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State auditors tasked with investigating the University of Maryland Medical System after a self-dealing scandal involving its board of directors have complained UMMS “delayed and hindered” their work, requiring an extension of their deadline to produce a report to the General Assembly.

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Less than a week after the city passed the 300-homicide mark for the year, Baltimore City Council members are expected to demand the mayor’s office present a violence reduction plan that involves not just the police department, but a broad array of agencies.

City Council President Brandon Scott,…

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Metro areas with limited new construction, low rental vacancies, and strong economies are reporting the highest rent growth.

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They may be seeking more space to accommodate a live-in parent or visiting family members.

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A police officer in Delaware has been placed on administrative leave after prosecutors in Maryland charged him with misconduct regarding his previous law enforcement job in that state.

The Delaware State News reports that Camden police officer Mike Petyo was placed on leave on Friday.

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At 81, Evelyn Robinson finds trips to the grocery store tiring and inconvenient. She either faces a long bus ride from her Cherry Hill neighborhood to the Shoppers Food several miles away, or else finds a grandkid or fellow church member willing to drive her. She’ll often slip that person $20 for…

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A single-family home in the 3500 block of Hampshire Glen Ct. in Jacksonville was destroyed in a two-alarm fire early Sunday morning, the Baltimore County Fire Department reported.

The first alarm came in at 6:11 a.m. Sunday morning, according to fire department spokesman Marcus Johnson. One firefighter…

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A driver for a car service was shot and seriously wounded by an angry female customer — one of two instances of gun violence reported in Baltimore early Saturday, police said.

Two women are in custody, Baltimore police said, and criminal charges are expected to be filed in connection with the shooting.

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Time is running out for uninsured motorists in Maryland to take advantage of a program that forgives 80 percent of uninsured-driving debts that became delinquent before 2017.

Debtors have until Dec. 31 to register for the program and begin repaying the remaining 20 percent of their total fines….

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Federal prosecutors said Friday that a Justice Department initiative to stem gun violence by better targeting illegal gun traffickers will pay dividends in the local region, empowering officials to share more information and ballistics data and punish those who subvert existing laws to arm violent…

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan named Nicole Williams as the newest member of the House of Delegates on Friday, replacing a Prince George’s County delegate who pleaded guilty to a campaign finance violation.

Williams was recommended for the seat in the 22nd District by the Prince George’s County Democratic…

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The Northeast and West have the highest levels of properties with loans at 50% or less of their market value.

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Massive inventory shortages, sky-high price spikes, and a blistering pace of sales is now the norm surrounding Amazon’s second headquarters, realtor.com® reports.

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison on Thursday said more “investigative steps” are needed into Det. Sean Suiter 2017 shooting death, saying the came remains open a week after pronouncing it closed.

“I should have chosen a better word last week when I said the investigation into the…

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Several Southwest Baltimore neighbors began their Thursday morning with a visit to the South Monroe Grocery store and more bad news.

The lingering scent of bleach and police presence outside the small shop signaled to patrons that another homicide had occurred. The officers soon placed a call to…

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As Baltimore braces to surpass 300 homicides for the fifth year in a row, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said the city’s leadership isn’t the problem.

“I’m not committing the murders and that’s what people need to understand,” Young said Wednesday during his weekly press conference. “How can you…

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A woman’s body was found burned in West Baltimore on Wednesday morning, according to police and fire officials.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was found dead with “major burns to her entire body” in the 1800 block of North Payson St. around 7:45 a.m.., according to Blair Adams, a…

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Housing analysts are hoping it’s not a case of déjà vu. Here’s why they say another recession is unlikely.

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Crime rates may be at their lowest since the early 1990s, but consumers are still showing a big interest in high-tech home security.

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Baltimore’s public housing authority announced Tuesday that it will cease accepting applications from residents, citing more than 14,000 applications on a wait list and an average wait time of more than five years.

Residents have until Dec. 13 to apply for public housing before the housing authority…

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Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, is running for her husband’s seat, arguing Monday she is the best option to carry out his legacy and continue his vision.

“I am, of course, devastated at the loss of my spouse, but his spirit…

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The Board of Directors, at its meeting Monday, took many more actions that affect your membership and business.

From the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 8-11, San Francisco

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Clergy sex abuse is once again on the agenda as U.S. Catholic bishops meet this week — but so is a potentially historic milestone: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, is widely expected to win election as the first Hispanic president of the bishops’ national conference.

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State Sen. Jill P. Carter says she will make a “special announcement” next week as she considers running for Maryland’s 7th District congressional seat after the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Carter, a West Baltimore Democrat, has launched a JillCarterForCongress.Com website and will hold her…

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How the basketball legend-turned-entrepreneur has kept loyal fans long after leaving the court.

