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12 People Shot, 5 Fatally, in One Day in Baltimore

Baltimore has found no link in the homicides

(Newser) - Twelve people were shot in a series of separate acts of violence in one day in Baltimore. Five of them died. The shootings began about 2:30am Saturday and ended after 10pm, the Sun reports. "It goes without saying that the level of violence in the city yesterday was... More »

Poor Neighborhoods Have an Unusual Health Threat

Study finds they have bigger mosquitoes

(Newser) - A new study out of Baltimore highlights an unusual health threat: Low-income neighborhoods with abandoned buildings have bigger mosquitoes. Researchers found this to be the case after an extensive block-by-block comparison in Baltimore, they report in the Journal of Medical Entomology . Bigger mosquitoes breed more, bite more, and live longer,... More »

Baltimore Revives Surveillance Flights

Civil liberties groups oppose the pilot program, as they did last time

(Newser) - Starting with a trial run in May, Baltimore will become the first city in the country to use private surveillance planes to battle crime. The announcement reflected a change of heart by the city's police commissioner, the Sun reports, after a lobbying campaign. Michael Harrison had said the program... More »

Officers Arrive to Find 7 People Had Been Shot in Baltimore

Several of the wounded arrived at hospitals on their own

(Newser) - Seven people were found suffering from gunshot wounds when officers responded Sunday to a report of a shooting, Baltimore police and news reports said. The department said on its Facebook page that police responded to a report of a shooting at 2:10am. When officers arrived, they located four victims... More »

She Sentenced Him to Life. He Retaliated

Travis Burroughs hurled metal water pitcher, struck judge in the head

(Newser) - A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge had just sentenced a man to life in prison when he threw a metal water pitcher at her head, police say. Judge Wanda Heard, struck in the forehead around 10:40am Wednesday, immediately ordered a recess as she sought medical treatment, reports the Baltimore ... More »

Big News at Company Party: Bonus Pool Is $10M

St. John Properties met a goal it's been working toward for 14 years

(Newser) - St. John Properties is a company 198 people can claim to work for, and they're likely 198 very ecstatic people following the Baltimore developer's announcement that it has paid out a total of $10 million in bonuses. The news comes in response to the company hitting its stated... More »

Teens Boo Melania Trump During Baltimore Speech

The AP calls it 'highly unusual'

(Newser) - Melania Trump on Tuesday defended the rights of teenagers who booed her when she addressed them in Baltimore, a city her husband, President Donald Trump, has disparaged as “rat and rodent infested.” She traveled there to urge hundreds of middle and high school students to avoid misusing drugs,... More »

They Served 36 Years for a Murder They Didn't See

Prosecutors say key facts weren't presented at 1984 trial

(Newser) - Three Maryland men sentenced to life in prison for murder as teenagers were exonerated Monday after serving 36 years in prison. "On behalf of the criminal justice system, and I'm sure this means very little to you gentlemen, I'm going to apologize," a Baltimore Circuit Court... More »

Ex-Mayor Pleads Guilty in Healthy Holly Scam

Catherine Pugh admits to conspiracy and tax evasion charges

(Newser) - The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges involving sales of her self-published children's books, a case that exposed anew the depths of corruption in Maryland’s largest city. Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore to conspiracy to... More »

Ex-Baltimore Mayor Charged Over Sales of Her Kids' Books

Catherine Pugh faces decades in prison if convicted

(Newser) - The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was charged Wednesday with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books to non-profits and foundations that did business with the government. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Catherine Pugh of arranging fraudulent sales of her “Healthy Holly” books to... More »

Museum Makes Big Move to Correct 'Centuries of Imbalance'

Baltimore Museum of Art will acquire works from female artists only in 2020

(Newser) - "This [is] how you raise awareness and shift the identity of an institution. You don't just purchase one painting by a female artist of color and hang it on the wall next to a painting by Mark Rothko. To rectify centuries of imbalance, you have to do something... More »

Nancy Pelosi Loses a Brother

Thomas D'Alesandro III passed away in Baltimore

(Newser) - Thomas D'Alesandro III, a former Baltimore mayor and the brother of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has died. He was 90. A spokesman for Pelosi said D'Alesandro died Sunday morning at his north Baltimore home after complications from a stroke, the AP reports. Pelosi says in a statement that... More »

Trump Mocks Democrats in Baltimore Speech

He says 'Pocahontas' could beat 'Sleepy Joe'

(Newser) - President Trump sought to boost the spirits of Republican lawmakers Thursday, mocking Democrats and promising a new tax cut package as he returned to the city he recently disparaged as a "rat and rodent infested mess." Trump spoke to House Republicans attending an annual retreat in a hotel... More »

Baltimore Rolls Out the Rats for Trump

President arrives for first time since blasting the city

(Newser) - President Trump made his first visit to Baltimore since he called the city a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." The welcome wasn't warm. "Welcome rat king," signs held by demonstrators said, the AP reports. "... More »

Trump to Visit City He Called 'Disgusting'

President is going to Baltimore weeks after his high-profile criticism

(Newser) - President Trump is going to Baltimore on Thursday to address House Republicans gathering there for a retreat. The otherwise routine political stop is getting more attention than usual, however, because it comes just weeks after the president unleashed a high-profile series of slams against the city, notes the Baltimore Sun ... More »

Thinking of Retiring? Keep These Cities on Your Radar

The Sunshine State looks especially tempting for your golden years

(Newser) - Already thinking ahead on where you want to kick back once you stop punching a time clock for good? WalletHub scrutinized more than 180 US cities to suss out which ones seem most appealing for retirees, looking at nearly four dozen key metrics across four categories: affordability (including cost of... More »

Trump Invited to Baltimore

Congressman answers president's shots at his city

(Newser) - "Come to Baltimore," Rep. Elijah Cummings urged President Trump—and everyone else—in a speech Saturday. "Do not just criticize us, but come to Baltimore and I promise you, you will be welcomed." Cummings issued the invitation at a ceremony opening a new park in the... More »

Trump Target's Baltimore Home Is Burglarized

Break-in happened hours before Trump tweets

(Newser) - Rep. Elijah Cummings was a crime victim hours before President Trump attacked his Baltimore-area district for being a dangerous, "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess." Police say they received a report of a burglary occurring at 3:40am Saturday at the Democrat's Baltimore home, but it's... More »

Trump: Baltimore Residents 'Living in Hell'

He continues criticism of Rep. Elijah Cummings

(Newser) - President Trump isn't letting the Baltimore controversy go away. When reporters outside the White House asked him about the issue Tuesday, Trump stepped up his criticism. "Those people are living in hell in Baltimore," said the president, per CBS News . Trump again pinned the blame on Rep.... More »

Trump: Al Sharpton 'Hates Whites'

President adds the reverend to his criticism amid Baltimore flap

(Newser) - The weekend controversy involving President Trump, Baltimore, and Rep. Elijah Cummings is already continuing into the new week. In a series of Monday morning tweets, Trump continued the theme. "Baltimore, under the leadership of Elijah Cummings, has the worst Crime Statistics in the Nation. 25 years of all talk,... More »

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