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It's Official: Martin O'Malley Running For President

RadioOnFire.com - In a Saturday morning announcement, O'Malley officially kicked off his long-shot odyssey to become president of the United States where his political career began, Baltimore City.

"The story of our country's best days is not found in a history book, because this generation of Americans is about to write it, and that is why today, to you and to all who can hear my voice, I declare that I am a candidate for president of the United States, and I am running for you," O'Malley said in Federal Hill.

O'Malley touts himself as a liberal crusader who wants to restore America as the land of possibilities. He said the American dream seems to be hanging by a thread, although a strong one full of optimism.

"It is the thread of the generosity, the compassion and the love of one another that brings us together as one American people," O'Malley said.

Political analysts urge O'Malley to present himself as a can-do executive.

"'I am brin…

NBA: Kevin Love Says He Will Be In A Cavs Uniform Next Season

RadioOnFire.com - Every year toward the end of the season, trade rumors being to swirl about various players and this year, Kevin Love was on the chopping block again. There have been talks of Love leaving the Cavs for ventures like the Lakers but he recently spoke and claims to have no intentions on leaving Cleveland.
If you are currently on good terms with a team, why would you make it a point to let the world that you are considering other options, right? Kevin Love just landed in Cleveland but a shoulder injury in the first round of the playoffs has found the forward riding the bench. This is where the speculation begins to roll in. Realistically, Kevin Love’s impact on the Cavs was somewhat less than expected; nonetheless, he’s still a player with an impact.

When discussing his current situation in Cleveland, why would Love decide to leave the side of the best player in basketball? If he truly wants a chance to win multiple championships, the best option would be for him to stay pu…

Mayor Says Rev. Jamal Bryant Has Been Warned By Her Administration

RadioOnFire.com - Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sent a stern warning to those who want to tie traffic to protest.

That warning went to Rev. Jamal Bryant. C4 asked Mayor was asked why Bryant was was not arrested. The mayor answered that a lot of the blockages were police officers trying to prevent people from walking up the ramps during the protest.

That being said, she adds, "My administration has communicated directly with Bryant that, if he engages in behavior that disrupts our city, that he'll answer for that."

Jamal Bryant


The mayor also spoke about the response period to street light outages in the city.

Several people in neighborhoods with street light outages called WBAL NewsRadio 1090 to report that they become more worried about the lack of light as the overnight crime escalates in the city.

The mayor says many of those street lights are the responsibility of BGE.

"We don't have any control over when they get to that job," she states.

Street light out…

Are Baltimore Police Getting Back At State Attorney Mosby For Bringing Charges?

RadioOnFire.com - Once Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby brought charges to the six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, the Fraternal Order of Police immediately showed their disapproval of the charges as well as their call for Mosby to be removed from the case. As summer approaches in Baltimore City, crime rates are rising but it seems like police are taking less and less action against it.

The death of Freddie Gray sparked a movement to refine policing in Baltimore City. This movement was initiated by the protests that took place throughout the city following Gray’s death but was overshadowed by the riots that engulfed Baltimore. Police made a number of arrests during the riots and it seems that the peace was restored for sometime once the officers involved were charged. However, policing throughout the city currently seems much more lax than usual and it is definitely intentional.

According to the president of the Baltimore Police Union, criminals in Baltimore…

6 Baltimore Officers Charged In Death Of Freddie Gray Seek To Move Trial

RadioOnFire.com - Attorneys for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are asking a judge to move their case out of Baltimore, arguing it will be impossible to select an impartial jury and receive a fair trial. 

The officers face charges ranging from assault to second-degree "depraved-heart" murder. 

Gray's death April 19 prompted a wave of protests that on two occasions gave way to violence. Shortly after charges were filed against the officers, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it would conduct an investigation of the city police department. 

In a lengthy motion filed Wednesday, the defense attorneys argued that a citywide curfew during the unrest created "an insurmountable prejudice." 

Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake imposed the curfew a day after the second outburst of violence. The officers' attorneys compared Baltimore under curfew to "Baghdad and Kabul in its appearance," and argued that because al…

1 Dead After Apparent Road Rage Shooting On Interstate 295

RadioOnFire.com - D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says one man is dead after what appears to be a road rage shooting on Interstate 295 during rush hour.

Police say two men were found shot in an SUV along northbound lanes of the Anacostia Freeway in southwest Washington on Thursday morning. Lanier says one man has died and the second man was taken to an area hospital.


