In Wake of Riots and Crime Spike, Baltimore Mayor Under Fire

In Wake of Riots and Crime Spike, Baltimore Mayor Under Fire

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake faces scrutiny from residents.

Published July 22, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake celebrated the groundbreaking of a row of abandoned homes in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood as part of a $4.6 million restoration project Tuesday.

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These long-term fixes are essential to any real change in Baltimore — but meanwhile, many people seem to have lost their patience with the mayor, and her recent firing of the police commissioner amid a spike in murders and a plunge in arrests following the riots has failed to insulate her politically.

Rawlings-Blake is now poised to face off in next year's mayor election against her predecessor Sheila Dixon, who resigned in 2010 after a jury found her guilty of embezzling about $500 in gift cards meant for poor children.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Written by Juliet Linderman, Associated Press

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