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Dan Rodricks

Dan Rodricks Commentary and conversation on life in Baltimore, Maryland and the USA
Seeking compensation for a wrongful conviction and an 'altogether tragic life'

I look into his face and see everything James Williams tells me, everything his young lawyers describe, everything in the psychiatric evaluations and police reports.

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All said and just about done, Cross Street Market prepares to reopen

Sometimes — check that, many times — I think we do not know what we want, and I mean diehard Baltimoreans, the ones who actually live in the city and plan to stay here until they die or polar bears show up on icebergs in the Inner Harbor, whichever comes first. Consider comments received here about the area formerly known as the west side Superblock, the subject of Sunday’s column.

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Reverse Baltimore’s population slide: Kick the west side into gear

One of the most important dates on the Baltimore calendar for 2019 will be July 9. That is when proposals for what used to be known as The Superblock are due at the city’s economic development agency. The plans presented on or before noon of that Tuesday could represent a significant step toward a stronger, more populous city, and I’ll tell you why.

In March, the Baltimore Development Corp.

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Wrongly convicted still waiting for compensation for lost years

Considering the thousands upon thousands of criminal cases that have been investigated by police throughout Maryland over the last 30 years, and considering the number of criminal defendants who have been prosecuted by assistant state’s attorneys, convicted by juries and sentenced by judges during that time, you will not be shocked to learn that at least 33 of those defendants were wrongly convicted.

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Rodricks: What do we have to do to stop the killings? Everything.

The violence in Baltimore has something in common with climate change: They not only seem like intractable problems, one local and one global in scale, but both can make all other things — things that seem important in the moment, controversial things that provoke hours of talk on talking-head television, the day-to-day things right in front of us — seem irrelevant.

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Saving Sellers Mansion, at long last, could spark revival around Lafayette Square

Such a splendid day, the second of May, and you could smell the grass in Lafayette Square because a city worker had just run a lawn mower through the place, and then senior citizens from the Saint James Terrace Apartments strolled to the benches to enjoy the warmth of the sun and the shade of the trees in one of the city’s finest parks.

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