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Exclusive Interview: Bradley Cooper

November 18, 2011
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OK, the interview is more than two years old, but if you crave all things Bradley Cooper right now (the guy named by People magazine “Sexiest Man Alive”, but you knew that already, because you clicked over here), here is a fun and candid, if very amateurish, tabletop video by former calendar editor and...
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Map: Find Your Tuesday Polling Place

November 4, 2011
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If you’re reading this, we’re just going to assume you already know where your polling place is for next Tuesday’s general election, so assured are we of our readers’ civic pride. But you never know. Here is a handy and, technically, very slick map made by the good folks at the city’s Enterprise Geographic...
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Fire Consumes Mt. Washington Tavern; Smokers Dealt Another Setback

October 31, 2011
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Mt. Washington Tavern burns. Photo by Ed Bloom.

When we got news this morning the fire gods had consumed the much-loved Mt. Washington Tavern, we were bummed in many ways. We felt bad for owner Rob Frisch, tavern staff, and the folks who, including some here, often make a point of having a friendly drink there. A relatively new staffer here was...
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Slavery discussion at Ebenezer Church Oct. 6

October 5, 2011
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This just in: Eli Pousson from Heritage Baltimore alerts us to an interesting discussion 7 p.m. at the historic Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, 20 West Montgomery St. The lecture, he says, highlights “the interpretation of the history of slavery at historic sites across the nation.” Nell Ziehl from the National Trust for Historic Preservation discusses...
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Civil War Archeology at Lafayette Square

July 8, 2011
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A period map of the barracks and encampment.

Lafayette Square is a leafy little park in the middle of West Baltimore, surrounded by lovely old churches, some pretty rowhouses and Victorian mansions, and like many formerly tony areas in Baltimore, abject poverty and crumbling buildings. Still, community bonds are tight, and you’re just as likely to find neighborhood activists reclaiming a neglected...
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$10 Pitchers of Sangria at Tapas Teatro

May 20, 2011
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$10 Pitchers of Sangria at Tapas Teatro

That’s right, Charles Street fave Tapas Teatro has $10 pitchers of sangria on special to celebrate its 10th anniversary. We took advantage last night–very much so. A pitcher of the white (or two) went great with the pintxo (crostini with avocado spread, smoked trout and fish roe) along with nice items on their current...
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Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War opens April 16

April 13, 2011
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Soldiers and protestors clash on Pratt Street in this period engraving.

Charleston and Fort Sumter get all the attention this week, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s inception, but no blood was shed–as you probably learned as schoolchildren in Baltimore–until the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment marched to Camden Station along Pratt Street in the infamous Pratt Street Riot. The rest of us, schooled in far-flung...
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Biked Down and Busted

February 16, 2011
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Ran a quick errand, via bike, to the Abel Wolman building on Holliday Street. I bypassed the bike rack in front of the building in favor of a parking sign right in front of the door…out of sheer laziness. As I’m unlocking my bike, a man and woman come up to me. Man: There’s...
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Top 10 Restaurants You Spooned

December 9, 2010
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We like the smart phone/web app Urbanspoon; there are plenty of times when we’re scooting around in the county or near Columbia and we need a suggestion about a good place to eat Indian, grab a decent pizza, or sip a cup of coffee. And unlike a lot of apps that set themselves up...
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Skloot’s ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Amazon’s Top Book of 2010

November 5, 2010
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Skloot’s ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Amazon’s Top Book of 2010

Rebecca Skloot spent nearly 10 years researching the story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman from Baltimore whose cancerous tissue, taken from her body when she died in 1951, have supplied researchers a practically immortal line of cells that have led to many medical breakthroughs, including a cure for polio. The book examines the legacy...
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Source of Robocall: Julius Henson’s Universal Elections

November 5, 2010
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Source of Robocall: Julius Henson’s Universal Elections

On Wednesday we posted the robocall that went out to 50,000 Democrats on election night; WBAL-TV broke the story and the Sun followed up on it. Today the Sun‘s Justin Fenton reports that the call originated from an organization called Universal Elections, which is owned by longtime political operative Julius Henson. Though Henson in...
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The “Relax, Everything Is Fine” Robocall

November 3, 2010
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By now, you’ve heard about the robocall that went out last night urging Democratic voters to “relax” and stay home, watch the results on television, and that “everything is fine.” The call went out before the polls closed at 8 p.m. WBAL-TV’s Jayne Miller broke the story, as the The Sun reported. Here’s the...
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