Anthony Watson peaked as a politician in the seventh grade. Sure, he'd go on to study Mandarin in Hong Kong, earn a doctorate at Cambridge and become a professor of Islamic history at Brown. But before all that, he triumphed over frightful competition in the hotly contested race for eighth grade council president at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School. In so doing, he was the last person to beat Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in an election.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Thursday declined to say whether she hoped to see the trials of the officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray moved outside the city, adding "I have no dog in that fight."
As attorneys argue in court Thursday over moving the Freddie Gray case out of Baltimore, the tensions driving the discussion will be on full display outside, with traffic diverted and police staging around protesters calling for justice.
Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the city can expect a "soft presence" of police officers alongside expected protesters when a judge decides whether the six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death should be tried outside Baltimore Thursday.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration plans to pay Freddie Gray's family $6.4 million as a settlement for civil claims in his arrest and death — an extraordinary payment in a lawsuit against city police.
Organizers of the Penn North Safe Zone and about two dozen students came to City Hall Wednesday to ask Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to supply funding for a group that's providing activities for young people in one of Baltimore's toughest neighborhoods.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday she opposes Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young's proposal to sell the city-owned Hilton Hotel — arguing the city could lose millions if officials sold now.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has removed embattled CitiStat Director Mark H. Grimes, who for the past 20 months has led the agency charged with monitoring and analyzing the local government's work.
Top police commanders agreed with prosecutors earlier this year that information from open homicide cases should not be shared with the fledgling Baltimore Homicide Review Commission, a decision that other participants said undercut the city-funded panel's goal of reducing violent crime, according to emails obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
Michael Cryor, tapped by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to create One Baltimore, will address the short and long term needs of Baltimore's youth. The hearing before the council's youth committee is set for 4 p.m. at City Hall.
In a recent Dan Rodricks' column, he offered three categories of Baltimoreans' views on Sheila Dixon's run for mayor. We suggest a subdivision of the "Bring Her Back" category: citizens who are not Dixon loyalists and are disappointed by her ethical lapses, but consider her petty personal avarice outweighed by her greater public virtues. Let us compare her to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
The federal government has denied an appeal from the state over disaster aid, leaving in place an earlier decision denying millions of dollars to help pay for costs associated with rioting that broke out after the death of Freddie Gray.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday she has asked her transportation chief to develop alternatives to improving mass transit in Baltimore — including "rapid bus" — with the demise of the Red Line plan.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Tuesday that more than 7,000 emails released by her office show Baltimore wasn't completely prepared for April's rioting. The mayor said city officials are learning from the chaos and working to improve.
Emails would also begin pouring into Batts and Rawlings-Blake's email boxes the same day — and continue through that Saturday — from a separate online campaign to end the curfew that was organized by the American Civil Liberties Union and signed by residents across the city and all across the state, from Oakland in far Western Maryland to Salisbury on the Eastern Shore.
Nearly a week after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake instituted a curfew in Baltimore following rioting and looting — and just one day before she lifted it — top mayoral aides were concerned about her safety amid a growing community tension.
On April 28 — just hours before the first nightly curfew would go into effect in Baltimore — Nathan Willner wrote an email to a neighborhood liaison in the office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanking her for "verbally authorizing" volunteers with the Jewish safety patrol groups Shomrim and Chaverim to be out past 10 p.m.
House Republicans approved legislation Thursday that would strip millions in federal funding from "sanctuary cities" such as Baltimore that have adopted immigrant-friendly policies, a response to a San Francisco killing that has thrust immigration back into to the political forefront.
With questions still lingering surrounding the events leading up to and during the Baltimore Riots in April, several state legislators — including one Carroll County state senator — are calling for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to appear before a special work group to explain her actions.
When it comes to women's representation in politics, particularly African American women, Baltimore City is queen. Take the 2011 Baltimore City mayoral election, where not only was the winner an African American female (then-appointed Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake), so was her closest competitor (state Sen. Catherine Pugh).
On Monday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other city and state representatives announced the grand opening of the job center and brought attention to serving residents and businesses in the South and Southwest Baltimore communities in an effort to fight unemployment.
Community health center Total Health Care will announce this morning that it is partnering with longtime substance abuse center Tuerk House to provide improved care people with drug and alcohol addictions.