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Officials call for tougher penalties for police brutality

Officials call for tougher penalties for police brutality 

State and local politicians continued the call Monday for heightened scrutiny of Baltimore police officers who are the focus of brutality allegations, urging tougher penalties for offenders and greater disclosure of internal discipline.

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Baltimore leaders call for change following investigation into alleged police brutality

Baltimore leaders call for change following investigation into alleged police brutality 

Baltimore lawmakers and community activists called Sunday for more reforms and federal oversight of the city's Police Department after learning about broken bones and battered faces from an investigation into allegations of police brutality in recent years.

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Baltimore residents complain of allegations of police brutality

Baltimore residents complain of police brutality 

Over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil rights violations by Baltimore police officers.

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Investigations into teacher misconduct can take more than a year

Investigations into teacher misconduct can take more than a year 

While Baltimore County officials were deciding whether Michael Williams was fit to continue teaching, he was assigned to a dusty, windowless room at a Pulaski Highway warehouse that held old textbooks, surplus computers and other materials. He, along with a dozen or so employees, sat at a long table reading detective novels and playing Trivial Pursuit.

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Baltimore targets fraud by police and fire workers

Baltimore targets fraud by police and fire workers 

Several months ago, Baltimore Inspector General Robert H. Pearre Jr. quietly decided to dedicate an agent solely to investigating workers' compensation and disability fraud within Baltimore's police and fire departments — and this week investigators announced charges against a former city officer accused of bilking taxpayers out of more than $30,000.

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Baseball owners felt 'taken advantage of' in Angelos-negotiated deal

Baseball owners felt 'taken advantage of' in Angelos-negotiated deal 

Even before they signed it, a handful of Major League Baseball owners expressed deep misgivings about a 2005 agreement negotiated by Orioles owner Peter Angelos establishing conditions under which the Montreal Expos would move and become the Washington Nationals.

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FBI files show details of background checks on author Tom Clancy

FBI files show details of background checks on author Tom Clancy 

Rumors often circulated that Tom Clancy's thrillers were so detailed in their descriptions of military and covert operations that the FBI had investigated the Baltimore novelist to determine his sources for works such as "The Hunt for Red October."

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Former city police officer charged with $30K in workers' comp fraud

Former city police officer charged with $30K in workers' comp fraud 

A former Baltimore police officer who now works for the Montgomery County police department has been charged with felony workers' compensation fraud, state prosecutors said Tuesday.

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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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