Christine Zhang, The Baltimore Sun

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The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore, MD, United States

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Past articles by Christine:

Baltimore is furiously knocking down vacant houses — but barely keeps up as new ones go empty

Despite demolition crews working at an unprecedented pace in recent months to tear down Baltimore’s vacant houses, the number of abandoned buildings in the city has barely budged. → Read More

An ‘interesting comparison’: Elijah Cummings’ district and Mick Mulvaney’s former district, side by side

A by-the-numbers comparison of Rep. Elijah Cummings' district and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's former district. → Read More

Maryland’s prison population drops to 1980s levels, continuing a multi-year decline

Maryland’s prison population has fallen below 18,000 for the first time in nearly three decades, according to a new report from the Vera Institute of Justice. The state's incarceration rate is the lowest it has been since the late 80s — a period that preceded enormous growth in inmates nationwide. → Read More

Breaking down the fluctuating price of Baltimore Mayor Pugh's 'Healthy Holly' books

The market for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's “Healthy Holly” books has fluctuated rapidly since her first sale as a state senator in 2011 until her most recent deals since being sworn in at City Hall in 2016. → Read More

After years of failing to get Baltimore's vacants below 17,000, city launches a new push to reverse the trend

For a decade the number of vacant houses in Baltimore has remained stubbornly flat, with almost 17,000 abandoned buildings blighting the city's streets. Housing officials say they're in a position to drive that number down by demolishing an average of four houses a day until next summer. → Read More

It looks like a video game, but it's not. It's a 3D map of the buildings, roads and land in 1815 Baltimore, created by UMBC

UMBC researchers have made a 3D model of early 1800s Baltimore, including its terrain, land use and buildings. The 2.5-billion-pixel image, available at, took two years to research and a computer a month to render. The next step is converting the drawing into a GIS database. → Read More

Lunar New Year foods: 3 dishes to ring in the Year of the Pig

Just as many families could hardly imagine Thanksgiving without turkey, for those who celebrate it, the Lunar New Year is often synonymous with special foods — many of them whose origins date back millennia. → Read More

When Mr. Robot met Mr. Poe: the curious case of the chess-playing machine

In 1827, crowds gathered at Baltimore’s Fountain Inn on Light Street to see a European chess-playing robot that had impressed the likes of Napoleon and Benjamin Franklin and sparked a decades-long debate about the nature of man and machine. And sparked a skeptical Edgar Allan Poe to write about it. → Read More

By the numbers: The toll winter takes on Baltimore's infrastructure

Winter is coming. So are broken water mains, sewer overflows, newly-formed potholes and a host of weather-related infrastructure woes. → Read More

Maryland governor precinct-by-precinct: Where Hogan and Jealous got their votes

See how your neighborhood voted with this detailed map, which shows ballots cast for governor on Election Day by voting precinct. → Read More

Election apparitions: These Maryland 'ghost' precincts have no polling places or voters

More than 50 Maryland precincts have no polling places, no voters and no election results. These "ghost precincts," such as the Patuxent Research Refuge and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, result from redistricting. Some say ghosts precincts are signs of gerrymandering. → Read More

Baltimore's last weekend without a shooting was the weekend Freddie Gray was arrested

Days after New York City saw its first weekend without a shooting in 25 years, 11 people in Baltimore were shot in one day. → Read More

Voter registration hits record high in Maryland

Voter registration in Maryland has hit a record, according to the state Board of Elections. There were 3,992,451 active registered voters in the state as of Tuesday morning. That surpassed the record set in January 2017 of 3,977,637. The deadline to register online is 9 p.m. Tuesday. → Read More

How safe are Maryland's bridges?

The Baltimore Sun takes a look at the condition of the region's bridges, according to federal records. → Read More

Maryland governor's debate: Hogan and Jealous' most heated exchanges

The first and only debate of the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial race was a fiery one, as Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and his Democratic challenger Ben Jealous repeatedly ignored time limits to interrupt and hurl accusations at each other. → Read More

Baltimore commutes again among nation's longest, Census data show

Newly-released data from the 2017 American Community Survey show that commute times in the Baltimore area are again among the nation's longest. Here's a look at Baltimore's commute times over the past decade. → Read More

The gender gap is real — for crabs

According to a survey of 20 crab houses in the Baltimore area, female crabs by the dozen were priced at between 51 and 85 cents to the dollar, compared to males. Even among our crustacean counterparts, the gender gap is real. Why is this the case? → Read More

Talking with Meredith Broussard about 'Artificial Unintelligence'

We talk with software developer and professor Meredith Broussard, who argues in her new book, "Artificial Unintelligence" from MIT Press, that a technological utopia is probably impossible because there are some things AI just can't do. → Read More

Nine Years of NICAR Lightning Talks (and Cats)

How the talks began, where they are now, and how they can include a wider range of speakers → Read More

How We Found New Patterns in LA's Homeless Arrest Data

Also, Excel files have a secret identity. → Read More