In the Black: City sees rising revenues.
Sci-Biz Merger: Maryland Science Center to name former Beth Steel exec Van Reiner (the MSC’s interim director since September was president of the Sparrows Point mill) CEO today. I’m not sure if I have any real thoughts on this trend of hiring businesspeople to run cultural institutions, except that I’m less likely to go to museums/sci centers/etc. when they fill their halls with heavily commercialized exhibits like the MSC’s Titanic one. But I’m one of those too-educated-for-my-own good bookish type, so what do I know about getting people to visit museums.
Generally Assembled: Most legislative stories are snoozers for readers (kinda like fillibusters are for legislators), but in this good story by the Sun‘s Sumathi Reddy, Senate President Mike Miller’s efforts to do what he can to avoid fillibuster on stem cell research funding bill sound downright heroic. Post story. Diamondback story about how such funding might boost research at the University of Maryland.
Why Not? Canton residents/city officials flabbergasted at developer’s propsal to build seven-story condos on Canton parkland. Why? Has anyone driving down Boston Street (or Key Higway, for that matter) even seen water in the past three years.
But What About the Children? Seeing an advantage, O’Malley/Duncan aim guns at Gov. Bob Ehrlich, blaming him for troubles at state’s juvenile justice facilities. Fair enough, politically, but weren’t there problems at DJS long before Ehrlich showed up? Is there an urban juvenile justice system anywhere in this country that’s not totally fucked up?
Cops and Lawsuits: Albert Mosley, who says he was seriously injured by police officer while in a holding cell two years ago, suing officer for $40 million.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Commuter: For those of you who drive daily from, say, Govans to Laurel for work, today’s U.S. Census report that Baltimoreans’ and Marylanders’ commutes are really long comes as no surprise. But I wonder about these surveys/reports, as they seem to show different things depending on whose asking; sometimes LA and Houston are the worst, other times it’s Balto/DC and NY/NJ/Conn. that are most awful. Just wondering out loud.
College Kids Drink?! From The Towerlight, administrators think way too hard about what to do about undergrads’ tendency to booze it up at sports events.
Hungry in North Baltimore: From The Messenger, following the closing of Tuscany-Canterbury’s Jeannier’s coupla months back, Mount Washington’s McCafferty’s has closed its doors, too. Also in The Messenger, a nice story on vacancies at the Rotunda.