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In 2018, hate crimes and hate incidents happened in city parks, historic main streets, and in suburban neighborhoods.

Last spring, four Howard County teen-agers were charged with hate crimes for allegedly defacing their school with racial slurs, swastikas, and more.

Now, some Maryland students, parents, teachers, and principals are pushing back with a message of diversity, understanding, and empathy.

Gil Sandler, the legendary Baltimore folklorist who wrote for local newspapers and WYPR, draped the city in stories that will last forever. 

From former Governor Donald Schaefer to Al Capone to Leona Gage (the young woman from Glen Burnie who won "Miss America," only to have her crown ripped away!)...Gil gathered our local history and shared it with humor, beauty, wisdom, and utter charm.

Here, his three WYPR producers: Lisa Morgan, Luke Spicknall and Mary Rose Madden share a collaborative we hope would make Gil proud. 

The Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport ranks among the worst airports for holiday travel in the U.S. The ranking comes from a Magnify Money report, which looked at 10 years of flight data from the Department of Transportation to determine the 50 busiest airports in the country during the holiday season. 

The Baltimore Business Journal

New data from ride share company Uber shows users in Greater Baltimore turned to the app most this year when grabbing a ride to travel hubs and hotels. 

The Baltimore Business Journal

A total of 156,963 Marylanders enrolled in private health coverage for 2019 through the state's Affordable Care Act marketplace, rising 2 percent increase over last year.

Dams, Rain, Debris and Downstream Effects

Dec 17, 2018
Tom Flynn

Exelon Generation, the company that owns Conowingo Dam near the mouth of the Susquehanna River, was forced to open its flood gates several times last summer after record breaking rainfalls and again in November after even more rains.

They said then the gates would remain open “until further notice.”

And that continues to create problems downstream in Chesapeake Bay, where even in the middle of December crews are still pulling large tree trunks and limbs that were washed through the flood gates out of the water.

The Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore needs a "dramatic" effort to bring back visitors who will eat at its restaurants and shop its boutiques, Comptroller Peter Franchot said Friday. 

Rachel Baye


Maryland may join the growing list of states that get most of their electricity from renewable sources. Legislation state lawmakers plan to take up when they return to Annapolis next month would require Maryland to hit that goal by the year 2030.

Under Armor Shares Fall (BBJ Story)

Dec 12, 2018
The Baltimore Business Journal

Under Armour Inc. shares fell 11 percent in trading Wednesday as the sportswear maker hosted its first investor day in three years and issued conservative revenue projections. 

  When Barbara Johnson, a water quality scientist with Blue Water Baltimore, makes her way down the Jones Falls for her monthly water quality check, she doesn’t see much in the way of trash. That is until she checks Roland Run, a tributary of the Jones Falls, just north of Lake Roland. 


“You see your plastic bottles, plastic bags, and styrofoam,” Johnson said.



Tradepoint Atlantic

The Baltimore County Council is weighing whether to use tax money to help the developer of the old Bethlehem Steel site in Sparrows Point.  At a hearing Tuesday, council members appeared receptive to Tradepoint Atlantic’s request for up to $78 million.



T. Rowe Involved in Uber IPO (BBJ Story)

Dec 11, 2018
The Baltimore Business Journal

It seems like every time a big-name startup goes public, T. Rowe Price Group Inc. is involved. That's the case once again as Uber Technologies Inc. prepares to go public in one of the most highly anticipated initial public offerings of 2019.

John Lee

Once a month, Barbara Johnson makes her way to the banks of the Jones Falls.


Johnson, a water quality scientist with Blue Water Baltimore, tests the water at more than a dozen sites along the falls and its tributaries, from Stevenson Village near its headwaters in rural Baltimore County, to just where the falls goes into underground tunnels near the Howard Street Bridge in the city.



John Lee

Thousands of people make their way on the Jones Falls Expressway each day. But running beneath the JFX, there’s the other Jones Falls, the waterway people talk about usually only when it floods, or is flooded with raw sewage, or both. Officials are grappling with how to control and improve the Jones Falls as it makes its way from Baltimore County to the Inner Harbor.



Donna's Cross Keys Closing (BBJ Story)

Dec 6, 2018
The Baltimore Business Journal

Donna's, a North Baltimore staple for salads, cocktails and Sunday brunch, is closing after 19 years in the Cross Keys community.

