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Dan Rodricks

Dan Rodricks Commentary and conversation on life in Baltimore, Maryland and the USA
Rodricks: Healthy Holly could become Haunting Holly for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

And with that — a 93-word statement of resignation from the board of the University of Maryland Medical System — the mayor of Baltimore moved on to other matters or, in her words, “pressing concerns that require my full attention, energy and efforts.” Unfortunately, “Healthy Holly” is going to be “Haunting Holly” for some time.

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The massive redevelopment of the old Bethlehem Steel land in Sparrows Point
Rodricks: Swamped in sleaze, it's easy to forget that honest, selfless people abound

I come to this column having just finished a conference call with two young attorneys who represent a troubled man who spent 12 years in a Maryland prison for crimes he did not commit. At 67, the man has little in life but the clothes on his back; the attorneys say he’s one step away from homelessness.

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In the midst of West Baltimore blight, an ambition for new housing and a cup of coffee

Someone spray-painted a question on the sheet of plywood that covers the front door of one of the old, lovely and abandoned three-story rowhouses near Lafayette Square in West Baltimore: “Why no Starbucks here?”

I suppose this was meant to be ironic in that dystopian way we’ve grown accustomed to since the Freddie Gray uprising of nearly five springs ago.

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With electric ferries, Maryland won't need a third bay bridge

Gov. Larry Hogan has more pressing matters — saving Pimlico Race Course, keeping the Preakness in Baltimore, working with the General Assembly to get Maryland up to full speed on funding public education — but since he’s put the idea of a third Chesapeake Bay bridge out there, allow me to make a suggestion:

Forget it. There’s no need to build it, and no need to spend millions planning for it.

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Story of Good Samaritan's death in Baltimore was traumatic. Now that police call it false, it's even worse.

It was a Friday night in December, and for almost an hour before his wife’s memorial service, Keith Smith stood in the aisles of Helping Hands Ministries in Churchville, Harford County, accepting words of consolation from those who had come to mourn his wife.

He hugged men. He hugged and kissed women.

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