Lanier is asking any 911 caller who reported the incident to call back to speak with detectives. She is also asking anyone who saw a confrontation on that stretch of road around 8:45 a.m. Thursday to call police.

Lanier says the highway will be closed for several hours while the shooting is investigated.

Adult Woman & Young Child Shot In The Head In SW Baltimore.

RadioOnFire.com - A 31-year-old woman and a young boy were shot in the head in southwest Baltimore Thursday morning. Police responded to the scene, in the 100 block of Upmanor Road, around 8:19 am Thursday morning.



Police estimate the child was approximately 8-years-old. Both victims were shot in the head and both were pronounced dead on the scene. Homicide Detectives are investigating and asking anyone with information to call 410 396 2100

Maryland Lawmakers Take Up Police Reform After Baltimore Unrest

RadioOnFire.com - (Reuters) - Baltimore rioting over the death of a black man from injuries in police custody is spurring Maryland lawmakers to take action on criminal justice reform after legislation stalled in the statehouse.

Legislators hope that the death of Freddie Gray, 25, can galvanize the Democratic-controlled state Assembly after bids for reforms, especially one that would alter a state law giving police special rights, went nowhere in the last legislative session.

"Unfortunately for Freddie Gray, he becomes symbolic of similar type of issues facing police departments across the nation," said state Senator Catherine Pugh, co-chair of a 20-member bipartisan working group appointed this month to study police issues.

Maryland, one of the most liberal U.S. states, is the latest to grapple with reforms after the death of Gray and those of other unarmed black males at the hands of police in Missouri, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and elsewhere.

"The problem of policing…

Bob Marley Musical Tries To Help Heal An Uneasy Baltimore

(AP) — Most theater professionals like to say that whatever they're working on is very relevant to what's going on in the real world. That was not possibly more true than in Baltimore this spring.

The city's flagship theater, Center Stage, debuted a musical about reggae icon and civil rights activist Bob Marley during the city's spasm of violence and peaceful protests following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

Several preview performances for the musical "Marley" were lost amid protests marching near the theater and the actors had to rush to finish rehearsals early on several evenings to accommodate a city-wide curfew.

There were soldiers, horses and armored vehicles in the streets and helicopters in the air as the cast and crew tried to finish a work that highlighted the life of a singer who demanded social justice and freedom for black people.

A new framing scene was added to the play in which two black men watch footage of the Baltimore protests on…

28 Shootings, 9 Fatal, Over Memorial Day Weekend In Baltimore

BALTIMORE – It’s been a violent weekend in Baltimore after a surge of shootings–some deadly across the city.

Police say 28 people were shot, 9 of them killed over this weekend, adding to the record-breaking violence.

The shooting didn’t stop on Monday night after a 9-year-old boy and another man were both injured by gun fire in the 2900 block of Arunah Avenue. Police say the child was shot in the leg and another man suffered a graze wound to the head.

New police video of a person of interest in Sunday’s deadly shooting in Druid Heights. It’s one of several active investigations following a Memorial Day weekend riddled with gun violence across Baltimore City.
The Baltimore Sun reports 35 people have been killed so far in May making it the deadliest month in Baltimore since December of 1999. Some say the 3-day surge of violence may be a sign of a police department stretched too thin.

“They’ve gone right from the troubles to this spike,” one resident said.

Since the beginning of the year, 10…

Video Spotlights Freddie Gray at Baker and Mount Streets

(THE SUN) On the morning of April 12, Michelle Gross woke up to screaming. Gross, known as "Mom" in West Baltimore's Gilmor Homes area, left her home and saw Freddie Gray — someone she called "son" — being dragged into a police van.

As police drove away with Gray, she gave her phone to a neighbor who wanted to call 911 and report the incident. But soon, Gross and the neighbor were headed to the corner of Mount and Baker streets, where the van had stopped.

There, the neighbor shot cellphone video that provides a close look at Gray and police actions that have been criticized by Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. That video, combined with the account of Gross and her neighbor, provide the most detailed public account of the van stop — a key moment in Gray's fatal encounter with police.


The video shows Gray halfway out of the van, his stomach flat on the floor and his legs hanging off the back. He does not move as four officers stand over him and pl…

Maryland Chooses Jail Over Schools for Baltimore Youths

RadioOnFire.com - Two days after Maryland officials approved spending $30 million of taxpayer funds on a shiny new jail for Baltimore youth caught in the snare of the criminal justice system, Gov. Larry Hogan removed $11.6 million from the city’s school budget and reallocated it to the pension fund for state employees, The Baltimore Sun reported.


