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  • Bernie Sanders sends a chilling message to Hillary campaign

    07/02/2015 9:12:52 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 56 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Thomas Lifson
    Hillary Clinton and her campaign cronies saw something frightening yesterday: a fired-up crowd of ten thousand people in Madison, Wisconsin, packing the Veterans Memorial Coliseum to the rafters in support of a candidate best known as Not Hillary. The previously fairly obscure Senator Bernie Sanders is drawing the same kind of enthusiasm that Eugene McCarthy sparked in 1968 when he drive an even more inevitable nominee from the Democratic ticket, incumbent President Lyndon Johnson. It is clear that the progressive base of the Democratic Party is fed up with Hillary Clinton, the cozy-with-Wall-Street party insider who parlayed political connections into...
  • Hillary Gets Berned: Sanders Rally Nearly Double the Size of Her Announcement Crowd

    07/02/2015 8:52:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/02/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) upstaged ‘em all at a rally in Madison, Wis., on Wednesday night.In fact, he put the number of people who showed up for Hillary Clinton’s official campaign announcement to shame.Sanders nearly filled the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center, which seats 10,231 people; the Associated Press put a 10,000 estimate on the crowd. About 5,500 people were on New York’s Roosevelt Island for Clinton’s carefully orchestrated launch.“Tonight we have made a little bit of history,” Sanders told the crowd with a simple blue Bernie banner backdrop. “Tonight, we have more people at a meeting...
  • Teachable Moment on Baltimore Missed

    07/02/2015 7:19:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 30, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Heres what so-called teachable moments in academia generally missthe decade those moments are in. There is a revolution taking place in the United States, Stanford researchers Travis Bristol and Claude Goldenberg write of their Edutopia course Teachable Moments and Academic Rigor.* What started in Ferguson, Missouri has marched on to other cities and, as Pedro Noguera notes, widespread poverty, chronic interpersonal violence, and a nonfunctioning economy where work is scarce are the root causes. Even while we, as a country, have barely begun to address the troubling meaning behind the incidents of violence between law enforcement and U.S. citizens of...
  • Obama Administration Says Redskins Nickname Could Block Potential Stadium Deal

    The Washington Redskins, who play their home games in Landover, Maryland, are running into more troubles due to the franchise's nickname, this time as they try to move back to the nation's capital. According to Jonathan O'Connell of the Washington Post, members of President Barack Obama's administration will take efforts to block construction of a new stadium in the area until the "Redskins" nickname is changed:
  • Black Suspect Arrested After Racist Message Discovered Outside Predominately Black Church

    07/01/2015 8:54:28 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 66 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | June 30, 2015
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) A Colorado Springs man was arrested after police believe he left racist messages outside a church. Vincent Broughton, 44, who is black, is facing charges for committed a bias-motivated crime and disorderly conduct. The signs were posted outside the New Covenant church that is predominately attended by African Americans. One sign references the KKK. Another reads, Black men beware, you are the target. The messages had the congregation on edge. We locked our doors this morning, so we were inside, but it shouldnt be that way. You shouldnt have to lock your doors in the church,...
  • 200 Businesses Were Destroyed in Baltimore Riots

    05/05/2015 5:16:18 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 64 replies
    It was announced over the weekend that the 10 p.m. curfew in Baltimore was being lifted in a move intended to bring a sense of normalcy back to the city. The curfew had been implemented last week in the wake of destructive riots and looting that occurred after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died from a spinal injury while in police custody. Now that the smoke has cleared and the clean up of the city continues, it has been revealed that approximately 200 businesses were destroyed in the riots, causing untold millions of dollars in...
  • Baltimore mayor under fire over destroy remarks, response to riots

    04/28/2015 9:08:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/28/15 | Fox News
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was under intense pressure Tuesday morning to defend her response to the violence that has ripped apart her city following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died after being in police custody -- particularly Rawling-Blake's remarks in which she suggested those who "wished to destroy" need their space. With more than a dozen officers injured in clashes with rioters and looters, some -- including Maryland's governor -- are questioning whether Rawlings-Blake should have acted sooner and taken a tougher tone to prevent the demonstrations from getting out of control.
  • How the Baltimore Mayor's office explains her infamous 'space to destroy' remark

