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Baltimore City
10:54 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Civil War-Era Men's Detention Center At Baltimore Jail To Be Shuttered

Gov. Larry Hogan and Department of Public Safety and Correction Services Secretary Stephen Moyer at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:50 am

Gov. Larry Hogan surprised Baltimore Thursday when he announced that he’ll be closing part of the city’s jail. The Men’s Detention Center, built in 1859, houses about 750 men who will be moved to nearby facilities. The decision comes after years of scandal and lawsuits.

“The Baltimore City Detention Center has been a black eye for our state for far too long,” Hogan said.

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Horse Racing
9:09 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Down At The Hooves Horse Tracks Seek Younger, Larger Crowds To Save Maryland Racing

Tim Ritvo (left) and Sal Sinatra, of the Stronach Company, owners of Laurel Park and Pimlico
Karen Hosler

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 8:54 am

  Welcome to date night at Laurel Park race track. You start with live music, mix in some cheap drinks, an all-you-can eat buffet and a twilight race schedule on Fridays that accommodates a regular work day and still offers a front rail view of the competing ponies.

"I like the evening, the 3:40 post time," said Linda Egolf. "I think that’s neat and I think it’s usually over around 7 so it still gives you time to leave the track and get dinner or whatever and carry on with your evening."

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Maryland
9:08 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Police Reform Advocates Press Lawmakers In Annapolis

Marion Gray-Jones and several dozen activists called on lawmakers to take action to curtail police misconduct in Maryland.
Christopher Connelly/WYPR

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 12:34 pm

Lawmakers in Maryland charged with exploring potential policing reform measures heard from the public in Annapolis on Thursday. More than a dozen activists from a broad coalition of labor, civil rights and faith groups turned out to call for major changes to make law enforcement more accountable, transparent and community-oriented.

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Baltimore City
10:42 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Reservoir Hill Celebrates Beginning To The End Of Blight

City officials holding a news conference to celebrate the beginning of rehabilitating nine vacants in the 2200 block of Callow Avenue in Reservoir Hill.
P. Kenneth Burns WYPR

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:32 pm

After months of preparations and years of planning, work is underway to rebuild the last nine vacant homes in the 2200-block of Callow Avenue in Reservoir Hill. It is one of the last two blocks in the heart of the West Baltimore neighborhood that has not seen revitalization until now.

Work on the houses began in June, but officials celebrated the construction Tuesday. 

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Baltimore City
1:04 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Mayor Unveils Rec Center Plan

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake discussing her plan to spend more than $136 million on upgrading the city's recreation centers. She had some help with posters of four recreations that have been renovated or is in the process of renovating.

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 5:12 pm

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake introduced a plan to upgrade the city’s aging recreation centers and pools Tuesday, funded in part by the sale of some city-owned parking garages.

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