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2 Rescued From Scaffolding After Explosion

Explosion injures more than 20 in Baltimore office building

(Newser) - Two workers were pulled in through windows after an explosion at a high-rise office building in Baltimore on Wednesday left their scaffolding dangling 10 floors above the street. The explosion sparked a fire and a partial collapse of the building's roof, the Sun reports. The fire department said 21...

No One Was There—But This Filly Scored a Big Win

Swiss Skydiver wins the 145th Preakness Stakes in an upset over Authentic

(Newser) - Those hanging around the heavily restricted stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course this week joked around that Authentic would stare down filly Swiss Skydiver whenever she walked past, the AP reports. "He got a good look at her today," jockey Robby Albarado said. Swiss Skydiver added one final...

Deadly Explosion in Baltimore: 'It Knocked Me Across the Bed'

3 row homes leveled in gas explosion that kills one

(Newser) - One woman is dead and three row homes have been destroyed by what's being described as a "major gas explosion" in northwest Baltimore. The Sun reports at least two others suffered serious injury, and another person remains trapped and is communicating with rescuers. The blast occurred minutes before...

These 11 Cities Receive a COVID Warning

Dr. Birx is worried about Baltimore, Cleveland, and 9 others

(Newser) - White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx is worried about 11 US cities in particular because of a surge in positive tests, according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity . Birx warned state and local leaders—the exact participants are unclear—in a private phone call...

Baltimore Protesters Toss Columbus Statue in Harbor

'We’ve seen people who have taken to the streets, we have supported them,' says mayor's rep

(Newser) - Baltimore protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city's Inner Harbor on Saturday night. Demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument near the Little Italy neighborhood, reports the AP . Protesters mobilized by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have...

Baltimore Cops Seek Suspect in Killing of Longtime Radio Host

Tyra Womack, announcer for popular gospel program, gunned down outside home

(Newser) - What appears to have been a neighbors' tiff led to the murder of a popular gospel radio host, say police, who are now on the hunt for her killer. The Baltimore Sun reports that 57-year-old Tyra Womack, an announcer on WEAA's Gospel Grace program for more than three decades,...

Trump Lays Wreath at Arlington, Speaks in Baltimore

'Together we will vanquish the virus,' he says

(Newser) - President Trump has laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery as he commemorates Memorial Day in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier overlooking rolling hills...

Baltimore Mayor to Trump: Please Stay Home

Trump plans Memorial Day visit to the city

(Newser) - President Trump is planning to visit Baltimore on Memorial Day—but the city's mayor wishes he wouldn't. "I wish that the president, as our nation’s leader, would set a positive example and not travel during this holiday weekend," Bernard C. “Jack” Young, mayor of...

Step Outside in This City, Get Recorded Everywhere

Aerial surveillance in Baltimore meant to deter homicides, but irks ACLU, privacy advocates

(Newser) - Starting Friday, the roughly 600,000 people living in Baltimore will be constantly recorded whenever they step out under the open sky. For the next six months, up to three airplanes outfitted with wide-angle cameras will sweep over Baltimore in daytime flights designed to capture movements across about 90% of...

Elijah Cummings' Replacement Has Been Elected

Kweisi Mfume wins over GOPer Kimberly Klacik for 7th Congressional District seat in Maryland

(Newser) - It was a race in Maryland "dramatically reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic," and one man has easily emerged victorious, per NBC News . Democrat Kweisi Mfume, 71, who was the head of the NAACP for nearly nine years, defeated Republican Kimberly Klacik in a special election held Tuesday to...

Passengers Told Him to Stop Coughing. Then, the Attack

A 70-year-old is assaulted in Baltimore

(Newser) - A 72-year-old man was assaulted after coughing up a storm last month on an East Baltimore bus, Fox Baltimore reports. Authorities say two female passengers told him to stop but the man said he couldn't, and an argument erupted involving another male passenger—who warned the victim to "...

How the Coronavirus Is Affecting Crime

Certain crimes are down, but a murder-suicide makes headlines in Chicago

(Newser) - Police say a Chicago man killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself because he believed they both had the coronavirus, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Officers found Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, on Thursday night, lying dead in their home on Bruce Road. Family told them...

Disgraced Former Baltimore Mayor Learns Her Fate

Catherine Pugh sentenced to 3 years for children's book scheme

(Newser) - The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday for arranging fraudulent sales of her self-published children’s books to nonprofits and foundations to promote her political career and fund her run for the city’s highest office, the AP reports. Catherine Pugh spoke...

Man Who Fled Syria Killed Delivering Pizza in Baltimore

Khaled Heeba was on last delivery of the night

(Newser) - A family friend of a pizza delivery driver who was recently gunned down in Baltimore says he had fled war-torn Syria to seek a better life. The killing of Khaled Heeba remains unsolved nearly two weeks after he died, the Baltimore Sun reports. His death is one of more than...

Police Think Man Mentioned in Serial Killed Woman in SC

Detectives say DNA links deceased Ronald Lee Moore to 1996 murder

(Newser) - South Carolina detectives believe they've solved a cold case murder, and you might recognize the name of the alleged perpetrator. Ronald Lee Moore was mentioned in the first season of the Serial podcast as a possible suspect in the 1999 murder of Baltimore's Hae Min Lee—though Adnan...

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...

A Consequence of Empty Buildings? Bigger Mosquitoes
Poor Neighborhoods Have
an Unusual Health Threat
new study

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,...

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...

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...

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 ...

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