July 31, 2015

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From savior to pariah: Batts fired as Baltimore police commissioner

BALTIMORE — Less than three years ago, Anthony Batts was hand-picked by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to combat crime and reform a troubled law enforcement department in one of America’s most violent cities. On Wednesday, Batts was fired as police commissioner amid the worst crime spike in the city since the 1970s and plummeting morale Read More…

10 things to know, Thursday, May 28

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. U.S., Swiss timed FIFA raids for maximum effect The anti-corruption investigation that would shake the soccer world was planned for the sport’s governing body’s annual gathering in Zurich. 2. Who are not returning from IS conflict zones Read More…

Fallout from Freddie Gray: Homicides spike, arrests fall in Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire. “I’m afraid to go Read More…

10 things to know, Wednesday, May 20

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Over 430 migrants rescued by fisherman are taken to Indonesia after months at sea Meanwhile, Indonesian and Malaysian authorities agree to provide temporary shelter to thousands of stranded people, a potential breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting Read More…

Some see differences between perceptions of Waco, Baltimore

WASHINGTON — The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. The main images of a fatal gun battle between armed bikers and police in Waco, Texas, also showed mass arrests — carried out by Read More…

Horse Racing: American Pharoah romps in the rain to Preakness victory for 2nd leg of Triple Crown

BALTIMORE — Minutes before the Preakness, it was an ominous scene at Pimlico Race Course. Thunder and lightning. Wind and rain. A record crowd scrambling for cover. A drenched racetrack. Nothing — absolutely nothing — was going to stop American Pharoah, especially the competition. Thunder rumbled as the starting gate opened, and the Kentucky Derby Read More…

Prince debuts song about Baltimore at ‘Rally 4 Peace’

BALTIMORE — Prince took the stage in Baltimore before thousands of fans who were dressed in gray in tribute to a man whose death in police custody prompted riots and drew international attention. The pop star announced Sunday’s “Rally 4 Peace” concert at the Royal Farms Arena Baltimore after weeks of protests over the death Read More…

10 things to know, Tuesday, May 5

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Portraits of Texas gunmen emerge One of the suspects had been on the FBI radar for years for possible terror ties — but authorities say they had no indication he was plotting an attack. 2. Another migrant Read More…

In wake of Freddie Gray death, Baltimore police reform will be costly,

BALTIMORE — Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore’s top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city’s mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct. Now that Gray is buried, six officers are charged in his death Read More…

Curfew lifted in Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Six days after riots sparked by Freddie Gray’s death, Baltimore’s mayor lifted a citywide curfew Sunday and faith leaders called for continued activism until justice is achieved. A jubilant crowd of several hundred prayed and sang civil-rights anthems at a City Hall rally. Sunday’s peaceful gathering came two days after the city’s top Read More…