From the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 8-11, San Francisco

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Board of Directors approves ‘Clear Cooperation’ as part of MLS policy.

From the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 8-11, San Francisco

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The tennis legend has devoted her life to fighting for equality on and off the court.

From the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 8-11, San Francisco

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Anne Arundel broke its daily low temperature record Saturday morning. And temperatures could stay low next week, with the National Weather Service predicting days that could feel more like January.

The low of 24 degrees at BWI Thurghood Marshall Airport in Linthicum broke the previous record of…

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Baltimore broke its daily low temperature record Saturday morning. And temperatures could stay low next week, with the National Weather Service predicting days that could feel more like January.

The low of 24 degrees broke the previous record of 25 degrees set in 2003, 1976 and 1967, according…

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Brokers discuss what it takes to compete with the convenience of instant offers.

From the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 8-11, San Francisco

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Rising construction costs are forcing builders to raise prices, but smaller abodes could help control the increases.

From the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 8-11, San Francisco

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Artificial intelligence apps and devices can help real estate pros communicate with clients, find new leads, and stay safe.

From the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 8-11, San Francisco

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When Jordan Taylor stepped foot into the Y in Catonsville, it was almost as if he was stepping onto a stage.

“Coach Jordan! Coach Jordan!” the children yelled, trying to get his attention.

Some wanted to just say hi, while others wanted to tell Taylor about their latest video game accomplishments….

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The season’s first flurries fell Friday morning northwest of Baltimore as a stretch of wintry cold begins.

And while it’s forecast to get even colder early next week, meteorologists said chances of snow Tuesday were nonetheless iffy.

The National Weather Service reported flurries across Frederick,…

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Members get a sneak peek at how sweeping structural changes will help NAR better serve them.

From the REALTORS® Conference & Trade Expo, Nov. 8-11, San Francisco

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Ohio boasted the highest number of metros among realtor.com®’s latest top-performing housing list. Find out how other areas ranked.

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Francois Brown was sentenced Thursday to life in prison, plus an additional 40 years, for beating his girlfriend’s 18-month-old baby to death last year, the Baltimore State’s Attorney Office said.

‘My baby is not responsive!’: Baltimore mother’s 911 call opens trial of ex-boyfriend…

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Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday there remains an open investigation into the the death of detective Sean Suiter, one day after the police commissioner said the case was closed as a suicide.

Mosby declined all questions about the apparent discrepancy.

“I can’t comment on open…

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The change in policy comes days after five people were killed at a party in an Airbnb rental home in Northern California.

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The Federal Trade Commission is going after companies that are touting get-rich real estate seminars that try to get attendees to pay thousands of dollars for special training packages.

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The stewards of Maryland’s public records law are seeking greater authority to adjudicate disputes between government agencies and individuals who seek public records from them, without sending the matters to court.

The Public Information Act Compliance Board was created along with the public access…

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced Wednesday the creation of a “Children’s Cabinet” to help guide his administration in supporting the city’s youth.

Roughly two dozen people — from the police department, school system, state’s attorney’s office and other agencies — will meet bimonthly to develop…

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A new study debunks previous research that had cast doubts on the default risk of purchasers who receive down payment assistance.

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It’s not just how sunny a place you live in—how the state pays you back for solar-generated power also has a big financial effect, a new study says.

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Wintry cold is in the forecast for Baltimore this month, and meteorologists are already starting to gauge what that means for late fall snow chances here.

The first blast of frigid air is forecast by the end of this week. High temperatures are expected to only reach the mid-40s, about 10-15 degrees…

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A federal appeals court has affirmed racketeering convictions of the two Baltimore police officers who went to trial in the Gun Trace Task Force corruption scandal.

Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor were found guilty of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and robbery in February 2018

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Only 5.86% of the nation’s existing homes are valued at $1 million or more. See the cities with the highest percentage of luxury-priced homes.

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Developers continue to build tens of thousands new living units annually for students, but they’re having difficulty filling them.

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Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume announced Monday he is running for his former 7th District seat in Congress to replace the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings ― a move that should further energize the contest while renewing scrutiny over Mfume’s record leading the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.

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The Baltimore County Council is set to vote tonight on legislation that would prohibit landlords from rejecting renters solely because they use federal housing vouchers.

The bill, known as the Baltimore County HOME Act, aims to ban discrimination based on a person’s source of income. A meeting…

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From landscaping to exterior finishes, there are plenty of ways to make your seller’s home a standout.

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Experts no longer recommend adding random characters to passwords to make them stronger. Here’s what you should do instead.

