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7 Examples of Baltimore Cops' Alleged Corruption

They're all charged with racketeering

(Newser) - They weren't cops—they were "1930s-style gangsters," according to their police chief. Seven Baltimore officers who were part of an elite task force created to take illegal guns off the street have been charged in a corruption scandal after a yearlong investigation, reports the Baltimore Sun . Some... More »

Mom Shocked to Discover Son Had Teeth Removed at School

9-year-old Michael came home with swollen mouth, 3 fewer teeth

(Newser) - A Baltimore mom says her third-grader had to walk home alone after having three teeth removed at school—without her knowledge, WJZ reports. Shanda Flemming wants answers after a dental program visiting her son's school performed a serious procedure on 9-year-old Michael, who she says arrived home in pain... More »

The Best, Worst Cities for Sticking to Resolutions

Salt Lake City is best, Detroit is worst: WalletHub

(Newser) - It takes only weeks for 80% of people to drop their New Year's resolutions, per US News , but whether you're among that group may depend on where you live. To determine the best and worst cities for residents to keep resolutions, WalletHub analyzed a host of data on... More »

Ex-NFL Player Dies in 'Freak Accident' on Family Vacation

Keion Cole was also a well-regarded philanthropist in Baltimore

(Newser) - A former NFL player and respected Baltimore philanthropist died Thursday at the age of 39 after what his family is calling a "freak accident," the Baltimore Sun reports. The accident happened Wednesday while Keion Carpenter was playing with his son during a family vacation in Florida. "They... More »

Major Crashes, Some Fatal, as Winter Weather Hits Eastern US

Two were killed in a fiery crash on Baltimore highway

(Newser) - A blast of cold air caused rain and wet roads to freeze across the Eastern US, triggering major traffic pileups in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, the AP reports. Baltimore City Fire Chief Roman Clark said two people were killed and at least 15 were injured in a 55-vehicle accident... More »

Teacher Filmed Screaming at Kids. Then Came the N-Word

The Baltimore science teacher has since been fired

(Newser) - In the first 30 seconds of the video, the Baltimore teacher grabs a student by the hood of his shirt and screams at him to leave her class. Then things take a turn. The video shows the unidentified white female teacher calling her classroom of mostly black students "idiots,... More »

Pot Use No Longer a Deal-Breaker for Police Recruits

'I want people who have lived a life just like everybody else'

(Newser) - Police departments are relaxing age-old standards for accepting recruits, from lowering educational requirements to forgiving some prior drug use, to try to attract more people to their ranks, reports the AP . The changes are designed to deal with decreased interest in a job that offers low pay, rigorous physical demands,... More »

Baltimore School Bus Crash 'Sounded Like a Trainwreck'

No kids on school bus that slammed into commuter bus, but 6 people died

(Newser) - Police are investigating a Tuesday morning crash in Southwest Baltimore between a school bus and a commuter bus that left six dead, the Baltimore Sun reports. No children were reportedly on the school bus, but the driver of that bus died, while five people on the MTA bus perished, Baltimore... More »

Baltimore Gunmen Shoot 8 People, Including 3-Year-Old

Cops say shooting was premeditated act of retaliation for Labor Day weekend shooting

(Newser) - Three gunmen shot and wounded eight people including a 3-year-old girl on an east Baltimore street Saturday night, police said, adding the suspects fled and the victims were all expected to survive. The shooting erupted outside some rowhouses about 8:30pm after the three armed men converged on the group... More »

Man Dies 3 Days After Calling Police for Help

'Mr. Boyd was in need of medical attention, and the police responded with violence'

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Baltimore County man died in the hospital three days after being repeatedly punched by officers responding to his 911 call, the Guardian reports. According to the Baltimore Sun , Tawon Boyd called 911 early last Sunday. He told officers his girlfriend, Deona Styron, had "got him intoxicated and... More »

It's So Hot in Baltimore That Schools Are Closing

Dozens of them

(Newser) - Dozens of Baltimore County schools that don't have air conditioning are closed Friday because of the heat, the AP reports. The temporary closures of 37 schools are because of a measure approved by the county's board of education earlier this month that says non-air-conditioned public schools must close... More »

Baltimore Streams Tainted by Amphetamines

Aquatic life threatened by drugs flushed down the toilet, scientists say

(Newser) - Are the nation’s streams tainted with hard drugs? If they're near urban areas, the answer is likely yes based on a new study that found amphetamine polluting water sources in Baltimore, CNN reports. Researchers who tested samples from six streams around the Maryland city found them tainted with... More »

Baltimore Cops Admit They've Been Filming Citizens From Sky

But it wasn't a 'secret' program, they say

(Newser) - Baltimore police are keeping an eye on city residents from the sky. On Tuesday, Bloomberg Businessweek revealed the secret aerial surveillance system police had been using since January, and on Wednesday, police confirmed they have indeed been carrying out aerial surveillance to investigate crimes, the Guardian reports. But a police... More »

Teen Smacked by Mom Amid Riots Accidentally Burns Down Home

Money is being raised to help Toya Graham

(Newser) - Toya Graham, the mom who gained fame after smacking her rioting son in Baltimore last year , needs help. That son—Michael, now 17—was frying chicken tenders while home alone Saturday, and while he left the room briefly to use the bathroom, a grease fire broke out. He threw water... More »

Are We Ignoring an Easy Fix to Police Woes?

Proponents call for more female officers

(Newser) - On the heels of a damning report showing discrimination and sexism in the Baltimore Police Department, women’s groups are calling for what they say is a logical solution: more female cops. Among other things, they argue that accusations of rape and sexual assault would be better addressed if handled... More »

10 Unfriendliest Cities in the US

Who knew Delaware was so mean?

(Newser) - Planning an end-of-summer vacation? Better stay away from these US cities, apparently the kinds of places where locals will give you bad directions, then steal your wallet. Condé Nast Traveler asked travelers to rate the "friendliness" of US cities for its 2015 Readers' Choice Awards and received 128,000... More »

Baltimore Black Man Stopped 30 Times Never Even Got a Ticket

Feds issue damning report about police discrimination in city

(Newser) - The Justice Department is out Wednesday with a scathing report on the Baltimore Police Department that accuses the department of routine discrimination against black residents. The report stems from Freddie Gray's death and is seen as the first step toward a formal overhaul of police practices. A sampling of... More »

Woman's Facebook Account Deactivated Amid Fatal Standoff

Site blocked Korryn Gaines' posts upon police request

(Newser) - The world might've seen more of Korryn Gaines' five-hour standoff with police Monday, but Facebook granted a police request to shut off her account. The social media site deactivated Gaines' Facebook and Instagram accounts, which she was using to broadcast the standoff before she was fatally shot in Randallstown,... More »

5-Year-Old Hurt in Shootout Between Woman, Baltimore Cops

23-year-old Korryn Gaines died after hourslong standoff

(Newser) - A nearly six-hour standoff with Baltimore County police Monday ended with a shootout that left a 23-year-old woman dead and a 5-year-old injured, the Baltimore Sun reports. Cops arrived at a Randallstown, Md., apartment just before 9:30am to serve arrest warrants on a man living there and on Korryn... More »

Driver Pokemon-Goes Right Into Police Car: Cops

'That's what I get for playing this dumb-a-- game': distracted Baltimore driver

(Newser) - Even a Legendary may not be able to get a young man from Baltimore out of trouble after his SUV ran into a police car early Monday while he was allegedly playing Pokemon Go, the Baltimore Sun reports. USA Today notes body-camera video was released that shows a Toyota RAV4... More »

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