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  • Rodricks: Look up from your smartphone; you're missing out

    Rodricks: Look up from your smartphone; you're missing out

    You could walk here and walk there, never looking up and never looking down, rarely looking left and rarely looking right, and you would miss just about everything: the woman in what appeared to be a purple panda outfit at the bus stop on Baltimore Street, for instance, or the woman in the black...

  • Rodricks: Baltimore should call off the war on drugs

    Rodricks: Baltimore should call off the war on drugs

    Would Baltimore be better off if we called off the war on drugs? Yes. There would almost certainly be less violence here. The downside: Barring a sudden and significant change in the city’s economic base that could lead to more jobs for men who have been involved in the illegal narcotics trade,...

  • Rodricks: Women must lead on assault-style gun ban; guys can't do it

    Rodricks: Women must lead on assault-style gun ban; guys can't do it

    Women — specifically, Republican women — are the best hope for changing the gun laws in the United States. Guys can’t do it. Too many have failed, time and again, to even acknowledge that certain types of guns need to be banned on a national scale, and men who could make laws that make the country...

  • Rodricks: In West Baltimore, they call it the McKean Miracle

    Rodricks: In West Baltimore, they call it the McKean Miracle

    Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, one of Baltimore’s most committed and resilient citizens, counts 17 open-air drug markets in or near his Matthew Henson neighborhood in West Baltimore. He pointed to one, about 80 yards away, Tuesday morning. Four men, in either sweatpants or jeans, their hoodies up, stood...

  • Baltimore's newest police officers implored to serve 'with dignity and honor' amid department upheaval

    Baltimore's newest police officers implored to serve 'with dignity and honor' amid department upheaval

    Baltimore’s newest police officers — officially, the 2017-01 class from the Police Training Academy — begin street training this week, their first assignments after a graduation ceremony in which they were implored to serve the city “with dignity and honor.” While important questions have been...

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