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Pocomoke City, Md., leaders defend firing first black police chief

- Associated Press

Leaders of a small, predominantly black town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are defending their decision to fire the town’s first black police chief and call for healing racial tensions that have divided the community.

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, front center, and other elected officials announce the start of the Baltimore Federal Homicide Task Force, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Baltimore. Baltimore police and civic leaders launched a partnership Monday with five federal agencies that will embed their special agents with city homicide detectives, bidding to quell an upswing in homicides and other violent crime in that city. (Lloyd Fox/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Baltimore homicide uptick: Anti-crime partnership launched

- Associated Press

Baltimore police and civic leaders launched a partnership Monday with five federal agencies that will embed their special agents with city homicide detectives, bidding to quell an upswing in homicides and other violent crime in that city.

Authorities investigate the scene of a fire at the Henrytown Lutheran Church, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Canton, Minn. Congregation member Doris McCabe said the church was built in the late 1800s, The Post-Bulletin reported. (Jerry Olson/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)

Half of church fires in the last 20 years were arson

Catholic News Agency

Fifty-one percent of the reported fire incidents at U.S. houses of worship between 1996 and 2015 were determined to be caused by arson, according to a recent analysis by the Pew Research Center.

Back to school for military kids is not always an easy time

- The Washington Times

Back to school. For teachers, those three words can bring shouts of hip-hip-hooray, because it means continued employment. For students and parents, those words can bring dread and anxiety — especially so if the students and the parents are military families.

FILE - In this April 7, 2014 file photo shows Toby Keith performs at ACM Presents an All-Star Salute to the Troops  in Las Vegas. The New York location of country music star Toby Keith's chain of restaurants owes more than a quarter-million dollars in sales taxes to the state. A tax warrant filed by the state earlier this month seeks $107,000 owed by  Keith's I Love this Bar & Grill at the Destiny USA shopping mall in Syracuse. Keith's Syracuse bar, which opened last year, also owes more than $145,000 in sales taxes from earlier in 2013. The musician's chain of restaurants, named for the title of one of his hit songs, features guitar-shaped bars, beer in mason jars and traditional southern food. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Toby Keith brings his American pride to D.C.

If you’re ready to celebrate the red, white and blue while whooping it up to some country music, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Toby Keith concert.

American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer Josh Groban will swing through D.C. in September as part of his current tour, playing one show at DAR Constitution Hall on Sept. 14. (Associated Press)

Josh Groban on magic, music and his big break

With over 10 million albums sold and a worldwide audience that numbers 10 times that, Josh Groban is a force of nature in popular music. In support of his latest CD “Stages,” a collection of his versions of Broadway’s best tunes, Mr. Groban will be stopping at the District’s DAR Constitution Hall Sept. 14.

A man sleeps on a stoop as police guard the perimeter of the scene of a shooting, Monday, July 27, 2015, in Baltimore. Police said a male was shot in the chest near the epicenter of unrest in April following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Rioting and looting broke out in the area after the funeral of Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Baltimore killings soar to level unseen in 43 years

- Associated Press

Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 43 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

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