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A conversational take on Maryland news and culture from The Baltimore Sun newsroom.

For Maryland football and new coach Mike Locksley, low on-field expectations belie high stakes after scandal - 8/15/2019 2:58:53 PM

Did the University of Maryland unnecessarily roll the dice by hiring Mike Locksley in the wake of a nationally-reaching scandal that involved the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair and allegations of a “toxic” football culture fueled by the coaching staff and administration, or has the Washington, D.C. native demonstrated enough growth and potential to lead a Big Ten football team to a brighter future?

The two sides of the Maryland gun debate - 8/8/2019 9:50:33 PM

While Maryland gun rights advocates argue that the state’s attempts at curbing shootings have backfired, gun control supporters counter that the state hasn’t done nearly enough to save lives.

After Trump tweets, examining what the federal government has done for Baltimore - 7/29/2019 9:32:19 PM

What role has the federal government played in Baltimore over the years, and what can it do now to move the city forward?

Baltimore Sun Editorial Board: Better to have a few rats than to be one - 7/29/2019 4:18:33 PM

Editorial writer Peter Jensen reads The Sun's July 27 editorial, "Better to have a few rats than to be one."

How an all-Asian American and Pacific Islander improv troupe in Baltimore is sketching their own narrative - 7/25/2019 9:39:41 PM

An all-Asian American and Pacific Islander comedy troupe in Baltimore, A , seeks to rewrite the script, carving out their own place on stage to promote visibility in a space where it’s traditionally been lacking.

Three decades after killing his son, Lawrence Banks is charged with murdering his daughter. We examined the cases in between. - 7/18/2019 10:37:44 PM

The horrific slaying of Dominique Foster led to a weeks-long search for her killer. Police found the 43-year-old’s body hidden near a dumpster on May 12, missing a head, as well as hands, arms and lower legs.Foster’s own father, Lawrence Banks, is charged in her death. The 65-year-old Baltimore man was previously convicted of killing his son and another man. According to Foster’s husband and court records, Banks allegedly abused his daughter as a child, threw her through a window as an infant and continued to engage with sexual behavior with her as an adult.How did Banks avoid longer punishment and, after further accusations of violence, end up reconnecting with his daughter? In this episode, Baltimore Sun police reporter Jessica Anderson joins Newsroom Edition host Pamela Wood to retrace her reporting and research into the suspect’s past. **WARNING: Content may be explicit for some listeners.

Is Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as bipartisan as he claims? - 7/11/2019 9:06:06 PM

Despite pledges on the campaign trail to remain a unifying force in Annapolis throughout his second term, Gov. Larry Hogan sparked outcry from Democrats last week as he announced he would not release $245 million that the legislature put into the state budget for programs and projects including school construction, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and summer jobs for city youth.

Since you asked: Four Baltimore stories inspired by your curiosity - 7/4/2019 2:18:38 AM

This week, you’re the producer, as breaking news and transportation reporter Colin Campbell shares four You Ask, We Answer stories inspired by Sun readers’ curiosity. Come underground, underwater, to the back of the restaurant, and back in time as we reveal lesser-known facts about Federal Hill Park, the Inner Harbor, carryout staple Lake Trout and two Baltimore neighborhoods.Related links:What do you wonder about the Baltimore area that you'd like us to investigate?'Secret' tunnels are hidden under Baltimore's Federal Hill. Where did they come from and what lies inside? asked: What's really in Baltimore's Inner Harbor? Here's what we found. asked: What is lake trout? The story behind the Baltimore delicacy with a misleading name. asked: How do Baltimore neighborhoods get their names? The origin behind Pigtown, Sandtown and more.

Reporting from Baltimore's immigrant communities during a week of warnings - 6/27/2019 10:33:06 PM

President Donald Trump spooked Baltimore’s immigrant community last week by announcing that millions of undocumented citizens would be arrested and deported in federal immigration raids across the country. The deployment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Howard County on Wednesday sparked further concern, fear and uncertainty.In this episode, Baltimore Sun reporter Thalia Juarez sheds light on Baltimore’s immigrant communities and how they’ve responded to the ongoing threat of deportation. She joins guest host John O’Connor, a former radio reporter with WNYC and a current Baltimore Sun politics editor, for an in-depth discussion about the state’s complex relationship with immigrants and the challenges that lie ahead for vulnerable communities.

What to do, where to go and what to see this summer in Baltimore - 6/20/2019 9:03:20 PM

With so much to do, see and taste this summer, many of Baltimore's hidden gems may get lost in the shuffle.