Dwayne Weaver has owned Keystone pharmacy in West Baltimore for 32 years. He says the aftermath of the destruction that followed the death of Freddie Gray three years ago left his store 95 percent empty. While Weaver and his pharmacy are back in business again serving the community, he says he’s not sure whether the city is safer, despite crime being reported down 33 percent from this time last year.
Baltimore has had a difficult time in recent years with a growing violent crime problem and turmoil in the police department. But there are still ongoing efforts to build relationships within the community in the hopes of turning things around. One such program takes aim at some of the city’s youngest residents. That program has kids and officers taking to the water together.
After the weekend’s violence in Paris, local students and travelers were faced with a tough decision on whether or not to travel to France or not.
County officials hope the new restrictions will help prevent fights outside bars and nightclubs like the ones that led to the closings of the Thirsty Turtle in College Park and Music, Sports & Games in Capitol Heights.
The state of Maryland and the United Way of the National Capital Area are each contributing $50,000 to an anti-gang initiative called “Way to P.E.A.C.E (prevention, education, awareness, connection, and empowerment).”