MTA to Install Traffic Light at S. Baltimore Bus Depot to ‘Alleviate Backups’ for Buses

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Hoping to mitigate delays for buses right at the outset of their routes, the city plans to install a traffic signal at the Maryland Transit Administration’s South Baltimore bus depot.

BPD Drops De Sousa’s Deputy Commissioner Days After Leaked Memo

Police Commissioner-Designate Darryl De Sousa, flanked by his picks for command staff. Still via Facebook/Baltimore Police Department.

Retired police Maj. Thomas Cassella won’t be joining the Baltimore Police Department’s upper ranks as initially planned.

Baltimore Has Recorded Zero Murders Over the Last 10 Days (and Counting)

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For the first time in years, Baltimore has gone more than 10 days without recording a single homicide.

Mayor Pugh Uses Media Event to Slam Media, City’s ‘Perception Problem’

Mayor Catherine Pugh speaks at an event hosted by Baltimore Magazine to celebrate visionaries. Image via Facebook Live.

At the Parkway Theatre last night, Baltimore magazine held an event touting visionaries in the city, people profiled in the current issue who “are shaping the future of Baltimore—one big idea at a time.”

City to Cover $32,500 of Cops’ Punitive Damages in 2013 Case, and Officers Won’t Have to Pay Anything

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Five city police officers won’t have to personally cover $40,000 in damages awarded to two men who accused them of battery and other charges in a 2013 case that in part sparked a public spat between the city’s Law Department and the Baltimore police union.

Regardless of the Verdict, the Gun Trace Task Force Case is Likely Just the Beginning

Former officers Daniel Hersl (left) and Marcus Taylor. Images via Baltimore Police Department.

A gray-haired man and a blonde woman left the courtroom as the prosecution was delivering its final arguments to the jury. The man looked at Det. Daniel Hersl and nodded. The woman appeared to be crying.

DPW Fixing Erroneous Bills of More Than $50K


Following a software update, the Department of Public Works accidentally sent bills of more than $50,000 to 566 customers.

After Years of Pressure From Parents, County Agrees to Replace Dulaney High School

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Following multiple calls to replace Dulaney High School in Timonium, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz agreed to set aside funding for a new school in 2019, according to several reports.

City’s Top Lawyer: Police Union Prez is ‘Flatly Wrong’ on Punitive Damages

City Solicitor Andre Davis (left) and FOP president Gene Ryan. Images via Mayor’s Office and Fox News.

City Solicitor Andre Davis says a letter issued Tuesday by Baltimore Police union president Gene Ryan that accused him of now making officers pay all punitive damages in job-related lawsuits from their own pockets was both “flatly wrong” and “deeply misleading.”

Scrabble, and Other Secret Languages


Because am I knee-deep in writing The Baltimore Book of the Dead, we’re reposting a column from the very early days of Bohemian Rhapsody — the third, in fact. The Baltimore Fishbowl was just a month old. My ex and I were having a little post-divorce relapse, as we learn at the end of the piece. That does seem like a long time ago. Since I wrote this, four new two-letter words have been added to the “secret language” of Scrabble: DA GI PO TE, appended to the official word list in 2014. I can only imagine what my mother would have to say about it. These days, it’s her namesake, my seventeen-year-old daughter Jane, who is kicking my butt. There’s no one I’d rather lose to.

Originally published June 22, 2011 – I was brought into the fold of Scrabble players in the mid-90s by a food writer boyfriend who kindly scooped me up and resuscitated me after my first husband died of AIDS. In addition to viciously competitive Scrabble playing, the food writer’s recovery program for dazed widows included extravagant piggery both at home and in restaurants, gin martinis, Camels, wave-tossed waterbed sex and the occasional brisk morning walk.