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MLB Player Just Set a Record No One Wants

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has longest streak of hitless at-bats with 49

(Newser) - The phrase "the longest ever recorded in baseball history" might sound pretty exciting for an MLB player to accomplish, until you add the words "hitless streak" to it. Chris Davis found that out all too well Monday night, when the Baltimore Orioles first baseman went 0-for-5 while at... More »

Mayor Facing Investigation Will Take a Leave of Absence

Baltimore's Catherine Pugh says it's for health reasons

(Newser) - Facing allegations of a sweetheart book deal that paid her hundreds of thousands of dollars, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said Monday that she's taking an indefinite leave of absence for health reasons. Pugh was hospitalized for five days last week with pneumonia, the Baltimore Sun reports, and her office... More »

Husband, Stepdaughter Accused of Killing Woman, Blaming Panhandler

Baltimore pair arrested near Mexico border

(Newser) - After Keith Smith and daughter Valeria Smith told police that a panhandler fatally stabbed Keith Smith's wife, Jacquelyn Smith , panhandlers nationwide faced increased suspicion. Police now believe the real killers were Keith and Valeria Smith. They were arrested Sunday in Texas, near the US-Mexico border, and charged with first-degree... More »

Judge Overturns $38M Award for Baltimore Family

A judge sides with police and cites 'civil liability'

(Newser) - The family of a woman shot dead by Baltimore police was initially awarded $38 million . Now, that award is zero. A Baltimore County judge cited the doctrine of "civil liability" Thursday in rescinding the award to the family of Korryn Gaines, 23, who was killed during a six-hour standoff... More »

Baltimore Held a Gun Buyback, Got a Rocket Launcher

For $500

(Newser) - Baltimore police say a rocket launcher was among the more than 1,000 firearms turned in during recent gun buyback events. The rocket launcher was traded for $500, and police have reached out to the military and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to trace its origin. Police... More »

Baltimore Plea: 'We Must Stop Killing Each Other'

5-year-old girl shot months after sister's shooting death

(Newser) - In July, a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot while sitting in the backseat of a car in southwest Baltimore. Four months later, her younger sister barely escaped the same fate. The girl, identified as 5-year-old Amy Hayes, was on the 1000 block of McKean Avenue in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood... More »

Guy Sorry for Yelling 'Heil Trump!' During Fiddler on Roof

Surprise, kids! There was alcohol involved

(Newser) - File another one under Things That Seem Like a Good Idea While You're Drunk: Anthony Derlunas caused a stir Wednesday night in a Baltimore theater when he screamed "Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!" during intermission of a performance of Fiddler on the Roof—apparently inspired by the president'... More »

Baltimore Voters Ban Privatization of Water System

It's the first big city to make the move

(Newser) - Baltimore’s public water system will remain just that, public. Voters there overwhelmingly supported an amendment to the city’s charter declaring the “inalienability” of its water and sewer systems, Reuters reports, effectively banning privatization—the first large city to do so. Calling it, “a historic victory for... More »

Company Email: Strippers Are No Longer Free

Under Armour adapts to the #MeToo world

(Newser) - Note to Under Armour employees: Your strip-club bills will no longer be reimbursed. That's among the changes at the Baltimore-based sports apparel company amid reports of top execs' chauvinistic behavior—including parties with go-go dancers and strip-club outings with athletes and co-workers, the Wall Street Journal reports. "Our... More »

The Power Went Out at an Amazon Center. Then It Got 'Crazy'

2 dead after warehouse partially collapses in Baltimore

(Newser) - "The power shut off. It was just crazy inside. It just sounded like bombs were dropping everywhere." That's how an Amazon employee describes to WBAL what happened Friday night at one of the company's fulfillment centers in southeast Baltimore after the building partially collapsed. A 50-foot-by-50-foot... More »

Twin Sister's Billboard: 'Find My Killer'

Jennifer Carrieri continues to seek justice

(Newser) - Killed more than 20 years ago, Jody LeCornu will soon rise above Baltimore County—on a billboard asking people to help find her killer, the Baltimore Sun reports. "I don't know that everybody watches the news or TV so I'm hoping it reaches someone who doesn't... More »

School's 'Safe Space for White Students' Sparks Backlash

The University of Maryland in Baltimore rethinks the offer

(Newser) - The University of Maryland is in damage-control mode after its counseling center offered "a safe space for White students" to discuss racial issues, CBS Baltimore reports. Called White Awake, the group said it was designed "to promote anti-racism" and "help White students become more culturally competent."... More »

Slain Baltimore Detective Likely Killed Himself: Review Board

An end to the 'real-life whodunit' case of Sean Suiter

(Newser) - The gunshot wound that killed a Baltimore police detective one day before he was to testify about police corruption was most likely self-inflicted, an investigative review board has concluded. It's the latest—and perhaps final—twist in a real-life whodunit that has captivated Baltimore for 10 months. When 43-year-old... More »

PETA's New Billboard Isn't Pleasing Baltimore

Group is trying to get people to stop eating crabs, and locals are mocking it

(Newser) - PETA scored a PR win this week when the makers of Animal Crackers agreed to remove the animals on its boxes from cages. But the animal-rights group's newest initiative isn't faring as well, reports the Baltimore Sun . Why? A new billboard in Baltimore is trying to get folks... More »

Ex-Baltimore Cop Indicted on Assault Charges After Viral Video

Arthur Williams resigned after Saturday's confrontation

(Newser) - A former Baltimore police officer was indicted on assault charges Tuesday after being recorded repeatedly punching a man in a street confrontation three days earlier in a video that went viral. Arthur Williams, who resigned a day after Saturday's confrontation, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, as well... More »

5 Best, Worst US Cities for Retirees

Florida is home to 3 of the top 5

(Newser) - Florida really is the place to be for retirees. The Sunshine State is home to three of the top five retirement-friendly US cities, according to WalletHub , which ranked the most populated cities across the nation, based on affordability, recreational activities, quality of life, and health care. Living in top-ranked cities... More »

Bloody Beating Video Spurs Baltimore Cop's Resignation

Video shows unnamed officer punching 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier; 2nd officer placed on admin duties

(Newser) - An incident that "deeply disturbed" Baltimore's interim police commissioner has led to one police officer's resignation and another being put on administrative duty. CNN has bystander video of a man shouting at one officer as another stands nearby; the first starts throwing punches and 10 seconds later... More »

'Climate Kids' Lawsuit Beats the Government, Again

But NYC loses a climate case and Baltimore jumps into the legal fray

(Newser) - A lawsuit filed by young activists who say the government is failing to protect them from climate change is still alive, the AP reports. In San Francisco on Friday, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the government's second request for an order directing a lower court to... More »

Bullet Ends Journey of Cop Trying to Save Younger Brother

TJ Smith tried to keep his brother away from crime

(Newser) - TJ Smith had given Baltimore bad news before, but this was different. The police department's top spokesman—known for his personal descriptions of shootings that were tearing Baltimore apart—learned via paging alert on July 2, 2017, that his half-brother Dionay had been fatally shot in the head. So... More »

Dunkin' Donuts Pulls Sign That Ignited Tweetstorm

Baltimore location urged customers to report on certain employees

(Newser) - Media attention and Twitter rage have apparently inspired Dunkin' Donuts to remove a sign from a Baltimore location, the Baltimore Sun reports. Posted at the West 41st Street location, the sign urged customers to report on workers who yell in foreign languages. "If you hear any of our staff... More »

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