Washington Village/Pigtown Struggles to Provide Healthy Food Options

BALTIMORE — Towanda and Nancy Brinson stood, confused, in front of the entrance to the largest corner store in Washington Village, the modest, family-owned Shop N' Go Food Mart. There was a sign on the...

Rep. Cummings Named Top Democrat on House Oversight Committee

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Dec. 16 was named ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for the 112th Congress by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “I am honored by the...

New Year Brings New MD Traffic Ticket Laws

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, a new state law will change how drivers with traffic tickets handle the violations. Today drivers who receive tickets for minor offenses, such as speeding or running a red light,...

The New Black Delegates

As she prepares for her first three-day bus tour of the state, Del.-elect Mary Washington is openly ecstatic. “I’m really looking forward to this,” she said, after rubbing her hands together for warmth in...

Friends Remember Victims of East Baltimore Fire

Six people died in a two-alarm house fire in East Baltimore early Dec. 14. The incident continues a string of large fires in Baltimore City over the last eight days. According to fire officials,...

City Schools Holds Hearings on School Closure, Other Changes

The Baltimore City school board held two public forums last week, garnering input about proposals that would lead to another year of drastic school-by-school ratifications. Based on recommendations from a recent city schools report,...

Md. Looks to Voluntary Layoffs to Ease Budget Woes

First came furloughs. Then came salary reductions, now, some Maryland State employees will have the option of accepting a buyout from the state government under a Dec. 7 executive order signed by Gov. Martin...

Maryland Attorney General Announces $67M Settlement with Bank of America

Bank of America will pay $67 million for its involvement in a nationwide scheme to rig bids and engage in other anticompetitive conduct that defrauded state agencies, county governments, and non-profits in their purchase...

Baltimore’s Black, Jewish Leaders Discuss Park Heights Beating of Teen

Key members of Baltimore’s Black and Jewish communities met Dec. 8 to iron out some of the tensions left over from a Nov. 19 encounter in Park Heights that left a 15 year-old African...

Reginald F. Lewis’ Descendants Honor Legacy of Late Business Mogul

When J. Russell Fugett founded his Maryland-based business consulting company, TLC JR, he had his uncle, the late business icon Reginald F. Lewis, in mind. “As a small business owner, my work is inspired by...

City Retailers: Repeal Beverage Tax

City grocers urged Baltimore officials to repeal the two-cent bottle tax last week, saying the charge drive cash-strapped shoppers to county businesses. At a press conference Dec. 2, retailers said city stores had seen...

Local Church Protests Liquor Store Opening

Congregants of a local church held a protest for the second time Dec. 6, for what they call their landlord’s deliberate violation of state law. Pastor Mario Ogans and others from God’s Kingdom Builders Church...

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