Sheilah Kast en Tracking Economic and Social Change in Two Eastern Shore Towns <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Somerset County, the southernmost county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, was founded in 1666.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s motto for centuries has been </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Semper</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eadem</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;Latin for “Always the same.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A lot has indeed stayed the same, but even at the bottom tip of Maryland, the normal processes of time and struggles to bring about change intentionally…have had effects also. &nbsp;</span></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:48 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 502573 at Tracking Economic and Social Change in Two Eastern Shore Towns Baltimore Diversion Program Aims To Keep Prostitutes Off The Street <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2006, a group of residents in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay neighborhood had a problem: prostitutes stood on street corners waiting for Johns; they’d be picked up for prostitution by the police, only to return to the same streets. A task force was formed. What grew out of it was a program rooted in an approach called “problem-solving justice”. Instead of moving those facing prostitution charges through the criminal justice system, it gives &nbsp;them access to services that might keep them out of it and off the streets. It's called the Specialized Pre-Trial Diversion program. It began in 2009, within the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, and can now serve about 80 people at any given time.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:40:29 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502372 at Baltimore Diversion Program Aims To Keep Prostitutes Off The Street A Year In The Life Of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera <p><a href="">Mary Ellen Barbera</a> was a public school teacher in Baltimore when she began taking night law school classes at the University of Maryland. About 30 years ago, she graduated from law school, passed the Maryland bar, and began down a path that would lead her to Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. A year ago this month, she became that court’s first female Chief Judge. She joins Sheilah&nbsp;to talk about her first year in that role.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502340 at A Year In The Life Of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera Measuring Floods in Annapolis <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reuters news agency published</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> its analysis </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">last week of coastal flooding along the Eastern Seaboard. &nbsp; They tracked the average number of days several East Coast cities were above flood thresholds.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:52:25 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 502309 at Measuring Floods in Annapolis How Healthy Is Baltimore's Metro Housing Market? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Around the state, “For Sale” banners are going up, signs are being staked into front yards and open houses are taking place every weekend.&nbsp; All that’s typical for this time of year, but what’s the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">current situation for buyers and sellers?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To catch us up on how the greater Baltimore housing market is doing is Andrew </span>Strauch<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Vice President of the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which compiles data on residential real estate. Sheilah talks with him about it.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 502189 at How Healthy Is Baltimore's Metro Housing Market? The Nation's First National Labor Strike Has Roots In Baltimore <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was just about this time on this date in 1877 that the first national strike started, and it started in Baltimore. Two dozen locomotive firemen employed by the Baltimore &amp; Ohio Railroad, refused to man the trains at Camden Yard, Mount Clare and Riverside Stations.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Within hours the work stoppage had spread to </span>Martinsburg<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, West Virginia, then to other states. Within a week, almost half the U.S. Army was deployed against more than 100,000 strikers. Before the strike collapsed two weeks later, ten citizens had been killed in Baltimore alone.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:55:14 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502236 at The Nation's First National Labor Strike Has Roots In Baltimore What's Next For Sparrows Point? <div>A little less than two years ago, Sparrows Point was bought by liquidator&nbsp;Hilco Global. The site, once home to one of the largest steel mills in the world, could change hands soon once again. What challenges would the new owners face? And, how might Sparrows Point find life once again?</div><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:01:17 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502108 at What's Next For Sparrows Point? What Five 18th Century Frenchmen Can Tell Us About America <div>It’s Bastille Day, the 225th anniversary of the Parisian mob taking over the fortress-prison that stood for royal absolutism. What better day to hear about how five émigrés from that revolution went on to have a big impact on the United States of America?</div><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:00:25 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 502111 at What Five 18th Century Frenchmen Can Tell Us About America Children Facing Hunger In The Summer <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While many kids fill their summer days running, playing and swimming, there are thousands of kids in Maryland who find themselves distracted by their hunger. &nbsp;For the most part,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the kids who are hungry in the summer are the ones who received free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While in school some kids can get three meals a day, but this summer, for the first time, only two meals a day.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What are the barriers to feeding these children and how does summer nutrition loss affect a student’s achievement when school starts?</span></div> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:49:06 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 502014 at Children Facing Hunger In The Summer "Baltimore's Deaf Heritage" <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Kathleen Brockway’s new book has a grand title, <em>Baltimore’s Deaf Heritage,&nbsp;</em>but it feels&nbsp;like family album. Brockway has done both: given us an overview of a deaf community organizing and fighting for new rights as well as an intimate profile of families who led that community.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:22:39 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay 501865 at "Baltimore's Deaf Heritage"