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FDA to propose electronic cigarette regulations

April 24, 2014
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FDA to propose electronic cigarette regulations

The fast-growing market for electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), which is virtually unregulated, is poised to fall under federal control, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set to announce proposed regulations today. Based on the New York Times coverage this morning, it appears the FDA will ban sales to minors and subject “e-juice”—the liquids,...
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The desperate hustle as a way of life

April 23, 2014
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The desperate hustle as a way of life

Here is the future: nobody gets any job security. Nobody gets a fair wage while they have a job. Nobody gets a retirement fund or even any guarantee they’ll be able to eat tomorrow. And almost everyone is doing everything they can just to get by—and paying some substantial portion of their earnings to...
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@BaltoBeerBaron Looks Back On The Liquor Board: Top 10 Outrageous Moments

April 18, 2014
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Outgoing Liquor Board Chairman, Stephan Fogleman, once quoted The Smiths at a hearing.

10) Angry Pizza Purveyor: A Hollins Market Pizzeria owner was so frustrated with her server that she threw a pint glass at the employee and missed…but hit a customer in the face instead, who required stitches. The license was suspended. 9) Don’t Stand So Close to Me: At the Board, we don’t have a...
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New Liquor Board administrator is outsider

April 16, 2014
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New Liquor Board administrator is outsider

Outgoing Baltimore Liquor Board Chairman Steve Fogleman sounds giddy as he announces that Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, the Capitol Heights Town Administrator, will be taking the executive secretary post at the liquor board. “She doesn’t know anybody,” Fogleman says. “She doesn’t know the mayor.” He recounts Bailey-Hedgepeth’s credentials, which include a master’s degree in public administration...
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Five Things Baltimore McDonald’s’s are known for

April 16, 2014
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Five Things Baltimore McDonald’s’s are known for

The humble Mickey D’s is one of the last bedrock cultural experiences that all Americans share. But despite the corporate concentration on standardization, every McDonald’s reflects its surroundings. We were reminded of this fact the other day when the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin published some observations from his recent Baltimore jaunt. He needed to...
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“Super-kingpin” Tommy Lee Canty Jr. may return to Baltimore

April 15, 2014
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Since suffering a stroke six years ago that paralyzed the right side of his body, Tommy Lee Canty Jr.—the first drug dealer convicted as a federal “super-kingpin” in Maryland, under a 1988 law—has been virtually helpless, requiring a lift to get to and from his bed and wheelchair and a catheter to urinate. Yesterday,...
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UPDATE: Harrowing video shows cyclist assault on Guilford Avenue

April 14, 2014
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UPDATE: Harrowing video shows cyclist assault on Guilford Avenue

A video uploaded to YouTube by user Michael Bowman shows a group assault on Bowman as he rode his bicycle north on Guilford Avenue, a designated cycling boulevard. Just after Bowman passes the Copycat Building, there’s a crashing sound, apparently the breaking of a bottle thrown at Bowman, and then a group riding southbound...
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The New Yorker steps into the BGF fray

April 10, 2014
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The New Yorker steps into the BGF fray

The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin came to town and recapped the Black Guerrilla Family-controlled-the-jail saga very ably, (paywalled link) noting (again) BGF’s roots in the ‘60s “Black Power” movement, former BGF honcho Eric Brown‘s “Black Book” and, of course, plenty of lurid dialogue helpfully wiretapped into court documents by the feds. If you’ve been...
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Hacker raided by FBI as part of University of Maryland probe participates in Reddit AMA

April 9, 2014
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David Paul Helkowski, the Canton Group employee who is the focus of an FBI probe of the data breach at the University of Maryland, participated in a Ask Me Anything discussion yesterday on Reddit to answer questions about the university’s compromised computer network, the FBI raid, his hacking experience, and more. As proof of...
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FBI probe of University of Maryland data breach targets Canton Group employee

April 8, 2014
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The FBI suspects an employee of the Baltimore-based software developer Canton Group, David Paul Helkowski, has compromised data security at University of Maryland in the wake of the massive February cyberattack that mined the names, university IDs, and Social Security numbers of hundreds of thousands of people with ties to the university, past and...
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Progressive Jewish group J Street comes to Hopkins

April 7, 2014
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Progressive Jewish group J Street comes to Hopkins

When Rachel Cohen turned 22 on Sunday, she didn’t go clubbing with her fellow Hopkins students or enjoy a romantic escape with her boyfriend. Instead, the native of the Philly suburbs, a double major in history and sociology, spent hours listening to panels of experts debating the finer points of U.S. Middle East policy....
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Interns to the rescue?

April 6, 2014
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Interns to the rescue?

Because paying actual lawyers and/or judges to do their jobs as the constitution requires is, apparently, a non-starter, Del. Jon Cardin (D-Baltimore County) has come up with a brilliant plan to save taxpayers $30 (or maybe $55) million while providing those accused of crimes with legal representation it their initial bail hearings. The idea:...
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