Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

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Baltimore Surprise: Mayor Won't Run Again

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she won't seek re-election

(Newser) - Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said today that she will not seek re-election next year, nearly five months after the city erupted in rioting following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Rawlings-Blake made the announcement at a news conference called only 90 minutes earlier, a move that comes just... More »

Freddie Gray's Family to Get 'Extraordinary Payment'

$6.4M settlement from Baltimore expected to be OK'd tomorrow

(Newser) - In what the Baltimore Sun frames as "an extraordinary payment," the paper reports that the city will pay Freddie Gray's family $6.4 million to resolve all civil claims related to his arrest and death. The payout needs approval from the city's spending panel and that... More »

Baltimore Is Shutting Down 'Dystopian' Jail

Md. Gov. Larry Hogan says shutdown won't take more than 'a couple of weeks'

(Newser) - Since 1938, Baltimore officials have sought to tear down the Baltimore City Detention Center, a Civil War-era prison described by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as the state's "black eye," the Baltimore Sun notes. Now, nearly 80 years later, the prison plagued by dilapidated conditions, gang activity, and... More »

Baltimore Lifts Curfew

Mayor announces its end a day ahead of schedule

(Newser) - Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today lifted the 10pm-to-5am curfew that had been enforced in the city since Tuesday night, reports the New York Times . "Effective immediately, I have rescinded my order instituting a citywide curfew," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. "My goal has always been to not... More »

Baltimore Mayor's Ill-Chosen Words Made Things Worse

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake under fire for 'wished to destroy' remark

(Newser) - On Saturday, Baltimore's mayor described a "very delicate balancing act" of allowing people to protest and maintaining order in the wake of Freddie Gray's death. "We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. At the... More »

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