Baltimore City
5:03 am
Tue April 28, 2015

On The Streets Of Baltimore, Trying To Understand The Anger

A police officer watches a corner market burn in the west side of Baltimore.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 3:18 pm

In the early morning, as the cold set in, Anaya Maze stood next to the charred remains of a CVS store.

Holding a sign, she was the only protester left in front of a line of police officers dressed in riot gear. She is petite. Still, she faced the police officers, looking at them intently.

A few steps away were the charred skeletons of two police vehicles, the victims of an unbridled anger that burned its way through the west side of Baltimore.

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Hampton Mansion
9:51 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

National Park Service Looking for Fountain of Youth

The north entrance to Hampton Mansion
John Lee

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 1:45 pm

  The National Park Service has a problem. Most of its visitors are middle-aged or older and white. So, earlier this month the agency launched a campaign to find ways to attract younger, more diverse visitors to its sites.

There are two such sites in metropolitan Baltimore, Fort McHenry—okay, that’s a gimme—and Hampton, an 18th century mansion off Dulaney Valley Road.

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The Two-Way
11:19 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Freddie Gray's Funeral Spurs Calls For Calm In Baltimore

Mourners line up to pay their respects during Freddie Gray's funeral at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md., on Monday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:12 pm

In Baltimore, the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died after being arrested, was held Monday. Gray's family and many public figures are calling for peace, after a weekend that saw violence and arrests.

"We must not allow an already tragic situation to tear our community apart," Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said in a statement.

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8:01 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Mayor, Clergy and Gray's Sister Calls For Peace After Violent Night

Fredericka Gray, Freddie Gray's twin sister, with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Rev. Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple AME Church.
P. Kenneth Burns WYPR

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 7:47 pm

City and religious leaders asked for calm Sunday after protests over the death of Freddie Gray that started peacefully Saturday turned violent.

More than two dozen religious leaders joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in a statement asking citizens “to honor and continue [a tradition of peaceful and respectful demonstrations] as we pray for the family of Freddie Gray."

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1:20 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Baltimore Police: 34 Arrested In Freddie Gray Protest

Police carry a detained man to a waiting police van after a march to City Hall for Freddie Gray, on Saturday. Authorities say 34 people were arrested in the protest over Gray, who died in police custody last week.
Alex Brandon AP

Police in Baltimore say that 34 people were arrested and six police officers received "minor injuries" in protests Saturday afternoon and evening over the death in custody of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man.

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2:39 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Freddie Gray Protests Continue Amid Fury, Calling For Accountability

A protester at the Western District Police Station

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:44 pm

Protests continued in Baltimore as crowds gathered throughout the city calling for accountability in the death of Freddie Gray , a 25 year old African American man who died Sunday from spinal injuries obtained while in police custody.

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Criminal Justice
12:32 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Maryland Quietly Charts A New Direction On Criminal Justice

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:08 pm

Despite the partisan budget stalemate that dominated headlines as the Maryland General Assembly session came to a close last week, lawmakers in Annapolis have been slowly moving in a new direction on drug policy and drawing support from both sides of the aisle.

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Police Reform
12:22 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

US Dept. of Justice Holds Its First Town Hall Meeting On Policing In Baltimore

Many local residents waited for a turn at the microphone to tell of their experiences with the Baltimore police

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 2:27 pm

Hundreds of local residents were at Coppin State University last night for a town hall meeting about police reform hosted by The U.S. Department of Justice.

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10:22 am
Fri April 17, 2015

"Rain Tax" Debate Not Going Away In Baltimore County

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 11:28 am

The General Assembly’s repeal of the storm water remediation fee requirement has rekindled the debate over the so-called “rain tax” in Baltimore County. Republicans on the County Council are vowing to push to repeal the county’s fee.

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150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln
1:10 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Tracking Lincoln’s Assassin

The President's Box at Ford's Theater in Washington, restored to its appearance in April 1865
Joel McCord

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 4:05 pm

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, died at 7:22 a.m. April 15th, 150 years ago. That much is certain. But trying to piece together the story of his murder and the escape of assassin John Wilkes Booth is something like that college stunt where someone runs into a classroom, fires a cap pistol and runs out and the professor asks what happened. 

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