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Peer navigators at the Penn North Library guide customers in recovery efforts

Tiffinee Scott leads a Narcan training at the Penn North Library. Credit: Emily Sullivan/WYPR.

In a basement conference room at the Penn North Library, away from shelves of books and rows of computers, Tiffinee Scott teaches a group of people how to use Narcan. The medication is used to reverse opioid overdoses, which killed nearly a thousand Baltimoreans in 2020.

City students return to the classroom amid omicron surge

The Baltimore City Public Schools district office on North Avenue. Students returned to the classroom on Thursday. Photo: GROUPUSCULE VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

Baltimore City students returned to the classrooms Thursday, after a winter break extended by administrators to test staff for COVID amid the omicron surge. School officials have announced new mitigation strategies that some students, parents and teachers say aren’t strong enough.

City students face long public transit commutes to school

Two people wait at an unsheltered bus stop on North Avenue. City education advocates say that long MTA commutes are a barrier for Baltimore students. Photo: Elvert Barnes/Flickr

When Roslyn Johnson says goodbye to her fifteen-year-old granddaughter as she leaves for school at 6:30 every morning, she worries about the hour-plus commute that awaits her.

“It’s pitch dark. So it’s scary and you’re on pins and needles because so much goes on today and you can’t take anything for granted,” Johnson said. “So I’m just afraid until she gets home. We all are.”

Baltimore implements trauma-informed care practices, prioritizing community buy-in

Monica Guerrero Vazquez, the Executive Director of Centro SOL, speaks at a Friday news conference. Image via Charm TV.

Baltimore City leaders announced Friday they will pour more than $1.4 million into programs to implement trauma-informed care — that is, a healthcare methodology that attempts to heal trauma and provide culturally-competent service.

Proposed city fund would bolster cash rewards for crime tipsters

Crime scene tape. On Tuesday, the Baltimore City Council’s Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on a charter amendment to establish a fund to supplement cash rewards offered for tips leading to arrest in homicide and shooting cases. Credit: Tex Texin/Flickr.

A Baltimore City councilman is proposing a charter amendment to create a permanent fund to supplement cash rewards offered for tips in homicide and shooting cases.

Scott puts $6 million towards city-owned internet fiber, 100 public hotspots

Mayor Brandon Scott speaks at a Tuesday news conference, where he announced $6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to build city-owner fiber and create more than 100 public, free Wi-Fi hotspots in West Baltimore. Photo by Emily Sullivan/WYPR.

Baltimore will install more than 100 free public Wi-Fi hot spots across ten West Baltimore neighborhoods and city-owned fiber at 23 recreation centers using $6 million in federal stimulus money, Mayor Brandon Scott announced Tuesday.

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.