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  • Power struggle at City Hall

    Power struggle at City Hall
    Miffed that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has vetoed three of their bills in the last several months, members of the Baltimore City Council are proposing legislation to limit her power — bills that she would presumably also veto. When you've got one of the strongest mayoral systems of any major city in America, it's not easy to make such changes, and this whole exercise is liable to amount to little more than a venting of collective spleen in advance of the 2016 elections. We should also note that the mayor had a point in at least two of the three vetoes and that she took action on her own today to address the issue raised by one of the bills, Baltimore's excessive and frustrating "minor privilege fees."
  • City Council reintroduces bill to ban plastic bags

    City Council reintroduces bill to ban plastic bags
    The Baltimore City Council is once again trying to ban many stores from giving plastic bags to customers — only a month after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake shot down its last attempt. On Monday, Councilman Bill Henry reintroduced a bill Rawlings-...

    Maxie's in Charles Village loses liquor license for six weeks

    Maxie's in Charles Village loses liquor license for six weeks
    Maxie's Pizza Bar & Grille of Charles Village has had its liquor license suspended for six weeks and agreed to pay $8,000 in fines for serving alcohol to minors on two occasions this past fall. A plea deal previously agreed upon by Thomas Akras, the...

    Protesters interrupt city school board meeting over Heritage closure

    Protesters interrupt city school board meeting over Heritage closure
    Despite a loud and boisterous protest from a number of students who shut down a meeting of the Baltimore City school board for a time, the commissioners voted Wednesday night on a plan to close several city schools. Tre Murphy, 18, and six other...

    City works to improve safety for children's walk to school

    City works to improve safety for children's walk to school
    Principal Mark Gaither stands outside Wolfe Street Academy most mornings watching children scamper toward the school, some jumping — like frogs on lily pads — from one big green footprint painted on the sidewalk to the next. The footprints...