    04/27/2015 6:26:36 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 91 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2015-04-27 | Philip Klein
    With massive violence spreading in Baltimore on Monday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is under fire for a statement she made over the weekend indicating that she ordered the city's police to give people the "space" to destroy property."I've made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech," Rawlings-Blake said in a press conference."It's a very delicate balancing act, because, while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other...
  • Rioters Pose For Photos With Destroyed Cop Car In Baltimore

    04/27/2015 4:23:38 PM PDT · by absentee · 73 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 4/27/15 | Caleb Howe
    This is one of those videos that really requires no explanation. Two of the apparent rioters in Baltimore took time out from looting and injuring police to take pictures with the fruits of their labors. Trophies, as CNN commentator notes. The rioting in Baltimore had been underway for about two hours at this point, a situation that one reporter described as "all out war."
  • 17 shot since Monday morning in Baltimore (And this is from yesterday!)

    07/01/2015 6:54:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 30, 2015 | Sean Welsh and Christina Jedra
    Baltimore police are investigating 17 shootings that have occurred since early Monday.. Six men were reported shot Tuesday after 11 shootings were reported Monday, according to police. There have been 286 nonfatal shootings in the city this year, police said. At this time last year, 151 nonfatal shootings were reported. On Tuesday evening officers were called to an area hospital where a 32-year-old man was being treated for a gunshot wound to his hand, police said. Detectives are working to determine where the shooting occurred. At 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to an area hospital for a report of a...
  • Baltimore Police Union Forces City Leadership To Admit They Gave Stand Down Orders (shortened)

    06/30/2015 10:02:16 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 76 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jun 30, 2015 | Sundance
    The Baltimore Police Union is demanding public records of radio transmissions and email notifications to prove the leadership in the Baltimore Police Department, specifically Police Chief Batts, told officers NOT to stop the riots and looting. Facing the probability the police union is going to succeed in their endeavor to put sunlight upon the truth the Mayor, Police Chief Batts and his leadership team are now having to admit they did tell the officers to stand down. You can listen to some of the audio transmission here. ...and questions have been raised about why Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Chief Batts would...
  • 11 shot in Baltimore Monday

    06/30/2015 9:37:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 30, 2015 | By Christina Jedra and Sean Welsh
    Eleven people were shot Monday in Baltimore following a Sunday that saw two shot dead in the city. At 11:07 p.m. Monday, police found a 22-year-old man shot in the buttock in the 2900 block of Mosher Street in the Franklintown Road neighborhood. At 11:35 p.m., police found a 26-year-old man shot multiple times in both arms. At 6:59 p.m. police officers responded to a report of a walk-in shooting victim at an area hospital, police said. There they found two victims being treated by staff. A 30-year-old woman was shot in the face and a 15-year-old male was shot...
  • Kelly File: Video of Donta Allen Interview

    06/29/2015 6:06:43 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 12 replies
    Fox News/Kelly File Live Broadcast | 6/29/2015 | Watching the Kelly File
    Watching the Kelly File right now where she is breaking some news, discussing the Freddy Gray case. You all may remember the news article about Donta Allen stating that he heard Freddy Gray "trying to hurt himself" inside the van. These claims he later denied to the media, claiming he never even spoke to an investigator. Well, according to Kelly, in a massive evidence dump today, not only did Donta Allen say what the original news article claimed, but the interview is on video. On that video he says "he was trying to hurt himself." Kelly is saying there's no...
  • Evidence in Freddie Gray case is vast and varied

    06/29/2015 3:20:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 29, 2015 | By Ian Duncan
    Prosecutors turned over vast trove of evidence to lawyers representing six police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, court documents show including some 8,000 pages of the officers' emails, CCTV videos and statements by more than a dozen civilians. The officers' attorneys will now have the job of wading through the evidence which prosecutors estimated amounts to 52 gigabytes of digitial files searching for details that could help clear their clients or damning information to be blunted.
  • Baltimore prosecutors release witness list in Gray case

