| Oct 7, 2011
| 5:57 PM
A state legislator is proposing to abolish the current structure of the Baltimore school system and return its reins to the mayor under legislation due to come before the Maryland General Assembly in January.
The bill, pre-filed last week by Del. Keiffer...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 3:32 PM
Teenage boys dart around a basketball court at North Baltimore's DeWees Recreation Center, calling to each other in the chilly fall air. Inside, younger kids in mud-stained football jerseys hover around a pool table and play video games. The floors are...
| Jul 10, 2011
| 5:00 AM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has no free shot in her attempt to win election to a post she inherited less than 18 months ago. She faces five challengers in the Democratic primary, including three current officeholders, a one-time chief of staff to Ms....
| Jul 13, 2011
| 5:36 PM
City Councilwoman Helen Holton's three-year battle against allegations of bribery and perjury came to a close Wednesday as Maryland's highest court upheld a Baltimore judge's decision to dismiss the most serious charges against her.
The 5-2 ruling...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 8:11 AM
The funniest, and most disheartening, portion of your article "Dixon at work behind the scenes" (July 13) about Sheila Dixon and her "comeback" (be afraid...be very afraid) can be found in Lester Spence's comparison of Ms. Dixon with Marion Barry. I mean,...
| May 18, 2011
| 1:56 PM
The guilty plea by former Prince George's County executive Jack Johnson revives an all-too-familiar story in Maryland: the corrupt county executive shaking developers down for kickbacks. In a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Mr. Johnson on Tuesday...
| Jun 4, 2011
Gregg Bernstein may well have best summed up the kerfuffle he faces as a result of the public airing of a memo he wrote dissecting the results of his first stab at a prosecution in Baltimore City Circuit Court: "Welcome to the State's Attorney's Office."...
| Jun 7, 2011
| 11:23 AM
Interested in silencing Baltimore traffic? Just post signs with the message, "Honk if you enjoy jury duty." The quiet would be deafening.
Jury duty may be a sacred obligation in a free society, but there are times when it can be worse than a mere...
| Jun 12, 2011
| 6:18 AM
Mayoral candidate and former city planning director Otis Rolley III has vowed to offer private school vouchers to students zoned to attend failing middle schools and says he would lobby to restore mayoral control to the city school system.
"Our future is...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 9:15 AM
Does Otis Rolley actually think that he would have the right to dictate where city employees may live as our next mayor?
Imagine my horror when I recently read that Mr. Rolley's plan to rebuild government includes a requirement for all new and/or...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 6:37 PM
Asked to reflect on his tenure in 2009, Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III told an anecdote of a retired police official who approached him at an event and said Bealefeld had persevered through more turmoil than his predecessors....
| Jul 20, 2011
| 8:08 AM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's proposal to cut 20 cents off of Baltimore's property tax rate for owner-occupied homes by 2020 is a good idea for what to do with the city's projected revenue from slot machine gambling. Whether it is sufficient to spark a...