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Baltimore Police Make Light of Viral Picture from Gun Arrest

0 Written by: | Monday, Mar 06, 2017 11:01am

Image via Baltimore Police/Facebook

An image of a MacGyver’d antique gun confiscated by Baltimore police officers last week went viral this weekend. With thousands of people cracking jokes on Facebook, the Baltimore Police Department eventually joined in on the fun.

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Friday Morning Headlines: Christmas Closings in Baltimore; JHU Working with Facebook’s Secretive Hardware Lab; and More

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 23, 2016 7:23am

Be aware of phony sports jersey sales, BBB warns – WBAL-TV

What’s closed for Christmas in Baltimore? – Baltimore Sun

Ray Rice makes Christmas dreams a reality for dozens of Baltimore kids – CBS Sports

Howard County executive wants to put another $7.6 million toward flood mitigation – Fox45

Johns Hopkins signs on with Facebook’s under-the-radar hardware lab – Technical.ly

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Tuesday Morning Headlines: Trumbo Declines Qualifying Offer; Frosh Calls for Reporting of Hate Speech; and More

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 7:24am

Police search for shooter who targeted SUV on B-W Parkway – WBAL-TV

Copper thieves shut down lights at Fallston soccer field – ABC2

Mark Trumbo Declines Qualifying Offer From Orioles – WBAL Radio

CrowdTangle gets acquired by Facebook – Technical.ly

Frosh: ‘upwelling’ of hate speech in Maryland should be reported – Baltimore Sun

Featured, Links

Story About Maryland Rejecting Electoral College Deemed Fake

0 Written by: | Monday, Nov 14, 2016 4:30pm

Hillary-Clinton-calls-for-overhaul-of-criminal-justice-system-in-wake-of-Baltimore-riotsLast week, Marylanders seeking silver linings to last week’s election results may have seen a story sloshing around on social media about how the state decided to ignore the Electoral College. It wasn’t real. Read More →

Featured, Money & Power

Police Arrested Freddie Gray Protesters Last Year by Surveilling Social Media

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 12:42pm

Veggies/CC By SA 3.0

Veggies/CC By SA 3.0

Officers were able to single out and arrest protesters with outstanding warrants during the Freddie Gray riots with help from a social media monitoring tool, the ACLU has found.

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Featured, Lifeline

Baltimore Protests Among Facebook’s Most Talked-About Topics of 2015

0 Written by: | Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 9:37am

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If it seemed as though everyone online was talking about Baltimore this year, that’s probably because… everyone online was talking about Baltimore this year. Read More →

Dundalk, Lifeline

Facebook’s Amber Alert System Inspired by Missing Dundalk Girl

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 3:15pm

Carol Gause (via Facebook)

Carol Gause (via Facebook)

In a move to use all that targeting data they collect for good, Facebook announced their own Amber Alert system on Tuesday. In an announcement, the social media giant cited a 2014 case in which an 11-year-old Dundalk girl was found because a South Carolina motel owner recognized her from Facebook. Read More →

Lifeline

Facebook Posts Reveal Near-Deadly Train Fight, Alleged Murder Victim

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 3:35pm

Still from video of train fight.

Still from video of train fight.

Alongside cat pics and rants from crazy relatives, Facebook is also home to raw evidence of a pair of Baltimore crimes this week. A video of two men trying throw a man from a moving subway and a photo that could be a murder victim’s dead body have detectives cruising social media instead of the beat this week. In both cases, the source of the videos remains a mystery. Read More →

Roland Park, Schools, Sponsored Post

Applying to College? You May Want to Delete Your Facebook Account

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 12:00pm

imagesA life without Facebook might seem incomprehensible to some, but high school seniors applying to college would be wise to consider it, if only temporarily. As cited in the Huffington Post, more than 80 percent of college admissions officers use Facebook and other social media sites to get a second look at an applicant. Unless the applicant’s a recruited athlete, whose Facebook or Twitter profile might get a coach’s cursory glance at any point of high school, now is the time when a student’s Facebook profile may come under scrutiny.

Of course, deleting a social media account may seem like overkill. Why not just delete any potentially negative content? Or even change the account name so that the profile is harder to find? These steps may be sufficient, but I wouldn’t take the chance. After all, if admissions officers find the hopeful college applicant on Facebook, they won’t necessarily encounter the best representation of the student, nor the one so thoughtfully put together in the application; they may see a much more limited side, one that tends to encourage flash judgments, rather than careful review. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Lifeline, Schools

Cyber-Gracious Posts by Anonymous Teens Practice Kindness Not Cruelty

1 Written by: | Monday, Nov 18, 2013 12:15pm

Photo courtesy of americanhumane.blog.org

Photo courtesy of americanhumane.blog.org

The Facebook post read as follows: “Zari Press goes out of her way to be nice to everyone and I think she’s just the coolest.”

By all accounts, Zari Press, Friends School senior and class co-president, does seem like a nice girl. Nonetheless, the flattering words appear somewhat out of character for a Facebook post written by a teenager.

Facebook, after all, has earned the infamous reputation as the social media outlet of choice for teens intent on slinging insults at their peers. When taken to extremes, this form of cyber bullying results in some damaging consequences to defenseless targets—ranging from deep humiliation to emotional damage; even suicide.

As cowards usually do, ‘cyber bullies’ act anonymously. But now, in a positive turn of events, come reports of high school and college students posting Facebook messages anonymously about their peers. Only this time, they’re all good.

These messages are called, aptly, ‘compliments’ pages. The first one appeared last year, when four undergraduates at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada set up a profile page on their university’s Facebook page, to which students anonymously submit compliments about classmates.

Just a few weeks ago, Friends Upper School students began receiving anonymous compliments via the Frendz Skool Compliments Facebook page, causing a buzz on the Baltimore campus as classmates try to figure out who’s behind the kind gesture.

“When it first started I messaged the people who run it offering my help and RAK’s support, but they said they would like to remain anonymous,” said Press, who is in the RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) club at Friends.

“It has to be more than one person,” she guessed, since to date over 550 compliments have been posted to the compliments page. “We think it’s a group of students, probably underclassmen, who have more time on their hands [than seniors] to take this task on,” she said.

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