Graduates Of Baltimore City Community College Will Be Offered Free Tuition To Coppin State

On Friday, Coppin State University unveiled plans to offer city public high school graduates, who earn an associate degree from Baltimore City Community College free tuition.

Earlier this month, Mayor Catherine Pugh pledged to make tuition free at Baltimore City Community College for all city high school graduates in 2018. Free tuition at Coppin would permit students with an associate degree to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University already offer free tuition to city school students. Both institutions have very strict admission policies, making it difficult for students to gain admission.

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Childhood Friend Of Rapper Lor Scoota Gets A 32-Year Prison Sentence For Multiple Shootings

Twenty-five-year-old Fred Catchings was charged in connection with the non-fatal shooting of 24-year-old Davonte Robinson. As part of a plea agreement, he admitted to shooting three other people in July 2016. All three victims were shot in the legs and survived their injuries.

Catchings was sentenced to 32 years in prison for the shooting that led to the murder of rapper Lor Scoota, Catchings’ childhood friend, and a separate triple shooting, according to court records.

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The Book Thing Will Reopen In October

The Book Thing, a Baltimore-based free book warehouse, has announced that it will reopen in October.

The book haven was housed in a space on Vineyard Lane, before it was damaged by fire in March 2016. Since then, The Book Thing has been periodically hosting donation drop-offs and drives.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Russell Wattenberg, founder of The Book Thing, is waiting to obtain occupancy permits, before it can reopen. After the permit is granted, Wattenberg said he would build 250 new bookcases for 200,000 books and move then into a warehouse that has been renovated.

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RDSL Urban NY Announces Layoff, Affecting 127 Workers

RDSL Urban NY LLC, a hop-on, hop-off transport touring service, filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) on August 16. The notice stated that RDSL would cease operations on November 14, at which time the employees will be laid off.

The closing is attributed to “economic” challenges, according to the WARN notice.

RDSL Urban NY was doing business as Open Loop New York, offering sightseeing tours to a variety of sites, including Times Square, Central Park, One World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building.

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Dump Site Clean Up Project Will Cost Baltimore $3.9 Million

Baltimore will spend $3.9 million to remove hazardous materials from an East Baltimore dump site. Baltimore has entered into a consent decree with the state of Maryland and U.S. government over the hazardous pollution at the 68th Street Dump Site, bordering Herring Run in Rosedale.

Baltimore officials received notification from the Environmental Protection Agency in 1999 and 2014, regarding its “potential liability” to clean up the site. Seven landfills, covering 239 acres, make up the dump site, which stretches across the city and Baltimore County line from East Baltimore into Rosedale. Only 18 acres are within the city limits, the remainder is in Baltimore County. Continue reading

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Baltimore Police Investigating A Shooting In Park Circle

Baltimore Police said four people were injured in a Northwest Baltimore shooting on Monday morning.

Police responded to a report of a shooting at 9:30 a.m. in the area of Cottage and Park Heights avenues. At the scene, police located multiple victims and a 38-year old man was transported to a local hospital by another person.

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Two of the victims were listed in critical condition.

Update: One of the victims was identified as a 54-year-old man who suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body. The man succumbed to his injuries after arriving at the hospital. The second victim, a 24-year-old male, suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body and the third victim, a 53-year-old man, suffered a gunshot wound to his foot.

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Former Teacher’s Aide At Maryland School Gets 75-Year Prison Sentence For Production Of Child Pornography

A former teacher’s aide at a Prince George’s County school received a 75-year prison sentence Monday for charges related to the production of child pornography.

Twenty-three-year-old Deonte Carraway of Glenarden coerced and persuaded 12 juveniles to engage in producing sexually explicit videos from October 11 2015 through February 1, 2016. The victims ranged from nine to 13 years of age, according to the 15-count superseding indictment.

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Howard County Police Investigating Commercial Burglaries

Howard County Police are investigating a commercial burglary in Elkridge and another in Columbia.

Around 3:15 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a report of a possible burglary at Lenny’s Towing in the 7000 block of Kit Kat Road. At the scene, police discovered a suspect who had cut through a fence to gain entry to the business. An employee was assaulted when he attempted to confront the suspect, police said.

Police arrest the suspect who was later identified as 36-year-old Robert Nicholas Harrison who is believed to be homeless. Harrison was charged with assault, destruction of property and burglary.

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Fewer Consumers Are Buying Under Armour, Nike’s Expensive Footwear

Some consumers are leaving Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Cam Newton footwear sitting on the shelves and turning toward cheaper alternatives. Companies like Nike and Under Armour have relied on star athletes to sell their footwear and sports apparel for many years, but as of recent they are not doing a good job.

Foot Locker, a Manhattan-based footwear and sportswear retailer, sells shoes from Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Michael Jordan. On Friday, the retailer reported disastrous results, as sales and earnings missed Wall Street’s forecasts.

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Man Suffers Cardiac Arrest At Prettyboy Reservoir

Baltimore Environmental Police said a man was pulled from Prettyboy Reservoir in Baltimore County Saturday.

At 1:45 p.m., Environmental Police responded to a report of a possible drowning at the Prettyboy Reservoir. At the scene, responders found a man who had been swimming at the base of the dam, where swimming is prohibited.

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The man suffered a cardiac arrest and was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he died later than night, police said.

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The rescue was a joint effort from Environmental Police, Maryland State Police Aviation and Baltimore County Fire.

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