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In this June 9, 2016, file photo, Arthur B. Johnson Jr., of Baltimore, demonstrates alone outside Baltimore's Courthouse East on the first day of the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, in Baltimore. More than a year after Freddie Gray's death, the same streets that exploded in fury and flame are calm. Despite back-to-back acquittals for officers charged in Gray's death, the physical protest movement that helped topple the careers of both the police commissioner and the mayor has dissipated, leaving activists exploring other avenues for change. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)

Weary of protest, Baltimore activists seek change elsewhere

- Associated Press

Under the beating summer sun, retired steelworker Arthur B. Johnson Jr. stood outside the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse in Baltimore, clutching the fraying wooden handle of a homemade sign.

Suboxone prescription strips. Image via NAABT.org. Accessed July 20, 2016. [http://www.naabt.org/sitemap.cfm]

Maryland withdraws proposal to ban letters to inmates

- Associated Press

Maryland prison officials on Wednesday withdrew proposed regulations to impose the nation’s first total ban on letters to inmates at state facilities, except for official legal correspondence and postcards. The regulations were proposed to block inmate access to Suboxone, an addictive drug sold in thin strips that are easily concealed inside envelopes.

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Omar Parker with some of the youths he works for and with.

'We don't need to march,' 'shoot cops'

- The Washington Times

A self-described disciple of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Omar Parker of Washington, North Carolina, is a victim and a visionary, a mentor and a teacher -- and a quick look at where he has been explains why he no longer sees various shades of gray.