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De Sousa pleads guilty to not paying federal taxes; violations date back two decades

Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa. Photo via Baltimore Police Department.

In a federal courtroom this morning, former Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Darryl De Sousa pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts related to not paying his federal taxes.

De Sousa said very little as Judge Catherine Blake read through his plea agreement. He answered all of her questions with a “yes ma’am” or “yes, your honor,” confirming that he understood his plea.

Ida Lupino at 100: Watch the pioneering director’s work at the Parkway and the Charles

Image via IMDB

Ida Lupino, best known for playing tough-talkers in ’40s film noirs and celebrated as a pioneering woman director back when there were far fewer women allowed to make movies than there are now (and there still aren’t anywhere near enough), would’ve turned 100 this year. This weekend, Baltimore low-key celebrates her work with screenings of three of the spare and scrappy thrillers she directed.

Inside the JHU Disorientation Guide, the student-penned publication poking holes in the Hopkins veneer

Image via the JHU Disorientation Guide

Last week, a few dozen students, professors and community members with children in tow gathered in front of the Milton Eisenhower Library on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus as part of an “Anti-ICE Protest and Playdate,” to call attention to the university’s ongoing contract with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). Kids sat on the sidewalk coloring, playing and shaking noisemakers–just being kids–beneath a banner that read “Families Belong Together,” as speakers laid out their resolute demands.

At protest over beating of DaShawn McGrier, activists call for ‘change to the toxic culture of BPD’

A Baltimore City Police Department chaplain speaks at the rally. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

On East Monument Street, between Luzerne Avenue and Rose Street, is the L Mart where Officer Arthur Williams’ beating of DaShawn McGrier began, and next to it, the marble steps where McGrier fell after being tackled by Williams, and the sidewalk where, his mouth bleeding, his face was pressed into the concrete. Above those steps there is a small sign that couldn’t be seen in that shaky, urgent viral clip, but it reads “Keep Off Steps.”