As the Baltimore Ravens get ready to take on the 49ers in New Orleans, back home officials are getting ready to deal with what they hope will be an joyful but not too rowdy night of drinking and — hopefully — celebration
According to Baltimore County Police crash statistics and residents who have long lived along the 5400, 5500 and 5600 blocks of the road — which juts north from Leakin Park and the city line toward Woodlawn — the residential stretch just past Kernan Hospital is treated by many motorists as a dangerous two-lane raceway. And residents are up in arms about it.
The unruly, violent crowds that descended on Towson and downtown Baltimore this year — fueled by Twitter and Facebook — can also provide real-time information police trained to search social media sites.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake touted Tuesday a summer of safe high-profile events in the downtown area – part of a strategy, aides said, to refute those who have characterized the Inner Harbor as unsafe.
Dozens of Independence Day parades were held Wednesday in Maryland, from do-it-yourself affairs consisting of three kids on bikes and a little red wagon to larger events popular enough to cause traffic jams.
The Rev. Gerald "Gerry" Vincent Lardner, a Sulpician priest who taught preaching and later served as a missionary in Africa, died of cancer June 18 at Mercy Medical Center. He was 70 and lived in North Baltimore.
The ongoing debate over youth crime in downtown Baltimore has sparked a war of words over race — overshadowing a debate over the police response to disturbances and objections from city politicians who say the issue is vastly overblown.
The delegate from the city's northern suburbs is sounding off again about Baltimore crime, calling for the mayor to resign unless she convenes a "solutions summit" and demanding a "citywide curfew" be put in place.
Police, city officials and business leaders react to the violence on St. Patrick's Day, which they call an isolated incident that gives people the wrong perception that crime is out of control. Meanwhile, some residents feel city tried to cover up how bad it really was.
Sunday's story on violence at St. Patrick's Day attracted many reactions. Most people writing me emails and in comments at the bottom story said the city had become scary. It's further proof of the uphill battle the city has trying to show improving crime numbers.
Reporters staffing the newsroom on Saturday, March 17, had some inkling that a large crowd had converged on downtown. But initial calls to police downplayed the events, noting large crowds but not too many problems.
Baltimore police just announced the arrest of the fourth and final suspect charged in the videotaped beating and stripping of a tourist that was videotaped and watched across the country on the Internet.
The head of the Fells Prospect Community Association, Victor Corbin, wrote me to add his voice to a chorus of complaints about St. Patrick's Day celebrations. As we've reported, police wrongly allowed people to drink in O'Donnell Square in Canton, creating a mess akin to the Preakness infield.