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Baltimore police should revamp misconduct probes, audit says

Baltimore police should revamp misconduct probes, audit says 

Even as the Baltimore Police Department faces criticism over its handling of an officer caught on video punching a suspect, an outside audit of the Internal Affairs Division has raised questions about the thoroughness and fairness of the agency's misconduct investigations.

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State says PG County schools CFO committed insurance fraud in claim of lost diamond ring

State says PG County schools CFO committed insurance fraud in claim of lost diamond ring 

Buying a diamond ring is always a costly expense.

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Baltimore mayors have a history of working themselves into the hospital

Baltimore mayors have a history of working themselves into the hospital 

Running the city of Baltimore isn't for the faint of heart.

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Records show little written interaction between N.J. authorities and NFL or Ravens

Records show little written interaction between N.J. authorities and NFL or Ravens 

As questions remain about the thoroughness of investigations by the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL into running back Ray Rice's assault on his then-fiancee, a check of public records shows little written interaction between authorities and the league or team.

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Towson University works to curb longstanding issues with drinking

Towson University works to curb longstanding issues with drinking 

One Towson University student drank so much alcohol he was unable to speak and threw up "without a pause" before passing out outside a nearby apartment complex, according to an anguished email his mother sent to university officials. Another student attempted to drink a bottle of Southern Comfort and ended up in the hospital with a blood alcohol content of 0.34 percent, a level that's life-threatening. In 2012, a rugby club member was so intoxicated he told a dormitory resident assistant that the year was 1993.

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UM has received other large donations in recent years

UM has received other large donations in recent years 

The $31 million donation to the University of Maryland, College Park on Friday from a computer tech millionaire was the largest donation in the history of the university, but there have been others nearly as big.

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NFL security in spotlight over Ray Rice

NFL security in spotlight over Ray Rice 

The furor over former Raven Ray Rice thrust the issue of domestic violence into the spotlight, but it also highlighted a part of football that fans likely spend little time thinking about: the league's security apparatus.

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Trying to prevent heroin deaths one shot at a time

Trying to prevent heroin deaths one shot at a time 

Robert Taylor Jr., and Camille Haviland thought they were being safe — within the bounds of their dangerous heroin habit, that is.

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U.S. appeals court to look again at cellphone location data

U.S. appeals court to look again at cellphone location data 

A federal appeals court in Atlanta has agreed to reconsider a ruling by three of its judges that police need a warrant to collect cell tower location information about suspects — an issue that is central to a separate appeal in a Baltimore robbery case.

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Sexual assault charges dropped against Allegany doctor

Sexual assault charges dropped against Allegany doctor 

Former Catonsville doctor William Dando will not face trial for sexual assault allegations after agreeing never to practice medicine in Maryland again.

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Kraft hires investigators for Baltimore speed camera probe

Kraft hires investigators for Baltimore speed camera probe

City Councilman James B. Kraft says he’s hired two investigators to help complete a City Council probe of Baltimore’s troubled speed camera system.

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Filings reveal cash on hand for potential Baltimore mayoral candidates

Filings reveal cash on hand for potential Baltimore mayoral candidates 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake leads the money race against potential future political opponents with more than $350,000 on hand, a review of the most recent campaign finance reports shows.

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Where do FBI employees live? It's anyone's guess

Where do FBI employees live? It's anyone's guess 

In the battle to lure the new FBI headquarters to Prince George's County, state officials frequently point to a study that finds the largest share of the agency's employees live in Maryland.

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Doctor had trail of troubles before assault accusations exposed past rape conviction

Doctor had trail of troubles before assault accusations exposed past rape conviction 

Amber English was looking for a new job when her mother said their neighbor, the silver-haired doctor, was hiring.

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Judge warns privacy of DNA at stake after ruling

Judge warns privacy of DNA at stake after ruling 

As the state's highest court upheld this week a Harford County rape conviction based on DNA collected from the arm of a police station chair, a veteran judge issued a stark warning about the consequences of the ruling.

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Mayor appoints panel to distribute $3M to property owners whose tax bills were wrong

Mayor appoints panel to distribute $3M to property owners whose tax bills were wrong

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has appointed a three-member panel to distribute up to $3 million to the owners of historic properties whose tax bills in coming years will be higher than what government officials told them to expect.

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Howard Co. police say Xerox has fixed speed camera data errors

Howard Co. police say Xerox has fixed speed camera data errors 

Howard County police say their speed camera vendor has corrected a year's worth of inaccurate data the company submitted about the cameras there. 

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More police departments considering the use of drones

More police departments considering the use of drones 

Law enforcement agencies in the Baltimore area and across the country are researching drones, intrigued by their potential for high-risk tactical raids and gathering intelligence.

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Glimpse of health exchange audit shows progress

Glimpse of health exchange audit shows progress 

Maryland health exchange officials have been saying for months that everything is on track for a smooth launch of their new website, where residents can buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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Baltimore mayor reports $1,300 in gifts

Baltimore mayor reports $1,300 in gifts 

Topping the list of the most expensive gifts Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake received last year is a $150 umbrella from Raindrops, a designer company that features chic rain gear with lacy pagodas, pinstripe ruffles and can-can parasols.

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Md. college campus police also getting military surplus gear

Md. college campus police also getting military surplus gear 

Three campus police departments in Maryland now own surplus military gear including "riot type" shotguns, M16 assault rifles and an armored truck under a Defense Department program that's sparked new controversy this month.

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Baltimore robbers challenge investigators' use of cellphone data

Baltimore robbers challenge investigators' use of cellphone data 

Prosecutors had no eyewitness tying Eric Jordan to a pair of armed robberies at Baltimore fast-food restaurants. But they didn't need one to win a conviction — radio waves darting from his cellphone had silently betrayed him.

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Md. agency failed to monitor placement of foster children, audit says

Md. agency failed to monitor placement of foster children, audit says 

Some foster children were placed in the care of relatives with a history of alleged abuse or neglect because Maryland's social services agency did not properly monitor local agencies, according to a new audit.

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