X-Content: 10 Years Ago in City Paper: July 3, 2002
City Paperâ€™s Short Fiction and Poetry Contest issue features an introduction and the winnersâ€™ work in fiction (Leslie F. Millerâ€™s The Pious Enigma, Scott Cechâ€™s A Late Breakfast, and Sarah Y. Durningâ€™s White) and poetry (Tuan Harap Ditulisâ€™ The Well, Sarah N. Courseyâ€™s Nuns, and Sandra Evans Falconerâ€™s The Dazzle of Beads).
In Mobtown Beat: Magda Chiaâ€™s American Government students at Baltimore City College High School write letters to Mayor Martin Oâ€™Malley and Terrie Snyder reports on a nearly one-hour breakdown in the cityâ€™s entire public-safety communications system.
The Nose mines data to undermine the Baltimore Police Departmentâ€™s crime-reduction claims.
Campaign Beat is Van Smith, on C.A. â€śDutchâ€ť Ruppersbergerâ€™s run for U.S. Congress.
Ballot Stuffing does an autopsy on Marylandâ€™s new, court-drawn redistricting map and reports that the League of Environmental Voters will endorse candidates by watershed, rather than by district boundaries.
Charles Cohenâ€™s Charmed Life sits at the knee of Rowland Fontz to hear some Baltimore stories.
The Mail has letters from Joe Stewart, Winifred DePalma, Bryon Predika, David A. Stepalovitch, Norris Walker, and Gras Reyes.
Scocca & MacLeodâ€™s proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you donâ€™t have to.
In Imprints: Heather Joslyn laps up the long-form gossip in Ross Wetzsteonâ€™s Republic of Dreams; Wendy Ward goes shallow with Dorothy Samuelsâ€™ Filthy Rich; and Mahinder Kingra says Arthur Phillipsâ€™ Prague shows that the author has potential.
Art is Mike Giuliano, checking out the narrative paintings on display at School 33 Art Center.
Lee Gardner tours Sam Christian Holmesâ€™ bus shelters, in The Arts.
Vincent Williamsâ€™ Music piece spells out the multiple talents of Will Smith and Mos Def.
Know Your Product is Bret McCabe, wallowing in the poppy cleverness of Slow Jetsâ€™ Good Morning, Stars.
In Film: Eric Allen Hatch revels in the dread-filled perversity of The Piano Teacher; Anna Ditkoff bemoans The Powerpuff Girls Movieâ€™s lack of punch; Jack Purdy respects the understated menace of The Asphalt Jungle; and Luisa F. Ribeiro appreciates that The Best Years of Our Lives showcased the nationâ€™s post-war anomie.
In Cheap Eats, Brennen Jensen goes to G&A Restaurant to chain-eat hot dogs.