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Move the messenger (access required)

Amid one of the worst spates of shooting sprees in recent memory — 28 shot in Baltimore since Friday — Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts announced Wednesday that he has removed the messenger.


  1. Who is Rawlings-Blake?

  2. Goodness, I have to read until about the seventh paragraph to grasp that the didn’t can the guy for telling bad news, as the lede suggests, but actually for being so tone deaf that he apparently didn’t grasp that it was time to stop spouting canned talking points about being “pretty satisfied with the way the city is headed, violence-wise.”

    My kingdom for people who write well, and editors who care.