A West Baltimore gas station that was forced to close earlier this summer because of alleged complicity in area crime will be allowed to reopen under new management starting this week, according to Baltimore Police.
The Baltimore Police Department forced a West Baltimore gas station to close this week using a controversial city law — not used in years — that allows the "padlocking" of businesses deemed complicit in crime.
Baltimore has gone through a lot in 2015, from a harsh winter that strained its budget to riots and curfews in spring to the highest monthly homicide rate in 40 plus years. In addition, the Baltimore region continues to grapple with poor air and water quality, obesity, and a continuing gap between the rich and poor. It can be depressing to think about all those issues. But we can do something hopeful and fun that would help resolve many of those issues: We can lobby Congress.
The Obama administration proposed Tuesday opening the waters off the Atlantic coast for oil and gas drilling for the first time in more than 30 years, drawing fire from environmentalists and many East Coast lawmakers about the potential for spills to harm the Chesapeake Bay and resorts like Ocean City. Industry officials, though, expressed disappointment more areas weren't being offered for exploration.
Baltimore Schools CEO Gregory Thornton tells us he will run the city schools like a business. This certainly sounds reassuring. But cannot help wonder what kind of business will serve as a model for Baltimore's schools.
The Obama administration took a step closer Friday to allowing oil and gas exploration off the mid-Atlantic and south Atlantic coasts, drawing praise from the energy industry and criticism from environmentalists.
Analysts are projecting the most expensive July 4th holiday weekend for motorists since 2008, attributing much of the rise to a surge of violence in Iraq. Gas in Maryland Monday averaged $3.69 per gallon, three cents more than the national average of $3.66, according to AAA, which tracks transactions throughout the state.
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler filed a lawsuit against the oil company BP over investment losses following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, alleging that the state's pension fund lost millions after the company misled the public about its safety protocols.