered in a recent state inspection.

Vi Ripken abduction is not a cold case, investigators say

7:15 PM EDT, September 5, 2012

Vi Ripken abduction is not a cold case, investigators say

Six weeks after the mother of one of Baltimore's most famous baseball players was kidnapped and left bound on the side of the road in her Lincoln Town Car, the case remains a mystery to police.

Cal Ripken Jr. calls mother's kidnapping 'worst feeling'

7:58 PM EDT, August 3, 2012

Cal Ripken Jr. calls mother's kidnapping 'worst feeling'

As soon as Cal Ripken Jr. found out his mother was missing, he jumped in his car and set out to find her himself.

Family remembers train derailment victim Rose Mayr as talented dancer, singer

8:55 PM EDT, August 26, 2012

Family remembers train derailment victim Rose Mayr as talented dancer, singer

In the days after her sister, Rose, died in a train derailment, Anna Mayr felt as if her younger sibling were upstairs sleeping while friends swapped stories on the family's Ellicott City porch until the early hours of Sunday.

Homeless and low-income services fair draws nearly 1,000

8:07 PM EDT, August 2, 2012

Homeless and low-income services fair draws nearly 1,000

Henry Rodwell III smiled as a professional photographer snapped a rare portrait of him with his son, whose birth had prompted the single father to break his addiction to heroin and change his life.

7:24 PM EDT, July 25, 2012

Bleach fight defendant acted in self-defense, judge rules

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday that Ebony Odoms acted in self-defense during a fight at a Lansdowne Walmart last fall.

Mother of shooting suspect gunned down, raising fears of further reprisal

7:59 PM EDT, August 17, 2012

Mother of shooting suspect gunned down, raising fears of further reprisal

The mother and the brother of a suspect in a triple shooting were gunned down in an ambush outside their Northeast Baltimore home, according to sources, prompting police to assign a special unit of top investigators to stop the "momentum of violence."

9:43 AM EDT, August 11, 2012

Police investigate Windsor Mill shooting

Baltimore County police are investigating a shooting in Windsor Mill early Saturday.

7:28 PM EDT, August 11, 2012

Suspect held in Annapolis on attempted murder charge

A 25-year-old man is being held in the Anne Arundel County detention center in connection with a triple stabbing Friday in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive in Annapolis, police said Saturday.

Police release suspect photo, offer reward in Vi Ripken abduction

10:09 PM EDT, July 26, 2012

Police release suspect photo, offer reward in Vi Ripken abduction

A manhunt continued Thursday for the man who kidnapped baseball matriarch Violet R. Ripken, as Aberdeen police released a surveillance video image of a suspect and several law-enforcement agencies joined the small-town force in the search.

Family remembers Elizabeth Nass as 'smart, bold, intelligent'

9:51 PM EDT, August 25, 2012

Family remembers Elizabeth Nass as 'smart, bold, intelligent'

Just a week ago, Elizabeth Conway Nass sat down with her father, Eric, to plan out a semester abroad in Norway.

Vi Ripken abducted at gunpoint, quietly returned

10:27 PM EDT, July 25, 2012

Vi Ripken abducted at gunpoint, quietly returned

Bound and abducted in her own vehicle, Violet Ripken was gone for 12 hours before her disappearance was reported to authorities. And amid an intensive search, she was quietly dropped off by her kidnapper on her secluded Harford County street.

Vi Ripken's kidnapping a rare case

8:21 PM EDT, July 27, 2012

Vi Ripken's kidnapping a rare case

A photo of the suspect in the Violet R. Ripken abduction has led to "numerous" tips aiding in the investigation, according to Aberdeen police, who released no other new details Friday.

Hundreds mourn victim of train derailment

6:35 PM EDT, August 24, 2012

Hundreds mourn victim of train derailment

Some 700 mourners filled the pews Friday for a funeral Mass for 19-year-old Elizabeth Conway Nass, who died after being "at the wrong place at the wrong time," Monsignor John A. Dietzenbach said, referring to this week's tragic train derailment in Ellicott City.

Eddie Murray linked to insider trading probe

1:59 AM EDT, June 21, 2012

Eddie Murray linked to insider trading probe

Eddie Murray, the former Orioles Hall of Famer, has been linked to an investigation by federal authorities in a wide-ranging insider trading case that already has ensnared teammate Doug DeCinces, according to a Reuters report.

