The applications of the more than two dozen teams vying to monitor the court-backed civil rights reforms at the Baltimore Police Department reveal two different paths the city could take: Draw on deep local knowledge to tailor a package of changes or hire a group with a track record in other big cities.
Forensic investigators have relied on their own judgment to distinguish the spotted stains left by flies from the evidence of spattered blood. But a professor at Loyola University Maryland is developing a spray that removes the guesswork.
Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby recently derailed a budding initiative in Baltimore to bring together city leaders, law enforcement commanders, academics, public health officials and others to identify real-time homicide trends and develop targeted responses — the latest crime-fighting program to falter amid the city's dramatic spike in violence.
Abraham Dash, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and federal attorney, who taught at the University of Maryland school of law from 1970 until his death, died Jan. 12 at home in Bowie of a heart attack. He was 86.