News Wrap: Black Guerilla Family Leader Sentenced; Councilman Stokes Leads Panel
BGF Gang Leader Sentenced To 12 Years In Jail Corruption Case
The Black Guerrilla Family gang leader accused of heading up a drug smuggling ring inside the Baltimore City Detention Center is being sent to federal prison for 12 years. Tavon White pleaded guilty to participating in a racketeering conspiracy and agreed to testify against others implicated in the scandal. Last week, two guards, a jail kitchen worker and two inmates were found guilty in the case, while three other guards were acquitted.
Panel on Police Expectations
City Councilman Carl Stokes cosponsored a panel discussion today on the expectations of police in black communities and in white communities. The event included City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, A. Dwight Pettit, and Dr. Tyrone Powers as guest panelists. This comes after a number of demonstrations across the country, including in Baltimore, protesting the deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of police.
Command Changes In Store For Baltimore County PD
Changes are in store for Baltimore County police commanders. County leaders will be on hand for a promotion ceremony this afternoon at Oregon Ridge Lodge, where eight police lieutenants will be elevated to captain. The new assignments will create the most diverse executive corps the department has ever seen.
Cardin Hosts College Affordability Discussion At CCBC
Senator Ben Cardin led a roundtable discussion this afternoon with students and faculty at CCBC Dundalk. The Democrat talked about college affordability and President Obama's recent proposal to make community college tuition-free for responsible students.
Deadline Sunday For Health Coverage
The open enrollment deadline for Maryland's Health Benefit Exchange is Sunday. Those who don't sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act face a penalty of 2% gross household income or $325 per person. There are exemptions for some people.
Adults Constitute Majority Affected by Measles Outbreak
Most of the people affected by the measles outbreak in 15 states are adults. Infectious disease experts are advising those who don't know whether they’ve been vaccinated to get a measles shot. Doctors also are warning parents not to revive the outdated practice of having “measles parties” to expose children to the disease. The events were aimed at building immunity in children, but doctors say it’s not a substitution for a vaccination and can be very dangerous.
Gas Prices on the Rise
Gas prices are up for the first time since last summer, jumping almost 13 cents per gallon. The price of regular in the area is up to $2.19 per gallon, according to reports by AAA. The national average stands at $2.18 per gallon.
The U.S. Green Building Council has ranked Maryland as one of the country’s greenest states. Maryland ranked third, behind Colorado and Illinois, in USGBC’s list of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most recognized green building rating system. State officials are hopeful that this top ranking could mean more money for the state’s environmental efforts.