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Barking Back: Pit Bull Advocates Rally to the Breed’s Defense After 98 Rock DJ’s Comments

March 18, 2011
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Barking Back: Pit Bull Advocates Rally to the Breed’s Defense After 98 Rock DJ’s Comments

Used to be, if you were a pit bull owner and somebody said something horrible about the breed of dog you owned, nobody had your back. Even just a few years ago, people—in the media, on the street, in your family—routinely maligned pit bulls as baby killers and thug dogs and bloodthirsty beasts and...
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Ten Years Ago in City Paper: May 10, 2000

May 12, 2010
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Ten Years Ago in City Paper: May 10, 2000

Due to technical problems, this week’s X-Content is a bit truncated: Only the feature, news, Charmed Life, and the columns are available at the moment. The feature, by Natalie Davis, profiles the founding of the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival by computer entrepreneur Don Hooker. In the news: The Nose shows how the Baltimore Police...
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Washington Times Reports That Former State Department Official Kept Classified Documents in Public Storage Locker in Maryland

March 31, 2010
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There’s an intriguing story in today’s Washington Times about State Department foreign service officer Reginald Eugene Hopson, who was stripped of his top-secret security clearance late last year and questioned by federal investigators after it was discovered that he was storing classified documents—including a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration file and documents relating to intelligence...
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ACORN Housing Becomes Affordable Housing Centers of America

March 23, 2010
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ACORN Housing Becomes Affordable Housing Centers of America

According to a recent story in The Baltimore Sun, the embattled organization ACORN—Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now—has closed up shop for good in Maryland. Former co-chair of the state chapter of the national grassroots organization—the name of which was tarnished in September 2009 when two right-wing activists went undercover as a pimp...
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The Maryland Democratic Party Tries to Make a Funny

March 11, 2010
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The Maryland Democratic Party Tries to Make a Funny

| Image by Image from www.bobehrlich.org The Maryland Democratic Party has finally discovered one of last century’s sincerest forms of satire, culture jamming.
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Shawn Green Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

March 9, 2010
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On March 8 the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland announced that Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced former federal fugitive Shawn Green to 12 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute 330 pounds of cocaine. In December, Green pled guilty to charges of drug dealing and being part of the conspiracy....
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Carbon Monoxide Detectors Now Mandatory in Baltimore Homes

March 3, 2010
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Carbon Monoxide Detectors Now Mandatory in Baltimore Homes

Per the Baltimore City Health Department, as of March 1 it’s mandatory that you have a carbon-monoxide detector installed in your home. We haven’t heard much about this ordinance which, according to information posted on the Department of Health’s website, was introduced in Jan. 2008 but only went into effect this year. The press...
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Biology Student to Hold Biohacking Meeting at CCBC

March 3, 2010
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Interested in biohacking? Ryan Ogle, a local massage therapist and first-year biotechnology student at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), wants to meet you. Even if you have no hands-on experience with the world of biohacking, DIY science, or synthetic biology, if you’re curious about any of these subjects, Ogle thinks you should...
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Seven Vie for 12th District City Council Seat

February 24, 2010
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Seven Vie for 12th District City Council Seat

City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young | Image by msa.md.gov The City Council’s chambers were full the evening of Feb. 23, as spectators filed in to watch the council’s Vacancy Committee hold public interviews of the seven candidates interested in filling the 12th District City Council seat vacated by former Councilman Bernard “Jack” Young...
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City Council Vacancy Committee to Meet Feb. 23

February 19, 2010
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The City Council has posted notice on its web site that the Vacancy Nominating Committee for the 12th District City Council seat, which has been empty since Feb. 8, when former Councilman Bernard “Jack” Young (D) was appointed City Council president. According to the announcement, a public hearing will be held in the council...
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Snow Shoveling = Service Learning for Maryland Kids

February 16, 2010
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The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) announced on Feb. 12 that all the days students are missing from school shouldn’t have to be a complete wash—it’s trying to turn the snowstorm into a “service learning” opportunity for the state’s schoolkids by encouraging local school districts to offer service-learning credits to students who participated...
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No Trash Pickup Through Monday, Feb. 15

February 10, 2010
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According to press releases from the Baltimore Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste, there will be no trash, recycling, or bulk-trash pickup for the rest of this week due to our “extreme” (i.e., infuriatingly disruptive) snowstorms. There will also be no trash pickup Monday, Feb. 15, because it’s a holiday—President’s Day—and pickups...
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