Police investigating fatal stabbing in Beechfield

7:19 PM EDT, August 25, 2012

Police investigating fatal stabbing in Beechfield

Baltimore police are investigating a fatal stabbing Friday of a Milford Mill man in Beechfield.

Interstate 695 crash in Towson claims life of Balto. Co. man

9:36 AM EDT, July 14, 2012

Interstate 695 crash in Towson claims life of Balto. Co. man

A Baltimore County man died late Friday after he was involved in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Interstate 83 and Interstate 695 in Towson, officials said.

Arson detectives investigating fire at chicken restaurant

8:45 AM EDT, August 4, 2012

Arson detectives investigating fire at chicken restaurant

The Hip Hop Fish & Chicken carry-out restaurant caught fire early Saturday in the 2800 block of Hillen Road in Baltimore, authorities said.

Sierra Club kayakers urge closure of recently sold coal plants

6:41 PM EDT, August 11, 2012

Sierra Club kayakers urge closure of recently sold coal plants

Environmentalists paddled kayaks along Dundee Creek on Saturday to call attention to the recently announced sale of three local coal-fired power plants they say should be shut down for polluting the air.

African American Festival draws thousands, despite heat

9:19 PM EDT, July 7, 2012

African American Festival draws thousands, despite heat

Fourteen-year-old Carl Bradley sank long jump after long jump Saturday from the Xtreme Basketball Xhibition courts at Baltimore's African American Festival in a sweat-soaked gray T-shirt, while his former NBA star father, Dudley Bradley, hung out in the shade nearby.

July 25, 2012

Maryland ranks 10th in child well-being, national study says

Fewer Maryland children are living in high-poverty neighborhoods than a decade ago, but the lingering economic slump has left more parents without a steady paycheck, theAnnie E. Casey Foundationreported Wednesday.

6:38 PM EDT, July 15, 2012

Casey foundation ends foster care program after 36 years

About 30 foster children in Baltimore stand to lose their social workers — for some the one constant in lives prone to turmoil — as the Annie E. Casey Foundation begins a new mission intended to extend its reach.

11:51 PM EDT, July 7, 2012

Arundel townhouse fire likely caused by unattended grill

A fire likely caused by an unattended grill caused $50,000 worth of damage to a three-story townhouse in Harmans, fire officials said.

9:11 PM EDT, July 7, 2012

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until midnight

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect Saturday for the Baltimore region until midnight, according to meteorologist Steve Zubrick.

Police identify driver in fatal I-95 tractor trailer accident

10:15 AM EDT, August 17, 2012

Police identify driver in fatal I-95 tractor trailer accident

Gregory Bryan Watkins of Fort Washington died late Thursday after the tractor trailer he was driving struck a barrier on Interstate 95 near Interstate 395 and burst into flames, shutting down the highway for more than seven hours, police said.

Maryland DNA sample collection can resume temporarily, Roberts says

9:11 PM EDT, July 18, 2012

Maryland DNA sample collection can resume temporarily, Roberts says

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed Maryland to resume the collection of DNA samples after arrests for violent crimes, an indication that the justices might decide the issue that has divided lower courts and pitted tough-on-crime state officials against civil liberties activists.

More than 300,000 still without power after deadly storm

12:42 PM EDT, July 1, 2012

More than 300,000 still without power after deadly storm

A deadly storm, fueled by extreme heat and humidity, left Maryland in a state of emergency that continued Sunday, with hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power, with some residents expected to remain in the dark over the next week.

8:39 PM EDT, July 20, 2012

Maryland public defender argues against Supreme Court intervention in DNA case

Maryland is exaggerating the value of collecting DNA samples before suspects are convicted, the state's top public defender argued in a filing Friday before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jury awards Waverly family $55 million in Hopkins malpractice case

9:09 PM EDT, June 26, 2012

Jury awards Waverly family $55 million in Hopkins malpractice case

After hours of labor, Enso Martinez cried as his wife, Rebecca Fielding, was carried from their Waverly home on a stretcher en route to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Fielding, who had wanted to deliver her baby at home with the help of a midwife, assured her husband that everything would be OK.

Police silent on details of Vi Ripken's abduction

9:15 PM EDT, August 1, 2012

Police silent on details of Vi Ripken's abduction

As the investigation into Violet R. Ripken's abduction stretched into an eighth day, police remained silent Wednesday about their leads — a strategy Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said could ensure the potential suspect doesn't destroy evidence or intimidate witnesses.

