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Batlimore Police arrested Kwame Rose yesterday outside of the Circuit Courthouse where the Freddie Gray hearings were beginning.
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News Wrap: Gray Officers Will Have Separate Trials; Activist Arrested Outside of Courthouse

During the motions hearing yesterday, Judge Barry Williams said that the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will have separate trials. Williams also refused to toss out the charges against the officers, and denied a motion to remove State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's entire office from the case. Next week, Williams will decide whether the trials will be moved out of Baltimore.
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Dr. Gregory Thornton, CEO of Baltimore City Schools, visits Matthew A. Henson Elementary for the first day of school.
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First Edition Sept 1: The State of Baltimore Public Schools; Interview with Mayor Rawlings-Blake

As public schools open their doors officially, education experts join Sean Yoes for a round table discussion on engaging students of color in school, the state teachers union lobbying against standardized testing, and the 100+ teacher vacancies that remain in Baltimore public schools as the year begins.
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Donald Trump may be backing down — sort of.

The billionaire businessman was the only GOP presidential candidate not to raise his hand at last month's debate to pledge he wouldn't run as a third-party candidate.

Now, however, it seems he's poised to promise not to undertake an independent bid if he loses the Republican nomination.

It was supposed to be a routine photo-op.

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Imagine a space shuttle speeding toward earth at 17,500 miles per hour, the friction outside heating the vessel up to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit as it enters the atmosphere.

The Obama administration Wednesday issued an after-action assessment of the police response to the demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., that erupted last year following the killing of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black resident of the city, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.

A federal judge has thrown out Tom Brady's four-game suspension over his role in "deflate-gate."

The suspension was handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after attorney Ted Wells found that employees of the New England Patriots deflated footballs to make them easier to grip. Goodell said Brady likely knew about the scheme.

Brady appealed Goodell's decision in federal court and, today, he prevailed.

Hungary's prime minister says his country is doing all it can to manage a growing migrant crisis that has flooded it with refugees, even as European officials said they will meet later this month in Brussels to discuss an effort to "strengthen the European response" to the situation.

Editor's Note: The photos in this story may be distressing to some viewers.

The numbers associated with today's migration crisis are huge: 4 million Syrians fleeing their country; 3 million Iraqis displaced. But it was the image of a solitary child — a toddler in a red T-shirt, blue shorts and Velcro sneakers, found face-down on a Turkish beach — that shocked and haunted the world this week.

Florida Cowboys Week: Part Two

The state of Florida has a rich and diverse tradition of cattle ranching. Recently we explored the black cowboys of Florida. There are other distinctive elements to the state's past as well.

"Indian cowboys", for instance.

A former aide to Hillary Clinton said he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and not answer questions from Congress.

The aide, Bryan Pagliano, helped set up Clinton's private email server. Clinton has faced months of scrutiny for using her home server and a private email address to conduct State Department business.

The Select Committee on Benghazi had asked Pagliano, a former State Department employee, to field questions next week. His lawyer has declined, sending a letter to Congress citing the negative political environment.

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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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