City seeks to tackle violent crime spurt

Frederick police and city officials are considering how to deal with violence after a shooting and a stabbing in separate incidents Sunday, the latest in a string of serious crimes in the city. Police are investigating whether a shooting early Sunday in the 400 block of North Market Street is related to another shooting in the 600 block of North Market Street on Aug. 31. (News-Post)

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Dunkin' Donuts offers chance for free coffee after Baltimore Ravens win

With the Baltimore Ravens' opening game win against the Miami Dolphins, there's ample reason to celebrate. In honor of the team's victory, Dunkin' is offering customers the chance to celebrate with free coffee. Dunkin' locations in the Baltimore and Salisbury regions are offering DD Perks members a free medium hot or iced coffee on Monday, according to a news release from the company, and will with every Ravens regular season victory this season. (Delmarva)

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Baltimore Police lack necessary technology to properly track sexual assault cases, report finds

The Baltimore Police Department is not able to “sufficiently overcome” technology and staffing inefficiencies in order to meet requirements imposed by the consent decree regarding sexual assault investigations, a recent report found. The department’s Annual Sexual Assault Investigations Data Report largely focused on the department’s inability to track the data, including “demographic information of both victims and suspects," along with case classification, and evidence testing procedures. (Balt. Sun)

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Republican Activist Returns To West Baltimore For Another Cleanup

For the second time in less than a month, Scott Presler, the Virginia-based conservative activist and President Donald Trump supporter, will be in West Baltimore today to clean up trash and debris. Presler organized a cleanup on Aug. 5 that collected 12 tons of trash and debris in 12 hours. That clean up followed Trump's Twitter criticism of Rep. Elijah Cummings' West Baltimore neighborhood. Presler tells WBAL's Yuripzi Morgan he made a promise to residents last month that he would come back. (WBAL)

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Negro Mountain signs removed

Some folks believe Negro Mountain was named to elevate a hero called Nemesis. Others say the peak could be related to lynchings. While the origin of its name is debatable, signs for the elevation are missing. Last week, Shelley Miller, District 6 community liaison for the Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration, said she wasn’t sure why the signs were gone. (Times-News)

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For first time in decades, most Baltimore rec centers now open on Saturdays

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young enthusiastically stripped off his jacket, grabbed a basketball and began shooting dozens of 3-pointers Saturday at the Morrell Park Recreation Center. There were plenty more misses than hits. “I’m going to come back when I have my tennis shoes on where I can plant my feet,” the mayor said. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore gets $3.7 million in federal funds to help young homeless people

Baltimore won $3.7 million from the federal housing department to spend on helping homeless people under the age of 24, officials said Friday. U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen and other political leaders announced at a youth center in East Baltimore that the city had been selected to receive the grant. (Balt. Sun)

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At an urban farm in Baltimore, plans for activism, African American history and maybe even a tiny house

Tucked between rows of brick homes in Northeast Baltimore, Atiya Wells discovered an extraordinary place. The budding naturalist was driving around her neighborhood in February 2018 when she stumbled upon a vacant lot bursting with flora and fauna on Plainfield Avenue in the Frankford neighborhood. Wells spotted a red fox slinking through the unruly tangle of trees, grasses and bushes. She was enchanted. (Balt. Sun)

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