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'Tougher' liquor board increases violations, closures
'Tougher' liquor board increases violations, closures

The new head of the city liquor board has a message for Baltimore's sometimes out-of-control bar scene: The party's over. In its first three months of action, a revamped liquor board — chaired by Thomas Ward, a tough-talking, 87-year-old former judge — already has found nearly 120 bars and liquor stores guilty of violations, significantly more than the previous board did in all of fiscal 2014. Ward's board has closed or revoked eight licenses, as many as in all of the last fiscal year. And the panel recently made a potentially precedent-setting ruling against so-called "zombie licenses," which could jeopardize alcohol service at dozens of establishments...