Local police, movie theaters step up security

8:37 PM EDT, July 20, 2012

Local police, movie theaters step up security

Police in the Baltimore area increased patrols around movie theaters, and local theater owners added security precautions — including banning face masks and fake weapons — after the mass shooting early Friday in suburban Denver sparked fears of copycat attacks.

Water main breaks disrupt evening commutes, morning routines

10:03 PM EDT, July 17, 2012

Water main breaks disrupt evening commutes, morning routines

Matt Bloedorn was resigned Tuesday to a commute from Fells Point that would take twice as long as usual, maybe more, as the city dealt with continued flare-ups in its underground water system.

More than 257,000 still without power in extreme heat

12:14 AM EDT, July 2, 2012

More than 257,000 still without power in extreme heat

BGE officials continued to scramble Sunday to restore power to nearly more than 257,000 customers as the area suffered with temperatures near 100 degrees for a third day and braced for a chaotic Monday-morning commute.

11:52 AM EDT, June 15, 2012

Driver heads wrong way on I-70, crashes head-on, leaving one dead

A 38-year-old Catonsville man was driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 in Howard County early Friday when he hit a 1998 Buick Regal head-on, leaving the Regal's driver dead, police said.

Video of suspect in Vi Ripken's kidnapping released

7:35 PM EDT, July 31, 2012

Video of suspect in Vi Ripken's kidnapping released

Police released a new video Tuesday that shows a man believed to have kidnapped Violet R. Ripken stopping during the abduction to shop at an Anne Arundel County store.

Afro-American newspaper honors paperboys and girls in anniversary celebration

5:21 PM EDT, July 21, 2012

Afro-American newspaper honors paperboys and girls in anniversary celebration

For Marian Anderson Bell, selling copies of the Afro-American newspaper on Baltimore streets as a 12-year-old papergirl in 1945 felt like freedom.

Deadly thunderstorm leaves more than 427,000 in the dark

9:16 AM EDT, June 30, 2012

Deadly thunderstorm leaves more than 427,000 in the dark

More than 427,000 BGE customers remained without power Saturday morning after deadly storms hammered the region, toppling trees and light poles.

Man wounded in Belair-Parkside barbershop shooting

12:19 PM EDT, July 20, 2012

Man wounded in Belair-Parkside barbershop shooting

A 39-year-old man was wounded after a gunman opened fire in a Northeast Baltimore barbershop early Friday, police said.

Maryland House of Correction in Jessup set to be torn down

11:01 PM EDT, July 14, 2012

Maryland House of Correction in Jessup set to be torn down

For almost 20 years, Reginald Walton could judge the tenor of his day at Maryland House of Correction by the deafening sound of inmates as he climbed the stairs into one of the country's oldest and most storied prisons.

Military families reunited for Fourth of July

10:09 PM EDT, July 3, 2012

Military families reunited for Fourth of July

Army Sgt. Justin Haggerty was 7,000 miles away from his wife and daughter last Fourth of July — with his canine partner, HHelotes, in Afghanistan, searching for explosives and helping to protect a U.S. Special Forces group from the enemy.

8:03 PM EDT, June 27, 2012

Three years of probation, no prison in Werdesheim case

Eliyahu Werdesheim avoided a prison sentence Wednesday for the 2010 attack of a black teenager in Northwest Baltimore, in a case that heightened community divides.

8:14 PM EDT, June 15, 2012

Food stamp court battle ends as state steps up on-time record

After three years of intense scrutiny, a Baltimore judge has decided that the state had done enough to get poor Marylanders signed up quickly for food stamps, medical help and cash assistance — a decision that has advocates for the poor worried that the problems will return.

Substance abuse funding change challenges some Md. providers

4:43 PM EDT, July 4, 2012

Substance abuse funding change challenges some Md. providers

A dramatic change in how Maryland pays for substance abuse treatment programs is leaving some providers short on cash and displacing more than 200 drug and alcohol addicts, even as the state's four-year transition to a new funding system has significantly increased the number of people getting help.

Maryland law enforcement agencies resume DNA collections

7:16 PM EDT, July 19, 2012

Maryland law enforcement agencies resume DNA collections

Suspects arrested for violent crimes or burglaries will again have to submit to DNA collections, officials with several Maryland law enforcement agencies said Thursday.

