| May 24, 2013
| 3:17 PM
As afternoon light tried to filter through the thick, stained-glass windows of Sharp Street United Methodist Church last weekend, Marco K. Merrick pounded out the bass line of a spiritual on a raw-sounding piano, singing along in a raspy voice: "Great...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 5:27 PM
As the Maryland Senate voted Tuesday to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, advocates for legalizing the drug saw an opening move in a multiyear effort to make it completely legal.
"I think the taboo has been lifted on talking about...
| May 9, 2013
| 12:48 PM
Kweisi Mfume was named the new chair of Morgan State University's Board of Regents on Tuesday, more than three months after his predecessor was ousted amid a public battle over university leadership.
Mfume quickly signaled that university President David...
| May 2, 2013
| 3:46 PM
Surrounded by religious leaders, civil rights activists and others who have fought for years to stop executions in Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation Thursday repealing the state's death penalty.
Unless the law is overturned in a...
| May 2, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Gov. Martin O'Malley will sign legislation Thursday morning abolishing capital punishment in Maryland -- a goal of his since he took office in 2007.
The governor's approval will make Maryland the 18th state to repeal the death penalty. A throng of...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The General Assembly voted to repeal the death penalty Friday, calling for an end to Maryland's 375-year history of capital punishment and joining a growing number of states outlawing the practice.
After nearly two hours of impassioned debate, the House...
| May 3, 2013
| 5:14 PM
One day after Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation to abolish capital punishment in Maryland, death penalty supporters said Friday they will launch a petition drive to give voters the opportunity to overturn the new law.
At a news conference,...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 7:55 PM
The House of Delegates moved closer to abolishing Maryland's death penalty Wednesday night as it rejected changes that attempted to turn Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill into something less than full repeal.
In the first of several key tests, delegates...
| May 5, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Isaiah Dixon Jr., a jazz fan, world traveler and four-term state delegate from Baltimore City whose accomplishments included introducing a bill that made cross burnings a felony in Maryland, died of heart failure April 26 at Stella Maris Hospice in...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 1:02 PM
Do you remember Gwynn Oak Junction? Then you may have gone to the movies at what was the Ambassador Theatre, bought your groceries at Schreiber's, purchased your very first Halloween costume at Read's, spent your allowance at Ben Franklin, and gotten your...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 11:54 AM
Dr. Homer Eli Favor, a retired Morgan State University economist who was an original member of the civil rights activist group whose members called themselves the "Goon Squad," died of heart disease Saturday at the Baltimore-Washington Medical Center.
| Apr 18, 2013
| 10:48 AM
Workers were ordered out of the Baltimore building that hosts the national headquarters of the NAACP , after authorities received reports of a "suspicious letter," but the letter was later determined to be harmless.
The FBI confirmed that agents had...