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  • Raise your glass, the Weeping Cherry at Bad Decisions

    Raise your glass, the Weeping Cherry at Bad Decisions
    Thank you, Al Capone. Fortunately for me, one of your worst decisions has resulted in one of the best ones I've made in recent months: ordering the Weeping Cherry from -- wait for it, wait for it … -- Bad Decisions in Fells Point. Turns out...
  • Don't enable Maryland's addiction to cigarette tax revenue

    We're almost a month away from another legislative session, so it was no surprise to read The Sun's editorial in favor of higher cigarette taxes ("A life-saving tax," Nov. 25). While lobbyists like Vinnie DeMarco prepare their annual push to punish...
  • Corrections officials investigating Facebook, Instagram pictures

    Corrections officials investigating Facebook, Instagram pictures
    Corrections officials are investigating whether an inmate at the Baltimore City Detention Center has been using a contraband cellphone to post photos and updates on Facebook and Instagram online accounts. The Maryland Department of Public Safety and...
  • Ocean City cigarette smuggling ring had ties to terror groups, police say

    Ocean City cigarette smuggling ring had ties to terror groups, police say
    The Palestinian immigrant and his brother lived next door to each other in homes in West Ocean City, over the years opening a number of businesses throughout the area — three pizza shops, a Mexican restaurant, a liquor store, gas stations, and...
  • Head of investigations at corrections department retires

    Head of investigations at corrections department retires
    Jesse Ballard III, the head of internal investigations at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, will retire in June to take a federal job, the state agency said Friday. The move comes as the department continues to handle the fallout...
  • Baltimore has high rate of staff-inmate sex

    Baltimore has high rate of staff-inmate sex
    The Baltimore City Detention Center had the nation's second-highest rate of sexual contact between jail staff and inmates, according to a U.S. Department of Justice study released less than a month after federal prosecutors accused corrections officers at...
  • Security chief at Baltimore City Detention Center removed

    Security chief at Baltimore City Detention Center removed
    State officials said Tuesday they removed the security chief at the Baltimore City Detention Center in the wake of a federal indictment that alleged an extensive smuggling scheme involving gang members and officers at the facility. The Maryland...
  • Inmate, 17 other alleged Bloods indicted on racketeering charges

    Inmate, 17 other alleged Bloods indicted on racketeering charges
    A federal grand jury indicted 18 alleged gang members on racketeering charges, including a detainee at a state-managed detention center, news that could draw more scrutiny to Maryland's beleaguered correctional system. Federal officials say the members...
  • BGF gang's reach extends well beyond Baltimore detention center

    BGF gang's reach extends well beyond Baltimore detention center
    As Tyrone Brown sat in his jail cell at the Baltimore County Detention Center late last year, awaiting trial for the murder of a man in a Towson Town Center parking garage, he kept busy in part by smoking marijuana and memorizing contraband writings of...
  • O'Malley promises corrections reform as GOP calls for audit

    O'Malley promises corrections reform as GOP calls for audit
    Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday that he would expand the use of technology to block cell phone calls in Maryland corrections facilities, part of a set of reforms designed to "root out corruption" after a federal indictment alleged widespread gang...
  • Stopping the cellphones that foster jailhouse corruption

    Stopping the cellphones that foster jailhouse corruption
    Gov. Martin O'Malley's announcement of several actions he is taking to combat jailhouse corruption in the wake of the Black Guerrilla Family scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center is a positive step. It certainly would have instilled more...
  • City jail security chief failed lie-detector test, Maynard says

    City jail security chief failed lie-detector test, Maynard says
    The head of security at the Baltimore jail failed a polygraph test administered after a federal indictment alleged widespread corruption on her watch, corrections secretary Gary D. Maynard told lawmakers at a hearing in Annapolis. Shavella Miles is...