21st-Century School Plan Draws Community Concern

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Baltimore residents are worried about unforeseen consequences that could result from one of the largest ongoing projects in the city, the 21st Century School Buildings Plan. Approved by the Board of School Commissioners in 2013, the planned 10-year project calls for “a massive building modernization initiative … to transform all of the district’s buildings and… Read More

Talmudical Academy to Expand Campus

The Talmudical Academy is undergoing a fundraising campaign to expand its campus. Originally built to serve a population of 450 students, the Academy has approximately 1,050 enrolled, according to Rabbi Yaacov Cohen, the Academy’s executive director. “We are currently in the middle of our fundraising campaign; it has been very successful so far. Construction of… Read More

Bikers Ride For Renewable Energy

“Ride for the Over Ride” participants leave Druid Hill Park on Aug. 20 (Provided)

This past weekend saw a group of bikers travel 373 miles across Maryland, from Ocean City to Deep Creek Lake, in support of renewable energy legislation. Dubbed the “Ride for the Over Ride,” the campaign was led by public health advocate Vinny DeMarco and his son, Jamie. The goal of the group was to raise… Read More

Jewish Jazz Comes to An Die Musik

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A new chamber music organization in Baltimore will bring jazz and klezmer together in two concerts this weekend. AmiciMusic presents “Jewish Jazz” at An Die Musik, which features clarinets Steve Loew and pianist Daniel Weiser. “This program will highlight the close connections between Jewish klezmer music and early jazz, especially at the beginning of the… Read More

Wage Dispute Will the city be at a disadvantage if it raises minimum wage to $15?

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Larry Brenner prepared for the worst when Baltimore officials announced two years ago they would gradually raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018. For the last eight years, he has owned and operated Konstant’s, a stand in Lexington Market, and raises doubts about the ramfications additional increases could have on his… Read More

City Fires Alleged Neo-Nazi Lawyer

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A lawyer for Baltimore had his contract terminated by the city Aug. 18 after it was discovered he had neo-Nazi connections. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement saying the city fired Glen Keith Allen, 65, an independent contractor who defended Baltimore police in civil litigation against misconduct allegations starting this past February. The Southern Poverty… Read More

Baltimoreans Bond with Israel via Cummings Youth Program

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A dozen rising high school seniors, dressed smartly in suits and dresses, listened closely on Aug. 17 at the Park Heights JCC as U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings delivered a speech celebrating their return from Israel. “This gives me a chance to touch the future, a future that I will never see,” Cummings said. “But I… Read More

Despite Setback, Clarke Confident $15 Minimum Wage Will Pass

Members of the press and community attend a city council meeting in which a $15 minimum wage was discussed. (Justin Silberman)

The fate of Baltimore’s lowest-paid workers remains uncertain after the city council voted on Monday to send a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 back to committee. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (D-District 14), the bill’s chief sponsor, called for the measure to be pushed back to December,… Read More

Organizations Troubled By DOJ Report on Baltimore Police

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake say they are committed to reforming the police department. (File photo)

The findings of a U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s investigation of the Baltimore Police Department, which revealed a number of practices that violate the Constitution and federal law, was called troubling by a number of organizations, but none were surprised. The report, released on Aug. 10, showed that the Baltimore Police Department “engages… Read More

The Susiya Shuffle

The Palestinian village of Susiya is in the southern Hebron hills of Judea, part of the land known to many as the West Bank. The village is home to 300 people. Israel says that the residents built their homes without permits, and so the structures are eligible for demolition. The residents say that Israel’s Supreme… Read More