    06/29/2015 2:37:42 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6-29-15 | Donna Owens
    Baltimore prosecutors have listed more than 30 potential witnesses, including an expert on forensic pathology and a DNA expert, in the trial of police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray in April. The list also includes police officers, detectives, firearms examiners and civilians, according to the filing in Baltimore City Circuit Court. The filing was among thousands of pages of print and electronic documents submitted by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby late on Friday, the deadline for prosecutors to share evidence with defense lawyers. The documents were made available on Monday. Six police officers have been charged in the...
  • Baltimore Is Hosting America's Largest Police Expo This Week (shortened)

    06/29/2015 10:24:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | By Eric Markowitz
    BALTIMORE, Md. -- If you've ever wondered where police get their military-style tanks or grenade launchers -- or even those fancy new hi-tech body cameras -- there's a good chance your local sheriff was pitched by a company here at the annual National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) conference, the country's largest trade show for cops, which kicked off Sunday evening in Baltimore, Maryland. Conference attendees include sheriffs and their staff, as well as jail adminstrators, members of the FBI, U.S. Marshals office, the DEA, police chiefs and U.S border control and customs agents.
  • SCOTUS ruling on same sex marriage mandates nationwide concealed carry reciprocity

    06/28/2015 11:10:19 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 15 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 6-26-15 | Bob Owens
    If youre following any of the various media outlets this morning, youre probably aware that the U.S. Supreme Court has just extended gay marriage to all 50 states. The Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide, in a historic decision that invalidates gay marriage bans in more than a dozen states. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The courts ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. The outcome is...
  • Thousands Of Marylanders Could Soon Lose Medicaid

    06/27/2015 8:55:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | June 27, 2015 11:32 PM | Tracy Leong
    Thousands of people across Maryland could lose their Medicaid if they dont act soon. The deadline to re-enroll is around the corner. [] I beg you because your life and health may very well depend on it, said Congressman Elijah Cummings. An urge for Marylanders to be proactive about their Medicaid coverage. By the end of June, more than 13,000 people need to re-enrolland another 13,000 by the end of July. Everyone who is enrolled in Medicaid in the old insurance system needs to re-enroll in Maryland Health Connection, said Lena Hershkovitz. Throughout the year, thats a total of 300,000...
  • Extremely Important Poll

    06/27/2015 8:40:13 PM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 27 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | 6/27/2015 | CBS Baltimore
    Should Confederate Flags Be Removed From State-Owned Property? No Should be up to each state. Yes
  • Baltimore police open probe into new shooting of unarmed black man [who was a violent scumbag]

    06/27/2015 7:30:35 PM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | June 27, 2015 | John Clarke
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police have opened an investigation into the killing of an unarmed black man by law enforcement officers outside Baltimore, authorities said on Saturday, two months after the city was rocked by protests over the death of another African-American who was taken into custody. The latest incident unfolded in the Baltimore suburb of Owing Mills, where three officers fired at least 19 rounds and killed Spencer Lee McCain, 41, during a domestic disturbance on Thursday. The Baltimore County police's homicide unit is investigating, police said in a statement Saturday. A woman and two children were also in the...
  • State wants 2 trials for officers charged in Gray case

    06/26/2015 11:21:07 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 26, 2015 | By Juliet Linderman
    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby wants a judge to order a separate trial for two of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. In a motion filed Friday, Mosby asked a judge to allow two officers, William Porter and Lt. Brian Rice, to be tried separately from the four others. Porter and Rice are each charged with reckless endangerment, misconduct in office, second-degree assault and manslaughter, which is a felony. Mosby's motion does not explain her strategy for trying Porter and Rice separately from the others. Sgt. Alicia White faces the same charges as...
  • Unarmed black man fatally shot by Baltimore police after domestic disturbance

    06/26/2015 6:02:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    AP ^ | June 26, 2015 | AP
    An unarmed black man was fatally shot on Thursday by officers in suburban Baltimore who thought he had a weapon when they were called to a home from which he was barred by protective order, the police chief said. The death follows that of a 25-year-old black man, Freddie Gray, who died in April from an injury suffered in the custody of Baltimore city police, which prompted protests and rioting. And it comes amid a national debate over the treatment of African-Americans at the hands of police, after high-profile deaths of black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.
  • Gov. allots funding for local road improvement

