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Baltimore Ravens 2017: A Tragedy

Joe Flacco (Pressbox: Sabrina Moran)

Seven weeks into the football season ESPN has begun writing the Baltimore Ravens’ epitaph.

Ben Jealous Attracting Lion’s Share of Endorsements in Democratic Primary

Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons

The Maryland Democratic primary is eight months away, but one gubernatorial candidate has taken a commanding lead of sorts in the race to challenge popular incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018.

Hogan Joins Culture War with Peace Cross Stance

The “Peace Cross.” Photo by Ben Jacobson.

Gov. Larry Hogan took to social media Friday to air his disgust at a federal court’s ruling that a cross-shaped World War I memorial in Prince George’s County is unconstitutional, promising to “fight this unacceptable overreach.”

Johns Hopkins Just Made History, Again.


Johns Hopkins University researchers managed to deliver refrigerated blood on a three-hour drone flight across the Arizona desert. According to, it’s believed to be the longest medical delivery by drone ever completed.

“Racist Anthem”: Francis Scott Key Statue Vandalized in Bolton Hill

Francis Scott Key Monument on Eutaw Place, pre-vandalism.

Is every statue of a racist a racist statue?

In the wake of a nationwide push to remove public monuments to the Confederacy, which prompted Baltimore to take down three Confederate statues and a monument to former U.S. Chief Justice Roger B. Taney under cover of night, an elaborate monument to “The Star-Spangled Banner” author Francis Scott Key was vandalized in Bolton Hill.

Harbaugh’s Ravens Are Really, Really Good Against Rookie QBs at Home


Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer will face the Baltimore Ravens in his first road game on Sunday. And that could be bad luck for him.

“We Are DeVos-stated”: UB Students Protest Slated Commencement Speaker

Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons.

As could have been expected, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s invitation to speak at University of Baltimore’s winter commencement stirred up controversy. On Monday, UB students staged a protest of the would-be speaker with signs that read “#neverDeVos” and “We are Devos-stated,” according to reporting from WTOP.

Baltimore to Consider Giving Police and Firefighters a Break

Photo via National Police Car Archives

Can a piece of legislation mend the broken relationships between residents, public safety officials, and the city?

Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments Were Controversial in 1880, Too

Confederate Women of Maryland monument, one of several Confederate symbols in Baltimore.
Confederate Women of Maryland monument, one of several Confederate symbols in Baltimore.

Throwback Thursday highlights past stories that are relevant again.

Originally published July 22, 2015 РBaltimore finds itself wrestling over whether to keep its Confederate monuments which are widely seen as tributes to a racist legacy. You may be interested to know that Baltimoreans hemmed and hawed over them when they were first proposed, though for different reasons.

Elijah Cummings Staffer Injured in Fire That Killed 6 of Her Children

Rep. Elijah Cummings issued a statement regarding the tragedy.

Katie Malone, a longtime member of Rep. Elijah Cummings’s staff and north Baltimore resident, lost six of her nine children in a house fire late Wednesday night that left her and her three other children hospitalized.