Billionaire donors Laura and John Arnold support far more in Maryland than police surveillance
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Billionaire donors Laura and John Arnold support far more in Maryland than police surveillance

Billionaire donors Laura and John Arnold support far more in Maryland than police surveillance

From low-tech eyeglasses to high-tech spyglasses, the wealthy Texas philanthropists bankrolling secret aerial surveillance of Baltimore are no strangers to public policy initiatives in Maryland that match their charitable vision.

In the spring, Laura and John Arnold gave $450,000 from their Houston-based foundation to the Johns Hopkins University to support a city initiative to give free glasses to thousands of public school students to study how better vision improves school performance.

As city and university officials gathered in May to kick off that plan, the Baltimore Police Department's aerial surveillance program was receiving another $240,000 from the couple to ramp...

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