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    Ben Fawley, left, 10, from Patterson Park Public Charter School and Asia Wood, 11, from Gardenville Elementary do the “Big Shake,” which kicks off every BKCL tournament.

    Photo by: Emilia Halvorsen

    At this end-of-year event, Baltimore Kids Chess League participants battle it out for trophies, then relax with pizza and play. The whole experience, the League’s founder says, fosters school pride – and better academic performance as well.

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    Sandtown residents and community leaders meet at the Penn-North Community Resource Center last night.

    Photo by: Fern Shen

    The first step in reviving the struggling Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray grew up, organizers say, is reviving its community association – they haven’t had one for more than a decade. Hopeful residents, along with political hopefuls, came to check out a process that’s just beginning.

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    Trash blows up against the fence of the city maintenance yard on East Madison Street on Monday. In background, an Elgin street sweeper.

    Photo by: Mark Reutter

    Councilman Branch challenges Rudy Chow to join him on a trash ride-along in his East Baltimore district, after the service cut (not mentioned in the budget’s executive summary) comes to light. Jim Kraft has another name for piles of bulk trash clogging city streets – “rat hotels.”

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  • a single bidder

    This Elkridge-based company was the only bidder for a big water main repair contract opened on May 6.

    Photo by: Comptroller’s Office

    The lack of appetite by private contractors to do city work has become pronounced. Yesterday, the Board of Estimates was confronted by nearly a dozen contracts that attracted three or fewer bidders. The cost of repaving neighborhood streets is coming in far above what the city engineer anticipated.

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Citing the post-Freddie Gray search for solutions to Baltimore’s “underlying problems,” councilman announces on Facebook he plans to push for zoning code rewrite that would crack down on liquor sales in residential areas.

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  • May 28, 2015

    • For Baltimore police, contrition and apology seem to be the order of the day, and in West Baltimore Lt. Col. Melvin Russell was on point. As a throng of people in red shirts listened (participants in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church), the veteran officer addressed them last night outside the Ames Memorial […]

  • May 27, 2015

    • The mayor and Board of Estimates today agreed to pay $42,500 to a 39-year-old woman who was mistakenly shot by a Baltimore police officer during an early morning scuffle on York Road. According to the out-of-court settlement, which ends a $1 million civil lawsuit filed by Tasha Coleman, Officer Quinton O. Smith discharged his service […]

  • May 26, 2015

    • Nine people were killed and at least 20 were wounded as gun violence continued to rack Baltimore over the Memorial Day weekend. The last reported shooting over the weekend took place at 1400 North Fulton Avenue, a well-known crime hot spot. An adult male was shot multiple times in the torso about 11:30 p.m. Monday. […]

  • May 20, 2015

    • The Ingenuity Project has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to bring supplemental STEM programming to 500 high-achieving Baltimore middle-school students. Ingenuity provides about 530 of Baltimore’s advanced 6-12th graders with a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum and is hosted by three Baltimore City middle schools – Mount Royal, Hamilton, Roland […]

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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 […]

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