X-Content: 10 years ago in City Paper: June 25, 2003
Waris Banks’ feature looks at efforts to recruit a black mayoral candidate to challenge Baltimore mayor Martin O’Malley.
In Mobtown Beat, Anna Ditkoff examines nightlife ripples caused by the Baltimore Police Department’s new Social Club Task Force and Jamil Roberts covers a grand-jury report that recommends legal distribution of narcotics.
The Nose sneezes on a byline strike over labor-contract negotiations at the Baltimore Sun.
In Campaign Beat, Van Smith reports on a citizen lawsuit challenging Baltimore City’s election dates.
Ballot Stuffing shows how easy it is for carpetbaggers to run for city office in the upcoming Baltimore elections.
Charles Cohen’s Charmed Life eats well with Ras Doobie at Carolyn’s Café.
Uli Loskot’s How’s it Going? gets answers from Nikki Berri Hiza, Simone Christian, and Joe Savage.
The Mail has letters from Jon Swift, A. Robert Kaufman, and Megan Wolff.
The columns are: Brian Morton’s Political Animal, on questioning the existence of WMD in Iraq; Eddie Matz’ Shirts and Skins, on the death of Len Bias; Afefe Tyehimba’s Third Eye, on an armed robbery at a salon; and Mink Stole’s Think Mink, on quasi-incest and abuse detectors.
Scocca & MacLeod’s proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you don’t have to.
Emily Flake’s Lulu Eightball tries on novelty underwear.
In Imprints: Tom Siebert gets satisfyingly chatted at by Danny Goldberg’s Dispatches from the Culture Wars; John Barry bemoans how relevant Tom Robbins has become with Villa Incognito; and Frank Diller champions Mark Lee’s awareness-raising in The Canal House.
Art is Blake de Pastino, taking in young art at the Maryland Art Place exhibit, Beauty and the Mundane.
In Stage, Josephine Yun extols Vagabond Players’ production of Carol Weinberg’s Freedom Summer.
Music is Felicia Pride, getting excited about poet-turned-rapper Flo Brown.
Television is Chris Wood, showing how Larry v. Lockney achieves dispassion in covering controversy.
In Film: Eric Allen Hatch tells the sleeper-hunters to go see Whale Rider, but says cynics should stay home; Bret McCabe says From Justin to Kelly will neither offend nor please anyone; Lee Gardner finds “an instant white-knuckle horror classic” in 28 Days Later; Richard Gorelick calls Alex and Emma so “flaccid” it hurts; and The Hulk has only two problems.
Richard Gorelick’s Omnivore finds Bayou Café to be as acceptable as one would expect of a White Marsh eatery.
In Cheap Eats, Tim Hill touts the pitas and stuffed pies at Near East Bakery.