P. Kenneth Burns

Kenneth Burns is a reporter for WYPR covering Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Prior to joining WYPR, Kenneth worked at WBAL and WNAV in Annapolis.

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10:29 am
Fri January 16, 2015

City, County Trail Laurel on Police Body Cameras

Laurel Police Officer Andrew Derouin pulls over a driver on Route 1 near Bowie Road for nearly causing an accident. Derouin turns on the camera and notifies the driver - who was let go with a warning - that the stop was being recorded.

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:46 am

While Baltimore City and Baltimore County are drafting plans for police body cameras, they might want to look to Laurel, just south in Prince Georges County, where officers have been wearing them for two years.

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Deconstructing Vacants
10:38 am
Tue December 23, 2014

The Callow Avenue Comeback

While the 2200 block of Callow Avenue starts with occupied buildings, derelict buildings dominate the rest of the block.
P. Kenneth Burns WYPR

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 10:17 am

The 2200 block of Callow Avenue in Reservoir Hill has been described as the hole in the doughnut of redevelopment in that West Baltimore neighborhood.  "This is the core, development occurred all around it," said Carl Cleary, housing coordinator for the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council.

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Deconstructing Vacants
1:13 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

When Vacant Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Vacant

This house on Stonewood Road in the New Northwood neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore is falling apart. However, city law says it's not vacant because the ground floor windows and doors are not boarded up.

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 8:12 am


There is a house on Stonewood Road in the New Northwood neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore that is clearly falling apart.

The rain gutters are hanging on their last hinges.  The shingles are peeling away from the roof. Rusted outdoor furniture is on the front porch and the railings are wrapped in weather beaten garland for the holidays. More Christmas decorations stick up from a couple of flower pots.

It looks as if neighbors have been trying to take care of the yard.  Someone had started bagging leaves.

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Baltimore City
3:30 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Vetoes, She Wrote

Veto messages that the Baltimore City Council will receive from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake formally on Thursday. The mayor vetoed bills banning plastic bags and requiring police officers to wear body cameras Monday.

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 12:19 pm

As promised, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed Monday bills that would require police officers to wear body cameras and ban plastic bags.

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12:05 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

The Task: Find Ways To Fight Heroin

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:25 pm

National health agencies, the Drug Enforcement Administration and others have reported an increase in heroin addiction throughout the nation. And they say it’s fueled by people looking for something to replace the high of prescription pain pills that are more difficult to get because they are closely monitored by a health department prescription registry. Heroin, the professionals say, is now stronger, cheaper and more easily available than before.

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12:59 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

A Stat-like Solution For Rats

Baltimore City Public Works Director Rudy Chow said a new program targeting rats will include a new system to predict where the vermin are traveling and adjust where rat catchers are needed based on 311 calls.

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 4:00 pm

Baltimore City officials announced they will nearly double the size of their rat-eradication team in hopes of ridding the city of the vermin.

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NPR Story
10:35 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Mayor Now Promising Two Vetoes

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she will veto bills banning plastic bags and requiring police officers to wear body cameras.

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 8:16 am

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Deconstructing Vacants
11:48 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Greening Begins In East Baltimore

Once an eyesore visible from the Amtrak line, decaying rowhomes in the 2300 and 2400 blocks of East Eager Street are being torn down with the materials being recycled. The project involves blight elimination and job skills training.
P. Kenneth Burns WYPR

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:44 am

  Seventeen people are hard at work at a job site in the 2300 and 2400 blocks of E. Eager Street in Milton-Montford.  The site is right next to the Amtrak line and can be seen by train passengers.  The workers are salvaging what they can of the wood, brick and metal from one of the 35 houses being torn down.

At a table nearby, six people are chiseling mortar off bricks and setting them on a pallet.  The bricks will be sold to contractors along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast.

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10:58 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Anne Arundel: It’s About Taxes, Schools And Boats

Democrat George Johnson (left) and Republican Del. Steve Schuh have a lot of the same friends but different ideas when it comes to running Anne Arundel County. The two men are facing each other in the November general election for County Executive.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 11:19 am

Democrat George Johnson, who is making a second run for Anne Arundel County Executive, and his Republican opponent, Delegate Steve Schuh, have something in common. They’ve made friends on both sides of the aisle during their years in public life.

But they have sharp differences when it comes to running Anne Arundel.

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1:29 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Patrick And The Constitutionalist

Michael Anthony Peroutka has lost the support of the two top Republicans on the Anne Arundel County ballot - Del. Steve Schuh and Gubernatorial Candidate Larry Hogan - over his views that are regularly posted to YouTube and his membership with a southern secessionist group.

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 9:08 am

  The race for an Anne Arundel County Council seat, which usually centers on taxes, schools and pot holes, has turned into a referendum on southern secession, civil rights and religion.

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