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Maryland Democrats must unite to help keep or bring back party control at all levels of government at a time when democracy is under attack, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told state Democrats gathered in Middle River on Saturday night.

The keynote speaker at the Maryland Democratic Party’s annual…

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A 24-year-old man died and two others were inured in shootings Saturday, Baltimore police said.

Officers were called at 1:19 p.m. to the 1000 block of Monroe St., where the 24-year-old man was found shot. He was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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Three people died and a fourth person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday night in Western Maryland, state police said.

The crash occurred at about 7 p.m. when the driver of an SUV attempted to make a U-turn and struck another vehicle, causing the SUV to overturn in Williamsport, near Hagerstown,…

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When Maryland’s judicial discipline panel recommended an immediate suspension last year for a controversial Baltimore judge, she didn’t stop working right away. Instead, District Judge Devy Patterson Russell continued to hear cases for seven months while she waited for a decision on her fate from…

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The majority of traffic stops in Baltimore County last year involved a black driver, according to statewide traffic stop data, even though black residents comprise less than one-third of the county’s population.

African Americans are 30% of Baltimore County’s population, but were involved in nearly…

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Daylight saving time, in place since March, comes to an end Sunday.

Here are three things to know as you prepare to set your clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday:

It means sunsets before 5 p.m. until 2020

Enjoy the final few evenings of daylight saving time for the year. The sun will stay up until…

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From shiny kitchen cabinets to ceiling beams, several home design trends aim to liven up neutral interiors in the new year.

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The rise comes despite the Federal Reserve cutting its key benchmark rate for the third time this year.

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Heavy rain, gusty winds and possibly even tornadoes may hamper trick-or-treating in the Baltimore region Thursday.

The National Weather Service is calling for thunderstorms with potentially damaging winds and a chance for tornadoes. Storms are forecast to reach the Baltimore area between 9 p.m….

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Business leaders employing thousands of workers in Baltimore are urging Gov. Larry Hogan to increase funding to the Maryland Transit Administration for projects in the area, saying in a letter that “the inadequacy of the current transportation network is hindering workforce participation and economic…

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You may not believe in ghosts, but consider taking these steps to avoid buying a stigmatized home.

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NAR’s Bob Goldberg, meeting Wednesday with Secretary Eugene Scalia, lays out the case for more affordable health insurance options for independent contractors.

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Maryland students’ reading scores on a key national exam declined this year, new data shows, mirroring a troubling trend apparent in dozens of states.

The drop comes as the state’s education advocates are gearing up for a major legislative battle over how schools are funded. The latest test scores,…

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Baltimore Police said two officers fatally shot a person suspected in a robbery after a struggle ensued over a gun outside a Rite Aid pharmacy in North Baltimore Wednesday.

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the shooting occurred after the officers confronted the driver of a car believed…

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Americans are upbeat about the value of housing, but younger people think another downturn could be looming.

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While preferences vary by region, these materials are the most popular for home buyers nationally.

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Less than a month ago, a behind-the-scenes race to become the next president of the Maryland Senate was deadlocked.

Four prominent senators who had quietly declared their candidacies were unable to gain a consensus on who should succeed the powerful Thomas V. Mike Miller, a state political legend…

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Conowingo Dam owner Exelon Corp. and the state of Maryland have reached a settlement under which the Chicago-based energy company will invest $200 million to clean up the Susquehanna River, and, by extension, the Chesapeake Bay.

That includes $41 million to reduce the amount of trash and debris…

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Contract signings rose last month as home purchasers looked to take advantage of lower mortgage rates.

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Most people value having a qualified closing agent at the table rather than going through the process online.

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Baltimore police are searching for a 36-year-old man believed to have abducted his 4-year-old son and then fled the scene of a vehicle crash.

Officers responded Monday around 1 p.m. to the 1200 block of Broening Highway for a reported assault. There they found a woman who said she had just been…

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After revelations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Maryland legislators passed a law that many believe has a laudable purpose: preventing foreign interference in local elections.

But its sweeping scope sparked a First Amendment outcry from more than a half dozen newspapers,…

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Some communities are pointing to accessory dwelling units as a viable solution for a lack of affordable housing.

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Such financial help is vital to helping minority and first-time home buyers obtain a mortgage, according to a new survey.

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What is becoming somewhat of a wet weather trend is forecast to resume in time to dampen trick-or-treating, with showers expected in the Baltimore region for Halloween on Thursday.

Low pressure is forecast to track across the country over the second half of the week, ahead of a cold front, National…

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Catherine Abramshe is a U.S. Army veteran whose life has changed for the better, thanks to her service dog, Chesty.

