A water wheel in Baltimore has removed over 313 tons of trash from the Inner Harbor. In just 18 months,‘Mr Trash Wheel’ successfully cleaned more than 6 million cigarette butts, 200,000 plastic bottles, 255,000 Styrofoam containers, 173,000 chip bags, and 4,000 glass bottles out of the city’s notoriously polluted river.

Mr. Trash Wheel has a lot of work to do.

EEEEEW. 

Mr. Trash Wheel also has a Twitter account.

And a sense of humor.

And a pretty nice view…

… thanks to himself.

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So apparently, no one killed Freddie Gray. Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby expressed her anger and frustration at a press conference this afternoon, saying that her office still believes that Gray did not kill himself. 

But as the nation continues to grapple with seemingly frequent deaths and abuse of African-Americans at the hands of the police, Mosby reiterated a reality that black communities know all too well. Even when the facts are on the victim’s side, justice seems elusive.

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For the Love of Fungi: Foraging with @the_mushroom_ninja

To see more of Ryan’s photos, check out @the_mushroom_ninja on Instagram.

It’s hard to believe that Ryan Grastorf (@the_mushroom_ninja) started photographing fungi a mere year and a half ago. “As an effort to reduce stress in life, I just started hiking more,” the full-time student says. “I found a mushroom, a very cool looking mushroom, and the rest is kind of history.” Since then, Ryan has gone into the woods near his home in Baltimore every day in search of his subject matter. He estimates that he’s photographed about 150 different kinds of mushrooms, many of which he has identified with the help of the Instagram community. “Mushrooms have this historically bad rap. But every time I share my world with somebody, they’re completely in awe, like, ‘Wow, I did not know mushrooms were like that.’”

US Department of Justice report on the Baltimore City Police Department.

9 takeaways from the report via Vox:

1) The Baltimore Police Department targets black Americans, even when they’re totally innocent of any crimes.

2) Baltimore officers escalate typical policing situations into violence for no good reason.

3) Before Freddie Gray, police were warned about the dangerous transportation practices that killed him.

4) Good community policing was very rare — typically left to a few cops who defied systemic problems.

5) There are “two Baltimores” — one white, one black — when it comes to policing.

6) Baltimore police regularly violate people’s First Amendment rights.

7) Baltimore police may not seriously investigate sexual assault cases.

8) There’s little to no supervision and accountability at the Baltimore Police Department.

9) Virtually all parties — even Baltimore police officers — agree reform is needed.

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Tawon Boyd, 21, dies after fight with Baltimore police.

A 21-year old father died on Wednesday after a chaotic fight with Middle River, Maryland police, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Attorneys for the man, Tawon Boyd, told the Sun that his kidneys and heart had failed in the aftermath of an altercation with police that occurred on Sunday morning.

“Mr. Boyd was in need of medical attention, and the police responded with violence,” Latoya Francis-Williams, an attorney for the family, said. “The police beat him into intensive care, and now he’s no longer with us.”

Authorities said that an autopsy is pending, and confirmed that both the county police and fire departments are conducting internal investigations into the circumstances surrounding the young man’s death. Read more.

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Prince privately donated money to family of Trayvon Martin
Prince’s voice soared on stage — but he was also a humanitarian who once quietly donated money to the family of Trayvon Martin.

Rev. Al Sharpton recalled receiving a surprise phone call from the iconic singer in the wake of the 2012 shooting death of the unarmed 17-year-old in Florida.

“I will never forget when he called me and said he had some funds he wanted to give to Trayvon Martin’s family,” 

Sharpton said the Minneapolis-born musician once arranged for Eric Garner’s family to attend one of his concerts in Baltimore. 


An amazing human being on so many levels. Lived as if he had already ascended to another dimension. There is no way to measure how much he will be missed. We’ll never have another Prince. Millions of people of all races and backgrounds are saddened today with the sudden loss of a true Prince who was a really king. #Love it!