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WBAL Radio- Dante Barksdale, an anti-violence activist for years, lost his life Jan. 7 from gun violence. His death affected many in the community and has been called " the heart and soul of Baltimore" by Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott. Thursday morning, it was announced Garrick Powell has been arrested in Barksdale's murder. Read More 

Baltimore Sun- “The court ruled that the State was not required to produce anyone who was involved in testing the contents of the baggie that was submitted” by police, the appellate court judges wrote. “We cannot say that foreclosing that opportunity was harmless, because the chemist’s work was an essential link in the chain of custody and, in turn, a necessary element of the State’s proof that Powell was in possession of cocaine.” City prosecutors asked that he be held without bond while the matter was pending again, which was denied. Read More

Boston Globe- Both Boston and Baltimore have shown that new thinking on policing and prosecution promotes public safety and protects communities of color. Read More 

Baltimore Sun- Following Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s recent announcement that she will no longer prosecute drug possession, there has been a great deal of debate in The Baltimore Sun about how society should grapple with the persistent and escalating public health crisis of substance use and overdose. As public health researchers, we welcome these discussions as an opportunity to critically evaluate the available data and guide evidence-based policy decisions that could save lives. Unfortunately, some of the claims made in letters to the editor and elsewhere are not grounded in scientific evidence, and risk ignoring historical and contemporary lessons from the U.S. and beyond. Read More 

 WMAR- Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office filed a formal complaint with the FCC requesting an investigation into the broadcasting practices and media content distributed by WBFF, a Baltimore City-based Fox News-affiliated network. Read More

The Washington Times- The complaint, dated Wednesday, referred to WBBF’s coverage of Ms. Mosby, a Democrat, as “blatantly slanted, dishonest, misleading, racist and extremely dangerous” and urged the FCC to intervene. Read More

WJZ- A Baltimore grand jury last week indicted Steven Melton for allegedly shooting and killing Dominic Carr on April 5, according to a statement from Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Read More

WBALTV- A major change is coming to Baltimore’s 911 system. Non-violent mental health calls will now go to a crisis hotline. The goal is to help people who really don't need police and let officers focus on violent crime. Read More

 Baltimore Sun- The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office says it filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday requesting an investigation of WBFF, the Sinclair-owned Fox-affiliated TV station in Baltimore. Read More 

 WBAL Radio- “WBFF is committed to journalism in the public interest with its award-winning investigative unit being a key part of delivering on that commitment,” reads a statement from The Sun from Billy Robbins, vice president and general manager of WBFF. “While we understand that it’s not always popular with the individuals and institutions upon which we are shining a light, we stand by our reporting.” Read More