City Council members will visit Texas to ask around about Pugh’s police commissioner pick

Joel Fitzgerald. Image via the Forth Worth Police Department.

Next stop in this whole prolonged police commissioner appointment process: Fort Worth, Texas.

Baltimore’s next police commissioner: Joel Fitzgerald, out of Fort Worth, Texas

Joel Fitzgerald. Image via the Forth Worth Police Department.

The rumors were true, it turns out: Baltimore’s next police commissioner will be Joel Fitzgerald, who most recently served as the chief of the Fort Worth Police Department in Texas.

Police ID man who shouted ‘Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!’ at ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ say he was intoxicated

Photo by David Stone, via Flickr

A man who stood up during intermission last night at the performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Hippodrome Theater downtown and shouted “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” was escorted out of the building, and was permitted to walk away free after police made contact with him.

Hogan administration approves $6.4 million in grants for Hippodrome, Maryland Science Center and others

The inside of the Maryland Science Center. Photo by A. Currell, via Flickr.

From a new IMAX projection system for the Maryland Science Center to larger-than-life exhibits for kids to learn and play, state officials today signed off on more than $6 million in bond-funded grants to help some of Baltimore’s top downtown institutions with large-scale projects.

Capital Gazette, Carroll County Times and other Baltimore Sun community papers form union

Front row, from left. Erin Logan, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Libby Solomon, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Danielle Ohl, Capital Gazette; Jess Nocera, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Jack Chavez, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Top row, from left. Megan Woodward, Carroll County Times; Cody Boteler, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Lauren Lumpkin, Capital Gazette; Erin Hard, Baltimore Sun Media Group; and Selene San Felice, Capital Gazette.

Community reporters and journalists at community papers within the Baltimore Sun Media Group unionized today, calling for higher wages and a more stable work environment.

The group, known as the Chesapeake News Guild, covers about 50 reporters, photographers, designers and copy editors at The Capital in Annapolis, Carroll County Times, The Aegis in Harford County, Howard County Times and other local news organizations owned and managed by the local media company.

At long last, $19 million Harford Road Bridge replacement set to begin in Northeast Baltimore

Photo via Baltimore City Department of Transportation

In less than a week’s time, the city will shut down the well-traveled, woefully aged Harford Road Bridge spanning Herring Run, and begin the process of replacing the 106-year-old passageway with one better equipped for pedestrians and the estimated 22,000 cars that travel it each day.

Baltimore County school resource officer fatally shoots himself at Essex high school

Photo by Wallstreethotrod, via Wikimedia Commons

A 21-year veteran Baltimore County police officer died today after shooting himself in his office at Eastern Technical High School in Essex, police said late Monday afternoon.

The Sun newsroom receives buyout offers from Tribune Publishing

Today’s edition of The Baltimore Sun.

In an effort to stave off future job cuts, Tribune Publishing, the parent company of The Sun, Chicago Tribune and seven other newspapers, offered company-wide buyout offers today in a memo sent to managers.

In same week, The Sun loses two arts writers, Wesley Case and Tim Smith

The Sun’s Port Covington printing plant. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Baltimore’s newspaper of record bid farewell this week to two of its remaining arts writers, with longtime classical music critic Tim Smith departing this past Wednesday and music critic and nightlife reporter Wesley Case leaving today.

How a Facebook post about a smashed window brought the squeegee kids dispute to a fever pitch

A screengrab of WBAL’s report after a squeegee kid smashed the window of Andrew Hahn’s car. Image via YouTube.

The conflict between motorists and squeegee kids dominated headlines in Baltimore throughout October after a story appeared on three local TV news stations of a driver whose car window was shattered by a washer when he refused to give him money.

On Oct. 4, networks ran interviews with the anonymous man, filmed from the neck down outside of his suburban home in front of his BMW.

“This is what we face every day on the road in Baltimore City,” the man told WMAR news, though he added that he “feels bad” for the many young window washers who are “good kids.”