May 15 // City solicitor: Baltimore will improve vetting of candidates after police chief Darryl De Sousa's suspension

Former Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley had churned through three police commissioners in five years before finding stability with Leonard Hamm. After firing Commissioner Kevin Clark in 2004 over domestic-abuse allegations, O’Malley needed a veteran like Hamm to steady the police department. Still, the mayor wasn’t taking any chances on the 20-year veteran. “He hired an independent investigator to investigate me and my background,” said Hamm, police commissioner from November 2004 until 2007. “Mayor O’Malley had been bitten before and he wasn’t going to let that happen again.” (Balt. Sun)

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Prosecutors ask Maryland's highest court to reverse ruling of new trial for 'Serial' subject Adnan Syed

Prosecutors are asking Maryland’s highest court to reverse a ruling that grants a new trial to “Serial” podcast subject Adnan Syed in the 1999 murder of his Woodlawn High School classmate Hae Min Lee. Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office asked the Maryland Court of Appeals on Monday to reverse a lower court’s ruling to overturn Syed’s conviction in the case. Convicted in 2000, Syed was sentenced to life in prison for killing Lee, his former girlfriend, whose body was found in Leakin Park. Syed has maintained his innocence, and his case attracted international attention in 2014 when it was featured on “Serial.” (Balt. Sun)

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OT underpayments not expected to be windfall for affected Anne Arundel employees

County union employees who receive hourly overtime shouldn’t expect a windfall of money after the county found it had been inadvertently underpaying overtime to some workers for more than a decade. The underpayments were linked to parts of hourly pay called allowances and shift differentials. These are annual payments backed into an employee’s hourly rate. Allowances could include uniform cleaning, physical fitness and service weapon payments. (Capital)

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Annapolis taxes: Finance Committee supports 9.9 cent rate increase

A crucial report on the Annapolis budget presented Monday night recommends a 9.9 cent increase in the property tax rate, a break with the Mayor Gavin Buckley’s proposal. In a summary of the City Council Finance Committee’s report, Alderman Ross Arnett gave constituents a detailed explanation of several weeks of study of the mayor’s proposal for a higher rate, which would add 13 cents to the rate. Arnett attributed the lower rate largely to additional revenue the city will receive from income taxes. (Capital)

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Fourth Baltimore Ceasefire weekend ends with no fatal shootings; mother charged in son's death

Baltimore’s fourth Ceasefire weekend ended Sunday with no fatal shootings or stabbings, but police announced Monday that a mother had been charged with child abuse and neglect in the death of her 2-month-old son. Ceasefire, a series of community events that operates with the slogan “nobody kill anybody,” began Friday and ended Sunday. On Monday, police announced that 35-year-old Tiffany Nutter of the unit block of Skipjack Court was arrested Saturday after her son, Jawuan Pinkeny, died late Friday night at an area hospital. The Medical Examiner's Office ruled that the cause of death was blunt force trauma. (Balt. Sun)

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Police cite 11 for blocking traffic at Poor People's Campaign protest in Annapolis

Eleven protesters were issued criminal citations Monday when they blocked traffic in front of the State House in Annapolis, an orchestrated act of civil disobedience that is part of the Maryland Poor People’s Campaign. Protester marched from Lawyer’s Mall onto College Avenue to stop cars. After Maryland Capitol Police gave three warnings to protesters that protestors in the street faced arrest, officers detained 11 people and issued citations for obstructing free passage and failure to obey a lawful order, said Nick Cavey, spokesman for the Maryland Department of General Services. (Capital)

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Greater Baltimore Committee holds annual meeting Monday

Some days are tough, humiliating even, but everyone needs to carry on, Hallie Jackson, the chief White House correspondent for NBC News, told a full room of business, government and civic leaders at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 63rd annual meeting. “Come from a place of yes and make it work,” said Jackson, using challenges from her career as a guidepost for Baltimore, which she said has had its share of hardship. “Always find the right people to guide you.” (Balt. Sun)

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Estate with ties to Baltimore literary legend Edgar Allan Poe to open as Designer Show House

The annual Symphony Designers’ Show House, where interior designers use an elaborate home as their canvas, returns this Sunday in its 41st year, and this time, the house — with its Flemish bond red brick, detailed arched windows and ties to a Baltimore literary legend — is an attraction itself. Hosted by Baltimore Symphony Associates, the volunteer arm of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the show house will be hosted in the 13-acre “Oakland” estate, once owned by the descendants of poet Edgar Allan Poe, said Marge Penhallegon, the chairperson of the Designers’ Show House. (Balt. Sun)

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