Dazed and confused

Heat and humidity rules over all, with highs near 90 and a chance of afternoon storms. (I’m going to just start copy/pasting this, because it is basically the forecast every day for the next 3 months.)


Layoff notices landed on the desks of 159 Baltimore City School administrators as part of an effort to cover a $108 million budget gap faced by the district. This round of layoffs were focused on administrative staff at the district’s central office. It’s likely that additional layoffs, including a reduction to a pool of teachers without permanent assignments, is still on the way.


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she’s examining if there’s a connection between a steep drop in arrests and a sharp spike in homicides in the city over the last month (including 36 in May).Compared to last May, arrests are down by more than 50%.

“There’s a lot of levels of confusion.” Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told reporters yesterday that he’s trying to assure his officers that they’re not suddenly at risk of being charged with crimes for making minor mistakes, following charges against six officers for the death of Freddie Gray. Despite the Gray case, charges against officers remain rare. In the last 30 years, only 5 officers in Baltimore have faced charges when someone died due to police actions. Only one was convicted, and the verdict was later overturned.


A man was shot and wounded in the torso last night in East Baltimore.


Defense attorneys for the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are requesting to move the trial out of Baltimore City, citing concern that it’d be impossible to find an impartial jury.


The internet discovered footage of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby as a plaintiff on an episode of Judge Judy. Mosby, then a college student, won the case.