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Maryland man sentenced for shooting deemed a hate crime

Sep. 24, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of a hate crime and others charges in the shooting of a Black man, authorities said. Brandon Troy Higgs, 25, of Reisterstown, was arrested in December 2018 after shooting Elvis Smith in the leg while...

Police: Maryland woman charged in death of 1-year-old son

Sep. 24, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A woman in Maryland has been charged in the death of her 1-year-old son. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that Shakira Shaw faces charges that include first-degree murder and is being held in jail without bail. Her son, Kaleb, was believed to have died several months ago from heart...

Restaurant association calls for looser restrictions

Sep. 24, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Restaurant Association of Maryland says the governor's recent order to expand indoor dining capacity to 75% doesn’t do enough. The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that struggling restaurants are still unable to pack their dining rooms because of distancing regulations. Marshall...

Overdoses and alcohol-related deaths rising during pandemic

Sep. 23, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — State officials in Maryland say fatal drug overdoses and alcohol-related deaths are rising. The Baltimore Sun reported that new data released on Tuesday revealed that such deaths increased by 9.1% from January to June of this year compared to those months last year. Opioids were...

Baltimore City Schools to lay off 450 employees, halt hiring

Sep. 23, 2020 7:04 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore City Schools plans to lay off about 450 temporary employees and halt hiring systemwide as it tries to make up for a $21 million budget shortfall incurred during the coronavirus pandemic, according to school officials. The layoffs, affecting many full-time employees, including...

Maryland Senate panel begins police reform hearings

Sep. 22, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland Senate panel began three days of hearings on police accountability Tuesday, with Democrats calling for long overdue reforms and Republicans criticizing the process for lacking their inclusion so far. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee started discussing 15 reform...

Baltimore must pay alleged police victim full settlement

Sep. 22, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore must stop withholding tens of thousands of dollars from an alleged victim of police misconduct, despite the city’s accusation that the Black woman violated a non-disparagement clause that was part of a 2014 settlement, a federal judge ruled Monday. The judge...

Geraldine Swann, director of community outreach at Hampstead Hill Academy in Baltimore, poses for a photograph Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Baltimore. The pandemic has Geri Swann working her cell phone constantly, as she gets up to 100 emails a day seeking help for students and their families. Finding them Chromebooks, buying eyeglasses for kids squinting at screens. Helping people get unemployment checks. Delivering groceries so a woman can feed her school-aged grandchildren while their parents recover from COVID-19.  This is what a community schools coordinator does _ and as a new academic year begins in the throes of coronavirus infections, Swann has only been busier in support of the struggling families at her diverse Baltimore charter school.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Pandemic highlights opportunity gaps in public schools

Sep. 22, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — This pandemic has Geri Swann working her cell phone constantly as she deals with up to 100 emails a day seeking help for students and their families. Finding them Chromebooks, and then buying eyeglasses for kids squinting at screens. Helping people get unemployment checks. Delivering...

Baltimore County sets aside assistance money for renters

Sep. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Officials in Baltimore County say that there could be as many as 24,000 eviction filings in a single month once the courts get back up to speed following the coronavirus-related closures. The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that county officials are setting aside assistance money to try...

Maryland's unemployment website update creates frustration

Sep. 21, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A new version of Maryland’s unemployment insurance portal created frustration among claimants who said they were unable to file their claims upon its launch before the issue was later resolved. The technical glitches came as BEACON 2.0, an update of the BEACON portal that...