| Dec 29, 2014
| 11:56 AM
The unfortunate young girls and women who are forced to work as prostitutes by sex traffickers and criminal gangs are doubly victimized when, as inevitably happens, they end up in court. They have been cruelly exploited by the pimps and panderers who...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 4:22 PM
Baltimore's once-extensive speed camera program failed in part because the city didn't have enough staff to monitor the rush of tickets generated, three officials testified before a City Council investigative committee Monday.
Deputy Mayor Khalil Zaied,...
| 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
| 12:04 PM
In Anne Arundel County, the property tax is on the chopping block. In Howard and Harford counties, the stormwater management fee — derided as the "rain tax" — is being targeted.
Even in cash-strapped Baltimore — where a Republican...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 11:04 AM
No sooner had the Baltimore City Council taken a strong step in defiance of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's promised vetoes of two controversial bills Monday night than they announced their intentions to cave under the pressure and let her have her way....
| Nov 18, 2014
| 12:00 PM
The recent election was historic for Maryland. The citizens of Maryland voted in a Republican for governor and three new Republican county executives, District 6 is completely Republican now and there were many other Republican winners. There are now 14...
| 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...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 6:44 PM
Rejecting arguments by the Rawlings-Blake administration, key City Council members made clear Tuesday that they plan to push ahead with legislation to equip police officers with body cameras to film their interactions with the public.
| 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...
| Nov 9, 2014
| 1:43 PM
The Baltimore City Council is poised to ban electronic cigarette "vaping" from nearly everywhere that traditional cigarette smoking is prohibited.
The legislation has support from public health officials, who call it a prudent step in regulating an...
| 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...