Abramshe, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, said with Chesty, a 3-year-old black Labrador, she has the strength and ability to do simple things like leave her house.

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The morning after she lost the biggest election of her career, City Council President Mary Pat Clarke sat down at a dais in City Hall beside the man who had crushed her dream. Suffering a landslide defeat in the 1995 race for mayor had been so disappointing for Clarke that she briefly contemplated…

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BERLIN, Md. — A 14-year-old Maryland girl has adopted all 75 ponies from the Maryland herd of Assateague Island ponies.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports Zoe Newman this month became the first person to ever foster every horse in the herd. The adoptions, which have cost Zoe and her mother more…

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Two former presidents, congressional colleagues and thousands of residents of his beloved Baltimore said goodbye to U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings at his longtime church Friday in a poignant service that was also a resounding appreciation of the city and a congressman who overcame physical and emotional…

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Maryland officials plan to implement changes to required instruction about the Holocaust after debate in the state legislature over the way genocide is taught and the role of government in mandating curriculum.

State Superintendent Karen B. Salmon said it’s imperative for students to receive more…

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This is the first change to the standard mortgage application form in 20 years. Some lawmakers aren’t happy about it.

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Over 10 years, Jason Gesing has been credited with helping to grow eXp Realty from 25 agents to more than 24,000. He now takes the helm.

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Longtime Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced Thursday that he will relinquish his gavel and seat at the front of the historic Senate chamber, and a more liberal senator from Baltimore half his age was named as his successor.

After a closed-door meeting of Democratic senators,…

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Baltimore County school board member Roger Hayden, a Republican who also served as county executive from 1990 to 1994, has died.

County executive Johnny Olszewski confirmed Hayden’s death in a statement Thursday.

“A dedicated public servant and tireless advocate for public education, County Executive…

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Given that family and politics were so intertwined in his life, it was fitting that the funeral of former Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III on Wednesday morning brought both strands together in the pews of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Baltimore.

Calling him “my confidante, my mentor, my brother,”…

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The Archdiocese of Baltimore broke ground Wednesday for the city’s first new Catholic school in more than 50 years.

Several hundred Catholic leaders, stakeholders, educators and students came together on the vacant plot of land along the 200 block of N. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in West…

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It’s the latest company to pledge money to ease a housing crisis that big tech has long been blamed for.

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Why aren’t more investors taking advantage of what has been billed as one of the greatest real estate tax breaks ever?

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Federal officials say they’re close to breaking a record for the number of guns they’ve seized this year at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

22nd gun caught at BWI Marshall Airport security checkpoint, tying last year’s total

The Transportation Security…

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Interior designers say swapping out light fixtures can instantly update the style of a space.

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“We must continue to beat the drum for more inventory,” says NAR’s chief economist. Read more from NAR’s latest housing report.

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The funeral of Thomas D’Alesandro III, a former Baltimore mayor and eldest brother of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will take place Wednesday at St. Ignatius Church, according to his son, Thomas D’Alesandro IV.

Viewings are scheduled Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to…

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Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus is withdrawing a proposal that would have forced some of its members to choose between their black and Latino ethnic backgrounds.

Chairman Del. Darryl Barnes, a Prince George’s County Democrat, said Monday he is nixing a proposed change to the organization’s…

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The share of nonstandard financing is comprising more than a quarter of the new-home market, a new analysis shows.

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Home shoppers may be confused when they see low rates advertised, but then receive a higher number quoted by the bank. Here’s why.

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Baltimore police said an infant is safe after someone stole a car with the child still inside Saturday night.

Department spokesman detective Chakia Fennoy wrote in an email that a black Honda Civic was stolen while it was parked near the intersection of West Pratt St. and South Payson St. around…

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Baltimore County police are investigating a fatal shooting after an unidentified man was found dead Parkville Saturday evening.

The department wrote in a release that officers were called to the scene of a shooting in the unit block of Meteor Court at 9:25 p.m. for a report of a shooting.

Upon…

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It took two days.

The Baltimore light rail had just resumed full service on Monday, Aug. 19, after a month-long outage caused by a broken water main near Camden Yards.

But by Wednesday Aug. 21, the Maryland Transit Administration was alerting passengers to another disruption: “Light RailLink is…

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The Towson Town Center closed an hour early Friday night as authorities responded to reports of a fire at the mall, according to Baltimore County Fire Department officials.

County fire department Lt. Travis Francis said authorities put out a kitchen fire at Mandarin Express in the mall’s food court….

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Decades before his booming voice echoed through Congress, Elijah Cummings would lay on the bed he shared with his brother in their South Baltimore rowhome and whisper stories.

Together, the elder Cummings told the younger, the boys would slay dragons.

