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Untreated mentally ill people are more likely to be arrested, more likely to be incarcerated and more likely to commit another crime after release. In this hour of Midday on the Law, Judge Gale E. Rasin talks about the Baltimore Circuit Court's special effort to reduce violent offenses by providing defendants with community-based treatment instead of incarceration or probation. With Baltimore attorney Jim Astrachan.
Last week, the commissioner demanded a full review of how city police officers use their weapons following the accidental shooting of a Baltimore Police Academy trainee. Batts joins Midday to discuss that matter and other challenges he's discovered since taking over for Frederick Bealefeld last fall.
Conventional wisdom holds that it takes years of hard work and some luck to rise to the top of your chosen field. But is there more to it? Through conversations with an array of successful men and women, some of them celebrities, authors Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield strive to determine if there's a formula for success. They are co-authors of "The Art of Doing: How super achievers do what they do and how they do it so well."
Sweeping gun-control legislation faces a battle in the Maryland Senate while the House of Delegates launches hearings on an assault-rifle ban, limitations on ammunition and the licensing of handgun owners. We continue our post-Newtown discussions with Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and one of the nation’s leading experts on firearms. He has briefed Maryland lawmakers on his research on illegal gun sales, and best ways to keep guns away from criminals and to reduce violence.
The series of federal budget cuts known as sequester are set to begin on Friday effecting millions of Americans and threatening the jobs of nearly 50-thousand Maryland residents. We discuss the scope of sequester with our guests: Melissa Deckman, chair and professor of Political Science and the Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs at Washington College and Barry Rascovar political columnist for the Gazette and a communications consultant.
What do sugar daddies, medical studies and pawnshops have in common? They all help some students pay for college. With tuition continuing to rise and many graduates being saddled with huge debt, students are turning to innovative ways of paying for school. Blake Ellis, financial writer for CNN Money, reports. Plus, Michael Thornton, associate program director of scholarships for the College Bound Foundation, on the more conventional ways students and families pay for higher education.
In today’s technology driven world, most people have either tried online dating or know someone who has. According to the dating site Match.com, one in five relationships now begins on the Internet. Online dating is a $2 billion industry. But is it really making dating easier? And how is it destroying romance? Journalist Dan Slater looks into this brave new world of matchmaking in "Love in the Time of Algorithms: What Technology Does to Meeting and Mating."
A review of top stories of the region with the reporters who covered them and some of the newsmakers behind them.
In preparation for the big event Sunday night, a survey of the top 2012 Oscar contenders with Midday contributors Linda DeLibero, associate director of film studies at the Johns Hopkins University, and filmmaker Christopher Llewellyn Reed, chair and associate professor of the Department of Film and Video at Stevenson University.
Author Charlie LeDuff examines the gritty past and present of his once-prosperous hometown in Detroit: An American Autopsy. LeDuff, a Pulitzer-winning former staff writer for The New York Times and former reporter for The Detroit News, is currently a television reporter for Detroit's Fox 2 News.