Codetta Bake Shop owner reflects on success she found in Downtown Partnership’s BOOST program for Baltimore Black-owned businesses

Codetta Bake Shop frozen cheesecake pops. Photo courtesy of Codetta Bake Shop.

After a childhood hobby turned into a side gig, then into a full-fledged business, a Baltimore baker found support through the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore’s BOOST program.

Maryland Democrats plan abortion provider ‘shield laws’ as more states enact bans

Chandler Jones, right, 26, from Baltimore County who graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law, participates in a pro-choice rally in Baltimore. Photo by Steve Ruark/AP.

Maryland Democratic lawmakers say they are planning on taking up shield laws in the next legislative session to protect abortion providers as more people come from out of state to get reproductive care. Since the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade case this summer, 17 states have banned or restricted abortion. Some of those states seek to target providers offering care to their residents in states where abortion is legal. Texas allows residents to file lawsuits against health care professionals who perform abortions, even in a state where abortion is legal.

CNS explores evolution, future of Supreme Court in ‘Takeover’ podcast


By Hunter Savery and Kate Seltzer, Capital News Service

“Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.”

William Howard Taft said that. And he was an authority: he was the 27th president of the United States from 1909 until 1913, then served as the nation’s 10th chief justice of the Supreme Court from 1921 until 1930. He is the only person to hold both posts.

Final art exhibition event in Emerge Baltimore series to run Oct. 6-Nov. 23

Final Emerge Baltimore exhibition. Image courtesy of BOPA.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) will present three solo exhibitions in the third and final phase of the 2022 Emerge Baltimore artist series.

The opening reception will take place at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Oct. 6 from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition will run until Nov. 23. 

Enjoy live music, handmade crafts and much more at the Charles Village Festival this Saturday and Sunday

Attendees enjoy 2015 Charles Village Festival. Photo courtesy of Charles Village Festival.

The Charles Village community will celebrate all that makes their neighborhood home at the annual Charles Village Festival.

The two-day event will take place Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the corner of Charles and 29th streets in the Wyman Park Dell. 

Applications open for Baltimore school board positions

The Baltimore City Public Schools System office at 200 E. North Ave. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage via Flickr Creative Commons.

Applications are open now through Oct. 31 to fill two seats on the Baltimore City school board.

Baltimore to hold citywide fall cleanup Oct. 22

Cleanup in the McElderry Park area. (Photo: Carl Schmidt/Federal Hill Photography)

Residents across Baltimore City will be cleaning up their neighborhoods Oct. 22 as part of the Mayor’s Annual Fall Cleanup.

Adnan Syed: One of Many Overturned Convictions in Baltimore City


On Monday afternoon, Sept. 19, cheers from Adnan Syed’s family and supporters erupted throughout the courtroom as Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Melissa Phinn announced her decision to overturn his conviction and asked law enforcement to “remove the shackles from Mr. Syed, please.”

The crowd’s elation carried outside below the courthouse steps, where dozens of supporters applauded the news with claps and honking car horns as Syed walked through the front doors alongside his mother, brother, and attorney, Erica Suter. The cheers continued as Syed was escorted to a white SUV and drove away.

Morgan State University President David Wilson on this year’s record enrollment and expansion plans, including a campus in Africa: ‘The brand of the institution has just caught fire!’

Morgan State University President David Wilson revealed the latest enrollment figures and discussed Morgan’s growth plans during a wide-ranging talk Sept. 7 with members of the Roland Park Civic League. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Most years, Morgan State University in Baltimore had an enrollment of about 7,460 students. This fall, it set a record for both its incoming freshmen class, about 2,400 students, and its total enrollment, 9,660.

For the first time, more than half of incoming freshmen came from out of state, forcing administrators to scramble to find enough student housing.

The record numbers have forced administrators to consider imposing a temporary cap on student enrollment for a few years, until they can build more student housing and complete other campus construction projects.

20th annual Pigtown Festival returns with food, crafts, and iconic pig races

Pigs race in the “SQUEAKness” at a previous year’s Pigtown Festival. Photo courtesy of Pigtown Main Street.

Festival season continues in the city with a celebration recognizing one of southwestern Baltimore’s most historic communities.

The 20th Annual Pigtown Festival will welcome thousands of residents and visitors to occupy five blocks of Washington Boulevard on Oct. 8 from noon to 7 p.m. 

250,000-square-foot UM BioPark lab building ‘4MLK’ to break ground in October

University of Maryland, Baltimore will break ground in October on 4MLK, the newest development project in the University of Maryland BioPark. Rendering from Wexford Science & Technology.

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Wexford Science & Technology, LLC announced today that 4MLK, the newest development project in the University of Maryland BioPark, is slated to move forward with the groundbreaking in October. Delivery is slated for Summer 2024.

Maryland Department of Transportation looking for feedback on transit alternatives between Towson and Downtown Baltimore

Baltimore Metro Subway train. Photo by Ben Schumin/Flickr Creative Commons.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) are working with Baltimore City and Baltimore County to determine the best alternatives to serve passengers traveling between Towson and Downtown Baltimore. 

The North-South Corridor Study is part of the Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan (RTP), a project identifying 30 transit corridors, including places that show a strong demand for transit or could have a stronger transit system. 

Black Philanthropy Circle awards $250K to 10 organizations supporting Baltimore-area Black communities

Participants in B360, a program founded by Brittany Young, one of the founders of The Collective. Photo by Javon Roye.

Ten Baltimore organizations each received $25,000 to continue their work supporting Black residents in the Baltimore area.

The Baltimore Community Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Circle fund last week awarded a total of $250,000 to its first round of grant recipients.