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The mayor of the Maryland city where five people were slain at a newspaper wants to celebrate press freedom and honor the legacy of the slain journalists with a music festival. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley announced the plans Monday.

Published on July 2, 2018 1:10PM

Last changed on July 2, 2018 5:09PM

Colleen Joseph prays over the crosses at a makeshift memorial at the scene outside the office building housing The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Jarrod Ramos is charged with murder after police say he opened fire Thursday at the newspaper. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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Colleen Joseph prays over the crosses at a makeshift memorial at the scene outside the office building housing The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Jarrod Ramos is charged with murder after police say he opened fire Thursday at the newspaper. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Capital Gazette reporter E.B. Furgurson III looks at the crosses representing his five colleagues at a makeshift memorial at the scene outside the office building housing The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., Sunday, July 1, 2018. Jarrod Ramos is charged with murder after police say he opened fire Thursday at the newspaper. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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Capital Gazette reporter E.B. Furgurson III looks at the crosses representing his five colleagues at a makeshift memorial at the scene outside the office building housing The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., Sunday, July 1, 2018. Jarrod Ramos is charged with murder after police say he opened fire Thursday at the newspaper. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The Latest on the Annapolis newspaper shooting (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

The mayor of the Maryland city where five people were slain at a newspaper wants to celebrate press freedom and honor the legacy of the journalists with a music festival.

Gerald Fischman, Robert Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters were killed inside the Capital Gazette's newsroom in Annapolis on Thursday. Authorities have filed murder charges against a man who had a feud with newspaper.

The Capital reports that Mayor Gavin Buckley announced the plans during a visit Monday to a temporary Capital Gazette newsroom. Buckley said the city wants to hold the festival in front of the State House in a few weeks.

He says he wants people to remember what happened.

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3:15 p.m.

The American Society of News Editors and The Associated Press Media Editors are asking newsrooms around the world to join in a moment of silence to honor the five employees who were killed last week at the Capital Gazette newspaper.

The groups are urging journalists around the globe to join The Baltimore Sun Media Group's moment of silence at 2:33 p.m. Thursday. It was at that time last Thursday when a gunman with a grudge against the paper attacked with a shotgun.

In a joint statement, the groups say the tragedy "tears at our hearts, tugs at our compassion and calls fourth our fears for the safety of all those on the front lines of truth, accountability and journalistic pursuit."

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2:10 p.m.

The Baltimore Sun Media Group will be observing a moment of silence for the five employees of the Capital Gazette who were killed last week in a shooting at the paper's Annapolis office.

Trif Alatzas is the company's publisher and editor-in-chief. He wrote in a letter to colleagues Monday that the moment of silence will be observed at offices in Annapolis, Baltimore and Carroll County.

It will be held at 2:33 p.m. Thursday. That's the time the shooting happened last Thursday.

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12:10 p.m.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the man charged with killing five employees at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis.

The hearing for 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos is set for July 24 in Annapolis, Maryland.

Ramos is charged with five counts of first-degree murder. He was ordered held without bail on Friday.

Ramos is being represented by the Anne Arundel County public defender's office. William Davis, who represented Ramos at his bail review hearing last week, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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8:16 a.m.

A woman whose harassment by Jarrod Ramos led to his vendetta against the Capital Gazette says she immediately panicked when she learned of the shooting that killed five people at the paper.

Speaking with NBC's "Today" show in an interview aired Monday, she said his relentless abuse forced her to move out of Maryland, where Ramos is now charged with five counts of murder. NBC agreed to obscure her features and use only her first name, Lori.

She said she's been "tormented and traumatized and terrorized for so long," that it "changed the fiber" of her being.

She described Ramos as very cold, very calculated and very intelligent.

But she says one difference now is that he can no longer silence her.



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