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Hope and helplessness as agencies try to speed aid to city neighborhoods
Hope and helplessness as agencies try to speed aid to city neighborhoods

Local agencies and foundations are reviewing an outpouring of demand from Baltimore businesses and neighborhoods for support after last month's unrest with a combination of hope and helplessness. The United Way, the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Baltimore Development Corp. are among the organizations that have created special funds — and expedited timetables — to help the city deal with the aftermath of rioting late last month following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who died of a spinal cord injury sustained while in police custody. The helplessness stems from the sheer volume of requests, officials said. Despite an infusion of five-figure donations...

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