The Baltimore area and people with connections to it made headlines in July.
The conflict surrounding Israel and Hamas is thousands of miles away, but the impact stretches all the way to Baltimore’s large Jewish population. Hundreds turned out in Owings Mills this week to a gathering designed to show solidarity for Israel. (Courtesy The Associated)
Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, was born in Baltimore. While he was visiting family in Jerusalem, his family says he was beaten by Israeli police in what they call an unprovoked attack that was caught on camera.
Howard County man Nathaniel Dennis died in Liberia in the middle of the Ebola outbreak there. The 24-year-old became ill while in the country and was quarantined because of the outbreak, but his family says he tested negative for the disease.
Pictured a man looks at debris from an Malaysia Airlines plane crash on July 18, 2014 in Grabovka, Ukraine. Jhpiego, the Baltimore-based global health nonprofit sent 19 employees to the International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia. A group of AIDS researchers headed to this same conference were among those killed in the crash.
ESPN suspended sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week over comments he made about domestic violence that suggested women should make sure they don't provoke someone into attacking them. The comments were made during an on-air discussion about Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after the NFL suspended the player two games for charges he assaulted his now-wife.
Kacy Catanzaro, a former Towson University gymnast, competed in the "American Ninja Warriors" TV show and won big. Video of the big win went viral.
The Baltimore Orioles were on a roll in July, holding down the top spot in the American League East division heading into August.
Maryland State Police made a $1 million drug bust on I-95 in Harford County this week. Inside the 18-wheeler police found hidden compartments filled with 12.5 pounds of heroin and more than a pound of crystal methamphetamine. The bust comes at a time when heroin use--and fatal overdoses because of it--are skyrocketing.
Gov. Martin O'Malley criticized a White House proposal to deal with the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Days later came reports of a leaked phone call between the governor and a top Obama aide, apparently making O'Malley look like a hypocrite by publicly criticizing the White House's call to speed up deportations of children, while pleading with the administration to not send them to a site in Maryland.
Baltimore’s regional Veterans Affairs office has the longest wait for pending claims in the country, according to the department's latest audit. The report is the latest efforts to further scrutinize and revamp the Veterans Affairs department after at least 40 veterans died while waiting for care.