Fire breaks out at Baltimore Fire Department HQ, building briefly evacuated

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A paradoxical scare unfolded Thursday morning when the Baltimore Fire Department’s downtown headquarters was evacuated due to a fire.

In drug-afflicted Hampden, St. Luke’s Church plans a needle exchange

St. Luke Church in Hampden. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

As North Baltimore’s tourist-drawing Hampden neighborhood struggles to confront its elephant in the room of opioid addiction, the Rev. Jim Muratore, of St. Luke’s Church on The Avenue, has proposed tackling the scourge with a tried-and-true, if somewhat unconventional solution: a needle exchange.

Head of Kennedy Krieger Institute stepping down after 30 years

The Kennedy Krieger Institute’s outpatient center. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

The man who’s helped grow the Johns Hopkins-affiliated Kennedy Krieger Institute for the last three decades is stepping down from his post as CEO.

Melissa Hyatt, top Baltimore Police Department official, appointed VP of security for Hopkins  

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Col. Melissa Hyatt, a 20-year member of the Baltimore Police Department and a top official just three rungs below Police Commissioner-Designate Darryl De Sousa, is leaving to head up security for Johns Hopkins University.

Hopkins researchers find most gun owners aren’t safely storing their firearms

An empty gun safe. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health found in a new survey that more than half of America’s gun owners aren’t locking their weapons away when not using them.

Another GTTF-Connected Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 15-Plus Years

Former dets. Momodu Gondo (right) and Jemell Rayam. Images via Baltimore Police Department.

A federal judge has sentenced a fourth Baltimore man with ties to now-incarcerated officers from the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force to more than 15 years and eight months in prison for distributing heroin.

Critics hit Trump’s food program plan as ‘devastating’ to Maryland

A grocery store in Mount Rainier, Md. Photo by Lance Cheung, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Julia Lerner

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal 2019 includes an overhaul of a supplemental food assistance program for low-income people that could affect nearly 750,000 Marylanders.

Activist group Baltimore Bloc says it declined meeting with De Sousa, encourages disbanding BPD

Police Commissioner-Designate Darryl De Sousa, flanked by his picks for command staff. Still via Facebook/Baltimore Police Department.

One day after presenting demands that Commissioner-Designate Darryl De Sousa participate in community listening sessions, release his internal affairs file and transition to a Baltimore Peacebuilding Authority akin to the department disbandment that occurred in Camden, New Jersey, the activist group Baltimore Bloc says it declined a private meeting with De Sousa.

Police say they’ve caught the serial Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway robber

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A man has confessed to robbing (or attempting to rob, in at least one case) numerous Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts locations around Baltimore, police say.

Poll: Half of Marylanders say they know someone who has been addicted to opioids

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In a staggering look at the opioid crisis gripping the state, a little more than half of Marylanders say they personally know someone who has been addicted to opioids, according to a new poll.