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Fed up with Comcast, Baltimore City to study alternatives

August 16, 2013
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Fed up with Comcast, Baltimore City to study alternatives

The Baltimore Business Journal has a pretty amusing report about the city’s exploration of its “broadband strategy.” Calling a $157,000 consulting contract the Board of Estimates approved Wednesday the first “major step toward improving Internet access for residents and businesses” since its effort to woo Google failed, the BBJ quotes Baltimore Chief Information Officer,...
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Michael Lewis on Greek Tragedy, and Monk Business

September 10, 2010
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Michael Lewis on Greek Tragedy, and Monk Business

Brilliantly written, as are all Michael Lewis stories, this Vanity Fair feature recaps the standard Greeks-as-profligate-crooks meme and then grafts upon it this very surprising story of the real-estate monks who brought down the country’s last government. Nuggets: The scale of Greek tax cheating was at least as incredible as its scope: an estimated...
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Mysterious “Corrupt-istan”

September 7, 2010
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The New York Times’ Dexter Filkins weighed in on Sept. 4 with a strange Week in Review piece on Afghan corruption. It reads rather like setting out the equation 2+2=? and carrying on as if it’s Fermat’s Last Theorem. To explain why the United States supports the drug-running, kleptocratic leaders of “Corrupt-istan,” Filkins explicates...
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Call It Corruption

April 16, 2010
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The Wall Street Journal has a boffo take on corruption as a macroeconomic drag. The story is about Greece, but the methods are applicable worldwide, and in places like Baltimore. Leaning on forthcoming research from the Brookings Institution and reports from Transparency International, the story links Greece’s culture of corruption to its flagging tax...
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Correctional Officer Charged for Bringing Pot and Cell Phones Into Baltimore City Detention Center

March 1, 2010
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Awareness of suspected corruption among Baltimore’s prison guards grew on early Sunday morning, with the arrest of 20-year-old correctional officer Shanika Johnson after she was searched as she entered the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC). According to court records in the case, when Johnson attempted to enter the facility, her “bag was searched by...
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Dixon Stays

December 3, 2009
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Dixon Stays

Why just exist when you can be mayor? | Image by CP Digicam The notice of the press conference came less than an hour before the appointed time, 3 p.m., and the TV stations were all going live with it. A reporter could be forgiven for thinking something momentous was about to happen as...
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Mayor Can’t Fire Police Commissioner: Kevin Clark Could Be Reinstated, With $120 Million Bonus, Says State’s High Court

March 20, 2008
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The mayor of Baltimore cannot fire the police commissioner without cause, according to Maryland’s highest court. The Maryland Court of Appeals decision, handed down today in Mayor and City Council of Baltimore v. Kevin P. Clark, also contains other surprises for those not well versed in Baltimore and Maryland history and law. As it...
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