    06/25/2015 7:53:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    TheBayNet.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Governor Larry Hogan
    ANNAPOLIS, MD Following through on his campaign pledge to provide funding for highways and state-owned local roads, Governor Larry Hogan today announced $1.97 billion for highways and bridges from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. The priority projects, which will get underway by 2018, include $1.35 billion in new projects going to construction and $625 million in preserved projects. The $1.35 billion in new projects includes $845 million for major projects and $500 million to fix bridges and improve roads. Today, Im delivering on my promise to provide nearly $2 billion in funding to our highways and bridges across...
  • MLKs Niece Pens Devastating Open Letter To Baltimore Mayor

    06/25/2015 6:02:37 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 4/30/15 | B. Christopher Agee
    In response to widespread rioting and violence that brought the city to a standstill in recent days, activist Alveda King took Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to task for seemingly endorsing the mobs destructive behavior. Your invitation to give space for those who want to destroy is unbelievable, King wrote. This interpretation of rights to free speech is dangerous Maam.
  • Prosecutors take credit for restoring order in Baltimore after riot

    06/25/2015 4:28:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Ian Duncan
    By charging six police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby restored order to Baltimore "before the entire city became an armed camp or was burned to the ground," her office argues in a new court filing. Attorneys for the officers say Mosby's public announcement of the charges tainted the pool of potential jurors for their trial. They have asked a judge to throw the charges out. But Michael Schatzow, Mosby's top deputy, said her announcement from the steps of Baltimore's War Memorial was appropriate in a city still reeling from a night...
  • Hogan says no to Red Line, yes to Purple

    06/25/2015 4:03:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 25, 2015 | Michael Dresser
    Dashing Baltimore's hopes for an east-west light rail line, Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he will not build the $2.9 billion Red Line. "The current proposal makes no sense whatsoever," the governor told a State House news conference. But Hogan, making his first appearance since announcing Monday he has cancer, gave mass transit advocates a limited victory by giving the green light to construction of a slimmed-down version of the Purple Line light rail project in the Washington suburbs. During his campaign last year, Hogan had said the state could not afford either project. After he took office, however,...
  • [MD] Hogan Says State Will Move Forward with the Purple Line

    06/25/2015 3:11:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Bethesda Magazine ^ | 6/25/15 | Andrew Metcalf
    Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday the state will move forward with the Purple Line. The Republican governor made his decision after months of speculation about whether hell kill the $2.45 billion light-rail project. Hogan said the state will fund the project with $168 million, a fraction of the cost of what could have been up to a $700 million state investment. The governor said he will ask Montgomery County and Prince George's County to increase the size of their investments. The Purple Line is a long-term investment and will be an important economic driver for Maryland, Hogan said. It will...
  • Watch Out: Bill OReilly Has Declared War

    06/25/2015 6:46:37 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/25 | Ken Tucker
    You want a war? You got a war! said OReilly, his earthy baritone raising in volume like that of a great opera singer. What would this war be about, you ask? OReillys lead-off segment, his patented Talking Points Memo, was titled Demonizing America As A Racist Nation. In it, he said he believes some on the far leftOReilly never says left; its always the far left, as opposed to regular guest Bernard Goldberg, who calls liberals the hard leftare promoting the idea that white Americans are actively trying to keep black Americans down. In the wake of recent events such...
  • Freddy Gray Autopsy Report Deals Blow to Murder Charges(so let's talk about removing flags instead)

    06/25/2015 6:09:03 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    nat review ^ | 6/24/15 | a mccarthy
    Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has withheld the autopsy report on Freddie Gray from defense counsel and the public for nearly two months. It is the report on which she relied to file murder and other charges against six police officers, even though the investigation into Mr. Grays death was not close to being complete. Now, just two days before Fridays court deadline for the state to disclose the report to the defense, it has been leaked to the Baltimore Sun. The Suns story makes it easier to understand why Ms. Mosby wanted the autopsy kept under wraps. It raises additional...
  • Baltimore: Freddie Gray Autopsy Report Deals Blow to Murder Charges