As they grew up, James heard the tales his…

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A Baltimore judge sentenced Keon “Lips” Gray to 75 years in prison Friday for murdering little Taylor Hayes, and she had sharp words for the man who waged a brazen gun battle in the streets.

“He made the streets of Baltimore a killing zone,” Circuit Judge Althea Handy said.

Gray shot the 7-year-old…

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However, several housing markets are seeing an uptick in repossessed properties.

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Total housing starts dropped 9.4% month over month in September, but there’s some good news hidden in the numbers.

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Baltimore’s longtime public works director announced his retirement Thursday.

Rudolph S. Chow, director of the Department of Public Works, will leave his post on Feb. 1, according to a statement from the office of Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young.

Chow, 60, has led the agency since 2014….

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U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings practiced his faith the same way he practiced his politics, according to his pastor: Steadfastly and always in the front row.

Even as the late congressman’s health declined and he fought intense battles against President Donald Trump, Cummings regularly attended New Psalmist…

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Both single and multigenerational households with seniors are increasing in number at a rapid clip.

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“As of 2018, there was not a single metro area where the African American family could afford to buy at least half of the homes for sale,” the Redfin report states.

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The 2-year-old boy who was shot while sitting in a car Saturday is in stable condition but “experiencing some complications,” according to family.

Shanniee Binns, 39, declined to comment further on her grandson, Ka’Si Gamble, and the alleged road rage incident in which he was injured.

“There’s…

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As costs from this spring’s ransomware attack on Baltimore continue to come due, officials will buy $20 million in cyber liability insurance to cover any additional disruptions to city networks over the next year.

A pair of coverage plans, the result of a competitive bidding process involving 17…

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Housing shortages worsen in multiple price points despite mortgage rates moving lower.

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As signs of a slowdown cause economists concern, the housing market has stayed consistent, says the Federal Reserve.

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The Baltimore man charged with shooting a toddler in what police said was an “act of road rage” was ordered held without bail Tuesday.

Javon Johnson, 33, is charged with attempted murder, assault and various handgun related charges, according to police.

At a bail review hearing in Baltimore City…

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Baltimore City would be required to nearly double its spending on public schools over the next decade under an education funding proposal from a state work group that’s moving forward.

The city would need to spend $330 million extra on public schools by 2030 as part of a massive boost to education…

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The “greige” trend may not be the best fit for this space of the home.

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Millennials and younger Gen Xers that freelance or have telecommuting jobs are more likely to move out of urban job centers.

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Multiple people were injured in a crash involving a Maryland Transportation Administration bus Monday afternoon.

The Baltimore County Fire Department wrote on Twitter at 3:10 p.m. that firefighters are responding to a crash involving a MTA bus and another vehicle in the area Eastern Ave. and S….

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As the commission proposing big increases to Maryland education funding nears key decisions, Gov. Larry Hogan is ramping up his fight against the plans with a high-dollar fundraiser for his political lobbying organization at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland.

An advertisement for the Nov. 7 event,…

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The Hanover Street Bridge — officially the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge — in South Baltimore will not close Monday as originally scheduled, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation announced Sunday afternoon.

The department had said Tuesday that the bridge would be closed between Waterview…

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Fifteen people, including a 2-year-old child, were shot on another violent Saturday in Baltimore. And police are searching for an assailant who fired shots near a police officer after a triple shooting in Park Heights on Saturday night.

The triple shooting took place near the 5000 block of Palmer…

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Howard County Police have arrested two more people in a fatal shooting in Columbia’s Harper’s Choice Village in March.

Ryan Lee Sonifrank, 35, of Laurel and Curtis Shelton Buckner, 16, of Columbia have been charged with first- and second-degree murder of Ronald Carolina Jr. on March 28, police…

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A man was shot in Halethorpe early Saturday morning, according to Baltimore County Police.

Officers responded to a “disturbance” in the 4000 block of Annapolis Road at about 1:32 a.m. and found the man suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. He was transported to an area hospital, and is expected…

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A man was injured in a shooting in Parkville on Friday morning, Baltimore County police said.

The shooting was reported around 10:17 a.m., prompting police to investigate the area around the 1600 block of Lyle Court, said department spokeswoman Natalie Litofsky. Tactical units were seen entering…

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Government salaries are typically one of the most widely scrutinized sets of data for cities and municipalities nationwide. Five of the 10 most-viewed datasets on Open Baltimore, the city’s public data website, are the annual city employee salary reports.

This year, that information was published…

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On average, commuters are spending 20 more minutes a week commuting than they did a decade ago. It may not sound like a big difference, but it can really add up.

