UPDATE: After Cracking String of Package Thefts, Baltimore County Police Track Down Quilt’s Owner

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Photo via Baltimore County Police

UPDATE (Tuesday, Jan. 23): Baltimore County police say they have tracked down the rightful owner of a hand-sewn quilt stolen in a string of package thefts.

Parents Use Town Hall Meeting to Confront School System Leaders on Facilities Woes

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City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises speaks to a parent. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

More than 100 parents, teachers, students and concerned Baltimore residents packed into the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School cafeteria Monday night to say their piece and field questions directly to Baltimore City Public Schools brass about facilities failures, school funding and a range of other issues.

Baltimore Community Mediation Center Works to End Conflict in a Divided City

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Sometimes an event prompts you to look at your life and goals through new eyes. In the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, Shantay Guy found herself driving with her son through an intersection near Druid Hill Park during a heated conflict between police and youth. At one point, an object hit the side of her truck.

“A flurry of emotions enveloped me—fear, anger, frustration,” recalls Guy, who grew up not far from where Gray lived. Her reaction quickly turned to understanding. While an active volunteer, Guy, then a technology project manager for T. Rowe Price, realized she wasn’t doing enough to help heal the deep divides in her city.

City to Allow Motorists to Skip Late Fees on Unpaid Parking Tickets Next Week

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Photo by Jeff Kubina, via Flickr, CC-by-2.0.

With tens of millions of dollars in unpaid parking fines amassed over the last 15 years, the city plans to meet motorists halfway with two amnesty days at the start of February.

Veteran Policymaker Izzy Patoka Running for County Council

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Photo via Jmore

By Peter Arnold

A policymaker in city and state political circles for the past three decades, Israel C. “Izzy” Patoka will soon launch his campaign bid for Baltimore County Council for the 2nd District. The Baltimore native is director of community development for LifeBridge Health.

Marylanders Made More than $42 Million by Hosting Airbnb Guests in 2017

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A map of available rentals in Baltimore. Still via Airbnb.com

Airbnb’s popularity among Maryland homeowners only continued to grow last year, and data indicate Baltimore led the way.

Hogan Proposes ‘PRIME Act’ Catering to Amazon HQ2 with $3 Billion in Tax Credits

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Amazon’s fulfillment center in Southeast Baltimore. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

With Baltimore entirely out of the running now for Amazon’s second North American headquarters, Gov. Larry Hogan is all on Montgomery County, with an unofficially Amazon-branded bill to show for it.