    06/25/2015 7:53:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/25/2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has withheld the autopsy report on Freddie Gray from defense counsel and the public for nearly two months. It is the report on which she relied to file murder and other charges against six police officers, even though the investigation into Mr. Grays death was not close to being complete. Now, just two days before Fridays court deadline for the state to disclose the report to the defense, it has been leaked to the Baltimore Sun. The Suns story makes it easier to understand why Ms. Mosby wanted the autopsy kept under wraps. It raises additional...
  • Freddie Gray Case: Autopsy report further undermines prosecution

    06/24/2015 6:54:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 6/24/15 | Andrew Branca
    The Baltimore Sun newspaper has obtained a copy of the autopsy of Freddie Gray, they report, at a time when Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby is still refusing to provide that report and other purported evidence to the defense lawyers of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The deadline for defense counsel to receive the report is Friday.The Sun did not release the report itself, but merely reported on its take home finding that Freddie Grays neck injury was caused by a high energy impact to his head. As the paper reported: The state medical examiners office...
  • Law Professor: Freddie Gray Autopsy Is Very, Very Helpful To The Defense

    06/24/2015 1:29:16 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 24, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    The autopsy conducted on Freddie Gray helps the case of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the 25-year-olds death, a law professor tells The Daily Caller. John Banzhaf, a law professor at George Washington University, also says that the autopsy, a review of which was published Tuesday by The Baltimore Sun, indicates that Baltimore city states attorney Marilyn Mosby downplayed the medical examiners findings when she publicly announced charges against the officers on May 1. I think this autopsy report is very, very helpful to the defense in many ways, Banzhaf told The Daily Caller in a phone interview....
  • Baltimore Citys States Attorney Will Be Featured In Vogue

    06/24/2015 1:23:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    CBS Local - Baltimore ^ | June 24, 2015 | by Mary Bubala
    The Baltimore City States Attorney is splashed across the pages of a major fashion magazine. Marilyn Mosby, whos prosecuting the six indicted officers in the Freddie Gray case, appears in the July issue of Vogue. Mary Bubala reports her picture was taken by the most famous photographer in the world. Mosby talked with Vogue just 11 days after announcing charges against the six officers in the Freddie Gray arrest. A reporter describes their meeting: Dressed in a simple pantsuit, sleeveless blouse and not a trace of makeup, Mosby is warm and willing to accept hugs from fellow diners who thank...
  • Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Clean Air Plan Will Increase Black Poverty 23%, Strip .. Black Jobs

    06/24/2015 9:55:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    A study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2.1 million black-owned businesses in the United States, found that the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Clean Power Plan would increase black poverty by 23 percent and cause the loss of 7 million jobs for black Americans by 2035. The study also found that the EPA' plan would increase Hispanic poverty by 26 percent and cause the loss of 12 million jobs for Hispanic Americans by 2035. The EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan on June 2, 2014 to cut carbon emissions from power plants. ... There was a...
  • Trump Criticizes Bush, Democrats In Maryland GOP Speech

    06/23/2015 11:17:02 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    WBAL ^ | June 23 2015 | WBAL
    Donald Trump appeared Tuesday night at a fundraiser for the Maryland Republican Party. The real estate mogul and Republican Presidential candidate told reporters before the event that America suffers from a failure of leadership, criticizing President Obama for negotiating a nuclear arms deal with Iran and a trade deal that is now before Congress. Trump though saved his harshest criticism for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, criticizing his support of Common Core and immigration reform. A new poll in New Hampshire finds Trump in second place behind Bush. Trump also calls the Baltimore riots a tragedy, noting it is the...
  • Report: Autopsy finds high-energy injury in Grays death (Baltimore)

    06/23/2015 6:59:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2015 8:30 PM EDT
    A medical examiner found Freddie Gray suffered a high-energy injury, most likely caused when the Baltimore police van he was riding in braked sharply, according to an autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The report says Grays death could not be ruled an accident and is instead a homicide because officers didnt follow safety procedures through acts of omission. [] A spokesman for the Maryland medical examiner and for the prosecutors office declined Tuesday to release the report, but States Attorney Marilyn Mosby condemned the leak in a statement. I want to make it very clear that the states...
  • Autopsy of Freddie Gray shows 'high-energy' impact

