City Councilman Carl Stokes officially launched his campaign Thursday for mayor, pledging to require stricter financial checks on government agencies and to use public financing for developments only when neighborhoods are the primary beneficiaries.
Updates and analysis of jury selection in the trial of the first of six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, with Sun reporter Kevin Rector and J. Amy Dillard, associate professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law; plus, Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes on why he¿s again running for mayor.
From an elementary school student on the ABC sitcom "Black-ish," to Whoopi Goldberg on "The View," the n-word has been getting a workout on TV this fall. And there's more prime-time use of it to come in the weeks ahead on sitcoms like the new NBC entry "Truth Be Told" debuting Oct. 16.
As police investigate how a handgun was smuggled into the holding cell of a police station this week, newly released documents show that a man who committed suicide in another police station last year not only had a gun but also a lighter, knife and more than $1,000 in cash.
City Councilman Carl Stokes held a hearing Wednesday calling on the Department of Public Works to halt water shut-off efforts against residential customers until the agency has shut off water or collected past-due bills from the commercial customers that owe millions of dollars in unpaid bills.
Baltimore fire dispatcher Arthur "Squeaky" Kirk wanted to see West Baltimore's Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center revitalized — so he put $30,000 of his own money into the project. Then he reached out to Gov. Larry Hogan's office to see if businesses could help, too. Soon, the center had a new community garden, 20 computers, 15 iPads, a ping pong table, furniture and a renovated basketball court and playground, largely from private contributions.
A few months ago, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake looked to many pundits like she was practically unbeatable. The city's crime and unemployment rates were down. She had substantial money in her campaign account. She even flirted with a run for U.S. Senate. Then the rioting broke out.
Residents of West Baltimore urged a City Council committee Thursday to approve a $58.3 million subsidy for new large mixed-use development in the West Baltimore's Poppleton neighborhood, saying it is urgently needed after last month's unrest.
The Board of Finance approved $58.3 million in financing for a long-stalled development in Poppleton Monday, pushing forward a plan to take a tool associated with high-profile Inner Harbor projects and use it to spur largely residential development in a high-poverty area.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to focus much of Monday's State of the City speech on a plan to bolster small businesses, including more funding for the city's Small Business Resource Center and $1 million for an "innovation fund" to help small firms acquire the latest technologies.
City Council members reacted with shock Wednesday to the news the Baltimore City school system has run up a deficit of more than $60 million — even before $35 million in proposed state budget cuts. And they said they will hold hearings on the matter.