David Mcfadden, Associated Press Updated 5:37 am PST, Saturday, December 29, 2018 BALTIMORE (AP) — Since 1950, Baltimore has dropped from America's sixth most populous city to the country's 30th largest. And there's no end in sight to the population drain. Baltimore is far from alone in grappling with issues of urban decay. But at a time when rival cities are gaining residents, Baltimore's decades-long disappearing act is only continuing. It has led all U.S. cities in population loss for the last two years running. Its 16,000 abandoned properties are symbols of this city's enduring social divide. Housing researchers say some 20,000 other properties are unoccupied and pose a risk of becoming crumbling shells in the future. Government officials are now focused on stabilizing and revitalizing neighborhoods that can grow. A major part of the solution is ramped-up demolition to increase odds of redevelopment. … [Read more...] about Baltimore trying to stem decades-long disappearing act
The move follows 152 Vietnamese tourists going missing after arriving in Taiwan last week. A consular officer from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office confirmed to VnExpress Friday that Taiwan will temporarily cease issuance of visas for 102 travel agencies in Vietnam. The travel agencies had been designated by the Taiwanese Tourism Bureau to apply for visas under the special program for six countries. The Kuan Hung visa program, a part of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy to establish closer ties with selected nations, made it easier for citizens of Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam to visit Taiwan by applying for electronic visas without paying for visa fees. The policy also allows simplified visa procedures for groups of five tourists or more from the six countries, as long as they are organized by "quality travel agencies" recognized by the Tourism Bureau or if they are part of company-sponsored groups. Apart from the visa waiver program, … [Read more...] about Taiwan suspends special visa program for Vietnamese after disappearing act
DENVER (AP) — The fiance of a Colorado woman who has been missing since Thanksgiving Day was arrested Friday on allegations of killing the mother of his child, and police said she likely died at her house in a mountain town. But authorities declined to say whether they had found the body of Kelsey Berreth, 29, what led to the arrest of Patrick Michael Frazee and what motive there might be for Berreth’s disappearance and slaying. Frazee, 32, was arrested at his home in the alpine town of Florissant on suspicion of murder and solicitation of murder, said Miles de Young, chief of police in neighboring Woodland Park, where Berreth lived. ‘‘As you can tell from the arrest, sadly, we do not believe that Kelsey is still alive,’’ De Young said. Authorities also declined to elaborate on the solicitation of murder charge, how they believe Berreth was killed or any other aspect of the investigation. Police have said Frazee was the last person to see Berreth … [Read more...] about Colorado police arrest fiance of Kelsey Berreth, mother who disappeared
PUBLISHED: 07:48 20 December 2018 Liz Coates The poster for the missing 21-year-old, Sophie Smith in a shop window in Gorleston. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant The father of missing student Sophie Smith is planning a heartbreaking tribute on the first anniversary of her disappearance by releasing a single rose into the waves at Gorleston. The search for missing girl Sophie Smith continues. Her family appeal for her safe return. Left to right, Rebecca Russell (aunt), Martin Knowles (father) and Sarah Knowles (sister). Picture: ANTONY KELLYMartin Knowles said he thought of his beautiful, bright and caring daughter every single day and was still at a loss to understand what drove her to lose herself so completely in the early hours of Boxing Day last year.He said her disappearance just hours before she was due to spend the day with him and other family members was bewildering and desperately tragic in equal measure, and urged anyone who was struggling to … [Read more...] about Dad of missing Sophie Smith plans heartbreaking seaside tribute almost a year after she disappeared
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The mother of a toddler whose disappearance prompted the biggest criminal investigation in Maine history sued Monday in hopes of unearthing more details. The announcement came on the seventh anniversary of the date 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds was reported missing by her father in Waterville. Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, has blamed the father, Justin DiPietro, for the toddler’s death. But the body has never been found, and no charges have been filed. Reynolds and her attorney, William Childs, filed the wrongful death lawsuit alleging DiPietro caused Ayla’s death, and said at a news conference that they hope depositions related to the suit will help solve the case. “Justin, I promise you, wherever you are, one day you will have to face me and tell me the truth of what really happened to Ayla,” Reynolds told reporters in Portland. “You can’t hide from this forever.” DiPietro did not return phone calls. An email … [Read more...] about 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds disappeared 7 years ago. Now her mother is suing her father.