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Anthony Batts Fired From Baltimore Police Commissioner Job (UPDATED)

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Anthony Batts
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts

Anthony Batts is out as Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department. At a press conference at City Hall Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Batts’ role in the top job was becoming a distraction from Baltimore’s efforts to curb the murder rate.

Mayor Wants Conversation on Future of Confederate Statues

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Confederate Women of Maryland monument, one of several Confederate symbols in Baltimore.
Confederate Women of Maryland monument, one of several Confederate symbols in Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake put the future of Baltimore’s Confederate statues in the hands of a commission. The mayor said she is aiming to get the public involved in the conversation surrounding the statues.

SRB Will Call on Mayors to Sign ‘Baltimore Compact’

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BSF mayor SRBBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is set to become president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday at the group’s meeting in San Francisco. In her inaugural address, she is expected to invoke the death of Freddie Gray and riots that followed as she calls on mayors to advocate for cities ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Some Liquor Stores Won’t Get Riot Recovery Money

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Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 4.39.03 PMThe call to rebuild in Baltimore brought a new pot of recovery money for the businesses that were damaged in April’s riots. Not all businesses will receive that money, however.

In the Wake of Unrest, Baltimore Has a New Initiative

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The leadership of the city of Baltimore has at times been better at coming up with new slogans, surveys, and initiatives than at actually making sure all its residents are taken care of.

Curfew is Lifted in Baltimore

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Peaceful march on MLK Blvd., Sat., May 2.
Peaceful march on MLK Blvd., May 2.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake released a statement on Sunday morning ending the citywide 10 p.m.- 5 a.m. curfew that was implemented after Monday’s unrest. Here is the full statement:

Rawlings-Blake Vetoes Permit Parking in Hampden

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Late Friday afternoon, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced she is vetoing a bill that would have brought permit parking to Hampden. In a statement, SRB called the proposal “permanent and disruptive.”

SRB to Make Theatrical Debut in ‘Chicago’

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Photo via Vanity Fair
Photo via Vanity Fair

Being mayor comes with a few perks. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will add the old Razzle Dazzle to her beneifts next week. The Baltimore mayor will appear in the musical Chicago, as the production debuts at the Hippodrome Theater.

Not Coming Soon: Plastic Bag Ban, Body Cameras, Private Water System

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Plastic bag ban veto: Giving the kids something to film.
Plastic bag ban veto: Giving the kids something to film.

Whether it was the City Council or the public, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s administration has been busy putting a damper on various ideas that were out in the public. For now, the mayor is refusing to go along with proposals that would take plastic bags out of stores, and put body cameras on cops. Meanwhile, the Public Works Department sought to squelch rumors that the city’s water system was going to be sold to the highest bidder. Here’s the rundown:

Charm City Circulator Needs Money, But SRB Wants to Keep it Free

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Charm-City-Circulator-bus-01Like most things that are awesome, there’s no money in running the Charm City Circulator.  In fact, the bus service is losing money.

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