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Buyer traffic in brick-and-mortar retailers is expected to surge, with the average adult expected to spend $683 on holiday-related items this year, a new report shows.

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Two years after Matt Lauer was abruptly fired by NBC News for sexual misconduct, more questions are emerging about the former “Today” show host’s behavior and whether bosses looked the other way at problems involving one of the network’s biggest stars.

A new book by Ronan Farrow, a former NBC News…

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Baltimore County police have determined that a suspicious package found by an MTA bus driver was a simulated explosive device used for training purposes, officials said.

Police had temporarily closed Rolling Road between Security Boulevard and Rolling Boulevard while they investigated the item.

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More consumers are feeling richer, which is fueling a stronger demand for getaway homes.

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Metros in central states dominated realtor.com®’s list of the top-performing markets for September, claiming nearly half of the 20 spots.

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and City Council President Brandon Scott both are in favor of a ban on all plastic bags at Baltimore stores, not the partial ban backed by a City Council committee this week.

“I support a ban because it ends up in our trees and in our harbor,” Young said Wednesday….

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Ted Annenberg was sitting outside on the patio one Sunday afternoon, soaking up one of the last days of warm sunshine before fall officially hit.

Suddenly, two people were standing directly in front of the 60-year-old. They wanted his keys and phone — and they were pointing to a silver gun snugly…

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Homeowners 62 and older are feeling richer thanks to homeownership.

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“Most reasons for denial are financial, but some are not borrower-specific, such as concerns about the collateral,” says a LendingTree spokesperson.

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A road resurfacing project on Baltimore Street downtown will close a lane each day for the next six weeks, beginning Thursday Oct. 10, the city Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

Single lanes on Baltimore Street between Howard and Gay streets are expected between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily,…

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Alyse and Elmer Sanchez were thrilled when they survived their “green card” interview, a crucial step in obtaining lawful status in the United States. She texted her family from the immigration office as relief washed over her: The officer had agreed that their marriage is legitimate.

Moments later,…

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Federal prosecutors charged Prince George’s County Del. Tawanna P. Gaines with wire fraud Monday, days after she resigned from the Maryland General Assembly.

Gaines, a Democrat, used a PayPal account that she controlled to take money from her Friends of Tawanna P. Gaines campaign finance account,…

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Some Baltimore residents are now heading to the downtown Farmers’ Market and Bazaar on Sundays with shopping bags, cash — and their trash — in tow.

Each week, a growing number of market visitors are donating their kitchen castoffs to farmers, who help turn it all back into food. Potato peels, carrot…

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“Lower rates have translated into a stronger housing market,” Freddie Mac says in its latest housing forecast.

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The Federal Trade Commission says the seminars offer “misleading” information about how to leverage real estate to get rich.

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Baltimore police say a man is in serious condition after he was shot in the torso while in Northwest Baltimore on Sunday afternoon.

The department wrote on Facebook that officers were called to the intersection of Park Heights Avenue and Belvedere Avenue at 1:59 p.m. for a report of a shooting.

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A man died in a fight over a “towing dispute” in College Park before dawn Sunday, police said.

Two men, whose names were not immediately released, were locked “in a physical struggle” in the 5100 block of College Ave. about 1:55 a.m., when Prince George’s County police officers responded and separated…

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A man drove an empty U-Haul truck into the Patapsco River in South Baltimore on Saturday afternoon, police said.

Police and fire units responded to report of a vehicle in the water off of W. Peninsula Drive at about 12:30 p.m., but nobody was in the truck when they arrived.

Nobody was injured and…

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The city of Baltimore and the owners of the historic but dilapidated Pimlico Race Course have come up with a way to keep the prestigious Preakness Stakes at the 149-year-old track in Northwest Baltimore.

The parties briefed The Baltimore Sun on the deal that could end vexing problems that have…

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After a week away in upstate New York, Barnet Pavão-Zuckerman walked back into her office at the University of Maryland and instantly felt something was wrong. She walked over to her shelves and saw that, once again, mold spores were coating the spines of her books.

“It was like a swamp in here,”…

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Even the 911 operators couldn’t believe it. A 1,600-pound purebred Angus bull running free in West Baltimore streets.

“There’s a bull loose on Westwood and South Smallwood,” one caller said to a 911 operator.

“A what loose, sir?” the operator asked.

The Baltimore Police Department released the…

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“It is clear that low mortgage rates will continue to support the mortgage market, and we expect that to persist for the remainder of the year,” Freddie Mac’s chief economist says.

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The brokerage joins others that have stepped into the iBuying business to appeal to sellers who want a quick, hassle-free sale.

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When Maryland Zoo officials got a phone call from Baltimore Police on Wednesday afternoon asking for help to corral a loose bull in the city, they didn’t think twice.

