Leaked maps show potential routes for third bay crossing, though state says list isn’t final

A leaked map of potential routes for a third Bay Bridge crossing, zooming in on options routes close to Baltimore City. Image via Del. Robin Grammer/Facebook.

A full list of options for a potential third Chesapeake Bay crossing is out, though meetings—not to mention, an official, finalized list—are still months away.

New top cop Michael Harrison introduces himself to Baltimore

Acting Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. Still via live stream from WBAL-TV.

The Michael Harrison era for the Baltimore Police Department has begun.

Hall monitor shot at Frederick Douglass High School

Photo by Wikipedia user Eminonuk.

A 56-year-old hall monitor was shot at Frederick Douglass High School, located on Gwynns Falls Parkway in West Baltimore, just after noon today, police said.

Police tout patrol schedule change in response to reported patrol vacancies, attrition

Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle (left) and Capt. Derek Loeffler. Still via livestream from Baltimore Police Department/Facebook.

Responding to a report this week about the Baltimore Police Department’s apparent failures to fill hundreds of patrol positions, as well as a net decline in the number of sworn officers over the last year, officials today said a recently implemented shift change and an uptick in applications from recruits should help boost patrol ranks.

Maryland Senate unanimously approves bill requiring BPD to review districts after census

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Maryland’s Senate today voted unanimously to approve legislation requiring the Baltimore Police Department to review the boundaries of its nine districts, as well as the allocation of resources and officers for each one, after the census every 10 years.

The Hopkins Coalition Against ICE’s walk-out protest in photos

About 200 students at Johns Hopkins University walked out of their classes and marched through several buildings to protest the school’s contract with ICE.

About 200 students walked out of classes at Johns Hopkins University to protest the school’s contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Students, joined by local activists, marched through the grounds and into university buildings.

All photos by J.M. Giordano.

The Baltimore Beat is returning as an online venture

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A year after it was shuttered, the Baltimore Beat, an alt-weekly newspaper founded by staffers of the City Paper after its demise, is coming back next month as a nonprofit online journalism outlet.

Lisa Snowden-McCray will return as editor-in-chief, and Brandon Soderberg will work for the organization part-time. The start date is March 6.

Harrison contract includes $275K salary, 3 percent raises and housing allowance

Incoming Baltimore Police Commissioner and former New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison. Photo via NOPD/Twitter.

If confirmed by the Baltimore City Council, incoming commissioner Michael Harrison would have a five-year contract for $275,000 per year, plus minimum annual raises of 3 percent, to run the Baltimore Police Department.

Horseshoe Casino squeaks out a revenue increase to start 2019

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Baltimore’s lone casino has started 2019 with a welcome, if rare revenue bump from one year earlier, as statewide casino revenues climbed 7 percent overall.

Man charged with shooting UMD medical school employee told police they had dated

The outside of the University of Maryland Medical Center. Image via Google Street View.

A Hollins Market man arrested for allegedly shooting a University of Maryland School of Medicine employee told investigators yesterday that he and the victim had been in a relationship and that he wanted him dead, according to charging documents.