The case of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody is set to come back into focus, as court proceedings get underway on Sept 2. Activists and police are outlining plans for where they will be deployed on the street. Thanks in part to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, here’s a look at what’s happening in Judge Barry Williams’ courtroom. Read More →
The 2016 mayoral race in Baltimore was at first shaping to be a contest between Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her predecessor, Sheila Dixon. Since then, we’ve seen two 27-year-olds jump in. This week, a pair of local leaders in their 30s are considering jumping in, which could further uproot the race for the city’s top office. Read More →
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is being scrutinized by the state ethics board for some furniture purchases at the same time that he struggles to gain a footing in the Democratic presidential primary. Read More →
The most recent poll coming from Quinnipiac University ranks retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson second behind Donald Trump and five percentage points ahead of Jeb Bush in the Republican presidential primary. Read More →
Baltimore just hired its first broadband coordinator to do for the city what Verizon won’t. Read More →
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has declared his favorite for the 2016 presidential race–and, to be honest, his choice is a little odd. Read More →
Though North Dakota’s fracking oil fields are 2,000 miles away, fracking is literally in your backyard. Railcars containing highly flammable fracked crude oil have been traveling into Baltimore City for two years. A judge recently ruled that the public will finally gain access to the reporting that details where the oil trains travel.
Looking at the Baltimore rail map above, regardless of which tracks are used, oil trains are weaving through critical business and residential areas. ForestEthics estimates 165,000 Baltimoreans live within a one-mile oil train blast zone. It’s vital to know that the oil being shipped into Baltimore is more flammable, and that there’ve been 14 crude oil train accidents in two years. Even though we’ll know the routes, it’s unclear that even if a fire event occurred, we could do anything except run. Question: Who thought allowing flammable oil trains to rumble through a densely populated city was a good idea?
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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank graduated from the University of Maryland not too many years ago–and now that Plank is at the helm of the world’s second-largest athletic apparel company, he’s found new ways to give back to his alma mater. Read More →
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