From Freddie Gray's neighborhood and beyond, bewilderment follows dropping of charges

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Opinion: Mosby was right to file charges, right to drop them

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s decision to pursue charges against the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest was the right one. His treatment and the circumstances surrounding his fatal injury while in custody raised serious questions about the legal standards to which we hold police, and...

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    Disclose, disclose, disclose

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    Capitol Hill's shameful indifference to Zika

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