Pastor Jamal Bryant, who read the eulogy at the funeral of Freddie Gray, has announced that he is running for congress. The head of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Bryant will be running in Maryland’s 7th district. The congressional seat has been held by incumbent Rep. Elijah Cummings since 1996.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has announced that she will not seek re-election. The Mayor has come under fire in past months, both for her handling of the death of Freddie Gray and subsequent riots, and the sharp rise in shootings throughout the city. At a City Hall news conference, Rawlings-Blake said, “It was a very difficult decision, but I knew that I needed to spend time — the remaining 15 months of my term — focused on the city’s future and not my own.”
The Baltimore Raven’s outsider linebacker Terrell Suggs suffered a season-ending injury during the season opener, which resulted in a 19-13 loss to the Denver Broncos. Suggs, who is the team’s all-time leader in sacks, is out with a torn Achilles tendon.