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Sun Spikes City Paper April Fools’ Day Issue

April 1, 2014
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Sun Spikes City Paper April Fools’ Day Issue

Just weeks after the Baltimore Sun Media Group (BSMG) took ownership of City Paper, the new boss asserted its authority, refusing to publish a planned April Fools’ Day Special Issue which was to come out today. The Special Issue – including the new tagline, “Get It Tuesday” – was to include stories about former...
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The federal fake-pot crackdown continues as real pot gains growing legality

March 28, 2014
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The federal fake-pot crackdown continues as real pot gains growing legality

When the counterculture business-to-business trade show, CHAMPS, came to Atlantic City Convention Center in May 2012, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was there, checking out the glassware and smoking paraphernalia. The wink-wink aspect of such trade shows is obvious: no one really believes bongs are going to be used to smoke tobacco. But...
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House of not-smart people

March 28, 2014
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House of not-smart people

So yesterday Marylanders were treated to what the papers (here and here, for example) depicted as an entertaining “zing” by a lawmaker at the company that produces Netflix’s hit “House of Cards.” Availing themselves to yet another opportunity to publish photos of Kevin Spacey (or the snippets of the show’s audio), both the Baltimore Sun...
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Fear of a free planet: Maryland’s passage of transgen-rights bill riles the crazies

March 28, 2014
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Fear of a free planet: Maryland’s passage of transgen-rights bill riles the crazies

The stories scrolling on the Federalist’s homepage this morning come in this order: strip clubs, strip malls, Obama’s fiscal policy, and Maryland’s passage of a civil-rights bill protecting transgender people. Written by Stella Morabito (pictured), it’s entitled “If we can pick our gender, can we pick our age? Our race?” While mainstream coverage of...
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But really: do what you love

March 27, 2014
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But really: do what you love

Well here’s some food for thought from PayScale (via The Atlantic). It’s a list of the least valuable universities, by degree. MICA comes in 10th (from the bottom) with a 20-year earning potential of minus $34,200. If the average MICA graduate faces two decades in which the value of their degree, compared to not...
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Judge rules false-arrest lawsuit brought by Charles Village rape suspect may go forward

March 26, 2014
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Judge rules false-arrest lawsuit brought by Charles Village rape suspect may go forward

Marlow Humbert, the man who spent 14 months in a Baltimore jail before rape charges against him were dropped in July 2009, during which time he was dubbed the “Charles Village Rapist,” has prevailed in the Baltimore City Police Department’s attempt to swat down his $10 million false-arrest and malicious-prosecution lawsuit in federal court....
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Who really lost that $3.7 million?

March 26, 2014
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Who really lost that $3.7 million?

Homeless service providers packed a city council hearing last night hoping to defend their reputations after a federal audit required the city to return $3.7 million slated for homeless services. The big payback was not the hearing’s subject—but it’s been front and center in City Hall for months as city officials blame the federal...
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Duclaw sues Left Hand over trademarked beers

March 26, 2014
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Duclaw sues Left Hand over trademarked beers

Among the very first beers that Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Co., received awards for were Sawtooth Ale and Black Jack Porter, which earned gold and bronze medals, respectively, at the 1994 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. In Maryland in 1998, DuClaw Brewing Company introduced Sawtooth Belgian White and Black Jack Stout, which...
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The Hennessy Heist

March 25, 2014
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The Hennessy Heist

It was a little blurb in the Sun’s police blotter yesterday: On Sunday morning, March 16 at about 5 a.m., someone stole a truck full of cognac on the 7000 block of Quad Avenue in Rosedale: 2142 cases, to be exact. HOLY CRAP! Cognac can go $50 per bottle, easy. At 12 per case,...
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MICA’s Fred Lazarus: This Union Thing is Moving Too Fast

March 25, 2014
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MICA’s Fred Lazarus: This Union Thing is Moving Too Fast

It is universally acknowledged that whenever a group of workers try to form or join a labor union, a group of bosses will do whatever is in their power to dissuade them. This is understandable, from the managers’ point of view. Squeezed by budget and time constraints on one side, productivity and regulatory demands...
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Pronounced dead by the cops, she lives

March 24, 2014
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Pronounced dead by the cops, she lives

News of the first murder in five days in Baltimore came after 6 p.m. on Saturday, a woman on the 6000 block of Amberwood Road stabbed to death. The Sun‘s Justin George tweeted it out, relying on a police spokesman. Soon after the Sun had the story in an unbylined piece on its website....
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Peroutka, Dwyer, and theocratic, neo-Confederate politics in Maryland

March 21, 2014
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Peroutka, Dwyer, and theocratic, neo-Confederate politics in Maryland

An interesting post about an odd, under-scrutinized corner of Maryland politics went up Wednesday on the progressive blog Daily Kos. Written by Jonathan Hutson (pictured), treasurer of the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee campaign of his wife, Betsy Bury, it examines the phenomenon of what he calls “neo-confederate Democrats” here in the Free...
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