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Ransomware Attack Hits Another Big City

Baltimore is trying to recover, but it could take awhile

(Newser) - Last year, it happened to Atlanta . This year, Baltimore. The city's online services have been largely shut down since hackers breached servers about two weeks ago, reports NPR . The hackers demanded 13 Bitcoins—worth about $102,000 as of Tuesday morning—but the city is refusing to pay and...

Baltimore's Self-Publishing Mayor Resigns

Catherine Pugh was under investigation for possibly using her books to disguise kickbacks

(Newser) - Baltimore's mayor resigned under pressure Thursday amid a flurry of investigations into whether she arranged bulk sales of her self-published children's books to disguise hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks, the AP reports. Mayor Catherine Pugh's resignation came exactly a week after her City Hall offices,...

Man Opens Fire on Crowd at Baltimore Cookouts

7 wounded, 1 killed in 'very cowardly' shooting

(Newser) - A gunman fired indiscriminately into a crowd that had gathered for Sunday afternoon cookouts along a west Baltimore street, killing one person and wounding seven others, authorities says. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison says the gunfire erupted after 5pm on a block in the city's western district of brick row...

Attorney: Baltimore Mayor Not 'Lucid' Enough to Resign

Gov. Hogan urges Catherine Pugh to step down

(Newser) - Embattled Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is too ill to decide whether to heed calls for her resignation, her attorney says. The Democrat, who has been on paid leave since April 1, now has bronchitis as well as pneumonia and isn't "lucid" enough to make the decision, attorney Steve...

More Bad News for Baltimore's Self-Publishing Mayor

Raids conducted at several locations linked to Catherine Pugh

(Newser) - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh remained on paid leave Thursday following a bout of pneumonia, while FBI agents were hard at work. A spokesman confirms agents from the Baltimore FBI office and Washington IRS office raided City Hall, two homes owned by Pugh, and the office of her attorney early Thursday,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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'...

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...

Company Cuts Gambling, Strippers From Perk List
Company Email: Strippers
Are No Longer Free

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...

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...

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...

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."...

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...

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...

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...

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