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    “Call in the consultants” is the default mode of the current administration.

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    A look behind the veil of consulting contracts that come before the Board of Estimates. Yesterday there were 5 million dollars’ worth. Where did they go? And why is Jack Young the only board member who questions such expenditures?

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    The intersection of St. Paul, Centre and St. Paul Place would be greatly complicated by bidirectional traffic, a consultant says.

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    It won’t be cheap or easy to make two-way traffic a reality on St. Paul and Calvert streets. These are the main findings of a voluminous report compiled by consultants for the city transportation department. A survey finds public support for dual traffic lukewarm at best.

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    DeRay Mckesson in Baltimore in 2009.

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    Amid high hopes from some and eyerolls from others, the 11th-hour mayoral candidate says he’s working on positions papers and staff hiring. Last night, he was doing his thing on Twitter, engaging about everything from Beyonce to juvenile justice litigation.

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    Sen. Joan Carter Conway at the State Capitol.

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    BREAKING NEWS – Morgan State University announced it is backing off from plans to provide student housing at the Northwood Plaza site. This development comes a day after State Sen. Joan Carter Conway introduced a bill in Annapolis that would bar the university from housing students on the property.

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Sparks flew between a Liquor Commissioner Doug Trotter and several community leaders in Highlandtown at the first in a series of meetings planned to improve relations between the agency and residents.

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  • February 9, 2016

    • Some political candidates use Apple products to write their position papers and email their staff. Northeast Baltimore’s Rodney C. Burris dangled a couple of the trendy devices in front of potential contributors as a way of raising cash. In return for a contribution of $10, contributors get a chance to win an Apple Watch or […]

  • February 6, 2016

    • Emergency repairs to a 20-inch main will result in temporary water shutoffs to about 450 houses in the Canton area on either Monday or Wednesday. Service will be interrupted at 165 houses on Monday starting at 8 a.m. and ending about 4 p.m. The affected properties will be on Montford between Foster and Fait, Fait […]

  • February 4, 2016

    • On the eve of a trial set in Baltimore Circuit Court, a technology firm has agreed to pay over $160,000 to the city for inflated and false billings. Washington, D.C.-based Investment Management Enterprise pleaded guilty to one count of theft before Circuit Court Judge Lawrence P. Fletcher-Hill yesterday. An investigation by the Baltimore Office of […]

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