To them, it was just another day.

“It’s unusual for the police but not unusual for us,” said Karl Kranz, the zoo’s chief operating…

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Democratic Del. Nick J. Mosby said Thursday that he is seriously considering a run for Baltimore City Council president.

A former city councilman and electrical engineer, Mosby, 40, said he’s ruled out running for mayor, but thinks he’s best positioned now to seek the top spot on the all-Democratic…

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Certain renovation projects can bring owners joy—and their efforts are paying off when it comes time to sell, too. Read the results from NAR’s 2019 Remodeling Impact Report.

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Find out four of the most common types of identity fraud that property managers should be cautious about.

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It may be October, but it doesn’t quite feel like sweater weather just yet.

Temperatures reached 98 degrees Wednesday, setting a new record for the hottest day ever recorded in October, the National Weather Service said. The previous record was set Oct. 5, 1941.

“With a maximum temperature of 98°…

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is moving forward with a multi-million dollar plan to demolish buildings at the old Baltimore city jail, notorious for its terrible conditions and being overrun by a gang.

But some of the oldest and most recognizable buildings will remain standing due to their historic…

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Get less matchy and watch the scale. Designers chime in with their staging tips for making over this important area of a home.

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That ranch home is becoming more desirable than it once was.

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Eight Baltimore County schools will be closed Wednesday because the buildings don’t have air conditioning and forecasters predict temperatures will rise above 90 degrees.

“Due to impending excessive heat, Baltimore County Public Schools will close all non-air conditioned facilities on Wednesday,…

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Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday appointed four new members to the University of Maryland Medical System board of directors after a self-dealing scandal rocked the hospital network and resulted in the resignations of its CEO, four other top officials and Baltimore’s mayor.

Tuesday’s appointments mean…

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While housing affordability is a hot issue nationwide, about a quarter of U.S. counties aren’t feeling the crunch, according to a new analysis.

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Health officials want home buyers to take lead dangers seriously and address remediation more quickly.

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A Baltimore County judge handed 30 years in prison Monday to Darrell Ward, the fourth city teen convicted of murdering Officer Amy Caprio.

Ward, 17, pleaded guilty in June to felony murder. A Baltimore County patrol officer, Caprio was run over by another teen in a stolen Jeep while Ward and two…

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by five women alleging that Baltimore County authorities mishandled sexual assault investigations and fostered a culture of indifference and bias toward victims.

Court records show that on Monday U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow granted defendants’…

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Ocean City’s mayor is vowing to keep an unsanctioned car show out of the beach town after people threw bottles and rocks at police officers and two onlookers were struck by a driver doing burnouts over the weekend.

“This group came to town with the sole purpose to raise havoc in our community,…

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Baltimore County police have identified the man who stabbed four people with a hunting knife and beat another at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre on Saturday before being shot to death by officers: Jamaal Ramone Taylor, 31, of the 6000 block of Amberwood Road in Northeast Baltimore.

Taylor was fatally…

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Six adults, plus a toddler, were injured in shootings in Baltimore overnight, according to police.

Two men and a woman were shot about 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave. in Baltimore, police said.

When police first responded to the shooting incident, they found one man with…

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A Baltimore police sergeant rushed a 3-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the abdomen to a hospital Friday night, according to police.

A motorist on the 700 block of Patapsco Ave. in the city’s Brooklyn neighborhood flagged the sergeant down at about 9:50 p.m., police said. The parents of the…

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The sound starts first, like an overture to a opera. The music is eerie, resembling an enormous chorus of high-pitched, frenetic chittering.

On a September evening, near dusk, thousands of migrating chimney swifts swoop around a square brick industrial chimney in Hampden on a secluded edge of the…

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A Baltimore pet owner is disputing a police officer’s account that he shot and killed her dog because it bit him.

Apryl Santiago-Harvey told WJZ a Baltimore Police officer came to her home on Thursday. She says she asked him to stay outside her front fence while she put her dog, Titan, away from…

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Give your feedback on a potential rule change requiring brokers to share listings with other brokers in the MLS.

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The National Flood Insurance Program—the country’s largest flood insurer—could get another last-minute save. It’s set to expire Sept. 30.

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Drought has quickly developed across Maryland in recent weeks, and virtually all of the state is at least considered “abnormally dry,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Data released Thursday shows “moderate” drought conditions are present in Howard, Anne Arundel and Harford counties, as well…

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Two area schools are among eight statewide that have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the U.S. Department of Education.

Clarksville Middle School in Howard County and Pinewood Elementary in Baltimore County were named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. The recognition…

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All four major regions of the U.S. posted a growth in sales contract activity last month, led by the West.

