Humidity and mid 80s today, with the chance of storms later. Same thing tomorrow, but even warmer.
The city’s intense outbreak of gun violence continued over the weekend, with four dead in separate shooting incidences, and at least 12 others shot. Four people were shot in one attack in East Baltimore’s Oliver neighborhood on Saturday.
Despite rain and broken bathrooms, a record 131,680 came to Pimlico for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. The Maryland Jockey Club is considering moving the event out of the city to Laurel Park in coming years.
Amtrak trains will begin running between DC and NYC again today. Last week’s train derailment in Philadelphia killed eight and injured over one hundred people. Investigators are still trying to determine why the train was traveling over 100mph at the time of the crash. The engineer, who suffered a concussion, claims not to remember the moments leading up to the derailment.
- Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he will re-open a police barracks in Annapolis and hire 100 new State Troopers by diverting $2 million from the state’s budget set to renovated the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Hogan says he supports the arts, “but in the current environment, a State Police barrack in our state capital and adequate funding for public safety in Annapolis must be the priority.”It’s unclear what current environment Hogan was referring too: Annapolis had less homicides in 2014 (1) that Baltimore had this weekend (4).
- Later today, President Obama is expected to severely limit the sale of military-style equipment to local police departments. The executive action will prohibit police departments from using federal money to buy armored vehicles, high-powered weapons, and camouflage. In recent years, [local police departments have purchased hulking mine-resistant armored vehicles (MRAPs), grenade launchers, and military-issue armor, often at clearance prices.