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New Baltimore City Council takes office pledging improvements

New Baltimore City Council takes office pledging improvements

A new City Council took office Thursday with eight freshmen members and pledged to bring renewed energy to the decades-old fight against Baltimore's persistent problems of poverty and crime.

Bernard C. "Jack" Young, who is entering his eighth year as council president, announced plans to partner with nonprofits to revitalize West Baltimore, drive down crime in the Northeast and create jobs throughout the city.

Young said he plans to cut the bureaucracy that he says stands in the way of progress.

"We would like to cut the red tape," Young said during the swearing-in ceremony at the War Memorial building, drawing applause as he repeated the message:...

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