• larry peterson baltimore

    Larry Peterson, a veteran, watching as city workers raze the encampment under a Baltimore overpass where he has been living for four years.

    Photo by: Ben Halvorsen

    The city had trash trucks, city workers and police coordinated Friday to clear homeless people from an encampment on the west side of Baltimore. One thing they hadn’t done, people there said, was find some place for them to go or warn advocates about what was going down.

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  • frank murphy and band

    The Rawlings-Blake administration recruited these rockers, some from the city Department of Transportation, to gin up support for the Red Line in front of City Hall in April.

    Photo by: Mark Reutter

    Baltimore desperately needs more mass transit. It just needs to be sensible transit that actually works and serves a reasonable portion of the city. Gov. Hogan did the city a favor yesterday by derailing the extraordinarily expensive Red Line.

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    Community leaders from Fells Point shake hands with outgoing Liquor Board chairman Thomas Ward at last week’s meeting.

    Photo by: YouTube

    In Baltimore, liquor reform is not for the faint of heart. As Gov. Hogan prepares to replace outgoing chairman Ward, the race-themed allegations, head-to-head lobbying and anonymous online nastiness surrounding the process bespeak the high-stakes arena Ward is leaving behind.

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  • barry robinson

    Barry S. Robinson at a 2011 “press availability” touting the Circulator bus system.

    Photo by: Brew file photo

    Whether city officials have learned any lessons from the startlingly lax financial practices that allowed ex-Circulator chief Barry Robinson to carry out his bribery and money laundering schemes remain to be seen.

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