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New Liquor Board administrator is outsider

April 16, 2014
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New Liquor Board administrator is outsider

Outgoing Baltimore Liquor Board Chairman Steve Fogleman sounds giddy as he announces that Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, the Capitol Heights Town Administrator, will be taking the executive secretary post at the liquor board. “She doesn’t know anybody,” Fogleman says. “She doesn’t know the mayor.” He recounts Bailey-Hedgepeth’s credentials, which include a master’s degree in public administration...
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Five Things Baltimore McDonald’s’s are known for

April 16, 2014
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Five Things Baltimore McDonald’s’s are known for

The humble Mickey D’s is one of the last bedrock cultural experiences that all Americans share. But despite the corporate concentration on standardization, every McDonald’s reflects its surroundings. We were reminded of this fact the other day when the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin published some observations from his recent Baltimore jaunt. He needed to...
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The New Yorker steps into the BGF fray

April 10, 2014
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The New Yorker steps into the BGF fray

The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin came to town and recapped the Black Guerrilla Family-controlled-the-jail saga very ably, (paywalled link) noting (again) BGF’s roots in the ‘60s “Black Power” movement, former BGF honcho Eric Brown‘s “Black Book” and, of course, plenty of lurid dialogue helpfully wiretapped into court documents by the feds. If you’ve been...
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R.I.P. Guido Iozzi, a Baltimore original

April 8, 2014
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R.I.P. Guido Iozzi, a Baltimore original

There are two different stories about Guido Iozzi’s hit on Kenneth Hatfield. A source sent one version last week after noticing that Iozzi, former union boss of bosses as President of the Baltimore Building Trades Council, had died in Dundalk on March 23 at the age of 83  and “the Sun didn’t notice.”* In...
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Interns to the rescue?

April 6, 2014
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Interns to the rescue?

Because paying actual lawyers and/or judges to do their jobs as the constitution requires is, apparently, a non-starter, Del. Jon Cardin (D-Baltimore County) has come up with a brilliant plan to save taxpayers $30 (or maybe $55) million while providing those accused of crimes with legal representation it their initial bail hearings. The idea:...
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MICA, Payscale, and more about statistical sampling than you want to know

April 1, 2014
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MICA, Payscale, and more about statistical sampling than you want to know

MICA’s media spokesman has been working hard to counter a Payscale.com survey, mentioned last week in The Atlantic, that found MICA to be one of the least cost-effective colleges in the country. City Paper had some fun with it as well, comparing the Payscale-derived annual projected income of MICA grads to both high school grads in...
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House of not-smart people

March 28, 2014
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House of not-smart people

So yesterday Marylanders were treated to what the papers (here and here, for example) depicted as an entertaining “zing” by a lawmaker at the company that produces Netflix’s hit “House of Cards.” Availing themselves to yet another opportunity to publish photos of Kevin Spacey (or the snippets of the show’s audio), both the Baltimore Sun...
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But really: do what you love

March 27, 2014
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But really: do what you love

Well here’s some food for thought from PayScale (via The Atlantic). It’s a list of the least valuable universities, by degree. MICA comes in 10th (from the bottom) with a 20-year earning potential of minus $34,200. If the average MICA graduate faces two decades in which the value of their degree, compared to not...
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Who really lost that $3.7 million?

March 26, 2014
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Who really lost that $3.7 million?

Homeless service providers packed a city council hearing last night hoping to defend their reputations after a federal audit required the city to return $3.7 million slated for homeless services. The big payback was not the hearing’s subject—but it’s been front and center in City Hall for months as city officials blame the federal...
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The Hennessy Heist

March 25, 2014
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The Hennessy Heist

It was a little blurb in the Sun’s police blotter yesterday: On Sunday morning, March 16 at about 5 a.m., someone stole a truck full of cognac on the 7000 block of Quad Avenue in Rosedale: 2142 cases, to be exact. HOLY CRAP! Cognac can go $50 per bottle, easy. At 12 per case,...
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MICA’s Fred Lazarus: This Union Thing is Moving Too Fast

March 25, 2014
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MICA’s Fred Lazarus: This Union Thing is Moving Too Fast

It is universally acknowledged that whenever a group of workers try to form or join a labor union, a group of bosses will do whatever is in their power to dissuade them. This is understandable, from the managers’ point of view. Squeezed by budget and time constraints on one side, productivity and regulatory demands...
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Pronounced dead by the cops, she lives

March 24, 2014
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Pronounced dead by the cops, she lives

News of the first murder in five days in Baltimore came after 6 p.m. on Saturday, a woman on the 6000 block of Amberwood Road stabbed to death. The Sun‘s Justin George tweeted it out, relying on a police spokesman. Soon after the Sun had the story in an unbylined piece on its website....
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