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On the heels of the Baltimore-headquartered organization’s ground-shifting push for marriage equality in Maryland, the NAACP has announced a major effort to repeal the death penalty in the state—its biggest financial commitment ever. Maybe they should try to fix the sinkholes next.

2 @BaltoSpectator

The independent journalist, who has turned out sharp insights and solid reporting over the years, becomes the story, sending out a series of threatening tweets before live broadcasting a standoff with police, who were trying to serve a warrant for a probation violation. He’s a spectator no more.

3 Formstone

A proposed update to the city’s zoning code would ban the vomit-gray fake-stone exterior seen on homes all over town for use in any new construction. OK, so it’s tacky and outdated—you live in Baltimore, remember?

4 Speed Cameras

After a Sun investigation, city officials admit that at least some of the cameras issuing tickets are “not 100 percent accurate.” Yet they plan to keep them in place and apply a vague “reasonableness” test going forward, with no plans to cancel potentially faulty tickets already issued. BCPR thinks this is just the beginning.

5 Morgan State

First the athletic department accidentally emails the football coach about their plans to replace him, then things get serious as a football player is injured in a shooting—the second this semester—outside a dormitory at 1 P.M. Bears need to tackle crime on campus.

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