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In this photo taken Tuesday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, right, speaks with a resident outside of vacant homes after a ceremony to kick off their restoration in Baltimore. For many in Baltimore, the memory of April's riots - and the mayor’s handling of the unrest - is still fresh. After firing embattled police commissioner Anthony Batts, who bore the brunt of public outrage, Rawlings-Blake remains the primary figure head of a city that is still reeling from the damage it suffered. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, right, speaks with a resident outside of vacant homes after a ceremony to kick off their restoration in Baltimore. For many in Baltimore, the memory of April's riots - and the mayor’s handling of the unrest - is still fresh. After firing embattled police commissioner Anthony Batts, who bore the brunt of public outrage, Rawlings-Blake remains the primary figure head of a city that is still reeling from the damage it suffered. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

After Baltimore riots and crime spike, mayor under fire

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake climbed onto the deck of an abandoned row house in Tuesday's sweltering summer heat and promised that "better is coming" as she promoted the restoration of a blighted block not far from where riots broke out earlier this year. In another year or so, the three-story brick shell of a building, one ...

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