• Miller would assure death penalty vote

    By Michael Dresser and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun

    9:35 p.m. EST, January 2, 2013

    Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Wednesday that he will make sure that legislation to repeal Maryland's death penalty gets a vote in his chamber if the governor lines up enough support for approval.

  • Is There a Path to Zero?

    In Baltimore City, juvenile offenders charged as adults are sent to the Baltimore City Detention Center downtown. Now they may be sent somewhere else—the Department of Public Safety and Corrections has proposed a facility to serve these youths only. Advocates have been fighting this facility for several years now, saying resources should build up young people, rather than a jail they believe authorities will fill one way or another. Do they have the momentum to stop the jail?

  • Mortgage settlement: not enough relief

    By Marceline White

    1:46 p.m. EST, December 11, 2012

  • Rep. Cummings becoming voice for distressed homeowners

    BALTIMORE -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings doesn’t need to go farther than his front stoop to see the scars of the housing crisis.

    "That one was foreclosed on," the 61-year-old Maryland Democrat said on a recent morning outside his brick rowhouse in this city's Madison Park neighborhood, pointing to an empty house nearby with a "No Trespassing" sign in the front window.

  • Consumer advocate: Why use almost all the city's share of mortgage settlement on demolition?

    Should Baltimore spend almost all the $10 million it's getting from the nationwide mortgage settlement on demolishing vacant homes?

    That's the city's plan. Marceline White questions the wisdom of that idea.

  • Survey: Buyer interest in foreclosures nearly triples

    More buyers are looking to score a deal on a foreclosure, while more Americans are worried that the foreclosed properties will lower their home values.

    Those are two of the highlights from a recent survey that illustrates how people's attitudes about foreclosures are changing. That's perhaps not too surprising, given that bank-owned properties have become commonplace in American cities in recent years.