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State’s Attorney accused of conflict of interest

June 20, 2014
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State’s Attorney accused of conflict of interest

Janice Bledsoe says she was completely surprised when Baltimore State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein told her on the morning of August 6, 2012, that she had five minutes to decide whether to resign or be fired. “Gregg and I used to joke all the time,” the former Assistant State’s Attorney who investigated police corruption says....
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WaPo reports on America’s Craziest Drone Accidents

June 20, 2014
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WaPo reports on America’s Craziest Drone Accidents

Using the Freedom of Information Act, The Washington Post got 50,000 pages of accident reports involving military drones and used it as the basis of a report, “When Drones Fall From the Sky.” So far, no one has accidentally died from a drone crash, but, says the Post: Military drones have slammed into homes, farms,...
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Operation CeaseFire is Back! (Yet again!)

June 17, 2014
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Operation CeaseFire is Back! (Yet again!)

Yesterday’s dual city council meetings were both yawners; the new budget passed with only Councilman Carl Stokes voting “nay,” as usual. (“Too few dollars for youth opportunities, too many dollars for law enforcement,” he said afterward. “I’ve never voted for a budget.”) But, nestled discretely among the $36 million in “supplementary general fund appropriations”...
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Republican Gubernatorial hopeful releases protest song, “No Taxation With Precipitation”

June 12, 2014
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Republican Gubernatorial hopeful releases protest song, “No Taxation With Precipitation”

Delegate Ron George, currently polling in fourth place among four Republicans vying in next week gubernatorial primary election, gets major props for coming up with a music video, “No Taxation With Precipitation,” vamped from the classic Tommy James and The Shondells’ tune, “My Baby Does the Hanky Panky.” As you might have guessed, it...
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WYPR radio staff files for union representation

June 6, 2014
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WYPR radio staff files for union representation

Local National Public Radio affiliate WYPR’s programming staff are going union. A press release from SAG-AFTRA says the staff presented a petition to management on June 3, and today has filed the petition with the National Labor Relations Board seeking an election. WYPR management has not yet voluntarily recognized the union, the press release...
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Why poverty stayed flat over three decades of strong economic growth

June 6, 2014
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Building on several in-progress campaigns to raise the minimum wage and expand unions, the Economic Policy Institute released a study yesterday showing how, since the early 1970s, huge gains in economic growth have not made any dent in the U.S. poverty rate. One takeaway: Wage-driven inequality has severed the link between poverty reduction and...
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At the intersection of art and controversy, Mr. Wrong

June 5, 2014
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At the intersection of art and controversy, Mr. Wrong

City Paper staffers and fans across the nation were surprised and delighted last night to see the Mr. Wrong Show pilot on Fox. Actually it was a random “man-on-the-street” encounter for a local news segment, but still: Former City Paper Art Director Joe MacLeod, a.k.a Mr. Wrong, killed it here. He is natural TV Personality...
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Councilmania: Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’

June 3, 2014
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Councilmania: Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’

By the time the “no youth curfew” chant rang out from the balcony, last night’s city council meeting was already one of the stranger ones in recent memory. Consider the Food Truck bill. For several months city officials have worked with representatives of the food truck industry to craft new regulations designed to balance...
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Courthouse Grime, Rats now an annual rally point

May 22, 2014
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Courthouse Grime, Rats now an annual rally point

Circuit court workers staged their annual rally-for-a-new-building today on the Calvert Street island between the two courthouse buildings. The signs told most of the story: “My work area is a restroom for mice,” was one. “We need a mayor who will listen and take action” another. Backstory: many decades ago the federal government gave...
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Court decides CIA’s “Bay of Pigs” report can stay secret

May 21, 2014
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Court decides CIA’s “Bay of Pigs” report can stay secret

More than half a century after the CIA’s most infamous failure collapsed on an obscure Cuban beach, The Appeals Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that one volume of a five-part “opus” penned in 1973 can remain under wraps indefinitely, under a provision of federal Freedom of Information law that allows the...
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Walmart project dead, for now

May 20, 2014
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Walmart project dead, for now

After spending $5 million in pre development and legal costs, WV Urban Developments is no longer trying to build a Walmart at 25th and Howard Streets, the Sun reports. The 25th Street Station, in development for seven years at the former Anderson Automotive dealership, became a lightning rod for some local residents and business...
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Downtown security guards unionizing

May 15, 2014
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Downtown security guards unionizing

Downtown security guards are fighting Brantley Security for union representation, and City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young offered his support at a council hearing last night. “Brantley does most of the high profile stuff like Harbor East,” Julie Karant, a spokeswoman for the Service Employees International Union 32BJ, which has been working with...
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