10:08 AM EDT, June 9, 2012

Barclay shooting late Friday night leaves one man dead

A 19-year-old man died after being shot late Friday in Baltimore's Barclay neighborhood, police said.

9:28 AM EDT, June 9, 2012

Essex courthouse escape incident ends as prisoner is captured

Felony theft suspect Thomas Edward Maroney was apprehended Saturday morning in the North Point area, about 12 hours after he escaped on his way to Baltimore County Detention Center.

10:11 PM EDT, July 7, 2012

Gas meter leak causes home evacuations in Woodlawn

About 20 homes in Woodlawn were evacuated Saturday afternoon after a gas meter leak was discovered, officials said.

6:32 PM EDT, June 13, 2012

Maryland's high court allows Dream Act to stay on ballot

Maryland's highest court ruled Wednesday to allow voters to have the final say over whether illegal immigrants should be eligible to pay in-state tuition rates.

9:29 PM EDT, July 14, 2012

Officer kills man in Northwest Baltimore

A Baltimore police officer shot and killed a 20-year-old man just before dawn Saturday after chasing him from a 7-Eleven to a nearby block in the Langston Hughes neighborhood near Pimlico Race Course.

12:14 PM EDT, June 2, 2012

BWI arrest nets Brandywine man on flight home from Bahamas

Maryland Transportation Authority Police arrested a 61-year-old Brandywine man Friday as he got off of a plane from the Bahamas at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

6:47 PM EDT, June 12, 2012

Illegal immigrant tuition breaks referendum before high court

Maryland's highest court will soon decide whether voters will get a chance to overturn a break on college tuition costs for illegal immigrants, following a hearing Tuesday on the 2011 law.

Hundreds gather to mourn teen who died after fight with off-duty officer

6:16 PM EDT, June 23, 2012

Hundreds gather to mourn teen who died after fight with off-duty officer

As 17-year-old Bobbi Young left Saturday's funeral for the boy who used to walk her home from school and try to steal kisses, she said she wanted to change the direction of her own life.

On Flag Day, inspiration abounds

8:08 PM EDT, June 14, 2012

On Flag Day, inspiration abounds

For the better part of a decade, Jill Crowther-Peters has portrayed the widowed seamstress who stitched the Star-Spangled Banner, but on Thursday she had the chance to really feel what it was like to be her.

7:41 AM EDT, June 15, 2012

Police investigating non-fatal shooting

Baltimore police are investigating a non-fatal shooting Thursday night in the West Arlington neighborhood, officials said.

DNA ruling jeopardizes Maryland rape convictions

5:54 PM EDT, June 9, 2012

DNA ruling jeopardizes Maryland rape convictions

When she came home from working a shift at Subway and found Detective Caprice Smith's business card stuck in the front door with the words "Please call" scribbled on the back, the 10 life-changing minutes she had spent in the back seat of a Cherry Hill cab came flooding back.

Fallston shaken in storm's aftermath

11:29 PM EDT, June 2, 2012

Fallston shaken in storm's aftermath

The rain had begun to fall harder, so Anthony Sadleo figured he'd stop and see his buddy Keith Matthews in Matthews' small auto-detailing shop off Belair Road. Why plunge into rush-hour traffic before the weather cleared?

1:57 PM EDT, June 9, 2012

McCormick Road closed Saturday for Light Rail work in Cockeysville

McCormick Road in Baltimore County will be closed Saturday until 6 p.m. between Wight Avenue and Schilling Road for Light Rail construction.

Crisis consultants encourage Morgan State officials to speak up about alleged cannibal

7:59 PM EDT, June 6, 2012

Crisis consultants encourage Morgan State officials to speak up about alleged cannibal

As Morgan State University has been splashed across the news because of a sensational homicide involving a student's alleged cannibalism, Stephanie Morgan worries about how the world will view her alma mater. In recent days, the East Baltimore woman has observed students communicating online about feeling unsafe or being teased about attending a school where "Only crazy people go."

6:00 AM EDT, May 24, 2012

More renters 'burdened' by home, utility costs

Feeling overburdened by your utility bills paired with your monthly rent? Join the growing ranks of Americans and Baltimoreans.

2:05 PM EDT, June 23, 2012

Annapolis man killed in shooting early Saturday

Annapolis said a 29-year-old man died early Saturday after being shot in the 1100 block of Madison Street.

