Maven, GM’s car-sharing service, pulling out of Baltimore

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Photo by John F. Martin, via Maven/GM

Just over two years since General Motors-backed car-sharing app Maven debuted in Baltimore, the company is leaving town.

Photo gallery: The 2019 Preakness Stakes in black and white

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The Preakness is much more than two minutes of tension and energy. It’s stable hands bathing horses in the morning light, fans in big hats and the ritual awarding of a silver vase. By stripping the event of color, I hope the black and white forces viewers to concentrate on the subjects of the most important two minutes in Baltimore sports.

DPW holding more public meetings on how to improve trash collection, recycling

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DPW’s new smart cans. Photo by Ethan McLeod

As the city addresses the prospect of a maxed-out landfill, the likely impending closure of the BRESCO trash incinerator and a need to do better when it comes to recycling, the Department of Public Works is holding two meetings next month about where we put our garbage.

Hot temperatures, faulty AC prompt early dismissals at two city charter schools

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Monarch Academy in Northeast Baltimore. Photo by Eli Pousson, via Flickr.

It’s school-infrastructure-vulnerability season once again, when extreme temperatures and shaky HVAC equipment leave schools vulnerable to closure and send the kids home early.

Preakness, Black-Eyed Susan set betting handle records

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War of Will wins the 2019 Preakness Stakes. Image courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.

While the lack of a Kentucky Derby winner may have tamped down interest in the Preakness Stakes for casual fans, bettors saw a wide-open race and wagered a record sum.

The Preakness card took in a record betting handle of $99.85 million, the Maryland Jockey Club announced. Per Daily Racing Form reporter Jim Dunleavy, $54,463,335 of that total was bet on the Preakness alone.

Photo gallery: Crowns of Black-Eyed Susan Day

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Photo by J.M. Giordano.

As is tradition, attendees at Black-Eyed Susan Day, the Friday party before the Preakness Stakes, wore their best spring hats to Pimlico Race Course. Here are pictures of some of the best hats and fascinators.

Boys Latin Robotics Team Places Fourth in World Competition

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Boys' Latin

On Saturday, April 27, the Boys’ Latin Upper School Robotics Team, Lumberjack Robotics #2534, stepped onto Ford Field in Detroit, MI for the final round of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) World Championships and walked off with a fourth-place finish! No other team from Baltimore made it to Worlds, and no other team from Maryland advanced to the finals, also known as Einsteins.

The Church of the Redeemer VOICES Series: May 22

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The Church of the Redeemer

This May, join the Church of the Redeemer for their Spring VOICES Series. All events start at 7:00 pm and will be held at the Church of the Redeemer located at 5603 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21210.

Wednesday, May 22 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In partnership with the Pratt Library’s Writers LIVE series, we welcome Mark Bowden, discussing his latest book, The Last Stone. Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. He will be in conversation with Dan Fesperman, an award winning author and former foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun. His latest novel is Safe Houses. For forty years the mystery of what happened to the Lyons sisters, aged 10 and 12, who disappeared in 1975 from the Wheaton Plaza shopping mall in suburban Washington, D.C, haunted an entire community, including journalist Mark Bowden, who covered the story as a cub reporter. With The Last Stone, he now returns to the crime to cover the extraordinary effort by authorities to bring their kidnapper to justice and to try to answer the question he could never shake, “Who would commit such a crime? And, why?” Click here for more details.