Sunny and still summery, with highs in the mid 80s. Tomorrow brings clouds and rain through the day, with highs around 80. A mix of sun and clouds on Sunday, with highs in the 70s.
UPDATE: The big news of the day – Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces that she won’t run for re-election in 2016.
The trials for the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will remain in Baltimore, at least for now. Judge Barry Williams ruled that the defense did not prove the need to move the trials.
Williams: “The citizens of Baltimore are not monolithic. They can think for themselves.”
The trials could still be moved during the jury selection process if a suitable jury can’t be found. Dates haven’t been finalized, but trials could begin next month. The series of trials could get expensive – police overtime, courtroom security, and other logistics may cost the city millions of dollars over coming months.
A gaggle of city charter schools are suing Baltimore City Public Schools over a new funding formula announced last week. The charters claim that the new formula violates state law and holds back on thousands of dollars of funding per student. The district argues that the charters’ reading of the law neglects some pretty significant administrative costs fronted by the district – which could leave non-charter public schools stuck with the bill. Before the lawsuit, the two sides were working with a mediator to resolve the dispute.
A man was shot along Reisterstown Road early Thursday in northwest Baltimore. His condition is unknown.
After a relentless summer, police have reported only one homicide (45-year-old Stonie Baker, shot and killed Monday) in the last week. It’s too early to call it a trend – but here’s to hoping.
The city’s architectural review panel gave its thumbs-up to design plans for a new 48-story mixed-use tower at 300 E. Pratt Street that will “dominate the entire skyline.” Developers had to revise plans for the building to meet new downtown flood-plan rules, moving entrances 8 feet above ground. The planned building will include first floor retail space, a 200-room hotel, and 400 residential units. The site has been used a parking lot for decades.
Defender’s Day, beer and bacon, and the return of FlowerMart in Baltimore magazine’s weekend lineup. More options over at SouthBmore.com’s weekend event listings.