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The missing Mr. Wrong and other indiscretions

February 27, 2014
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On page three of the current City Paper, in the table of contents, it says “Mr. Wrong…4.” But turn to page four and you will find only ads, including a Mr. Wrong-column-sized one for City Paper Dating, an advertising project that the editorial team has nothing to do with. So where was the beloved Mr. Wrong column, a City...
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CP’s Conventioneer Discovers the Dinosaurs

January 10, 2014
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CP’s Conventioneer Discovers the Dinosaurs

The Maryland State Fairgrounds play host this weekend to Discover the Dinosaurs, a display of over forty animatronic dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, wagging their tales and snapping their jaws behind black insta-barriers like the kind that tell you where to stand in line at the movies. The exhibition bills itself...
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The Conventioneer goes alpaca crazy

November 18, 2013
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The Howard County Fairgrounds were packed this weekend with the adorably soft puffs of alpacas, those sweet, tiny cousins of camels and llamas, most associated with the Andes Highlands. These cuties were from considerably closer, in town from all over the state for the Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival. Admission was free, and alpaca...
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The really weird and delicious world of the Natural Products Expo East

September 27, 2013
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The really weird and delicious world of the Natural Products Expo East

If you’re headed to Camden Yards this weekend, make sure you take a walk by the Convention Center and avail yourself of a few free samples of natural snack, brought to you by vendors in town for Natural Products Expo East, the largest gathering of natural food, home, and personal care products on the...
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Fraud about Fraud: Obama administration wildly overstated its mortgage fraud convictions

August 16, 2013
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Fraud about Fraud: Obama administration wildly overstated its mortgage fraud convictions

So here is a story of a fraud about a fraud about a fraud: Even the feds lied about how much enforcement they were doing. As the Columbia Journalism Review notes, Bloomberg News actually uncovered last week that the Obama administration had overstated its mortgage fraud convictions. I’m just getting to it now in...
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Mortgage fraud appraiser sentenced to 15 months

April 19, 2013
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The appraiser who was crucial to an east side mortgage fraud scheme was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison this afternoon as more than 30 supporters looked on, some sobbing. “Oh my God,” someone in the packed courtroom shouted as the judge, James K. Bredar, sentenced David C. Christian to a sentence well...
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Josh Goldberg charged with mortgage fraud

January 22, 2013
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Josh Goldberg charged with mortgage fraud

A federal grand jury indicted mortgage broker Joshua S. Goldberg today, alleging he helped steal $2.5 million from various lenders through a mortgage fraud scheme in Baltimore. City Paper first outlined the scheme in this 2008 story. As the financial crisis worsened Goldberg and his husband, Bayardo Alvarez, continued to get big mortgages and...
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Vote Obama Out—or You’re Fired!

October 9, 2012
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Vote Obama Out—or You’re Fired!

Gawker has a letter (also authenticated by our sister paper, Orlando Weekly) from Central Florida’s palace-building time share mogul, David Siegel, to his 8,000 employees. In it he tells them that if President Obama is re-elected, he’ll fire them all: “You see, I can no longer support a system that penalizes the productive and...
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“Without Actually Doing Anything”

September 19, 2012
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“Without Actually Doing Anything”

MoJo has an interesting vid of Mitt Romney laying it out to his base.  You’ve probably seen or heard about it. Most of the attention so far has been focused on his remarks about the “47 percent who are with , who are dependent on government.” But later in the speech Romney says...
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Baltimore vs. Banks

July 11, 2012
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The New York Times‘ Dealbook says Baltimore’s City Solicitor is “leading a battle in Manhattan Federal Court” against banks involved in the LIBOR scandal. “As unemployment climbed and tax revenue fell, the city of Baltimore laid off employees and cut services in the midst of the financial crisis. Its leaders now say the city’s...
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Even on Labor Day, the Media Neglects Labor

September 6, 2011
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Even on Labor Day, the Media Neglects Labor

No news. No news about labor, on Labor Day, when unemployment is 9-plus percent and U-6 unemployment–which counts not only people without work seeking full-time employment, but also those who’ve become discouraged and stopped looking as well as those working part-time for economic reasons–is 16-plus percent. Lots of news about Sept. 11, 10 years...
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The End

May 3, 2011
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At the start of this blog, I predicted that the financial crash would cause the government to spend huge money bailing out the people who caused it, adding a great deal to the national debt and sparking a crisis of confidence in the country’s ability to repay it, which would lead to a policy...
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