Remembering King, weekend violence, Kubiak quits – Monday, January 19th

Today is Martin Luther King Day. The Sun spoke with leaders from recent police brutality protests on how King’s message has influenced their activism. Baltimore magazine has a list of today’s commemorative events. Here’s a rundown on downtown road closures for today’s parade and one on all other closings.

In a spate of violence, 10 people were shot in the city over the weekend, including a double shooting last night. There were no deaths from Friday or Saturday’s incidences – the status of last night’s victims is unclear.

After Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed recent City Council bills on police body cameras and a plastic bag ban, some council members are reviving plans to limit the mayor’s power. The potential bills would limit the mayor by making it easier for the council to override a veto (right now, they need a three-fourths vote to override), reduce the mayor’s control over the Board of Estimates (that approves major projects/expenses), and impose term limits for elected officials (two terms for the mayor and council president, three for the council). Naturally, the mayor is promising to use her power to stop any attempt to reduce her power.

In other not-surprising-at-all news, a local group of investors is calling for a tax cut for investors.

Gary Kubiak, Ravens offensive coordinator, is leaving to coach the Broncos. Last week, Kubiak claimed he wouldn’t consider other coaching jobs, before hopping on a plane to Denver late in the week. The search is on for his replacement.