The third Saturday in May was like any other. The grandstand at Pimlico Race Course was a bouquet of fancy hats and the infield was awash in live music, cheap beer and parimutuel tickets that fell like snow after every race. Normalcy returned to Baltimore in the form of the 140th Preakness, a rite of spring that came at just the right time for a city that spent much of the past month in anguish and turmoil.
Nearly three weeks after riots damaged several Baltimore neighborhoods, officials for the city and the Maryland Jockey Club said that Saturday's 140th Preakness should not be affected by what transpired last month or by the protest planned Saturday for McKeldin Square. Protest organizers have said they do not plan to interfere with traffic near the track.
Assuming Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake runs for re-election — and most of us do — city voters will get to decide whether her decisions, words and actions in the matter of Freddie Gray and the riots that followed his funeral are cause for dismissal. In the meantime, the mayor needs to realize that she has an opportunity to transform her city (and maybe salvage her political career), but she needs to act in a bold and urgent way. She needs to build an alliance with the governor of
Here's an idea: Let's have Baltimore City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young call on those gang members who helped quell violence on Riot Monday to help quell violence the other 364 days of the year.
Gov. Larry Hogan signed legislation Tuesday aimed at increasing police accountability during a ceremony that had been delayed because of unrest in Baltimore after the death of a man injured while in police custody.
The new board chair of the Greater Baltimore Committee said Monday the organization would put new emphasis on finding ways to boost employment chances for ex-offenders and people arrested but never convicted after the wake-up call of the riots.
Education advocates on Monday called on Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to increase funding for the city's schools, arguing the recent rioting in Baltimore shows the money is desperately needed.
As the number of shootings and homicides has surged in Baltimore, some police officers say they feel hesitant on the job under intense public scrutiny and in the wake of criminal charges against six officers in the Freddie Gray case.
The leader of 30 million South Asian Buddhists walked the riot-torn streets of West Baltimore with more than a dozen local ministers and other peace advocates Thursday, offering prayers, blessings and words of encouragement in the aftermath of last week's unrest over the death of Freddie Gray.
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Education Secretary Arne Duncan spent Wednesday afternoon at Frederick Douglass High School, where they discussed financial literacy and heard students' concerns about the lack of jobs and opportunities in Baltimore.
As chaos broke out across Baltimore last week, dozens of men from the grass-roots group 300 Men March walked violent city streets, breaking up fights and inserting themselves between angry young men and the police. Community members say the group played a key role as peacekeepers amid the lawlessness.
Harford County's three municipal police forces and the Sheriff's Office continued assisting Baltimore Police Department by sending officers to the city in shifts throughout last week to help quell civil unrest tied to the death of Freddie Gray, a city man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody.
Eight days after becoming the 83rd U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch will visit Baltimore Tuesday in the aftermath of last week¿s riots and six city police officers being charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge ruled that Gov. Larry Hogan did not violate the Maryland constitution when he signed an executive order allowing people arrested during the riots to be held longer than 24 hours before seeing a court commissioner.
A week after violent protests broke out in Baltimore following the funeral for Freddie Gray, the city has begun to return to normal as the curfew was lifted and national guard has begun to withdraw troops.
As a city, state and nation, we must resolve to better the schooling and lives of all the present and future Freddie Grays. And though only a token down payment on the debt owed our poor schoolchildren, Gov. Larry Hogan should replace the departing state troopers with the full funding for schools approved by the General Assembly that he has so far withheld.
As Baltimore grapples head on with its own fraught police-community relations, the Rev. David Anderson is in Ferguson, on a trip scheduled long ago to check in on the progress of the discussions he facilitated there.
Baltimore began to move beyond unrest Sunday when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lifted a citywide curfew, the Maryland National Guard began withdrawing its forces and shoppers returned to Mondawmin Mall, which had been shuttered after looting.
When Natalie Singer, 18, returned to Manchester Valley High School on Monday after watching peaceful protests turn violent over the weekend, there were a lot of students talking about the civil unrest that happened so close to home.
Those in the insurance industry said it was likely that two financial blows – property damage and lost income – as a result of rioting in Baltimore after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray would be covered by most insurance policies.