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The latest new-home sales report follows on the heels of other positive numbers that reveal a stronger performance in home sales.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced federal lawmakers will begin an impeachment investigation into Republican President Donald Trump over allegations he misused his office to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate the family of Democratic political rival Joe Biden.

The Trump administration…

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Tashaye Murphy was working on a novel about her family and sent it to her aunt for feedback. But Murphy would never get the final edits.

Murphy, 23, died after driving a car into the water in Fells Point early Sunday morning, police said.

Her death left family members reeling with questions, her…

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Will the price bump make buyers reconsider the property?

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New homes are much tougher to find than they were 14 years ago.

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A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Baltimore’s lawsuit against the Trump administration’s immigration policies can move forward, keeping alive the city’s attempt to prove the president’s “racial animus” played a role in how these rules were crafted.

U.S. District Court Judge Ellen L. Hollander’s…

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Baltimore for a fundraiser Tuesday as an increasing number of U.S. House Democrats press for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, who is accused trying to intimidate the president of Ukraine to start an investigation of Biden’s son.

Biden,…

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The paint company says its pick for 2020 color of the year can serve as a neutral tone or a bold accent.

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A new survey examines the “nit-picky” rules that often flare tension.

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Baltimore Police Detective Carmine Vignola pleaded guilty Monday to lying to a federal grand jury, admitting that he helped retrieve a BB gun to plant and cover up for the leader of the rogue Gun Trace Task Force.

A 12-year veteran of the force, Vignola brings to 14 the number of men — 10 of them…

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As Baltimore City Council discusses how to eliminate plastic bag litter, members are weighing a fee of as much as 10 cents on paper bags along with an outright ban on plastic.

But there is little agreement over just how large any fee should be, and how much of it retailers should be able to keep…

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Bargain hunters can still find plenty of deals in these locales.

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Consumers’ real estate needs are shifting as telecommuting grows.

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Six people have been shot — one fatally — in Baltimore since late Saturday night, police said.

A man was found unresponsive in a wooded area in the 5000 block of Ivanhoe Ave. in the Pen Lucy neighborhood in North Baltimore just before 10 a.m. Sunday, according to police. Medics pronounced him dead,…

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A 30-year-old woman was found shot Saturday night in Dundalk, Baltimore County police said.

Police responded to a shooting in the 500 block of Fairview Ave. about 6:30 p.m. Saturday and found the woman outside. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police did not provide any…

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Margaret Little thanked Jesus as she rolled a cart full of Honey Nut Cheerios, bread and soup down a curb in West Baltimore. The supply of donated food will help feed her grandchildren.

She got it for free as part of the “Day of Dignity,” actually a series of events around the country held by Islamic…

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An abandoned West Baltimore building tells a story. Years of exposure to the weather have caused the word “carriages” to fade, but it’s still visible, a ghostly advertisement some sign painter put there circa 1890. So are the names of its former proprietors, Gross and Stoops.

It’s a tale of horses,…

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Trinity Eimer’s first-period class Friday is Advanced Placement environmental science.

But the 17-year-old Bryn Mawr student won’t be there to study water quality and the Chesapeake Bay. She and thousands of other students across Maryland are expected to walk out of class as part of the youth-led…

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One man died overnight after being shot in Southwest Baltimore, police said.

Baltimore Police said the man was shot in the 1100 block of Washington Blvd. just before 10 p.m. Thursday. The man then went to an area hospital with several gunshot wounds to his chest, police said, and died shortly after…

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Where can your investors find the best deals next year? Find out in the Urban Land Institute’s latest report on emerging real estate trends.

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A task force deciding how to pay for billions in recommendations to boost Maryland’s public schools voted Thursday to meet behind closed doors as it continues its work ― sparking objection from some members of the workgroup, who argued the body was being too secretive.

The Blueprint for Maryland’s…

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Two master’s degree programs within the Johns Hopkins School of Education have lost their specialized accreditation status because not enough courses were taught by core faculty members.

A university spokeswoman confirmed that students within Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling…

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Sales are up, but another decrease in supply levels continues to push up home prices. Read more from NAR’s latest housing report.

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Baltimore police have arrested and charged two men with shooting Sgt. Isaac Carrington outside his home last month, according to charging documents, ending the manhunt for the masked gunmen behind a brazen daytime shooting of the off-duty officer.

One of the alleged gunmen, Karon Foster, 25, has…

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Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore’s former health commissioner, has resolved a dispute with Planned Parenthood over her severance and benefits, which she said the organization was withholding to get her to sign a burdensome confidentiality contract after she was fired less than a year into her tenure as…

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