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  • Seeking compensation for a wrongful conviction and an 'altogether tragic life'

    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. I see confirmation of a hard life that started with physical and mental cruelty, moved quickly into drinking and drugs, followed...

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

    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...

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

    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...

  • Wrongly convicted still waiting for compensation for lost years

    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...

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

    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...

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