After Planned Parenthood ouster, Dr. Leana Wen joining GW as visiting professor

Dr. Leana Wen at a Baltimore Women’s March rally in January 2018. Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr.

A month after being suddenly removed from her post as head of Planned Parenthood in what she said was a “secret meeting” of the organization’s board, former Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has landed a temporary teaching job and fellowship at George Washington University.

Burnett’s bill would force vacant property owners to post a sign or a pay a fine

Photo by Melissa Archer/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr

Tired of the thousands of vacant structures blighting city neighborhoods, Councilman Kristerfer Burnett is proposing a new way for Baltimore to hold negligent owners accountable.

After sinkhole and erosion repairs, light rail service is restored

Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

It’s been a long month and a half for light rail passengers, but officials say the entire system is now back online.

Feds charge man with making threatening calls to Owings Mills synagogue

Rosh Pina Messianic Congregation. Image via Google Street View.

A federal grand jury yesterday indicted 64-year-old man Stephen Lyle Orback for making threatening calls to the Rosh Pina Messianic Congregation in Owings Mills, suggesting there would be a mass shooting at the synagogue.

Plan chosen for new Center for Architecture and Design downtown, future home of local AIA chapter


Rendering of a proposed light and projection beacon for the Light City festival on the planned Center for Architecture and Design. Image from presentation by Quinn Evans Architects/courtesy of AIA Baltimore

Baltimore’s very own Center for Architecture and Design at One Charles Center is moving forward, with the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects announcing today that it’s picked a proposal.

Following June outage, DPW to refurbish water mains outside Poe Homes

Image via Google Street View.

After a main break in June left the Poe Homes without water service for eight days, the Department of Public Works announced today it is beginning to replace or repair pipes, some a century old, near the public housing complex.

The project, coordinated with input from the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, will take about three months, and eventually lead to better water pressure for homes and businesses in the Poppleton area, the agency said.

Seven years after closing it, city reopens a renovated Harlem Park Rec Center

Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Albert Wiley kept hearing the complaints on the evening news: Responding to ongoing crime involving city youth, Baltimore residents were telling the TV cameras that teens need a place to keep busy, engaged and productive, away from crime.

Wiley, president of the Harlem Park Neighborhood Council, wanted to be part of the solution. And it dawned on him: “There’s a recreation center right in our neighborhood that’s closed.” He meant the Harlem Park Rec Center, one of more than 20 that were shut down by Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s administration in 2011 and 2012.

It took some major financial help from a private partner, the University of Maryland Medical Center, but today Wiley stood alongside city officials inside that same building to celebrate its reopening.

All lanes of Pratt Street are reopened as work to repair sinkhole continues

A shot of the sinkhole from July 10. Photo via Council President Brandon Scott/Twitter.

A month after a sinkhole swallowed part of the Baltimore Convention Center Light Rail stop and snarled downtown traffic, all lanes of Pratt Street near S. Howard Street have reopened, the Department of Transportation announced today.

Want to chime in on future redevelopment of Penn Station? Tomorrow’s your chance

Photo via Amtrak

With $90 million pledged from Amtrak and a master development agreement now in place, the overhaul of Baltimore’s centrally located transit hub is fast approaching. If you’re someone with strong feelings about how this could reshape Station North or the city as a whole, tomorrow is your time to chime in.

Agent from FBI’s Baltimore office tapped as BPD deputy commissioner overseeing internal affairs

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison (left) and soon-to-be Deputy Police Commissioner Brian Nadeau speak at a press conference. Still via Baltimore Police Department/Facebook.

Baltimore new deputy commissioner—one of four serving under top cop Michael Harrison—is leaving his job with the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office to oversee the Baltimore Police Department’s internal affairs section.