Speeding away

Clouds and rain, with highs in the mid 80s. Tomorrow: clouds and rain, with highs in the mid 80s.


NASA’s New Horizons probe successfully flew past Pluto this morning, giving us our most detailed look at the dwarf planet ever. While the best images are yet to come, NASA shared this pretty clear shot earlier this morning. The probe was designed and built by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.


Closer to home, the city is still reeling from a weekend with 10 confirmed homicides. Two more people were fatally shot yesterday afternoon, bringing July to 24 deaths in less than 2 weeks, and 2015 to a staggering 168. Victims have not yet been identified in many of the recent deaths.

Some residents are skeptical of the city’s ability to respond to the crisis. Anthony Estes, who lives on a block where two were killed over the weekend: “Show action. There’s always talk. It seems every time they say something about [crime], six, seven months later there’s nothing going on. It’s the same thing.”


Lacheisa Pailin-Sheffer, the woman charged with second-degree assault after pouring water over Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Saturday, had her bail reduced from $50,000 to $2,500 yesterday. Her lawyer argued that the bail was set unreasonably high for the crime. Recently, Baltimore’s bail system was criticized after several Freddie Gray demonstrators received higher bails than the officers charged with crimes related to Gray’s death.


City Council member Nick Mosby quickly cancelled a fundraiser in Philadelphia after event promoters placed Marilyn Mosby front-and-center in the event’s promotion. The out-of-control graphic design used Marilyn Mosby’s photo without permission, toting the event as a chance to meet and support the ‘political power couple.’


Manny Machado hit 12 homers in last night’s Home Run derby, but it wasn’t enough to advance past the first round.