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Why poverty stayed flat over three decades of strong economic growth

June 6, 2014
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Building on several in-progress campaigns to raise the minimum wage and expand unions, the Economic Policy Institute released a study yesterday showing how, since the early 1970s, huge gains in economic growth have not made any dent in the U.S. poverty rate. One takeaway: Wage-driven inequality has severed the link between poverty reduction and...
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At the intersection of art and controversy, Mr. Wrong

June 5, 2014
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At the intersection of art and controversy, Mr. Wrong

City Paper staffers and fans across the nation were surprised and delighted last night to see the Mr. Wrong Show pilot on Fox. Actually it was a random “man-on-the-street” encounter for a local news segment, but still: Former City Paper Art Director Joe MacLeod, a.k.a Mr. Wrong, killed it here. He is natural TV Personality...
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Councilmania: Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’

June 3, 2014
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Councilmania: Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’

By the time the “no youth curfew” chant rang out from the balcony, last night’s city council meeting was already one of the stranger ones in recent memory. Consider the Food Truck bill. For several months city officials have worked with representatives of the food truck industry to craft new regulations designed to balance...
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Finances in race for Baltimore sheriff get interesting

June 2, 2014
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Finances in race for Baltimore sheriff get interesting

The latest campaign-finance reports filed by Democrats in the race for Baltimore sheriff show long-time incumbent John Anderson having the highest cash balance, with one challenger—Richard Parker—close behind and another—Donoven Brooks—lagging. The race’s lone Republican, David Wiggins, continues to not raise or spend any significant money, allowing him to file an affidavit of limited...
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“F” is for “Filthy:” Ongoing efforts to clean up Baltimore’s harbor continue to fail

May 28, 2014
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“F” is for “Filthy:” Ongoing efforts to clean up Baltimore’s harbor continue to fail

Baltimore’s harbor got its annual report card today, an assessment of its ecological health in 2013 given by the Healthy Harbor campaign, a collaborative effort of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, the water-quality advocacy group Blue Water Baltimore (BWB), and the Waterfront Partnership, a business group. It failed, of course. Anyone who spends time around...
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Judge dismisses Baltimore man’s lawsuit against “Homicide”-inspiring detectives over flawed 1980s murder conviction

May 23, 2014
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Judge dismisses Baltimore man’s lawsuit against “Homicide”-inspiring detectives over flawed 1980s murder conviction

U.S. District judge J. Frederick Motz on May 21 dismissed a civil-rights lawsuit brought last year by Wendell Griffin (pictured), who was freed in 2012 after more than three decades in prison for an improperly obtained murder conviction. Motz ruled that, since Griffin failed to seek to overturn his wrongful conviction earlier, and since...
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Courthouse Grime, Rats now an annual rally point

May 22, 2014
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Courthouse Grime, Rats now an annual rally point

Circuit court workers staged their annual rally-for-a-new-building today on the Calvert Street island between the two courthouse buildings. The signs told most of the story: “My work area is a restroom for mice,” was one. “We need a mayor who will listen and take action” another. Backstory: many decades ago the federal government gave...
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Court decides CIA’s “Bay of Pigs” report can stay secret

May 21, 2014
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Court decides CIA’s “Bay of Pigs” report can stay secret

More than half a century after the CIA’s most infamous failure collapsed on an obscure Cuban beach, The Appeals Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that one volume of a five-part “opus” penned in 1973 can remain under wraps indefinitely, under a provision of federal Freedom of Information law that allows the...
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Walmart project dead, for now

May 20, 2014
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Walmart project dead, for now

After spending $5 million in pre development and legal costs, WV Urban Developments is no longer trying to build a Walmart at 25th and Howard Streets, the Sun reports. The 25th Street Station, in development for seven years at the former Anderson Automotive dealership, became a lightning rod for some local residents and business...
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Baltimore: Smarter than you might think

May 16, 2014
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Baltimore: Smarter than you might think

At University of Navarra’s IESE Business School, in Spain, a group of researchers put out a “Cities in Motion” index, which ranks the “smartness” of a whole host of cities around the globe, and this year Baltimore came in 20th, one of only six U.S. cities to make the top 20. As Business Insider...
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PERVfect Playground opens in Station North

May 16, 2014
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PERVfect Playground opens in Station North

We all know Station North is bustling with new art and music venues, restaurants and coffee shops, and the radical anarchist bookstore on the corner, but it finally has its very own sex toy shop, and now we never have to leave the neighborhood for anything again. PERVfect Playground is co-owned by long-married couple...
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Downtown security guards unionizing

May 15, 2014
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Downtown security guards unionizing

Downtown security guards are fighting Brantley Security for union representation, and City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young offered his support at a council hearing last night. “Brantley does most of the high profile stuff like Harbor East,” Julie Karant, a spokeswoman for the Service Employees International Union 32BJ, which has been working with...
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