7:11 PM EDT, June 1, 2012

Man critically injured in Upper Fells Point police-involved shooting

A man was in critical condition Friday after an officer shot him in the chest during an alleged burglary in the 400 block of S. Chester St. in Upper Fells Point, Baltimore police said.

Inner Harbor smell demonstrates bay woes to holiday visitors

6:17 PM EDT, May 26, 2012

Inner Harbor smell demonstrates bay woes to holiday visitors

A powerful stench was in the air Saturday at the Inner Harbor as 12-year-olds Alison Chase and Marissa Westerbeke hunched over the water's edge, studying tiny crabs floating to the surface.

6:01 PM EDT, May 26, 2012

Man falls out of car, dies of gunshot wounds after police stop

Baltimore police pulled over a 22-year-old man for driving the wrong way on a street early Saturday when the victim opened up the door and fell out of vehicle, telling police he had been shot.

1:18 PM EDT, June 2, 2012

Police investigate a fatal shooting of man in Cecil County

Maryland State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a Cecil County man.

10:13 AM EDT, June 5, 2012

Police break up suspected meth lab at Elkridge Holiday Inn

Howard County Police arrested five out-of-state men Monday in connection with a methamphetamine lab in an Elkridge hotel room.

Jones Falls Expressway fully open; repairs completed early

5:04 PM EDT, May 26, 2012

Jones Falls Expressway fully open; repairs completed early

After more than a month of congestion on the Jones Falls Expressway, officials announced Saturday that emergency repair work on Baltimore's busiest road was finished ahead of schedule and all lanes were open in time for the unofficial start of summer.

8:47 AM EDT, May 25, 2012

Two people injured in Davidsonville collision

Two people were injured Friday morning in Davidsonville after a two vehicle collision around 7:49 a.m., Anne Arundel County officials said.

6:03 AM EDT, May 18, 2012

Explore CityView website for tidbits, useful info on Baltimore neighborhoods

Baltimore has a gem online that's worth exploring for a few minutes the next time you're info-snacking on the web.

3:38 PM EDT, May 12, 2012

Watch for city street closures over weekend

Work and weekend events have shut down several city thoroughfares, officials said.

6:00 AM EDT, May 10, 2012

Maryland ranks high in number of homeowners seriously delinquent

A recent analysis offers some good news, at least in the short-term, for those individuals (like me!) who are trying to sell their homes -- outside of Maryland, at least.

Julius Henson ordered to pay $1 million for 2010 election robocall

9:39 PM EDT, May 29, 2012

Julius Henson ordered to pay $1 million for 2010 election robocall

Political consultant Julius Henson must pay the state $1 million for putting out 112,000 robocalls intended to discourage black voters from going to the polls on Election Day 2010, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

4:11 PM EDT, May 25, 2012

Officials rule deaths in Kent Co. manure pit accidental

Autopsies showed that deaths of a father and his two teenage sons found in a Kent County manure pit Thursday were accidental.

10:14 AM EDT, May 23, 2012

Odenton man arrested for impersonating police officer

A 31-year-old Odenton man was arrested for impersonating a police officer Tuesday in the parking lot of a Buffalo Wild Wings in Annapolis.

10:51 AM EDT, May 24, 2012

Pit bull bites child in Pasadena

A pit bull attacked a 9-year-old child Wednesday night in Pasadena as the boy played on his bike, police said.

4:59 PM EDT, May 25, 2012

Officials release name of N.C. Marine found dead at Fort Meade

Less than a year after realizing his lifelong dream of becoming a Marine, Pvt. Anthony W. Romano-Caruso was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his Fort Meade barracks room on Wednesday.

Delegate says focus shouldn't be on his 'black youth mobs' comment, but on city violence

8:44 PM EDT, May 18, 2012

Delegate says focus shouldn't be on his 'black youth mobs' comment, but on city violence

State Del. Pat McDonough, who stirred controversy this week when he said "roving mobs of black youth" terrorize Baltimore, shrugged off criticism Friday that he is using shock tactics to raise his political profile.

10:13 AM EDT, May 25, 2012

Man chokes on bag of crack, police arrest him on drug charges

Police arrested a 28-year-old Baltimore man who attempted to swallow a bag full of crack cocaine outside the Crossroads Tavern in Anne Arundel County early Friday, police said.

Black-Eyed Susans for sale at Preakness 2012

11:28 AM EDT, May 19, 2012

Black-Eyed Susans for sale at Preakness 2012

"Black-Eyed Susans! Get 'em here!" Emanuel Sabedra shouted inside the front gates, above the excited throngs and circling planes and buzzing engines of golf carts zipping by.

