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    A federal probe of bribery and corruption at Baltimore landfills continues to net guilty pleas.

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    They were organized, they were brazen, and they stole scrap metal and gave and took bribes for well over a decade, federal prosecutors have charged. Today’s guilty plea involves a 32-year-old who says he started his illegal activities immediately after taking a laborer’s job with the Department of Public Works in 2005.

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    Former Gov. Martin O’Malley at a 2010 “Fairfield Renewable Energy Project” kickoff.

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    Is the state, under Hogan, actually cracking down on the Albany-based company trying to build a trash-burning plant in South Baltimore? The language in the Maryland Department of the Environment’s letter is stern, but the deadline the agency sets, opponents say, cuts them a break.

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  • Dominic Mapili and fellow students in free Your Voice video on Fairfield incinerator

    A Baltimore student who has asthma (Dominic Mapili, center, with classmates) calls on Maryland officials to stop an incinerator planned near his school.

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    With a permit that’s expired and other job-generating – but non-polluting – projects waiting in the wings, shouldn’t a controversial South Baltimore incinerator project be declared dead, opponents are saying to state officials.

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    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at her “Crime and Grime Walk” and “Demolition Event” in West Baltimore.

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    Declaring the glass half-full and cheering? Hyping a program that’s good at knocking down rowhouses, but not so great at renovating or replacing enough to make a significant inroad into the problem? Here’s how the mayor, complete with a plastic jewel encrusted litter picker-upper, promotes her accomplishments.

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A new date, December 3, for a public hearing on changes to Liquor Board regulations comes after some community members cry foul.

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  • November 23, 2015

    • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will be off to Paris late next week, leading a delegation of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which she is president, to participate in the United Nations convention on climate change. According to information released this afternoon in the Board of Estimates agenda, the mayor will be in Paris from December […]

  • November 20, 2015

    • The Roland Park Place retirement community took a step closer to starting a major renovation and expansion yesterday when the Planning Commission gave “final design approval” to the first phase of the project. Plans by Hord Coplan Macht call for the first phase to include improvements to the existing building and grounds at 830 West […]

  • November 19, 2015

  • November 18, 2015

    • The Board of Estimates temporarily put the brakes on a plan to build a new courtroom and judge’s chambers in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse after City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young questioned the amount of money it would cost. The spending panel was asked today to approve a request to transfer $1.2 […]

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  • December 15, 2014

    •   “Ha ha, so not a surprise.” “Shocking…not!!” We get applause but also the occasional eye-roll these days for our accountability reporting – like last week’s piece about how tax cuts promised by the mayor as a selling point for Horseshoe Baltimore probably won’t happen, thanks to the casino’s lower-than-expected revenues. We get where the […]