The budget decisions reflect a pattern in Maryland and across the U.S. of prioritizing spending on incarceration over education—calling to mind what’s become known as the “school-to-prison pipeline”—and the elderly over the young.

On the heels of violent unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, which focused attention on the city’s racial and economic inequities, Hogan’s choice to defund education has garnered criticism.

“Given how the needs of our children have been highlighted by the events of the past few weeks, I hoped that the governor would have agreed with the general assembly that these dollars are criti…

American Pharoah Wins Preakness In Downpour

RadioOnFire.com - BALTIMORE (AP) — Minutes before the Preakness, it was an ominous scene at Pimlico Race Course. Thunder and lightning. Wind and rain. A record crowd scrambling for cover. A drenched racetrack.

Nothing — absolutely nothing — was going to stop American Pharoah, especially the competition.

Thunder rumbled as the starting gate opened, and the Kentucky Derby winner took charge early on and overpowered seven rivals, winning by seven lengths to put trainer Bob Baffert back in the Triple Crown groove.

“Great horses do great things,” Baffert said after his sixth Preakness victory, “and he showed it today. He’s just an incredible horse.”

And in three weeks, the stage will be set for the ultimate drama in racing — a Triple Crown attempt at the Belmont Stakes in New York.

“I don’t even want to think about the Triple Crown right now,’ the 62-year-old trainer said. “I want to enjoy this. It’s tough up there.”

Councilman Nick J. Mosby & DTLR Host #EYEAMBaltimore Tour

  High School tour created to empower, inspire and energize West Baltimore youth
May 15, 2015 (Baltimore, MD)--One of the most important lessons learned from the protest marches and uprisings in April is that Baltimore's youth have a voice that should be heard. Today, Councilman Nick J. Mosby will partner with Downtown Locker Room (DTLR) for the  #EYEAMBaltimore Tour, a forum to provide youth an opportunity to express their thoughts about life in Baltimore, and to hear from and engage with other young people that have overcome obstacles to achieve success.  

Joining Councilman Mosby on the #EYEAMBaltimore Tour will be boxer Gervonta "Tank" Davis, and Baltimore rappers Lil Scoota, Young Moose, Chino and Lil Key. Together they will engage students at Frederick Douglass, Carver Vocational-Technical and Bluford Drew Jemison High Schools in a dialogue about the strategies they employ to be successful. 
"I chose these young men to join me on the #EYEAMBaltimore Tour
because…

MD. Gov. Larry Hogan To Sign Bills On Policing, Community Relations

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is signing measures aimed at improving policing and community relations, but advocates for greater police accountability say lawmakers missed opportunities to do more.

The bills Hogan is signing Tuesday were approved before the death of Freddie Gray last month in Baltimore police custody.

One measure directs a commission to develop a policy for body cameras. Another requires authorities to report information about deaths in police custody to the governor’s office.

But a variety of bills on police accountability did not pass. Sara Love, the public policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, says advocates are disappointed lawmakers mostly avoided tough challenges.

After Gray’s death and unrest in Baltimore, lawmakers announced that a panel will study the issues and make recommendations for next year.

(Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Prince Releases 'Baltimore' Protest Song. Holds Rally 4 Peace Concert In The City

RadioOnFire.com - Prince has just released a song entitled "Baltimore" protesting injustice in the city.



"Are we gonna see another bloody day? / We're tired of cryin' and people dyin' / Let's all take the guns away," the music icon sings.



On Sunday, May 10, he held a Rally 4 Peace concert at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, along with 3RDEYEGIRL.

LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE

Ed Reed Retires After 12 Seasons In The NFL

RadioOnFire.com - The Baltimore Ravens hosted a relatively low-key press conference on Thursday for safety Ed Reed, who announced his retirement from the NFL a day earlier. The former NFL great held a 50-minute meeting with reporters and Reed will be inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor on Nov. 22, a Week 11 matchup against the Rams.
Thank you for the memories Ed Reed!

