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UPDATE: Speed Camera Audit’s Not A Secret Anymore

January 23, 2014
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UPDATE: Speed Camera Audit’s Not A Secret Anymore

The Sun managed to obtain a copy of the heretofore confidential audit of the city’s speed camera vendor, Xerox, and—lo and behold—the error rate reported was not the “less than a quarter of one percent” city officials claimed but 10 percent. The Sun does the math: “The city issued roughly 700,000 speed camera tickets...
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Race On, D’etre

May 11, 2012
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Race On, D’etre

So the Baltimore Grand Prix has its third corporate coordinator in less than a year, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced yesterday. The Sun had it first, focusing on the marquee name of Michael Andretti.  But the online Baltimore Brew has a bit more context about the real new leader, James P. Grant—noting that he’s given...
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Grand Prix Write Off

February 15, 2012
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Grand Prix Write Off

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced today a new Indy racing deal with a new team of race promoters that will, if all goes as planned, bring more Labor Day weekend speed to the streets of Baltimore for the next half decade. It will not, however, pay the city the $1.3 million or so in back...
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BESTY + SRB

October 18, 2011
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BESTY™ and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at the Sisson St. recycle facility.
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Election Results and 13th District Update

September 14, 2011
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Election Results and 13th District Update

Well, the primary election is over–with the lowest turnout in history–and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has coasted to victory over a strong field. On the City Council front, there was an upset and a near upset, with Nick Mosby beating long-time incumbent Belinda Conaway in the 7th District and Shannon Sneed running just 15 votes...
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Controversy Brewing Over Renaming Franklin Square

July 1, 2011
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Controversy Brewing Over Renaming Franklin Square

If friends and admirers of the late Del. Ruth M. Kirk have their way, Franklin Square Park, the site for 16 years of a west-end Family Fun Festival Kirk helped organize, could be renamed in her honor. The park could become The Ruth M. Kirk Park at Franklin Square, or some variation of that....
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Legislators Urge Rawlings-Blake to Get the Lead Out

April 8, 2011
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Legislators Urge Rawlings-Blake to Get the Lead Out

Three prominent state representatives from Baltimore have written Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to express concern over her and Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) Director Paul Graziano’s refusal to pay several million dollars in court judgments to victims of lead poisoning. “Many of these victims will endure life-long disabilities due to the negligence of HABC,...
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Vacants to Value Web Site Goes Live

December 6, 2010
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Vacants to Value Web Site Goes Live

A month or so back, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a new housing initiative called Vacants to Value that’s supposed to get 1,500 of the city’s abandoned houses renovated and occupied in the next year. As I reported a few weeks ago, that’s like an order of magnitude better than her two predecessors did during...
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Zappa Bust Unveiled

September 21, 2010
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Zappa Bust Unveiled

An eclectic crowd of Frank Zappa fans—mustachioed in leather, in tie-dye with braided beards, in masks, in drag, and sporting colorful top hats—gathered Sunday, Sept. 19, to witness the unveiling of the Frank Zappa sculpture at Highlandtown’s Southeast Anchor Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. As public officials prepared to reveal the bust...
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Mayor Backs Charles Theatre Taking Over the Senator

June 11, 2010
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Mayor Backs Charles Theatre Taking Over the Senator

The Baltimore Business Journal is reporting that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is officially backing the proposal put forth by Charles Theatre owner Buzz Cusack to take over the Senator Theatre, which is in city hands after it fell into foreclosure last year. It isn’t a done deal yet, but it’s looking more and more like...
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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces Artscape 2010 lineups (side note: WWSRBS?)

June 9, 2010
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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces Artscape 2010 lineups (side note: WWSRBS?)

Economic times are rough, people. In case you’ve forgotten, at the June 9 afternoon press conference announcing the various lineups for Artscape 2010, the blunt reality of the City of Baltimore’s financial situation–see: “We are faced in the city with the biggest budget crisis in modern history”–was repeatedly alluded to during the brief remarks...
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City Hall Filmmaker Pulls Plug On Web Sites After Business Partner’s Indictment On Drug Trafficking Charges

September 5, 2008
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Los Angeles-based filmmaker LaVern Whitt, producer of the Women in Power documentary about Baltimore’s top elected officials reacted to the recent federal drug trafficking indictment of her business partner Lawrence Schaffner “Lorenzo” Reeves by taking down websites devoted to her various endeavors. Whitt is partnered with Reeves on an educational project called Hollywood in...
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