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Harrison defends crime plan after Hogan’s criticism, mayor says they’ll talk further with governor’s office

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Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

With more criticism lobbed at his five-year crime plan unveiled earlier this summer–this time coming from the governor himself, who knocked it as “status quo”–Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison this morning defended his strategy.

‘Tucker Carlson Live,’ originally set for Oct. 5, called off at Modell Lyric

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Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons

Conservative talking head and Baltimore agitator Tucker Carlson’s early October appearance at the Modell Lyric has been called off.

No trees, no shade, no relief as climate heats up

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Alex Smith, director of operations at the nonprofit Baltimore Tree Trust, stands outside the trust’s work truck along North Milton Avenue in Broadway East on July 10. Photo by Maris Medina/University of Maryland Photo.

By Roxanne Ready, Theresa Diffendal, Bryan Gallion and Sean Mussenden
University of Maryland

Editor’s note: This is the third story in a four-part series on Code Red heat in Baltimore by the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. A longer version is available to read on the Code Red project website.

BALTIMORE, Maryland — Kwamel Couther stands on the front lines of a campaign to bring thousands of cooling shade trees to some of the hottest streets in Baltimore.

After four-block radius evacuated downtown for ‘suspicious vehicle,’ mayor says no bomb detected

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100 E. Pratt St. Image via Google Street View.

An evacuation order has been lifted downtown around the Inner Harbor after an hours-long investigation into a parked van that turned out to be filled with siphoned diesel fuel, rather than gas intended to be used as explosives.

The urban poor hit hardest as the planet heats up

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Boisey Neal, 12, sells bottled water to passing motorists on the corner of Orleans Street and N. Milton Avenue in McElderry Park on July 1. Photo by Timothy Jacobsen/University of Maryland.

By Ian Round, Jazmin Conner, Jermaine Rowley and Sandy Banisky
University of Maryland

Editor’s note: This is the second story in a four-part series on Code Red heat in Baltimore by the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. A longer version is available to read on the Code Red project website.

BALTIMORE, Maryland–Heat radiates from the asphalt and concrete that cover the streets, the sidewalks, the alleys, even the tiny yards behind the homes in the East Baltimore neighborhood of McElderry Park. Trees are scarce. And air doesn’t move much when it comes up against block after block of rowhouses.

Health risks rise with the temperature

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Michael Thomas and Alberta Wilkerson stand on the front steps of their home in the Broadway East neighborhood. The couple’s home has no air conditioning and both have health conditions that are made worse by the summer heat. Photo by Amina Lampkin/University of Maryland.

By Ian Round, Jazmin Conner, Jermaine Rowley and John Fairhall
University of Maryland

Editor’s note: This is the first story in a four-part series on Code Red heat in Baltimore by the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. A longer version is available to read on the Code Red project website.

BALTIMORE, Maryland–As the temperature in their rowhouse apartment rose to a humid 96 degrees F during a summer heat wave, Michael Thomas and Alberta Wilkerson sat on their bed, in front of fans, wiping sweat and drinking water, trying to keep their minds off the heat.

County police helicopter makes ‘precautionary landing’ at Bocek Park

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Photo via Baltimore County Police Department/Twitter

A county police helicopter took a detour into East Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, though the department assures it’s nothing to fuss over.

Why The Sun is missing many of its reporters’ and photographers’ bylines this week

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The front page of today’s Baltimore Sun, with multiple bylines missing. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

You might have noticed something amiss today if you browsed Baltimore’s flagship daily in print or online: A number of reporters and photographers aren’t credited for their work.

Police union scoffs at Harrison’s crime plan, says it’s putting together its own

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Police Commissioner Harrison at a July 8 announcement for a new police recruitment strategy. Photo via Young’s Facebook page.

Six weeks after Baltimore’s police commissioner rolled out a new crime-fighting strategy, the city’s police union announced this afternoon that it’s now crafting its own.

MTA piloting bus line between downtown Baltimore and Guinness brewery

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Credit: Edwin Remsberg/Associated Press.

A year and change after lawmakers increased statewide brewing limits to cater to Guinness’ new U.S. production facility, Maryland is creating a new bus line spur to shuttle visitors to and from the attraction and brewing plant in Relay.

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