    06/23/2015 5:14:15 PM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 6/23/15 | Justin George
    Freddie Gray suffered a single "high-energy injury" like those seen in shallow-water diving incidents most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The state medical examiner's office concluded that Gray's death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed to follow safety procedures "through acts of omission." Though Gray was loaded into the van on his belly, the medical examiner surmised that he may have gotten to his feet and was thrown into...
  • Baltimore Mayor Who Watched Her City Erupt Is Now Americas Mayor (US Conference of Mayors)

    06/23/2015 2:46:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 23, 2015 | 10:52 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, criticized for giving people too much space to protest during the recent rioting in her city, has an additional job: On Monday, she was sworn in as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a group that influences national urban policy. Shes been elected by her peers, said USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran. Its one of the highest honors you can have as a mayor. For one year, shes Americas mayor. Its a very powerful position. As conference president, Rawlings-Blake, a Democrat, will set the organizations agenda, appoint committee and task force chairs and...
  • Batts: More Baltimore cops likely to be arrested, forced out as result of reforms

    06/22/2015 6:35:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    PoliceOne ^ | June 22, 2015 | Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun
    More Baltimore police officers likely face arrest as the result of reforms in a scandal-ridden department that requires "wholesale change," Commissioner Anthony W. Batts wrote in a wide-ranging opinion piece published in The Baltimore Sun. "Our reform efforts will very likely see more police officers arrested," Batts wrote. "We will have more officers who are forced out because their outdated, outmoded views of policing do not match the standards the community expects and demands." The piece was published Friday on The Sun's website and appears in Sunday's print editions. Batts, appointed commissioner nearly three years ago, said he inherited a...
  • DEA Puts Up Billboards In Hopes Of Catching Pharmacy Looters

    06/22/2015 3:58:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    CBS Local - Baltimore ^ | June 22, 2015 | by Rick Ritter
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) Dozens of looters and thousands of dollars worth of drugs stolen. The DEA launches billboards to find those who wreaked havoc on Baltimore pharmacies during the Freddie Gray riots. The billboards are along I-83 and I-95, including one near Hanover Street. Agents say 30 pharmacies were ransacked and close to 300,000 doses of drugs were stolen. The DEA is desperate to put the thieves behind bars. One pharmacy after the otherbizarre surveillance video from April 27 shows looters grabbing every drug they can get their hands on. Some communities were left with no medication. Everyone came in...
  • Rawlings-Blake honored with top community award in San Francisco

    06/22/2015 3:34:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Baltimore Brew ^ | June 22, 2015 | by Mark Reutter
    On the eve of her induction as the 73rd president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was given top honors in San Francisco yesterday for proposing a neighborhood greening project. Baltimore defeated more than 160 other cities to be selected for the award, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, that recognizes exemplary leadership by a city mayor in promoting neighborhood stabilization, economic development and job creation efforts. Yesterdays award crystallized Rawlings-Blakes success as a rising star within the mayors group as she has moved up its leadership ranks.
  • Maryland governor announces 'aggressive' cancer

    06/22/2015 2:16:02 PM PDT · by iowamark · 57 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 22, 2015 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday he has advanced cancer and is starting aggressive chemotherapy. The 59-year-old governor, who took office in January, said that while the disease is in a "very advanced" stage, he has a "very strong chance of success" of survival and even "beating" it. He intends to continue serving as governor while undergoing treatment. "It's a tough time to go through and I'm going to miss a few meetings, but I'll have full capacity to make decisions," Hogan said. "I'll still be working most of the time." Hogan said he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma...
  • (Baltimore mayor) Rawlings-Blake to head U.S. Conference of Mayors

