| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:35 PM
The Rawlings-Blake administration took a step Wednesday toward launching a new speed camera system as officials hired a consultant to assess up to 50 possible sites — over the objections of the City Council president.
The Board of Estimates, which...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Changes proposed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for Baltimore's controversial and so-far unsuccessful taxi tax drew mixed reviews from city taxi and livery firms.
The proposed amendments to the tax, to be introduced before the City Council today,...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 8:45 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's growing role in Democratic politics has given a boost to her national profile — and to her frequent-flyer miles.
A leader with the Democratic National Committee and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Rawlings-Blake has...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 2:00 AM
A key City Council leader says Baltimore should find another way to crack down on problem liquor outlets rather than force about 100 of the longtime neighborhood stores out of business through a zoning overhaul, as proposed by the administration....
| Jan 2, 2014
| 11:56 AM
Baltimore's NAACP president said the city's gun violence affects a wide range of residents, even if the victims themselves tend to be involved in the drug trade.
On Monday, Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said gun violence was "localized" and "not...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 4:35 PM
Members of the City Council are considering amending Baltimore's controversial new taxi tax, switching collection from the current per-passenger structure to a per-trip basis.
"Some of us think it might be more efficient and effective to do per trip,"...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 5:33 PM
The Baltimore City Council gave preliminary approval Monday for two more years of tax breaks for developers rehabbing historic properties — despite concerns that the program is riddled with errors and amounts to a giveaway to developers who would...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 5:32 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday that the city will make lump-sum payments to owners of historic properties whose tax bills in coming years will be higher than what government officials told them to expect.
The checks — which will...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 1:34 PM
Monsignor Edward Michael Miller, the longtime pastor of St. Bernardine's Roman Catholic Church who was recalled as the "shepherd" of West Baltimore, died Sunday as he prepared to say Mass. He was 68.
Monsignor Miller was found by parish members when he...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 1:34 PM
One-party rule breeds cronyism. While Maryland's one-party Democratic rulers, like Gov. Martin O'Malley, fancy themselves progressive angels above such things, the fact is, Maryland has devolved into an oligarchy.
Exhibit A: KO Public Affairs, the...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 2:00 AM
City officials on Monday will consider issuing $35 million in bonds for the massive Harbor Point development — among the final steps before construction can begin on the $1.8 billion waterfront project.
Such bond issues by the city's Board of...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Three years after the Baltimore City Council approved the 25th Street Station shopping center with a Walmart, a city councilman says he may seek a second vote on the project.
Councilman Carl Stokes said this week his constituents are split 50-50 on...