Top Stories: Police Say Hopkins Student Fell from High-Rise, Fed Hill Bars Discourage Helping Panhandlers, DeRay Mckesson Leaving City Schools Gig

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The most-read piece on our site this week was a sad update about the death of a 19-year-old student athlete at Johns Hopkins University. Abigail Bastien “fell from quite a distance” from a high-rise on N. Charles Street to her death, Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith said at a news conference on Monday. Bastien’s body had been discovered on the morning of Thursday, July 13.

Smith said investigators weren’t sure exactly high up she was before her fall. The evidence detectives pulled together indicated it was an accidental death, he said, noting that “nothing in this case points towards homicide.”

Members of the Hopkins community and Bastien’s hometown of Sandusky, Ohio, mourned her passing. Bastien was a sprinter on the Hopkins track-and-field team and a member of the school’s Alpha Phi sorority chapter. Her high school track coach told the Sandusky Register she “was a person with a heart of gold and was all about everyone first and putting herself second.”

Here were other our most popular reads over the last seven days:

Ethan McLeod — “Fed Hill Restaurant Association Launches Social Media Campaign Against Panhandlers” — Thursday, July 13

Ethan McLeod — “One Year In, DeRay McKesson Says He’s Leaving his Job with Baltimore City Schools” — Monday, July 17

Susan Dunn — “Ruxton, Riderwood, Lake Roland Residents Turn Out to Oppose the ‘Village of Lake Roland’” — Thursday, July 13

Susan Dunn — “RRLRAIA Membership Rejects Motion in ‘Village of Lake Roland’ Project” — Wednesday, July 19

Ethan McLeod — “Lululemon Suing Under Armour Over Sports Bra Design” — Tuesday, July 18

Ethan McLeod — “Public Defender’s Office: Body Cam Footage Shows City Police Officer Planting Drugs” — Wednesday, July 19

Ethan McLeod — “Vandal Maims, Kills Newly Planted Cherry Trees Along Median in Catonsville” — Wednesday, July 19

Ethan McLeod — “President Trump was Displeased to Learn His Deputy Attorney General Worked in Baltimore” — Thursday, July 20

Ethan McLeod — “Staff Nabbed a Rabid Groundhog Roaming the Maryland Zoo Last Week” — Friday, July 14

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Senior Editor at Baltimore Fishbowl
Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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