    06/22/2015 1:45:48 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 18, 2015 | Luke Broadwater
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is in San Francisco this weekend to be sworn in as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors a position she says she'll use to advocate for fixes to Baltimore's entrenched problems. "The systemic issues we have in cities ... are problems we cannot solve alone," she said in an interview. "I intend to use my role as president to advocate for those very specific needs, whether it's food access, education, poverty or neighborhood investment." Rawlings-Blake will become the first African-American woman to hold the influential leadership position, and the first Baltimorean.
  • 'White racism,' NRA are to blame for lax gun rules, Martin O'Malley says

    06/21/2015 8:04:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 21, 2015 | Cathleen Decker
    Democratic presidential candidate Martin OMalley suggested Sunday that Congress had fallen under the sway of "white racism" and the political force of the National Rifle Assn. in refusing to respond with new laws to a cascade of shooting incidents in recent years.. Speaking before the nations mayors, gathered in San Francisco, OMalley pointed to gun restrictions passed when he was governor of Maryland to ban assault weapons, enforce background checks and tighten permitting procedures -- efforts that have been blocked at the national level by Republicans, and some Democrats, in Congress. "One of the sad triumphs of white racism is...
  • Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake named President of US Conference of Mayors

    06/22/2015 7:59:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 22, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The US Conference of Mayors kicked off their 83rd annual meeting this weekend and as part of the proceedings they named their new president for the coming year. The lucky winner was Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. No, seriously. Im not kidding. ... As noted in the local Baltimore coverage, there were some observers who were immediately skeptical regarding this selection. Given all of the recent activity in Charm City, isnt she a bit busy? Theres a big trial coming up involving some of her police officers, her States Attorney is taking on water like a submarine with a screen door...
  • The Left Is Eating Itself

    06/21/2015 9:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | June 22, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    In the hot days of summer, the progressive revolution that took over cities and even the national government is frenziedly devouring itself. The media is pounding away at Hillary Clinton, not because it cares about her foundations dirty deals or the contents of her email server, but because it doesnt trust her ideological commitment. If the media were sure of that, both stories would have been treated like Benghazi; mocked, ridiculed, falsely fact checked and then buried in a haunted Indian graveyard under the New York Times building at midnight. Instead the media pined for Elizabeth Warren. When the Native...
  • Tensions build as Supreme Court readies blockbuster rulings

    06/21/2015 10:44:20 AM PDT · by Johnny Navarone · 114 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 06/21/2015 | Lawrence Hurley
    <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tensions are building inside and outside the white marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building as the nine justices prepare to issue major rulings on gay marriage and President Barack Obama's healthcare law by the end of the month.</p>
  • Are Baltimore Police Engaged in a Low-Profile Work Slowdown to Protest Oversight?

    06/20/2015 8:06:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    AllGov ^ | June 20, 2015 | Steve Straehley
    Freddie Gray died in the custody of Baltimore police in April. Six officers have been charged in the death, which is said to have occurred due to spinal injuries he suffered while being thrown about the back of a police van during a rough ride to the station. But now Baltimore police are playing the victim card. Theyve engaged in a work slowdown that has resulted in a 43% decline in arrests citywide from April to May, and as high as 90% in some neighborhoods, according to Doug Donovan and Colin Campbell of The Baltimore Sun. Some say its because...
  • FBI director: This is a difficult time in law enforcement

    06/20/2015 8:23:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2015 4:19 PM EDT | Juliet Linderman
    FBI Director James Comey says officers must work to bridge a gap with the communities they protect. Comey spoke Friday in Baltimore, where anger turned to rioting this spring following the death of a man injured in police custody. Six officers are charged in Freddie Grays arrest and death. Meanwhile, homicides are up, arrests are down and the police commissioner says residents are surrounding officers as they do their jobs.
  • Baltimore featured in Obama documentary

    06/20/2015 3:16:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 19, 2015 | John Fritze
    Baltimore County schools are featured in a documentary that will air this weekend about President Barack Obama's initiative to help young men of color.. The film, which will run Sunday on the Discovery Channel and the Oprah Winfrey Network, is focused on the president's My Brother's Keeper effort, which uses private money to target job training and educational programs at young men. "I always see myself in them," Obama said in a portion of the documentary released Friday. "I do know what it means to come of age uncertain about your place and not clear about what it means to...