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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon August 31, 2015

Motion Hearings In Freddie Gray Case Begin Wednesday; What Should We Expect?

Motion hearings for the trial of the six officers in the death of Freddie Gray begin Wednesday.
Credit CNN.com

Hearings in the trial of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray begin Wednesday. Mayor Rawlings-Blake said a few days ago that city officials know that an unpopular ruling by the judge could be a flashpoint for protests, and the city is preparing for that possibility. The pre-trial motions will be argued before Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams in two sessions – on Wednesday, and a week from Thursday, Sept. 10. Among the defense motions is one to move the trial out of Baltimore, and some to remove Baltimore State’s Attorney from prosecuting the case. Judge Williams already has ruled on some motions: last week, he rejected a subpoena by the defense lawyers for the prosecutors to take the witness stand at Wednesday’s hearing. Here to catch us up on what’s at stake on Wednesday is David Jaros, a law professor at the University of Baltimore and Doug Colbert, law professor from University of Maryland.

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Maryland Morning
8:50 am
Mon August 31, 2015

Baltimore's Long Time Carmelite Community

Credit The Carmelite Nuns Of Baltimore

Tom Hall joins Sr. Constance Fitzgerald at the Carmelite Monastery on Dulaney Valley Road in Towson. Fitzgerald has been a Carmelite nun for 64 years.  The community of Carmelites who live, work and pray on this beautiful, 26-acre campus have a lineage that extends back 225 years.  Founded in 1790 in Charles County, this site was the first community of religious women in the 13 colonies.  Baltimore Carmel is celebrating their 225th anniversary with a number of events throughout the year, including a seminar that Sr. Constance Fitzgerald will co-lead next month.  We discuss the contemplative life of the Carmelites, and how they balance the values of solitude and personal reflection with the values of community and engagement with the wider world.

Maryland Morning
8:47 am
Mon August 31, 2015

The Rousuck Review: "The Servant of Two Masters"

Left-right: Michael Windsor, Megan Morse Jans and Patrick Truhler in "The Servant of Two Masters"
Credit Joshua McKerrow

Double-dealing, misunderstandings, disappearing funds, important papers lost or shredded – and a little romance. Could be a typical day at any state capital (give or take the romance).

You can see it all right before your eyes in historic Annapolis thanks to Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s delightful production of the commedia dell’arte classic, “The Servant of Two Masters.”

An 18th century Italian comedy might seem an unusual choice for a Shakespeare company, but this comedy is a good fit for its setting – Annapolis’ Reynolds Tavern, which opened in 1747, a year after Carlo Goldoni wrote “The Servant of Two Masters.”

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Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Mon August 31, 2015

Can Audio Books Benefit Young Readers?

Students in Baltimore County have been back to school for a week.  City students begin their school year today.  Paula Willey is Maryland Morning’s resident expert on great books for kids, and she joins me this morning to talk about some books that kids may want to dive into as they say goodbye to summer.  Paula is a librarian at the Parkville-Carney branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.  She’s also a library consultant, and she writes about books at her blog, Unadulterated  and as a columnist for the Baltimore Sun.  

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Fri August 28, 2015

Goucher Prison Education Partnership

Late last month, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch came to the MD Correctional Institute in Jessup to announce that the Obama Administration plans to introduce a pilot program that would allow a limited number of incarcerated people to receive Pell Grants for the college courses they take in prison. Congress banned the use of government grants for prisoners in 1994. The Obama Administration hopes that the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program will be a way of working around that ban to make grants available to some inmates. 

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