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X-Content: 10 years ago in City Paper: January 29, 2003

January 29, 2013

Erin Sullivan’s feature profiles the lonely efforts of Vaughn Vigil and Bryan Taylor to rid their Madison Ave. neighborhood of drug-dealing.

In Mobtown Beat, Ericka Blount Danois explains the risks of tax-refund loans and Brennen Jensen remembers Esther Martin, owner and founder of the venerable Club Charles.

The Nose gets the skinny on the musical chairs at the helm of the Baltimore police department, and leaves a message for President Bush.

Brennen Jensen’s Charmed Life plays tourist in Dundalk.

Christopher Myers’ How’s it Going? gets answers from Kristen Anchor, Benard Lyons, and Paige McIntyre.

The Mail has letters from Bill Fitzgerald, Medina Krause, Katie Lambert, and Fred Longhenry.

The columns are: Brian Morton’s Political Animal, on the return of supply-side economics; Eddie Matz’ Shirts and Skins, going all stream of consciousness over Super Bowl XXXVII; Joe MacLeod’s Mr. Wrong, on Super Bowl Roman Numeral Whatever; Afefe Tyehimba’s Third Eye, on Baltimore’s underfunded school system; and Mink Stole’s Think Mink, on gay break-ups and the spay/neuter blues.

Scocca & MacLeod’s proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you don’t have to.

Emily Flake’s Lulu Eightball catches a guilt trip.

In Imprints: Tom Siebert is bored by Bill Powell’s real-life spy saga, Treason; and Mahinder Kingra learns much from Samuel Fuller’s autobiography, A Third Face, and finds Jane Stevenson’s novel, The Winter Queen, to be “sweeping yet intimate.”

Art is Gadi Dechter, feeling deeply the photographs at Ann Fessler’s exhibit, Everlasting, and Mike Giuliano, praising Works on Paper 2003, a national juried exhibition by Goya-Girl Press and Contemporary Gallery.

Brennen Jensen’s Stage hangs out with Company Thirteen, a plucky young theatre group based in Northeast Baltimore’s Hamilton neighborhood.

No Cover is Jaye Hunnie, letting Parts Unknown (P/X) show how hip-hop can be fun again.

In Film: Tom Siebert says Darkness Falls is not a scary movie; and Joe MacLeod has already had enough of Shanghai Knights.

Richard Gorelick’s Omnivore channels James Joyce to describe his most excellent visit to James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant.

In Cheap Eats, Erin Sullivan raises a meat-greased stein in celebration of Blob’s Park (Max Blob’s Bavarian Biergarten).