Clouds and more rain today, with highs in the mid 80s – same thing tomorrow.
Here’s what you might’ve missed over the weekend:
Interim police commissioner Kevin Davis, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and other leaders announced a 24-hour-a-day “war room” command center to oversee the city’s efforts to stop a surge in violent crime. The war room, separate from the existing always-open police watch center, is intended to help the police and partner agencies coordinate their response. Davis says the police are focusing efforts on “four different groups of bad guys who are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violence in Baltimore City.”
Already, 19 homicides have been reported in Baltimore in July, including seven in the last three days. At least 19 people were shot in the city since Friday.
On Friday night, hundreds joined the annual 300 Men March along the length of North Avenue to protest recent violence in the city. Event organizers made a particular dedication to the 12 children killed by violence in the city this year.
A woman is charged with second-degree assault after pouring a cup of water on the mayor at the Mondawmin Festival on Saturday. The damp mayor, though “shocked” by the incident, was ok and stayed at the festival.
A group of Red Line advocates have filed a Public Information Act request, looking for evidence that Gov. Larry Hogan actually studied the project before rejecting it last month. The activists say that there’s been little transparency in the decision-making process, and that similar documents were released for the approved Purple Line project for the DC suburbs.
Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Development confirmed that it scooped up 43 acres of land in Westport as part of its plans for South Baltimore. Sagamore already owns 120+ acres on nearby Port Covington. Plank is planning a new Under Armour campus, along with announced plans for retail space and a distillery at Port Covington.