” Murder is more common in Latin America than in any other part of the world.
That’s the most striking takeaway from a ranking of the most violent cities compiled earlier this year by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. The ranking doesn’t count deaths in war zones or cities with unavailable data.
Thirty-four of the 50 worst cities were located in the region, including repeat murder capital of the world — San Pedro Sula, Honduras — which saw 187 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013 and is getting steadily worse. A full one-third of global homicides occur in Latin America even though the region has just 8% of the world’s population, according to United Nations data.
Drug trafficking, gang wars, political instability, corruption, and poverty combine to cause the region’s elevated violence.
US cities also made the list, led by Detroit at No. 24 and New Orleans at No. 26. “
If readers are looking for a common thread in the violence of the US cities look no further than the local governance of each one . Baltimore hasn’t seen a republican mayor since 1967 and Detroit since 1962 . The last time New Orleans elected a republican leader was in 1872 and St Louis has been led by the Democrats since 1943 . Surprised ? I didn’t think so .
Elections have consequences …
” Chaos on board the Baltimore Metro. A group of attackers tried to push a man out of a moving train—and it’s all caught on tape.
Christie Ileto has more on the video that’s gone viral and the investigation that’s underway.
A man fought for his life while being pushed out of the doors of a moving Metro car. Cell phone video shows the man—who says he’s 51—fighting with two others before passengers finally intervened.
MTA police are now investigating how it escalated.
“You know to know why this is just now coming out via someone’s Facebook video,” said Councilman Brandon Scott. “But also, if no one reported, this is a shame.”
” Drenching rain led to flash floods in the Washington and Baltimore metro areas Tuesday as a potent storm system slogged through the Mid-Atlantic.
The heavy rain is forecast to pelt the Northeast and New England later on Tuesday and into Wednesday.
A flash flood emergency was in effect for parts of the Baltimore area as of late afternoon.
Several people were rescued from flooded cars and numerous roads were closed in the D.C. area, WUSA-TV reported. Roads are also closed in the Baltimore area.
As of late afternoon, Baltimore had picked up 6.27 inches of rain, making this the city’s second-rainiest August day since records began in 1871. Photos on social media showed cars swamped in a parking lot at BWI airport.
Some spots had picked up an estimated 10 inches of rain, the National Weather Service reported. “Numerous water rescues and road closures have been reported.” “
” During the hunting season, Ben Marcin likes to hike on the edge of Baltimore’s woodlands. That’s where he discovered the city’s secluded homeless camps; makeshift dwellings for locals who choose to live off the grid but close to roadways and shopping centers.
Marcin is no stranger to documenting solitude in the built environment. So he decided to find as many of these as possible, putting together a photo project called Camps. Similar to Last House Standing, in which the photographer captured lonely rowhouses around the Mid-Atlantic, Marcin shot the dwellings without the dwellers themselves.
While Baltimore’s solitary rowhouses often symbolize neighborhood decline and the dedication of those who remain, Camps shows a different kind of loneliness – the section of Baltimore’s homeless population that feels uncomfortable using city-provided shelters. Instead, these residents choose to carve out their own lives using whatever materials they can find.
The results are fascinating. As Marcin notes, no two shelters look the same, and each one reflects the user’s possessions, needs, and creativity. Some are no more than a bed under a roadway, others have their own roofs with facades built entirely of old doors or milk crates. “
” The victim was walking home from work when he was attacked near Bank and Exeter Streets. Police say the brutality of the crime is why three juveniles arrested are being charged as adults.
A brutal attack in the heart of Little Italy. Police say a man walking home from work at an area restaurant is attacked and severely beaten near Bank and Exeter Streets by a mob of at least ten teens.
While the suspects took the man’s phone, Blattermann says that’s not what they were after.
“They beat this boy. He got up, he’d run, they beat him. He got up, he’d run, they beat him. He got up, he’d run, they beat him,” said Blattermann.”
” Up to this point Maryland’s rain tax, although onerous, was at least uniform (i.e., everyone paying the same tax rate on the amount of impervious surfaces they own).
Then things got screwy. First, state lawmakers limited the rain tax to only 10 of Maryland’s 24 local jurisdictions (Baltimore city and Anne Arundel, Howard, Carroll, Harford, Charles, Montgomery, P.G., Frederick and Baltimore counties).
So, a shopping mall in Charles County must pay a huge yearly rain tax while a similar mall next door in Calvert County does not. Shouldn’t we all be saving the Bay together?
State lawmakers further decided that, within the 10 rain tax counties, certain properties should be exempt, namely those owned by the state and local governments (and volunteer fire departments). That’s right, they included churches and nonprofits but excluded themselves. “
” Four female prison guards in Baltimore fell pregnant to the same inmate, according to authorities who have busted a major smuggling gang inside the jail system.
Two of the women tattooed the inmate’s name on their bodies and he showered three of them with expensive gifts including cars and jewelry
The scheme involved smuggling drugs and cell phones into Baltimore City Detention Center.
Thirteen female corrections officers, seven inmates and five alleged co-conspirators are charged with racketeering, money laundering and possession with the intent to distribute.
Officials say all 13 have been suspended without pay and the department is moving to fire them.
The affidavit says the corrections officers helped members of the notorious Black Guerilla Family gang smuggle cell phones, marijuana, prescription pills and cigarettes into the jail to sell to other inmates and make thousands of dollars.”
” Tonight on The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn focused on some of the insane stories making headlines in the news. A kid suspended from school for making a gun out of a pastry. Another teen suspended for wrestling away a loaded weapon from another student. Why are these the lessons being taught to our kids? Why are our students being taught to be terrified of guns and to sit down and wait for first responders when faced with a real threat? Glenn looks at the insanity permeating schools today in a monologue that should leave parents taking a hard look in the mirror and wondering how much longer they’ll allow this indoctrination to go on.”
” Testimony from Baltimore Baltimore County, Md., Police Chief James Johnson:
“From November 2011 to November 2012, an estimated 6.6 million firearm transactions occurred
without a background check. Up to 40 percent of firearm transactions occur through private
individuals rather than licensed gun dealers. Allowing 40 percent of those acquiring guns to
bypass background checks is like allowing 40 percent of airline passengers to board a plane
without going through airport security.”
As with many “facts” offered by gun grabbers, however, this one’s not only misleading, it’s based on a suspect source.
Advocates for gun restrictions toss around statistics like they’re magic talismans which confer instant credibility in any debate. The favored source for factoids on gun purchases – including the proportion of transactions subject to background checks – is the National Institute of Justice report, “Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms.” Published in 1997, the report is based on an even-older piece of research, the “National Study of Private Ownership of Firearms in the United States,” a survey sponsored by the Police Foundation in 1994.
You read that correctly: this is research that is two decades old.”
Bravo , a win , and yet from a totally unexpected source , Who’d a thunk ?
” Last year, the Baltimore Police Department published a General Order to officers explaining that members of the public have
a right to record their activity in public, but the Justice Department said in its 11-page letter this week that the order didn’t go far enough, and pointed out several areas where it should clarify and assert more strongly the rights that individuals possess.
The right to record police officers in the public discharge of their duties was.essential to help “engender public confidence in our police departments, promote public access to information necessary to hold our governmental officers accountable, and ensure public and officer safety,” wrote Jonathan Smith, head of the Justice Department’s Special Litigation Section. “