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    At the Penn North Metro Station, scene of rioting in April, Baltimore’s former mayor is mobbed.

    Photo by: Fern Shen

    CAMPAIGN CLOSE-UP: Seeking a return trip to City Hall, Sheila Dixon learns how to use the MTA’s fare card machine, advocates for streetcars and is treated like a rock star at Penn North during a tour of Baltimore’s discombobulated transit system.

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  • MPC and Stadium Lounge

    Mary Pat Clarke, Stan Wilson and Sonja Merchant-Jones discuss the surprise reopening of the Stadium Lounge.

    Photo by: Danielle Sweeney

    “The process has been preempted,” said one community leader today as neighborhood groups gathered to protest a decision by the Liquor Board’s new chairman to reopen a tavern found guilty of illegal gambling.

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    Stadium Lounge had its license suspended in May by the previous Liquor Board.

    Photo by: Fern Shen

    Acting on his own authority, Liquor Board chairman Benjamin Neil has reversed a decision of the previous liquor board and allowed a Greenmount Avenue tavern found guilty of illegal gambling to reopen its doors.

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  • fios broadband charly carter

    Standing at the city line, Charly Carter, of Maryland Working Families, calls for elected leaders to pressure Verizon to bring FIOS to Baltimore.

    Photo by: Fern Shen

    Activists say a campaign aimed at Verizon would be the most effective way to give the struggling, Broadband-starved city of Baltimore the connectivity that its suburban neighbors enjoy.

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  • July 31, 2015

    • Denita N. Hill hit upon a simple scheme to defraud the City of Baltimore. From her position as an accountant at the Finance Department’s payroll services bureau, she reissued “lost” employee checks to a friend, who then forged their names and deposited the checks into his own account. What made the scheme possible, according to […]

  • July 30, 2015

    • The city jail, a forbidding fixture of the East Baltimore skyline for more than 150 years, may be torn down under a plan announced this afternoon by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Calling the facility “a disgrace” and “deplorable,” Hogan said the state facility would be shut down as soon as possible. The roughly 900 male […]

  • July 29, 2015

    • After weeks of stewing over Gov. Larry Hogan’s rejection of the Red Line, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today said she has authorized the city’s transportation director to start looking for alternatives to the $2.9 billion light-rail plan. Asked for specifics, the mayor said just about everything is up in the air except her goal to “improve […]

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  • July 26, 2015

    • It was the classic source of guns for a gun swap – family-owned firearms lying around the house, gathering dust and making their owners vaguely nervous. “My father passed away and I didn’t want them in my house, I wanted to get rid of them anyway,” said Baltimore resident Mitch Radford, Sr.,  at the “Computers […]

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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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