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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis at the Public Safety Forum in Wavelry on Monday.
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News Wrap: Public Safety Forum in Waverly; Protestors Plan to Demonstrate As Gray Hearings Begin

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Interim Police Chief Kevin Davis held their latest public safety forum last night at the Waverly Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
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MD Gov Marvin Mandel (pipe), VA Gov A. Linwood Holton, Jr.and DC Mayor Walter Washington from the DC Water Archive.
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First Edition Aug 31: GOP on Immigration; Remembering Marvin Mandel

In national politics, Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze respond to the latest comments of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Chris Christie, particularly Christie's proposal to keep tabs on undocumented immigrants entering the country using a tracking device.
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By the time DeAngelo Cortijo was 14, he had been in more than a dozen foster homes. He had run away and lived on the streets for months, and he had been diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders, attachment disorder, intermittent explosive disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder. He had been in and out of mental hospitals and heavily medicated.

Cortijo, who was born in San Francisco, was taken from his mother after she attempted suicide when he was 3.

Updated 12:08 p.m. ET: Uber Responds

Uber has been fighting challenges to its business model. But a federal judge in California has allowed some drivers to proceed with a class-action lawsuit against the ride-hailing service. The case could affect other big companies in the sharing economy.

Uber challenged the traditional taxi business with an app that brought together people who need a ride with people who have cars. The drivers get paid a rate set by Uber.

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has strongly condemned shootings of law enforcement officers in Texas and Illinois and issued an unequivocal message of support for police.

"We have had four more guardians slain, and frankly our hearts are broken," the attorney general said Wednesday in remarks to a fair housing conference in Washington, D.C. "I offer the families of these officers my condolences, and I ask that all of us come together and keep them in our prayers."

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Wednesday that she will support the Iran nuclear agreement, giving the White House the final vote needed to protect the accord from a Republican-led effort to defeat the measure.

With her endorsement, Mikulski became the crucial 34th vote needed to sustain President Obama's expected veto should Congress pass a measure to block the agreement.

In a statement, Mikulski says:

A recent outbreak of Salmonella in frozen tuna might have sushi lovers wondering if it's safe to eat that raw fish.

The outbreak in question began in California in March. All told, it sickened 65 people in 11 states. There were 35 cases in California, with another 18 in Arizona and New Mexico. The rest of the cases were scattered across the country, including four in Minnesota.

Baltimore police expect protests tomorrow as court hearings begin in the case of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the African-American man who in April suffered a severe spinal injury in policy custody.

Lawyers for the police want the prosecutor to be removed from the case and the trial to be moved out of Baltimore, because of rioting after Gray’s death.

Kenneth Burns, a reporter at the Baltimore public radio station WYPR, joins Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins with a preview of the hearings.

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'Twelve Kings' Launches A Bold New Fantasy World

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Despite numerous, valiant efforts over the past few years to broaden the palette of epic fantasy, the genre still has a default setting: Some fictionalized version of medieval Europe. Add Bradley P. Beaulieu's new novel, Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, to the growing list of proud exceptions. Set in a world covered by desert and lit by twin moons, Twelve Kings includes Islamic and Ancient Egyptian influences among its fabulist mix of cultures.

Update at 11:52 a.m. ET. Judge Denies Two Key Motions:

A judge in Baltimore handed prosecutors two pretrial victories on Wednesday in relation to the Freddie Gray case, a 25-year-old man who died after suffering injuries in police custody.

NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports that the judge rejected a motion to dismiss charges against six police officers who were allegedly involved in Gray's arrest and death. And the judge also dismissed a motion that sought to remove Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby from the case.

Spoiler alert: Terry Pratchett's final novel begins with the death of one of his toughest and best-developed characters.

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The Mighty Sound of Maryland traveled to New Orleans to help Habitat for Humanity construct new homes for musicians displaced by the storm, working with Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr.
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Recommended Reading from the Bassman: Jazz in New Orleans, 10 Years After Katrina

Marcellus Shepard, Program/Music Director and host of "In the Groove," recommends a few reading materials about the role of jazz in the recovery of New Orleans.
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Jeff Bradshaw performing in July.
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Listen to Jeff Bradshaw on The Baltimore Blend

Hosts Robert Shahid and Mykel Hunter interview jazz trombonist Jeff Bradshaw on The Baltimore Blend.
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Terence Blanchard at UVA's Old Cabell Hall in March.
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Watch Terence Blanchard's In-Studio Interview at WEAA

Blue Note Recording artist and multi Grammy award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard stopped by the WEAA studios at the end of June to chop it up with the Bassman.
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