The Baltimore Business Journal

The Baltimore Orioles are expanding in the Warehouse at Camden Yards as the team looks to bolster its ticket sales and corporate sponsorship efforts.

The Serial Killer Who Wasn't ... and Then Was Pt.1 of 2

Dec 5, 2018

The first in a two part series, we examine the controversy surrounding the fear that a serial killer was preying upon women in Northwest Baltimore.

Four Seasons Restaurant To Close in 2019

Dec 4, 2018
The Baltimore Business Journal

Wit & Wisdom, the restaurant created by celebrity chef Michael Mina, is closing Jan. 1 in the Four Seasons Hotel after seven years in the waterfront spot.

Four Seasons Restaurant To Close in 2019

Dec 4, 2018
The Baltimore Business Journal

Wit & Wisdom, the restaurant created by celebrity chef Michael Mina, is closing Jan. 1 in the Four Seasons Hotel after seven years in the waterfront spot.

Apartments Planned For Fells Point (BBJ Story)

Dec 4, 2018
The Baltimore Business Journal

A former Italian ice cream factory in Fells Point could soon be razed to make way for a five-story, 31-unit apartment building. The Tutti Frutti wholesale ice cream factory at 520 S. Caroline St. was founded in 1950 by Italian immigrant Ernest DiNenna after he had saved enough money selling 1-cent cups of Italian ice in Baltimore.

It’s said that reading can transport you to different worlds. On this episode of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik is here with a pair of novels that will take readers to a fictional past in New York City, and a possible near-future on the west coast.

Lauren Watley, Baltimore County Government

Johnny Olszewski Jr. was sworn into office Monday as Baltimore County Executive. Now he’s faced with the possibility he may need to raise taxes, cut the county budget or both.


This comes as Olszewski is promising a closer working relationship with the council.



Dominique Maria Bonessi

Airbnbs and other short-term rental properties in Baltimore are liable to start costing a little more under a bill the city council is to vote Monday night. The bill would extend the city’s hotel tax to those properties and limit the number of short term rental properties an individual can operate.

John Lee


Johnny Olszewski Junior becomes Baltimore County’s 14th county executive when he is sworn in Monday morning. 


In a conversation with WYPR’s John Lee, Olszewski said that he will be taking executive action after he is sworn in but did not reveal what that will be.




The Baltimore Business Journal

Two of Pikesville's storied country clubs, Woodholme and Suburban, have had early talks about a potential merger, a deal that would have to be approved by members of both clubs. The clubs told members in letters that they face challenges in attracting new members.

Thank a Spider!

Nov 30, 2018
Jamyla Krempel

They’re creepy, they’re crawly and seeing even a tiny one can make more people than you might expect -- squirm, shriek or run from the room. We’re talking about spiders, and nature educator and animal behavior specialist Jane Marlow believes we should actually thank spiders for what they provide and to get beyond the stereotype.

For information about the Natural History Society of Maryland event that Marlow will speak at on Sat. Dec. 1, visit this link.

To contact Marlow, visit Learn With Jane.

John Lee

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler will step aside on Monday, December 3, to make way for county executive-elect Johnny Olszewski Junior. WYPR reporter John Lee talked with Morning Edition host Nathan Sterner about his interview with Mohler, in which they discussed what is perhaps the biggest challenge that awaits Olszewski as he takes office.  

Essential Tremors - Steve Reich

Nov 29, 2018

Steve Reich long ago transcended the "minimalist" tag to stand as one of America's greatest and most influential living composers. In this episode, he details the effects that the music of Stravinsky, Perotin, and John Coltrane had on some of his seminal pieces.

GM Workers Ready to Fight

Nov 29, 2018
AP Photo/ Steve Ruark

When General Motors announced Monday it was shuttering five plants in the US and Canada and idling some 14,300 workers, 300 of them in Baltimore County, company chairman and CEO Mary Barra said it was part of a “transformation.”

The moves, she said in a statement, would make GM “highly agile, resilient and profitable, while giving us flexibility to invest in the future.”

And a corporate fact sheet issued with the announcement said the company was “optimizing capital expenditures” that would lead to an annual cash savings of approximately $6 billion by 2020.

White Marsh Property Sparks Interest (BBJ Story)

Nov 28, 2018
The Baltimore Business Journal

Interest in the 65-acre White Marsh industrial property now home to a General Motors transmission plant is beginning to heat up days after the auto maker announced it was shutting the facility down.