Andre Lambertson

Window into Baltimore

Crime | Charm City, a new documentary on Baltimore crime, is worth watching
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/24/18, 11:37 am

A Baltimore moment:

I’ve covered a few stories in Baltimore post-Freddie Gray, and police-community relations have, sadly, continued to suffer big setbacks. The city has seen a recent spike in violence, and the police department is reeling after a major corruption case and the resignation of its police chief over allegations of tax evasion. 

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Michael Turton

Geese in the outfield

Media | A newspaper’s coverage of a goose drama in a town baseball field shows the value of local reporting, and the opioid crisis points to a need for community
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/14/18, 09:14 am

A New York moment:

Last year I started subscribing to a local paper that covers a cluster of small towns north of New York City, like Beacon. The town meetings and arguments about construction of a cell tower are not relevant to me, but it’s a good newspaper, and I miss good, local news coverage. Every issue has a Q&A with a local resident, like a longtime pub owner or a librarian.

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Associated Press/Photo by John Minchillo

Cincinnati bank shooting kills four, including gunman

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/06/18, 11:48 am

Police say four people are dead, including the gunman, in a downtown Cincinnati bank shooting. The shooter opened fire early Thursday morning at the loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank building, which houses popular ice cream, sandwich, and pastry shops, Police Chief Eliot Isaac said. The gunman then entered the bank’s lobby where he exchanged gunfire with police. It’s unclear if the gunman shot himself or was shot by officers. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said it “could have been much, much worse” if not for the immediate police response to end the threat.

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