Rolling boil

Sun today, with highs in the low 70s. More sun tomorrow, and warmer too, with highs shy of 80.


Frustration and anger with ongoing violence were visible yesterday in Baltimore’s neighborhoods and at a public safety forum hosted by mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and interim police chief Kevin Davis. This weekend, four young men were shot to death, and in two separate incidents someone fired into crowds, killing a 71-year-old man and wounding a 9-year-old girl. At Monday’s public safety forum in west Baltimore, Rawlings-Blake and Davis offered up no new solutions, but again called on the community to provide information to police and repeated their intent to go after violent criminals.


23-year-old Jeffery McKinney was charged with second-degree murder after confessing to smothering his 5-month-old daughter, Noran Lee Torbet, on Saturday. Police say McKinney placed a pillow over his daughter’s face out of frustration when she wouldn’t stop crying.


The Supreme Court reinstated the 1995 murder conviction of Baltimore police officer James Kulbicki. Kulbicki was convicted of shooting his mistress just days before the two were due at a child support hearing. Later, Kulbicki successfully appealed his conviction in the MD Court of Appeals, arguing that his defense was inadequate for failing to challenge a bullet forensic method that was disproven years after his trail. The Supreme Court overturned the appeal and reinstated Kulbicki’s life sentence – arguing that his defense couldn’t be blamed for not challenging forensics that were widely accepted at the time.


Last night, a 13 car pileup on the outer loop of the Baltimore beltway near the I-83 ramp shut down traffic for hours and sent 11 to the hospital.Nobody was seriously hurt. Police say the accident started when a car hit the center wall and stopped in the roadway – then things got worse when a tractor trailer jackknifed. All lanes are open this AM.


Laureate Education, headquartered in Harbor East, is aiming for an initial public offering on Friday. NASDAQ analysts say the higher-ed company could raise $1 billion with its IPO – which could help the company cope with $4.7 billion in debt after spending years buying up for-profit colleges,Laureate also plans to structure itself as a ‘public benefit corporation,’ meaning that it intends to create a social good beyond just profits (Etsy and Ben & Jerry’s are certified B-corps) – the B-corp concept is still relatively young (and maybe not much more than smart marketing).


Rumor has it that Cal Ripken Jr. could be the next manager for the Nationals. Ripken was considered the last time the job was open.