Cutting loose

Sunny, with highs reaching into the mid 80s. Another one just like that tomorrow.


Baltimore will use a $5 million federal grant to launch a job training program for young adults in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The program, funded by a US Department of Labor grant offered after April’s unrest, will focus on skills education in health care, mechanical trades, and construction. The initial phase of the program aims to train at least 700, while exploring opportunities to train more adults later.


Gov. Larry Hogan announced yesterday that he’s taking unilateral action to slash or eliminate more than 100 state fees. Hogan will trim fees for professional licenses (real estate brokers, pharmacists, veterinarians), and remove some charges (like a hefty $725 for adopted people to search birth records to find their biological parents). The order also reduces the fee for MTA-issued ID cards for homeless adults and children to $1. The reduced fees will cut the state’s yearly revenue by about $10 million.


A man was shot and killed in the Penn North neighborhood around 2:30am Tuesday. The murder is Baltimore’s seventh in the last week, 13th in September, and 236th for 2015, At least four others were shot overnight Monday into Tuesday – Baltimore Police tend to announce overnight incidences between 10-11am


24-year-old Raymon Carter will plead guilty to federal arson charges for the burning of a CVS at Pennsylvania and North on April 27th. Investigators say Carter was identified from surveillance footage showing him running out of the store moments after the fire ignited.


City Paper’s annual Best of Baltimore is out – and painstakingly split up over at least a hundred pages on the web (that’s one way to keep print relevant).


Steve Smith Sr. is ready to trash-talk your friends, for a good cause. As a fundraiser for his foundation (helps kids go to camp, advocates against domestic violence), Smith is raffling off a grand prize that includes Ravens’ suite tickets and Smith slamming your friends over voicemail.