Tragedy inspires a Federal Hill family to champion a new law.
Susan Yum never thought she’d be in this position. A former public-relations executive, Yum and her husband, James “Spike” Owen, are currently seeking to enact a law that makes the penalty for cell-...
Former death row inmate Kirk Bloodsworth waged and won a nearly 30-year battle to end capital punishment in Maryland.
The guards told Kirk Bloodsworth they had a work detail for him. A room near the prison hospital, above his cell and tier, needed painting, they said. When you’re locked up 23 hours a day, even...
Among the toughest gun laws in the nation, Gov. Martin O’Malley’s wide-ranging legislation passed the General Assembly just four months after the mass shooting of grade-school children in Newtown, CT...
Long before writing Young Thurgood, Larry Gibson broke down Baltimore’s political barriers.
In the garage beneath the downtown law offices of Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, Larry Gibson lifts a piece of luggage loaded with hardcover copies of his award-winning book, Young Thurgood...
The city rewrites its zoning code for the first time in 40 years.
At first, changing a city’s zoning code may sound quite boring. But, upon closer look, it could mean things like more community gardens, fixing up abandoned buildings, creating bike parking, and...
We reveal the dos and don'ts under the "Hon" trademark law.
Back in December, the news broke that Café Hon owner Denise Whiting trademarked the Baltimore endearment "Hon." While we're not exactly thrilled with the idea, we wanted to understand what the law...
Can Gregg Bernstein make Baltimore safer?
It was a blazing Saturday morning in July when Gregg Bernstein, a 55-year-old, Jewish defense attorney, began knocking on doors in the predominantly black neighborhood where Memorial Stadium once...
Two senators—and cancer survivors—take their case to the state legislature.
Last year, when the Maryland State Senate took up a bill that would legalize medical use of marijuana, it had one sponsor with a powerful personal connection to the issue.
Sen. David Brinkley, the...
Who has it. Who's lost it. And how to get it.
Delegate Keiffer Mitchell Jr. is at a cafe, being interviewed for this story, when his cell phone rings. "Hang on a sec, I've got to take this," he says. He leans away and answers the phone. He's...
Her husband's murder transformed a young wife into a victims' rights advocate. Will Anna Sowers' activism make Baltimore safer?
Anna Sowers knew something was wrong when her husband didn't respond to news that she'd just spotted Scottie Pippen in a bar. She'd planned this all-girls weekend in Chicago for months. During a...