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Joan Jacobson

They don't call it Smalltimore for nothing.

Joan Jacobson is the co-author of "Wised Up," the 2004 memoir of FBI informant Charlie Wilhelm, and the first book about Baltimore organized crime. She also has written and edited for The Urbanite Magazine and wrote two research studies for The Abell Foundation about the dismantling of Baltimore public housing and the loss of millions in tax revenue from an underground video gambling industry. Previously, for 28 years, she reported for The Evening Sun and The Baltimore Sun, covering everything from cops and obits to investigative stories about misused poverty and housing funds, as well as millions of dollars in unpaid loans and tax breaks given by City Hall to politically-connected developers. She was also a longtime leader of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild’s Sun Unit.

  • 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 […]

  • July 27, 2015

  • 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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