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Closing Time: Baltimore's Battle with Liquor Licenses

What happens if you get rid of some licenses?

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After one of the wettest summers on record—Baltimore received more than two-and-a-half times the normal rainfall from June 1 to August 4 this year—we’re into hurricane season. And although Hurricane Florence may not be as bad for Maryland as originally predicted, it’s still expected to add to the state’s rainfall total.

That’s another surge of fresh water in a Chesapeake Bay that already is feeling the effects of all that rain.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

Baltimore City’s Liquor Board Waverly Tavern’s liquor license for a week and fined the establishment $2,500 Thursday afternoon.

Jessica Bakeman

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Camp Shine, a free arts therapy program, was held at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and later, at a middle school next door — in Parkland. But the glue connecting the people behind the scenes was Baltimore.

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First of two parts

Residents of at least 10 Baltimore communities say a proliferation of bars and liquor stores has led to an increase in crime in their neighborhoods and they want the city’s board of liquor license commissioners to do something about it.

But liquor board members say there isn’t much they can do because of state law, which frustrates folks like Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, president of the Matthew Henson Community Association.

John Lee

The candidates running for Baltimore County Executive debated for the first time Tuesday, and they differed over whether to provide universal prekindergarten and free community college tuition. 

 

How they answered those questions crystallizes how they are running their campaigns.

 

 

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