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Mosby calls Hogan’s ordered review of SAO funding a ‘political stunt’

Image via the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby slammed criticism from Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday, calling his ordered review of her office’s funding a political stunt.

Councilman Conway introduces bills to reduce Baltimore’s greenhouse gas emissions

Baltimore City Hall. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP.

Baltimore City Councilman Mark Conway introduced a package of bills inspired by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s grim August report, which found that global warming is accelerating due mostly to human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases.

Searching For A Turn-Around On The Highway to Nowhere

The view east along U.S. Route 40, also called the Highway To Nowhere. (Photo: Famartin/Wikimedia Commons)

Looking out onto the six-lane stretch of highway that separates one West Baltimore neighborhood from another, Glenn Smith remembers what used to be.

“50 years ago, you would see a bustling neighborhood. And where we’re standing at, you had a real community,” he said. “It was like a Norman Rockwell painting. Now there’s a void.”

Smith was a teenager when the notice came to the door of The Fort, his beloved family rowhome on Lauretta Avenue: his family and about 1,500 of their neighbors would have to vacate their predominantly Black community so that workers could build an extension of Interstate 70.

City Health Department Kicks Off Contest For Vaccinated Baltimoreans To Win Ravens Tickets

M&T Bank Stadium. The Baltimore City Health Department is running a giveaway contest in which vaccinated Baltimoreans have the chance to win two tickets to every Ravens home game this season. Photo by Kevin Galens/Flickr.

Vaccinated Baltimoreans have the chance to win two spots in Mayor Brandon Scott’s Skybox for every Ravens home game at M&T Bank Stadium this season, the Democrat announced Friday.

City Targets Elderly Homeowners For Property Tax Credit Outreach

Rowhomes in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood. On Tuesday, Mayor Brandon Scott held a news conference to encourage residents to apply for the state Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit. Photo by Picasa/Flickr.

Mayor Brandon Scott is encouraging eligible Baltimore residents to apply for the Maryland Property Tax Credit, three weeks ahead of an Oct. 1 deadline.

Baltimore will administer COVID-19 booster shots starting the week of Sept. 20


Baltimore City will administer COVID-19 vaccination booster shots starting the week of Sept. 20 in accordance with new CDC guidelines, city officials said Thursday.

Disability Rights Advocates Sue Baltimore For Accessible Sidewalks, Streets

An inaccessible sidewalk in the North Baltimore neighborhood of Remington. Disability rights advocates are suing the city for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, which mandates that public rights-of-way are accessible to those with mobility impairments. Photo by Emily Sullivan/WYPR.

Susan Goodlaxson always wondered why so many Baltimoreans pushed their wheelchairs down city streets instead of the sidewalk. When she began using a wheelchair at age 60, she realized why.

Activists, Tax Experts Say Water Affordability Program Meant To Help City Residents May Burden Them Instead

A water meter in Baltimore City. The Baltimore Right to Water Coalition says a payment process attached to a water discount bill may jeopardize customers’ benefits. Photo via Under Cover / Flickr.

Baltimore’s Water4All program was designed to help low income residents pay the city’s infamously unaffordable water bills. But advocates say a payment clause could inadvertently disqualify enrolled renters from other anti-poverty benefits by classifying their bill assistance as taxable income.

Born From The Pandemic, Baltimore Porch Concerts Are Here To Stay

Musicians play at a Charm City Porch Concert in Roland Park on Wednesday. Photo by Emily Sullivan/WYPR

It’s been a long year and change for Baltimore musicians, who’ve dealt with cancelled gigs and lost income since the pandemic hit. Some adapted their performances to suit the times, including Ed Hrybyk of the Charm City Porch Concert series.

At Fells Point Town Hall, Police Commissioner Promises More Patrol Officers, DWI Checkpoints

Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and other members of Mayor Brandon Scott’s administration addressed a slew of recent shootings in Fells Point at a virtual town hall Thursday night.

“You will see a much enhanced presence, visibility and engagement,” Harrison said, noting that nine additional BPD officers, as well as sheriff’s deputies, will be assigned to the historic waterfront neighborhood, beginning this weekend. He said they will scan crowds for “potential conflicts where we might see individuals and or groups engaging one another, where they could be a conflict that could be a fight which could escalate to further violence.”

Harrison added that BPD will operate a DWI checkpoint around the outskirts of Fells Point, a popular nightlife destination, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and that a police helicopter will fly around the neighborhood for aerial camera footage.

Art movement turns Baltimore’s utilitarian salt box on its head


Juliet Ames had noticed that the yellow salt boxes that sit on some Baltimore City corners were looking even more weathered than usual last December. After all, they had been sitting outside for more than a year. The city Department of Transportation, which usually picks them up in mid-April, let them sit during the hectic early days of the pandemic.

Mayor Scott Taps Oakland Official Jason Mitchell As New DPW Head

Baltimore City Hall. On Thursday, Mayor Brandon Scott named Oakland official Jason Mitchell as the new head of the Department of Public Works. Photo courtesy of Emily Sullivan/WYPR.

Mayor Brandon Scott has named the Assistant City Administrator of Oakland, CA, as the new head of Baltimore’s embattled Public Works Department.

Henry Introduces Bills To Modernize City Comptroller’s Office

Credit: Friends of Bill Henry’s Facebook page.

A package of bills aimed to modernize the office of the Baltimore City Comptroller, including one that would require real estate records to be maintained on an online public database instead of a “well-bound leather book,” were introduced to the City Council Monday night on behalf of Comptroller Bill Henry.

Baltimore City recycling to resume Jan. 19

Trash cans and recycling bins sit in an alleyway in Baltimore. Photo credit: Emily Sullivan for WYPR.

Mayor Brandon Scott announced Baltimore City recycling curbside pickup services will resume next Tuesday, ending a six-month suspension first enacted due to COVID-19 outbreaks among crews that led to a shortage of workers.

Officials Say “Large Natural Gas Buildup” After HVAC Work Caused NW Baltimore Explosion

Baltimore City residents watched as rescue personnel investigated the Aug. 10 explosion. Photo credit: Sarah Y. Kim for WYPR.

The Aug. 10 explosion in Northwest Baltimore that killed two people, injured seven and reduced three rowhomes to rubble was due to a “large natural gas buildup” ignited by a stove, city officials said Tuesday morning.