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Young will call on DOT to synchronize traffic lights ahead of Don’t Block the Box rollout

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Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will introduce a resolution at tonight’s council meeting calling on the Department of Transportation to properly synchronize traffic lights ahead of the Don’t Block the Box initiative.

Scheduled to start May 1 with a warning period, Don’t Block the Box would give a ticket to any driver caught in the intersection after the light has changed. Once the warning period ends, motorists found blocking the box will receive a ticket with a $90 fine and one point on their driver’s license.

Dallas Dance, former Baltimore Co. schools superintendent, sentenced to six months in prison

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A judge has sentenced Baltimore County Public Schools superintendent Dallas Dance to half a year in prison for neglecting to disclose nearly $147,000 in consulting income he earned while overseeing the county school system.

Amid construction on Druid Lake Reservoir, city to install pedestrian, bike paths connecting Remington and Reservoir Hill

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The new planned layout for Druid Park Lake Drive, eastbound. Image via Bikemore.

In its present sprawling state, Druid Park Lake Drive “acts as a divider”—”a moat,” even—for pedestrians and residents living near Druid Hill Park, Councilman Leon Pinkett says. “The speed and the width of that corridor doesn’t allow communities of West Baltimore…to really access the park in the way that it should.”

But with Baltimore’s Department of Transportation already set to close off lanes along the thoroughfare to make way for construction equipment for the ongoing Druid Lake Reservoir project, the city is trying a temporary experiment that Pinkett suggests is a “win-win.”

City will roll out Don’t Block the Box program next month

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Pratt Street downtown. Photo by Kimberlyshorter, via Wikimedia Commons.

Joining cities like Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C., Baltimore next month will begin penalizing drivers who block all or part of the middle of an intersection after the light has changed.

Owner of razed historic Upton building—and contractor who tore it down—face costly penalties over surprise demolition

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The city has ordered a New York-based property firm to pay a $463,772 in penalties after a contractor’s surprising unauthorized demolition of Upton’s historic former St. Vincent’s Orphan Asylum building.

4.1 million gallons of sewage flowed into the harbor as a result of Monday’s storm

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An estimated 4.1 million gallons of sewage flowed into the Inner Harbor as a result of Monday’s rainstorms, according to the Department of Public Works.

Wen issues warning after fake weed gives four Marylanders extreme bleeding

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There’s a reason Baltimore City banned stores from selling so-called synthetic marijuana in 2016. The substance, often branded as “K2” or “Spice” and sold at gas stations and corner stores, is usually made with a potpourri of leaves and various unknown chemicals designed to mirror marijuana’s effects. It’s been known to induce severe physical problems, such as heart attacks, kidney failure and extreme bleeding.

Man whose nose was broken in 2015 scuffle with city officers set to receive $90,000 settlement

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The city has agreed to pay $90,000 to a man who sued multiple Baltimore police officers after they broke his nose in a May 2015 scuffle at a Mount Vernon row house, and then charged him several weeks later with assaulting one of the officers.

Twitter is roasting the city over a story touting expanded services because, well, government should already be offering them

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Per The Sun, there’s a new “experiment” afoot in parts of the city that have for years experienced violence.

“The idea is simple: flood them with services,” the paper of record said on Twitter.

This would seemingly be good news in a city where the mayor is focused on changing the narrative–here are communities in need getting help. But many on social media saw it as something else: A municipal government patting itself on the back for jumping over the very low bar of using tax dollars to provide things that citizens need and want.

BPD announces Independent Review Board to look into Suiter case

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa (center) introduces members of the Independent Review Board investigating the death of Det. Sean Suiter. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

A group of seven former law enforcement officers, criminal justice analysts and a lawyer will review the police’s investigation of the death of Det. Sean Suiter, Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa announced today.