Finksburg man faces animal cruelty charges for running over kitten

9:56 AM EDT, May 25, 2012

Finksburg man faces animal cruelty charges for running over kitten

Michael Almony of Finksburg faces more than three years in jail and a $6,000 fine for throwing a kitten on the ground and running over it several times in his Ford pickup truck, police said.

10:30 AM EDT, May 23, 2012

Woman seriously injured in early morning accident in Pasadena

Police are investigating the cause of a single-vehicle accident in the 8200 block of Waterford Road in Pasadena early Wednesday that left a 53-year-old Severna Park woman seriously injured.

O'Malley reports Hollywood income, vehicle and student debt

4:28 PM EDT, June 6, 2012

O'Malley reports Hollywood income, vehicle and student debt

A review of financial disclosure statements sheds light on how Annapolis lawmakers make their money and whom they are indebted to — at least for the sort of debt that's marked in accounting ledgers.

10:01 PM EDT, May 4, 2012

Three dead after car crashes into milk truck on Jarrettsville Pike

Three people were killed Friday after a car lost control on a curve and crashed into a milk truck in Phoenix, Baltimore County police said.

Activists call on city to spend $10.2M more on after-school programs, summer jobs

6:18 PM EDT, May 12, 2012

Activists call on city to spend $10.2M more on after-school programs, summer jobs

Standing before some 30 activists and Union Square neighbors Saturday in a neon orange T-shirt with the words "I am Baltimore," 16-year-old Antonio Ellis recited a gritty poem about how the city appears through his eyes.

I'll Have Another trainer tells governor horse is 'gonna win' Preakness Stakes

3:15 PM EDT, May 19, 2012

I'll Have Another trainer tells governor horse is 'gonna win' Preakness Stakes

Gov. Martin O'Malley scored the behind-the-scene tour most Preakness fans wish for: an up-close look at the 11 horses in the Stakes Stables.

6:00 AM EDT, May 4, 2012

Efforts under way to improve short sale process as alternative to foreclosure

Housing experts say homeowners can wait as long as nine months to get approval to sell their home as a short sale, and efforts are underway to push lenders to give a prompt answer.

Henson found guilty of conspiracy in robocall scandal

7:48 PM EDT, May 11, 2012

Henson found guilty of conspiracy in robocall scandal

Political consultant Julius Henson may have written the automated message that encouraged Democrats to stay home from the polls on Election Day 2010, but he didn't force voters to believe it, jury foreman Renee Johnson said Friday, explaining the split verdict in his case.

9:21 AM EDT, May 4, 2012

Adult male shot in the legs in city's Parklane neighborhood

Detectives are investigating an overnight shooting in the 2500 block of Edgecombe Circle in the Parklane neighborhood of Baltimore, police said.

6:45 PM EDT, May 3, 2012

Court upholds cell phone monitoring across state lines

Maryland's highest court has upheld a law allowing police to listen in on cell phone calls that suspects make outside the state, a tool that authorities say is key to fighting the drug trade.

Henson tells jurors his job was minority 'outreach'

8:44 PM EDT, May 4, 2012

Henson tells jurors his job was minority 'outreach'

Political consultant Julius Henson took the witness stand Friday to defend himself against charges he tried to suppress the black vote on Election Day 2010, saying his job in former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s campaign was to encourage minorities to vote for the Republican.

11:33 AM EDT, May 12, 2012

Woman shot while stopped at red light, police say

Baltimore police are investigating three shootings in the city on Friday night and early Saturday morning, including one that involved a female victim who says she was shot several times inside her vehicle while waiting at a red light.

6:00 AM EDT, May 7, 2012

Survey: Housing discrimination "widespread" among disabled, immigrants, minorities, others

A survey of 549 community-based organizations suggests that housing discrimination is on the rise, particularly targeting disabled individuals, immigrants, minorities and families with children, according to the nonprofit Consumer Action.

Preakness 2012 volleyball brings out Olympic-level competitors

12:34 PM EDT, May 19, 2012

Preakness 2012 volleyball brings out Olympic-level competitors

Twenty-seven-old Minju Kim from Seoul, South Korea, found the early races a big yawn, so she and her friend Jieun Yi of Philadelphia stopped by the volleyball field.

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