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MICA students respond to Lazarus retirement

April 23, 2014
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Yesterday, we reported on MICA’s attempt to make students and starving adjuncts care about the departure of president Fred Lazarus. Today, we gauge the student response in another video.
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Video exclusive: The historical roots of MICA’s Lazarus Legacy Week

April 22, 2014
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Video exclusive: The historical roots of MICA’s Lazarus Legacy Week

The cult-of-personality propaganda surrounding outgoing MICA President Fred Lazarus this week is astounding: Students are invited to partake in “Buttons and Bow ties,” “Fred Talks,” and, of course, attend the “We Love Fred” celebration (for $10 to $136). Students and overworked adjuncts can join a “bow tie mob” or purchase Lazarus Legacy stamps (like...
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#livelikemcnulty

March 21, 2014
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After our post yesterday on the absurd attempt of Airbnb and Xfinity to capitalize on crime and poverty in Baltimore—or at least on the popularity of The Wire, Sun reporter Justin George started a twitter hashtag #livelikemcnulty that had some funny results.
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Airbnb offers a chance to “Live like McNulty”

March 20, 2014
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Airbnb offers a chance to “Live like McNulty”

We were a bit surprised when we saw a sponsored ad pop up on our Facebook page advertising a contest, sponsored by Comcast’s Xfinity and Airbnb, promising us the opportunity to “Live like McNulty.” Does that mean we could drive drunk? Sleep with prostitutes we’re supposed to be investigating? Piss off the police brass?...
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Baltimore Book Festival to follow First Thursdays out of Mount Vernon

March 18, 2014
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Baltimore Book Festival to follow First Thursdays out of Mount Vernon

The Baltimore Office for Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) announced today the Baltimore Book Festival will leave Mount Vernon, where it has been located for the past 18 years, due to restoration work on the Washington Monument. The Book Festival will be held at the Inner Harbor in 2014, and Kathleen Hornig, BOPA’s festivals...
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Lights out for Bethlehem star? UPDATE and CLARIFICATION

March 14, 2014
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CLARIFICATION: City Paper has received confirmation that there was an implosion scheduled for Sunday, which has been postponed due to weather conditions. It was not the L furnace that was to be demolished, but the Basic Oxygen Furnace, which is not the iconic furnace that has the Bethlehem Steel star on it.  UPDATE: Don...
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Sun Spotting: UPDATE

March 9, 2014
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Sun Spotting: UPDATE

Now that we are set up in our new Calvert St. offices, we’re going to be taking a closer look at the doings of our neighbors downstairs. As The Sun reported Friday, on Feb 21, a police officer “forcibly escorted Baltimore Sun photo editor Chris Assaf away from the scene of a police-involved shooting.”...
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New Times Broward-Palm Beach responds to NYT headline, misses point

March 7, 2014
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New Times Broward-Palm Beach responds to NYT headline, misses point

Yesterday, Deirdra Funcheon wrote a grossly self-serving piece for the New Times Broward-Palm Beach attacking a piece I wrote for the New York Times on Wednesday. Or, actually, she was attacking the headline of the piece, which asked “Are Alt Weeklies Over?” The piece itself went on to offer a resounding “no” as the...
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Mayor high on false hope lacks courage of Schmoke

January 16, 2014
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Mayor high on false hope lacks courage of Schmoke

As a number of lawmakers, such as Del. Curt Anderson, Del. Sheila Hixson, and Sen. Jamie Raskin,  take a courageous step towards ending the failed war on drugs in Maryland, Governor O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake continue to take a cowardly, pusillanimous approach. (Now that $RB is taking O’Malley’s spots on Sunday morning programs, it’s...
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The End of Net Neutrality

January 15, 2014
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The End of Net Neutrality

Fuck the FCC. I’ve hated those bastards ever since the 1990s when they repeatedly busted the pirate radio station I was helping operate in Albuquerque, N.M. The range of our broadcast was directly proportionate to how high one of us could climb a tree to hang the antennae. We were in a different location...
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Mt. Washington’s Nickel Taphouse to open next week

November 15, 2013
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Mt. Washington’s Nickel Taphouse to open next week

A couple years ago, writer Gay Talese dubbed 206 East 63rd St., a so-called cursed restaurant location in New York, the “Willie Loman of buildings.” We’re tempted to follow his lead when talking about 1604 Kelly Ave., the Mount Washington location that most recently housed Blue Sage Cafe. We waited and waited to review...
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Canteen opens in Station North

November 7, 2013
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Canteen opens in Station North

Dane Nester is as much an artist as he is cook or restaurateur. As he did with his last venture, Cafe Sage (which still exists but has nothing to do with Nester any longer) Nester brings poetry and a deep sense of experimentation to the newly opened Canteen (1821 N. Charles), which took over...
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