Developer Pledges To Help Rebuild West Baltimore, 300 Businesses Damaged In Riots

RadioOnFire.com - A Baltimore developer is planning on investing $15-million dollars to build new stores and a new shopping center in the riot damaged areas of West Baltimore. Carl Verstandig, president of America's  Realty, LLC,  which owns a number of shopping centers in Baltimore City says he has purchased about a dozen properties whose owners sold after they were damaged in the riots. Verstandig says he has received calls from all over the country for interested partners and tenants. Verstandig also says a deal has been finalized with Greenwood Properties, to develop a 100- thousand square foot shopping plaza along North Avenue in a vacant building and an adjacent one acre parcel. Verstandig says the shopping center will feature and international grocery, urgent care center, restaurants and other tenants. Verstandig offers some tenants discounted, or even free rent to help develop the properties. Verstandig believes the shopping center project can be completed in a year. Verst…

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Asks For Civil Rights Probe Into City Police Department

RadioOnFire.com - Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake requested Wednesday that the Department of Justice order a "pattern or practice" civil rights investigation into the city's police department, similar to the probe conducted in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of Michael Brown last summer.

The mayor said such a probe was necessary to achieve the kind of "sustainable and significant reform" of the department that she and the citizens of Baltimore want to see.

"The DOJ has employed these investigations in communities across our nation to reform serious patterns and practices of force, biased policing and other unconstitutional practices by law enforcement," she told reporters at her weekly press conference. "I'm asking the Department of Justice to investigate if our police department has engaged in a pattern or practice of stops, searches or arrests that violate the fourth amendment."

The Justice Department is already inves…

Police: Officers Arrest Man With Gun In West Baltimore (Penn/North)

RadioOnFire.com - BALTIMORE —Baltimore police have arrested a man who they said had a gun in west Baltimore at the scene where last week's unrest took place.


City police said officers arrested a man with a gun Monday afternoon at North and Pennsylvania avenues. There was no shooting, police said.

The area remains the center of attention as a result of the destruction a week ago. So when this incident took place Monday afternoon, rumors flew, tempers flared and police in riot gear moved in.

Eventually, Baltimore police Cmdr. Melvin Russell, a familiar face in the community, said a gun did discharge but it was not a gun that belonged to police. No one was shot.

"An adult black male was picked up on cameras and he was clearly armed with a handgun. Police came in. (There was a) very short, brief foot pursuit. He attempted to pull it out, there was a sound of a discharge, sound of a weapon discharging. The police never discharged any weapons. We checked him out, we finally stopped him…

Heavy Police Presence At Penn & North Avenues In Baltimore

RadioOnFire.com - A heavy presence of Baltimore police are at Pennsylvania and North Avenues — the site of Freddie Gray’s arrest and last week’s riots. Although it’s unclear what provoked the heavy presence, several signal 13’s were called Monday afternoon. A signal 13 is the code for an officer in trouble or in need of assistance.
Stay tuned.

Morgan Freeman Speaks Out About The Baltimore Riots

RadioOnFire.com - Morgan Freeman rarely speaks out but when he does. He will let you know what exactly is on his mind.

The A-list actor Morgan Freeman, had a lot to say about the Baltimore riots from the death of Freddie Gray. Freeman actually agreed with the protesting. “Now, they’re getting more of the whole picture” stated Freeman. Don’t get Freeman wrong he does not agree with the harsh rioting and fighting with the police. But he did say it’s better than the actions taken prior from similar stories of police killing African American males. In an interview with U.K ’s Daily Best he stated: “Baltimore seems to be coming up with a different scenario in the background.
People are saying, ‘You were not all there when we were just talking and trying to make a point, but if we set something on fire, all of sudden you’re all here. ‘Why is that? What’s the difference? And some young reporters are listening. That sort of observation is very useful.” “Police have a standard reaction to shooti…

Gray’s Death Ruled A Homicide; 6 Officer’s Charged, Arrest Warrant Issued

RadioOnFire.com - The Baltimore Medical Examiner(ME) determined Freddie’s died from “severe and critical neck injury”.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says there are other counts like manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault. All six officers involved with this arrest will faces these charges later today in court. The arrest of Gray was determined to be a false arrest since the knife he was carrying was legal.

The Driver, Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 45, will be charged with the most as Freddie’s death was determined by the ME to have happened when he hit his head on a bolt in the van. Procedure was not followed, Freddie was not strapped in and allowed to bump all through the back of the van.


Baltimore Sun also reports;
Officer William Porter, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

Lt. Brian Rice, 41, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.

Sgt. Alicia Whit…

Baltimore Police Captain Addresses Angry Protesters

RadioOnFire.com - During one of many protests in Baltimore a police captain addresses an angry group of protesters.