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The Tenth Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference Takes the Bus

October 9, 2009
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The Tenth Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference Takes the Bus

F. Scott Fitzgerald conference attendees at the Mencken House | Image by Chris Landers The crowd at the 10th annual conference of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society that gathered in Baltimore Sept. 30-Oct. 3 was older, but not uniformly so, and perhaps a bit tweedy, but not entirely. The society’s vice-president, Kirk Curnutt, a...
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Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Hopkins Patient Identities

September 25, 2009
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An insurance-claims clerk who pleaded guilty to being part of an identity-theft conspiracy was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for her part in the scheme and ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution. Shanell Bowser, who worked as a claims clerk at an insurance company, along with Michelle Johnson, a patient-services...
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Ride the Ducks Calls It Quits in Baltimore

September 9, 2009
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Baltimore’s Ride the Ducks amphibious tours made their last run through the streets and waterways of the city on Monday, according to the company. Bob Salmon, vice president for marketing for Ride the Ducks, which is owned by Herschend Family Entertainment, says financial concerns led the company, which runs or licenses similar tours in...
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The Wire vs. Midsomer Murders

August 27, 2009
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Update: We got punked. See comments section below. To prove that there is more to Baltimore than TV wants to show you, Visit Baltimore some British blogger (see below) recently put up a YouTube video comparing The Wire (HBO’s Baltimore-based crime drama) to Midsomer Murders (which is apparently a British crime show based in...
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Maryland Science Center brings electric car rentals to Baltimore

June 24, 2009
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Maryland Science Center brings electric car rentals to Baltimore

Mayor Sheila Dixon talks up the electric Maya 300 at the Maryland Science Center | Image by Chris Landers A fleet of electric cars buzzed their way to the Maryland Science Center this week. Lime green, with zero-emission motors, the cars will be offered for rental and ride share in the coming months. For...
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Scharf’s History of Baltimore City and County goes Digital

June 3, 2009
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Scharf’s History of Baltimore City and County goes Digital

| Image by From the Kelmscott Book Shop As far as I (and a search of the Pratt’s online catalog) know, a trip to the Enoch Pratt’s Maryland room was previously the easiest way for Baltimore history geeks to look at a copy of J. Thomas Scharf’s exhaustive—and, OK, at around 1,000 pages, depending...
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More Hopkins ID Theft

May 12, 2009
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The Sun and the Wall Street Journal ran stories today about patient identity theft at Johns Hopkins that prompted the hospital to issue a warning letter to patients. The letter, available from WSJ‘s health blog, went out to 46 victims, 526 possible victims who will receive credit monitoring at Hopkins’ expense, and 10,200 patients...
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Renegade TV

April 21, 2009
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Renegade TV

| Image by renegadetv1.com The dominant strain in American motorcycle culture could broadly be described as the Cult of Harley, and like that motorcycle company, it’s about lifestyle as much as it is motorcycles. There are certain articles of faith that come along with the lifestyle: helmets are bad, chrome is king, there is...
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Lexington Market Utz vendor held in gun case

April 9, 2009
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The owner of the Lexington Market Utz stand charged with illegal gun sales was denied release Thursday in Baltimore’s U.S. District Court. Michael Papantonakis was represented by public defender Joseph Evans, who presented his client as a gun collector who made a few sales to a longtime family friend, and an associate of that...
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Cold beer! Get your cold beer!

March 24, 2009
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In good time for our annual switch from too blasted cold to too damned hot-excepting that brief but lovely couple of days that Charm Citizens call “spring” -Evan, over at CityThatBreeds has done a great service by mapping the 100 coldest beers in Baltimore, at least as of 2007, which is the last time...
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City That Reads

March 2, 2009
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Some news from our city schools website.
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OK, But It’s Probably Like the Third-Biggest Drug Bust Ever. At Least.

March 2, 2009
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OK, But It’s Probably Like the Third-Biggest Drug Bust Ever. At Least.

WJZ and The Sun are among those reporting on the Baltimore Police Department’s ability to produce large quantities of drugs. Seized from somewhere in Southwest Baltimore. From someone. Destined for someplace. But apparently, at 91 pounds of blow, it’s the “largest cocaine seizure in city history.” Which does make one wonder what happened with...
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