February 20 // MTA knew Baltimore Metro rails did not meet safety standards in November 2016

The Maryland Transit Administration knew that the Baltimore Metro subway’s rails violated the agency’s safety standards for more than a year before officials declared an emergency shutdown of the system with less than 24 hours’ notice last week, according to an MTA inspection report. Seventeen of the Metro’s turns were deemed to be “deteriorated to the point where no train movement is allowed” in a November 2016 geometric evaluation, which was referred to in the inspection last month that prompted officials to shut down the system for repairs until March 11. (Balt. Sun)

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USA Today names Baltimore 'the nation's most dangerous city'

Baltimore’s highest-ever per capita homicide rate in 2017 also made it the deadliest big city in the country, USA Today reported Monday. Though official data from the FBI won’t be available until later in the year, USA Today reviewed the homicide rates in the nation’s 50 largest cities and Baltimore came out on top. The 342 homicides the city experienced in 2017 were a 17 percent increase over the prior year, and translated to a rate of 56 killed per 100,000 people. (Balt. Sun)

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Hundreds gather for Women’s Rally in Annapolis

The fourth annual Women’s Rally in Annapolis on Monday night centered on four key issues advocates and lawmakers want addressed during what remains of this year’s legislative session. Hundreds of women gathered in front of the Maryland State House in a dynamic display under dreary skies. Lawmakers and advocates spent the evening meeting and discussing the more than 30 pieces of proposed law that would benefit women the state. (WJZ-TV)

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Cop found guilty in scandal was called out by local rapper years ago

Former Baltimore Police Detective Daniel Hersl is awaiting sentencing for robbery and other crimes that a jury found him guilty of as part of his role in the Gun Trace Task Force corruption scandal. But those weren’t the only issues that people had with Detective Hersl on the street. Baltimore rapper Young Moose, whose real name is Kevron Evans, says Hersl harassed him and his family. He rapped about the detective in the song “Tired” from his 2014 mix tape “OTM 3.” (WJZ-TV)

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After walking dog, Somerset Mayor returns home to find intruder inside

As he often does, Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin got up at 2:45 a.m. Sunday and headed out of his Warwick Place home to walk Molly, his Basset Hound. He didn't lock his door and left his garage door open because he knew he'd be back soon. As he was walking down the block, he passed a young man who looked about 25 years old. Slavin didn't think anything of it, assuming the man was returning home from being out on a Saturday night. Slavin walked with his dog for about 10 minutes before returning to his home, where he immediately noticed his front door was wide open. (Bethesda)

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Huge amount of debris washes into Susquehanna after rain, snow melt

A massive amount of debris has been washing down the Susquehanna River, powered by rain and snow melt from as far away from New York and Pennsylvania. Everything from trees to tires to old propane tanks washed up at a marina in Perryville over the weekend. It seemed to hit all at once at about 10:30 Sunday morning, according to Kenny Addair. (WJZ-TV)

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February 19 // Mosby: 'Thousands' of cases compromised by Gun Trace Task Force case

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby now says thousands of court cases may be compromised as a result of the Gun Trace Task Force case. “At first it was hundreds of cases,” Mosby said, speaking on a panel Friday morning at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. “Thanks to the testimony that came out just last week, our preliminary estimate is thousands of cases that may be impacted by the wrongful and illegal acts of those police officers.” (Balt. Sun)

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Jury awards more than $37M to family of Korryn Gaines in civil case against Baltimore County

A Baltimore County jury on Friday awarded more than $37 million in damages in the civil lawsuit brought by the family of Korryn Gaines, the 23-year-old Randallstown woman who was shot and killed by county police after a six-hour standoff in 2016. The jury of six women said the first shot fired by Cpl. Royce Ruby at Gaines, killing her and injuring her then-5-year-old son, Kodi, was not reasonable and therefore violated their civil rights under state and federal statutes. (Balt. Sun)

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