Police ID student arrested, banned from Goucher College for allegedly drawing swastikas, racist graffiti

A view of the campus at Goucher College. Photo by Rob Coyle, via Flickr.

Baltimore County police have arrested a Goucher College student who they say drew swastikas and racist graffiti and wrote the names or dorm numbers of black students–including his own–in bathroom stalls on two different occasions this past month.

Martin Millspaugh, mastermind behind Charles Center, has died


Martin Millspaugh, a former journalist with the Evening Sun who later helped orchestrate the redevelopment of Charles Center and the Inner Harbor, has died. He was 92.

As the CEO of Charles Center Inner Harbor Management, Inc. starting in 1965, Millspaugh shepherded the project to revitalize a 33-acre plot on the western side of downtown, eventually leading to the construction or renovation of more than two dozen buildings, at a time when people and businesses were fleeing the city.

In the next decade, Millspaugh would work with developer James Rouse to convert the area around the waterfront, which had mostly been used for shipping, into a central tourist attraction. Rouse built the pavilions that make up Harborplace, a marketplace of food stalls and shops that many cities soon tried to replicate.

He went on to lead a formidable development career during which he consulted on projects in 90 cities on five continents.

A memorial service is scheduled for Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.. at the Church of the Redeemer. The family is asking for donations to be made to the Waterfront Partnership in his name.

In 2011, Millspaugh was featured on our site as part of a feature called “Eight Over 80,” highlighting seniors “who still live life to the fullest.” Below is the transcript from Millspaugh’s entry.

DPW plans another water rate hike; Council president to introduce income-based billing legislation


Baltimore city plans to continue hiking its water and sewer rates for the next three years, while also raising the so-called “rain tax,” in a first, to help pay for ongoing water infrastructure repairs.

City solicitor, suing Trump administration, says federal gov’t pushing immigrants to ‘abandon rights’

City Solicitor Andre Davis announces the city’s latest lawsuit against the Trump administration. Still via live stream from Fox 45/Facebook.

Baltimore and the nonprofit Democracy Forward have sued the Trump administration over its proposed changes to a longstanding immigration policy, a move the city and watchdog group allege is designed to deter immigrants from using public benefits like food stamps, housing assistance and Head Start.

City to sue Trump administration over change in ‘public charge’ immigration policy

Baltimore immigrants protest the Trump administration’s policy changes in February 2017. Photo by Epi Ren, via Flickr.

The City of Baltimore plans to sue the Trump administration over its proposed, highly controversial change to longstanding federal immigration policy that would make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain green cards or admission to the United States if they use public assistance like Medicare, food stamps and housing subsidies.

EPA providing $2.45 million for clean diesel equipment for Port of Baltimore, Inner Harbor tour boat

Stacked containers. Photo via Maryland Port Administration.

The feds are pitching in to help the Port of Baltimore cut down on its emissions with a $2.45 million grant to replace trucks and conventional diesel cargo-hauling equipment with clean diesel technology.

Here’s police commissioner nominee Joel Fitzgerald’s pre-Fort Worth resume from 2015

A screenshot of the first page of Joel Fitzgerald’s resume from 2015. Via City of Fort Worth.

While Mayor Catherine Pugh’s nominee for Baltimore Police Commissioner has declined to release his resume to members of the Baltimore City Council and the public, a copy of an earlier six-plus-page C.V. has surfaced online, courtesy of the City of Fort Worth and some digging from Baltimore Sun crime reporter Justin Fenton.

Commissioner pick Joel Fitzgerald meets the media

Image still from WBAL-TV’s Facebook Live.

Forth Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s pick to head the Baltimore Police Department, pledged in a press conference today that, if confirmed by the City Council, he will work to rebuild the community’s trust in the beleaguered agency.

Report on regional mobility says MTA control is holding Baltimore public transit back

Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

A new Greater Washington Partnership report offering a high-level blueprint for improving transit connections from Baltimore to D.C. to Richmond criticizes the fact that the State of Maryland, not Baltimore City and other surrounding jurisdictions, operates our area’s bus, light rail, subway and commuter train systems.

City crews removing sidewalk, retaining wall seen sinking on E. 26th Street

Crews on the scene of a E. 26th Street, where a sidewalk above a CSX rail line buckled. Photo by Brian O’Doherty.

A portion of E. 26th Street above a CSX train route appears to be sinking, four years after a retaining wall two blocks away collapsed into the rail bed below.