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Attorney General Lynch visiting Baltimore today

Attorney General Lynch visiting Baltimore today

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other Department of Justice leaders are visiting Baltimore. The new attorney general's visit Tuesday comes after protests over the death of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured in police custody, and riots that prompted the governor to bring in the National Guard. Lynch will be joined by head of the Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Director Ronald Davis and Community Relations Service Director Grande Lum. They'll meet with city officials, members of Congress, law enforcement officials and faith and community leaders. The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating Gray's death for potential civil rights violations. The Justice Department is expected to release results of a separate review of the police department's use of force practices in coming weeks.

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Ferguson to pay attorney Dan K. Webb $1,335 an hour

Ferguson to pay attorney Dan K. Webb $1,335 an hour

Ferguson is paying an attorney $1,335 an hour to help the St. Louis suburb negotiate and possibly litigate reforms pressed by the Justice Department since Michael Brown's shooting death by a police officer there last summer, according to a newspaper report. The Ferguson City Council unanimously decided behind closed doors in March to hire Dan K. Webb of suburban Chicago at an hourly rate that is nearly double Missouri's highest attorney billing rate last year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. That tab doesn't include the expenses and fees of any lawyers or paralegals in Webb's firm who may work on the case.

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Julius Henson sued for credit card debt

Julius Henson sued for credit card debt

Julius Henson, the longtime Baltimore political strategist, is headed back to court, this time for defaulting on his credit card debt. The lawsuit filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court alleges that the bombastic, bare-knuckle political adviser and former candidate for state Senate ran up more than $36,000 in credit card debt. The suit further alleges that Henson, 66, of the 1500 block of North Decker Street, stopped payments on the debt in November 2013, around the same time he began his unsuccessful challenge to Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden. Henson did not return calls from a reporter seeking comment.

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Rawlings-Blake lifts curfew 6 days after riots

Six days after the death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in Baltimore, the city's mayor lifted a citywide curfew on Sunday, signaling an end to the extraordinary measures taken to ensure public safety amid an outcry over police practices. Meanwhile, hundreds of jubilant people prayed and chanted for justice at a rally in front of City Hall organized by faith leaders. The rally comes days after the city's top prosecutor charged six officers involved in Gray's arrest. The Rev. Lisa Weah, pastor of the New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Gray's neighborhood, said the message of equal justice for all must not be lost. "Our prayer is that Baltimore will be the model for the rest of the nation," she said.

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Residents in riot-torn areas celebrate charges against police

Residents in riot-torn areas celebrate charges against police

Following State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby filing charges against six Baltimore police officers as a result of the death of Freddie Gray, residents took to the streets in celebration at the corner of North and Pennsylvania avenues. Standing at what was once the epicenter of a riot, residents expressed hope and basked in a moment of victory before the long legal process begins.

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Obama: Truth about Gray’s death must come out

President Barack Obama says it’s “absolutely vital” that the truth about what happened to Freddie Gray comes out. Obama commented Friday shortly after Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges against the six police officers who were suspected after the 25-year-old ...

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