| Nov 25, 2014
| 3:39 PM
Public health advocates on Tuesday called on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to veto the City Council's ban on the use of e-cigarettes inside most businesses, calling the legislation a "bad bill" that would weaken the state's indoor smoking ban by...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 10:18 AM
Baltimore's spending panel on Wednesday approved hiring a retired police officer as the city's new chief liquor inspector — over the objections of Comptroller Joan M. Pratt.
The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 6:51 PM
The City Council voted Monday to ban plastic grocery bags and require all of Baltimore's nearly 3,000 police officers to wear body cameras. But Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake promptly repeated her pledge to veto both bills.
"I can't sign legislation...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 2:20 PM
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Saturday implored the City Council to reconsider its proposal to ban most plastic bags at city stores, questioning not only the legislation but saying lawmakers moved it forward without public input.
| Oct 4, 2014
| 8:35 PM
While hospitalized with a fractured ankle and broken jaw, John Bonkowski reached for his smartphone to find details about the man who beat him outside a parking garage near the Inner Harbor.
He typed "Officer Michael McSpadden" into Google.
| Oct 3, 2014
| 7:09 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake won praise from clergy and community leaders Friday after calling for a federal investigation into allegations of police brutality — a move that is all but certain to draw added scrutiny on City Hall.
| Oct 3, 2014
| 9:05 AM
As I view the constant protesting by residents of Ferguson, Mo., nearly two months after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed teenager, I know that it's only a matter of time before the streets of Baltimore are filled with the same sustained clarion...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 10:35 AM
In an ideal world, the City Council and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake would work together to equip Baltimore police officers with body cameras that record their interactions with the public. The anecdotal evidence from departments that have adopted the...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 6:41 PM
Baltimore's City Council moved to ban plastic bags handed out by grocery stores and big-box retailers Monday after dumping a proposal to charge a 5-cent fee for the bags to discourage their use.
The proposed ban would make Baltimore one of the first...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 6:53 PM
The Baltimore City Council overwhelmingly voted Monday to require all of Baltimore's nearly 3,000 police officers to wear body cameras — despite arguments from the mayor's office that the council's bill is illegal.
City Councilman Warren Branch,...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 5:15 PM
Customers who shop in Baltimore would have to pay 5 cents for each plastic bag at supermarkets and other merchants under legislation that's making its way through the City Council.
A key council committee voted Wednesday to send the measure to the...