Marcus Dieterle

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Marcus Dieterle is a freelancer and former associate editor of the Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Maryland. Before that, he served as the editor-in-chief of The Towerlight. Marcus graduated from Towson University in 2018 with his bachelor's degree in journalism and political science. He can be reached at [email protected]

Poll: Marylanders support school improvements, but don’t want to pay with increased taxes

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William “Brit” Kirwan discussed school improvements on March 5, 2019, with Strong Schools Maryland representatives in Annapolis, Maryland. Charlie Youngmann / Capital News Service

The majority of Marylanders recognize the need for improvements to various aspects of the state’s public schools, including teacher salaries, facility repairs, vocational training and spending accountability. But most residents do not want taxes to increase in order to pay for state services, a recent Goucher College poll finds.

Baltimore begins countdown to College Signing Day

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, joined by city and school leaders, announces Baltimore’s 2020 College Signing Day during a press conference Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the Mayor’s Office.

There are just over two months left until Baltimore’s College Signing Day on May 1, and city leaders are encouraging high school seniors to start thinking about post-secondary education.

Tisha Edwards, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success, said in a press conference Wednesday with Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young that students have to pursue career training or higher education beyond grade school to be part of today’s competitive workforce.

“We know that they have to go beyond high school in order to have a living wage and to be able to thrive in Baltimore,” Edwards said. “This is an opportunity to message that, reinforce that and help young people understand that high school is just the beginning.”

Study: Community-driven Ceasefire weekends effective in reducing violence in Baltimore

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Young supporters of the Baltimore Ceasefire carry signs at a rally in 2018. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

A report published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) dispelled some previous criticisms of the Baltimore Ceasefire movement’s effectiveness, instead finding there was an estimated 52 percent reduction in gun violence during Ceasefire weekends.

The study, headed by Dr. Peter Phalen of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, examined the 6,024 fatal and non-fatal shootings that occurred in Baltimore from Jan. 1, 2012, to July 6, 2019.

The researchers found that the number of shootings dipped during quarterly Ceasefire weekends that have been led by anti-violence activists since 2017.

Hogan, Young, Democratic state legislators continue back-and-forth comments about violent crime in Baltimore

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Gov. Larry Hogan announces the redesignation of the bills in his violent crime package as emergency legislation Thursday. Photo courtesy of Governor’s Office.

Frustrated with the lack of movement on proposals he submitted to combat violent crime in Baltimore, Gov. Larry Hogan redesignated the four bills as emergency legislation today, saying “there can be no more excuses or delays” for not taking action.

“We need to stop playing politics,” he said at a press conference today. “Pass these bills, get them to my desk so I can sign them and we can begin. Stop the killings and get these violent shooters and murderers off the streets and behind bars so that the people of Baltimore can take back their communities once and for all.”

Former rye whiskey warehouse near Inner Harbor to be converted into apartment units

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Osprey Property Company will convert the Lanahan Building, a former rye whiskey warehouse at 22 Light Street, into multifamily housing units. Photo courtesy of Lawrence Howard & Associates, Inc.

A former liquor warehouse that once produced rye whiskey in downtown Baltimore will be converted into a residential building with 40 multifamily units, as well as a ground floor restaurant.

Osprey Property Company bought the nearly 52,000-square-foot, six-story Lanahan Building at 22 Light St., for $4.25 million from the previous owner MCF Capital, said Brad Byrnes, principal at Byrnes & Associates, Inc., the Baltimore-based commercial real estate and investment firm that brokered the deal.

Mayor builds on ‘Clean It Up!’ campaign with initiatives to enhance vacant lots, reduce illegal dumping

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Baltimore City hopes to repurpose and beautify vacant lots like this one with the help of community organizations as part of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s “Clean It Up!” campaign. Photo via Green Network Plan/Baltimore City Department of Planning.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young rolled out the latest additions to his “Clean It Up!” campaign today, including initiatives aimed at repurposing and beautifying some of the city’s vacant lots and surveilling frequently used illegal dumping sites.

Young first launched the campaign last month, branding it an “all-hands-on-deck” effort to clean up “crime and grime” in Baltimore.

Young fires back at Hogan’s comments over violent crime in Baltimore

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In a press conference Wednesday, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young discusses recent comments made by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan regarding violent crime in Baltimore. Image courtesy of Charm TV Baltimore.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today pushed back against recent criticism from Gov. Larry Hogan over violent crime, saying the city is still waiting for state resources the governor promised to help police.

“We’re still waiting on some of the resources that the governor promised us to help us fight crime,” Young said at a press conference on Wednesday. “Instead of the governor talking about the crime, give us the resources we asked for.”

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