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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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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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MASN says reserves would dip to 'virtually zero' if league decision stands

MASN says reserves would dip to 'virtually zero' if league decision stands 

A lawyer for the Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network told a judge the network's cash reserves would be nearly eliminated and its operating margin dangerously thin if a June 30 decision by a league committee is allowed to stand, according to court documents.

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Md. police receive millions in military gear

Md. police receive millions in military gear 

Local police departments in Maryland have received more than $12 million in excess equipment from the U.S. military — from a $400,000 "mine-resistant vehicle" to a set of a dozen spoons valued at $3.06 apiece — through a federal program that has come under bipartisan scrutiny.

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Number of jailed Baltimore juveniles on the decline

Number of jailed Baltimore juveniles on the decline 

Malik Smallwood lounged in front of Baltimore's Juvenile Justice Center, puffing on a cigarette and his recalling his teenage years spent in and out of the facility — he called it "kiddie camp."

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MdTA police launch probe of K-9 unit

MdTA police launch probe of K-9 unit 

Senior trainer alleges training problems, 'fraudulent' certification

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Investigative file raises new questions about Baltimore crash that killed three

Investigative file raises new questions about Baltimore crash that killed three 

Andrew Baker Jr. and Angel Chiwengo were holding hands and listening to soft music on the radio as he drove her home from the Pikesville Doubletree Hilton where they worked.

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Nationals sought tripling of TV rights fees from MASN

Nationals sought tripling of TV rights fees from MASN 

The Washington Nationals sought television rights fees nearly three times what the team receives now from the Baltimore Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, according to documents unsealed by a New York court last week.

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Maryland health department cautions contractors on police, fire reports

Maryland health department cautions contractors on police, fire reports 

Maryland's health department has alerted state contractors caring for disabled adults and children that they are obligated to report incidents at their facilities that involve police, fire and medical assistance.

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Baltimore vacants are linked to crime, as are other indicators

Baltimore vacants are linked to crime, as are other indicators 

Vacant buildings are many things: signs of decay, eyesores and dangerous. They might also hold a strong relationship to crime, experts say.

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Are Howard County's speed limits too low?

Are Howard County's speed limits too low? 

Are Howard County's speed limits too low or too high? That's one question some county officials hoped to answer when they reviewed a report of speed camera data from their vendor, Xerox State & Local Solutions.

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Some worry smart meters could be used to collect information on residents

Some worry smart meters could be used to collect information on residents 

Big Brother is watching you — through your smart meter?

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Rice punishment puts NFL discipline in spotlight

Rice punishment puts NFL discipline in spotlight 

When Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL last week for a fight in which he knocked his wife unconscious, many were quick to compare it to harsher penalties handed down for other players' lesser infractions.

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