Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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As Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young cut a ribbon with a pair of oversized scissors, a band on a nearby stage started the familiar first notes of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Baltimost: Brittany Young

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Brittany Young

On a fall night at James McHenry Recreation Center last year, Brittany Young led a group of young people mixing polymers. Then, they heard from well-known dirt bike rider Chino Braxton about his career and some safety tips.

The dual approach provided a window into how Young built B-360. The organization is engaging students in lessons that provide an intro to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which can be key to future jobs. Yet it's doing so in a uniquely Baltimore way, harnessing the dirt bike culture that remains wildly popular.

An engineer who graduated from Poly, Young saw the popularity of dirt bikes firsthand growing up in West Baltimore. But beyond the wows that the wheelies inspire, she saw that the fascination extended to how the dirt bikes work. And in the latter, she found plenty of engineering lessons that can help connect technical topics to something youth already love.

As Young launched the program, she got support from the city's entrepreneurs who are building ventures to create social change, like Baltimore Corps' Elevation Awards, the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab and Red Bull Amaphiko Academy. On a national stage, she was selected for a highly competitive Echoing Green fellowship.

Along with bringing a new approach that can inspire students who wouldn't have previously considered an engineering career, the program is also shaping perception in fields where black people are still underrepresented.

"It's become my mission to better get people and organizations ready for STEM students of color," she told Baltimore in a recent interview.

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Public safety alert app Citizen launches in Baltimore

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Citizen, an app offering real-time alerts about crime and other emergencies to users in a given area, launched in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Baltimore releases interactive map showing sewage overflows

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In Baltimore, heavy rain is often accompanied by sewage overflows into the city’s waterways.

The figures often released in the days afterward, with the number of gallons of the toxic mix of wastewater and rainwater–sometimes in the millions–and the location where the overflow happened.

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works is now offering a way to speed up the notification process and track the sewage by map.

Weekend Events Calendar: Maryland State Fair, Maryland Renaissance Festival, Vegan SoulFest, Dog Days of Summer

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This weekend, there’s plenty to do in the city. Bring the dog to get cleaned up and party, check out locally made films or explore vegan and Japanese culture. Outside the Beltway, a pair of the state’s biggest events get underway. Make the most of it:

Weekend Events Calendar: Artscape, after-hours events for Artscape, Ratscape and more

Artscape 2017. Photo via Facebook.

Welcome to the middle of the summer, Baltimore. Of course, that means Artscape has arrived. Get the lowdown on what’s happening inside and around the Station North festival. Plus, a few foodie events and chances to combine fitness and awareness. Get out there:

Fourth of July Events Calendar: Fireworks, parties, parades and more

Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration. Photo by Jim Schuyler, via the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

When it comes to celebrating America, most of us know the basics of fireworks, sparklers and BBQ. There are plenty of places willing to help out with the celebration. Here’s a roundup of events before and during Independence Day, as well as the best ways to watch the fireworks at the Inner Harbor.

How a shipping container is connecting strangers around the world

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A hackathon set to be held next week is bringing together students and medical workers in Baltimore and Gaza City.

It won’t involve travel. Instead, the key to link lies within a gold shipping container.

Weekend Events Calendar: Pride Weekend, Baltimore Wine Fest, Healthy Baltimore, Block Parties Abound


It’s Pride Weekend in Baltimore. Get ready for three days of celebrating the city’s LGBTQ+ community in the streets, parks and terraces. Elsewhere, drink some wine by the river or tour some of Reservoir Hill’s best houses. And of course, don’t forget about dad on Sunday. Here’s the schedule.

Weekend Events Calendar: Preakness Stakes, Ta-Nehisi Coates at the BMA, a vintage expo, the Artubus Arts Festival and more

Pimlico Race Course on Preakness Day. Photo by World Red Eye.

All eyes are on Old Hilltop, as the Preakness Stakes brings lots of visitors to town for the weekend’s largest draw. But don’t sleep on chances to get out for a farmer’s market kickoff, birding or a bike tour of West Baltimore.

Note: With all the inclement weather expected this weekend, please check with the venue for any scheduling changes.