It’ll be breezy and cooler today, with highs around 70, with more of the same tomorrow.
An Amtrak train from DC en route to New York derailed in Philadelphia last night, killing at least six people and injuring over one hundred. The accident has stopped rail service between Philadelphia and NYC, and delayed or cancelled several other northbound Amtrak trains today.
- Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defended her response to the unrest in Baltimore, noting that “nobody died during the riots.” The mayor has been criticized for (among other reasons) her unresponsiveness to the governor and lack of public appearance during the first hours of April 27th’s chaos, the pre-emptive riot police and transit shutdown response to students leaving school, and for the wisdom and legality of the 6-day city-wide 10pm curfew.
- Must read: City Paper profiled Robert “Meech” Tucker, a prominent (if not problematic) figure in recent protests. Among other appearances, Meech was the man confusingly arrested with a gun at Penn/North last week.
Gov. Larry Hogan signed 350 bills into law yesterday, including a (not really) repeal of the ‘rain tax’ (counties are still responsible for coming up with stormwater remediation money), better whistleblower protection for government contractors, and a bill that will help pave the way for MD police departments to begin body camera programs.